Top 5 Tips To Do Better In Game Jams

  • Published on Jul 7, 2020
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Comments • 62

  • Toby K
    Toby K Year ago +38

    It’s a good day when Vimlark uploads. Especially when it’s about game jams.
    I love MWG devlogs but I can’t get enough game jam videos

    • Orange Gaming
      Orange Gaming Year ago

      Toby Knecht you just picked the 2 things he uploads lol

  • Ben Burnes
    Ben Burnes Year ago +9

    Talking about fonts in #4. Be aware of the license of the font you are grabbing. It might be free to download and use in a jam, but if you continue to refine the game for a full release with sales, you might need to pay for a license. Or the free download might require attribution in some way, be sure to respect the font artist's time too! :)

    • Vimlark
      Vimlark  Year ago +4

      Very true! I should have mentioned that.

  • Wannibe Manisha
    Wannibe Manisha Year ago +17

    Great video!! A good reminder for this weekend's upcoming GMTK jam :D

  • Jimi GC
    Jimi GC Year ago +5

    I also find it easier if I finish one part of my game before moving on to another. It helps me not feel overwhelmed and gives me a sense of progress to help motivation

    • Vimlark
      Vimlark  Year ago

      That's a great tip! I try to do that but tend to get frustrated and bounce around. But I always strive to finish one thing before moving on.

  • Reece Geofroy
    Reece Geofroy Year ago +1

    Great work Nick. This was definitely helpful and will be utilized for future jams! 🔥

  • Mika de Grote
    Mika de Grote Year ago +16

    #0 Don’t delay sound to the end of the jam.

  • Spynder
    Spynder Year ago

    Incredible quality of videos! Looking forward to more videos!

  • Fernando de Assis
    Fernando de Assis Year ago +1

    Awesome content as always!!! Thank you Vim!!!

  • Idan Rooze
    Idan Rooze Year ago +1

    These are gold. If playtesting is possible it can help with determining the difficulty level. Very helpful, thanks!

  • toggles
    toggles Year ago +1

    #1 - Make it short
    #2 - Make it simple
    #3 - Make it easy (for you)
    #4 - Make it pretty
    #5 - Make it rested (don't grind for hours)

  • Cerciz Batha
    Cerciz Batha Year ago +1

    Man you Inspired me to get into game dev love you man keep doin what you doin

    • Vimlark
      Vimlark  Year ago

      That's awesome! Congrats and best of luck!

  • Tantan
    Tantan Year ago +2

    Sound advice! I'll watch this video as a reminder before any game jam I participate in (hopefully... because it's easy to forget)

    • Vimlark
      Vimlark  Year ago

      It's so easy to say all these thing, but it's so hard to follow them lol.

  • Him
    Him Year ago +6

    Big big tip here - make an online version (triple the views and ratings and such) and be SURE to test exporting with said online version. First game jam and i got to the end - and found out the html module hadn't installed (which is used for exporting browser games) DO IT

    • Vimlark
      Vimlark  Year ago +1

      That is a great tip. Anything that can make it easier for the player to play and enjoy the game can help.

    • Casper
      Casper Year ago +2

      HTML is not necessary in big jams. if you can it helps, but a download is fine as well

  • Sounds of Stabbing
    Sounds of Stabbing Year ago +2

    great video! I'm sounds of stabbing on your streams and hanging out with you makes my day keep it up

    • Vimlark
      Vimlark  Year ago

      Thanks for hanging out and watching the videos!

  • P0kepengin
    P0kepengin Year ago +2

    I'm happy for you. You got a sponsor :)

  • Mateusz Patuła
    Mateusz Patuła Year ago +2

    you have to PRESS to do better in game jams (make it Pretty, Rested, Easy, Simple and Short)

    • Frank Ellis
      Frank Ellis Year ago +1

      I was hoping someone else caught that

  • Neat Games
    Neat Games Year ago +1

    I love game jams as well!! See everyone in the GMTK JAM :D

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    #0 Don't delay polish to the end of the jam
    #0.001 Don't delay playtesting to the end of the jam

  • Dido Slimani
    Dido Slimani Year ago +1

    Also your video is very helpfull thank you

  • arBofu
    arBofu Year ago +2

    hey win lark, love your videos!

  • doran2
    doran2 8 months ago

    Can you make MWG able to play in your browser?

  • Evan-Martins Kuzong
    Evan-Martins Kuzong 11 months ago

    good thing i’m joining a game jam this week and school is nearly and i’ve completed the last of my homework. bad thing is i’ve lost 2 days doing homework :(

  • Overland Gamer
    Overland Gamer Year ago

    Do you know anyone who does board games during game jams? I have done those in the past and really enjoyed it. Not sure how many others do.

  • Sekai17
    Sekai17 Year ago +1

    Cool Video!

  • Kanav Game's
    Kanav Game's Year ago +1

    Congrats on Sponsorship.

  • Steven Samuel
    Steven Samuel Year ago

    This video is so underrated!

  • Moonz10
    Moonz10 Year ago

    I ahould've seen this before being 30 seconds late from submitting my untested buggy game to GMTK.

  • elric
    elric Year ago +1

    Waow you got a sponsor congrats

  • Bloby and Cloudy
    Bloby and Cloudy Year ago +5

    Yaaay my stream avatar is there :)
    (I'm trash Benni lol)
    Quality video vim
    I like de music

  • Cerciz Batha
    Cerciz Batha Year ago +1

    Who here for GMTK 2020

  • Max Wuup
    Max Wuup Year ago +1

    pretty sure that blue guy is admiral kunkka from dota

  • Valtsu0
    Valtsu0 Year ago

    Core is literally roblox

  • Danforce 42
    Danforce 42 Year ago +1

    What's the music in the video called?

    • Vimlark
      Vimlark  Year ago

      Powerup! by Jeremy Blake. It's from the TheXvid audio library.

  • Dido Slimani
    Dido Slimani Year ago +2

    Are you going to participate in GMTK game jamm ??????

    • Dido Slimani
      Dido Slimani Year ago

      @Vimlark yesss so i am I'm against A really good devloper This is not good for me 😂😂 but it is oky i am reallly Happy Because you're going to participate And I'm excited to see your video About the gmtk game jam love youuu ❤️

    • Vimlark
      Vimlark  Year ago

      I am actually. I haven't been able to the last few years so I'm excited to do this one!

  • DeRodePanda
    DeRodePanda Year ago +2

    Nice a sponsor

  • alEks
    alEks Year ago +1

    Did... U .... get your first sponsor...?

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  • Morfy
    Morfy Year ago +2

    hey its vimlark.

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  • omr evano
    omr evano Year ago

    Cool also first