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Get Weird at Indie Video Game Festival Bit Bash This Weekend

Photograph courtesy of Bit Bash. Photograph by Brent Knepper.

Photograph courtesy of Bit Bash. Photograph by Brent Knepper.

Bit Bash has grown quickly from their humble roots. They started out in 2014 in direct response to a then recent report that video game developers in Chicago and the midwest were substantially underpaid in comparison to developers in California and New York City. Over the last several years, Chicago has emerged as a hospitable stronghold of video game creators. League of Legends moved their massive servers here last year. Developed in Avondale, Mortal Kombat X was arguably one of the most successful video games of 2015. We Are Chicago is quietly one of the most anticipated games in recent history. Hell, they’re even making a documentary about the Chicago video game scene. These things are happening thanks in part to Bit Bash.

Bit Bash is an indie video game festival. Effectively, it’s an pop-up arcade of noteworthy art house video games. Much like what you’d see at the Chicago International Film Festival, these games may or may not have large amounts of financial backing, but are some of the more interesting games at the moment.

Bit Bash returns for their latest event, the Halloween themed Little Bash of Horrors, this Friday night at Bottom Lounge. We’re really excited to play the experimental psychological horror game, Anatomy. In it, you wander around a dark house looking for strange audio recordings with ominous messages. It sounds vaguely like what Bioshock could have been if they removed the shooting aspects and focused exclusively on finding audio diaries. We’re also interested in Monsters & Monocles, a cartoon inspired four person top-down shooter game where you and friends have to defeat hordes of villainous creatures with things like laser guns. We do also want to play around with Spooky Selfie. In it, you control a stylish skeleton and aimlessly walk around a graveyard at night while taking selfies.

Bit Bash is this Friday, Oct. 26, at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W Lake St, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; tickets are $25. Bit Bash is known to sell out the house, so we’d act quick if we were you.

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