Gaming Like It's 1923: The Entries Are In

from the game-jam dept

At the beginning of the year, we launched our public domain game jam, Gaming Like It's 1923, with a one-month time limit — and now the entries are in! We figured we'd get a dozen entries, maybe two, but we're with a bunch of last minute entries slipping in under the deadline, we're thrilled to say we've got 35 games based on works that entered the public domain this year.

We've begun the judging process, with our huge panel of great judges. They need a little time with the games, but until we announce the winners in you can try out all the entries for yourself. There's a mix of card games, narrative roleplaying games, browser-based video games and all sorts of creative takes on classic (and not so classic) works. We haven't finished exploring all the entries ourselves yet, and we hope you enjoy discovering them with us!

Stay tuned for an announcement of the winners later this month. We're awarding prizes in six categories:

  • Best Analog Games
  • Best Digital Game
  • Best adaptation of a 1923 work
  • Best remixing of multiple sources
  • Best “Deep Cut” (use of a work not listed on any of the round up articles)
  • Best Visuals

A huge thanks to everyone who entered, and to all the folks helping us out as judges. Given the positive response to this game jam, and the fact that the public domain is set to continue growing (finally), we're definitely going to consider running another one in the future.

Filed Under: copyright, game jam, games, public domain


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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Feb 2019 @ 4:22pm

    Geez Mike, don't you know that the public domain is like the Boston strangler to creativity. If the rich rich selfish corporations (strikethrough), poor poor humble artists don't pay off the politicians (strikethrough) diplomatically talk to our politicians to extend copy protection terms once again then creativity will simply die.

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      Gary (profile), 3 Feb 2019 @ 9:08am

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      The public domain is just an insult to the long dead authors whose works have bee stolen by this travesty of justice.

      No wonder they aren't creating any new works!!

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        Anonymous Coward, 3 Feb 2019 @ 9:51am

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        And by this contest, Mike Masnick is just adding insult to injury by mocking the poor, dead authors who have nobody to defend them.

        Also, corporations bad--except, apparently, when they are profiting from the work of authors--who apparently ceased to be natural when they died. Or, of course, when their divine right to large profits is infringed by competition enabled by Google. Corporations good in those cases.

        And natural people good--except when disagreeing with more-natural people. It is unclear what meaning "natural" could possibly have that would make sense of all this.

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    B.I. O'Fortified, 3 Feb 2019 @ 2:47pm

    I'll try not to sneer, but fact is, only one seems to be free.

    First one, the epic in Yiddish: "God Of Vengeance" worked once enabled javascript (I don't care about the spying because all that is cleared out with TOR browser), but next two went to page asking TWO bucks, and didn't go on after clicking the alleged free option.

    I'll take the computer off-line before I open a .docx, too. Microsoft is the Russian word for "no security".

    Anyhoo, looks like just rather thin premises with current game play. And "public domain" is now a "Guilted Age" asking for money to even try! Where's the confidence of the "new business model", try before buy?

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Feb 2019 @ 7:18pm

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      Oops. Looks like your lack of belief in a public domain led to your comment now being under copyright protection. Article 13 voted!

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      Mike Masnick (profile), 3 Feb 2019 @ 11:58pm

      Re: I'll try not to sneer, but fact is, only one seems to be fre

      First one, the epic in Yiddish: "God Of Vengeance" worked once enabled javascript (I don't care about the spying because all that is cleared out with TOR browser), but next two went to page asking TWO bucks, and didn't go on after clicking the alleged free option.

      Not sure what you're doing wrong, but they are all available for free. But... even that's not exactly the point. If people do want to charge for remixing the public domain, that's perfectly allowed as well.

      But why does it not surprise me that you mock the creativity of others, while we're celebrating it?

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        Ninja (profile), 4 Feb 2019 @ 2:47am

        Re: Re: I'll try not to sneer, but fact is, only one seems to be

        Because we know he has to lick his masters boots and this (in their minds) decreases their profits.

        I'm actually surprised they didn't try to pull another Mickey Mouse.

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      Gary (profile), 4 Feb 2019 @ 7:07am

      Re: I'll try not to Troll

      Mr. Fortified, Let me clear up your misconceptions -

      The Public Domain is free for everyone to use, remix and sell. If you don't like that these people have done, you are free to make your own games and show us what real creativity is. Enjoy!

      These people have put some effort into the work and may charge as they see fit.

      Also, this is the wrong forum to air your thoughts on the proper use of tinfoil to keep away the spies.

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