This jam is now over. It ran from 2023-02-24 07:00:00 to 2023-03-07 06:59:59. View results
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Sponsored by AARP Games
Thank you to everyone who participated in the first Hidden Heroes Jam and congratulations to the top submitter-ranked entries!
Check out the full rankings here: https://itch.io/jam/hidden-heroes-jam/results
The top ranked games by category are:
The Hidden Heroes Jam is a celebration of those who have shaped us. It is a game jam for creators to share the never-before-told stories of older and extended family members, teachers, co-workers, mentors, and friends – people whose wisdom have meaningfully impacted our lives.
Join us to create interactive expressions-of-gratitude to those who have walked the paths before us and inspired us, our Hidden Heroes.
A Hidden Hero is an older person in our lives whose life story and wisdom inspired, transformed, and guided us. A non-fictional older person who your game is about or who inspired your game.
Here are three tips in identifying a great ‘hidden hero’ for this game jam:
While you are more than welcome to pick a hidden hero that is no longer with us, it is easier, and oftentimes more rewarding, to pick someone that you can reach out to and show your game to afterwards.
We have a full page of resources for experienced devs and beginners alike, including game development tools, suggestions for beginners, and tips and tricks for interviewing someone about their story.
We also strongly recommend joining our Discord community for team making, playtesting, and showing off your work!
Submit your jam game through this itch.io page.
When you submit, include a written artist statement that explains who you are, why you picked your hidden hero, and how you translated their wisdom and/or life story into a game. This is included in the submission field.
Share your work! Whether it be works-in-progress during the jam or your final project after the deadline we encourage you to share on our Discord server and use #hiddenheroesjam when you post on social media!
All teams that submit by the jam deadline are eligible to vote and be voted for on itch.io. One of the submitting teams will receive a free submission to IndieCade Anywhere & Everywhere (can be used for a game of their choosing).
Teams with members from participating Horizons schools are eligible for special prizes including portfolio reviews and mentoring. These will be pulled from the submitter rankings as well as a raffle.
A team only needs one participant from a Horizons school to be eligible.
Participants will be tasked with creating a game that fits the Hidden Heroes theme described above during the duration of the jam (Feb. 24 – Mar. 5), in whatever format they choose. Form a team with others or work solo – you decide!
The jam is open to people of all skill levels, newcomers are always welcome, and we will ensure that everyone finds a team to join that fits your skills and interests. We encourage participants to join the Discord server for networking and team-building.
Use of pre-made code/assets is allowed as long as they are credited to the proper source.
|Before the Jam
|Participants are invited to join Discord, start forming teams, and consider who their Hidden Heroes are before the jam begins. We also invite you to join the jam research project.
|Friday, February 24th
|Jam launch! Jam officially begins at the beginning of the day (midnight, Pacific Time)
|During the Jam
|Make your game. Workshop it and share your progress on Discord.
Jam as long as you want, whether it just be on a weekend or the full ten days.
|Sunday, March 5th
|Jam ends. Final submission deadline is at end of day (midnight, Pacific Time).
Teams that submit to itch.io by the deadline can vote on each other's games!
|Monday, March 6th
|Discord showcase day! We encourage all participants to share their work in the showcase channel on Discord throughout the day and provide feedback for the other games.
|Sunday, March 19th
|Submitter voting ends. Final submission deadline is at end of day (midnight, Pacific Time).
If you'd like your school or academic program to partner with Horizons, enroll here.
Sponsored by AARP Games
Northeastern University - College of Arts, Media and Design
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
TAG Lab, Concordia University
Wevr Virtual Studio
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