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MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies Present First Boston Festival of Indie Games

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Posted on June 20, 2012 AT 05:43pm

PAX East in Boston is known for giving a hand to help spread the word about indie developers and the games they are creating. Now two organizations are partnering up to bring event solely to promote these under-the-radar titles.

MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies will be holding the first annual Boston Festival of Indie Games (Boston FIG) on Saturday September 22 in Building 56 at MIT from 10 am to 10 pm. The free event will focus primarily on developers in the New England area, with festival attendees able to play not just new video games, but also tabletop, location-based, and interactive fiction with one another. Boston FIG will also hold a twelve-hour gaming jam, a digital art exhibit, film screenings, and guest speakers from the indie gaming world, and more to be revealed later. Developers will soon be able to register to showcase their games, with a submission entry fee of $15, $10 for students.

Check out the press release below for more in-depth info. If you are a lover of small independent games that will open your mind and leave you wide-eyed, then this event might be for you.

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MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies partner to present debut Boston Festival of Indie Games

Public invited to play games for free and vote on game showcase winners

Wednesday, June 20, 2012—Cambridge, MA—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.  Attendees are invited to vote on game showcase entries.

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 have gone on to critical acclaim and commercial success.

Caroline Murphy, community manger for Boston Indies and co-producer of the Boston Festival of Indie Games, says, “We’ve been seeking a chance to demonstrate the deep wealth of independent game development, by both individuals and teams, in the Boston area for some time.  Boston Festival of Indie Games is providing us with a high-visibility forum to showcase innovative games and provide recognition to the game developers who have worked so hard on their craft.”

Rik Eberhardt, studio manager for the MIT Game Lab, adds, “The MIT Game Lab explores the potential of creative play as a means of connecting people in the community with one another.  By participating in the Boston Festival of Indie Games, we have the opportunity to demonstrate the power of play with games representing many themes, from entertainment to education, art to activism, science to socialization and more.”

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.  Voting will open to the public in a variety of categories. Non-digital games can be submitted to the street games, interactive fiction or tabletop games portion of the festival.

For complete details on submitting independent games to the festival showcase, please visit the Boston Festival of Indie Games web site at www.bostonfig.com.  The digital game submission entry fee is $15, with a student entry fee of $10.

The day-long festival follows the MIT Game Lab Symposium on Friday, 9/21, a gathering of game industry professionals and academia centered around the latest developments in games at the MIT Game Lab.

About the Boston Festival of Indie Games:

www.bostonfig.com.

The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration 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-based games, 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.

About MIT Game Lab:

http://gambit.mit.edu/

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:

www.bostonindies.com

Boston Indies is a community of dedicated independent game developers in Massachusetts and the surrounding 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.

Evan Bourgault is an accomplished music, anime, and video game critic. His passion for discovering new bands, developers and Japanese pop culture began in his college radio days and continues on today. Evan joined the ElectricSistaHood team in 2008 where he is a contributing editor and co-host of one of the network's weekly podcasts. Follow Evan on Twitter at twitter.com/King_Baby_Duck


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