Music Game Jam 2018

The Music Game Jam 2018 has ended. This jam was about making a music related game. It happens every year. This time, 99 games were submitted.

And the overall winner is:

Eternal September

By Iseeicy

Eternal September

But first, what are we talking about?

Eternal September or the September That Never Ended is Usenet slang for a period beginning in September 1993, the month that Internet service provider America Online began offering Usenet access to its many users, overwhelming the existing culture for online forums.

Before then, Usenet was largely restricted to colleges and universities. Every September, a large number of incoming freshmen would acquire access to Usenet for the first time, taking time to become accustomed to Usenet’s standards of conduct and « netiquette ». After a month or so, these new users would either learn to comply with the networks’ social norms or tire of using the service.

Whereas the regular September freshman influx would quickly settle down, the influx of new users from AOL did not end and Usenet’s existing culture did not have the capacity to integrate the sheer number of new users. Since then, the popularity of the Internet has brought on a constant stream of new users and thus, from the point of view of the pre-1993 Usenet users, the influx of new users in September 1993 never ended.

Eternal September (Wikipédia)

Eternal September is my attempt at expressing the idea of the September That Never Ended. It’s an online only game in which you can play music among other players, but with a twist: When you disconnect, your virtual player will persist and repeat your actions. This means that the longer a server is up, the more players will pile up inside of it.

If you can’t connect to the server for some reason, you can set up your own with the Dedicated Server download below. Make sure to read the readme!

Iseeicy

Even though this game did not completely follow the theme, it was very popular with the community who gave it excellent marks. The concept is original and fun.

A short video by wobblyfootgamer:

Go to the game page

Flight by Daniel Kim and The Dance Floor Is Lava by Randomphantom get respectively the second and third place.

And the winners by Categories 🏆

Music Prize:
Binary Bop

Innovation Prize:
Musical Text Editor

Fun Prize:
Bard’s Chest

Visuals Prize:
Lofi Room

Congratulations to all participants and see you next year for the next Jam (2019) by Xavier Ekkel.

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