The British Library online game jam #bl_labs #gamejam

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Exciting library / gaming crossover news… The British Library has announced that it’s running an online game jam from the 4th to 11th September.  The game jam ties in with a winning entry of the British Library Labs competition by Adam Crymble, who proposed the idea of using video/computer games to crowdsource the classification/tagging of digital images in the British Library collection. So, the game jam has been set up to encourage people to create a game that would fit this bill. Games should be created using the phaser.io or similar html5 programming framework. Anyone can enter, but you must be over 18 to work with the British Library.

The British Library are also offering financial support to develop the game, plus a possible £500 prize as part of the British Library Labs Awards. As highlighted on the game jam page:

If we like what we see, we’ve set aside up to £500 (courtesy of the Andrew Mellon Foundation) to work with someone to polish their game and release it as part of our ‘Mechanical Curator Arcade Game’, a 1980s-style arcade console that we’re planning to install in the British Library this autumn.

All completed games (whether they fit the crowdsourcing theme or not) will also be eligible to enter the British Library Labs Awards, with a chance to win an additional £500 in prizes, as long as they use the British Library digital content such as the sounds and images from our open collections.

Full details of the game jam can be found on the itch.io site.

As someone with an interest in libraries and game making, I’m really excited that the British Library running this game jam and I can’t wait to see how this develops.
The British Library game jam is officially announced with an appropriate fanfare. (British Library/Flickr)

The British Library game jam is officially announced with an appropriate fanfare. (British Library/Flickr)

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