Making Games 101: Fall/Winter 2014/15 – New England

Stay tuned for more information on MassDiGI’s New England-wide Making Games 101 mini-workshop series coming up this fall and winter. Stops will include locations in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut and, of course, Massachusetts. Each mini-workshop, held in partnership with local institutions and organizations, will focus on game development educational content for high school students. This series is underwritten by the ESA Foundation.

Tentative locations and dates:

  • Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA – 11/21/14
  • UConn, Stamford, CT – 12/5/14
  • SNHU, Manchester, NH – 12/6/14
  • Burlington, VT – TBD
  • Providence, RI – TBD
  • Portland, ME – TBD
  • Western MA -TBD
  • Lowell/Lawrence, MA – TBD

More details forthcoming.

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“I built a game – now what?” by Alex Engel, Disruptor Beam – Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College: October 28, 2014 – Worcester, MA

I built a game – now what?

Alex Engel, Disruptor Beam

- Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 6:30 p.m. -

Game developers can be so focused on shipping a product that many forget that games actually have to go live in front of players! What is it like to ship a game? How does focus change from being in development to being live? And, what are some common perils that developers make once their game is live?

engelAlex Engel has been in game development for a decade, working on half a dozen major games like Eve Online, Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeon and Dragons Online, Asheron’s Call, Batman, and Game of Thrones. Currently Disruptor Beam’s Product Manager for Game of Thrones Ascent, he manages a multi-million-dollar online game with millions of players on mobile, web, and tablet.

This talk is co-sponsored by MassDiGI

Location: Becker College, Weller Academic Center, Room 210, 61 Sever St., Worcester

Click here to download the event flyer.

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“Satellites and Startups” by Nick Allain, Spire – Franklin M. Loew Lecture Series at Becker College: September 15, 2014 – Worcester, MA

Satellites and Startups: How we went to space and why you should too

- Monday, September 15, 2014, 5:30 p.m. –

nickJoin Spire’s Nick Allain for a first-hand look at how Silicon Valley’s space race is heating up and how satellites, the size of a large coffee, are changing the way we listen to signals from Earth. Nick will speak about what it’s like to join a space startup like Spire, the process of building a cubesats, and how you can get involved – and, maybe even get hired.

Nick, from Charlton, MA, is an alumnus of Becker College. He graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in interactive media. He has spent time working in the game industry and higher education. He now lives and works in the Bay Area.

This special talk is co-sponsored by MassDiGI. Light snacks and refreshments will be available. Free and open to the public.

Location: Becker College, Weller Academic Center, Room 210, 61 Sever St., Worcester

Click here to download the event flyer.

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Boston Festival of Indie Games: September 13, 2014 – MIT, Cambridge, MA

Drop by our panel or visit our table (S64)! For more information on BostonFIG at MIT, please click here.

Panel Info:

When: 10:00am- 10:30/45am

Where: Classroom 2 – Stata Center Room 144

What: “Game Devs: The Next Generation”

Description: Games, the final frontier. These are the continuing tales of five college students. Their mission: to explore strange new titles, to seek out new genres and platforms, to boldly go where no one has gone before. In this episode, the young developers learn the black art of making a game over eleven weeks at MassDiGI’s Summer Innovation Program. Hear them tell the story of how they met their goals and overcoming giant bugs, terrifying teamwork, diabolical daily builds, stale pizza and zombies.

Featuring a conversation among MassDiGI SIP ’14 alumni Paige Coblentz (RISD), Andrew Krischer (Northeastern), Pat Roughan (WPI), Loren Sherman (MIT) and James Spavold (Becker College) along with MassDiGI’s, Tim Loew and Monty Sharma. 

 

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