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Global Game Jam 2018
Time: 17.00 26th - 18.00 28th Januari
Location: CreActive, Linköping
Hello,

Now it is less than one week left until Global Game Jam 2018! We in the arranging group are working hard to make sure the event becomes as awesome as possible. We are always experimenting and tuning the process a bit so the event can be even more awesome. This year we will change the schedule a bit.

Due to feedback from last Game Jam we will move Ikshu's Construct workshop to Friday before the Jam starts. So if you want to learn about a really easy to use 2D game engine and how to make the most out of a game jam be sure to join in at 17.00! The Game Jam itself starts at the same time as always, 18.00.

One more important thing to do before participating is to sign up at the site at Global Game Jam's website. This is the system where we will upload our Jam results so it is really important that you are there.
LiU Game Jam Site at Global Game Jam
Global Game Jam Linköping 2018 Facebook event

Celebrate Global Game Jam's 10th Anniversary

Global Game Jam has now been going on for 10 years. During the anniversary we will be jamming at over 800 sites in 109 countries. We also have 13 new counties joining us for the first time: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Cameroon, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Slovakia, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. All making games from the same theme during the same weekend! Some special anniversary things will happen, mostly on twitter at  #GGJDare and #MeetTheJammer. Read more about it here.

The Diversifiers are here!

Diversifiers are a special thing for Global Game Jam. The provide a bit of extra challenge for experienced jammers, or serve as a source of inspiration. They are completely optional but a lot of fun to try out!


Sponsored

That Kind-a Game - (Sponsored by iThrive) - Create a game that explores how choosing kindness transforms the world

Cartographer - (Sponsored by Mapbox) - Use Mapbox's Maps SDK for Unity to incorporate geo-location data in your game

Rumbled - (Sponsored by the ESA) - Use haptics (vibration/rumble) to make your game more accessible to people who have some difficulty seeing or hearing

 

Accessibility

One tap for all - Create a game which can be played with one single well timed tap/click

I can see clearly now - The game has high contrast visuals, with a contrast ratio of at least 4.5 : 1 (contrast ratio checker)

Basics covered - All of the top four most commonly complained about accessibility issues are addressed: 1. Game has configurable controls 2. Any text is large and clear 3.Game does not rely on being able to hear 4. Game does not rely on being able to tell colours apart

Over to you - Give players options to configure a wide range of gameplay variables, such as speed and size

Let me see - Game has customisable colours, allowing players to change the aesthetics and contrast to their own preferences

 

Art

Cardboard Challenge - Use pictures of cutout cardboard for art assets

Well-Rounded - Instead of using pixel or voxel art, use round shapes or spheres

Stranger Things - Your game's ambience is inspired by an 80s pop song

My eyes are my ears - All sounds must be visualized in some form. This game shouldn't provide any less informational feedback to a player that would normally be able to hear

Stained Sprite - All art within your game looks like stained glass

 

Audio

Player Remixer - The game should allow the player to remix the sound effects as a core mechanic of play.. *

Beatbox - All sounds for your game must be created using your voice or body

Toot Your Own Horn - Sounds and music must all come from acoustic or real-world sources - no synthesizers or computer-generated sounds

Write The Theme Tune, Sing The Theme Tune - Form a band with other GGJ participants and record a theme tune for your game - with lyrics

A Bold Choice - Compose the music in a style that is completely inappropriate for your game

Otamatone For Your Sins - Use an Otamatone as the lead instrument in your soundtrack

 

Code

.COM-pact - limit your game file size to 64k or less

Happy Birthday GGJ - Use an emulator or piece of hardware in your game development or part of your gameplay which is over 10 years old

So Sociable - Build a game that uses a social network API

Upside down - One or more game systems programmed by an artist, major art assets produced by programmers/coders

Fractalicious - Your game should predominantly feature the idea of patterns that repeat within themselves as you zoom in or expand the game world

 

Design

Under the Influence - The main character or vehicle can only be controlled indirectly. Example: placing barriers or obstacles to influence the movement.

I’ll be there in a minute - Your game can be played through in 30 seconds or less.

Nem tão próximos - Make a co-op game where two characters need to perform actions together but can't be too close for too long

Power down - Losing abilities is the only way for your player to progress

Look back - Create a game which uses retro controllers of any type. No modern controllers!

Created by Warren Robinett - Your game contains some kind of hidden secret or Easter egg.

Feathered Friends - Feature a bird as a protagonist or main character

Night and Day - Integrate “night” and “day” modes that must be switched between as one of the game mechanics.

 

Narrative

Lost in translation - Make a game which plays differently depending on language selection.

Palindrome - The game story must end the same way it began

Babe, It Just Ain't Your Story - Gameplay must take place from the point of view of a non player character.

Epistolary - Game must be completely in the form of a series of documents such as letters, diary entries, newspaper clippings, etc.

Ever After - Game must take place after the moment where most other games would have ended, i.e. after the princess has been rescued, after the final boss is defeated, after the killscreen

Say That Again - Tell the story in your game using only a made-up language, including in game text, narration and voiceover.

Unbranching? - The game has numerous beginnings, but only one ending.

Hidden Depths - The protagonist isn’t who you think they are at the beginning.

 

Meta

Polyglot - Localize your game in to at least two other languages.

Special:Random - Get a Random Wikipedia Article and include the topic in your game. (Be honest to yourself and don't cheat and redraw another if you don't like the first one.)

Final Countdown - Create AN ADDITIONAL game built and finished in the last hour of GGJ

Inception - Create a totally different game that can be played inside your game submission. Must also relate to the theme.

Kind regards and see you at the Jam
Jesper Tingvall
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