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The theme will be announced on Twitter at the start of the game jam. This page will also be updated.

The theme will be more abstract and subject to interpretation this year. We think you'll have a lot of fun with this one!

What?

This is the second annual online Game Jam hosted by South Dakota State Univerity's Game Creation Organization. The theme will be revealed when the Game Jam starts! (See below under THEME at the bottom for more details.)

Who?

Anyone can enter!

When?

June 9th - 11th from 7PM to 7PM. You will have an extra half hour on Sunday for submission purposes, so you will have the full 48 hours to work on the game.

Where?

Wherever you are! This is completely online, so find a cool location to work and make something awesome! We definitely recommend a brighter area for inspiration for this year's theme, but your bedroom or basement works too!

Why?

Why not? Last year we hosted our own and it was pretty successful. We're hoping this year will be a lot of fun too. And the fact this landed on the holiday weekend is just coincidence. We picked the weekend the most people from our group are available.

Genre?

Quite a few genres will fit the theme. This year's theme really lends itself to creativity. Creative artists can really go wild with this, and creative programmers can try out some really unique game ideas. Static games might be a little trickier, but you really can't go wrong. If you are unsure, feel free to email us.

Platform?

We have a couple of tech savvy people who can get games to run on all sorts of devices. Build for whatever platform you like: PC, mobile, web, console, ect. If we don't have the hardware to run your game on its intended platform, we'll try to emulate it. Board games are accepted as well, though we may not be able to get around to rating them.

Teams?

If you are the kind of person who prefers to be the one man band, GO FOR IT! If you have a giant company that wants to participate as one giant team, GO FOR IT! Do what you can/want to do! We have no restrictions.

If our memory serves us right, last year's winning team was assembled completely by contact with us through emails and Twitter!

What if I am not very experienced?

That's the point! You learn and grow a lot from these competitions! Of course if you are experienced, you probably have other motivations which are fine too.

What if I don't finish my game?

Submit what works if you can. Otherwise email us screenshots and/or videos.

Fan games?

Fan games can be great practice if you are low on creativity or resources, but can be problematic if widely distributed. If you are concerned about your game being available to the public, email a cloud link to us and we won't distribute it. We won't make a video or stream on it either unless you provide permission in the email. But we will provide feedback and tell you where you stand in our ratings.

THEME

The theme is top secret! We won't reveal it publicly until the Game Jam starts on June 9th at 7 P.M. Central Time.

We will announce the theme on Twitter @SDSU_GCO

If you would like an email announcing the theme when the Game Jam starts instead, email us!

Judging will be based on the following criteria (note: subject to change):

  • Theme - Does the game match the theme?
  • Creativity - Does the game introduce a creative mechanic, story, or art style?
  • Technical Achievement - Is the game technically impressive? Does it make one wonder how it was made?
  • Polish - Does the game go the extra mile to feel clean? Does it have those extra details that make it shine?
  • Entertainment - Was the game entertaining to play?
  • Bonus Points - For the little things that matter! :D

Email

For all questions, concerns, theme requests, and private submissions, you can email us at: gco.sdsu@gmail.com

You can also follow us on Twitter @SDSU_GCO, or check us out on YouTube or Twitch