8 Bits to Infinity presents GAME TOOLS HACKATHON, a week-long challenge to create a tool which speeds up the asset creation process or creates higher-quality assets, under the restriction of a given theme.
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What is 8 Bits to Infinity? A game development community working to improve creative and technical skills through rapid iteration and honest critical feedback. We host a new game jam every month!
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Entries which break rules or have no clear relation to the Requirement will be removed.
Create a tool which assists in game development, whether making a process easier, simpler, faster, or more effective.
Use any engines, frameworks, or libraries you like. If an engine, framework, or library is required to use your tool, the software must be free (as in beer).
Your tool may be:
Some ideas for tools:
In addition to the theme, we will include optional challenges which have no effect on rating, but can make the jam more fun.
The challenges will be announced when the jam begins.
Be sure to mention which challenges you accepted in your jam page, so players know to look for them!
What does "general-purpose code" mean in the context of a hackathon?
Any code created before the jam must be general enough that it does not apply directly to the goal of the tool. This is a bit of a gray area, but generally speaking you should be producing a majority of your code during the time period, as this is a hackathon.
Do I need to make a game?
A sample game is a great way to demonstrate the features of your tool and to show that it can be used in production. However, you are not required to make a sample game.
Can I make a full engine?
In a week? Good luck! But seriously, you're better off focusing on one particular aspect of the development process.
Should I build a Windows/Mac/Linux/web/[insert system here] version?
The more systems you support, the more people will be able to access your game. Some people prefer web versions because running downloaded software can be spoopy, while others prefer a download to keep the games locally and avoid the extra problems associated with web builds.
If you're using something like Unity, export versions for all systems! Most of the time, they'll work fine without any testing.
I didn't finish. Should I still submit?
Yes! A solid prototype could still win the hackathon, and it's worth showcasing your work to get feedback.
How can I get more people to use my tool?
Use tools from other entries and leave quality feedback. Be sure to politely ask the dev to try yours, so they know you want feedback. There's 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.
Where can I ask more questions?
Ask away in the community or on Discord.
Tools will be rated by a panel of judges with differing views but a shared interpretation of star values and voting categories. Judge entries and disqualified submissions will not be rated.
Judging criteria will be explained in detail here in the near future.
Every jam entrant is eligible for Top Feedback, a prize for the person who submits the highest quantity of high-quality feedback during the jam. In addition to posting the feedback on itch.io, it must also be submitted for consideration to 8 Bits to Infinity. Keep an eye on Discord and your email for information about how to submit your feedback near the end of the jam.
Both the highest-ranking overall entry and the winner of Top Feedback will receive the following:
In addition, the winning entry will be added to the list of 8 Bits to Infinity Jam Winners and the top feedback winner added to the Feedback Hall of Fame on the 8 Bits to Infinity website (forthcoming).
Any tweet with the #8bitstoinfinity hashtag in September 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 October, with a link to their Twitter placed among the chatbot's random messages.
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