At the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab at The University of Chicago, we pride ourselves on a new, unique and community-inclusive R&D process. We have started a new Experimental Games Group to include a large number of young students interested in game design, and prototype ideas in short production cycles. This Experimental Games Group has become a spectacularly fun, collaborative and productive process for our lab.
The group meets once a week and is open to participants at any age and skill level. The process begins with a guest lecturer from the University giving a casual presentation (topics have included Youth Violence, Healthcare Disparities, Improving Neighborhoods, and more); the group then proceeds through a collaborative brainstorming phase, and ends with a guest CS student prototyping a rough version of the game that the group has agreed upon. Each production cycle lasts for one month.