It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Are you ready? The theme for this year’s Game Off is SCALE!
You have until December 1 to build a game based on that theme and submit it through the game jam page on itch.io. Work alone or on a team. Use whatever programming languages, game engines, or libraries you like. And you’re welcome to use AI tools to help generate code, assets, or anything in between!
As always, you’re welcome to interpret the theme however you like. If you need some ideas to kickstart your creativity, here are a few game ideas that sprint to mind for me:
OK, maybe not that last one. We look forward to seeing your wonderful, weird, and wacky creative interpretations 😆
- Create a game based on the theme (announced on November 1 at 13:37 PT).
- Sign up for a free GitHub account if you don’t already have one. It’s free!
- Join the Game Off on itch.io. If you don’t already have an itch.io account, you can sign in with your GitHub account.
- Create a new public GitHub repository to store the source code and any assets you’re able to share for your entry and push your changes before December 1 at 13:37 PT.
- Submit your game through itch.io.
Once submitted, your entries will be evaluated by fellow participants, and you’ll also have the chance to play and cast your votes on their games too.
Voting will open shortly after the jam ends and is open to everyone who’s submitted a game. Entries will be rated on the following categories: Overall, Gameplay, Graphics, Audio, Innovation, and Theme Interpretation. Voting will end on January 8t 2024 at 13:37 PT.
As always, we’ll highlight some of our favorites games on the GitHub Blog, and the world will get to enjoy (and maybe even contribute to or learn from) your creations.
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. For example, are you:
- Comfortable with C++ or C#? Look at Godot, Unity and Unreal Engine.
- Raving about Rust? You might like Bevy.
- Proficient with Python? Check out Pygame or Godot (Godot uses GDScript, which is similar to Python).
- Jiving with Java? Take a look at libGDX.
- Fond of Flutter? Take a peek at Flame.
- Gearing up with Go? You might want to look at Ebitengine.
- In love with Lua? Check out LÖVE or Defold or LIKO-12 (especially if you like retro games)!
And speaking of retro games, did you know you can:
- Crank out a text adventure in or some interactive fiction with Clojure or Ink (similar to Markdown).
The community-run Discord server is a great place to ask questions or look for teammates.
Game Off is the perfect opportunity to check it out (version control pun intended)!
- Git Documentation: everything you need to know about version control and how to get started with Git.
- GitHub Help: everything you need to know about GitHub.
- Any questions about GitHub? Visit the GitHub Community Forum.
Good luck and have fun!