David Wolinsky Moderating “Chicago’s Summer of Arcade”

Dave has been a friend and consultant to IGDA Chicago since basically the beginning, so I’m really excited to announce that he’ll be moderating our “Chicago’s Summer of Arcade” event on the 26th (if you haven’t yet purchased tickets, get them here).


David Wolinsky is an internationally published writer, critic, and the co-author of a book from The Onion’s A.V. Club, the straight journalism side of one of the nation’s biggest and most respected satire publications. He’s also part of the management editorial teams at NBC Chicago and adultswim.com and has nabbed all these positions without taking a single journalism class. His degree is in music business from Middle Tennessee State, which is why he also thinks anyone who wants to write for a living can, if they’re determined enough. He’s also working on another book, writing a handful of scripts (including an hour-long pilot about 9/11), and co-hosting the iTunes-featured “new and noteworthy” podcast Snackerdoodle! about made-up junk foods. In between all that, he freelances for publications as far-flung as Wired and Maxim to Funny or Die and Topless Robot.

Event Info

Dave Lang, CEO of Iron Galaxy.
Josh Tsui, President and co-founder of Robomodo.

Downloadable products are the future of the games industry; from the rise of platforms like Steam to console download services like XBOX Live Arcade (XBLA) and Playstation Network (PSN), the method by which we distribute games has changed dramatically in only a handful of years. Between July 18th and August 15th this summer, five lucky downloadable titles were included in an XBLA promotion called the XBOX Live Summer of Arcade. Those games were Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD, Wreckateer, Dust: An Elysian Tale, Deadlight, and Hybrid. Out of those five games, two (Iron Galaxy’s Wreckateer and Robomodo’s Tony Hawk Pro Skater’s HD) were made in Chicago.

The IGDA Chicago is bringing together the heads of those two Chicago studios for a night of thought and discussion. What did they learn from selling their games on XBLA? What was the XBOX Live Summer of Arcade experience like? What’s the future of digital download games? These questions and more will be addressed.

This will be a paid event.

IGDA members receive an admission discount.

Special Thanks To Sponsor Epic Games