For the past five years, PRGE has generously donated a large space in the expo hall for game makers in our community to showcase their projects free of charge. In 2016, we expanded our presence with our own conference room and two full days of programming! Like our own mini expo inside a really big expo!!
Here's everything that happened with PIGSquad at PRGE in 2016:
Saturday Program Schedule
Rooms E147 and E148, across from panel rooms A and B.
Panel: How Retro Games Influence Modern Indies
1:00pm - 2:00pm
To kick off PIGSquad’s weekend of programming, we invited a group of local game developers from various backgrounds to join us in a discussion about what they learned from old-school gaming and how it inspired and shaped their current projects.
Steve Gaynor / Fullbright (Gone Home, Tacoma)
Mo Cohen / Queermo Games (Queer Quest)
Stephen Kick / NightDive Studios (System Shock Remastered)
Cullen Dwyer / Cowboy Color (Charge Shot, Handsome Mr. Frog, Sgt. Saturn)
Moderated by Kate Thomas / Beardo Games (Smooth Operator, Motokata)
8-Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars Film Screening
2:30pm - 4:00pm
When Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the 1970's, he envisioned computing for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal technology revolution and combating giants like Apple and IBM, Commodore became a household name by changing the way in which we interact, create and play with computers. From the advent of the groundbreaking Atari and Tetris games to the evolution of contemporary technological design, 8 Bit Generation dives into the home computer explosion and explores Commodore's key role in shaping the future in which we now live.
Horror Game Marathon
5:00pm - 11:00pm
Last Halloween, we rented out a theater and played scary games with an audience of 100 costumed gamedevs! We’re continuing the tradition at PRGE with a new group of our favorite horror games... and the return of "P.T. Roulette!"
Sunday Program Schedule
Rooms E147 and E148, across from panel rooms A and B.
All Ages Game Making Workshop
10:30am - 12:30am
Have you ever wanted to learn more about what goes into creating games? Join PIGSquad and our partners at Pixel Arts and find out! Pixel Arts is dedicated to open sourcing social transformation through games. They provide maker-based learning in games that support the building blocks of creative innovation: play, make and design.
We will be using Scratch to learn the beginnings of computer programming and games. Some computers will be available and are first-come-first-served. Feel free to bring your own computer to follow along, but download the offline version of Scratch first, as we will not have access to internet.
Virtual Reality Lounge
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Play games and experiences in some of the most immersive technology to date with Oculus, PlayStation VR, and more! Virtual reality companies recommend against use by children under 12 years of age.
Expo Games Lineup
Saturday & Sunday // Main expo hall, 10am - 5pm
Inhabit a sluggish, depressive Luigi wandering through the crumbling liminal spaces of the Mushroom Kingdom; muse on matters emotional and existential; smoke, even though you should really quit, those things are terrible for you.
Tiny Swords Tactics
A cute and chaotic strategy game for 2-4 players. Lead your team of colorful monsters into battle. Knock your friends out of the arena and off of your actual table! Every table creates a new board to play on! On Kickstarter October 18-November 18
One Ship Two Ship Redshift Blueshift
Redshift Blueshift is a lightning-paced local multiplayer paddle game in which two pilots fight to keep the hyper-ball in play while contending with obstacles and threats unleashed by their opponent!
HackyZack is a fast-paced platformer about multi-tasking. The player must juggle their platforming skills with their ability to guide various balls into the goal at the end of each level.
A retro style mash ups of PONG and Space Invaders. PSIBO is an arcade style game in which the goal is to survive as long as you can and set a high score with PONG mechanics destroying enemies.
Adventure Delivery Service
Da Gamba Games
Adventure Delivery Service is a procgen ARPG. It's inspired by modern roguelites like Spelunky, Rogue Legacy, and The Binding of Isaac, and by older games like Link to the Past and Earthbound. It's in active development, currently in closed alpha.
Tiny Horse Games
A mobile puzzle game with roguelike elements, Plunge sets the player on the impossible task of escaping the jail and their captors by defeating enemies, finding keys, and forever moving downwards.
Handsome Mr. Frog
Handsome Mr. Frog, whose hat was jacked by a bunch of no good, less attractive normies, sets out on a new-school arcade adventure through four worlds in order to get his steez back.
In RezPlz, you control two players (or local 2p co-op) to traverse six evil wizard’s keeps of the Dark Arcanum. The game features traditional platforming elements, as well as puzzling elements in the form of coordinated movement and a unique death mechanic where one brother dies in unique ways to allow the other brother to advance.
Fara & the Eye of Darkness
Growing up is not easy for a demon kid. Fara & The Eye of Darkness is a dimension-hopping adventure with trading card game elements. Play as Fara, a Demon Witch who is fighting for her family as she cleanses her galaxy of a mysterious corruption. Grow your spell card collection and customize your own play-style by building countless decks to help Fara on her magical quest.
How long can you last in Late Cretaceous Madagascar? You play as Masiakasaurs knopfleri, a small theropod with a nasty bite. Make sure to stay hydrated, keep fed, and get your rest. Catch fish and small mammals, or feast on unattended carrion. But watch out for feisty Rahonavii, and surly Majungasaurs.
We're all wrapped up for 2016! If you'd like a heads up on what we're planning for PRGE next year, scroll down a little bit further and sign up for our newsletter.