Video Gaming in Boston – A-Z – Creat Studios

Official Site

Gamasutra Company Profile

Founded – 1990

Headquarters – Canton, MA

Team – Boston

Vladimir Starzhevsky (CEO)

Linda Currie (Senior Producer)

Scott Hyman (Director Of Business Development)

Peter Calabria (Art Lead)

Chris Lane (Lead Designer)

Jason Benham (Tech Director)

Team – St. Petersburg

Anton Petrov (President)

Gleb Yaltchik (Production Director)

Mikhail Glazirin (Executive Producer)

Aleksey Rehlov (Design Director)

Slava Volodarsky (Manager Of Core Technology Team)

Vladimir Alexandrov (Art Director)

Interesting Facts:

- They have a development studio in St Petersburg, Russia

- They are developing games for PSP, PS3, Nintendo DS, Wii and XBox

Games:

Biker Mice From Mars (2006) (PS2, published by Konami)

Coded Arms: Contagion (2007) (PSP, published by Konami)

Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2007) (PS2, published by Midway)

Hot Brain (2007) (PSP, published by Midway)

Insecticide (2008)  (developed along with Crackpot Entertainment, Nintendo DS, published by Gamecock)

Video Game Companies in Boston – A-Z – Cecropia

Official Site

Blog

“The Act” Game Website

Founded – 1993

Headquarters – Lexington, MA

Team – Omar Kudhari (Director)

Broose Johnson (Animation Director)

David Kaemmer (Advisory Board)

Richard Hilleman (Advisory Board)

Desmond Pierri (Advisory Board)

Interesting Facts:

- Cecropia is creating “‘personality’ video games – games where something is going on in the characters’ heads – and what’s going on in their heads is what each game is all about.”

- Company creator Omar Kudhari got the idea for their game “The Act” while he was having at Dan Aykroyd’s house.  He says ” “We were reminiscing about Dan’s glory days on Saturday Night Live when it struck me, ‘Why not make video games with the same appeal as a comedy sketch?’”

Associated Files:

Video Review of The Act

GAMBIT Game Lab Playtesting Open House

Boston Post-Mortem sez’

http://bostonpostmortem.org/2008/07/28/gambit-game-lab-playtesting-open-house/

“The Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab is hosting an open house where you can come in and playtest the games that their summer students have been working on. I’ve played a bunch of their games at various stages of development this summer and I have to say that I’ve been impressed with the crop of very bright kids making some very cool games.

In their own words:

This Wednesday come to our evening GAMBIT Game Lab Open House, play one or all of our seven games in development, and tell us what you think! Our students have been working hard all summer, and there’s just one week left. We need a few good sets of eyes to look at our games, and help us determine what last polish and shine to put on them to make them sparkle.

One of our games this year is targeted at children aged 12-14; we could especially use testers in that age range, if any of you have children and would like to bring them.

Please RSVP to gambit-qa@mit.edu, so that we will know how many people are coming – we wouldn’t want the munchies to run out!

When: July 30th, 4 PM to 6 PM.
Where: Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab, 5 Cambridge Center, 3rd Floor (aka MIT Bldg NE25-388 )
(Please sign up as visitors in the lobby when you arrive.)”

Next Boston Post-Mortem meeting – August 5th – very special one

This one is just in…

http://bostonpostmortem.org/2008/07/30/august-chapter-meeting-featuring-ralph-baer/

Next Tuesday, August 5th, from 7-10pm at the Skellig in Waltham, is Boston Post Mortem, “Ralph Baer on Creating an Industry”!

Here is the announcement:

I know I say this every month, but the August Post Mortem is going to be a really, truly special one. For four reasons.

First, it’s earlier in the month than usual, Tuesday August 5. Take note.

Second, we will be debuting our new, much bigger projector screen, donated by Orbus Gameworks.

Third, Harmonix will be sponsoring food and drink, and will be bringing games to play on said projector screen.

Fourth, and most importantly, our speaker is Ralph Baer, inventor of the home video game console! His “brown box” prototype, initially created in 1968, was refined and released in 1972 as the Magnavox Odyssey, the first ever console as we know it. Some of Baer’s other game-related inventions include the light gun and Simon. He remains an active inventor to this day.

Mr. Baer is undoubtedly one of a handful of people who launched our entire industry, but if that weren’t enough to get you to come out, he will be bringing one of his “brown box” prototypes with him! (You can see another one at the Smithsonian.) He gave the highest-rated talk at GDC 2008, and will be gracing us with a discussion of what it was like to create an industry.

Logistics:
7pm, Tuesday, August 5
The Skellig, Waltham”

Dan Salsberg
Boston Post Mortem Committee
Rockstar New England”

Video Game Companies in Boston – A-Z

This list is largely based on Boston Post-Mortem list of MA-based companies, but I also added few companies that are/were defunct. List includes both creators of casual games as well as traditional video game makers.

Active:

38 Studios – Maynard

Blue Fang Games – Waltham

Cecropia – Lexington

Creat Studios – Canton

Dejobaan Games – Northborough

Demiurge Studios - Cambridge

Floodgate Entertaiment – Cambridge

Funkitron – Boxford

Galactic Village Games – Westford

Harmonix Music Systems – Cambridge

Helixe / THQ – Burlington

Injoy Games – Brookline

Irrational Games – Boston

Magic Hat Software – Westwood

Metaversal Studios – Boston

Muzzy Lane – Newburyport

Rockstar New England (formerly Mad Doc Software) – Andover

Sports Mogul Inc. – Medford

Tilted Mill Entertainment – Wellesley

Turbine, Inc.- Westwood

Twitchy Thumbs Entertainment – Ashland

WorldWinner – Newton

Defunct:

Iron Lore

Stainless Steel Studios

Video Game Companies in Boston – A-Z – Blue Fang Games

Website - http://www.bluefang.com/index.htm

Founded – 1998

Headquarters – Waltham, MA

Interesting Facts:

- Company is mostly producing Zoo Tycoon games, with non-Tycoon related title in works

- In 2007 Steve Meretzky (Planetfall, The Hitchiker’s Guide to Galaxy)  joined the company as a studio designer and as the company puts it, he is responsible for “continually ensuring the quality of the game’s design throughout development.”

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Fang_Games

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=17620

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=12313

Video Game Companies in Boston – A-Z – 38 Studios

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Website – http://www.38studios.com/

Founded – 2006

Founder – Curt Schilling

Games: Copernicus (planned for release in 2010)

Interesting Facts

- In the beginning, company was called Green Monster Games

- It was created by Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling

- Munch (see above) is a symbol of the company and in 2007, 38 Studios offered up to $18,000 in prizes to students in New England area who would come up with companions for Munch and develop original games based on them.

- In may of 2008, three students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Morgan Quirk, Andrew Tremblay and Adrian Meija – each won $1,000 for their game called “Super Munch Turbo 2″.

- Todd Macfarlane and R.A. Salvatore are work on 38 Studios first game entitled “Copernicus”, which is slated for release in 2010.

Sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/01/09/schilling.game/index.html

http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2007/12/17/38-studios-to-boston-game-developers-munch-on-this/

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6166072.html

http://www.boston.com/business/ticker/2006/10/schillings_game_1.html

http://www.worthplaying.com/article.php?sid=41170&mode=thread&order=0

http://www.wpi.edu/News/Releases/20078/massgamechallenge.html

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