I’ve resolved to create more in 2015, which is a decidedly unoriginal resolution. Irony.
Nevertheless, to kick the year off I decided to participate in the 2015 Global Gam Jam, my first jam in quite some time. What follows is some things I either learned, was reminded of or simply found myself thinking about as a result of GGJ2015.
- I’m not well suited for game jams, I have polish demons. (that’s a lowercase “p”… the ancestry of my demons is unclear)
- I need to work harder at rapid prototyping. Games don’t need to be polished to reveal their worth. Not everything has to be perfect.
- I chose too many mechanics for a 48 hour timeframe. A single puzzle mechanic would have been fine. I chose a series of unrelated puzzles and that was a mistake. I ended up cutting one (see title image) and still took longer than the allotted time.
- I love to draw.
- I love visual design, particularly the simple and honest aesthetics.
- I love puzzles, in all forms. It’s a genre I’ve always gravitated towards as a player and should probably focus more on this as a creator. I suspect my best work will come out of a genre I’m passionate about.
- I enjoy constraints.
- I have ideas for a wide variety of game jams with unusual (and hopefully interesting) constraints. More on this later.
- 2015 is off to a great start.
You can play “What Do We Do Now? here. It’s a Flash game, sorry mobile folks.