During the five days of the Sami Game Jam, the participants of the Sami Game Jam created six games in small groups utilizing 12 different Sami themes.
Some of the games use custom controllers made at the jam, but you can also try to play them without (or alternatively watch video of the game).
We gave full freedom for the teams to create and interpret the themes in the way that they saw fitting – in collaboration with the local jammers. The games are creations of the teams and do not represent the views of the organizers or sponsors. Enjoy the art pieces as they are!
Sami Game Jam differs from many other jams in terms of the themes. In a typical game jam, there is usually one theme that all games share. For the Sami Game Jam, we created a list of Sami topics to be explored in the games. The themes were: Strangers in Their Own Land, Border Crossing People, Cross-Generational Stories, The People of Eight Seasons, Persistent Stereotypes, Living Outside the Samiland, Ultima Thule, One Nation, Many Languages, Ethnostress, Activism and Artivism, The Future Sami, Lost Memories.
The participants were divided into six teams all working on one game with two of the themes. The first theme was selected by the participants themselves and the second was randomized to get interesting combinations. All teams had one or several Sami participants to provide depth to the topics (alongside with other game development roles they had) and several local visitors also participated to the testing of the concepts and further brainstorming.
One of our biggest supporters, Neogames, is welcoming all the participants of the Sami Game Jam to create games on the Sami themes.
Neogames is a member-based non-profit game industry organization with a mission to accelerate, coordinate, and support the development of the Finnish game cluster.
“It is very important that also games can be the medium for different cultural topics and build bridges between various groups. We are looking forward to see how Sami Game Jam games turn out to be” says Suvi Latva from Neogames.