Entering the #1GAM

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July 5th, 2014 4:22 am

I’m thirsty of making games.

I decided that 3 games per year wasn’t enough, so I seriously thought of making my own games alone.

But with my new job, my free time considerably dropped, and every game I started never stand more than two months, mainly because of a lack of motivation.

So, when I saw the #1GAM jam, I first just thought that I can’t do 12 games a year, I’m not even able to make one a year !

After several weeks, it came to me that this jam was not about forcing you to make games quickly, but more about how can you make games quickly. And when I say how, I talk about organization.

That was the key of all my failures, and that’s why #1GAM was made for.

So if you want to make your own games alone, and you’re a totally mess about making games done, it’s a really good place to start.

The #1GAM uses the gamification to encourage you to focus on time constraint, and with less time, you must make smaller games, and smaller games means less gameplay. And that’s here where it become interesting. You choose what’s important, what’s essential, what’s impossible to make within time and what’s not worth to make.

You work alone, but there’s thousands of people making the jam for the same reasons. If you’re bad at writing or designing, some people may look for coders like you, and if you’re a good writer but have bad dev skills, there’s even more people looking for you.

It’s a unique experience I strongly recommend, you can only get out with even more experience in game development, and all organization aspects that comes with.

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4 Responses to “Entering the #1GAM”

  1. TobiasW says:

    It took me a while to figure out that the first letter in your #OGAM wasn’t a zero, haha. The official hashtag/short form is #1GAM :)

    Best of luck with your endeavours there!

    PS: #1GAM doesn’t mention anywhere that you should do your games alone as far as I remember, but yeah, it’s a good opportunity to learn that if that’s what you want to do.

  2. GaTechGrad says:

    At first I thought this was referring to that game jam that takes place from 2am to 2am during the daylight savings time change. But anyway, if you do all the monthly Mini-LDs those can count towards your #1GAM as well.

  3. crazyrems says:

    Hum, I didn’t noticed I wrote 1GAM wrong!! :O what a shame
    I stopped after the fourth month >_< it went horribly wrong I had a new job a new house and less time (again), and no network…
    … maybe I should make a new attempt :)

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