♥ ♠ Ace Jam ♠ ♥ (January 1st-31st) - game jam about putting asexual characters in primary roles

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♥ ♠ Ace Jam ♠ ♥ (January 1st-31st) - game jam about putting asexual characters in primary roles

#1 Post by Metaparadox » Sun Dec 10, 2017 4:23 pm

♥ ♠ ACE JAM ♠ ♥
(January 1st-31st, 2018)

Hi LSF! I recently decided to start a game jam that is very suited to visual novel devs, so I thought I'd post about it here! I recently took part in a few queer themed jams, during which I came up with the idea to host a jam specifically about making games with asexual spectrum characters in primary roles, where their asexuality is made explicit in the game’s text.

So I created Ace Jam! It will run during the month of January next year, though if you’d like to participate, you can start whenever you’d like. This is a low pressure game jam with no winners, losers or rankings, and people of all skill levels are welcome! You don't have to be asexual to join, just care about ace representation in games! There are some rules though, so be sure to read through them on the jam page.

While this is a relatively newbie-friendly jam, what is expected of you is that you have done your research on asexuality and portray it respectfully. Real asexual people the world over are impacted by any new representation of their orientation, and any representation could be someone's first intro to asexuality. If you don't feel like your grasp on the subject of asexuality is sufficient (and even if you do!), please check out the list of links on the jam page. If you don't know the difference between asexual, aromantic, and agender or aren't willing to look it up on your own, this may not be the jam for you.

If you come across this post after the game jam is over, check out the page to see the great games that have been submitted!

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#2 Post by Caveat Lector » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:06 pm

Mind if I link to this on twitter or elsewhere? I might know some people who'd be interested in taking part!
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Re: ♥ ♠ Ace Jam ♠ ♥ (January 1st-31st) - game jam about putting asexual characters in primary roles

#3 Post by Metaparadox » Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:29 pm

Caveat Lector wrote:
Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:06 pm
Mind if I link to this on twitter or elsewhere? I might know some people who'd be interested in taking part!
Go ahead and promote it wherever you'd like! I've got a tweet about it pinned @ParadoxRevealed if you'd like to retweet.
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#4 Post by Morhighan » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:09 pm

This is exciting! I can't wait to see what comes out of this jam.

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#5 Post by Harick » Fri Dec 15, 2017 12:02 pm

Ooh, neat! Being asexual myself I've wanted to make a game with an ace protagonist for a long time but the VN I'm making kinda needs a straight protagonist. Maybe I'll join since I'm kinda stuck at my main project anyway, I just need an idea I can work with

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#6 Post by Ibitz » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:25 am

Good idea! Hopefully it'll shine light on those of us who are asexual and will let others learn that we're not freaks, we're not abnormal, and that we just want to live life and be loved/needed like everyone else. If my sister hadn't taken sex education studies in college, I'd probably never have found out I was asexual. I hope this idea helps out a lot of people who are ACE.
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#7 Post by Aviala » Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:16 pm

I won't be able to take part but I'm so glad this exists! I'm a grey Ace so asexual visibility is really important to me.

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#8 Post by 磯七ラスミ » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:16 am

I think I'm asexual, also I want to write about sex in a non-erotic way so yes, I think it's my chance. I want to see more asexual characters in games too.

Months ago I researched about asexual protagonists at vndb, finding so few asexual relevant characters on VN (you know, it's like how TV Tropes says: It is difficult to showcase a lack of something, so it is understandable that this orientation is often ignored, especially in works with No Hugging, No Kissing. However, this also leads to the common assumption that everyone is interested in sex. Here the page.)

I don't want to feel like missing all the fun so I wish I can add more adult fun for people not interested in sexual stimulation and to promote tolerance too.

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Re: ♥ ♠ Ace Jam ♠ ♥ (January 1st-31st) - game jam about putting asexual characters in primary roles

#9 Post by Metaparadox » Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:27 pm

磯七ラスミ wrote:
Thu Jan 04, 2018 5:16 am
I think I'm asexual, also I want to write about sex in a non-erotic way so yes, I think it's my chance. I want to see more asexual characters in games too.

Months ago I researched about asexual protagonists at vndb, finding so few asexual relevant characters on VN (you know, it's like how TV Tropes says: It is difficult to showcase a lack of something, so it is understandable that this orientation is often ignored, especially in works with No Hugging, No Kissing. However, this also leads to the common assumption that everyone is interested in sex. Here the page.)

I don't want to feel like missing all the fun so I wish I can add more adult fun for people not interested in sexual stimulation and to promote tolerance too.
You can make a game with sex in it, just be clear in the game page description of the submitted game that the game is NSFW and what type of content is included.

To those who are confused: asexual people don't experience sexual attraction, but may have sex for other reasons.
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