The Games [4Diversity] Jam 2016 brought together game developers of different religious backgrounds to explore how religious perspectives change their design processes.
Games [4Diversity] Jam 2016: I Believe!
Games [4Diversity] Jam 2016: I Believe!March 26-27th – Easter Weekend 2016 Our society is the product of believes, life-styles and ideologies. These believes have brought people together, fostering harmonious communities of peace and prosperity. On the other side, these believes divided us, sprang civil wars and initiated grant revolutions....
About the Jam
The Games [4Diversity] Jam 2016 was held to bring people from different religious backgrounds together.
When: March 26-27 2016
Where: Dominican Monastery Zwolle, the Netherlands
Theme: I Believe!
The Games That Were Made
The games were developed in approximately 36 hours. The theme was “I Believe!” to explore how religious beliefs and personal convictions influence our design process. The Dominican Church and Monastery in Zwolle opened her doors for game developers in the Easter Weekend. In this inspiring neo-Gothic church we created games that show how
positive and beautiful religion can be, if canalized in positive and constructive ways.
Confession is a game where you play as the equivalent of a priest in a new religion. The story follows the player over their first 10 days, helping to establish their presence in the community. Community members will come to the church with their problems on an individual level – complex social problems such as adultery and abortion – and the player will have to help guide these citizens. The way the player responds affects how the religion will be built. Additionally, choices made on one day may affect scenes in future days. Certain paths may only be become available depending on earlier guidance the player gives to their flock.
This game was made to explore the path of having a religious figure be a driving force or leader of a community on an individual social level, and how their choices might impact their church and the people that make up their society.
It’s nine o’clock on a beautiful morning on a loaded court. Everyone joined each other to talk, debate and listen to speeches of the lecturers. Even if every speech contains the same basic principles, they are different enough to tend to all kinds of people. It would be great if all the people get the speech they would like to hear, but on a court with a lot of people and speakers it is hard to find one that is just right for them.
It is your job to enlighten as many people as possible with your lectures.
Martijn van Buul