About Games [4...] Jams
The Games [4...] Jams are 50h (or less) game development sessions. Game designers, developers, artists, academics and other experts come together to explore research questions or social issues through the creation of games. The limited time frame, diverse crowd and design freedom results in a creative outlet for these game professionals, to explore new directions and form innovative perspective on game design and development.
The [4...] in Games [4...] Jam depicts the theme of game jam. This theme always considers a socio-cultural issue that mandates our attention. This can be the prevention of obesities, a better understanding of design process, fuel for academic research, or the inclusion of minorities.
For example, the Games [4Health] Jam explores questions within the domain of health. The 2010 jam explored the playful possibilties of a foot trottle. This computer peripheral was the main interface for Games [4Rehabilitation].
Other Games [4Health] Jams explored games in public environments and swimming pools. Whilst the Games [4Design] Jam – CHI’13 explored the design of novel interfaces for innovative games. Lastly, the Games [4Diverstity] Jam explores how social-minority issues can be incorporated in games to diversity today’s game-landscape in a meaningful manner.