We’re very excited to be participating in this year’s MIT QUILTBAG Jam! If you’re new to the concept of game jams, they’re events where people get together to create games, usually on a theme or topic. The aim of the QUILTBAG Jam, as created by MIT’s Game Lab, is to encourage creating games that feature queer identities, experiences, and themes. It is a safe space for people of all kinds to explore those ideas in game design.
We will provide workspace, lunch, and mentors to help you out of tricky bugs or just to give great feedback. We will also conveniently be holding a Twine workshop February 1st.
Board games or card games more your thing? Go ahead, make one! There’s an incredible range of games that can be made during a jam. If you’re a lone wolf programmer, bring your skills and consider asking around for an artist or writer! It’s a great way to meet new collaborators!
Join us for a day of game creation and fun. No game-making experience or wizardry necessary: all you need is enthusiasm and a desire to participate.
Everyone of all genders, orientations, and levels of experience is welcome!
Sign up with your full name and email address here:
Who, What, Where, When, Why!
Concordia University, Engineering and Visual Arts Building
1515 Ste Catherine St. W.,
The theme this year is LABELS ARE FOR CLOTHES.
Being queer means often having to label yourself — or be labeled by others — so you fit into easy categories, but that’s not always what you want. We encourage participants to make games about rejecting labels and being put into boxes against their will.
Please bring your own computer/equipment/materials!
Safe, friendly, & inclusive space
Lunch and refreshments
Power and internet access
This event was made possible by the Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) Research Centre.
TAG is an interdisciplinary collaboration platform for research/creation in game studies and design, digital culture and interactive art. Based at Concordia University in Montreal, TAG brings together scholars, artists, designers, engineers and students from across faculties and disciplines. Participants are from a variety of universities, the game development industry and community based groups.
For more information, please visit tag.hexagram.ca
Official FAQ from MIT’s Game Lab website):
Do I need to identify as queer to participate?
Not at all! Everyone who wants to take part is welcome. All identities, kinds, and persuasions are welcome.
Okay so I can’t program or draw or compose music. I’m not sure I should come.
Not at all! Game jams are all about turning your game ideas into reality. All you really need is some inspiration and the energy to give it a try.
Do I have to follow the theme? I have a game idea but it’s pretty different.
Not at all! The theme is a suggestion and an inspiration — not a rule. The jam is a place for you to express yourself and your creativity in a safe and supportive space.
What should I bring?
A laptop if you’d like to make a digital game, some paper or index cards if you’d like to make a non-digital game. Markers, crayons, play-doh, a camera — anything you think might help your creative process!
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