Recent VentureFizz Posts – Proletariat, Indie Game Collective, and more!

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Throughout 2013, I’ve contributed blog content to VentureFizz.com to highlight the Boston video game development community. It has been a fun side project, as I’ve had the opportunity to learn even more about a community that I love. I’ve highlighted contributed content on my blog in the past, but realized recently that I hadn’t linked over to some of my more recent contributions. Below are a few favorites!

A Few Minutes with Seth Sivak, CEO of ‘World Zombination’ Creator, Proletariat

Game Devs Join Forces in Cambridge with “Indie Game Collective” 

Indie Games Shine at Boston FIG

Moving to Mobile Games: A Q&A with Demiurge Studios’ CEO Albert Reed

Boston FIGnites!

IMG_6202 Elicia at Boston FIG
For the second year in a row I managed PR efforts for the Boston Festival of Indie Games (aka Boston FIG). When thinking back about this year’s event, the word ‘ignite’ jumps to mind. It was a day *ignited* by the amazing energy of not just the independent game developers who showcased digital and tabletop games, but the compelling speakers, and over 5,000 people in attendance.  I know firsthand how difficult it can be to garner attention for an unknown game, but Boston FIG provides a platform for these developers to promote their games. And the dedicated effort of an all-volunteer staff (myself included) seems to be paying off for the game developers, as well as attendees and sponsors each year – a trend I hope to see continue into 2014!

I’d like to thank all of the staff, volunteers, attendees, participants, sponsors, and partners that made this year’s event possible, but also send a special thank you to the media who covered BostonFIG, both before and after the festival! Below are just a few of the many great stories that appeared surrounding the 2013 Fest. And, for more detail about the developers that were at the festival, check out my recap post on VentureFizz.

MetroWest Daily News / Cambridge Chronicle

Polygon.com

BostInno.com

Boston.com

Boston Globe

DIGBoston.com

GamePolitics.com

GameZone.com

Indie Game Magazine

Joystiq.com

VG247.com

 

 

Registration open for Boston Festival of Indie Games!

It is almost here! Well, sort of. The Boston Festival of Indie Games will be held on Saturday, September 14th this year and it will be amazing! A celebration of indie game development, attendees play games of all sorts (digital, tabletop, LARP, etc.) in a casual, inclusive environment. The festival also features film screenings, music performances, keynote talks and more. And, best of all, its free! I’ll be helping out again this year on the PR effort and we’re hoping to triple the number of attendees – we’re expecting thousands! So, if you are interested in attending, register early to ensure your spot at www.BostonFIG.com. Hope to see you there!

FIG

 

Save-the-Date! Boston Festival of Indie Games, September 14, 2013

Boston FIG

The wait is over! The 2013 date for the wicked awesome (I’m biased) 2nd Annual Boston Festival of Indie Games was just announced today! An epic level of awesomeness will be unleashed onto the MIT campus on September 14, 2013.

Over 2,000 people came out to support the independent game development scene in and around Boston at last year’s event. The festival is free and open to the public, providing indie devs the opportunity to show off their games, get feedback from players and win great prizes in the BFIG Digital Games Showcase. Attendees play video games, tabletop games and live action roleplaying games in a casual, inclusive environment, plus attend film screenings and talks. Attendees can also become game developers themselves by participating in digital game jams, and more.

I sit on the planning committee for the Boston Festival of Indie Games and can tell you that there will be many improvements in 2013, such as a bigger-and-better event space at MIT and expanded programming. You’re not going to want to miss it!

Registration and other event details will be announced in the coming weeks. Follow along at www.BostonFIG.com.

Boston Festival of Indies Games Recognized by Boston Globe Magazine!

The 1st annual Boston Festival of Indie Games was held on September 22, 2012. Co-presented by MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies, the festival was/is a celebration of independent game development in the New England region. Over 2,000 people came out to play some of the coolest games made by extremely talented local developers. Enlightening talks, LARP games, an art exhibit, and more kept attendees engaged beyond the very well attended digital game showcase.

I pitched in on PR efforts surrounding the festival alongside a stellar team of Co-Producers. The entire planning  committee put in countless volunteer hours to make the 1st Festival amazing. And, boy was it! We received tons of local and national press coverage around the event. But, just this past weekend we are extremely proud that Boston FIG was honored by the Boston Globe Magazine being named one of the best ideas/diversions of 2012. Check out the full feature here! And, a snapshot of the print version follows as well.

We’re all looking forward to next year’s event – more details coming soon!

 

Boston Globe Magazine