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#415 Getting Psyched for Boston FIG

As I check my email I realize that Boston FIG, Festival of Indie Games, is just about a month away. If you could not guess from the title of the event, Boston FIG is an event where independent game developers, of both video and card & board game variety comes together and showcase what games they are currently working on   I attended the expo last year and during the Spring time I did remember to go out and buy two tickets for my younger brother and I and I am quite excited to attend this event to come by. Why? Everyone knows that I am a fan of the Indie game scene, as one of the few places where the game developer’s vision of game that they always wanted to make could be realized without the compromises and pressure from stockholders or the market. It was because of the Indie games being the reason why I got into the platforming gerne with pixel perfect truly pushing platforming games like Super Meat Boy and They Bleed Pixels.

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Part of being one of the two videogame related events in Boston and the excitement from attending last year was seeing the fruits of labor from these game devs all on display , in 2013 I was able to see a demo of Tiny Brains, a game I am currently playing through now for this month of ‘Games from my Backlog’, but it was at Boston FIG I stumbled upon one of my favorite politically inspired turn base strategy indie games of all time, Neocolonialism (Be MOP #295). I can only imagine what games will be presented on the game floor this year. This is my chance to see what new East Coast games to look forward to next, whether it will be a new game to download on my phone, or computer, or like we saw with some indie games get picked up by major videogame console companies. All I hope is not to see the demo floor flooded with nothing but simulation games, like what we are currently seeing with the likes of Steam’s Indie page.

it is like a mini E3 for indies games

it is like a mini E3 just for indies games 

 

Also gives me an excuse to travel down to Boston, my favorite city, travel around the city, allows me to travel on the T, explore the city blocks, allows me to shop in some of the local cafes and Boston FIG gives me a reason to go to bars hang out and collect some of those sweet, sweet Nintendo 3DS street passes. As I get older with a full-time job with other adult commitments in my life, a weekend day trip down to Boston is a sacred treat.

Boston FIG is going to be held at MIT’s Johnson Athletic Center on September 13th and tickets are priced at $10 per person or if you are going with a group the tickets are $7.50 each

 

 


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#379 Boston FIG 2014

Consider this Monday blog post a PSA to the East Coast gamers that are interested in attending and supporting another growing videogame event in Boston. This past week tickets for Boston Festival of Indie Games just went on sales and now I using that bit of news as an excuse to talk about this event.  Come this September The Boston Festival of Indie Games, or Boston FIG for short, will mark the third year of showcasing new and still in progress video and board games of up and coming independent game developers.

 because there is no way of isolating your entire readership than by limiting the blog post to a geographical location

because there is no way of isolating your entire readership than by limiting the blog post to one specific geographical location

 

Last year I decided to attend Boston FIG on a whim not expecting much from it but an impromptu field trip turned into an amazing day in Boston. While I was at the event  I sat in on some interesting panels and talks for East Coast game developers, the convention was the first place I discovered the Extra Life charity drive, and in videogame expo hall I got to meet the creator of one of my favorite indie games that came out that year, Neocolonialism, and to wrap things up the whole festival was followed by a small -but still rocking- videogame concert by the Dubstep artist DJ Cutman and  musician behind The Bastion’s soundtrack, Darren Korb  at a local club.

it was an odd paring to have "Mother I'm Here (Zulfs Theme) follow a dubstep performance but it worked out through the magic of videogames

it was an odd pairing to have “Mother I’m Here (Zulf’s Theme) follow a dubstep performance but it worked out through the magic of videogames

 

I would not be doing my own self appointed duty as a New England blogger if I did not try to promote every start-up East Coast /Boston videogame event that I stumble upon. As I mentioned before this year’s tickets are currently on sale at ten dollars per person or $7.50 if you buy two or more tickets. My brother and I have already bought our tickets and have already started the countdown and I hope that you attend as well.

If you are interested be warned from my experience last year is that this is a gaming convention with a very niche demographic, so if you are not an aspiring video game developers that wants to rub elbows and network with fellow game developers in the area or if you not are a videogame player that loves indie games and what to see the newest indie games that are currently in the works, you might not have as much to gain from attending this conventions as say…someone who have already wrote dozens and dozens of blog posts professing his love of the indie gaming scene.

Even after all of that if you are still interested I hope you can find time and a way over to Boston for this event because the East Coast desperately needs more of a presence in the videogame industry. One of the best way to do that is by attending these events, boasting the numbers of attendees, and showing the videogame companies on the West Coast and around the States that it is financially viable to host more videogame events in Boston.

 


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#274 Witnessing the Fruits of Labor from Indie Developers at Boston Fig

Last Saturday I made my way to Boston for the 2nd annual Boston Festival of Indie Games, Boston FIG for short. During my time down there I was able to sit in on people from the gaming industry as they gave their talks about the problems they faces in their quest on making  and it made me glad that I have absolutely no desires or plans to produce my own game.

I would write and act as a member of their PR team for those games, but my skills are nonexistent when it comes to computer coding and making art for the game. and all the power to those who can and are doing so

I would write and act as a member of their PR team for those games, but my skills are nonexistent when it comes to computer coding and making art for the game. and all the power to those who can and are doing so

 

I also, and finally, got to attend my first videogame concert, the Boston Plays Indies event, and jam out to the works of Deadbeatblast, Control Group, DJ Cutman, and Video Game Orchestra live.

That's right I got a signed copy of DJ Cutman's album, it big deal.

That’s right I got a signed copy of DJ Cutman’s album, it may or may not have made my night.

Even with all of that, the best thing about the entire Boston Fig event was the expo hall where indie game developers showcased their prized games, and it is events like this that reminds me why I follow the indie gaming scene.

Did you want an in-browser PvP game where you get build custom spaceships and fight against other players across the world by using the same wonky controls as the original Asteroid game?

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Co.llide is for you

 

Are you interested in an on-the-go mobile jigsaw game with point and click adventure elements that takes place in a fantasy world where you have to stop your evil brother from destroying the kingdom? 

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then keep an eye out for Puzzle Axe coming to iOS and Android soon

Or are you more angry about the idea that stateless companies and a select few billionaires are competing against each other by spending an incredible amount of money to influence members of government to persuade them to open up mines and factories in their name and rigging the free market so that those mines owned by those billionaires makes the right deals with factories in other nations (which are also owned by the same companies) in an ever-growing race to see who can manipulate the free market the most and walk away with the biggest pot of money at the expense of other?  – Oh I’m sorry, it seems one of my old college papers got mixed in with the notes I took for today’s post.

….what, I was mistaken and there is in fact a game that is exactly that and it’s called Neocolonialism?

 AH HA, YES! POLITICAL SCIENCE!

AH HA, YES! POLITICAL SCIENCE!

This is why I love indie games because most of those games that I just mentioned( and the many more that I didn’t mention) would not have been greenlit by most companies but that didn’t stop these developers from going out there and making the exact game that they wanted to make and delivering it into the world either by themselves or with a very small team.

 


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#262 The Allure of Indie Games

I have some great news today, last week I actually stayed true to my schedule and completed a game my August backlog! The title was Telltale’s The Walking Dead while I will not spoil anything for the ones who hasn’t played through all of it, but that game was one of the very few games that left me speechless once everything was said and done.

Whoa, just whoa.......

Whoa, just whoa…….

With those Walkers and Quick Time Events out-of-the-way I now turn my attention to the next game on my list, Dust: an Elysian Tail, and hopefully I can finished the main story soon so that I can play a bit of Borderlands 2 before this month comes to a close.

I mentioned on this site before that I have a special place in my heart for indie games, but I never could put my finger on why I liked them until I experienced a (very) late night epiphany. For me, the reason why I prefer playing the small indie games to AAA games is because when an indie team wants to make a game, either because it’s the developer’s interest or restraints on resources, they tend to only focus on one type of gameplay, but when they do those developers polish that one aspect until it shines.

Just look at  Super Meat Boy for example, Team Meat focused on precision platforming over story or graphics and they delivered the best collection level designs and character controls I have ever seen.

When I say 'the best levels' I mean the best to raise your blood pressure.

When I say ‘the best levels’ I mean the best to raise your blood pressure.

Thomas was Alone focused on delivering the best story they could create with the best voice actor they had, Limbo gave its audience the best way to ruin any good feelings they might have had going into the game and Dust: an Elysian Tail has some of the smoothest two button hack&slash castlevania-style 2D combat.

And The Bastion must have set their sights on making the best game ever because that videogame succeeded in delivering expectation shattering  musical score, combat, story and lore.

Another game that left me speechless when I finished. the third game was Limbo.

Another game that left me speechless when I finished. The third game was Limbo.

 

I’m talking about indie games because I want to give one last shout out the second annual Boston Festival of Indie Games is just around the corner (September 14th) and I wanted to make sure that this event gets its fair share of public exposure for any interested gamers in the Boston/New England area, admission is free and there will be plenty of new indie games showcased the event.

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also I’m arising awareness because east coast videogame events are few and far between. 

 


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#250 Indie Games, Music, and Boston FIG

The Steam Summer Sales have ended and while my wallet recovers I have my work cut out for me with the amount of games currently in my backlog.

As much as I love the heavy hitting AAA games like Deadpool, Borderlands 2, Dishonored, and the Batman Arkham series there is always a special place in my heart and gaming library for the independently made games. Maybe it’s because I love a success story or that Indie games always seems to have their developers put more heart into it but I have spent just as much play time with titles like Super Meat Boy, Binding of Issac, Dust: An Elysian Tail, The Bastion, Limbo, and  Thomas was Alone as with the major release games (and just between you and me I tend to enjoy the story and gameplay of the indie games more)

There is a serious discussion that could be had on weather or not Thomas was Alone is in fact a game or not

There is a serious discussion that could be had on whether or not Thomas was Alone is in fact a game or not

So why am I talking about Indie games on a blog that focuses on an MMO that is developed by Blizzard, which is owned by Activision? Because  I want to shed some light on two bits of Indie game related news that I think you, dear reader, might be interested in.

The first indie related news is a plug to a website that many long time readers might have seen before but the people at Humble Bundle are currently having a  sale of  eleven DRM-free albums from the musician, Jim Guthrie. The album set is pay what you want and you can choose where your money can go, either to the artist, the website hosting the sales, or to the Child’s Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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People will write books on how Humble Bundle where able to make successful fundraising campaigns

As always if you pay more than the average donated price you will also get Sword & Swoecery EP and Indie Game: The Movie (which both soundtracks were created by Jim Guthrie) added to your bundle at checkout. The Indie Game: The Movie is an amazing documentary that showed the hard work, dedication and struggle the creators of Super Meat Boy, Braid, and Fez had when developing their game. As of writing this Monday post the sale has a little under three days left so if you want it act quickly.

The second bit of news is for the readers in the greater Boston area, because through my random surfing of the internet I stumbled upon the Boston Festival of Indie Games that is taking place September 14.

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According to the website it is going to be an all day event on the MIT campus that focuses on nothing but the independent side of the video-games world. Some of the highlights mentioned are that they are going to have art exhibits, game showcases, talks, Robin Hunicke (of Journey fame) and Chris Remo (from Double Fine/Idle Thumbs) as a Keynote Speakers.

The tickets to this event are free, looks like a lot of fun for a Saturday, I already grabbed my ticket and I thought it would be an event that should receive more awareness in the blogging community.


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