One of the biggest gaming events of the year, E3, began with the a briefing from one of the biggest names in gaming. Microsoft’s Xbox briefing sent developer hashtags flying with a solid line up indie titles and strong hardware offerings for experimental new games. Hardware news included a live demo of Microsoft HoloLens running a special edition of Minecraft. Touted as having the greatest games line up in Xbox history, the strong lineup looks to make Xbox One and Windows 10 (Windows 10 – shipping July 29) a very important platform for developers of every size.
Chicago was once again the center of the digital world with Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) 2015. The convention brings together a host of fans, stars, studio and developers from around the globe in comics, television and movies and of course traditional and video gaming! This years convention spanned three days and showcased a variety of Chicago area artists, gamers, cosplayers and creators. Members from the CEGD, SGC and CGR were on hand over the run of the convention.
Chicago based QuakeStudios will be unveiling the Alpha Build of Project Fly: First Strike. Set in the streets of an alternate Chicago, the game will serve a bridge to the innovative film project. Project Fly First Strike will utilize the Unity 3D game engine and will be available on Windows and Mac OS platforms initially. The Alpha Event is open to members of the CEGD and SGC. We will have updates from the event later today.
Experimental Gamer’s “Boot Hill Heroes” is heading to Steam on October 10. “Boot Hill Heroes” blends all of the classic elements of traditional spaghetti westerns with classic fantasy storytelling and a dash of good versus evil and order versus chaos! Built in XNA with C#, the successfully Kickstarted RPG offers new and unique experiences to gamers.
With an intriguing story and excellent music by Jake ‘ virt’ Kaufman (“Shovel Knight”), it’s an adventure well worth experiencing. The title will arrive at a 50% discount to celebrate the launch of the game of Steam that will last for one week only!
Chicago gamers got a chance to sample a number of experimental and innovative titles at Bit Bash Chicago. The first Chicago interactive arts festival showcasing an international collection of lesser-known but undeniably culturally significant video games had a wide selection of games and art installations. CEGD members and SGC members were among the attendees. The festival continues until midnight on Sept 6.