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Game Development

We believe that games are an emergent form of learning. Video games create new social and cultural worlds – worlds that help people learn by integrating thinking, social interaction, and technology, all in service of doing things a student can care about. At the Digital Convergence Lab we play games, design games, and build games for fun and learning.


Each summer we offer video games camps for boys and girls from ages 10 and up. In the summer, watch for our video Games camp "Just of Girls" and three weeks of Co-Ed Camps. We also offer residential careers camp for high school students. This past summer we started offering an Esports Camp for those students who want to play or support video games competitively in college and beyond.


Up Coming Events

Friday, October 5th & Monday, October 8th - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
GameMaker Video Game Design
Friday, November 9th - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sphero! Robotic Maze Coding
Wednesday, November 21st - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Intro to Esports
Wednesday, January 2nd - Friday, January 4th - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Learn to Code with Minecraft
Friday, February 15th & Monday, February 18th - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Video Game Design with Python & Pygame
Friday, March 15th - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Animation with Stopmotion Studio on iPad
Monday, March 25th - Friday, March 29th - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
GameMaker Video Game Design with Animated Back Story
Friday, April 19th - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
3D Virtual World Development

Video Game Design Camps

2019 Summer Video Game Design Camps will open January 2019. Can't wait? Check out our No School Days Workshops for fall 2018 and Spring 2019.

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Ludum Dare 35

Developers from around the world spent the weekend of April 15th 2016 creating games based on a theme suggested by the community. This year's theme was Shapeshift. This is both the longest running and the largest online game jam in the world! NIU's Digital Convergence Lab hosted Ludum Dare and four games were created by members of our Games Club. You can see the games that were created by clicking on the names of the creators.

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Global Game Jam 2016

The Digital Convergence Lab hosted the 2016 Global Game Jam in the northern Illinois region from January 29-31. Participants throughout the world were challenged to design, develop, and, create games based on a single theme before the end of the weekend. This was a great opportunity for participants to explore new technology tools and to be intellectually challenged!

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Ludum Dare 32

On April 17, 2015 the NIU Digital Convergence Lab hosted a team of students for the game jam Ludum Dare 32 at the Founders Memorial Library. During Ludum Dare, developers from around the world spent a weekend creating games based on a theme suggested by the community. It’s both the longest running, and the largest Online Game Jam in the world.

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Play some games developed by the amazing staff at the Digital Convergence Lab!

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