They are young and hopeful, but also polished and poised. Oddly practical. Totally Midwestern. Building an indie community the Chicago Way, by making new gold from the triple-A ashes.
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Season 1

1. S01E01 - Here We Are, Having a Company
Feb 7, 2017
15 minutes
Young Horses is a group of students forged into a team at Chicago's DePaul University, and graduated into a company through the monster success of Octodad. This is the story of what happens next.
2. S01E02 - The Hermit of Hyde Park
Feb 7, 2017
10 minutes
William Chyr is a physicist, game developer, balloon artists and juggler, and the creator of "Manifold Garden." William describes it as a physics-based puzzle game about architecture and the first 100 years of physics. "As if M.C. Escher made a video game."
3. S01E03 - Indie City
Feb 8, 2017
15 minutes
From Chicago's DePaul university, to the now-forgotten Chicago triple-A studios, the city once held a lot of promise for would-be game developers. This is the story of that promise reborn.
4. S01E04 - We Are Chicago
Feb 7, 2017
9 minutes
Chicago's South Side is a place where few children grow up to be game developers. Writer Tony Thornton raised a family there, and teamed up with Culture Shock Games to tell a story about what living there is really like.
5. S01E05 - Idiots Doing a Dumb Thing
Feb 7, 2017
10 minutes
Bit Bash is Chicago's homegrown indie game festival, started by a group of friends who had no idea what they were doing until they did it. Run by Chicagoans, for Chicagoans, it's a game festival done "the Chicago Way": a little goofy, a little rough around the edges, and imminently practical.
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About This Series

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT: INDIE CITY is a documentary video series about the people building a new indie scene from the ashes of Chicago's triple-A failures.

Featuring:

Young Horses, (Octodad), The Men Who Wear Many Hats (Organ Trail), Culture Shock Games (We Are Chicago), William Chyr (Manifold Garden), Trinket Studios (Battle Chef Brigade), Greg Wohlwend (TumbleSeed), Chris Wade (Sausage Sports Club), DePaul University, Bit Bash, and more.

Written, directed and produced by the creator of polygon.com’s "Human Angle" webseries, and author of the books "How Video Games Are Made" and "Sex, Drugs & Cartoon Violence."

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Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Mac OSX 10.10+
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS 2.20 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 5Mbps for 540p, 3Mbps for 360p.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Linux Ubuntu 12.04 or later, SteamOS 2.20 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core I3+ or AMD equivalent recommended for HD 1080p playback
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Network Bandwidth of 12Mbps for 1080p or 8Mbps for 720p.
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