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”

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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

July 7th Boston Post-Mortem meeting…

ttp://bostonpostmortem.org/2008/07/03/july-chapter-meeting/

“This month the Boston Post Mortem is happy to welcome Drs. Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl K. Olson, authors of Grand Theft Childhood, a book released earlier this year that talks about the sometimes counterintuitive ways that video games both help and harm children. Kutner and Olson are based out of Harvard Medical School and Mass General Hopital, so we are extremely excited that they’ve agreed to present some of their findings to the local dev community!