Ready, set, launch! Many Mini Things hits the Leap Motion App Store – 10/20/14

Ready, set, launch! Many Mini Things hits the Leap Motion App Store

By Pat Roughan, senior, WPI

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Many Mini Things is a fun motion-control party game for the Leap Motion controller that combines many mini-games with mini capsule toys. The mini-games challenge you to win as many as possible before losing four times. You preform actions, like spinning a DJ disc or kicking a hacky sack into space, by moving your hand over the Leap Motion. Each victory is rewarded with a virtual collectible toy, and high scores for each difficulty are saved to an in-game score table.

Download Many Mini Things  for free here, invite your friends over and have a blast!

When our team of developers looked into the Leap Motion, we wanted our players to immediately understand the controls for our games without instruction. We decided on motion, grip, and spin as our three controls, and looked at real world activities that used these motions. We then added a level of unexpected wackiness to it, like fireworks going off after petting a rock, to make the activies more engaging than their real world counterparts.

The game, made for players of all ages, was created by a team of six students from WPI, Becker College, Smith College and Berklee College of Music during the 2014 MassDiGI Summer Innovation Program. Our team of interns worked over the eleven weeks to create a game that would be published for all to enjoy through the Leap Motion app store. With help from game industry mentors and MassDiGI staff, we turned Many Mini Things from a concept into a reality – and we hope you love it as much as we do.

Find us online!

Web –  http://games.massdigi.org/manyminithings/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/manyminithings

Twitter – https://twitter.com/ManyMiniThings

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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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