At GDC this year, Chris Hecker (Indie Game Jam, Spore, Spy Party) gave a brief rant on the state of game jams, compos, and the scene that revolves around them. Chris himself is no stranger to the jam/compo circuit, being one of the founders of the Indie Game Jam back in 2001. Here’s what he had to say.
I don’t imagine this will strike a nerve with
anyone many around here. After all, if you hop in to our IRC room during the off season, you can catch many developers working on what they consider their “main projects”. And sometimes those main projects started or were seeded by a compo. We’re all about taking what you’ve learned or made here and going above and beyond the 48. We encourage it, since we do it ourselves. To the IGF, to Kongregate, to the App Store and beyond.