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 »

Game Dev Holiday Mixer 2014

Posted on December 2nd, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

After having a blast last year, IGDA Chicago and Industry Night are collaborating on our third Game Dev Holiday Mixer on December 16th at the Emporium Arcade Bar, with the goal of raising donations for the Comer Children’s Hospital. We hope to see you there, so please save the date!

This year we’ll have a showcase of local games, a raffle and arcade cabinet tournament for the cause, as well as all around good times. You can order Drink + Token Vouchers and/or Fight for the Kids Tournament spots in advance on Eventbrite. 

Video of An Afternoon with Brenda and John Romero

Posted on July 24th, by Patrick McCarron in Events. No Comments

Last summer we were lucky to have both John and Brenda Romero to visit Chicago to talk to our community for a special event. We now present the video of the event for those who could not make it. Also don’t forget, if you don’t have time to watch the whole event, here is our great event recap by Nicholas Cassleman

As far as future events go, on July 30th we are hosting a panel discussion about entrepreneurship and starting your own game company. This event has already sold out, but we did just opened up a small amount of extra tickets, so get them while you can!

Then on August 6th we’re having Mike Geig of Unity come to do an instructional training session focused on lighting and baking in Unity 3D.

Stay tuned for other future events, as well as … Read More »

Post-GDC Meetup Pictures

Posted on April 12th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

Pictures from the Post-GDC Meetup are now on Flickr, courtesy of Serge from Wargaming. Special thanks to Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore for hosting the event and providing refreshments!

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