Ludum Dare is a game making competition, where programmers are invited to make a game based on a certain theme. The catch is you have to do it in just 48 hours! In the latest competition, the theme was “enemies as weapons”.
A guy named Markus Persson, of Minecraft fame (Minecraft being a game only ultra-nerds can understand or even recognize as a game, kind of like Dwarf Fortress) entered with a game called Metagun. In this game you are a guy who has a gun that shoots out little guys who then shoot back at you. Meta enough? Not yet!
The really Meta thing is that Markus, AKA “Notch”, recorded his computer screen for the 48 hours of making the game, and put the result up on Youtube! You can see him writing code, creating graphics, designing levels and testing the game out all at 500x speed. It’s sometimes almost unbelievable how much stuff can be cranked out by guys in these competitions, but now you can see it yourself.