EPX event to feature local game developers, industry veterans

 Gone Home, a first-person adventure game featuring nonlinear gameplay mechanics and a strong emphasis on atmosphere and storytelling, was named Polyon's 2013 "Game of the Year." -- illustration via Gone Home
Gone Home, a first-person adventure game featuring nonlinear gameplay mechanics and a strong emphasis on atmosphere and storytelling, was named Polyon’s 2013 “Game of the Year.” — illustration via Gone Home

EPX Indie 2015

University of Iowa, Art Building West — Friday, April 3 at 6 p.m.

EPX Studio, a University of Iowa student organization specializing in video game and animation production, will host several indie artists and developers this Friday at a event dubbed EPX Indie 2015.

The free event will feature presentations by four members of the video game industry on Friday, April 3, at 6 p.m. at the University of Iowa’s Art Building West.

Speakers include Kate Craig, an artist for the award-winning indie title Gone Home (Skyping in), Anthony Burch, a former writer for the popular first-person RPG franchise Borderlands (also Skyping in), Eric Neuhaus, a local game developer for Virtually Competent, and Tom Heinecke, a local game developer who’s worked on the Guitar Hero series, as well as Bit Dungeon for his own company KintoGames.

Each speaker will have the floor for an hour, speaking about how they got into the industry, the projects they’ve worked on, what it’s like being a developer and advice to get into the game industry.

“You’ll get to meet industry professionals, ask questions, and get a better perspective on what it takes to make games, and a behind the scenes of game development,” said Ryan Holtkamp, president of EPX Studio, adding that the event is a great opportunity to come support the local video game scene.

EPX Studio is a student-run organization that specializes in developing interactive media, including video games, animation, websites, product design and even robotics. This year, EPX Indie comes as a prelude to the studio’s fourth annual EPXCon — a celebration of art, game design and animation — set for April 25 and 26.

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