Game Dev Holiday Mixer 2016 Recap

Posted on December 18th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Emporium Arcade Bar in Wicker Park on December 12th for an evening of good times for a good cause! Our amazing Chicago game development community came together and raised a grand total of $1,567 in donations for Comer Children’s Hospital. Your efforts have no doubt made this holiday season all that much brighter for patients and their families. Well done!

It’s become an annual tradition for IGDA Chicago and Industry Night to join forces and this year Kyle Baily hosted another amazing showcase of games including:

Real Winners
Battle Chef Brigade

Additionally, our fantastic sponsors made this a truly memorable event. Attendees feasted upon bountiful pizza courtesy of Young Horses and competed to win autographed copies of their hit game, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, alongside exciting raffle prizes such as a PS4 Pro system from Wargaming  and Telepath Tactics shirts from Sinister Design.

Eric Shofe and Ross Hersemann of the IGDA Chicago Board also brought … Read More »

Game Dev Holiday Mixer 2015 Recap

Posted on December 23rd, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

This year marks our fourth rendition of the Game Dev Holiday Mixer and I’m pleased to share that it was a tremendous success thanks to everyone who joined us at the Emporium on December 15th and lit up the bar with glorious holiday cheer. IGDA Chicago and  Industry Night once again joined forces, supported by a cast of outstanding sponsors, for an evening of joyous gathering and good will. Our amazing Chicago game development community came together and raised a grand total of $1,779.56 in donations for Comer Children’s Hospital, complemented by a large box of toys. Your efforts have no doubt made this holiday season all that much brighter for the patients and their families. Well done, everyone!

Thank you Kyle Bailey of Industry Night for collaborating with us on this event, including organizing and hosting the amazing showcase of games. We also greatly appreciate all of the talented developers who took to the … Read More »

2015 Game Dev Holiday Mixer Preview

Posted on December 11th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

Things are starting to get festive out there, which means it’s time for IGDA Chicago and Industry Night‘s annual Game Dev Holiday Mixer! Get ready for an evening of socializing, games, and merriment for game developers of all disciplines at the Emporium Arcade Bar, complete with tons of delicious food from NetherRealm, Wargaming, and Zynga.

Best of all, we’ll be raising donations for The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital — good times for a good cause!

The event starts at 7pm. NetherRealm and Wargaming will be kicking us off with tasty thin crust pizzas and savory Italian beef from Lou Malnati’s, so arrive hungry!

Shortly thereafter, developers will take to the stage to showcase a selection of amazing local games:

7:15-8:00 – We Are Chicago
8:00-8:45 – Dog Sled Saga
8:45-9:30 – Omni Bus
9:30-10:15 – Sausage Soccer

Around 9pm, Zynga will refresh the crowd’s pizza needs with a selection of outstanding pies from Dimo’s.

At 10:15pm, … Read More »

Diversity and Inclusivity at Volition – a User Research Perspective Recap

Posted on September 29th, by David Sim in Events. No Comments

Backed by research papers and first-hand experience as a User Experience Researcher for Volition, Elizabeth Zelle’s talk on diversity and inclusivity at the studio known for the Saints Row series kept attendees engaged throughout the 2 hour session. With her extensive experience in user research, Zelle also shed light on the current state of inclusivity in games, the pros and cons of the different ways to include underrpresented groups, and the benefits to increasing the representation of minorities.

While the presentation had a light-hearted tone to it, it was kept at a well-balanced pace, and was grounded in easy to digest facts and statistics. Using recent fan art of player-made characters in Saints Row throughout her slides, Zelle closed the talk with the point that giving players from all walks of life the ability to represent themselves can indeed have a powerful … Read More »

Reboot Indie Game Awards and Young Game Developer Challenge

Posted on June 14th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

The Reboot Indie Game Awards are just around the corner at Indy PopCon in Indianapolis. When an independent video game developer registers for a booth at Indy PopCon by June 19th, they are automatically entered in the Reboot Awards. The top three developers will leave with longboard trophies and the grand champion gets $10,000 in funding to put towards their game development.

Check out the longboard trophies below!



Additionally, young developers ages 6-17 can register for the Young Video Game Developer Challenge by June 22nd for a chance at top prizes like a scholarship to IUPUI School of Informatics and Computing or eBash Summer Camp, as well as exciting game and toy prizes! All participants will receive a certificate and Meccano model set.

GGJ Play Party 2015

Posted on March 22nd, by David Sim in Chicago Game, Events, Featured. No Comments

A diverse lineup of games was shown at the Global Game Jam Play Party this year, hosted once again by DePaul CDM. Dozens of people had fun scrambling for supplies in space stations, exploring a sequence of surreal vignettes, and wearing different hats. Six out of the twenty six games developed in Chicago were presented at the event, including:

Alone with Hats – A quirky 2D platforming game where players gain different abilities from wearing different hats
Cosmic Equalizer – A surreal 3D game that is “a space symphony about the inevitability of death” (play it here)
Project 2201 – Players memorization and hand coordination skills are put to the test in this top-down action game, where the input keys are randomized each playthrough (play it here)
Space Scavengers – In this 2D co-op game, players race to collect enough supplies from abandoned space … Read More »

Game Dev Holiday Mixer 2014: Success!

Posted on December 19th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

We’d like to extend our utmost appreciation to those of you who gathered together at the Emporium on December 16th for our third rendition of the Game Dev Holiday Mixer, a time-honored tradition between IGDA Chicago and Industry Night. Thanks to our amazing community, we raised $1004.91 for the Comer Children’s Hospital and collected a box full of great toys for the kids! This will no doubt make the holidays a bit brighter for patients and their families.

Thank you Kyle Bailey (Industry Night) for collaborating with the IGDA Chicago board to make this happen.

Extra special thanks to Emporium Arcade Bar for giving us a great space in Wicker Park and the opportunity to offer drink and token vouchers that contributed to the cause.

We’d like to extend a huge thanks to our generous sponsors:

Phosphor Games Studio for making it possible for guests to … Read More »

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