Indie Speed Run Gives Developers 48 Hours to Make a Game

Indie Speed Run Gives Developers 48 Hours to Make a Game

Indie Speed Run 2013

The global game jam Indie Speed Run will give prospective developers the chance to demonstrate their skills and win cash prizes.

Do you fancy yourself a game maker and want a chance to show off what you can do? The Indie Speed Run might be just what you're looking for. A global game jam, the Indie Speed Run challenges developers of all skill levels to build a unique game based on randomly assigned themes and elements. The first 500 entrants will be given a code they can use to activate a Unity Pro license that will last them for the month of September. Interested teams, in turn, might want to be fast about signing up because the event is already in progress.

Entrants will be asked to set up a 48 hour countdown at the official Indie Speed Run website. After the timer runs out their game submission will be presented before a panel of judges that will include industry figures like Notch, Suda51, Peter Molyneux and Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, among others. Participants will be vying both for industry recognition as well as some nifty cash prizes that will include a grand prize of $3000.

The grand prize will go to a development team selected by Yahtzee. Additional People's Choice ($1000) and Wildcard ($500) prizes will be awarded to teams selected by the gaming public and by Indie Speed Run, respectively. Gamers interested in casting their vote will get a chance to sample and entries during the month of October where they'll find them available for play at the Indie Speed Run website and at The Escapist.

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Just a question, if Yahtzee is picking the winner:

The grand prize will go to a development team selected by Yahtzee

Why do they have a panel of judges?

a panel of judges that will include industry figures like Notch, Suda51, Peter Molyneux and Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, among other

Is Yahtzee picking based on the other judgements or on his own?

Am I the only one confused that the image poster thing says "Sept. 1" but this article is posted on the fourth? And what CriticalMiss said. Who the hell is making the decision?
But at anyrate, be cool to see what will happen. I've seen a few interesting games come out, how ever unneeded they were, like Surgeon Simulator*.
*could be wrong and thinking of another quick game thing.

I wonder if this year he'll make a special ending message at the end of a zp like that one Yahtzee themed jam.

You conveniently forgot to mention the $25 entry fee.

What the hell are Yahtzee's credentials that qualify him for accurately judging a game? He may be a somewhat popular game critic but honestly, the only reason why he's popular IMAO is that he's pretty funny. He can get in a couple good points about a game but sometimes he can be dead wrong. And THAT is not just my opinion either.

Anyway.

Extra Challenge: Make the game in 3D.

Arnoxthe1:
What the hell are Yahtzee's credentials that qualify him for accurately judging a game? He may be a somewhat popular game critic but honestly, the only reason why he's popular IMAO is that he's pretty funny. He can get in a couple good points about a game but sometimes he can be dead wrong. And THAT is not just my opinion either.

Anyway.

Extra Challenge: Make the game in 3D.

He's also an indie developer himself. As well as a published author with two fairly successful novels under his belt, giving him credenceto speak about writing and story. Go play his Chzo Mythos games, or the Rob Blanc games, or any of his other stuff, and you'll see that he can make a pretty decent indie game himself which alongside his acctual job as a reviewer I think gives him more than enough credibility to judge other games.

Besides, about him sometimes being wrong, that's true but not very often. Anyway, everyone gets things wrong sometimes, I doubt Roger Ebert was spot on about every movie he reviewed for example...

I want to get in on this, but I don't have a team. If anyone is interested in working together then please get in touch by PM, however I want to stress that I only want to work with people who can definitely show at least some evidence they will follow through (previous work examples for instance), because the last time this game jam happened I was on a team that collapsed when one member abandoned us and the rest of the team's skills didn't match what we were trying to do...

As for my own skills, I'm a writer and level designer.

Trivun:

Besides, about him sometimes being wrong, that's true but not very often. Anyway, everyone gets things wrong sometimes, I doubt Roger Ebert was spot on about every movie he reviewed for example...

OK, I'll give you that about his credentials but I'm just going to put this out here.

When reviewing Halo 3, he ignored anything other than the campaign which makes about, ohhhhhh... 85% of the content of Halo 3. Yes, the campaign was lackluster but the game had SO MUCH MORE THAN THE CAMPAIGN TO OFFER and he just dumped all of that. If that's good reviewing then maybe I'm living on the wrong planet.

 

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