March 19 to 23, the Game Developers Conference or GDC took place in San Francisco. It’s a great moment to attend conferences and meet other devs and party to network. A lot of videogame peoples are going there, among others for its reputation of major event. But for some reasons, some people just stay home.

I didn’t go for simple reasons : it would have been way too expensive. I would have had to buy a plane ticket from Europe to USA (I won’t talk about environmental concerns), pay the hotel,  and then to get a GDC pass :

I just can’t afford that :^(

But for people who stayed home, there was the Not Going To GDC Jam, yay!

It’s a game jam about not going to GDC for which we could make games, sprites, musics, concept arts etc… about one or more of these themes :

  • GDC
  • Non-attendance of a Huge Industry Event
  • Fear Of Missing Out
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • Parties
  • Positive Representation of Bees
  • Loot Boxes
  • Poverty in Modern Capitalist Society
  • Animated Gifs
  • Pigeons

We picked up GDC, Impostor Syndrome and Lootboxes to make Gathering of Delightful Chests, a visual novel in which you play as Bronze, the lootboxe unlocked for the first win of the day in the fictionous game Call of Battle. The chest is going to a party with the other lootboxes from the game and is going to have to struggle against self-confidence problems.

The game is available on Itch, you’re going to cry so much :

You can see the others game jam entries here.

The website Alpha Beta Gamer published an article about our game : Gathering of Delightful Chests – Game Jam Build Download