Happy Sunday, friends! Grab your grappling hook and get ready for the ride, because we have a whole lot of projects you’ll be hooked on before the day is out. This is our weekly series where we bring you all the latest games, groups, and more for you to get directly involved in the revolution happening in this industry. It’s all about positive change and supportive communities here! Leave that bag at the door and you’ll come away with more loot than you expected.
This week, we’ve got our eye on several projects and resources where you can meet like-minded gamers looking to learn more about what games have to offer. Whether you’ve considered giving a new kind of game a try or even wanted to learn how to code for the first time, it’s all here! There are so many super positive opportunities just waiting to be explored. While we’re here to support you and your efforts to get involved, so too are these people and their projects.
As always, if you know of an inclusive gaming space or games project you’d love to see promoted on our Sunday Loot series, drop us a comment below or check out our contact list! We’d love to hear from you, especially about new and exciting spaces where all gamers can hang out. ✌
With an initiative that champions accessibility and representation for all gamers, you should definitely be keeping an eye on +10 to Fire Resist! They’re a super friendly team with a welcoming community that covers all kinds of gaming discussions as well as news. But that’s not the best part! They recently rolled out a monthly project where members of the community can respond to prompts that will be featured in a roundup post. If you’ve ever been interested in potentially sharing your thoughts on games and the culture, this is your chance to do it!
The theme for September is “Friends and Family Month,” which they explain as follows:
“We’re looking for examples and analyses of family relationships and friendships as they are depicted in games, as well as accounts of how gaming has affected real life relationships. Is gaming something you do as a family? Did you meet your life partner because of a game? Let us know in the reblogs and comments of any of our posts with the tag #+10FriendsandFamily and we’ll include your stories in the end of the month roundup on the main site!”
Ever wanted to learn how to code? Your time has officially arrived! Brought to you by the University of California account on Tumblr, they’ve curated a list of several online classes, software, and—of particular note here—CodeSpells, a game available on Steam Early Access that provides even more hands-on training. As a little backstory on this one, the game was developed by Sarah Esper and Stephen Foster at UC San Diego for their PhD work in Computer Science. Pretty metal, huh?
It’s billed as an “unguided, sandbox experience,” which is such a unique way of introducing beginners to the wonders of game development. And it’s available at a reasonable price ($19.99 at the time of this writing)! Of course, the resource list provided by the University is free, so give that a look before giving that wand a wave in CodeSpells.
Ahead of their anniversary on October 7th, the lovely community over at #INeedDiverseGames is hosting a game jam! The theme is “anniversaries” or memories of significant events, and the deadline is the actual #INDG anniversary. You have about a week and a half from now to put together your submissions, so take a look at the links above for coding resources! It would also be super cool if you passed this around to anyone who might also be interested in supporting their amazing initiative through creativity.
For more information on what they’re looking for, #INDG goes into greater detail:
“We also ask that submitted games strive for diversity either as an aspect of gameplay (such as nonbinary characters, relationship goals, or otherwise) or as character background (race, culture, heritage, lore, ability/disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and more).”
This particular group was recently featured in Ellie’s post, “Sisters-in-Arms: Rallying More Women to Tabletop Gaming.” If you’re looking to meet friendly, like-minded ladies and their supporters new to tabletop gaming, this is a wonderful opportunity to do so. And you have our recommendation from a fellow group member! For those who missed Ellie’s post, she describes her personal experience after having joined the group and met their members. Bridget Hughes, founder of Sisters In Arms, also offers a warm welcome for anyone looking to get involved:
“Any femme (and beyond) folk who want to join the Sisters in Arms Facebook group would be most welcome. The overall goal is to set up a network to support and promote similar events and generally connect female/non binary players :)”
A local multiplayer platformer from a friendly team of developers working hard to promote more diversity in the gaming industry, Skyhook should be on your wish list. Not only are there a wide range of characters from all backgrounds available for play, but it’s a fun, challenging game that you can experience with friends! It’s currently available on Steam Early Access for only $4.99 (at the time of this writing). But don’t just take my word for it! A few of our writers were lucky enough to get the chance to try Skyhook for themselves, and they had this to say:
“Skyhook is definitely a fun game for an afternoon with friends. With up to four players, it’s a great couch co-op game with a fast pace. While there are only three different levels to play on, each level have different platform configurations within it that you can choose from, which helps keep the game a bit fresher.
Some levels have airships as well, which I can tell you are undeniably great and make for a fun race when you and your friends start a new game. I also found myself enjoying the soundtrack—it’s got a good upbeat tempo and is great for the action.”
“Skyhook is, if nothing else, a unique little game. You get four original characters and several different stages to play in. The art style is also a lovely homage to pixel art, which I believe is an extremely underappreciated art form. With each pixel meticulously placed, it’s hard not to admire how much time and effort went into the levels and the characters. I like how each stage is unique. I only wish there were more of them.”