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Welcome to the #molyjam2012

What started as a joke has become a big, wonderful, super crazy thing.

Will Molyneux himself make an appearance? That's a good question. A really good question.

Double Fine gameplay programmer Anna Kipnis jokingly tweeted on Tuesday that it’s crazy no one has organized a game jam based on the ideas of faux Peter Molyneux Twitter account @petermolydeux.

In response, I asked the world to make it happen. Kipnis told me I should make it happen. Then, Chris Remo of Idle Thumbs said he wanted to make this happen. We all thought it should happen.

So, it’s happening.

Starting on the evening of March 30 (Friday) until the evening of April 1 (Sunday), San Francisco, New York, Melbourne, Brighton and other locations will participate in a 48-hour game jam themed around the preposterous, hilarious ideas from @petermolydeux.

The game jam is officially called What Would Molydeux?, and has a constantly evolving, updating website at www.whatwouldmolydeux.com. If it’s broken, that’s because we’re trying to fix it!

A game jam is where a bunch of artists, programmers, designers, musicians and others come together to produce a video game in a very, very short period of time. I’m helping organize this game jam alongside Kipnis, Remo, Game Developer Magazine’s Brandon Sheffield, and many others around the world. The only reason this is happening is because so many people are working so hard together, and this dumb joke has turned into something amazing.

And if you’re somehow unaware, @petermolydeux is a hilarious parody of Molyneux and his often grandiose game ideas. Even though some of the mystery has been lifted, it’s still totally hilarious.

The biggest game jam is happening around San Francisco, but there are satellite game jams in Melbourne, Brighton, New York City, Seattle, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, and more are being added every day. If you want to put together your own local game jam, keep watching the website, as there's a FAQ that's being continually updated with details. We don’t want anyone to feel excluded, and you don’t need to be near a big city to participate.

Small plans have become big plans, and those plans keep getting bigger. I can’t share them all...yet. There is much more to come. Since I’m part of the team, you can assume Giant Bomb will be there, too. Somehow, anyway. I’m only vague because so much of this is being invented on-the-fly, and we’re nailing down logistics day by day.

Also, I've had the Space Jam music in my head the whole time I wrote this. #molyjam2012, everybody!

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Posted by buckybit

"Imagine a game in which you ask others to join you to create games from fake Peter"

... there is absolutely nothing 'dumb' about this. using your twitter mojo to make such things possible: glorious!

Posted by Alkaiser

Imagine that you're ready to slam. You know it. Then imagine that, nah, y'all ain't ready.

Posted by SSully

I honestly cannot wait to see what comes out of this. I expect plenty of nonsense, and possibly even genius games.

Edited by EmuLeader

When I was young I owned the Space Jam soundtrack. I listened to it every day for so long lol. Memories....

Thanks for bringing my childhood back. I may just find that copy of the disc and add it to my iPod.

Posted by Velamo05

I used to love space jam, but after they used it as the recent routine song for my schools cheer tryouts it has been ruined for me...can't wait for the molyjam though :P

Posted by WalkerTR77

I'm glad the term game jam has been explained. I thought it was a big competition where people tried to out pitch each other with Molyneuxesque ideas for games, like a rap battle.

Man Space Jam is awesome.

Posted by dietmango

Damnit, you guys! Now I want to watch Space Jam all over again. Gah...

Posted by whitespider

I like that Patrick Klepek is part of giant bomb. I dig his unique happenings. This whole thing sounds interesting in a quirky/potentially creative way.

Posted by Tamaster92

Signed up for the uk one, already know exactly what I'm gunna make. This is going to be AWESOME

Posted by TwoLines

Yes. Yes. This is the best.

Posted by Sanuku

Not my Thing but I`m wondering what might get out of this hole thing at the End.

Posted by Knurrunkulus

This is weird and amazing in an absoutely wonderful way. Looking forward to it.

Posted by ptys

I don't get all the love and/or high praise for Molyneux? All I know of him is Fable and to be honest it's far from impressive IMO.

Posted by roguehallow

@ptys said:

I don't get all the love and/or high praise for Molyneux? All I know of him is Fable and to be honest it's far from impressive IMO.

He made Populous, which was huge in the '90s and one of my personal favorites. He's also a very funny speaker (I saw him at the GDC last year). I've never even played a Fable game, but I really like Mr. Molyneux.

Posted by Capstan

Peter MolyDEUX is the world's funniest virtual personality who doesn't really exist. Ladies and gentlemen, the evidence:

Posted by Sunjammer

It's not amazing until it WAS amazing, damnit.

I'm into the idea, but a bunch of journos throwing a dev jam and expecting everyone to turn up to the party because they thought a particular brand of joke was funny strikes me as kind of stupid.

Posted by MeatSim

This really is the best idea ever and it's actually happening.

Posted by TehFlan

Space Jam is still great.

Posted by murisan

The fact that you were a part of the reason this came to fruition is just awesome. If it's a big April Fools' joke, it is still awesome, but you're a crafty leprechaun.

Posted by UnsolvedParadox

This is the coolest/weirdest thing I've read about in a long time. Can't wait to see what comes out of it!

Edited by Brighty

@roguehallow said:

@ptys said:

I don't get all the love and/or high praise for Molyneux? All I know of him is Fable and to be honest it's far from impressive IMO.

He made Populous, which was huge in the '90s and one of my personal favorites. He's also a very funny speaker (I saw him at the GDC last year). I've never even played a Fable game, but I really like Mr. Molyneux.

This. Also before Fable he was directly responsible for a lot of great games with varying degrees of innovation. Fable may not have lived up to all the hype, but its far from a bad game, in fact it's a pretty good one. I personally thought that Fable II was a great game, sans the ending, and I fondly remember playing through the co-op with my girlfriend and having a blast. But besides all that, Peter's just a good, down to earth dude.

Posted by probablytuna

Oh this will be glorious.

Posted by dropabombonit

Space Jam! Yes!

Posted by Jedted

Sounds totally crazy but can't wait to see more.

Posted by roguehallow
Posted by Undeadpool
Posted by brocool

This is the first I ever heard of a game jam, though I'm skeptical that anything tangible can come out of this other than drunk game developers, I'll be following this.

Posted by Ub3rSlug

I'm a second year computer science student, this is the weekend of my Spring Break, and I'll already be in the area visiting friends.

I'm so fucking excited.

Posted by BeautifulSpaceCowboy

Looking forward to seeing what comes from this.

Edited by DarkbeatDK

A little late, but I made this:

I once asked Peter Molydeux about Street Fighter X Tekken on Twitter

Posted by Space_Sandwich

This has to be one of gaming's proudest moments. Hold on tight, boys, we're about to enter a golden age.

Posted by Capstan

Hey, how's this for a #molyjam2012 tagline?

"#molyjam2012: All the inspiration you expect from Molyneux, with only half the disappointment!"

Posted by Suits

Warner Bros will copyright strike your ass using Space Jam, seen it happen on Streams

Posted by Fasckira

Its almost tempting to make the drive to Brighton to join in on this. Almost.

Posted by Phobos

Totally know what I'm going to build.

Posted by Palaeomerus

If I had the Space Jam theme in my head then I would rapidly find a way to get it out. I would use a screw driver if necessary. And I don't mean the kind with orange juice and vodka, although that might work too and have considerably less tragic results.

Posted by lithiumproject

Absurd and brilliant

Posted by RichieJohn

@steve86uk: I know it's crazy. I was just looking through the comments to see if anyone actually mentioned Capone. I quite like that he's one of the only people to edit his page and there's no mention of twitter. I'm not doing it, I like that there's no info.

People should listen to some of his old Joypod features.

Posted by superscott597

I'll be at the #molyjam2012 in Santa Monica. Anyone else going to this site for the jam? I'd love to meet other duders from the GB community there!

Also, raspberry jam is my favorite.

Posted by Milkman

Has the identity of the person behind the Peter Molydeux account ever been revealed?

Posted by harinosho

This thing is starting in a day, any news on live streams? checked the FAQ, nothing.

Posted by Shivoa

I expect they'll have the information once they've finalised it (which will hopefully be before the 7pm local start time, but these things are basically built on goodwill and community spirit* so it's all a bit of fun and you shouldn't expect unicorns flowing out of your screen if you decide to try and tune in).

* With a bit of 'if we give out free demo codes or trial/basic editions of our tools maybe we can sell some extra units next week' from some groups, but as they're normally the awesome teams who dedicate a lot of work to making the stuff they give out for free (basic editions, training and tutorials, open dialogue with everyone interested) that's a lot less sinister than the cynical might view it.

Posted by LordAndrew
I'm looking forward to this. Lots of great ideas that need to be made.