Video Game Companies in Boston – A-Z – Cecropia

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“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

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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

Boston Post Mortem via moving pictures – Steve Meretzky presentation

Boston Post Mortem provided a link to Steve Meretzky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Meretzky) January talk, filmed by Jason Scott.

See it here – http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5768612774562258953&hl=en

See also – BPM Feb. 13 Meeting Reminder – https://bostonmagaming.wordpress.com/2008/02/04/boston-post-mortem-meeting-feb-13-2008/

Other People’s Thoughts – Mayor Menino on Video Games

Exhibit A – http://boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/04/22/menino_hosts_event_to_draw_video_game_companies_to_area/

Exhibit B – http://gamepolitics.com/2007/04/11/massachusetts-video-game-legislation-resembles-failed-bills-from-utah-louisiana/

So, apparently, mayor Menino was/still is extremely interested in bringing digital video game companies to the area, but as other article states, he’s also interested in banning games that promote violence.

So far, it doesn’t seem that any bills related to game violence ever made it anywhere in MA (or anywhere else, for that matter), but I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out that mayor Menino is still not sure whether Massachusetts needs more game companies.

MAVAV – Mothers Against Video Game Addiction and Violence in Underground Video Game Cultures

http://www.mavav.org/

Well, no comments needed here…

Except for the fact that I somehow think that this is a joke a-la Mothers Against Noise website. Maybe I’m wrong.

Hmm.

“The Mothers Against Videogame Addiction and Violence organization is dedicated to educating parents of the world’s fastest growing addiction and the most reckless endangerment of children today:

Video Game Addiction and
Violence in Underground Video Game Cultures

Video game addiction is without a doubt, becoming this century’s most increasingly worrisome epidemic, comparable even to drug and alcohol abuse. All the while, the video game industry continues to market and promote hatred, racism, sexism, and the most disturbing trend: clans and guilds, an underground video game phenomenon which closely resembles gangs. Parents NEED to be aware of the hidden dangers.”