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

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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

Other People’s Work – Carlos Cabrera

Yet another bunch of freebies!

Argentinian artist Carlos Cabrera is offering a couple of video tutorials on his website:

http://www.carloscabrera.com.ar/tutorials/

There are only 4 of them – 3 video tutorials (alien, vampire and metal painting) + one PDF, which may not seem like a lot, but all tutorials are quite extensive.

And its free, after all.

Other People’s Thoughts – Patrick Curry on Game Design

In March of the last year, Patrick Curry (lead designer for Stubbs the Zombie game) published this curious article:

http://www.patrickcurry.com/thoughts/how-to-become-a-game-designer-in-four-simple-steps/

I believe that its still valid – as far as I see it, game design (or any kind of design, for that matter) is about tasteful incorporation of daily elements of living into one cohesive whole.

All philosophy aside – look more carefully into step 3 and you’ll see a note about IGDA (http://www.igda.org/) and then you can take a look at a list of their chapters all over the world and see if there’s one in your city:

http://www.igda.org/chapters/

Book Review – Paid to Play

Paid to Play is a relatively small book, packed with advice on how to break into video gaming industry. More than that, it also helps to break a couple of myths/stereotypes along the way – namely, the one about work in the industry being all about giveaways of free games and ability to play games all day.

You can expect to find chapters on QA/testing, retail, management and many other ways to get a foot in door, as well as some advice on resumes/cover letters and interview process.

http://www.amazon.com/Paid-Play-Insiders-Guide-Careers/dp/0761552847/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1202138119&sr=8-151kpdh10epl_ss500_.jpg

Boston Post Mortem searches

Here’s something completely not related to either gaming or Boston, MA:

According to dashboard, a lot of people are looking for post mortem pics and finding my site. I can honestly tell that I didn’t wanted it this way!

Honestly, I have no idea why Boston Post Mortem even called themselves that way, but I hope that people who are looking for…emm….dead people pics will cheer up a little bit after realizing that there’s no dead people in there. None.

Updates, updates, updates…

Ok, so I had to leave blogging world for a while and there are some things that happened in Boston that deserve some of your attention, in my humble opinion…

Some of you probably heard about proposed Massachusetts law about ban on sale of video games to minors. It attracted attention of none other than the master of horror himself, Mr. Stephen King. (http://www.audioholics.com/news/industry-news/stephen-king-defends-violent-video-games).

Second part is that Westwood-based Turbine Inc. got $40 million in funding (http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/turbine-secures-40-million-in-funding)

And the third and final part is that another Boston Post-Mortem meeting is coming this May – May 14 at 7PM at the Skelig in Waltham, to be exact.