Essentially you can bugfix, tweak and polish, but not add content.
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Apologies if we've upset anyone - we're trying to do something good here and giving up a ton of our own spare time as well. But I can guarantee that every single game will get played by folk in the industry that may be hiring, and it's partly why we do the playthrough livestreams, to ensure that a wider group of industry folk get to see them too. The shortlist is manually curated though, not just whatever games are rated most by the community, as I agree, that would have all sorts of inherent unfairness.
I think it'd cause more problems if we try to change the system mid-way, when many of the judges have already started, but we can speak to the companies about the implications of doing it differently in future - it might mean not being able to get so many companies involved if we're asking them to spend time on games they're less likely to be interested in though.
But apologies again if anyone feels misled, the thought of that is heart-breaking - and we'll definitely take these concerns into consideration for the future when trying to weigh up all the different factors of making things as appealing and viable as possible to all concerned.
Hi, yeah, they'll play a shortlist of the games that we've selected - unfortunately we're a victim of our own success and couldn't get them to guarantee playing all 72. Although most will play many of them anyway, they just can't make a firm commitment that they will. The other option would be to split the games so that different judges play different games to cover them all - it'd mean less consistency in the judging though, but maybe that's a better option for future??
Unfortunately, no. If they are very game-breaking (to the degree the game is unplayable) DM me (GP) on the Discord server and, after demonstrating it, I'll see if we can do something fair to the other participants.
Game jam projects are meant to be buggy anyway =)
We're mulling over different ideas for the theme of the jam, and wanted to get some feedback meantime.
Although we don't want to discourage anyone from taking part in the jam purely for fun, we quite like the idea of setting a theme that could promote a good cause too. Partly to do some wider good, but also in terms of promoting everyone's games - if we have dozens of amazing games on a 'newsworthy' topic, we'd obviously be trying to get mainstream press coverage of such an accomplishment, and in turn bring more attention onto the jam and the games.
But we don't want anything too explicitly "worthy" or explicit, it needs to be something that can be understood to be supportive of something good, but can also be interpreted more broadly. As an example, a theme of "Hang in there" could be understood to encourage persistence, but it also means swinging / climbing mechanics would apply.
Open to suggestions around folk staying safe during Covid, or diversity/inclusion, or any other positive messages that our little game jam could help the world with :)
First of all, Happy New Year 2021!
It's time to introduce the Games Jobs Live Game Parade Spring 2021!
For those who missed the first edition, Game Parade is a week-long fully remote game jam designed to showcase talented game developers and build portfolio projects. Your projects will be played and judged by industry professionals from some of the best game development studios!
The jam will run from February 21st at 7.00 PM (UK Time) to February 28th at 11.59 PM (UK time).
The following week, once submissions and updates are closed, participants will play and rate the games developed during the jam.
Then, during the week commencing March 8th, the judges will provide their votes and feedback to the top games.
We'll do our best to live stream as many of the games as possible as we did last time, and then the awards live stream will take place on the evening of March 14th to announce and the winners, and celebrate everyone's achievements.
Take your spot, assemble your team or find one in the Games Jobs Live's Discord #looking-for-team channel or this Game Parade's itch.io community page.
Join now our discord channel at https://discord.com/invite/6wrGsBu and spread the word!
Thanks for your request and the time you spent exposing it.
Generally, I would agree with you. We considered this option while organizing, but then discarded it.
When you receive a test after a job interview, you usually have a fixed deadline to respect. You will not be able to do updates or fixes.
This jam goal is to expose talent to the industry, so we want to weight what any of you can do in a week. We need to value the skills of every team, and that would become tricky if constant updates are made during the rating period.
As the judges are all professionals, be sure they have knowledge and experience to understand what a team suffered with. Furthermore, they are surely aware that the most of you are not aged developers, so their evaluation considers that as well.
We're particularly excited as we're finally able to reveal one of the completely unique aspects of Game Parade. We've partnered with Universal Production Music in order to provide you with professional production quality music that you can use in games submitted for Game Parade 2020!
This means your Game Parade 2020 game can feature music the likes of which has appeared in film, TV, and games - completely exclusively for Game Parade 2020 games! There are additional terms we need you to accept in order to access the music, but as someone that's been developing games for over 30 years now, rest assured that there's nothing too onerous.
To kick off the game jam (and of course, announce the theme!) we'll have a kickoff livestream on Sunday at 7pm UK time / 11am Pacific Time, which Universal Production Music will join in order to tell us more about how you'll be able to use their music. So get yourself over to :
(if that link doesn't show, you'll also find the stream at www.youtube.com/gamesjobslive), then Set a Reminder to watch the stream live on Sunday. We will of course email everyone the theme details afterwards as well, and the stream can be watched on catchup afterwards.
We've seen many of you share news of Game Parade on Social Media, if I can just ask for one last push to promote it this weekend, we'll make it as big as possible and get as many of your amazing games in front of the games industry studios as possible. We now have over a dozen different games studios signed up that will be judging your games - including Studio Gobo, Electric Square, MAG Interactive, Red Beard Games, Storm in a Teacup, People Can Fly, Wardog Collective, Mistplay, Pocket Sized Hands, Altar Creative, Double Eleven, Ninja Kiwi and Rivet Games!
Have a great weekend meantime, and see you tomorrow!!
Colin and Gianmarco