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Professor Zagal will be giving two short talks on game research. The first talk will be on the differences in the appreciation of games in Japan and the US. The 2nd talk will look at dark patterns in game design. Refreshments will be provided and feel free to invite others to attend!

WHEN: Friday, June 7, 1PM WHERE: CDM 212

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Xbox 360 Forensics?

Don’t miss a talk by Dr. Podhradsky from Dakota State University on how criminals make use of Xbox 360 consoles together with forensic approaches for examining the console.

WHEN: Friday, May 10, 1PM
Refreshments will be provided

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Let’s Play: an evening of artists’ playthroughs of videogames!

Organized by CDM faculty Jake Elliot

Thursday, April 25, 2013
8:00 PM
The Nightingale cinema
1084 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Division stop, Blue Line
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CDM Japan 2013: Computer Gaming & Animation

Japanese Claw Machine A two-week trip to Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto and Nagoya), in late November (immediately after Thanksgiving), will take students to visit several game and animation companies as well as art museums and galleries. The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in CDM who have a strong interest in computer gaming and animation.
For more information, visit the Study Abroad CDM Japan page.

The application deadline is May 15.

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Global Game Jam Party 2013

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DePaul CDM and IGDA Chicago invite you to check out the products of Global Game Jam (GGJ) 2013: play the games, rate the games, and socialize, at our second annual GGJ Play Party!

WHEN: This Thursday Feb 21, 7pm-9pm

Across the globe,somewhere around 3,248 game projects came into being over the course of 48-hours. 68 participants assembled at DePaul University and created 13 great games within the theme of ‘heartbeat.’ We’d love to share them with you!

Please RSVP at:

Indie Game Designer Rami Ismail (Vlambeer) @ DePaul

Rami IsmailFriday, February 15, 2013
DePaul CDM Theatre
14 E. Jackson – LL105

FREE and open to the public

Rami Ismail of VLAMBEER will be at DePaul on Febraury 15th, 2013 to drop some wisdom about working as an independent game developer and how it’s a viable option when you’re looking for what you want to do after graduation. You can create things you love and make it your career!

RSVP via this Facebook page and invite your friends
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Proppa is now available (Android and iOS)

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Proppa, a game developed by DePaul faculty, students, and collaborators from Trident School in Japan is now available. Make sure to get a copy and enjoy. There’s more to it than may initially meet the eye.

Proppa is currently available on:

Sign up for Microsoft’s Secret Competition (includes games!)

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Have wanted to create something new and cool that could be the next big thing? Have you ever heard for Imagine Cup?

Microsoft Imagine Cup let’s you build fun, engaging and exciting projects with the chance to present your project at a Silicon Valley Incubator (oh yeah there are big prizes as well with first place being $50k).

Register at:

Then, pick one of the contests (Game, Innovation (e.g. something innovative or cool), World Citizenship (e.g. social entrepreneurship or service projects) or one apps challenges building an app for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 or cloud app for Microsoft’s Windows Azure.

Once you’ve registered drop Martin Schray ( an email and he’ll share more details on the competitions and next steps. DePaul Game Dev students participated in 2010 and noted how great a networking experience it was (get feedback on your project from industry pros with years of experience).

Celebrate International Games Day at the DePaul Library (loop)

Join us on Saturday November 3 to celebrate International Games Day. Free food, and play plenty of games from the library collection.

12pm to 5pm, Nov 3

Contact Ryan Hess ( if you have any questions.

Scott Campbell (Art Director at Double Fine Games) to speak at DePaul

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Scott Campbell, painter, illustrator, comic artist, and Art Director at Double Fine Games will be visiting DePaul on October 19th. Campbell will present a program of his work, followed by a moderated conversation and question and answer session. During the day he will also conduct a participatory workshop in character design.

Visiting Artist Talk
6pm Friday, Oct. 19th
DePaul CDM Theatre
14 E. Jackson – LL105
Open to the public

Character Design Workshop
2pm Friday, Oct. 19th – 243 S. Wabash – CDM 924
DePaul students and faculty only

You can find out more about Scott Campbell’s work on his website

Scott Campbell’s visit is hosted and organized by the CIM Visiting Artist and Lecture Series.

DeFrag’s Jeopardy Night – 9/14/12

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Don’t miss DeFrag’s first event of this academic year. Video Game Jeopardy.
When: Sept 14, 2012, Where: CDM 924, What?: Free pizza, drinks, and good times.

DePaul Alum Game “Organ Trail” now available!

The Men Who Wear Many Hats, currently formed by DePaul GameDev alumni Ryan Wiemeyer and Michael Block, has recently released it’s first (commercial) game: Organ Trail. Currently available for Android, iOS, and coming soon to PC and Mac. Get it here.

DePaul Alumni game “Go Gimbal Go” now on XboxLive Arcade

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Matt Lazar, Nick Guida, Steve Dalbke, Gabe Cember, and Alecia Koharchek are all alumni of DePaul’s Game Development program. They’re also members of Gimbal Lock Studios which has recently released “Go Gimbal Go” on Xbox Live Arcade. Check it out here. Gimbal Lock Studios also has a Facebook page.

Let’s Eat Sweets! another iOS app from a DePaul alum

Ivan Nikitin, who graduated from DePaul in 2010 with a BS in Game Development, did production, programming and co-designed the new iPad/iPhone app Let’s Eat Sweets! It’s from his start-up company Temporal Games. Ivan was also a programmer on the award-winning student game Devil’s Tuning Fork while at DePaul.

Geek Til Dawn 9

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All night lock-in at CDM. Play videogames, win prizes. Eat free food.

May 11th- 8pm – May 12th 8am

Details at

Game Attributes and their Effect on Learning & Motivation

Game playing has no place in the classroom—or does it? By incorporating the intrinsic motivation students feel when playing games with the extrinsic motivation of a classroom setting, learning and motivation could be improved. But how? Dr. Peter Hastings, Ali Alkhafaji and Brian Grey will speak about the theories and experiments they are using to find the answer.

WHEN: April 23, 2012, 4:30-5:30pm

Refreshments will be served!
This talk is sponsored and organized by DePaul’s chapter of the UPE Honor Society.

Fighting Game Tournament – April 20th

DeFrag LogoPolish off your fight sticks and don your button mashing gloves. On April 20th, the ultimate street brawl of your soul in mortal kombat will begin! It’s DePaul’s FIGHTING GAME TOURNAMENT!

What: Fighting Game Tournament
When: Friday, April 20th, 5 – 9pm. SIGN UPS END AT 5:45!
Where: DePaul CDM 9th floor, room 924
Cost: $3 entrance fee for tournament play. Spectators get in free!


More info here

Proppa on Kickstarter


Proppa, a game that was prototyped during this year’s Global Game Jam by Joe Linhoff, Noriko Tomuro and a team of DePaul and Japanese (Trident school) students, could use your support!

Register now for Global Game Jam at DePaul

A Game Jam is an event which brings together artists, programmers and designers to spend a weekend working together in intense game development and design. The DePaul Game Jam ‘12 is the fifth(!) annual game jam in Chicago and it will be held between Jan. 27 – Jan 29 2012. Once again, the DePaul Game Jam is part of the IGDA Global Game Jam that takes place all over the world during (mostly) the same 48 hours.

Further information, including how to register can be found on the website at: Space is limited so register ASAP! Also, if you registered for Game Jam last year and failed to show up or dropped out at the last minute, you will be placed on a “waiting list” for registration. You don’t have to be a DePaul student to participate!

Organ Trail on Kickstarter

The Men Who Wear Many Hats, currently formed by DePaul GameDev alumni Ryan Wiemeyer, Ben Perez and Michael Block, are looking for funding for a Director’s cut of their game “Organ Trail”. Organ Trail is a zombie-parody-remake of the classic game, Oregon Trail, for the Apple 2.

Support this project so it doesn’t die of dysentery!