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Northern exposure: The Boston - Montreal video game connection

Posted by Michael Warshaw October 22, 2013 11:11 AM

By Timothy Loew, executive director, MassDiGI

When most people mention Boston and Montreal together, they’re talking hockey. Yet over the centuries, the two cities -- and more broadly, Massachusetts and Quebec -- have consistently grown commercial, educational and cultural ties.

To highlight those connections and prompt the development of new relationships, members of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) team -- including board chair and Becker College President Robert E. Johnson, MassDiGI Managing Director Monty Sharma, and I -- were honored to join Governor Deval Patrick, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Chief Executive Pamela Goldberg, and other members of the administration on the Montreal leg of the Massachusetts–Canada Innovation Partnership Mission. The trade mission, which we joined on October 10 and 11, focused on several key areas of innovation such as life sciences, clean energy, e-health, information technology and digital games.

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Video gamers, changing the world

Posted by Michael Warshaw October 4, 2013 11:17 AM

By Jeromy Adams, Team Extra Life, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

extra life.jpgBeing classified as a gamer no longer carries the stigma of playing ninth-string in society’s orchestra. As video games have risen to become the most popular form of entertainment on the planet, so too have the fans of these games outgrown the stereotype of being the sunlight-deprived kid living out their early years in their parents’ basement. We're cool now.

Through above-average tech knowledge, we are incredibly connected with our friends. Through online venues, playing games has become an extremely social experience and as such, gamers are now among the most social creatures in the known universe.

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