Game Jams are an enigma to me. Perhaps it is my inability to code, write, and program, but those are issues for another life. What matters is that the concept of creating a game in a matter of 24, 48, or 72 hours tickles me in a way that only Futurama and our own ManDate Podcast ever could. One of the more popular versions of these so-called “Game Jams” is the Ludum Dare 48-Hour Game Jam, which was held between December 14 and 17th this year.
Ludum Dare is, well, explained best by the people who make it possible:
“Ludum Dare is a regular accelerated game development Event. Participants develop games from scratch in a weekend, based on a theme suggested by community.
Ludum Dare was founded by Geoff Howland, and held it’s first competition in April of 2002. Since then the community has run more than 22 regular Events, several dozens of practice competitions, collectively creating many thousands of games in just a weekend each.”
The theme of LD25 was “You are the Villian” so all games were made using that theme. The game jam produced an incredible 1325 games, an incredible number. Each of these games is stored and playable on Ludum Dare’s website.
So for perhaps eternity, or just the next week, I will be sorting through and playing many of these games. Hopefully you go out and give them a shot too. Oh, and devs, LD26 will be held in the Spring, so check that out and try to gain some more info.