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Jan 10, 2011

DePaul's Octodad Named a Student Showcase Winner at the 2011 IGF Competition

Octodad, a third-person PC adventure about “destruction, deception and fatherhood,” has been named one of eight Student Showcase Winners for the 2011 Independent Games Festival (IGF) at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), which will be held Feb. 28 to March 4 in San Francisco. DePaul University’s Devil’s Tuning Fork was also an IGF Student Showcase Winner in 2010.


Created by students in DePaul University’s College of Computing and Digital Media with the help of advisors Patrick Curry (Game Director, Wideload Games and game design instructor at DePaul) and Associate Professor Scott Roberts, the game tells the story of Octodad, a cephalopod whose true nature must be kept hidden from his human family.


The innovative third-person adventure game, free to download from the DePaul site, has been collecting accolades from game enthusiast and consumer publications since its release in late 2010. Octodad has been featured on Kotaku, Joystiq, Destructoid, IGN, Indie Gamer and PC Gamer and downloaded more than 125,000 times since its release. The game received an "Honorable Mention" from's Best Of 2010: Top 10 Indie Games; it was also named Funniest Video Game of 2010 by


Founded in 2004, DePaul’s Game Development Program emphasizes a team-based approach to game development and includes courses in production, design, programming and animation. The university offers the largest computer science and game development program in the Midwest and was one of the first liberal arts universities to create a game program. DePaul currently has 259 undergraduates and 36 graduates enrolled in its game program.


“Octodad is near and dear to our hearts because it displays an immense degree of creativity while being really fun to play,” said David Miller, dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul.  “More than a technical achievement, the award validates DePaul’s multidisciplinary approach to game development, rewarding this game for its unique aesthetics, programming chops and writing.”


DePaul’s program gives students a real-world view of careers in game development and builds the skills that will help them find employment in the business immediately after graduation.


“The game industry is known to be tough to break into – and unforgiving to those who lack experience making games,” said Scott Roberts, project advisor for the team behind Octodad and associate professor at DePaul’s School of Cinema and Interactive Media. “You can’t beat going to school and producing an award-winning game as a job-hunting strategy. Kudos to the team for pulling it off in such a spectacular fashion.”


Octodad can be downloaded for free at


To learn more about DePaul’s Game Development program, visit



College of Computing and Digital Media
With more than 3,000 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs, the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) is one of the largest colleges of its kind in the nation.  CDM’s faculty come from distinguished research, academic and industry backgrounds and have access to on-campus research laboratories dedicated to artificial intelligence, computer vision and graphics, digital media, high-performance computing and other premier technologies. The National Security Agency has recognized CDM as a national leader in computer network security and information assurance education. The college has received numerous national honors in recent years, including being one of the inaugural six universities selected to participate in the Sony Pictures Imageworks IPAX program. CDM utilizes faculty and industry experts-in-residence to prepare students for the job market in Chicago and around the nation.


DePaul University

With more than 25,000 students, DePaul University is the largest Catholic university in the United States and the largest private, non-profit university in the Midwest. The university offers more than 260 graduate and undergraduate programs of study on two Chicago campuses, four suburban and several international locations. Founded in 1898 on the St. Vincent de Paul principle of expanding access to education, DePaul remains committed to providing a quality education through personal attention to students from a wide range of backgrounds.  For more information, go to



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