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6 months ago

Chess Jam makes its opening gambit

The best Chesslike already exists (see Into The Breach) but there’s room in this large 8 x 8 monochrome world for at least 63 more Chess-inspired games. That is why you might consider participating in Chess Jam. It’s a month-long game jam hosted by Sophie Houlden, creator of Bang Bang Bang and many ducksnakes. For a jam spawned from a regimented game of strict logic,…

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11 months ago

The Epistle 3 jam offers home-brewed Half-life games

Dozens of developers have been making their own little versions of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 in a game jam over the past two months, and today's their last day to bring their homages home. The Epistle 3 game jam has been inspired by Marc Laidlaw's pitch for an Episode 3 script, and features everything from an RTS through to an action-RPG and even an FPS…

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12 months ago

A Game By Its Cover jam offers Famicase fun

Last month, this year's 'A Game By Its Cover' game jam invited designers to make games based off of fictional NES cartridge artwork. The covers themselves come from the annual Famicase exhibition, where Japanese game store Meteor asks artists from around the world for submissions. Its a fun project in itself, and you can mosey around the entries for 2017 here. If you prefer to…

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1 year ago

Join a 1337 warez team in b00tl3g kr3w

Join a 1337 warez group and distribute some top bootleg games in b00tl3g kr3w [Itch page], a splendid little free game out now. Fire up your expired trialware IRC client, get chatting with your kool krack krew, read the NFO, slam that warez into an FTP, then have a little play yourself. It's a short game so I won't say too much but I laughed…

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2 years ago

Creative Assembly’s Franco Jam Returns Next Week

The Creative Assembly's annual charity game jam Franco Jam is returning for a third year running next weekend, on November 11-13. Folks from the Total War and Alien: Isolation studio will once again be whacking out games in one weekend. The jam is named after former Creative Assembly member Simon Franco, who passed away on June 2014 from cancer.

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3 years ago

Asylum Jam 2015 Is Happening Right Now

A quick note to let any budding horror game developers and/or fans know that the 2015 Asylum Jam is now live. The first Asylum Jam was back in 2013 and it's become an annual fixture. "Asylum Jam is a 48 hour long game jam where game developers are challenged to make a horror game and explore the genre without negative mental health or medical stereotypes."…

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4 years ago

Work A Cybernetic Implant Support Line In Bionic Bliss

I feel anxious when I load a game to find a static view of a desk or computer terminal. Will I find the tension and jumpscares of Five Nights at Freddy's or the grinding dread of Papers, Please? Bionic Bliss [official page] offers neither, though it might be even more horrifying to some. We work at a call centre on a helpline, see, dealing with…

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Walking Simulator With A Gun: Ultimate Pâté

Ultimate Pâté is a free walking simulator with a gun. It's a big gun too, a double-barrelled shotgun. You can use it to kill exotic and whimsical animals like flamingos and unicorns. To process into cheap pâté. And yet... I do think it's a walking simulator rather than a hunting game. We wander around low-fi woods, follow skittish animals, and listen to soft music in…

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Super Wolfenstein HD Relives Classic In Ridicul-O-Vision

The last time I tried to play the original Wolfenstein 3D was a few years back, on a netbook. It seemed like a good idea at the time. About half an hour later my contorted, shrivelled fingers revolted, crawled out of their sockets and attempted to end me. They failed, of course, because fingers detached from hands cannot exert significant pressure. So it is that…

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Reach Out And Touch Games: Leap Motion 3D Jam

I have used a Leap Motion controller once before, to rotate a 3D wireframe mesh of a horse's skull at an art exhibition; I found the experience lacking. But a sensor bar controller which tracks your hands via magic invisible waves sounds like it could do a lot more. So let's have a gander at the fruits of the recent Leap Motion 3D Jam and…

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‘Where Is My Hammer: Destroy Everything!’ Is Its Name

You know that bit in Red Faction: Guerrilla where you hit things with a hammer and they explode? It's great, that bit. Where Is My Hammer: Destroy Everything! is, you might have already guessed, about bashing things to pieces with a hammer. Walls? Smash 'em. Your car? Wreck it. Your art collection? Well, you hardly seemed to be using it. If you appreciate wanton destruction,…

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Game Jam Honours Creative Assembly Programmer

As someone who plays games rather than creating them, it can be easy to forget they're made by human beings with lives, friends and families. While we only usually pay attention to their work, sometimes we have to stop and pay attention to the human beings behind the games. This June, The Creative Assembly member Simon Franco unfortunately passed away. Most recently working as a…

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Bang! 7 Day FPS Game Jam Now On

The first Seven Day First-Person Shooter Challenge in 2012 brought us games including Receiver, an obsession with the clicky mechanical bits of guns that made me realise that, required to use a pistol, I probably would just leave a trail of accidentally-ejected magazines. One of the game jam's stars in 2013 was Superhot, a stylish dance of positioning and movement. Interesting things can happen when…

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How Stellar! Search For Alien Life In SETI-JAM Games

Space. The final frontier. To boldly go where no man has gone before. Plenty of people have moaned over how we're born too early to travel the cosmos, and too late to be astonished by the fact the world isn't flat. I say, bugger 'em with a side of millennium shrimp. We might not be capable of interstellar staycations yet, but we do have game…

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Asylum Jam Returns To Disrupt Horror Tropes

Launching on Hallowe-en and running for 48 hours, the Asylum Jam is set up to seek out inventive horror games and disrupt tropes involving asylums and the stigmatisation of mental health issues. Last year saw the inaugural Asylum Jam which attracted 385 participants and produced around 60 games. You can find those on the original website – there are things like Sea Nothing which is…

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5 years ago

Now With Real Molyneux Quotes: Molyjam 2 This Weekend

Game jams are majestic creatures of unbridled creativity that come in all shapes and sizes, but the original Molyjam might just have been one of the best. That, however, left Molyjam's organizers in a bit of a pickle: How do you top ideas born of an absurdly clever Peter Molyneux parody Twitter account? But then - presumably while sitting under an acorn tree that had…

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Rezzed: Who Won The Game Jam?

Obviously there's no way the game jam at Rezzed this year could be as good as the game jam at Rezzed last year. Obviously. I mean, I hosted it last year. I just don't see how the fact that this year's game jam was better-organised, involved more people, had more time to both create and present the games, came up with an actual judging process…

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6 years ago

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