It’s been an exciting past two years for the IGDA Chicago Chapter and we thank you all for your support! The 2013 IGDA Chicago Board Elections will be coming up in December and our local members will be voting on five available Board seats. The newly elected Board will volunteer their time and energy to move the chapter forward in the direction they feel most represents the will of the membership and the good of the chapter.
At this time we would like to open the floor to nominations for seats on the Board. Please consider your recommendations carefully, as the Directors of the organization are representative of you as the membership.
If you are nominating yourself, please send a short candidate statement to firstname.lastname@example.org that we can post for the membership. If you are nominating someone else, please be sure to … Read More »
The rising glory of Chicago’s indie scene continues to spread. In the recent VentureBeat article, “Who needs triple-A? These 10 next-gen indie games look amazing,” Octodad: Dadliest Catch (Young Horses) and Ray’s the Dead (Ragtag) shine for their stunning potential in the next generation of indie releases. After some quick calculations, we can safely extrapolate that Chicago thus represents ~20% of all awesomeness, so keep up the great work everyone!
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As summer continues, IGDA Chicago warmly welcomes its two newest board members Eric Shofe and Patrick McCarron. We hope to see their positive influence in this season and many more to come.
Eric joins us from Bartlett, IL—just outside Chicago—with his wife and three children where he works as an indie developer. Among his many talents, Eric has been drawing since he was a kid. He started with computer graphics in BASIC on the Apple II, plotting individual points, and continued on to his first animation on the Apple IIGS. Needless to say, he’s showed no signs of slowing since. His primary interests lie in art, music, and storytelling, and he has expressed his satisfaction as an indie developer, explaining that it allows him to fully utilize his passions and complete freedom to create. He has just finished one of these … Read More »
Bliss, a puzzle adventure game being developed by local Enlightened Games, just recently launched their Kickstarter campaign on 7 August with the goal of releasing to PC/Mac/Linux by April 2014.
The campaign will run through 6 September and includes a stretch goal to film a documentary of the entire process if the project meets the $250,000 funding mark.
Enjoy some photos from our June 29th event, An Afternoon with Brenda and John Romero!
Special thanks to Brett Rubin and Tribeca Flashpoint Academy for taking these pictures.
We’d like to extend our appreciation to John and Brenda for making the drive to visit us here in Chicago, as well as Flashpoint and Casual Connect for providing event space and refreshments.
One of them entered the games industry when she was 15 years old, and the other vividly remembers every game he has ever played. They’ve built impressive legacies on their own, and together, they make up one of the most influential couples in games. However, on June 29, Brenda and John Romero outdid themselves by with an eloquent offering of advice, anecdotes, and answers during an intimate panel hosted by IGDA Chicago. With the support of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy and Casual Connect, game developers from Chicago and the surrounded area came together for an evening with a pair of the greatest minds in games.
With topics ranging from their approach to starting new games to Brenda’s intense love of mariachi, the duo kept everyone engaged throughout both segments of the Q&A with responses often both useful and entertaining. Brenda … Read More »
IGDA Chicago is hosting our second game tournament, this time featuring locally developed Injustice: Gods Among Us!
Injustice is critically acclaimed and the IGDA Chicago Board can personally attest to how much fun it is to play. We’ll likely run two tournament brackets back to back and it’s first come first serve to participate. The tournament will take place at 1871 inside The Starter League classrooms, from 2-7pm on Saturday, July 27th, 2013.
RSVP for this event on Meetup!