GlitchCon15 Recap

By Katie Simning

GlitchCon15 welcomed 500 community members to explore Why Games Matter through a series of panels, interactive sessions, and galleries from March 28 – 29, 2015 at McNamara Alumni Center.

The weekend kicked off with a keynote presentation from James Portnow, co-creator of Extra Credits and CEO of Rainmaker Games. He discussed the role that developers play in igniting player’s passion through the worlds they create, how games can unite people, and the potential to make educational titles engaging for learners.

Ashly Burch, voice actress and creator of the blog How Games Saved My Life, got deep and personal in Sunday morning’s keynote. She delved into her struggle with anxiety and how video games, such as Animal Crossing and Metal Gear Solid, helped her cope, as well as make a connection with her brother. Check out the full presentation here.

James Portnow during his GlitchCon15 keynote speech

Both Saturday and Sunday provided several panels and interactive sessions on a variety of topics, including character design, game audio, and indie development. If you were unable to join us, had to make a tough decision between two panels, or want to revisit a session, head over to our Youtube channel to watch some of the GlitchCon15 videos, including the Fireside Tales!

Ashly Burch presenting her keynote speech to GlitchCon attendees.

Throughout the weekend, GlitchCon played host to a handful of competitions. We’d like to wish a huge congratulations to all of the winners pictured below!

Mario Kart 8 tournament winner Thomas Spargo (left); Towerfall tournament winner Tom Kaiser (right)

MinneCade winners from left to right: Outstanding Audio to Glitch in the System byTribe Games; Players Choice Award to EleMetals by Wallride Games; Innovative Design to Strata by Graveck; Outstanding Visual Art to Dream Arcade by Light Grey Art Lab

Sunday’s winning trivia team from left to right: Di Fischer, Andrew Fischer, Becca Olene, 

Check out the rest of the photos from the weekend in our gallery. Photos are also posted in our Facebook album; feel free to tag yourself!

And an extra special shoutout to all of our many guests, NPCs, partners, and sponsors, as well as our MinneCade and Student Initiative exhibitors. GlitchCon15 was truly a community effort and we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support. Thank you all for being so amazing!