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NIU Esports Arena - Open Play

10:00am - 12:00pm | $12 per session (Limit 24) | Ages - 13+
Play your favorite video games in the NIU Esports Arena the fourth Saturday of the month, Jan - April. Play on one of 18 gaming PCs with peripherals or three console gaming stations with Xbox, PS4 and Switch. Bring your own controllers and console games or use ours. You'll need an active account with STEAM, EPIC, or Battle.net to play on PCs.
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NIU Video Game Design Workshops

1:00pm - 3:30pm | $30 per session (Limit 24) | Ages - 11+
Each workshop will focus on a different part of the video game design process. No prior experience needed.
Jan 25 - Introduction to video game design
Feb 29 - Character development and animation
Mar 28 - Sound effects, game mechanics and scoring
Apr 25 - Design with Minecraft - Javascript coding

Families That Play Together

What parents want to know about the video games their kids play.
January 9, 6:00pm - 7:30pm | FREE - registration is required.
Come to the NIU Digital Convergence Lab for a "Families That Play Video Games Together" presentation and conversation about video games and today's kids. Learn about the video games your kids are playing. Learn about TwitchTV, girls and video games, and statistics on video game play and technology careers. Online behavior, code of conduct and respect will also be addressed. Presentation and Q&A given by Aline Click, Ed.D., Rebecca Griffith, M.F.A., and NIU Esports General Manager Conner Vagle.

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