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Sunday, October 18 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
VStheUNIVERSE: The Evolution of Gaming

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You can see the origins of games in the rumpus-like behavior of kittens and puppies. Our instincts as mammals push us to learn survival skills through roughhousing, chasing, and discovery. Now that we seldom need to evade predators or kill our food, games serve primarily as entertainment, with varying degrees of educational and social aspects. How has the balance between those three elements of gaming changed through the industrial and digital ages? What predictions can we make for the next 50 years

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Aaron Amendola

Producer/Grey Warden, VStheUNIVERSE
Aaron is a Writer/Producer for VStheUNIVERSE, a group of writers, actors, and producers who embrace their inner geek and showcase it in their art. Aaron created & hosts Chicago's premier geek variety show, The Geek Show, which enjoys a run at Stage773. In addition to that, Aaron serves as a Producer/Host on the comics-to-film discussion podcast Panels On Channels, and as a Producer/Host on The Co-Operatives, where he and his girlfriend discuss... Read More →

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Dr. Paul Booth

Dr. Booth is an Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies/Communication Technology in the College of Communication of DePaul University.
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Ashley Nicollette

Ashley is a Chicagoland game developer who has worked on over fifteen professionally published games including Injustice: Gods Among Us and Saint's Row: Gat Out of Hell. During her time at the Game Changer Lab, she worked on educational board games. Now she works as a STEM mentor, teaching game development to at-risk inner-city youth.
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Brendan Riley

Dr. Riley is the Coordinator of Professional Writing and an Associate Professor of English at Columbia College Chicago. He is also Executive Director of Operations for the Popular Culture Association (pcaaca.org).
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Darcy Ross

Darcy L. Ross is by day an Enthusiastic Biologist who Creates Molluscan Monsters, and by night an Effervescent Gamemaster who Loves the Cypher System. She is known for GMing the Numenaaaaara episode on the One Shot RPG podcast, and co-hosts a Cypher System discussion podcast called Cypher Speak with Troy Pichelman.

Sunday October 18, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Town Square Block 37 3rd Floor

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