Ok. Capitalism (in all its shapes) brings us global warming and environmental destruction, imperialism and wars, inequality and poverty, bullshit jobs and precariat… wait, if you are here you already know all of this. Move on.
The main problem is how capitalism (despite all of the above) reconfigures itself to survive crisis after crisis, shock after shock, til’ the point that nowadays, nearly half a century after the TINA slogan, there is still a widespread acceptance that there is REALLY no alternative.
So, the issue is AGAIN (and maybe more than ever) on the discourse level. We need to leave behind pessimistic and conformist visions and realize AGAIN that people can fight on a daily basis to end this era of rich and powerful ruling us with greed and fear.
So, yes! We have to keep fighting in new and creative ways. THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE.
This jam is for you who thinks that any alternative to capitalism will automatically send our society into chaos, fire, and destruction. Nothing is further from the truth. In fact, all the chaos, fire, and destruction worldwide is mainly caused by the greed and fear that capitalism encourages.
This jam is also for you (and us!), who feel that things aren't working, and those who know little or nothing about anti-capitalism but still want to provoke a change and learn in the process.
And above all, this jam is for you, who strongly identifies or already belongs to anti-capitalist movements. We need your ideas, your experience and your passion!
Whoever you are, if you don't want to make a game, you can still contribute by playing some or even creating non-interactive stuff (see below).
Thank you so much everybody for taking part!
Haha! You may think: “Are you joking? How can I change things by making games while eating potato chips on my sofa?”.
As we said, an essential part of this fight (if not the most) is ALWAYS on the discourse level. The best narrative wins.
Games are also fun (or playfulness in its broadest sense) and are one of the best mechanisms to spread new ideas.
And you, our beloved game creator, are among the smartest people in the world communicating ideas through fun.
So, let’s make games to fight capitalism!!!
Ok. You may think: “Wait a second! Why limit this jam to interactive content only? Jams are not exclusive to games and there are lots of people like ME (illustrators, comic artists, writers, poets, musicians…) that don’t know how to make a game but also want to take part!”.
So fucking YESSS, this jam is ALSO for you!
And know what? The best of all is that itch.io is cleverly designed to host this kind of projects. Just be sure to select the appropriate classification (albums & soundtracks, comics, books or other) in the “What are you uploading?” field.
So, let’s make ***ANY KIND*** of art to fight capitalism!!!
No theme. Well, the theme is “FUCK CAPITALISM” in all its glory.
Submit a videogame, a digital narrative experience, an ezine, an interactive meme, an installation or piece of electronic art, a board game, a comic, a poem or a song, posters or stickers, make playful hardware or whatever you want ***BUT*** include on it a high dose of sharp criticism, hurtful satire, documented atrocities, pure rage, awesome alternatives and/or day to day tricks to fight against rampant capitalism in creative ways.
We are convinced that sharing personal and touching experiences are more powerful for the purpose of this jam than brainy academic essays, but both are welcome.
We can't wait to see what comes out of your genius radical minds!
But a very important one. Please, be kind to everybody participating in the jam and never forget we’re all in the same boat. Don’t insult other people's projects because you consider them wrong, naive, out of your vision, or whatever. Constructive discussions, please. The same for external communication channels, if any (see "Locations" below). We are trying to create something hopeful here, please don't destroy it by being an asshole.
We believe in the power of self-organized societies so we're not coordinating any in-person or online locations to allow interaction between teams. However, feel free to do it yourselves, and if you want to put a link here for more people to join, please send us a DM.
We've already started contacting streamers to enjoy your submissions from the 1st of July onwards, so a list of wild and reckless people will appear here in the next following weeks.
If you’re a streamer and want to take part please send us a DM.
Be aware that we aren’t going to manage which streamers experience which projects. They will be free to choose the ones they like the most or to change their mind and not play/read/listen anything.
If you're an indie studio or a non-profit entity and want to appear here showing your support for the jam with your name and a link to your website, please send us a DM. It means a lot!
Can I start thinking about my project and/or making drafts/prototypes before the start date?
Yes, you can. But (as we said) don't forget that the project must be published on itch.io during the jam dates.
Do you (the organizers) belong to any anti-capitalist movement?
We're just people worried about the current status quo and want to use our creative force to make capitalism cry (a little bit).
More FAQs to come. You can contact us for any question, comment or suggestion.
The organizers are not responsible for the content submitted to this jam or anything happening out of our control. Nevertheless, we’ll try to do our best to resolve any issue that may occur.
Thanks to C&C for proofreading and contributing to this text.
We hope one day this jam will become obsolete. Until then, thank you everybody for keep eroding capitalism.
 The quotation, attributed to both Fredric Jameson and Slavoj Žižek, has been extracted from "Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?" by Mark Fisher. The book investigates the effects of neoliberal ideology on popular culture, work, education, and mental health in contemporary society and “the widespread acceptance that there is no alternative to capitalism”. A must-read!