Indie Speed Run, despite the name, is surprisingly not
what we call the Friday nights we spend practicing our no-death VVVVVV
runs. It is, however, the name of a new online game jam, one which runs from now until January 6.
The way it works is pretty straight-forward: Developers visit the official website and register as a participant
. Once enrolled, each contender (and/or team of contenders) has 48 hours to create a game using two secret elements given only to them, and while those 48 hours must be consecutive, they can occur anytime between now and when the event ends in January.
Once the event does end, every game created during its span will be made freely available on the official site. Meanwhile, a star-studded panel of judges (Kellee Santiago, Ron Gilbert, Notch, Dino Patti, Trent Oster, Jason Rohrer and Vander Caballero) will determine which team is most deserving of Indie Speed Run's $2,500 grand prize and will announce a winner February 5.