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Welcome to the Meta Game Jam, where you create a metagame in two weeks!

What are 'meta' games?

Simply put, metagames are games about games. More specifically, metagames are games that:
    • comment on / deconstruct / parody / satire game design, game mechanics, games development, or game culture; and/or
    • heavily feature the use of meta-references (such as breaking the fourth-wall) or other metafiction elements; and/or
    • provide a level of abstraction above an existing 'game' (e.g. gamification, ARGs, analysing opponents/strategies in esports)


Discord and Twitter:

  • Come join our official Discord server (for this jam and future jams), because game jams are more fun when there's a community!
  • Follow the official Twitter account @MetaGameJam and make your tweets with the hashtag #MetaGameJam :)
  • You can also follow my personal twitter @XavierEkkel if you have any questions or just because you like living life on the edge.


Prizes:

  • ~$100 in game prizes to top entries and to those who give great feedback in the voting period!
  • A special role in our Discord server!
  • Lots of feedback from other participants and YouTubers/streamers (see below)!
  • Most importantly, the satisfaction of finishing an awesome metagame!


Guidelines/rules:

  • Max team size is 4. You can find teammates easily on our CrowdForge page or in our Discord server.
  • Voting is public, but having your friends sign up just to vote on your game will result in disqualification
  • Games must be entirely free to play until the end of voting
  • Accessible formats (web and/or Windows) and inputs (mouse and keyboard) preferred
  • Shorter experiences recommended


Metaness categories:

When you submit, you will be able to tag your game with different metaness categories (some prizes will be tied to these categories):

  • Breaks the Fourth Wall
  • About Games Development
  • About Gaming Culture
  • Genre Deconstruction
  • Game Mechanic Deconstruction (e.g. abusive games, game mechanic minimalism, game mechanic exaggeration)
  • Specific Game Parody
  • External Interaction (e.g. gamification, ARGs, use of external websites / files / locations / resources)
  • Other (if your game prominently features meta elements that don't match the above, use this tag)

See the 'Where can I read more about metagames?' section below for more information.


Voting categories:

There will be two weeks of public voting after submissions closed on the following categories:

  • Overall - your overall opinion of the game, in all aspects important to you.
  • Metaness Quality - is the game 'meta', and to what extent? How successfully does it explore its relevant metaness categories?
  • Uniqueness of Metaness - how unique are the meta aspects of the game? Has this metagame been done before? Yes, this voting category is quite meta ;)
  • Gameplay Innovation - how unique and unexpected is the gameplay?
  • Fun - how much did you enjoy playing this game? Was it addictive? Did it make you lose track of time?
  • Humour - How funny is the game? Did it make you smirk/chuckle/laugh?
  • Audio - All the aural aspects, including music, sound effects, and voice acting (only rate based on the audio created during the jam, not audio created before the jam)
  • Aesthetics - All the visual aspects, including art assets and UI (only rate based on art assets created during the jam, not art assets created before the jam)

Note: you don't have to aim to score well in each category (e.g. a serious non-fun metagame is also fine!).

Please to leave feedback on any game you rate! It's more helpful than just a number, and it helps them find your game :)

FAQ:

Can I update my game after the deadline?
Yes! The game jam is meant to motivate you, not hold you back!

Help! I missed the deadline!
Don't stress! Just tweet or email Xavier with a link to your game and I'll let you submit!

Where can I download the logo? Can I put it in my game?
You can download the logo here, and you are welcome (and encouraged) to include it as a splash screen for your game!

What platform should I create my game for?
You are allowed to create a game for any platform; however, it is highly recommended that you create a game for the browser and/or as a Windows executable (Mac and Linux versions are a bonus - the more platforms, the better). Games created only for other platforms are less likely to be played by our YouTubers/streamers and other participants, and will receive less feedback and ratings as a result.

Can I use other peoples' work in my game?
We do not take responsibility for any unauthorised uses of other peoples' work (e.g. music, sound, art) and any consequences that may result from its use. Please use work that you are authorised to use or that you created from scratch yourself.

Do I keep the rights to my game?
Yes! You keep the rights to everything you create for this game jam.

Is there any restriction on game engines?
Nope! You are free to use whichever game engine you like - including your own custom-built engines - as long as you create your game-specific code and assets from scratch.


YouTubers/streamers:

If you are a YouTuber or Twitch streamer interested in playing the games from this game jam, I can add you to a list in this section so participants and onlookers can easily find your content! If interested, please tweet me or email me.

Official List (so far) of Streamers / YouTubers awaiting your entries:



Games submitted(115)

All submissions
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Browser playable (61)
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Windows (65)
macOS (25)
Linux (21)
Android (1)
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Breaks the Fourth Wall (56)
Game Mechanic Deconstruction (37)
Genre Deconstruction (27)
External Interaction (12)
About Gaming Culture (29)
About Games Development (33)
Other (28)
Specific Game Parody (27)
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Team of 4 (15)
Team of 3 (12)
Team of 1 (70)
Team of 2 (18)

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Learn with Baldi in his fully 3D interactive schoolhouse! ...Just don't get any questions wrong.
GIF
Maryo's village destroyed and a princess is kidnapped. Well maybe you should help him a little
Adventure
Play in browser
GIF
Micro-games with an emphasis on humor. Inspired by WarioWare's quick game play and flamboyant personality.
GIF
A action-puzzle platformer for the Meta Game Jam
Platformer
You may not be a developer, but Joey Pistachio is!
Interactive Fiction
Recruit your troops, and face the world full of monsters and treasure.
Adventure
Play in browser
Wall-breaking puzzle game!
Defend your garden against fruit thieves
Action
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GIF
Things are not what they seem to be...
Short project for the #MetaGameJam (march 2018)
Adventure
Time is running out, you must manage your time carefully while complete your duties.
Simulation
Enjoy a unique experience where you play outside the game.
Puzzle
Escape the Tower.
GIF
An Exploration Through A Dream Journal
Its another Fnaf Fangame... Or is it!?
Adventure
GIF
Players controlling Players
Puzzle
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Made lot and lot games and money!
Simulation
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done during meta game jam
Puzzle
GIF
They say the higher Actions Per Minute (APM) wins all RTS games. We'll find out!
Strategy
GIF
A small metroidvania game with a unique story and approach
Adventure
#MetaGameJam entry
Puzzle
Play in browser
Kairos is a game about game achievements and their meaning.
Simulation
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Starring Chris Evans as Cover Snake
Action
A puzzle meta game
Puzzle
A game made for the META GAME JAM...
Play in browser
Selen just woke up from a heavy sleep. Disoriented as is, this little dreamy girl discovers you across the screen.
Adventure
Management simulation of working as a game marketeer.
Simulation
GIF
do, crash, repeat
Interactive Fiction
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Help a poorly programmed character survive by jumping through 3 different game worlds.
Platformer
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Thou shall become the God!
Interactive Fiction
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GIF
A game where you play an NPC.
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The quick time event platformer
Platformer
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Oh Chosen One, can you save the world?
Adventure
Will you be ... the Chosen One?
Role Playing
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GIF
Grab control and make your way out
Platformer
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Two guys are rushing to deliver a game in time for a game jam.
its your time to MAKE A GAME!
Puzzle
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A simple game, where you have to find all mines.
Puzzle
the life of an average programmer
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Welcome to the game! Please read the rules before getting started!
Please be scared.
Platformer
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Leap of Faith
Action
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The system that makes you wait
Simulation
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A Meta Enigma
Puzzle
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Find and fix the bugs of old retro games.
A satirical twist on how we interact with games.
Puzzle
MetaMyth - A MetaGameJam 2018 Entry
Action
Play in browser
Action
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Ever wanted to launch a car into a building?
Simulation
A Multitasking Meta Arcade Game
Platformer
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Help Kojima stopping the release of Metal Gear Survive
Action
The Player Person, a unisex device for all.
Play in browser
Simulation
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Beat the game by changing its source code!
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A game with multiple personality disorder and a solely desire: to be another game.
Puzzle
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A game where you travel through other game worlds because is too hard make a remarkable universe and conquer the public.
Adventure
in a world, where its not a world at all, but a game....
Action
Are you an Amaze-Ball enough dude to save the President from Isis Ninjas?
Action
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Save the turtle!
Adventure
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You are the Chosen one destined to overcome your evil twin brother.
Platformer
Play in browser
GIF
Delete errors, write code, but don't forget that you need food to survive!
Simulation
A non-game game that contains multiple games but you play none of them
Interactive Fiction
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Play the classic game, same graphics, same bugs.
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A game about making a game, removing bugs, and being immersed in a game dev's world.
Simulation
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A short, experimental point'n'click
Adventure
Developer Design Game
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A story of a girl obsessed with games.
Interactive Fiction
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breakout and falling
Meta Game Jam 2018 Entry
Simulation
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Short little game that we weren't anywhere near finishing made for the metagame jam.
Platformer
Play in browser
GIF
Shooter with online leaderboard.
Shooter
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Created by Kevin Nguyen Nguyen, Portrait and Character Design by Adam Herrera
Simulation
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Platformer
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Be careful who you "control"...
Fighting
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A web-based game where you add parts to your computer to make it work
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Play the role of an addicted individual, to better understand addiction.
Simulation
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Climb a dark wizard's tower to reclaim a stolen crystal, and hope the game doesn't break horribly.
Action
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Two little friends work together to play video games
Action
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There's not much else to do, anyway.
Visual Novel
Girls waiting you!
Visual Novel
directly off of Naughty Dog's FTP server
Action
Simulation
Play in browser
Start The Game the game
Puzzle
GIF
prototype for Meta Game Jam
Play in browser
Adventure
A meta game about *not* breaking the 4th wall.
Play in browser
my entry for the meta game jam entry starring a duck
Adventure
Short parody game for the #MetaGameJam (March 2018)
Action
Try out this 4 in one package made by obj_GameMaker001(which is me)
Adventure
an immersive and challeging adventure
Adventure
Meta Game Jam Submission
Simulation
Going Deeper Into Hardware
Action
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Gotta Go Faster!
Action
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Wait, where I can jump?
flap flap flap
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You have three nights to code your game. Can you do it, and get enough sleep at the same time?
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Help Lubi find some strange items.
Adventure
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Use words then Lose them
Puzzle
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This game is made for 2-7 minutes worth of video commentary.
Puzzle
go in circles endlessly with a backseat driver
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A tiny tech demo with a tiny mouse
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Puzzle
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GIF
An Alexandre Pontaise's lesson on how to create a successful game.
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