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Theme And Rules Sticky

A topic by romsteady created Jan 01, 2018 Views: 431 Replies: 4
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The theme of the Shacknews Slow Jam is...


The best genre changes take inspiration from the original work, find some elements that allow thematic consistency, and recapture the feel.  This design postmortem for Hitman GO should give you an idea about how this works.

What will we see?  The crew of the Normandy in a cart racer?  DOOM as a top-down shooter?  The Dragonborn jumping around in a platformer?  The possibilities are endless.

For this game jam, we will be accepting both game mods as well as new games.  There will be separate sets of rules for each.


  • The game you are modifying must still be available for purchase or legal download on March 1, 2018.
  • A link to a digital storefront to purchase or an official download page for the original game must be on your submission page.


  • Take inspiration from an original game, but unless the game is covered under an open asset license like Microsoft's Game Content Usage Rules, you should not use any assets from the original game.

Bleh - not stealing assets puts a real crimp on my idea.  lol


The more I think about the rules, the less I understand how this could work at all.  How can you remix a game  without using assets from the game to make it obvious what you're doing? 


The reason for the rule is more to prevent a DMCA takedown of a submission for unauthorized use of assets.  If you are riffing on the themes of a game, you might not need to use the original assets to bring across that theme.  That said, I'm not going to enforce the rule, but I'd be negligent if I didn't have it there.


Well that works! ;D