On the weekend of 27th to 28th of April, the 44th edition of Ludum Dare took place. Ludum Dare is one of the longest running online Game Jams. All participants are tasked with creating a game relating to a community chosen theme within 48 hours in the “Compo” category or within 72 hours for the more relaxed “Jam” category.
Nowadays there are countless online game jams happening anytime. However, what makes Ludum Dare special, is its long history (and therefore higher visibility) and unique rating system.
Only people who participated in the jam are allowed to rate other people’s games. By rating games (as well as leaving feedback on their game pages), your game gets more visibility on the main homepage, and is more likely be rated by other people too.
This encourages people to play more games and leave more feedback, resulting in more feedback than at most smaller events.