This jam is now over. It ran from 2020-11-16 00:00:00 to 2020-11-24 02:00:00. View 32 entries

The essay is a flexible format that allows its author to communicate, work through, and explore thoughts without traditional formal barriers. The content of essays can be personal, literary, historical, philosophical, aesthetic, and is often a combination of many topics, perspectives, and approaches to writing.

Bitsy is a flexible and accessible game engine that encourages tinkering and creating spaces to explore. It has been used to make large and small projects, and games ranging in topic from personal experiences, tributes to favorite videogame genres, and fantastical stories. There are even non-fiction Bitsies, that use the engine's ability to pull together basic graphical representations, space and text to convey a theme or topic in an unconventional way.

If your skill is in critical writing, this jam allows you to explore any topic through a different sort of structure. If you're coming from previously making games, you can use the jam as a chance to reflect on how to present a topic that has been interesting to you lately into a Bitsy game, or even adapt an existing essay or piece of critical writing into this form.


GUIDELINES:

  1. Decide on a topic to explore with your entry
  2. Make a game in Bitsy about this topic
  3. If you are adapting an existing text, clearly credit it. Similarly, also clearly credit if you use any of the Bitsy community resources, tools or hacks.
  4. Upload the exported HTML file from Bitsy and share it as a project on the jam page! 
  5. Join the Critical Distance discord where opportunities for sharing and discussing the jam entries will be arranged at the end of the jam


EXAMPLES AND INSPIRATION:


TIPS:

  • Look up even more Bitsy games in the Bitsy Tag
  • Explore critical essays and gaming related topics on Critical Distance
  • Check out Claire Morwood's absolute beginner's Bitsy Tutorial, which includes some hacks and advanced tricks at the end
  • Contact me on Twitter if you have any further questions or concerns: @netgal_emi
  • This jam overlaps with the Bitsy Classic Jam, so you can use the limitations of Bitsy Classic to further inspire your project, if you like!
  • HAVE FUN!

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a blurry history of our online hangout space
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A bitsy essay on wanting to plow a video game character.
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An introspective personal essay in bitsy
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GIF
An essay/game about the general lack of great Character Context in videogames. It's more fun than it sounds. :)
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GIF
A word on insomnia
Interactive Fiction
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a recipe with several tangents
Interactive Fiction
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A Bitsy essay about the impermanence of streaming platforms
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GIF
Pokémon, early youtube, and me.
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Musings from Spring 2019 to Fall 2020
Interactive Fiction
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On queers and monsters
Interactive Fiction
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🔪👁
Interactive Fiction
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squatters folklore. build a house in a single night
Interactive Fiction
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A virtual gallery of the first mass-produced pixel art tutorial.
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A few thoughts about art jewellery
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What if forced afk?
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a small essay/game
Simulation
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Let's picture chaos in a cool way along with Rosenrips' music.
Interactive Fiction
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essay for the bitsy essay jam
Adventure
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A short meditation on Twine, art, and discomfort with endings.
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or something
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An entry to The Bitsy Essay Jam
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GIF
a short little introspective thing i made for the bitsy essay jam.
Interactive Fiction
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An essay for the Bitsy Essay Jam. Collect Batarangs and learn how one guy feels about Batman.
Interactive Fiction
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Educational
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A game about play for the Bitsy Essay Jam!
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This is my first bitsy game so it sucks
Role Playing
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There's No Escape
Interactive Fiction
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An interactive essay (emphasis on that term as "essai" or attempt) that feels more like a text dump. #BitsyEssayJam
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An essay on ludology made with Bitsy
Educational
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