Events and Directory Added

We added our new plug-in to build our Events calendar and put in some cool happenings around Chicago in the near future. If you have a moment please take a look at the upcoming events. We are trying to build a calendar for developer activities primarily, but also want to include fun stuff for everyone that primarily does video gaming (like Chicago Gaming Union).

We have also included our Chicago Dev Studio directory. We believe it’s the most comprehensive directory for the area. We know it doesn’t look pretty, so if you want to donate some time to help, we’d be interested.

Please let us know if you think we missed something.

More New Resources Added

Included even more stuff on our Resources page.

  • Lost Garden: A fantastic collection of insightful essays as well as free art and assets. A must see.
  • GDC Vault: There is a free collection of recorded material archived from the show.
  • Sorting Hat: A super cool thing made by Zoe Quinn that walks the developer through what assets they need and makes recommendations on where to get them for free or cheap.
  • Open Game Art: Arguably the best collection of free video game are out there.
  • Make School – Art Resources: More free art assets shared by the Make School.

Still working on adding even more including free Music/Sound databases and maybe even some Motion Capture stuff.

New Resources Added

We recently added a few excellent resource links to our Resources Directory.

The first is Chicago Makes Games by Chicago’s own Jamie Sanchez (@SpaceDragon). Jamie is a member of the Voxelles and does a lot to promote great tools for new as well as established game developers. This page houses groups to join and events to attend in the fantastic Chicago game dev community.

Next up is the Vlambeer Toolkit and Link Repository. Vlambeer is known not only for their fantastic games (Super Crate Box, Ridiculous Fishing, Nuclear Throne) but also for passing on their learnings to the game dev scene as a whole.

Finally we have the resource list from Pixel Prospector which has links to game dev tools as well as learnings about marketing and running a business. PP is a truly great resource be be shared and admired.

Please take a moment to forward along our Resources Directory to anyone that you think may benefit and if you believe something is missing, please contact us and let us know.

Watch This Space

Play On Chicago is a new 501(c)3 Not-For-Profit entity dedicated to Game Development right here in Chicago. We believe that with additional effort the whole city of Chicago and beyond will know what we already do, that Chicago is a great place for game development for many a great number of reasons.

We hope to be a resource for current developers here by providing research and helping to organize events as well as be an advocate for the community by working with the city as well as marketing channels to help spread the word about all of the fantastic work being done here.

We will shortly be publishing a variety of content including studio rosters, summaries of the best research, links to development groups, and more. But for now we are still trying to get some assets up and running. Please bear with us and if you have any questions or comments please e-mail us: Hello [at] Play On Chicago [dot] Org!