Chicago’s Peapod Labs continues to dish out top-notch educational apps

Posted on July 3rd, by Eric Shofe in Featured, Games Press. No Comments

Peapod Labs is focused on creating learning experiences both in the physical and in the virtual world. Their goal is to apply user-centered design and current technology breakthroughs to rethink existing teaching tools, methods, and techniques and come up with new innovative ones.

With more than 15 educational apps currently available for download from the app store, Peapod Labs is serious about learning. Co-founders Guillermo Krovblit and Junyoung Yang met at the Illinois Institute of Technology and they launched the company’s first iPad and iPhone app—ABC Wildlife—in summer 2010. Peapod Labs leverages the Institute of Design’s iterative design process, “make to know”, in order to identify and analyze needs, synthesize, develop and test solutions.

See more of their work at http://peapodlabs.com/

Chicago Indies Featured on PS4 at E3

Posted on June 28th, by Nicholas Cassleman in Chicago Game, Featured, Games Press. No Comments

Chicago’s on fire again, but you’ll want to stay inside for this one. We’ve seen the steady glow of success from indie developers in Chicago recently, but at E3 this year, we saw a pair of trailblazing Chicago indies highlighted in a whole new field—next generation consoles.

During their press conference at E3 earlier this month, Sony showcased a number of indie games with upcoming releases on the PlayStation 4. Out of the eight games demoed, Chicago cheered twice for their own: Young Horses and Ragtag both appeared on stage to share their respective games Octodad: Dadliest Catch and Ray’s the Dead. Both games have been Greenlit on Steam, but they will make their console debuts alongside the other previewed games on the PlayStation 4.

Sony will be releasing the PlayStation 4 at the end of the year, and with it, the ability for small … Read More »

June 29th Brings an Amazing Day of Game Developer Goodness!

Posted on June 24th, by Eric Shofe in Events, Featured. No Comments

Saturday, June 29th, is a day you won’t want to miss.

Starting at 1:00 P.M. the crew at Indie City Games kicks off the day with their

Indie City Games June Meeting at DePaul University College of Computing and Digital Media.


The theme of this meeting is going to be “design rants”. They’ve got a rapid-fire succession of quick talks on topics from AI programming to level design lined up.

 In addition, Rob Lach’s got a few things to say about some new games they’re adding to the Indie City Arcade cabinet, Ryan Wiemeyer’s announcing a new coworking space he’s got up and running, and they’ll have open play with one another’s games.


After that, you will want to head on over to Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy for

An Afternoon with Brenda and John Romero.


How does the guy who … Read More »

Chicago Loot Drop Helps Gamers do Good

Posted on May 7th, by Heather Decker in Events, Featured. No Comments

Local charity Chicago Loot Drop has been on the scene now for over three years, and is now the largest Chicago-based charity supporting Child’s Play. They were instrumental in bringing the very first Chicago hospital into the Child’s Play network, University of Chicago Medicine’s Comer Children’s Hospital. 2013 has been their most active year to date, with two fundraising events already under their belt and a third coming up next weekend.

They held a unique event at C2E2 in late April, called Drawing Dreams. For Drawing Dreams, they paired five local comic book and game artists with five children receiving treatment at Comer to create unique interpretations of the children’s visions of themselves as super heroes. Head here to see the children and artist’s submissions.

And just last weekend, they partnered with local comedians The Nerdologues for Cinco de Bilbo, combining Lord of the … Read More »

Chicago Video Games Hits C2E2

Posted on February 26th, by IGDA Chicago in Events, Featured. 1 Comment

IGDA Chicago will be hosting three panels at C2E2, as well as a large booth space on the C2E2 show floor.
If you’re a studio interested in booth space at C2E2, contact Jay Margalus.  We have an awesome deal lined up with C2E2, and some really great space next to the IGN booth area.


Here’s a preview of some of the panels we’ll be doing:

Building Your First Video Game: Have you ever wanted to build your own video game? Have you ever wanted to leanr what the first steps are? C2E2 is happy to get together some of the top game designers in Chicago to talk about what it takes to build a game from the ground up. Whether you are looking an independent or major game developer this panel will give you the tools to really know where to begin. We … Read More »

IGDA Chicago Game Night

Posted on February 13th, by IGDA Chicago in Events, Featured. No Comments

Starting at 7pm on March 7th, come out to play with fellow gamedevs at The Starter League in 1871 (Merchandise Mart)!

Wideload and OUYA Mega Event

Posted on February 13th, by IGDA Chicago in Events, Featured. No Comments

Sponsored by OUYA

Friday, March 1st from 6pm-9pm at 1871 in the Merchandise Mart.

IGDA Chicago is proud to host Wideload Games and OUYA for our March event From Console to Mobile, and Mobile to Console.

The game platform landscape is changing rapidly, and with it, how we consume media.

Join us as Julie Uhrman, CEO of OUYA, hosts a Q&A for developers curious about what OUYA does and how to publish on their platform.  Following this, Wideload Games talks the transition from console to mobile and the release of their recent title, Avenger’s Initiative.

Purchase tickets here.

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