While the organizers of the WTF Game Jam strongly believe in freedom of artistic expression, they also believe in making the world a better place for everyone. Games can be engaging, funny, challenging, and epic... and sometimes those same games have content that has a negative impact on people belonging to visible & invisible minority groups.
We don’t want to lay out strict rules for content or to police the games that you create at the jam, but we do want to offer some concepts for you to consider:
This list is just a small sample, but we will assume you get the basic idea & can apply it to race, gender, orientation, size, ability, age, class, religious beliefs, etc.
Please use care with humour & the assigning of characteristics: Don’t use a person’s size, race, disability or other distinguishing feature as the focus of a joke or gag, or as the indicator of their evilness - when we laugh AT others, it is hurtful. When we cast differences in a negative light or thoughtlessly repeat stereotypes, we reinforce them in society & oppression continues.
If you are not already familiar with the concepts of oppression, we have a few game-related questions to keep in mind as you create, find them below.
There are a number of simple design elements that can make games accessible to a wider range of players, which may not occur to you in a rushed setting such as a game jam. However, games are for everyone!
It would mean a lot to us at the WTF Game Jam if you would keep the accessibility of your game in mind when creating it, making it possible for any player to enjoy your weird-ass creation. We highly recommend checking out Game Accessibility Guidelines for direction.
This is barely a ripple in the ocean of thoughts around oppression, privilege & social justice. Search on, learn more, change the world!
If you find yourself questioning your game content, Christa Giles will be on hand to suggest resources and alternate options to consider.
Andrew & Michael will make the final call on the games that will be included on the WTF Game Jam site.
Questions to Ask Yourself