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Game Jam

Nottingham National Videogame Arcade hosts JumpJam


Make games about jumping, possibly get them in an exhibition
Mar 10
This year, England's National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham is hosting its first major exhibition titled Jump!, dedicated to jumping in games. Aiming to answer questions like "Why do so many games include jumping" and "How h... read
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#JamForLeelah

Game jam dealing with the struggles of being trans


Not your typical game characters
Feb 25
A month-long game jam, JamForLeelah, recently concluded and the 22 participating games are available now. Leelah Alcorn was a transgender teen who had a passion for videogames and an interest in game design. Leelah took her l... read
Teacart 1k game jam photo
Teacart 1k game jam

Teacart 1k game jam to build multiple games using the same save file


Progress in one game can yield unexpected results in another
Feb 11
Jim Crawford, best known for the notoriously strange Frog Fractions, is putting together a game jam built around the idea of creating games compatible with SHARECART1000. What's special about SHARECART1000? It is a system tha... read
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Lovesick

Presenting Lovesick, a game about projectile wedding-night vomit


Created for the Barfcade game jam (which I'm so glad exists)
Jan 27
I'm filing this one under "You'd be stupid not to cover it, Jordan." Lovesick is a simple, physics-driven two-player game for PC and Mac in which a bride and groom explode out of both ends after eating undercooked shrimp. Cla... read
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7DFPS

I played a bunch of bizarre first-person shooters so you don't have to


But you should try some of them anyway
Nov 18
You remember Superhot, don't you? It's a first-person shooter in which time progresses at a normal speed only when you move. Or how about Receiver? It had somewhat realistic gun handling that made for a rewarding experience. ... read
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0-Hour Game Jam

Madden Crusade was made in under an hour


One of the crude, funny games of the 0h Game Jam
Nov 03
Did you remember to adjust your clock(s) on Sunday? I just slept in as always. Some game designers used the end of daylight saving time as an excuse to, get this, be productive. There's this thing called the 0h Game Jam in wh... read
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PC

Cloudbase Prime alpha build available now, free to download


A bouncy low-poly FPS platformer by Tyrus Peace
Aug 24
Originally created for the 7DFPS Challenge in 2012, Cloudbase Prime is an attractive-looking low-poly FPS platformer by Tyrus Peace and is currently available for free in its 0.2 alpha state. You can download it here. Set ... read
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Ludum Dare 30

Ludum Dare 30 has begun!


Constraints often inspire creativity!
Aug 22
Ludum Dare 30, the indie game jam, has officially begun! For the next 72 hours, many amateur (and professional) game developers are going to hunker down and do their best to create a game focused around a central theme. The t... read
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No Wave

No Wave is a point-and-click game set in NY's music scene


Sonic Youth and Swans on the soundtrack? Win!
May 14
Aside from videogames, music is my other big passion in life, whether it's just listening to it, going to gigs or reading about various bands or periods in music history. So when I got a message from the developers of No Wave... read
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Vertico

Ludum Dare 29 entry Vertico dives into an isometric coral reef


Admittedly less insane than previous games by developer Ultimate Walrus
May 07
The Ludum Dare 29 game jam is currently in the voting phase, with the theme "beneath the surface." Developer Sebastian Janisz of Ultimate Walrus took the theme to a decidedly less mental place than some of his past creations... read
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Indie Game The French Movie
This is confusing, but cool. Pixel Heart is going to be a documentary that visits a bunch of talented, global folks in videogames -- Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Rez), Robin Hunicke (Sims, Journey), Edmundo Bordeu (Zeno Clash), Mark H... read feature

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These make the Wii balance board look downright boring. Er, more boring.
There was a wonderful spread of strange and interesting indie games at GDC, including a special exhibit called Alt.Ctrl, focusing on projects that made use of unusual controllers. Bill Zoeker screwed around with these for a ... read feature

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Documentary

I have a good feeling about the documentary series Super Game Jam


It follows five separate 48-hour game jams
Mar 17
Filmmakers Daniel Oliveira Carneiro and Bram Ruiter are teaming up with publisher Devolver Digital for Super Game Jam, a monthly documentary series which pairs up notable independent designers for 48 hours of game making bas... read
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Procedural Death Jam

Procedural Death Jam cites Spelunky and FTL as influences


'Stop trying to make procedural death labyrinth happen'
Mar 03
Roguelikes have seen a surge in popularity in the last few years, with some titles reaching the highest levels of indie game success, like FTL: Faster Than Light or Spelunky. However, despite the recent focus on certain game ... read
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Cyberpunk

The Cyberpunk Game Jam is now open to entries


Someone please make a Ramones Vs. Terminator game
Mar 02
Up and coming indie darling Devi Ever (Lillian Gish, Call Center Cleveland) is putting on a Cyberpunk Game Jam, and you're all invited. A lot of promising entries are already in the works by the likes of Okinawa Terminal, Bac... read
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Gods Will Be Watching

Gods Will Be Watching coming to Steam, GOG in June


I hope none are watching me in the bathroom
Feb 26
Last year we heard that Devlover Digital would be publishing the tense, point-and-click game Gods Will Be Watching from Spanish developer Deconstructeam. If you've been waiting for the full release then, it's still a few mon... read
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Double Fine

Fans are bringing an unused Double Fine pitch to life


BAD GOLF 2! BAD GOLF 2!
Feb 24
While it may not have been my favorite concept for a game out of Amnesia Fortnight 2014, the pitch itself for Bad Golf 2 was among the best. It was literally just Double Fine's Patrick Hackett chanting "Bad Golf 2!" four time... read
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Trainfinity transforms tablets to train tracks


48-hour jam game needs to be in my life
Feb 21
Watch this. It's a teaser for Trainfinity, a game developed in 48 hours during the Nordic Game Jam last week. A local cooperative multiplayer game, tracks run in three lanes from one player's tablet to the next while trains ... read
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Double Fine

These are the four winning games of Amnesia Fortnight


Pitching games isn't easy
Feb 18
Before Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight, "The only way [other people] would become project lead was if I died, and I didn't want to die. Or be killed," said CEO Tim Schafer. The game jam is back this year and as voted by peop... read
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Flappy Jam, a collection of almost unplayable games


Indie devs get together in support of one another
Feb 11
The latest game dev jam is Flappy Jam, which sees indie developers getting together in an effort to show support for each other in the game development community. "Envy and teasing should not belong to our community," the web... read
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Candy Kill

Ska Studios puts out free game to protest Candy jerks


Trolling the trademark trolls
Feb 07
After Candy Crush Saga developer King filed a trademark for the word "candy" as it pertains to videogames, indie developers struck back the only way they knew how -- by making indie games. Appropriately and reb... read
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Double Fine

Vote on potential Double Fine games in Amnesia Fortnight


It's back, now with more Pendleton Ward
Feb 06
Double Fine is hosting another Amnesia Fortnight game jam over the next two weeks, giving fans a chance to support the company financially and voice their opinion about which prototypes should move forward into full producti... read
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Oculus Rift bomb defusal

Cut the red wire! Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes


Wait, no, the blue one! Press the dog button! How much time is left?
Jan 28
Asymmetric cooperative multiplayer is an idea that I always love to see in action. Artemis has done a good job proving that the concept is sound, if not a bit cumbersome to execute. The newest game that falls into the catego... read
Candy Jam photo
Candy Jam

Love candy but hate trademark trolling? Here's Candy Jam


Sucrose trademarks? More like suck-gross, right?
Jan 22
Just the other day we heard that King, developer of the why-are-all-of-my-friends-playing-this behemoth Candy Crush Saga, successfully trademarked the word "candy" as it relates to games. In an effort to fight trademark trol... read
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PC

McPixel developer's new web game is pure chaos


Night Rider Turbo
Nov 27
"Your car is falling apart in the middle of the night in the middle of a highway. Make sure not to die. This is important. Control the car using hand." This is Night Rider Turbo, the chaotic new game from McPixel creator Sos ... read
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Leaf Me Alone

Need something to do? Play Leaf Me Alone


Ludum Dare 26 game playable in browser
Nov 19
The Ludum Dare game jam series has been going on for a while now, with its 28th iteration coming up next month. Ludum Dare 26's theme was "minimalism," and one of the titles to come out of that event was Leaf Me Alone, a 2D e... read
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Max Scoville presents "Sexy Video Game News-Hole"
As you might've heard yesterday, I am back with Destructoid as full-time Video Warlock. And so, I've wasted absolutely no time whatsoever abusing my newfound power, and here's the first episode of my new show: Sexy Video Gam... read feature

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Simulation

So, I played this 'Golf Ball Picker-Upper Cart' sim


And it was worth the download!
Jul 30
I'm not usually prone to playing straight-faced simulation games. You know the ones. If I ever did, it would be for a laugh rather than an actual desire to get enjoyment out of performing digital recreations of mundane tasks.... read
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Simulator

That space-station janitor sim now has multiplayer


Viscera Cleanup Detail still cracks me up
Jul 23
The impressive effort of a game jam, Viscera Cleanup Detail is another one of those inherently funny simulation games that's actually in on the joke. As you've hopefully heard by now, it stars you as a determined janitor who ... read
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Hatesnake3D

Hatesnake3D is a surreal kaleidoscope of snake survival


Unhinge your jaw and eat your heart out, Keita Takahashi
Jun 20
Indie Buskers is a group of developers who participate in game jams to help pay the bills. Rat King is one of those developers, consisting of a two-person team with a pretty diverse portfolio. In the most recent Indie Buskers... read






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