Newsjam: Making games at the pace of news

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Abstract

Can games be made at the pace of news? The Newsjam, an event held in Miami, Florida in November of 2017, aimed to investigate whether short, simple games about current topics could be made in less than two days. While the plethora of game jam events does demonstrate that such games can be made, the larger questions was by whom and how? The Newsjam event convened a mixture of media professionals and non-gamers to test the hypothesis that game-making tools have become so simple those who have never made a game previously could make a game in a single weekend. The results indicate that while it possible to make simple digital toys, the highest quality contemporary newsgames were made by teams that had previously existing experience in game making. 19 participants, produced 5 games in just over 36 hours. Their expertise ranged from first time game maker to seasoned independent developers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events, ICGJ 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages17-20
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781450364843
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 18 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event3rd International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events, ICGJ 2018 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Mar 18 2018 → …

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference3rd International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons, and Game Creation Events, ICGJ 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period3/18/18 → …

Keywords

  • Game design
  • Game Jams
  • Hackathons
  • Newsgames
  • Social impact games

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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