"A Game to Save the World" is an online hack competition hosted by TAIKAI, where programmers, game designers, artists, writers, and others in game development-related fields will compete to create a digital or an analogue game that educates people around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The game can be a videogame or a non-digital game like a board game or card game.
A Game Jam is comparable to hackathons, but for games. In a time-boxed period of time, you are encouraged to create a digital or analogue game from scratch, including design, artwork, building and testing.
"Game Jams" revolve around inspiring one another, going crazy with experimental ideas and celebrating how wonderful game development is.
To connect participants in this global effort, we encourage people from all over the world to team up with fellow technologists or designers for a global, learning, building, and friendly competition that could produce amazing game experiences and influence people to have a fair relationship with the world and society and decelerate climate changes that might the world as it is for our future generations.
This remarkable initiative serves as a kick-off for the Game Jam stream of online challenges promoted by TAIKAI with some relevant partners in the Game Industry.
Each competition will have a special theme to be addressed and will run entirely online, so anyone in the world could make part of this, get Social Recognition and promote himself with his achievements on each competition.
We encourage game enthusiasts, professionals and geeks to use these competitions as a playground to learn new skills, test ideas or approaches, support your team with constructive feedback or just give them moral support.
You can even work on a non-digital game, and then there's no need for any developer experience.
Sustainability: is the game jam theme used as inspiration by all the competition participants to design the game mechanics and rules that might be incorporated in the games. The game mechanics should always reward green behaviours and actions that follow the sustainability goals defined the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals.
The game narrative should always influence and incentivize people to spread awareness about their actions that have positive effects on nature, communities, wildlife or minorities.
The goal is to encourage, inspire - and be inspired by - the future generation of game makers and players. Computer games allow people from different communities to learn about the issues involved in sustainable development.
All game resources (game, source code, designs, presentation, documentation, sketches, ...) must be submitted as a "TAIKAI Project" until the submission deadline. All submissions must be in English and must be the original work of the submitter team.
A project description that should include:
The following project attachments and resources:
Is the game designed to help the player learn/act-through-play, with specific regard to the Sustainable Development Goals?
Does the product experience encourage users to re-engage over time (repeatable), or is it just a one-time experience?
Can the full game be launched in the next 12-18 months?
How much it will impact the people around the project that you devised?
Did you think outside of the box? If it's been done before, what did you change? How did you improve it?
Intellectual Property Rights
All submissions remain the intellectual property of the participant or team that developed them.
TAIKAI Game Jam organisers have the right at their sole discretion to determine whether a submission is eligible for the challenge. TAIKAI may disqualify, at organisers sole discretion, TAIKAI Game Jam submissions (including, without limitation, content submitted in connection therewith) that violate third party rights or law or regulation, use inappropriate or explicit language or images or display content that TAIKAI or Sponsors otherwise finds objectionable.