Happy Sunday, friends! We’re sending off the end of this week with enough fire to power all your consoles, so hold onto your controllers. It’s going to be a hell of a ride! Every bit of loot shared here today is an opportunity for you to get directly involved in all the amazing initiatives pushing for change. You’d better roll up your sleeves and get ready to dig right into this one, because you won’t want to miss signing up.
From a game jam gaining momentum by the day, to a paid job that could potentially get you started in the industry, let us be your guide. We’re also serving up a collection of very special games that aim to welcome everyone to the table, whether you’re seeking more representation for characters of a different race, more visibility for queer relationships, or even an experience that offers you a hand when you’re feeling down.
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. ✌
This particular game jam is running its third successful year, and it’s no surprise why! Asylum Jam encourages participants to create a horror game that doesn’t use mental illness as a trope and/or device in order to tell the story. The team further explains the stipulation rather magnificently:
“This jam is to show that you can still create a great horror experience without using inaccurate stereotypes of those who suffer from mental illness, or the institutions that support them in diagnosis and recovery.”
While the jam itself already started yesterday, November 6th, it’s set to run through November 9th. So you’ve still got time to enter! We highly encourage you to keep an eye on the designated #AsylumJam2015 hashtag for updates on all the amazing games that will surely spring from this.
We’ve been fans of the incredible work going on over at Critical Distance for as long as they’ve been in business, but that’s really no secret. The team is currently seeking someone like you to fill the ever-important role of Senior Curator! What will that entail, you ask? They clarified the job further:
- Handling the majority of This Week in Videogame Blogging roundups.
- Preparing the digest editions of these roundups for Gamasutra and Offworld.
- Performing last-look edits on other features and for TWIVGBs on weekends they aren’t covering.
This is a paid, part-time contract position with a weekly commitment of 10 to 16 hours. What’s really wonderful about this is you’ll become part of an initiative that’s truly, actually pushing for positive change in this industry. We wish you the best of luck on your application!
Without a shadow of a doubt, Indivisible is the game you’ve been waiting to see realized. Not only is it inspired by mega-hits like Valkyrie Profile and Super Metroid, but the cast is diverse in every conceivable aspect—which makes this far and away a project you should consider backing. (Racial representation and body diversity, folks. Yes, please.) It’s a side-scrolling RPG where you play as Ajna, a “good-natured tomboy with a rebellious streak” who must fight her way through beautiful landscapes and equally impressive monsters.
As of today, the team has raised $740,116 of their $1,500,000 goal on Indiegogo and they need our help to spread the word! You can also download the free prototype right on that same page.
Love Is Strange
Are you a fan of Life Is Strange? Were you less than impressed with the way queer relationships were handled? You’re in good company! An utterly incomparable team of fans have banded together to create a singular experience that every self-respecting Max Caulfield fan must try. Dating sim meets visual novel in Love Is Strange, a game that strips away all the exposition to bring Arcadia Bay back to its roots: the loving queer relationships between women.
Keep an eye out for our Let’s Play of Love Is Strange on our YouTube channel this week. You’ll be treated with a dramatic reading of the demo and a chat about the importance of queer representation. 💕
Your Darkest Thoughts
And last, but certainly not least, Your Darkest Thoughts is a therapeutic experience that offers a “friendly ear (or eyeball) that will listen to your innermost worries, thoughts, and desires, without judgement, and without remembering them.” It’s sort of like Snapchat except without all the constant notifications. In all seriousness, this is a particularly wonderful resource to have. So many of us could use a respite during a long week! And that’s exactly what this game delivers.
Your Darkest Thoughts is currently available for free! (It was originally posted on itch.io.) You should also consider following Free Game Planet for more accessible games like this one (links below).