Iowa City is getting its first gaming cafe

The fact electronic sports, or esports, have a real shot of making it into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is a good indicator of the rising popularity and prestige of the competitive video gaming community. That community will soon have a home in Iowa City as the area gets its first esports cafe, a type of […]

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Get your game on this Saturday at RADplay

RADplay RADinc. — Saturday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. Iowa City game developers will celebrate their community at RADinc. on Nov. 11 with RADplay, an event showcasing work by local and regional developers. Donations are accepted to help cover costs for the event, but admission is free. In addition to games, some short films and […]

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Composer Jack Wall and Oscar-nominated animator Steve ‘Spaz’ Williams head to Iowa City for EPXCon

EPXCon Art Building West — Saturday, April 8 at 9 a.m. A University of Iowa student group devoted to the creation of interactive, interdisciplinary media will bring the sixth annual installment of EPXCon to campus this Saturday, April 8. EPXCon is a conference geared towards animation and video game buffs. Registration begins at 9 a.m., […]

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Experience Shakespeare in video game form with Play the Knave, part of the UI First Folio! activities

Play the Knave Game Installation University of Iowa Main Library — Wednesday, Sept. 7 at noon Videogame Shakespeare: Collaboration and Creativity in Play the Knave University of Iowa 109 EPB — Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. “Alright, class—we’re going to read Shakespeare.” Most English teachers have said these words; the more jaded ones brace […]

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Iowa City tabletop game developers gearing up for release of Fallen Land

Fallen Land

As recent generations have seen their R&R time dominated by the ever-increasing presence of screens, many may be surprised to learn that we are living in the golden age of table-top board gaming. Perhaps the most prominent feature of this era is the rise of independent game developers, who are able to bring their ideas […]

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Magic the Gathering Pre-release Weekend: Eldritch Moon rises over eastern Iowa


Magic the Gathering players of eastern Iowa will be celebrating the global pre-release of the expansion set, Eldritch Moon, with sealed-deck and two-headed giant tournaments being held at their local gaming stores. If you’re a seasoned planeswalker or necromancer, then that preceding sentence made total sense, and if you’re unfamiliar with the game, allow me […]

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Chance Kirchhof of Critical Hit Games talks running a community-focused gaming store

Critical Hit Games is an Iowa City gaming store founded with the mission of being a gaming store with a community focus. I’ve been visiting pretty regularly since I first moved to the area a few years ago, and find it to be a great place to game in a fun and open environment. People […]

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Local game developer encourages you to ‘Tune It Up!’

'Tune it up!'

These days video games come in all shapes and sizes. Traditional home consoles like Wii U and Xbox One are still churning out titles, handheld devices such as Nintendo 3DS and Playstation Vita can be found in every school kid’s backpack, phones and tablets come with games pre-installed and browser games playable on laptops and […]

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