The game jam movement: disruption, performance and artwork

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This paper explores the current conventions and intentions of the game jam - contemporary events that encourage the rapid, collaborative creation of game design prototypes. Game jams are often renowned for their capacity to encourage creativity and the development of alternative, innovative game designs. However, there is a growing necessity for game jams to continue to challenge traditional development practices through evolving new formats and perspectives to maintain the game jam as a disruptive, refreshing aspect of game development culture. As in other creative jam style events, a game jam is not only a process but also, an outcome. Through a discussion of the literature this paper establishes a theoretical basis with which to analyse game jams as disruptive, performative processes that result in original creative artefacts. In support of this, case study analysis of Development Cultures: a series of workshops that centred on innovation and new forms of practice through play, chance, and experimentation, is presented. The findings indicate that game jams can be considered as processes that inspire creativity within a community and that the resulting performances can be considered as a form of creative artefact, thus parallels can be drawn between game jams and performative and interactive art.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2015 Workshop on Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation Events
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780991398256
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
Event2015 Workshop on Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation Events (Co-located with FDG-2015) - Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, United States
Duration: 22 Jun 201525 Jun 2015


Conference2015 Workshop on Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation Events (Co-located with FDG-2015)
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPacific Grove
Internet address


  • Happening
  • Kaprow
  • Disruption
  • Game Jams
  • Improvisation
  • Innovation
  • Participation
  • Performance


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