TLDR - We love games, we love people, we love Aotearoa
Kaupapa means principles and ideas which act as a base or foundation for action. A kaupapa is a set of values, principles and plans which people have agreed on as a foundation for their actions. Koia is radical new idea for a Game Jam event: one where the games themselves are informed by exploring content, mechanics, and general game design through the lens of principles and values.
If you were to build a game that had to be not only fun, but also delve deep into issues that matter, what would you do? Is it possible to build a game that connects to important subject matter, but can still be entertaining, captivating and challenging? What role do games currently play, in communicating or exploring the values of our society?
So what values does Koia itself stand for, as a community of game developers who run an annual Game Jam?
Applying the benefit of the doubt
Being comfortable with disagreement
Transparency and openness
Fun, socially conducive environments
Willingness to self reflect and learn
Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy Wellington
Bullying and the spreading of disinformation are global challenges, including in the gaming world.
These are some of the biggest obstacles to being online nowadays in both New Zealand and the United States.
We are proud to partner with NZGDA for KoiaJam 2022 to spread a message of positivity and inclusion online.