This jam is now over. It ran from 2017-08-19 07:00:00 to 2017-08-21 06:59:59. View results
Programming in 2017 is complicated, and it's hard for new programmers to find good examples to learn from. The STDIO Game Jam is a weekend-long hackathon to create a large set of small, fun, text-based games that beginner programmers can study. These games use only standard input and output text-streams, for easy-to-understand source code that beginners can study. Every language and operating system supports stdio text, so running these games isn’t hindered by platform differences or frustrating framework installation processes.
The hackathon takes place at the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, Oakland’s video game museum and globally through the Internet.
In general, the submissions:
Complete rules and information is available on the website: https://www.themade.org/stdio-game-jam-2017/
There's a lot of ideas for games here: https://github.com/stdiogamejam/AboutSTDIOGameJam/wiki/Ideas
The STDIO Game Jam is heavily influenced by David Ahl’s 1978 book, “Basic Computer Games”. This book listed the source code for a hundred games in BASIC. Readers could play these games, then study their source code to see how they worked. It was widely popular, and the first computer book to sell over a million copies.
It'd be great to have a modern version of this book. The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment will compile and self-publish a book of curated submissions to sell, and proceeds go to the museum (a registered 501c3 non-profit). The submissions will also be made freely available online as well.
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