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Invasion of the independent games: BostonFIG opens on 9/14

Posted by Michael Warshaw August 29, 2013 11:03 AM

By Elicia Basoli

You can’t claim to be the home of anything as unpredictable, fast-moving, and downright cool as independent games unless you have a celebration. Thus, the second annual incarnation of the Boston Festival of Indie Games (BostonFIG) is being held on Saturday, September 14.

_MG_1831.JPGA celebration of independent game development in a variety of media and genres, the 2nd annual Boston Festival of Indie Games promises to be bigger and better than the first, partly because a year has helped to grow and mature the independent games movement. “BostonFIG puts Massachusetts right at the forefront of the indie game scene. We’re really excited to be a part of it," said Seth Sivak, chief executive of Cambridge start-up Proletariat Inc.

Greater Boston is an area where innovation in technology, education, health, and the arts meet as one. Video games intersect all of these disciplines; one of the goals of BostonFIG is to showcase the local talent shaping the future of the game industry. Despite the name, the event – or more to the point, events – take place across the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

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From Boston, with love: New mobile game has license to play

Posted by Timothy Loew August 16, 2013 11:29 AM

Recently, the State of Play had a chance to sit down with Jonathon Myers, one of the co-founders along with Matthew Albrecht and Bruno Batarelo, of Boston-based mobile game startup Reactive Studios to talk about his hot new game Codename Cygnus.

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Jonathon Myers and Codename Cygnus

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Playing games with the future

Posted by Michael Warshaw August 7, 2013 03:25 PM

By Timothy Loew, executive director, Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI)

There were no careers in video game development 20 years ago; not in the way we understand gamedev today. The idea that thousands and thousands of students would dedicate their academic careers - and their futures - to studying game-making would have been viewed as farfetched.

Hampshire College and Berklee College of Music students with Elicia Basoli, game industry PR mentor. Photo: MassDiGI

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