The theme for this year’s Game Off is…
Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create a game between now and December 1 incorporating the theme somehow, and submit it to the jam page on itch.io. After a few weeks of playing and rating the games by participants, the winners will be announced shortly thereafter.
As usual, you may interpret ‘BUG’ however you wish …
- an insect or creepy crawly
- an unexpected defect, fault, flaw, or imperfection in code or equipment
- a microorganism (such as a bacterium or virus) causing illness or disease
- a concealed listening device
- a sudden enthusiasm
- a river in Ukraine
- to bother or annoy or pester
- to plant a listening device
- to “bug off” or “bug out”
Or go rogue and ignore the dictionary:
- B.U.G acronyms e.g. Being Unusually Good or Big Urban Game or something
- Dad jokes / puns like deterants / tick tock / spelling bee / flywheel
Note: Nobody’s judging the code quality, so lots of bugs are both expected and accepted. Focus on having fun 😉
Good luck, have fun, and sign up now if you haven’t already! <3
Help—I’ve never created a game before!
With so many free, open source game engines and tutorials available online, there’s never been an easier (or more exciting!) time to try out game development. Are you…
- Comfortable with C++ or C#? Look at Godot, Unity, and Unreal Engine.
- Proficient with Python? Check out Pygame or Godot (Godot uses GDScript, which is similar to Python).
- Dangerous with Java? Take a look at libGDX.
- In love with Lua? Check out LÖVE or Defold. And if you like retro games, check out LIKO-12!
- Like hacking with Haxe? You’ll have heaps of fun with Heaps.
Find a language you love (or want to learn), and build any kind of game you want: platformers, roguelikes, shoot ‘em ups, text adventures—anything you like. We’ve even had some NES and C64 games submitted over the years 🤯
Help—I’ve never used version control, Git, or GitHub before!
- Git Documentation: everything you need to know about version control and how to get started with Git
- GitHub Desktop App: for Windows and macOS
- GitHub Support: specific answers to specific questions
- GitHub Documentation: everything you need to know about GitHub
- GitHub Community Forum: find solutions and share ideas