Longtime independent game development studio Game Refuge Inc. today finalized plans for its GENERAL CHAOS ARCADE PARTY, to be held at the Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield. It’s a rare opportunity for Chicago-area video-game fans to meet and compete with the creators of classic games like Arch Rivals, Rampage World Tour, Pigskin and many more.
In addition to celebrating the arcade legacy of Chicago-based game designers, the event will also be a rallying cry for a Kickstarter campaign mounted by Game Refuge to fund the development of General Chaos II: Sons of Chaos. The new game is a modern sequel to the company’s first independently-developed product, a “multiplayer battlegame of paramilitary pandemonium” that became a cult favorite on the Sega Genesis game console. “It’s the first crowdfunding campaign to offer a real two-player arcade game as one of its ‘backer rewards,’” says Game Refuge designer Shawn Liptak (lead programmer of NBA JAM, the arcade game with the highest weekly earnings of all time). “It’s an actual dual-touchscreen cocktail cabinet that’s being designed and custom-built for us by Galloping Ghost Productions.”
The GENERAL CHAOS ARCADE PARTY kicks off at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 at Galloping Ghost Arcade, 9415 Ogden Avenue, Brookfield, IL 60513. In addition to Colin, Liptak and Bieniek, over a dozen video-game artists, programmers and designers are scheduled to attend.
An all-ages tournament featuring the original General Chaos will begin an hour into the event. All attendees are invited to compete on original Sega Genesis hardware for prizes that include dozens of limited-edition General Chaos “Grunt Squad” PVC figures and a hand-cast bronze finish trophy of General Chaos himself.
No purchase is necessary. Fans can obtain a free “All Access Pass” to the event by visiting the General Chaos II Kickstarter project page at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/388449021/general-chaos-ii-sons-of-chaos and following the instructions on the GENERAL CHAOS ARCADE PARTY UPDATE #7.
The “All Access Pass” includes unlimited play on any of Galloping Ghost Arcade’s 400+ arcade games for the evening (a $15 value), the Classic Designer “Meet and Greet,” refreshments and entry to the General ChaosTournament for a chance to win prizes. Limit of 300 All Access Passes available.