For two days, the Soap Factory was transformed into a celebration of gaming culture as industry leaders, hobbyists and enthusiasts came together for GlitchCon.
GLITCH is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that promotes the exploration of games as a culture, career and creative practice. Every spring they showcase locally made games and give professionals a platform to share their expertise.
The keynote speakers for this year’s event included Rebekah and Adam Saltsman of Finji and Carnegie Melon’s Heather Kelley. Finji is the team behind Canabalt and Night in the Woods while Heather Kelley was named one of the five most powerful women in gaming by Inc. magazine.
During the weeks leading up to the convention, local breweries like Insight Brewing hosted GLITCH’s video game trivia and games from Minnesota developers.
The weekend began on May 5th with a Friday night launch party at Can Can Wonderland. The event included mini golf, retro arcades and pop-up playtesting. Saturday and Sunday were packed with sessions, panels, interactive workshops and games. Sessions covered a wide range of topics including “Sonic Storytelling” and “Version Control for Game Development.”
Geeky activities included a Rocket League Challenge and GlitchCon plays Doom, allowing everyone in attendance to control the game at the same time. Refreshments were available including the Yoshi’s Island Iced Tea (Long Island) or the Ocarina of Lime (gin and tonic).
Rebekah and Adam Saltsman being interviewed by the Nice Games Club podcast
The Board Game Hall, presented by Leder Games, offered more traditional gameplay
GLITCH Executive Director Evva Kraikul presents “Choice Overload: Designing for High Impact Decision-Making”
Every year, Minnecade features games developed in Minnesota
Attendees enjoy Newt One, an upcoming platformer that won Minnecade’s Player’s Choice Award
Samples from Chicago’s Video Game Art Gallery