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March Meetup

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This month Stephanie Orme will be discussing what academic game studies researchers and game developers can learn from each other.

Academics have been studying the cognitive and social impacts that video games have on players for almost as long as they have been around. And yet, there exists a disconnect between academic video game researchers and the video game industry. This talk focuses on the ways that video game scholarship can inform practice in the games industry, and vice versa. Drawing on my own research on games as an example, I hope to illustrate how more dialogue and collaboration between researchers and industry professionals can shape games development in a way that is beneficial to all.

Bio:

Stephanie Orme just completed her PhD in Mass Communication at Penn State University, where she specialized in feminist video game studies. Her research and teaching interests revolve around the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, ability, and other identities as they relate to the production and consumption of video games. She has published and presented on inclusivity initiatives in the games industry, the narrative power of games regarding social issues, and using games to promote healthy behaviors, among other topics. She is the current Vice-Chair Elect for the Game Studies Division of the National Communication Association.

 

Details:

Monday, March 5, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

 

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-march-meetup-tickets-43057944471

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February Meetup – Game Audio

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This month, Rachel Dziezynski will be talking about game audio.

If you’ve ever wanted to create sound effects or music for games but weren’t sure how to get started, this is the talk for you! After talking about how to approach creating sounds and going over free resources that you can download to get started, we’ll open up the software and go over practical techniques you can start using right away. This talk is meant to help those with no previous experience with music or sound, and will also include a review of foundational audio concepts. Hope to see you there!

Bio:

Rachel Dziezynski is a freelance composer and sound designer that loves working on games as much as playing them. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2014, she moved to Tokyo, where she taught and worked as an assistant to composer Norihiko Hibino. Having returned to Boston in 2016, she now helps run Game Audio Boston, a local meetup that promotes game audio and brings together audio professionals, and works at Berklee College of Music while continuing her freelance work. Her recent projects include music for Puzzleshmup and sound design for ChemCaper.

Details:

Monday, February 5, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-february-meetup-tickets-42096581007

January Meetup

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Working with a team of students from Emerson College, Northeastern University, and indie developers, Dr. Sarah Zaidan is creating a video game that explores the cultural importance of superheroes through history. Although superheroes are fixtures in contemporary popular culture, they exist in constant change; reinvented in accordance with each era’s standards of heroism. Players assume the role of Ms. Meta, a modern female superhero, in a time-traveling adventure where each level depicts a different age of superhero comics with environments and characters represented in a manner that challenges stereotypical depictions. Grounded in research, and featuring game mechanics including problem-solving and collaboration, Sarah aims to empower players to create their own alternate histories. In this talk, she will explore the benefits and challenges of using historical research as a foundation for game, level, narrative, and visual design, and how working with material that is established in the public consciousness can enable designers to subvert expectations and maximize player engagement.

Bio:

Dr. Sarah Zaidan is a game designer, artist, and researcher whose work explores how video games and comic books can engage in a dialogue with identity, gender, and citizenship. She is an assistant professor at Emerson College, where she teaches video game design and history, and is a faculty fellow at the Engagement Lab. Sarah has published in The Journal of Fandom Studies (Intellect, 2015), Gamevironments (2016), and the anthologiesNew Perspectives on Bioshock (forthcoming, McGill Queen University Press) and Assembling the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Essays on the Social, Cultural and Geopolitical Domain(forthcoming, McFarland). She is a co-creator of the feminist superhero comic My So-Called Secret Identity, and is an avid believer in rapid idea prototyping, iterative design, and finding the game loops hidden within everyday life.

Details:

Monday, January 8, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-january-meetup-tickets-41688084182

WIG Boston Holiday Party

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As the end of the year approaches, and 2017 winds down, we at Women in Games Boston would like to celebrate with an evening of fun. Please join us for our holiday party! On December 4th from 7-10, we will be gathering the game dev community together for an evening of conversation, food, and playtesting! Bring works-in-progress to be playtested if you’ve got them, and come hang out with your fellow community members in a casual, relaxed environment.

***Please bring a dish to share, and whatever non-alcoholic drinks you’d like.***

Bring your games and get community feedback! Bring board games to play, or PS4 games and your controllers. Intrepid has a great library of board games that will be available as well.

We’re looking forward to ending 2017 with a bang, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.

Details:

Monday, December 4, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-holiday-party-tickets-39998879726

November – GameCraft

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This month, Tyler Haddad will be talking about his experience teaching game development to underserved young people.

Tyler realized there was a need for young people in the area to learn about game development, but no real resources available for them. As a solution to this problem, Tyler created GameCraft, a program that teaches children game development for free, and operates it out of his parents’ breakfast diner.

 

Bio:

Like many game developers, Tyler Haddad grew up with a passion for games and an interest in how they were made. After scrounging for resources and finding any information he could, Tyler learned basic game development on his own. He grew up in his parents’ breakfast diner in Lawrence, MA, learning interpersonal skills and learning more about the community he lived in. During college, Tyler worked as an intern for MassDiGI through their Summer Innovation Program, working with talented developers to develop and release Comet Cats.

Details:

Monday, November 13, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-november-party-tickets-39099101465

October Party – Introduction to 3D Graphics

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This is a tutorial on the essential elements of 3D graphics for users of Unity, Unreal Engine, Blender, 3ds Max, and other 3D authoring tools. Doug will unpack the key concepts all devs must know in order to be as productive as possible and get the most out of these tools. He will combine live demos of 3D desktop and mobile apps. Regardless of whether you are a newbie or a ninja, there will something for everybody. There will be plenty of opportunity for Q&A, and it will in general be a fun and highly accessible class.

Bio:

Doug Turner is an Apple alumnus with wide ranging experience in 3D graphics. At Apple he worked on their 3D R&D team, developing advanced rendering systems, and was a member of the team that invented interactive 360 panoramas. Doug has worked and taught internationally with projects in Iceland, Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, and the UK.

 

Details:

Monday, October 2, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-october-party-tickets-37933057797

September Party – Managing Stress in the Workplace

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It’s time for our September party! Amanda Gardner will be speaking about managing stress in the workplace.

Stress in the workplace is often hard to manage. Between crunch, other deadlines, and possible conflicts with team members, we can often lose the fun of making games. Amanda’s experience producing and writing Perception occurred over the course of two difficult pregnancies, finding funding for her family’s game, and other stresses. To combat this, Amanda learned mindfulness and meditation techniques to help calm her mind and make the workplace much happier. With just a few mind tricks and some easy to take home meditations, Amanda will teach numerous coping strategies for both work and life.

Bio:

Amanda Gardner is a lifelong nerd, gamer and storyteller. She began her career as an English teacher for over 10 years, while her husband Bill worked in the AAA game business at Irrational Games as Lead Designer on BioShock and the Design Director on BioShock Infinite. Amanda and Bill partnered up as the game dev duo The Deep End Games three years ago and just launched Perception, a thriller about a blind woman’s journey to prove herself by exploring the haunted mansion from her nightmares, on PC/XB1/PS4. Amanda’s also a mother of four, a yoga teacher, and a self-improvement junkie.

Amanda Gardner

Details:

Monday, September 11, 2017
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-september-party-tickets-37098812547