Videogame Hackathon Focuses On Transforming The Damsel Into The Hero
Tower Jam is a game jam inspired by characters in video games who don’t have any agency, such as a princess or a captive.
To what extent would the narrative of your favorite video game differ if you were given the option to play it with an alternative character? Chances are it would be radically different.
Tower Jam is a game jam inspired by characters in video games who don’t have any agency, such as a damsel in distress or a captive, forcing the developers to think from new perspectives. The brief is to:
Make a game about a character that traditionally would not be the ‘hero’ of a video game: a love interest, a child, a companion, or a parent who stands in the background, gets kidnapped or rendered ‘in distress’, and waits to be returned to or saved or acknowledged. A character who typically doesn’t get the full, three-dimensional human treatment will finally have their perspective explored, their story told.