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Rainbow Jam 2018 – Meet Stuart Lee!

Rainbow Jam 2018 starts in 11 hours! We are incredibly excited to see the amazing games that are made!

In the run up to Rainbow Game Jam 2018 we wanted to take this opportunity to share the work and voices of previous entrants of Rainbow Jam!

Today we have Stuart Lee (itch.io), developer of Rainbow Jam 2017 game Colourful David!

Hi Stuart, Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m Stuart, currently located in Stockholm, Sweden. I’ve been working in the games industry for 10 years now, primarily as an artist but I also spent three of those years as an independent game developer.

Can you tell us about your Rainbow Jam 2017 Game?

My Rainbow Jam 2017 game is called Colourful David. It’s a puzzle game in which you help David to bring colour and light to a drab world with his magic torch.

Why did you take part in Rainbow Jam 2017?

 

I decided to participate in the jam partly because I hadn’t done one before, but mainly because I think celebrating and promoting diversity in the games industry is a really important thing to do.

What were your highlights of Rainbow Jam 2017?

Highlights… winning two categories! HAHA. No really, I just enjoyed the whole week long experience of getting stuck in to making something fun, trying out something a bit different to my regular work and sharing it with the rest of the Rainbow Jam community.

Last year the theme for Rainbow Jam was “Spectrum”, how do you feel your game explored that theme?

My game explored the theme in quite a literal way – it was all about light and it’s component colours. The game also had another slightly more subtle link to the spectrum theme via the character of David, who I didn’t specify as being either gay or not, but as a young person who perhaps hasn’t really defined who he is yet, but is definitely on the ‘colourful’ end of the spectrum of being male.

How has the LGBT community helped your passion for game development?

To be honest I don’t think the LGBT community has had a significant crossover with me being a game developer (except for doing Rainbow Jam!). As far as I know I’ve never worked with another gay man on a team or project I’ve been on and representation of gay people, particularly men, in games is extremely limited.

That’s one of the reasons I think it’s so important to try to promote and celebrate what little there is and to encourage more diversity in the industry. As a gamer I’ve been involved with LGBT World of Warcraft guilds in North America when I lived in Canada, and after moving back to the UK have joined up with the London Gaymers community who also have a very busy WoW guild (and Facebook group), and run all kinds of events and have guilds/groups in other games too. Even though I don’t live in London it’s great to be able to connect with like-minded folks in the games we play.

What advice do you have for someone who hasn’t taken part in Rainbow Jam, or any other game jam before?

My advice would be to do something that you really feel excited about and that sparks a lot of ideas, but to make something very small and simple, because it always ends up being much more complex and time consuming than you thought it would.

You still have time to sign up for Rainbow Jam 208! Keep in touch and get involved on social media!

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