GAMERella is the world’s longest running game jam focusing on supporting aspiring and emerging marginalized game creators and on of TAG’s flagship projects. Our latest initiative is to find similar, alternative game jams, share knowledge, and build a supportive community for the generous, but sometimes overlooked and undervalued organizers.
The first season of The GAMERella Podcast featured interviews with a selection of alternative game jam founders and organizers from around the world. These 60-minute recorded conversations presented listeners with behind-the-scenes, narrative accounts of challenging, inspirational, and ordinary experiences that ensued during the process of game jam organizing. This season’s interviewees shared their paths to innovative game-making and offer practical tips for emerging and experienced organizers. Desirée de Jesus, media scholar and previous GAMERella co-organizer, conducted the interviews and presents this final bonus episode.
This week’s special mini-episode features curated highlights from the season’s interviews. Listen in as Meredith Hall, Meela dos Anjos, Sean Walton, Gina Hara and Courtney Blamey share their inspirational tips and tricks for community building and jam organizing.
The episode is available on Spotify, iTunes, iHeartRadio, Spreaker, and Google Podcast.
Desirée de Jesus is a video essayist and moving images curator whose digital projects concentrate on girls, women, and folks of colour. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at York University. Her research uses experimental animation to reimagine Black girls’ critical resistance strategies and participatory filmmaking to explore racialized girls’ experiences of COVID-19 inequalities. Her experience with game jam organizing includes working as a GAMERella co-organizer and co-developer of GAMERella’s Game Jam Guide.
Produced by Gina Hara
Edited by Marc Lajeunesse
Music by Lyne Dwyer