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Posted by patrickklepek (3508 posts) -
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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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (3508 posts) -
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.

Staff
#2 Posted by Deathdealer108 (290 posts) -

um okay?

#3 Posted by bushpusherr (762 posts) -

This sounds like an awesome idea

#4 Edited by Original_Hank (94 posts) -

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

#5 Posted by Alorithin (125 posts) -

Dissonance of game design and countermanding ideals. Sounds interesting.

#6 Posted by Nightriff (4923 posts) -

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

#7 Posted by Bollard (5292 posts) -

Sold.

#8 Posted by Silvergun (297 posts) -

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.

#9 Posted by Veektarius (4639 posts) -

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

#10 Posted by dvdhaus (355 posts) -

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.

#11 Posted by patrick (560 posts) -

@Deathdealer108 said:

um okay?

But how does it make you feel?

#12 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4676 posts) -

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

#13 Posted by mrsmiley (1062 posts) -

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...

#14 Posted by blitterblitbit (5 posts) -

@Veektarius: That should be enough, no?

#15 Posted by tsiro (214 posts) -

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

#16 Posted by DeathbyYeti (742 posts) -

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

#17 Posted by Mezmero (1809 posts) -

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

#18 Posted by cikame (972 posts) -

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.

#19 Posted by VicRattlehead (1398 posts) -

censoring headlines... CBSi ftw

#20 Posted by spilledmilkfactory (1845 posts) -

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.

#21 Posted by patrickklepek (3508 posts) -

@VicRattlehead said:

censoring headlines... CBSi ftw

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

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#22 Posted by Phatmac (5723 posts) -

Cool.

#23 Posted by VicRattlehead (1398 posts) -

@patrickklepek: booo your too nice

#24 Posted by BoG (5185 posts) -

@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.

#25 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

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

#26 Posted by blacklab (1529 posts) -

Fuck it

#27 Posted by grendelpierat (52 posts) -

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

#28 Edited by whatisdelicious (1199 posts) -

@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.

#29 Posted by Deathdealer108 (290 posts) -

@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?

#30 Posted by Meepasaurus (205 posts) -

Signed up! Bring on the FPS sports!

#31 Posted by whatisdelicious (1199 posts) -

@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.

#32 Posted by Lurkero (385 posts) -

@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.

#33 Edited by verysexypotato (208 posts) -

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.

#34 Posted by jillsandwich (762 posts) -

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.

#35 Posted by R3DT1D3 (171 posts) -

Must. Resist. RE6 Joke.

#36 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

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

#37 Posted by prestonhedges (1965 posts) -

@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.

#38 Posted by Lurkero (385 posts) -

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

#39 Posted by Fobwashed (1914 posts) -

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

#40 Posted by Snail (8584 posts) -

I hope they do a fighting game.

#41 Posted by Veektarius (4639 posts) -

@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.

#42 Posted by megalowho (960 posts) -

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.

#43 Posted by Scrawnto (2435 posts) -

@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.

#44 Posted by Fobwashed (1914 posts) -

@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.

#45 Posted by Phished0ne (2486 posts) -

@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.

#46 Posted by CaptainJudaism (72 posts) -

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.

#47 Posted by TobbRobb (4581 posts) -

I hope they make a bunch of amazing educational games.

MATH CAN BE FUN!

#48 Posted by Butano (1728 posts) -

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

#49 Posted by InsidiousBliss (38 posts) -

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

#50 Posted by Darthozzan (112 posts) -

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