GAMERella Podcast

GAMERella Podcast

The first season of The GAMERella Podcast features interviews with a selection of alternative game jam founders and organizers from around the world. These 60-minute recorded conversations will present listeners with behind-the-scenes, narrative accounts of challenging, inspirational, and ordinary experiences that ensued during the process of game jam organizing. Interviewees will share 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, will conduct the interviews. GAMERella is the world’s longest running game jam focusing on supporting aspiring and emerging marginalized game creators. 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.


July 21, 2022 10 min
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.
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In this episode Desirée talks with GAMERella game jam co-founder Gina Hara and GAMERella co-organizer Courtney Blamey from Canada, about organizing inclusive and alternative game jams, community building and more.
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In this episode Desirée talks with 2D/UI artist and Game Jam das Minas co-organizer, Meela dos Anjos about organizing the first game jam in Brazil for women-identified folks and building supports for women in Brazil’s gaming industry. You can find this episode’s transcript on the GAMERella website for an easier follow along.
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June 30, 2022 62 min
In this episode, educator, game designer, and co-founder of Pill Bug Interactive, Sean Walton discusses the challenges of organising educational game jams, navigating participant dropoffs, offering participation incentives, and using game mechanics to convey the nuances of complex topics.

Sean is a Senior Lecturer in the Computational Foundry at Swansea University, where he runs the introduction to games programming module. He is in...
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June 23, 2022 48 min
Meredith Hall is a games industry consultant, advocate, and a co-founder of Accessibility Unlocked: an impactful initiative that connects disabled developers in Australia and New Zealand with resources and community support. In this episode we discuss how AccessJam!, Accessibility Unlocked’s month-long game jam, breaks down barriers, addresses a range of accessibility needs (e.g., emotional, financial, mental, physical, etc.), and ...
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