The Year in Chicago Gaming: 2013

JANUARY
7 – Cardboard Computer’s Kentucky Route Zero Act I released for Windows and Mac
7 – Robomodo celebrates its 5th anniversary
10 – Organ Trail: Director’s Cut by The Men Who Wear Many Hats expands to PC, Mac, and Linux
20 – Kentucky Route Zero Act I available for Linux
23 – TrinketStudios.com goes live

FEBRUARY
16 – 24-hour Mortal Kombat charity event “Shang Tsung’s Fight Night 3” held at Galloping Ghost Arcade
21 – Color Sheep by Trinket Studios released for iOS and Android
22 – Kentucky Route Zero season passes available on Steam
26 – Cryamore by NostalgiCO funded on Kickstarter
26 – Indie City Arcade machine debuts at Emporium Arcade Bar

MARCH
12 – Current Pit Fighter world record score set at Galloping Ghost Arcade by Doc Mack
14 – Le Vamp by High Voltage Software is released for mobile
14 – The Conduit HD published by High Voltage Software is released for mobile
20 – Stern Pinball wins Manufacturer of the Year award at the 2013 Amusement Expo in Las Vegas
22-24 At the PAX East convention, Octodad: Dadliest Catch has its own dedicated booth, and Orion’s Forge is featured as part of the Indie Showcase. Divekick is also playable on the show floor.
28 – Lie Swatter by Jackbox Games is released for iOS
30 – Net Gain: Corporate Espionage by Level Zero Games funded on Kickstarter

APRIL
3 – iOS version of Injustice: Gods Among Us by Netherrealm Studios is released
9 – Toy Studio announces that its mobile game, The Curse, has reached 1 million downloads
10 – Contract Work by Kee-Won Hong funded on Kickstarter
11 – Stern Pinball releases Metallica pinball machine
14 – Orion’s Forge by Trinket Studios is released for iOS and Android
16 – Netherrealm Studios releases Injustice: Gods Among Us for consoles and PC
16 – Sinister Design’s Telepath Tactics funded on Kickstarter
26-28 IGDA booth at C2E2 convention showcases Lunar Giant’s Delve Deeper, Divekick, Organ Trail, Ragtag Studios’ Ray’s The Dead, Color Sheep, Telepath Tactics, and Dave Welch’s Boot Hill Heroes
27 – Current Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 time world record set at Galloping Ghost Arcade by Nick Matthews

MAY
2 – Zoombies: Animales de le Muerte! by High Voltage Software is released for mobile
19 – You Don’t Know Jack mobile game comes to Android
24 – Headquarters Beercade opens new Pincade pinball room expansion
25 – Dog Sled Saga by Dan FitzGerald and Lisa Bromiel is funded on Kickstarter
28 – Indie City Co-Op Opens in Chicago
30 – Phosphor Games releases World War Z mobile game
31 – Kentucky Route Zero Act II is released

JUNE
10 – PlayStation 4 versions of Octodad: Dadliest’s Catch and Ray’s the Dead announced during Sony’s press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in L.A.
11 – Ouya version of You Don’t Know Jack is released
17 – Spacelab1 opens in Mokena, IL
28 – Important Little Games becomes an active corporation

JULY
1 – Void Destroyer by Adam Zakrzewski funded on Kickstarter
3 – Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition comes to Steam
11- The Hand of Panda by Ross Omland and Isaias Martinez funded on Kickstarter
19 – First public hands-on with the PlayStation 4 – including Octodad: Dadliest Catch – at San Diego Comic Con
23 – Official IFPA Pinball tournament held at Emporium Arcade Bar

AUGUST
6 – Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition retail Windows edition is released
20 – Divekick by Iron Galaxy and One True Game Studios is released for PC and PlayStation Network
28 – Ray’s The Dead is made an official Steam Greenlight selection
30-Sep 1 – At the PAX Prime convention, Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Samurai Gunn (published by Maxistentialism), and Telepath Tactics are part of the Indie Megabooth

SEPTEMBER
5 – Chicago Loot Drop hosts video game and beer pairing charity event “Tokens & Tankards” at Emporium Arcade Bar
11 – Stern Pinball launches new Star Trek machine
6 – Barter Empire by Adam Mayhem funded on Kickstarter
23 – Incredible Technologies ships Golden Tee Live 2014
25 – Tetrapulse by Amiable Games is funded on Kickstarter

OCTOBER
7 – Current Total Carnage world record score set at Galloping Ghost Arcade by Matt Rocco
14 – Chicago gaming website The Chi-Scroller goes live
15 – All mobile and social media versions of You Don’t Know Jack go fully free-to-play
24 – Pirate Blitz by 12 Gauge Studios is released for mobile
29 – Phosphor Game Studios’ Nether beta goes live
29 – Headquarters Beercade announce plans to open a second location in River North area in 2014

NOVEMBER
5 – Nine classic You Don’t Know Jack titles are reissued on Steam
5 – Zombies!!! by Babaroga comes to Windows Phone 8
6 – Max Gentlemen by The Men Who Wear Many Hats is funded on Kickstarter
12 – Current N.A.R.C. world record score set at Galloping Ghost Arcade by Doc Mack
16 – Current Super Pac-Man world record score set at Galloping Ghost Arcade by James White
12 – Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition is released for multiple current and next-gen consoles and PC
15 – Raw Thrills’ Batman arcade racing game releases
22 – Robomodo releases Catching Fire: Panem Run for mobile
22 – Kentucky Route Zero spin-off “The Entertainment” is available for download via the game’s website
27 – Robomodo’s Skateboard Slam releases for mobile

DECEMBER
7 – Injustice: Gods Among Us wins Fighting Game of the Year at the Spike VGX awards. Divekick is also nominated in same category. Kentucky Route Zero is nominated for Best Independent Game.
10 – Samurai Gunn is released for PC
18 – The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences announce that Eugene Jarvis is to be the sixth recipient of the Pioneer Award at the D.I.C.E. Summit in February 2014.

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