Hello there friends! I’ll be using my old Tumblr as a home base until the website is up and running.
I’ll get right to it: GameJam for the Little Man is a game jam I’m starting up in order to encourage little nobodies, like myself, to live blog and jam out on their pre-existing games. Lord knows there is a million of us with half-finished games laying around, while we wait for a rainy day to finish them. I want us to get to the finish line. The idea is to crunch for your game’s launch, or to at least crush a major milestone, within a four-day period from March 28th - March 31st. If that just sounds like a cool idea to you, and you don’t really want to read my super long thing about it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’re not sold yet, keep reading.
First and foremost, the idea for this Jam was born from my inability to focus on game development while simultaneously working a full time job. It goes without saying that there has to be a whole sea of folks out there with the same set of circumstances as me. The problem is that we don’t communicate with each other.
I think this happens for a few reasons. I feel like us amateurs are ashamed of our lackluster portfolios, and because we don’t have a true forum where other likeminded folks can hear us, we stay where we are. The only people who can effectively communicate are successful developers because the masses have a reason to listen. We have to fight hard to hear each other. Luckily, places like Reddit and Twitter help foster our community, but still it is a struggle.
It was also born out my own desire to force motivation on not only myself, but an entire community of folks. I have struggled with motivation all my life. I find it very easy to slip into long breaks from development because of the stresses of everyday life. But it’s time to put my foot down. I want to cross that finish line and I want to bring you with me. Not only do I want to finish this damn game, but I want to make a big enough deal about finishing it that it would inspire other people to work hard on their stuff too. The point of this game jam is to feed off of each other for motivation.
I want to show love to everyone in my shoes. I know it’s a struggle. I think it is easier to be motivated when you know there are people eager for you to finish. We often don’t have that luxury as hobbyists, and honestly, the only people who are going to care about our games are each other. Let’s form a community of people who want to see each other’s’ games. We can be fulfilled by each other – if no one else.
Email me if interested and I’ll start organizing things.
Try out the playable alpha of my game here.