A game jam is a gathering of game developers for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games (video or board) within a short span of time.
Why hold a game jam on economics? And why not?
After all, in the economy, agents interact a bit like players in a game. Around fifty participants created original games on the topic proposed to them: “trade and development”.
Rémi Jeannin (Cité de l’économie) and Bruno Faidutti (creator of board games and teacher of economics and social sciences) presented the topic and how it was addressed in economic terms and then as a board game. Indeed, economics studies trade and its effects on the development of countries. Board games are often also based on trading between players and the development of cities, kingdoms or empires, with for example scare resources. Then, the participants formed groups and created games in the space of just a few hours.
Lastly, the creators tested the games of the other groups, making suggestions to improve each game in a friendly atmosphere.
Published on 15 October 2015.