“Chris Gengler traced his finger across the screen of an iPad, guiding a cloud of black particles down a white corridor, evading machine gun bullets.
He was playing a video game called Nanoswarm. Just a few months ago, it was nothing more than a cool idea. Today, it’s nearly finished — an impressive achievement, considering that Gengler and his fellow game designers are not professionals, but undergraduates at Becker College in Worcester.
They were among 18 students, mostly from Massachusetts colleges, participating in a state-sponsored summer program aimed at developing the next generation of video game designers.” Click here to read the complete story at the Boston Globe.
One of Racketboy’s PAX East 2012 interviews, this episode features Timothy Loew of the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute talking about how it is bringing together the state’s academic institutions and various large and small companies in the games industry to foster a successful environment for people to create exciting new games, find careers and success in the industry, and advance knowledge about gaming and its economic and cultural influence. Click here to listen.
“As we all know, the state of Rhode Island loaned 38 Studios $75 million on the condition that the video game developers create 450 new jobs over the next three years. As we also know, 38 Studios could either make a payment or keep its staff, but not both.” Click here to read the full story at Forbes.
“The ongoing events in Rhode Island concerning Curt Schilling’s star-crossed 38 Studios and state loan guarantees have focused attention on the regional video game industry as well as video game-related economic development policy. Schadenfreude aside, the circumstances offer an opportunity for Massachusetts policymakers to learn lessons and educate themselves on the job creation potential of the industry.” Click here to read the complete op-ed in the Boston Globe.
San Francisco, Austin, Toronto; when it comes to centers for game development and instructing the gaming innovators of tomorrow, MassDiGI wants to add one more city to that list – Boston.
Home of some of the most prestigious schools and development studios such as Irrational Games, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) is looking to create an environment where students looking to get into the industry start in college and finish with a real job in a development studio right down the road. Click here to read the complete story at G4.
The first MassDiGI Game Challenge kicked off yesterday at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, where 300 aspiring video game developers will compete this weekend for a chance to release their game concept to the world. Click here to read the full article at the Boston Herald.