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F*** This Jam Sounds Like the Best Game Jam Ever

What happens when you ask developers to make something they hate?

Hopefully some developers hate sports games. I'd love to see what they come up with.

There are plenty of game jams happening on a regular basis, but how many are called Fuck This Jam?

The premise of Fuck This Jam is pretty interesting, with creators being asked to create a game within a genre they otherwise detest.

“Through utter ignorance for conventions and hate for the established rules of a genre, beautiful things will happen,” reads the description on the official site.

Fuck This Jam comes from the minds of Vlambeer's Rami Ismail (Super Crate Box) and Fernando Ramallo (Paranormical), and was conceived during a late-night conversation at this year’s Fantastic Arcade. Beers were probably involved.

As someone who helped organize a game jam earlier this year, I’ve found myself increasingly curious about them, especially as I mull over what we could do if another Molyjam happens next year. This one sounds fascinating.

Fuck This Jam kicks off on November 9, and unlike other jams, lasts more than 48 hours. It ends on November 17.

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Posted by patrickklepek
Hopefully some developers hate sports games. I'd love to see what they come up with.

There are plenty of game jams happening on a regular basis, but how many are called Fuck This Jam?

The premise of Fuck This Jam is pretty interesting, with creators being asked to create a game within a genre they otherwise detest.

“Through utter ignorance for conventions and hate for the established rules of a genre, beautiful things will happen,” reads the description on the official site.

Fuck This Jam comes from the minds of Vlambeer's Rami Ismail (Super Crate Box) and Fernando Ramallo (Paranormical), and was conceived during a late-night conversation at this year’s Fantastic Arcade. Beers were probably involved.

As someone who helped organize a game jam earlier this year, I’ve found myself increasingly curious about them, especially as I mull over what we could do if another Molyjam happens next year. This one sounds fascinating.

Fuck This Jam kicks off on November 9, and unlike other jams, lasts more than 48 hours. It ends on November 17.

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Posted by Deathdealer108

um okay?

Posted by bushpusherr

This sounds like an awesome idea

Edited by Original_Hank

can't wait to see what kind of games come out of this

Posted by Alorithin

Dissonance of game design and countermanding ideals. Sounds interesting.

Posted by Nightriff

That sounds pretty cool, I would check out some of these games just to see what they play like.

Posted by Bollard

Sold.

Posted by Silvergun

Wasn't this basically how Chris Avellone wrote KOTOR 2? I could have sworn he said something in an interview about how he hated the conventions of Star Wars, and basically wrote the story to subvert all of them. Seems like a really cool idea, I'd love to take part in one of these, but I've got a feeling that the only skill I could offer (project management would be about the least useful thing in that sort of setting.

Posted by Veektarius

If only I gave a shit about any but the top 5% of indie games, I would love this idea.

Posted by dvdhaus

Oh man another PAX East memory. I remember talking for a good 15 mins with Rami Ismail during the first day. I even helped him setup an iCade for him to show off Super Crate Box. Awesome dude and awesome game for any platform it is on.

Posted by patrick

@Deathdealer108 said:

um okay?

But how does it make you feel?

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

I`m intrigued. Hopefully these games will go up to play after they are finished.

Posted by mrsmiley

Love this idea. It's a perfect launching point for creativity, and will hopefully allow developers to take a genre that is loved by only a specific group and make it accessible to other types of gamers. We'll see...

Posted by blitterblitbit

@Veektarius: That should be enough, no?

Posted by tsiro

This sounds fantastic. I can't wait to see the games!

Posted by DeathbyYeti

Super Crate Box is rad and since its free thats cool too

Posted by Mezmero

So is this like a game jam made of nothing but maso-core games?

Posted by cikame

If Kojima created the games he does because he hates certain other genres, then challenged himself to create something in said genre, i bet it would be interesting.
There's not enough what if scenarios in the game industry sometimes, one game that springs to mind is 007 Blood Stone developed by Bizarre Creations, makers of racing games and i actually really liked it. I also heard that Sonic RPG made by Bioware on the DS was pretty good.

Posted by VicRattlehead

censoring headlines... CBSi ftw

Posted by spilledmilkfactory

This sounds awesome. Some of the best genre work can come from someone who just has no experience in that genre, simply because they have no idea of the established rules and norms that other products in the genre typically abide by. Hoping for some really unique stuff out of this.

Posted by patrickklepek

@VicRattlehead said:

censoring headlines... CBSi ftw

Naw, I'm just being cautious for the people who are at work.

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Posted by Phatmac

Cool.

Posted by VicRattlehead

@patrickklepek: booo your too nice

Posted by BoG

@VicRattlehead said:

censoring headlines... CBSi ftw

It has to do with the staff's rules from the very beginning. We punish users who make forum topics with swear words in the title. Patrick simply doesn't want to feel the wrath of the mods.

Anyways, I'm really excited to see what comes of this. I love games jams, and always find my self playing dozens of titles that come from them. I imagine this will be among the most unique jams yet.

Posted by jonnyboy

I predict Quick Time Events to feature heavily in all these games.

Posted by blacklab

Fuck it

Posted by grendelpierat

It will be nothing but FPS quick time events which only allow half a second reaction times.

Edited by whatisdelicious

@Veektarius said:

If only 95% of indie developers would make something other than "a 2D platformer with a quirky art style and one interesting (but ultimately gimmicky) game mechanic," I would love this idea.

There we go.

I like the idea of a game jam where indie developers make crazy stuff, and this one in particular (in the hopes that we'll see real innovation here in genres that desperately need it), but I wish it didn't take a game jam to get indie developers to do this kind of stuff.

Posted by Deathdealer108

@patrick: I guess my gut reaction was just "That is a weird idea". But thinking a little bit more about the possibilities something like this could bring are intriguing. Seems like a good way to throw out deeply held genre designs for fresher more interesting things. Who cares about what they hate?

Posted by Meepasaurus

Signed up! Bring on the FPS sports!

Posted by whatisdelicious

@patrickklepek said:

@VicRattlehead said:

censoring headlines... CBSi ftw

Naw, I'm just being cautious for the people who are at work.

I am at work, and I appreciate it.

Giant Bomb: making crappy jobs tolerable.

Posted by Lurkero

@patrickklepek said:

@VicRattlehead said:

censoring headlines... CBSi ftw

Naw, I'm just being cautious for the people who are at work.

Supervisor: "Hmm...I wonder what 'F***' could mean, and what is this 'Giantbomb'?"

C'mon, you know that doesn't work. Swear words in print should be permitted by now.

Edited by verysexypotato

Animator/illustrator here, any programmers up for hopping on this with me?

I'm not a fan of RPGs, high fantasy, sports or driving simulation games.

Posted by jillsandwich

Not even joking, extending the time period for this was a good idea. You probably need more time to make a shitty game than a mildly good one.

Posted by R3DT1D3

Must. Resist. RE6 Joke.

Posted by Ravenlight

I'm looking forward to the results of this gamejam.

Posted by prestonhedges

@Lurkero said:

@patrickklepek said:

@VicRattlehead said:

censoring headlines... CBSi ftw

Naw, I'm just being cautious for the people who are at work.

Supervisor: "Hmm...I wonder what 'F***' could mean, and what is this 'Giantbomb'?"

C'mon, you know that doesn't work. Swear words in print should be permitted by now.

That's... not why he'd censor it for workplaces.

Posted by Lurkero

@gladspooky: If going for passing the website blockers 'video games' might be censored too, but I see what you are saying.

Posted by Fobwashed

I'd love to participate in one of these someday.

The genre I seem to actively stay away from the most are simulation driving games. So I suppose if I were to attempt to make a simulation driving game, I'd shoot for a downhill cart racing game that's got real world physics simulation and a build it yourself Kerbal Space Program/Banjo Nuts & Bolts cart constructor. It'd have to be pretty toned down in the simulation dept since these are typically two day affairs but still, limiting it to just a straight up downhill race with no engines and basic parts, might be doable =P

Posted by Snail

I hope they do a fighting game.

Posted by Veektarius

@blitterblitbit said:

@Veektarius: That should be enough, no?

Well, not really, since the top 5% of indie games are not made at 2 day game jams.

Posted by megalowho

I hope it doesn't devolve into a contest between who can lampoon mainstream tropes the most/hardest. Could be a neat exercise though, always good to focus on blind spots or weaknesses.

Posted by Scrawnto

@Fobwashed said:

I'd love to participate in one of these someday.

The genre I seem to actively stay away from the most are simulation driving games. So I suppose if I were to attempt to make a simulation driving game, I'd shoot for a downhill cart racing game that's got real world physics simulation and a build it yourself Kerbal Space Program/Banjo Nuts & Bolts cart constructor. It'd have to be pretty toned down in the simulation dept since these are typically two day affairs but still, limiting it to just a straight up downhill race with no engines and basic parts, might be doable =P

Haha, the world's greatest (and only) pinewood derby sim!

I like this idea. I'm not sure what I would make if I was a part of it, though. Maybe I'd try to make an Ultimate frisbee game, since I generally don't care for sports games.

Posted by Fobwashed

@Scrawnto: Sports is a damn close second to sim racing. I don't hate them and I used to play some Madden with friends but only because they were into football. I'm generally not interested in watching sports (tho actually playing sports is enjoyable) so I tend to be lost in a sea of names and stats whenever I attempt to play one. If that Ultimate frisbee game were anything like that Neo Geo frisbee game windjammers, I'm in.

Oh, when I was really young, there used to be a bunch of Japanese games based on nation ball that I enjoyed. Wouldn't mind someone coming up with a new one of those neither.

Posted by Phished0ne

@Snail said:

I hope they do a fighting game.

I could only imagine the shit show that would come from someone who hates fighting games making one.

Posted by CaptainJudaism

I am very interested in this type of event. I can see developers just having a field day and doing their best to screw up the norm of a genre and churning out something amazing. I'll be keeping my eye on this.

Posted by TobbRobb

I hope they make a bunch of amazing educational games.

MATH CAN BE FUN!

Posted by Butano

Hmm....only ones I can honestly say I detest would be tower defense games, only because there are SO GODDAMN MANY!!!

Wait, hang on, I take that back...

FarmVille

Posted by InsidiousBliss

Great opportunity to bring some fresh ideas to some genres that really need it.

Posted by Darthozzan

@Butano: they already perfected farmville into an amazing game, it's called farming simulator 2013.

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