Js13kGames is a game jam organized by Andrzej Mazur from Enclave Games. Game jams are competitions where developers make games in a limited amount of time and it is, usually, then judged. Game jams come in many shapes and sizes. Some have technological limits and some have specific themes. They can be for individuals or small teams but they usually allow anyone from any background to participate. Game jams are a wonderful way to polish your skills and even get some exposure.
So, what makes js13kGames different?
js13kGames was first hosted in 2012 that focuses on HTML5 games. The big feature of the competition is the fact that the game package cannot be bigger than 13kb and cannot include external resources. This requires you to think creatively to fit games in the space given. There are multiple categories you can submit your games into as well as a yearly theme, but you don’t have to follow it. These catagories are:
The desktop category is for basic web games that use the keyboard or mouse. The mobile category is for small and large form-factor multi-touch games that run on mobile browsers. The server category lets you develop multiplayer games using node.js for the server-side and requires you to select another category that your game. You can enter your game into multiple categories. A-Frame is a new category that was created in association with A-Frame and Mozilla. A-Frame is a library designed to help developers make WebVR experiences quickly. This category requires you to make a VR game with only 13 kilobytes of space like the other games but the actual A-Frame package doesn’t count towards the package.
The final big difference between this competition and many others is the prizes. Firstly, there are different prizes from various sponsors for different categories as well as the social competition which requires to promote your game on various social media platforms. Secondly, everyone gets a prize for every entry they make and people can submit multiple entries. Just for entering, entrants will recieve a T-shirt as well as some other swag. Along with this, there is usually an object related to the competition. This year, it is Mozilla sponsored A-Frame Google Cardboard VR headsets. In previous years, there were even floppy disks sent out that contained every entry for that year. When asked, Andrzej replied that he wanted to make js13kGames special and it helped promote the competition itself as well as give back to the community. He also said "It’s cool to recieve free swag" and I couldn’t agree more :)
Origin of the competition
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