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GMC Jam Discussion The Classic GMC Jam 32 - 8 year anniversary

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  1. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    The GMC Jam is a WILD game development contest run every 3 months by the GameMaker Community. This is the 32nd such jam marking 8 years of its existence! (Phew).

    Members compete to make the best game possible over the course of just 72 hours.​

    GMC Jam 32 will take place on the following dates:

    February 22nd, 2019 12:00 UTC - February 25th, 2019 12:00 UTC
    (Countdown Clock)


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    • Any GMC member can take part in the GMC Jam. You must use GameMaker to create your game.
    • Games must be made between 12:00 UTC on February 22nd and 12:00 UTC on February 25th, and posted in the games topic.
    • You may use resources such as graphics, sounds and scripts that were made prior to the jam, as long as the bulk of your work takes place during Jam weekend.
    • You may create one post per entry in the games topic. You may create this post before your game is finished and continue editing that post to update your progress, in fact you are encouraged to write a devlog!
    • All entries must have a download link in the Games Topic before it closes at 12:00 UTC on February 25th.
    • All entries must work on Windows as a standalone executable / compressed zip folder. No installers please. Your entry can also work in HTML5 and on other platforms, but only the Windows build will be judged.
    • All entries are encouraged to follow the Jam theme. It isn't mandatory to do so, but you'll often get more favourable reviews from your peers!
    • You may participate alone or in a team of up to 3 members. See the "teams" section below if you're looking for teammates.
    That's all you need to know, but more information will be available in the Games Topic when it opens!


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    • As soon as the Jam ends on February 25th at 12:00 UTC, a zip folder of the games will be created and posted in the voting topic so that players can download all the entries at once if they wish.
    • Voters will then have around 2 weeks to play and rank the games and voting will close on March 12th at 12:00 UTC.
    • Any member of the GMC can vote, even if they didn't enter the jam. You cannot vote for your own entry. Votes shall be posted in the voting topic.
    • Voters are encouraged to rank as many games as possible, and their final votes must include at least their top 3 games. More information on this will be provided in the voting topic when it opens.
    Boring technical info about how the votes are counted: Entries receive points based on where each voter ranked them, following the formula 1/(rank+1). So if a voter puts a game 1st, it gets 0.5 points. If a voter puts a game 6th, it gets ~0.143 points. These are all added up by the Jam Host to find the overall rank for each game.

    That's all you need to know, but more information will be available in the Voting Topic when it opens!


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    Main Prizes
    • The winner(s) will get the exclusive title of "GMCJam Champ" currently held by @Acr515 and @Ralucipe
    • The winner(s) will also get to decide the Theme of the next GMC Jam
    • The top 3 entrants, as well as winners of the "Best Of" categories will win personalised banners for their forum signature and a place in the Hall of Fame topic

    Community Prizes

    Members can offer their own prizes for the GMC Jam. PM me, @GameDevDan , and I'll add your prize to the list. NOTES: You should offer something based on your skills, rather than a commercial prize. You will also need to handle giving out the prizes yourselves after the end of the jam.
    • @Bingdom - Starting from 4th, I'm willing to reward every 4th person (up to the 20th) a free avatar drawn by me, with your description.
    • @Alexx - I'd like to offer up 5 copies of my forthcoming book to 5 random entries: http://www.learngamemakerstudio.com/
    • @NAL is offering:
      Early, immediate-access PC Steam copies of Tick Tick Pass to the top 10 entries as well as to any Best Of winner that does not place in the top 10 with an entry
      Steam PC copies of Maddening Euphoria to anybody that enters with a game, or posts qualifying reviews - contact me for codes
    • @dadio - Every entrant gets special commercial use license for 500+ fonts.* https://www.dafont.com/darrell-flood.d4895
    • @JeffJ - Awesome. I'll offer keys for Spoiler Alert to the top 5 entries - free choice between Steam version or Nintendo Switch version.
    • ...no more prizes, why not submit one?


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    You may enter the GMC Jam as part of a team (up to 3 members). Sometimes collaborating as part of a team can help you to e-meet new and interesting people. Here we will list people looking for teammates. If you want to be added to the list, send me @GameDevDan , a private message with the skills you are offering.

    • @OverLogic (GRArthas) is a Programmer looking for a Pixel Artist.
    • @iKiwed I'm searching for a team since I'm not a good programmer. I'm more like an artist and I do pixel art.
    • EXAMPLE: ( Member ) is a ( Skill ) looking for a ( Other Skill )...


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    The more people that enter the jam, the more fun we'll all have! Spread the word far and wide. Use the hashtag #GMCJam on Twitter (and other social media networks), join the Discord Chat, and talk about your games on the GameMaker Reddit. You are, of course, encouraged to talk about the Jam as much as possible here on the GameMaker Community. Create a devlog on the Work In Progress forum if you dare, and definitely post your thoughts, comments and memes in this very discussion topic!

    You can also change your signature to tell other GMC members about the jam:

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  2. Relic

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    Single theme eh? Hope for a fairly free set of weekend nights to be able to get in this one.
     
  3. matharoo

    matharoo Udemy Instructor

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    Yay, time for Duality 3!
     
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  4. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    Yeah I've gone back to the old ways for this "Classic" 8th anniversary Jam! However if you and @FrostyCat want to contribute a theme still (as was promised to 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the last jam) I'm happy to carry that over to GMC Jam 33.
     
  5. dadio

    dadio Potato Overlord Forum Staff Moderator

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    I kinda like the idea of a single Theme again...
    gives the Jam/games a much more distinct feel and something more specific to rally around...
    hmmm, guess we'll see what happens.
     
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  6. Relic

    Relic Member

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    Sure, will have a think.
     
  7. SamSam

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    YEAH !
     
  8. Siolfor the Jackal

    Siolfor the Jackal Member

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    Wonder how i will go going back to a 3 day jam after that 10 day one.
    And finally, no exam on the last day! It's a day after this time haha.
     
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  9. HayManMarc

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    I can't believe I've been jamming for 7 years. Wow.
     
  10. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    Same, I first entered GMC Jam 5 which was the 1 year anniversary (I think) :O
     
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  11. GVmG

    GVmG Rainfall

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    I have awakened

    It's Jam time baby!

    Admittedly last time didn't quite work out for me despite more hours than usual but it was still just as fun. Looking forward for this classic edition.
     
  12. Adrien Dittrick

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  13. Bentley

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    I'm in. I like going back to the 3 days.
     
  14. FrostyCat

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    I could contribute a theme if you like, but I'll be fine too if we go back to the one-theme standard and just have the top entrant decide what it is. The 3-theme jams sometimes made it difficult to tell which theme an entry was meant to be using, so I'm open to having a clearer focus this time.

    Think this over first, and if you want to go back to 3 themes, PM me and I'll submit a theme.

    By the way, I'd like to thank everyone for submitting their votes and critique on my Jam #31 entry. If I end up submitting another strategy game for this Jam, I'll be sure to include an easy AI this time.
     
  15. rmanthorp

    rmanthorp YoYo Games Staff Admin YYG Staff

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    Wooo! That time again? I'll try to keep some time open and maybe throw in an entry this time... Good luck everyone!
     
  16. dadio

    dadio Potato Overlord Forum Staff Moderator

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    "The 3-theme jams sometimes made it difficult to tell which theme an entry was meant to be using, so I'm open to having a clearer focus this time."
    This.
    1 Theme also makes it easier to make Jam specific promo images/memes etc.

    Also, you're entering Ross? Nice!
    Seeya on the battlefield! :)
     
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  17. Alice

    Alice Toolmaker of Bucuresti Forum Staff Moderator

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    In case of the recent Jam, it felt more like "one theme was so widely applicable it matched games that focused on other themes instead".

    I wonder how it'll turn out with a single theme this time. It can be pretty hit and miss *cough Newton's Laws of Motion cough*. With 3 themes to choose from the risk of too specific theme is somewhat mitigated... though last time the problem was too generic theme instead. ^^'

    Also, I better get back into the programming... except programming is what I do for living... except right now I do more of documentation/design instead of coding (which also may fall into programming category, though it's not something people immediately think of when they hear about programming)... well, either way, I think I know what I'll be working on over the course of the following month.
     
  18. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    YES ROSS, nice one. While you're here can we have a banner at the top of the forum letting people know when the GMC will take place like we did for the last one please? :D
     
  19. TheSnidr

    TheSnidr Heavy metal viking dentist GMC Elder

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    That weekend's free in my calendar for the time being!

    ...well, it was free, now it's filled ;D
     
  20. NightFrost

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    Ooh, I should be able to participate in this one!
     
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  21. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    Great to see such enthusiasm! Please spread the world, tell your friends & followers. I wanna see 50+ entries this time!
     
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  22. Bingdom

    Bingdom Googledom

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    Starting from 4th, I'm willing to reward every 4th person (up to the 20th) a free avatar drawn by me, with your description.
     
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  23. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    Thanks Bingdom, I've added that to the list!
     
  24. dadio

    dadio Potato Overlord Forum Staff Moderator

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  26. JeffJ

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    Awesome. I'll offer keys for Spoiler Alert to the top 5 entries - free choice between Steam version or Nintendo Switch version.
     
  27. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    Nice one, community prizes are really stacking up. You wonderful generous people :D
     
  28. dadio

    dadio Potato Overlord Forum Staff Moderator

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    It's been a long time since my last participation in this illustrious Jam, and I know Dan's doing his damnest to make this one really rock...
    so, as a token of my appreciation for this fine community and as a gesture of good will between best buddies, I have sworn to Dan, on pain of death, that I shall create a genuinely proper REAL GAME this time...

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  29. NAL

    NAL ʕ ᓀ ᴥ ᓂ ʔ Moderator GMC Elder

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    He knows where you live, he's holding you to that.
     
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  30. HayManMarc

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    Perhaps I should request some time off! If dadio's here, I can't miss it.
     
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  31. Ralucipe

    Ralucipe Member GMCJam Champ

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    We finally submitted a theme.

    It took days of brainstorming and internal debate for us to settle on something. We're very aware of the complaints about some of the recent themes, and with our selection being the sole theme of this jam, we certainly felt an added pressure to choose something that had a good balance between broad and restrictive. As I wrote elsewhere, our #1 priority was to pick a theme that forced jammers to be creative with their game mechanics, without forcing them down a specific path.

    That all being said... I think you guys will like this one.
     
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  32. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
     
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  33. dadio

    dadio Potato Overlord Forum Staff Moderator

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    POTATOES!
    My time to shine has come!!!
     
  34. NightFrost

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    Eight-letter word... the theme is clearly:
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    P O L I T I C S
     
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  35. iKiwed

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    Hi I'm basically new in Game Maker Studio and I've heard Game Jams really help you to get experience, so I'd like to join in for the first time!
    I'm searching for a team since I'm not a good programmer. I'm more like an artist and I do pixel art.
    I can share with you some of my works if it's needed.
     
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  36. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    Welcome @iKiwed ! I've added you to the teams list, it looks like @OverLogic is a programmer looking for an artist - maybe the two of you could join forces?
     
  37. HayManMarc

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    PLATFORM

    Looks like a Mario clone jam! (But POTATOES is still my current favorite. Lol)
     
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  38. GVmG

    GVmG Rainfall

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    oof so, I'm changing ISP in the next few weeks and my old one is having a hissy fit about our contract, and contacting them has been hell, BUT

    But everything should be fine. Hopefully it doesn't take too much time (or, worse, my actual internet) during jam times. I do have nearly 100gb of mobile data (god bless iliad's literally insane cheap mobile plans) in case of emergency tho, so that should be fine.

    QuickEDIT: 8 letter theme, that's somewhat standard isn't it I feel like PLATFORM is a bit too generic (really it's just a video game macrogenre lmao), while POTATOES is... well, delicious and probably incorrect, although we've had "TRAINS" before so I still wouldn't be that surprised if it turned out to be correct lol

    We don't know if there are spaces or symbols in the theme either. Could end up being RE-START, or THE BART (or DIE BART, in German).
     
  39. SamSam

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    If you take the list of the 3000 most used english words and only keep the height characters ones, you end up with the following 308 words :
    abortion
    absolute
    academic
    accident
    accurate
    activist
    activity
    actually
    addition
    adequate
    advanced
    advocate
    aircraft
    alliance
    although
    American
    analysis
    announce
    anything
    anywhere
    apparent
    approach
    approval
    argument
    artistic
    athletic
    attitude
    attorney
    audience
    baseball
    bathroom
    behavior
    birthday
    boundary
    building
    business
    campaign
    Canadian
    capacity
    category
    Catholic
    ceremony
    chairman
    champion
    changing
    chemical
    civilian
    clinical
    clothing
    collapse
    colonial
    complain
    complete
    computer
    conclude
    concrete
    conflict
    confront
    Congress
    consider
    constant
    consumer
    continue
    contract
    contrast
    convince
    coverage
    creation
    creative
    creature
    criminal
    criteria
    critical
    cultural
    customer
    darkness
    daughter
    decision
    decrease
    delivery
    Democrat
    describe
    designer
    detailed
    dialogue
    directly
    director
    disagree
    disaster
    discover
    disorder
    distance
    distinct
    district
    division
    document
    domestic
    dominant
    dominate
    downtown
    dramatic
    earnings
    economic
    educator
    election
    electric
    emission
    emphasis
    employee
    employer
    engineer
    enormous
    entirely
    entrance
    estimate
    European
    evaluate
    everyday
    everyone
    evidence
    exchange
    exciting
    exercise
    existing
    exposure
    external
    facility
    familiar
    favorite
    fighting
    football
    frequent
    friendly
    function
    generate
    governor
    graduate
    greatest
    headline
    heritage
    historic
    homeless
    hospital
    identify
    identity
    incident
    increase
    indicate
    industry
    innocent
    instance
    interest
    internal
    Internet
    invasion
    investor
    involved
    Japanese
    judgment
    language
    learning
    lifetime
    literary
    location
    magazine
    maintain
    majority
    marriage
    material
    medicine
    military
    minister
    minority
    moderate
    moreover
    mortgage
    mountain
    movement
    multiple
    musician
    national
    negative
    neighbor
    normally
    northern
    numerous
    observer
    occasion
    official
    operator
    opponent
    opposite
    ordinary
    organize
    original
    overcome
    overlook
    painting
    perceive
    personal
    persuade
    physical
    planning
    platform
    pleasure
    politics
    portrait
    position
    positive
    possible
    possibly
    powerful
    practice
    pregnant
    presence
    preserve
    pressure
    previous
    priority
    prisoner
    probably
    producer
    progress
    properly
    property
    proposal
    proposed
    prospect
    provider
    province
    publicly
    purchase
    question
    reaction
    recently
    recovery
    regional
    register
    regulate
    relation
    relative
    relevant
    religion
    remember
    reporter
    research
    resemble
    resident
    resource
    response
    romantic
    sanction
    scenario
    schedule
    security
    sentence
    separate
    sequence
    shooting
    shopping
    shoulder
    slightly
    software
    solution
    somebody
    somewhat
    southern
    specific
    spending
    standard
    standing
    straight
    stranger
    strategy
    strength
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    struggle
    suddenly
    supposed
    surprise
    surround
    survival
    survivor
    taxpayer
    teaching
    teaspoon
    teenager
    tendency
    terrible
    thinking
    thousand
    threaten
    together
    tomorrow
    training
    transfer
    ultimate
    universe
    unlikely
    vacation
    valuable
    variable
    violence
    whatever
    whenever
    withdraw
    workshop
    yourself
    Don't know if this is very relevant... And this doesn't include "potatoes". Maybe I should find a list with plurals.
     
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  40. Relic

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    Lol, “ANYTHING”
     
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  41. HayManMarc

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    And "WHATEVER". :p
     
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  42. Relic

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    AJamGame
     
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  43. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    That's it it's actually a choice of 3 themes again:

    Whatever, Anything and AJamGame.

    I know they're kind of restrictive but I hope you can come up with some good ideas.
     
  44. NightFrost

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    I was hoping the theme would be "no-thing"...
     
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  45. GVmG

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    Alright, some semi-serious guesses, supposing signs or spaces are possible in the theme
    - COLOURED (britain op)
    - NO_COLOR (usa op)
    - JAPANESE (this would make me way too happy)
    - YOURSELF (would actually be kinda interesting I think, not too restrictive but still very thematic)
    - UNIVERSE (*sci-fi intensifies*)

    And what I like to call the TIME TRAVEL TRIO
    - TIMELORD
    - TIMESTOP
    - RE-START
     
  46. JacobV

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    Hopefully it isn't a time travel theme. Those kinds of games are a pain to make.
     
  47. curato

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    Since it is classic, maybe make the theme and update of a classic arcade game.
     
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  48. Alice

    Alice Toolmaker of Bucuresti Forum Staff Moderator

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    Despite people posting a few meta themes, I'm surprised no one has mentioned GAME JAM yet.
     
  49. GameDevDan

    GameDevDan Your Next Jam Host Moderator GMC Elder

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    On the old GMC (waaaay back in the day) we held a "Demake a Classic" Jam where the aim was to take infamous Jam games from previous GMC Jams and remake them in a retro style. It was quite fun but not many people entered :D http://gmc.yoyogames.com/index.php?showtopic=674266
     
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  50. ghandpivot

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    Trying to clear my schedule to fit a jam, I've been unable to join the most recent few due to increasing workload. I've got an idea which is held back by a mathematical problem that I've now got 2 weeks or so to wrap my head around
     
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