Boston Festival of Indie Games Announces BFIG Game Jam

Boston Festival of Indie Games announced the addition of the Boston Festival of Indie Games Game Jam, a 12-hour game jam being held on site at the fest, centered on the theme of “independence.”

Cambridge, MA -- Boston Festival of Indie Games announced the addition of the Boston Festival of Indie Games Game Jam, a 12-hour game jam being held on site at the fest, centered on the theme of “independence.”

Scheduled for Saturday, September 22 at MIT, the Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development in a variety of media and genres.  The event is free, open to the public and held on the MIT campus, located at the EG&G Education Center, Building 34 and Compton Laboratories, Building 26, both on Vassar Street.  Fest sponsors include Adobe, Tapjoy, Unity, Dell-Alienware, Wacom, MassDigi, Yelp!, DIGboston, and Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton.

The Boston Festival of Indie Games Game Jam is an opportunity for indie developers to get together to make games for fun and to meet new people.  The game jam is non-competitive, and scheduled from 10 am to 10 pm on the day of the fest.  Entry is free and simply requires an online registration.  The theme of “independence” can be interpreted as broadly as each game jam team chooses.

Boston Festival of Indie Games Game Jam will be hosted by Darren Torpey, the founder of Boston Game Jams, the home of Boston-area game jams held every two to three months.  Torpey offers, “This will be a Boston Game Jams-style jam: we're calling for artists, audio engineers, designers, writers, producers, and programmers to come work together in small teams to make games simply for the love of the experience.”

The jam will be co-hosted by Greg Kinneman, a long-time Boston game jammer and indie game dev.  Participants are expected to bring their own development tools and other hardware.  Teams will be welcome to use any and all platforms and technology for making and running games: Flash, Unity, HTML5, GameMaker, C++, C#, board games, card games, or anything else goes!

If you are interested in participating, please register for free online as an individual, and encourage your colleagues to do the same, including anticipated team members. Teams will be officially formed at the event.

To register for the game jam, please visit our web site at www.bostonfig.com.

The Boston Festival of Indie Games offers the opportunity for festival attendees to play video games, live action games, tabletop games and interactive fiction in a casual environment.  Other fest features include a digital art exhibit, film screenings and special guest speakers from the national indie games space.  A special showcase will highlight games developed by the MIT Game Lab, which has created nearly fifty games over the last five years, a number of which have gone on to critical acclaim and commercial success. For complete details, please visit www.bostonfig.com.

Source: Boston Festival of Indie Games

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