According to a recent press release, the Boston Festival of Indie Games is scheduled for September 22 at MIT. The Festival is a celebration of independent game development of all different media and genres and will be free and open to the public. All guests will be invited to vote on game showcase entries.
The Festival allows attendees to play video games, live action games, tabletop games, and interactive fiction in a casual environment. Included with the Fest are 12-hour game jam, digital art exhibit, film screenings, and special guest speakers from the national game space. The MIT Game Lab will have an exclusive showcase. The Lab has produced nearly 50 games in the past five years, a number of which have gone to critical acclaim and commercial success.
Caroline Murphy, community manger for Boston Indies and co-producer of the Boston Festival of Indie Games, says in a statement, “We’ve been seeking a chance to demonstrate the deep wealth of independent game development, by both individuals and teams, in the Boston area for some time. Boston Festival of Indie Games is providing us with a high-visibility forum to showcase innovative games and provide recognition to the game developers who have worked so hard on their craft.”
Rik Eberhardt, studio manager for the MIT Game Lab, adds in the press release, “The MIT Game Lab explores the potential of creative play as a means of connecting people in the community with one another. By participating in the Boston Festival of Indie Games, we have the opportunity to demonstrate the power of play with games representing many themes, from entertainment to education, art to activism, science to socialization and more.”
Independent game developers are encouraged to submit their games for showcase consideration (digital submission fee $15; student fee is $10; non-digital games can be submitted to the street games, interactive fiction or tabletop games portion). The Festival is a great way for the independent developers, get feedback, and win prizes.
The day-long festivities follow the MIT Game Lab Symposium, which is a gathering of game industry professionals and academia.