DeFRAG is not just about playing games, but creating them.
As an organization, DeFRAG is committed to providing game development opportunities to members.
Each year, DeFRAG hosts a group-based development competition in which small teams work for about 10 weeks to develop a full video game based around a provided theme. We welcome participants of all experience levels and expertise, having received games made using GameMaker, C#/XNA, and C++.
Nightlight has been running for three years and has produced seven full student video games. The final games are judged each year by industry professionals, allowing for the participants in the Nightlight competition to receive feedback from experienced game developers and become better designers and developers.
Project Nightlight: Unplugged
The newest development competition is Project Nightlight: Unplugged, a non-digital game design competition open to any and all students. Winning games (and any participants wish to donate) are made available 9th Floor PC Gaming Lab. Currently, two games from the 2009 competition are available there.
DeCode is focused on a year-long project to create a video game and handle its entire development lifecycle. The goal is to create fun games, build them correctly, and help out fellow students in learning the process of creating a game. You can join the mailing list for this sub organization through Demon Direct.
DePaul Game Development Program
DeFRAG frequently works together with the Game Development Program at DePaul in promoting curriculum-based events, student capstones, Game Jam, and more.
You can find more information about DePaul’s Game Development program at their website.