This jam is now over. It ran from 2020-03-13 17:00:00 to 2020-03-20 17:00:00. View results
8 Bits to Infinity presents Duality Jam, a week-long challenge to create a game emphasizing some concept of duality, like opposing elements, black vs. white, up vs. down, etc..
Thanks to Erick Zanardo (CptBlackPixel) for the awesome logo!
What is 8 Bits to Infinity? A game development community improving creative and technical skills through rapid iteration and honest critical feedback. Find out more by visiting our website and join our community on Discord.
Not sure what to expect from a game jam? Want to have the best game jamming experience possible? Read through or listen to the articles section on our website. We provide mp3 audio file recordings which you can play on any device to listen at your convenience.
Want to make a game but struggle with art or music? Our assets archive of free, royalty-free art and audio will be available soon. This archive will be royalty-free and free to use for both commercial and non-commercial work. You can also look in places like OpenGameArt.
Everyone who joins the jam will receive a zip file with Creative Commons BY-SA assets to use if they so choose. This is a preview of upcoming assets for our archive.
Want to form a team? Check out the Crowdforge page or use the #team-up channel on our Discord linked above.
Support the 8 Bits to Infinity community and my (Joshua's) other projects through my Patreon. Perks include extended feedback on any game you make.
Fri 28 Feb 2020 at 1PM ET
Fri 06 Mar 2020 at 1PM ET
Fri 13 Mar 2020 at 1PM ET
|Jam End/Judging Start|
Fri 20 Mar 2020 at 1PM ET
Sun 22 Mar 2020 at 1PM ET
Fri 27 Mar 2020 at 1PM ET
Entries which break rules or have no clear relation to the Requirement will be removed.
Create a game emphasizing the idea of duality, the opposition of two related things.
Examples include opposing elements (fire/water, earth/wind, light/dark), spiritual concepts (Heaven/Hell, good/evil, yin/yang), and others like nature/technology, magic/science, separate/together, up/down, positive/negative, high/low, big/small, and so on. The possibilities are endless.
Utilize duality in your game's core mechanics, narrative, artwork, audio, or any other features, or across many of these.
In addition to the theme, you may use these optional challenges, which have no effect on judge rating but can make the jam more fun.
Mention which challenges you accepted on your jam page so players know to look for them!
Do I need to use duality in every part of my game?
You are free to use as little or as much "duality" as you like. As long as a player has a clear understanding that your game involves duality, you're good to go, whether it's only in the narrative, only in the gameplay, or infused into every element of the game.
Part of the Theme/Limitation score will be based on how obviously (and how well) you have implemented duality into the game.
Are X and Y opposing enough to count as duality?
If you interpret X and Y as representing duality, you're probably not alone. If you're very unsure, discuss your idea in the Discord or in the community page for this jam.
What tools/engines can/should I use?
You are welcome to use anything you like, although we recommend using familiar tools for a productive game jam experience. It's best to spend time during the jam creating rather than learning new software.
We also recommend using a proper game engine to save time - something like Unity, Godot, Construct, Game Maker, etc.
Not sure what to use? Check out this in-progress list of free tools for game development.
I'm awful at music/art. How could I ever make a game?
Our jams allow the use of premade assets as long as you credit them appropriately. We insist on crediting everything, even if it's under a Creative Commons Zero or Public Domain license. If you use external assets but don't credit them, your game will be disqualified.
We are working on a centralized resource to help locating free-to-use assets. Look for it soon!
I don't know how to program. Can I still make games?
Absolutely! Many systems require very little programming, such as Construct or Game Maker. The best way to learn is to get your feet wet, and a game jam is a wonderful no-risk way to try out new tech.
Should I build a Windows/Mac/Linux/web/[insert system here] version?
Yes! Build for as many systems as you can so more people can play your game. We recommend finding someone with the target system to test your build long before the jam ends so you can be sure it works.
I didn't finish my game. Should I still submit?
Yes! Game jams are about creating prototypes. A finished game takes years. You can still win the jam with a cool idea, even if the experience is super short.
How can I get more people to play my entry?
Play games from the jam and other games on itch.io, then leave quality feedback. Ask the dev politely to play your game, so they know you're looking for feedback. There's also a new feature on itch.io that shows your entry when you comment on the game's jam page so be sure to do so there.
Can I make a multiplayer game?
Yes, but it's not recommended because it's difficult for most judges (not to mention developers) to test.
Can I make a 2D/2.5D/3D game?
Yep! There are no graphical limitations to this jam.
Can I enter other jams with the same game?
Absolutely, as long as you follow all rules and time limitations for each jam. Note that we lock submissions, so you won't be able to upload new builds after you submit to this jam.
Where can I ask more questions?
Ask in the community for this jam (see link at the top of the page) or on Discord.
A panel of judges with differing views will rate the games using a shared interpretation of star values and voting categories. Judges may enter the jam, but will neither be rated nor be eligible for prizes. For this jam, we will judge on the following criteria:
We will recognize three winners: Judges' Choice, Developers Choice, and Community Choice.
All winners receive the following:
Each entry may only qualify for one prize, regardless of how many categories they win.
In addition, winners will be added to the list of 8 Bits to Infinity Jam Winners.
Any tweet with the #8bitstoinfinity hashtag in March counts toward winning Tweeter of the Month, given to the person with the highest quantity of relevant tweets. The winner's Twitter handle will be displayed on Joshua's stream for the month of April, with a link to their Twitter placed among the chatbot's random messages.
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