Boston Festival of Indie Games announces BFIG Game Jam

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          Thursday, August 23, 2012---Cambridge, MA--- Boston Festival of Indie Games, presented by MIT Game Lab and Boston Indies, announced today the addition of the Boston Festival of Indie Games Game Jam, a 12-hour game jam being held on site at the fest, centered on the theme of “independence.”

          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, open to the public and held on the MIT campus, located at the EG&G Education Center, Building 34 and Compton Laboratories, Building 26, both on Vassar Street.  Fest sponsors include Adobe, Tapjoy, Unity, Dell-Alienware, Wacom, MassDigi, Yelp!, DIGboston, and Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton.

          The Boston Festival of Indie Games Game Jam is an opportunity for indie developers to get together to make games for fun and to meet new people.  The game jam is non-competitive, and scheduled from 10 am to 10 pm on the day of the fest.  Entry is free and simply requires an online registration.  The theme of “independence” can be interpreted as broadly as each game jam team chooses.

          Boston Festival of Indie Games Game Jam will be hosted by Darren Torpey, the founder of Boston Game Jams, the home of Boston-area game jams held every two to three months.  Torpey offers, “This will be a Boston Game Jams-style jam: we're calling for artists, audio engineers, designers, writers, producers, and programmers to come work together in small teams to make games simply for the love of the experience.”

          The jam will be co-hosted by Greg Kinneman, a long-time Boston game jammer and indie game dev.  Participants are expected to bring their own development tools and other hardware.  Teams will be welcome to use any and all platforms and technology for making and running games: Flash, Unity, HTML5, GameMaker, C++, C#, board games, card games, or anything else goes!

          If you are interested in participating, please register for free online as an individual, and encourage your colleagues to do the same, including anticipated team members. Teams will be officially formed at the event.
To register for the game jam, please visit our web site at www.bostonfig.com.

          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.  Other fest features include a 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. For complete details, please visit www.bostonfig.com

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:

www.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.

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.

     


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