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Harmonix, Zynga Announced As Boston FIG Curators

Posted on July 15, 2012 AT 09:24am

MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies’ first annual Festival of Indie Games has grabbed themselves a couple of well-known curators for its inaugural event.

Boston FIG recently announced that they have started accepting submissions for their first event, which will be reviewed and selected by all-star guest curators from Harmonix, Zynga Boston and other Boston-area game companies and organizations. The line-up of guest curators for the Boston Festival of Indie Games will include Zynga Boston’s creative director Paul Neurath, Harmonix’s senior designer Tim Stellmach, Fire Hose Games’ creative director Eitan Glinert, and the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab’s US. Executive Director Philip Tan.

Check out the full press release below for more info:

Boston Festival of Indie Games announces open game submissions and fest curators

Senior staff from Harmonix, Zynga Boston and Fire Hose Games participate as curators

Thursday, July 12, 2012—Cambridge, MA— Boston Festival of Indie Games, presented by MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies, has just announced their open submissions for accepting independently developed video games for their debut games showcaseGames will be reviewed and selected by an all-star panel of guest curators, including keystaff from Harmonix, Zynga Boston and other Boston-area game companies and organizations. Submission of games for showcase consideration can now be made at the festival web site, www.bostonfig.com.

Scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at MIT, the Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development in a variety of media and genres.  The event is free and open to the public, and to be held on the MIT campus.  Independent game developers are encouraged to submit their games for showcase consideration.  The Boston Festival of Indie Games showcase is an opportunity for independent game developers to show off their games, get feedback from the public and win great prizes, including full versions of Adobe Creative Suite.

The line-up of guest curators for the Boston Festival of Indie Games includes Paul Neurath, creative Director for Zynga Boston, Tim Stellmach, senior designer for Hamonix, Eitan Glinert, creative director for Fire Hose Games and Philip Tan, U.S. Executive Director for the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab.  For a complete listing of festival curators, please visit our web site at www.bostonfig.com.

ClaraFernández-Vara, festival curation chair and Postdoctoral Researcher at the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, offers, “As the festival began to take shape, the organizers realized that we would get a great variety of submissions, both digital and non-digital games. It was obvious that we needed a curation panel who would be knowledgeable in a wide range of games, from mobile platforms to board games. Fortunately, there is a world-class group of game developers in the Boston area who have graciously accepted to lend us their time and expertise in identifying the best games for the showcase.”

For developers interested in submitting their digital games for consideration, the submission entry fee is $15, with a student entry fee of $10.  Final game submissions are due no later than Friday, August 10.  Voting on games accepted to the showcase will open to the public in a variety of categories on the day of the festival. Non-digital games street games, interactive fiction or tabletop games) can be submitted to the festival on a non-fee, non-competitive basis.

The Boston Festival of Indie Games offers the opportunity for festival attendees to play video games, live action games, tabletop games and interactive fiction in a casual environment.  Fest features include a 12-hour game jam, digital art exhibit, film screenings and special guest speakers from the national indie games space.  A special showcase will highlight games developed by the MIT Game Lab, which has created nearly fifty games over the last five years, a number of which havegone on to critical acclaim and commercial success. For complete details, please visit www.bostonfig.com.

About the Boston Festival of Indie Games:


The Boston Festival of Indie Games is acelebration of independent game development with emphasis on the New England region.  The Boston Festival of Indie Games seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers by providing a free public event that encourages attendees to share and interact with games in various media, including video games, location-basedgames, tabletop games and interactive fiction.  Produced under the non-profit auspices of BeEpic, a Boston location-based games production group, the Boston Festival of Indie Games is focused on creating an intersection between community, academic and independent interests in game play. Fest sponsors include Adobe, Tapjoy and Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton. 

About MIT Game Lab:


The MIT Game Lab brings together scholars, creators and technologies to teach, conduct research and develop new approaches to applied game design and construction. Ranked by the Princeton review as the #2 Game Design Program in North America, the MIT Game Lab maintains MIT’s roles as leader in the study, design and development of games. The MIT Game Lab’s goal is to explore, educate and engage the public by creating groundbreaking games, interactive online courses and new applications to real world challenges.

About Boston Indies:


Boston Indies is a community of dedicated independent game developers in Massachusetts and thesurrounding area.  Boston Indies works to foster a sense of community among Boston’s independent game developers, facilitate monthly meet-ups and other related community events, encourage developers to create games independent of large budgets and large company ties, provide a safe environment to obtain critical feedback on game development works in progress and serve as a brain trust for important information sharing among local independent developers.

To schedule an interview or for more festival info, please contact Caleb Garner, Boston Festival of Indie Games publicist, at press@bostonfig.com; or contact Andrew Whitacre, Communications Director at the MIT Game Lab, at awhit@mit.edu or (617) 324-0490.  More info is also available at www.bostonfig.com.

An accomplished music, anime, and video game critic, Evan Bourgault has been a Contributing Editor and Podcast host with ElectricSistaHood since 2008. His passion for discovering new bands, developers, and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck

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