VGA Reader – Call for Papers

VGA Reader

The inaugural issue of the VGA Reader is looking for submissions.   Published by Chicago’s innovative Video Game Art Gallery, the new journal will explore the art form of video games including the “history, theory, and criticism of video games.”  The first issue is slated to be available in summer 2017.

The deadline for submissions for the first issue of the VGA Reader is January 23, 2017.


Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Analysis of video game genres and platforms, both emerging and historical
  • Analysis and documentation of significant experiments in avant-garde video games
  • Analysis of issues pertaining to representations, gender performance, sexuality, class, and race in video games
  • Analysis and critique of gaming culture(s), of gaming and consumer habits as a whole, or of a specific franchise or trend
  • The public exhibition of video games in museums, galleries, festivals, conventions, and arcade bars
  • Investigations and descriptions of video game development, design, and authorship
  • Analysis of existing video game criticism, reviews, advertising, and marketing
  • Gamification and how it functions in both the humanities and sciences
  • Analysis of the function of video games in culture and society
  • The formation of new communities, institutions, and contexts for video games
  • Analysis of the development of virtual and physical communities in video games, gaming culture, and the politics of video game spaces

For more information visit the VGA Reader Page

Source: VGA Reader

Development Tools Round Up

Looking to bring your game creation to Android? Yo Yo Games massively popular GameMaker: Studio Professional has a 66% sale on the Android Exporter for this weekend only. Just in time to start your 2016 projects, you can grab the Android Exporter for only $99 USD.

Future Tech: VirZOOM Controller for Active VR Games


For developers evaluating controllers for experimental and upcoming VR games, the VirZOOM Controller is certainly worth keeping an eye on in 2016. The VirZOOM allows gamers to pedal to propel themselves within the virtual gaming world. Steering the VirZOOM is handled by tracking the head mounted display (HMD) in your design. Photos from the VirZOOM blog of the alpha version of the controller include action buttons on the bike’s handle bars. According to the official frequently asked questions page a “VirZOOM Beta will be available in limited quantities in Q1 2016.”

To find out more about the VirZOOM and follow the project’s development visit the VirZOOM site.

N Square Game Jam


Looking for a way to test your game development skills? The N Square Game Jam invites regional game students and professionals to make games for social impact specifically addressing nuclear weapons disarmament.  The Game Jam will begin Saturday November 14 @ 10:00am and run though Sunday November 15 @ 6.00pm.

Participants will divide into teams spend up to 48 hours in creative brainstorming and rapid prototyping sessions. To encourage participation from the widest audience, each event will include games of all formats, such as: live role-playing games, tabletop and board games, and, of course, digital games.

Teams will collaborate on conceptualizing, designing, and prototyping their game experience in the span of the 2-day event concluding in pitch presentations by participating teams. Design teams would have the opportunity to present their games to representatives from N Square and G4C, who will select one or more winning teams to be recognized with a modest prize.


When: Sat Nov 14 (10:00 am) – Sun Nov 15 (6:00 pm)
Where: 1871 Auditorium, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1212, Chicago, IL 60654

To Register Click Here

Submitted: Via CEGD News


Reverence Kickstarter Launch

Gamers can join Chicago developer Mantis Studios at a Kickstarter launch event for their upcoming title, Reverence.   As the ultimate combat experience, Reverence is “a comprehensive combat simulation where the player has full control over their movements.”reverence kickstarter


The launch event will be held at Emporium in Wicker Park on July 1st.  For more information, visit the Facebook page for the funding launch event.

E3 New Xbox One Game Controller


Tight game control is a crucial part of gaming experience.  The new Xbox One Elite controller announced at E3 features a host of elements to make tactile control robust for gamers on Windows 10 or Xbox One.  With button remapping, paddle remapping and new swappable parts, the Elite controller looks to be a game customizer’s dream and a treat for developers that want to tweak the feel of a game during demos and game play.

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