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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 patrickklepek
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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Edited by Bevinsky

Interesting.

Edit: Aww, damn.

Posted by Kiri90

Interesting, very interesting. *strokes imaginary beard*

Posted by D

Word!

Posted by Camosid

DOPE FREEEEESH

Posted by RobbeR

nice

Posted by SpartanAmbrose

Come on and slam and welcome to the jam!

Come on and slam if you want to jam!

Posted by forkboy

The potential for this is exciting. We should hopefully see some fantastic ideas given shape.

Edited by Vegetable_Side_Dish

COME ON AND SLAM 
 
AND WELCOME TO THE JAM

Posted by CptBedlam

This is great!

Also, content, yay!

Posted by MisterMouse

This is really awesome that this is happening actually.

Posted by djames216

Having the words "joke" and "1 April" in the same article is unfortunate. A part of me is supsicious of this being some elaborate April Fool's joke.

Posted by Evilsbane

You got your jam in my Peter.

Posted by Bribo

This is what happens when a joke gets out of hand; something wonderful.

Edited by patrickklepek

@djames216 said:

Having the words "joke" and "1 April" in the same article is unfortunate. A part of me is supsicious of this being some elaborate April Fool's joke.

That's the point. :)

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Edited by isles

SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE

also this is the ONLY song that should be associated with space jam.

Posted by NipCrip66

I work in Brighton during the week. I think this is going to have to be attended. :)

Posted by Lokno

Yes, but what are they branding it with the HR Block logo?

Posted by Baren

Somehow the Space Jam theme is very appropriate for this.

Posted by NipCrip66

And if someone doesn't make an fps where you play as the bullet I'm gonna be pissed

Posted by djames216

@patrickklepek said:

@djames216 said:

Having the words "joke" and "1 April" in the same article is unfortunate. A part of me is supsicious of this being some elaborate April Fool's joke.

That's the point. :)

I don't know what to believe anymore!

Cats and dogs living together. Mass Hysteria!

Posted by MrMazz

sounds like yall have got a real jam goin' down

Posted by ckeats

JAMMMMMMMMM. So stoked to see what coes from this.

Posted by vogon
Posted by Animasta

space jam is appropriate for everything

Posted by Shun_Akiyama

you said it started as a joke. I thought you meant the balls thing.

Posted by VisariLoyalist

I'd play whatever you guys make. Inject the molyneux in ma-veins.

Edited by Skillface

I am extremely excited for this. Someone has to do the horror bowling game.

Posted by FoxMulder

The Space Jam theme must be playing at all times for it to be a TRUE Jam!

Posted by Draxyle

I couldn't believe it when I first heard about this actually being a thing.

And then I couldn't believe that our own Patrick Klepek would be playing a role in organizing this.

I can't wait to see the absolute insanity that comes about from this. Good luck in making it happen!

Posted by Brackynews

Prediction: Peter Molyneux submits game idea, gets voted sixth place.

Over/under: Seventh if it has a horse, fifth if it has a child.

Posted by Vager

Well, now I have the Space Jam theme stuck in my head. Great job Patrick.

Posted by Winternet

As long as I can listen to the theme song of Space Jam, everything will turn out alright.

Posted by President_Barackbar

If they do this again next year, they can call it "What would Molyredeux"

Posted by Vexxan

This is great.

Posted by SM5240

The Space Jam theme... is stuck in my head now. Fuck.

Posted by hulkhogan2

Hey...This still looks like Giant Bomb...No Gamespot logos...Patrick still posting absurd/non-corporate/how in the hell could this happen stories...I guess Giant Bomb isn't dead as we know it.

Posted by Xpgamer7

I've been watching this take place. It's completely maddening. I'll be at the seattle Jam as a consultant dev, because my programming and art isn't strong enough to hold a project up.

Posted by Maajin

@hulkhogan2 said:

Hey...This still looks like Giant Bomb...No Gamespot logos...Patrick still posting absurd/non-corporate/how in the hell could this happen stories...I guess Giant Bomb isn't dead as we know it.

Jeff assuring multiple times that that would not be the case did nothing for you, then?

Posted by Mustachio

Personally I like this version of the Space Jam tune. The game it's for is also ... interesting.

Edited by Tennmuerti

Patrick, that was an amazing song selection, bravo!

Posted by comp13

A "Space Jam" Friday is the only good kind of Friday.

Posted by D_W

Oh man! This sounds so awesome! 
So I guess if we are a programmer or other type of creative person we should just try to get in touch with someone who organizing in our local area?

Posted by ninjalegend

On the page this linked to, it brings into question if it will be live streamed. It should say of course. This does sound like it could be kind of cool, as that molydeus guy does seem to have a touch of batshit crazy.

Posted by hulkhogan2

@Maajin: Apparently you didn't pick up on the sarcasm...I have been comfortable ever since I heard Jeff explain the situation...more trying to point it out to the still non-believers

Posted by Roomrunner

Glad I wasn't the only one going "COME ON AND SLAM AND WELCOME TO THE" every time I saw this being discussed on twitter in the past week.

Posted by TheHBK
If this is a jam, there are gonna be facials.
Posted by CornBREDX

I love gamejams. Cant wait to see what comes out of this one, the theme is great haha

Posted by AngelN7

@hulkhogan2 said:

Hey...This still looks like Giant Bomb...No Gamespot logos...Patrick still posting absurd/non-corporate/how in the hell could this happen stories...I guess Giant Bomb isn't dead as we know it.

As we know it? you mean as your speculative overreacting self knows it

Posted by thirteenyahs

We all know this is the superior Space Jam song.

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