With the end of the year rapidly approaching we are running out of days for more game jams. This year has seen a throng of game jams cropping up all over the place covering all manner of genre, each with their own personality. This year really has been the year of the game jam and it’s not over yet.
The Indie Speed Run is a jam running from November the 28th over the whole of December to conclude in the new year on January the 6th. The jam is fully online and there is still ample time to get involved so hopefully it should attract many developers far and wide. It also contains just a few people on the judging panel that you may know…
Although running for several weeks the Indie Speed Run jam still adheres to the strict 48 hour policy that we have seen commonly in many jams. This of course forces the developers to create their game over a manic caffeine fuelled couple of days, always making for some interesting results.
The way this time frame is enforced is in the sign up process, as once signed up and ready you can press the start button. Once pressed you are given 48 hours to complete the project and two secret elements exclusive to that team, which of course must be included in the game.
It’s a great idea and hopefully one that will encourage a lot of developers to get involved. One big draw to Indie Speed Run is the first place candidate will walk away with $2 500 which will no doubt incentives many developers to have a go.
Who is doing the judging I hear you ask? The Indie Speed Run has a star-studded cast of video game celebrities which include; the man behind Minecraft Markus “Notch” Persson, The programming genius behind Limbo Dino Patti, and the hilarious and highly sarcastic Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw known for his biting reviews on The Escapist (Zero Punctuation). These are just a few of the judges (all pictured above), for the full list check out the official site.
The Indie Speed Run looks like a developers dream jam and you can enter online from anywhere in the world right now here.
You can sign up and participate in the jam until the 6th of January and the competition will be judged over January – Providing the Mayan are indeed wrong. So head over to the official site to see the full list of judges and join in on the fun.