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May’s WIG Boston meeting: 5/31 @6:30pm

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The May meeting is fast approaching! We’ll be meeting at Sally O’Brien’s on May 31 at 6:30pm.

Our speaker this month is Heather Albano, a freelance writer of various forms of fiction. Among other roles, Heather works as a game designer for Choice of Games, which makes award-winning text-based multiple choice games for the iPhone, Android, Kindle, Palm, and web. Heather co-wrote Choice of Broadsides, a swashbuckling naval adventure in the spirit of Forester’s Hornblower or O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin books, and Choice of Romance, a court intrigue in which a young noble comes to court looking for love and catches the monarch’s eye.

Choice of Games has received quite a bit of positive press for the presentation of gender in both games (from Jezebel, from The Guardian, and from Metafilter, among others). Heather will discuss the thought processes behind these decisions, considerations and challenges with regard to their implementation, and both positive and negative feedback from players.

April’s WIG Boston meeting: 4/26 @6:30pm

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This month’s WIG Boston meeting will be one week from today, on Tuesday the 26th. Same time and place as last month, 6:30 – 9:30PM at Sally O’Brien’s in Union Square.

Our speaker this month is Nina B. Huntemann, Ph.D. She is an associate professor of media studies at Suffolk University in the Department of Communication and Journalism. Her research focuses on new media technologies, particular video and computer games, and incorporates feminist, critical cultural studies and political economy perspectives. Most recently she co-edited with Matthew Thomas Payne the anthology Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games (Routledge, 2010). She produced and directed the educational video, Game Over: Gender, Race and Violence in Video Games (2000), distributed by the Media Education Foundation, and is currently creating an update to that film which will be available Fall 2011.

Nina will discuss her current research project on the politics of labor and the body, which links the role of booth babes and hardware manufacturers to the “gender problem” in the games industry.

See y’all next week!

Next WIG Boston meeting is on Tuesday, 3/29/11

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The March WIG Boston meeting will be one week from today, on Tuesday the 29th. Same time and place as last month, 6:30 – 9:30PM at Sally O’Brien’s in Union Square.

Our speaker this month is Eleanor Robinson, COO of 7-128, a Salem, Mass.-based maker of accessible game software. She has long and celebrated history as a former Marine officer, college professor, government regulator, consultant and avid gamer well into her seventies. When she is not using the computer for gaming or game design and production, she skis black diamond slopes.

See y’all next week!

WIG Boston’s February wrap-up

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Thank you so much to everyone who came out last night to Sally O’Brien’s for this month’s Women in Games Boston meet-up! Since January’s meeting was at my house, it was exciting to have the event somewhere that doesn’t require me to wash dozens of glasses afterward. 😉 Thank you to our new home, Sally O’Brien’s, for hosting us, and thank you to the Boston IGDA chapter for loaning us their projector and screen. And many many thanks to Chris Hart of ReactionGrid for giving a talk about 3D open world development and data visualization. (I will remember those flaming servers of doom forever.)

Next month’s meeting will be on Tuesday, March 29, from 6:30 – 9:30PM at Sally O’Brien’s. I’m still locking in a speaker, so if you have a project or idea you’d like to present (or you know someone else who does), please drop me a line!

Next WIG Boston meeting on 2/22/11

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Hi!

This month’s Women in Games Boston meeting is coming up, so it’s time for details:

When: Tuesday, February 22, 6:30 – 9:30PM

Where: Sally O’Brien’s, 335 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA

Who: Chris Hart, CTO of ReactionGrid, will be talking about developing platforms for multi-user environments, and demoing one of ReactionGrid’s OpenSim environments for teachers and students.

Announcing Women in Games Boston!

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Hi!

My name is Courtney Stanton, and I’m starting a group in Boston for women in the game industry and their allies. We’ll be meeting monthly beginning this month, on January 25, 2011, at 7pm. Information about where the first meeting’s location will be can be found in our Google Group.

“How do I know if I’m an ally?”

When I announce this group at local events, I often get asked (by cisgender men) whether men are “allowed” to participate in WIG Boston and/or attend our events. As it says, uh, everywhere on this site – WIG Boston is a group for women in the game industry and their allies. To cite Merriam-Webster, an ally is, “one that is associated with another as a helper.” If that describes your relationship with women in the game industry — a helper, an advocate, a supporter — then this group is for you, regardless of your gender identity.

“I have other questions!/I’d like to suggest speakers!/Something else!”

I’d love to hear from you! Please email wigboston@gmail.com with any feedback, questions, volunteering, etc.

I look forward to chatting with you on the Google Group and meeting you in person on January 25!