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When Midway Games, the local longtime video-game publisher that brought us Ms. Pac-Man and Mortal Kombat, filed for bankruptcy in 2009, Chicago’s standing as a hotbed for game development seemed to be on its last life—especially given that Electronic Arts had shuttered its River North office in 2007. But a new generation of studios has arisen, fueled by former Midway and EA employees with something to prove. We rounded up the six latest titles from local developers hoping to score some of your screen time. Game on.
Bodoink (Kinect for Xbox 360)
GET IT: Available later this spring for about $5 at xbox.com/en-us; see robomite.com for updates
DEVELOPED BY: Robomodo, a West Loop studio whose designers, from Midway and EA, created the last two titles of the Tony Hawk franchise for Activision
PREMISE: Players become human pinballs in this controller-free game, flailing away as an onscreen avatar bounces around pegs and power belts.
AUDIENCE: Families, fans of old-school arcade games, pinball wizards
Photograph: Courtesy of studio