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The Game Jam Survival Guide > 6. After the Jam:Fame and Fortune!

6. After the Jam:Fame and Fortune!

Chapter 6. After the Jam:Fame and Fortune!


TipCongratulations! You did it!Pat yourself on the back. Get some rest. Play games made by your fellow Jammers. Put the word out. Listen to player feedback. Maybe you can polish the game and get thousands of people playing it…The Nordic Game JamIn this chapter, we are going to explore the next step: taking your game beyond the Game Jam. You need not stop polishing or adding to your game after the Jam ends. There's a whole world of people out there who might just want to buy it! Often the Jam version of your game serves as a mere prototype, a proof-of-concept of a particular gameplay mechanic, which if sufficiently expanded upon could be the genesis of a professional videogame worth buying. Don't stop now!Topics that we will explore in this chapter include:Voting on games by your fellow developersWriting a post-mortemPreparing the game for final releaseAttracting sponsorships or advertisersGetting your game on app stores and portalsThe voting processNot all Game Jams include voting or rating games as part of the process. Many never declare an official "winner", but there are a few that treat the Game Jam as more of a competition, with virtual "award ceremonies" or "trophies". These kinds of Jams usually have a voting phase where participants get a chance to try out each other's games and offer feedback.Generating goodwill among your competitors isn't just important because people that like you will vote your game more generously. It also feels good to be nice to people. When you play other people's games, you can give them a lift with positive feedback, kudos, and congratulations. Even if you found some bugs or have ideas for its improvement, be sure to point out something that you actually liked about their game first.

  

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