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Since the inception of the video game industry in the 1970’s, developers, big and indie alike, have typically been located on the West Coast, or more recently, Seattle. In the last few years though, there has been a rise in the indie gaming scene on the East Coast thanks to festivals like Boston’s PAX East and the NYU Game Center. Now the Boston Festival of Indie Games (September 14, 2013 at MIT) is continuing this trend.
The first Boston FIG was set up in 2012 with the intention of being a modest gathering for enthusiasts and makers of video games and tabletop games, but the small MIT classrooms ended up attracting over 2000 visitors in a single day. In order to accommodate more guests and better facilities for this year, Boston FIG set up a Kickstarter campaign, which is ending soon. Boston FIG is free and open to the public and is organized in conjunction with Boston Indies and MIT Game Lab.
Boston FIG has also announced that Journey designer and executive producer, Robin Hunicke, will be a keynote speaker. Journey, which was released on the Playstation 3 in 2012, garnered wide spread acclaim for its unique and captivating visuals and intuitive approach to game design. Hunicke recently co-founded the independent game studio, Funomena, with the aim of producing socially minded games.
Along with Hunicke, Boston FIG will expand its programming of video gaming and tabletop gaming to also feature Live Action Role Playing (LARP). along with an art gallery, film screenings, panels and live music. Boston FIG serves as both a way for the public to see gaming at its most unique, but also as a think tank for independent game developers.
To learn more, go to: http://bostonfig.com/
The Boston Festival of Indie Games September 14, 2013
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 77 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139
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