GitHub Game Off 2023 theme announcement

By admin
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Are you ready? The theme for

this year
DATE

’s

Game Off
ORG

is SCALE!

Verb

to climb up something steep, such as a wall, building, or mountain.

to change the size of something e.g. make something smaller (scale down) or increase the size, amount, or importance of something (scale up).

to progress in a graduated series.

to remove the small flat hard pieces of skin from a fish.

to remove tartar and plaque from teeth. Noun a device for weighing people or objects.


one
CARDINAL

of the many very small, flat pieces that cover the skin of fish, snakes, etc.

a set of numbers, amounts, etc., used to measure or compare the level of something e.g.,

Farenheit
PERSON

, Richter scale.

the ratio between the real size of something and its size on a visualization.

a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave).

an indicator having a graduated sequence of marks.

any of the small overlapping usually metal pieces forming the outer surface of scale armor.

You have until

December 1
DATE

to build a game based on that theme and submit it through the game jam page on itch.io. Work alone or on a team. Use whatever programming languages, game engines, or libraries you like. And you’re welcome to use AI tools to help generate code, assets, or anything in between!

As always, you’re welcome to interpret the theme however you like. If you need some ideas to kickstart your creativity, here are a few game ideas that sprint to mind for me:

An infinite runner with occasional buildings that you need to scale.

A tower defense game where enemies scale in frequency and power.

A sokoban-style game with tiles being scales and boxes have different weights.

A traditional game, for example,

Space Invaders
ORG

that scales to local multiplayer or maybe even

tens, hundreds
CARDINAL

, or

thousands
CARDINAL

of players online.

A game where you have match a musical scale with your voice.

A roguelike where you control a penguin search for fish at

the Southern California Linux Expo
ORG

(SCALE).

A Kaiju beat-em up featuring

Servants of Creatures Arriving Late to Earth (SCALE
WORK_OF_ART

).

A Factorio-type game where you aim for

Supply Chain and Logistics Excellence
ORG

(SCALE).

Any kind of game featuring em… S ea… C reatures… A nd… L. L? L aughing… Erm… E lephants?

ea… reatures… nd…

L. L
PERSON

? aughing… Erm… lephants? A Flappy Bird clone, but with a fish?

OK, maybe not that last one. We look forward to seeing your wonderful, weird, and wacky creative interpretations

😆

Join the Game Off
WORK_OF_ART

now

How to participate

Create a game based on the theme (announced on

November 1
DATE

at 13:37 PT). Sign up for a free GitHub account if you don’t already have one. It’s free! Join the Game Off on itch.io. If you don’t already have an itch.io account, you can sign in with your GitHub account. Create a new public GitHub repository to store the source code and any assets you’re able to share for your entry and push your changes before

December 1
DATE

at 13:37 PT. Submit your game through itch.io.

Voting

Once submitted, your entries will be evaluated by fellow participants, and you’ll also have the chance to play and cast your votes on their games too.

Voting will open shortly after the jam ends and is open to everyone who’s submitted a game.

Entries
ORG

will be rated on the following categories: Overall,

Gameplay, Graphics, Audio, Innovation
ORG

, and

Theme Interpretation
ORG

. Voting will end on

January 8t 2024
DATE

at 13:37 PT.

As always, we’ll highlight some of our favorites games on

the GitHub Blog
PRODUCT

, and the world will get to enjoy (and maybe even contribute to or learn from) your creations.

Help,I’ve never created a game before!

With so many free, open source game engines and tutorials available online, there’s never been an easier (or more exciting!) time to try out game development. For example, are you:

Just jumping into JavaScript? You might be interested in Phaser.

You might be interested in Phaser. Comfortable with

C++
PRODUCT

or C#? Look at

Godot, Unity
ORG

and

Unreal Engine
ORG

.

Look at

Godot, Unity
ORG

and

Unreal Engine
ORG

. Raving about Rust? You might like

Bevy
ORG

.

You might like

Bevy
ORG

. Proficient with Python? Check out Pygame or

Godot (Godot uses GDScript
ORG

, which is similar to Python).

Check out Pygame or

Godot (Godot uses GDScript
ORG

, which is similar to Python). Jiving with

Java
PERSON

? Take a look at libGDX.

Take a look at libGDX. Fond of Flutter? Take a peek at Flame.

Take a peek at Flame. Gearing up with Go? You might want to look at

Ebitengine
ORG

.

You might want to look at

Ebitengine
ORG

. In love with

Lua
PERSON

? Check out LÖVE or

Defold
GPE

or

LIKO-12
ORG

(especially if you like retro games)!

And speaking of retro games, did you know you can:

Hack on a

Roguelike
PRODUCT

dungeon crawler in

JavaScript
PRODUCT

or

Haskell
PERSON

.

in

JavaScript
PRODUCT

or

Haskell
PERSON

. Crank out a text adventure in or some interactive fiction with Clojure or Ink (similar to

Markdown
PERSON

).

Craft that

8
CARDINAL

-bit console game you always fantasized about with PICO-8, Pixel Vision 8, TIC-80 (Lua),

BASIC8
GPE

(Basic), or Pyxel (Python).

The community-run

Discord
ORG

server is a great place to ask questions or look for teammates.

Help,I’ve never used version control, Git, or GitHub before!

Game Off is the perfect opportunity to check it out (version control pun intended)!

Git Documentation: everything you need to know about version control and how to get started with Git.

GitHub Help: everything you need to know about GitHub.

Any questions about GitHub? Visit

the GitHub Community Forum
ORG

.

Good luck and have fun!