Game development events like Ludum Dare?
September 1, 2012 2:26 PM   Subscribe

Recently I've discovered Ludum Dare, a game development competition where the focus is on making games based on a theme within a given time constraint. I'm curious if there are other similarly organized game-development events designed to bring together small independent game developers and hobbyists.
posted by muymuy to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
For roguelikes there's the 7DRL Challenge, and for Interactive Fiction there's the IF Competition. Both of them have been a major driving force behind development in general for their respective game genres.
posted by burnmp3s at 3:02 PM on September 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

I believe the generic term for what you are looking for is Game Jam. If you google that and your area you will probably find some local events.
posted by Gary at 3:04 PM on September 1, 2012 [1 favorite]

Much less daunting than the IF Competition is the occasional and intimate Hours of Inform minicomp. I participated in HOI 2006 (I think it was) and the ratio of commitment to motivation to reward was perfect.

There was actually also a MetaFilter Interactive Fiction Contest a couple of years ago.
posted by usonian at 3:08 PM on September 1, 2012

"Game Jam" indeed is the magic search term I am looking for, thanks!
posted by muymuy at 3:22 PM on September 1, 2012

Klik of the Month Klub where participants try to make (deliberately bad) games in 2 hours using software aimed at children.
posted by flibbertigibbet at 6:08 PM on September 1, 2012

Outside of computer games, there's Game Chef for RPGs.
posted by novalis_dt at 11:03 PM on September 2, 2012

posted by MangyCarface at 7:09 AM on September 5, 2012

Game Jam Central is surprisingly good at staying up to date.
posted by 23 at 1:44 AM on November 6, 2012

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