Submission open from 2017-03-03 01:30:00 to 2017-03-11 13:30:00
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Jamming To Resist

#ResistJam is an online game jam about creating games that resist oppressive authoritarianism in all its forms, in partnership with IndieCade.

It differs from most game jams in that we're providing mentorship and workshops from experienced members of the game industry to make sure that as many people as possible can participate, no matter their skill level. Our objective is to empower jammers to make amazing and powerful games by focusing on diversity and inclusion.


Presenting Partner: IndieCade

Media Partner: International Game Developers Association

Media Partner: Devolver Digital

Media Partner: Raw Fury

Media Partner: Global Game Jam

[More to come soon... if you're interested in helping us out, contact Tyler at tyler at retoragames dot com]

Why jam?

The global political climate grows increasingly terrifying by the day. We want to empower people to resist through the power of interactive media.

Not everyone can march, or be a figurehead of a movement, but we can all find ways to resist the oppressive hegemonic authoritarianism that pervades modern society. This is one of them.

Is this a jam about punching Nazis/violent anti-fascist resistance?

Not specifically. We're encouraging jammers to think about peaceful and inclusive ways to approach game development: games about self-care, personal experiences, and activism are all absolutely valid methods of expression.

Please do not make any games including names or depictions of real-life people without their explicit permission. Consider doing something different!

Additionally, we understand that some jammers may live in situations where participating in a politically-oriented game jam may put them in danger: in this case, we counsel caution, and to err on the side of safety whenever possible. More on that below.

Participating in this jam could compromise my safety. How can I keep myself safe?

Unfortunately, some jammers don't live in places where it's safe to publicly express political opinions. In those cases, we encourage jammers to, before anything else, keep themselves safe. If you're completely set on participating, we strongly recommend the DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity as a starter kit for keeping yourself safe and sound, though no solution is 100% secure. Additionally, we are exploring anonymous submission options, though we can't promise anything just yet.

If you are a jammer from an unsafe area with enquiries about this specific subject, please email Damon (de at coy dot ninja).

Want to hang out with other jammers and find a team? Check out the #ResistJam hashtag. We'll have a Discord server ready soon!