Arctic Climate Game Jam Game Submission

Game ideas are submitted via a 2-minute video to be considered for recognition. A panel of game and climate experts use the scoring rubric below will determine top selections by age categories (K-8, High School, College, and Professional) and by game category (Hack this game, Analog game, Paper Prototype, Basic digital game advanced digital game). Selected finalists will be offered the opportunity to be highlighted in a showcase later this year. Your site coordinator will have the link to the Google form for submission of team names, contact, game prototype description and the link to your YouTube video. The deadline for submitting will be one week following the end of the Arctic Climate Game Jam. 

Examples of 2-minute videos from the White House Education Game Jam, 2014

Hack-this-game category

A template game is modified so that it addresses Arctic topics in some way. The template game may be modified in such a way that it does not resemble the original. There is one Scratch prototype available, and two Twine prototypes available. Here is the link to the prototype and prompt for how to modify the games in each category.

TWINE: There are two starting Twine story starters, one called “Wake Up!” and one called “A Whale of a Tale” [Click here to download both files]. To hack this game, click on this link to download an archive of both files, and import that file into Twine. Your challenge – hack these story starters into a complete, playable, and challenging game! The only constraint is that you have to stick with the story starter. You can’t change the starting node of the story, but you can change and add onto the first two branches from the starting node. Make sure the game has a clear win condition, but also think about ways to make the game challenging, such as having difficult dilemmas for the player to choose between, or penalties for bad choices that might set a player backwards to a previous branch in the story. Think about whether you there’s only one branch in the story that let’s you win, or if there’s multiple winning branches: maybe some some branches are a really good win, and others are still a win but not as good.

SCRATCH: Take this template and make it into a game that address Arctic climate issues. To hack this game, click “see inside” and then click “remix.” Change the sprites and the code to make this game your own. Add “say” blocks or add costumes to the “text” sprite to add in your message about water issues! Or change the sprite and background images to be more accurate represent current water-related problems.

Paper prototype

Paper representation of what could become a digital game in the future. Paper representation of digital mechanics illustrate what gameplay in the digital version would look like but do not require actual programming to take place. Should include a description of how the game will translate to a digital medium and showcase elements of gameplay with simple paper materials. Paper prototypes do not need to look like a final version of the game but should illustrate gameplay mechanics.  Game must be designed from scratch during the game jam.

Analog game

Game must involve only non-digital components. Typical examples can include board games card games, or role-playing games. Game must be designed from scratch during the game jam but in a playable form at the end of the event. This category is useful for either short or long events and also works for locations with limited technology.

Basic digital game

These tools result in generally simple platform-style games and require a narrative be included. Games must be designed from scratch using simple tools or remixed from an existing game in the community (e.g., Scratch, Gamestar Mechanic, Pixel Press’ Floors and Bloxels, Roblox, GameSalad). If remixing a game, the remix must involve some significant departure from the original game, either in mechanics or narrative. Minecraft can be used if there is a clear designed game experience within a Minecraft World and there is a clear goal for a player to achieve within the Minecraft world with clear constraints. Can also use interactive fiction tools to create a text adventure using an Arctic theme. (Twine, InkleWriter, Episodes)

Advanced digital game

Designed from scratch in any platform of choice, excluding those platforms listed in the basic digital game category. This typically involves tools that offer more flexibility, but also more coding expertise, than the tools listed in the basic digital game category. Example platforms include Unity, Java, and GameMaker. Games should be at minimum complete to a rough but playable prototype form. This category is most amenable for longform events.