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)

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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.)”

GameBrix

As you may or may not know, I’m currently going through a web design certificate course at New England Institute of Art (http://www.artinstitutes.edu/boston/) and the fact that I came to one of the classes and wasn’t even supposed to be here because class was canceled, resulted in this…

By mistake, I was invited to a presentation by a company called GameBrix (http://www.gamebrix.com/). While not based in Massachusetts, company and idea/product that they’re trying to promote are quite remarkable in their own way.

Quote – “GameBrix enables everyone to create Flash games online without any programming. Anyone can create flash animations and sprites online using, a drag and drop interface. Script editor enables Actionscript users to create complex games.”