Latest Event Updates

Mixing it up for August – new location and RSVPing

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Hi all! I’ve gotten feedback from many members that they can’t make it out to the monthly meetups because the location isn’t close enough to the T. So I’m trying something new and booking us at The Asgard for this month’s meetup (next week, Tuesday, August 30, 7-10pm).

However, there is a catch to this — The Asgard has a minimum amount the group has to spend. So if you’re coming to this month’s meetup at the new location, please RSVP and let me know. I’d really love to keep us in a location that’s easily accessible for more of our members, but I can’t do that if I have to break out the credit card at the end of the night to cover our minimum. 😐

Once again: if you’re coming to the meeting on Tuesday, August 30, 7-10pm, please RSVP asap.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you there!

July meeting for Women in Games Boston: TOMORROW, OH SNAP!

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Hey all! We’re meeting tomorrow night, July 26, in the usual spot, Sally O’Brien’s, from 6:30 – 9:00pm. Get into it!

We’ll be having drinks and dinner, talking, hanging out, etc. I would promise not to try and convince everyone to play Deadly Premonition, like I did last time, except that it would be shockingly out of character for me to not talk about that game.

It’s a low key summertime hangout with good people, delicious food, and Irish beer. And for once, it’s not 100+ degrees! A sign from the gods of weather that they want you to join us!

Tomorrow night! Drinks and talking! Videogames!

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This month’s Women in Games Boston meetup will happen tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. As usual, we’ll be meeting at Sally O’Brien’s in Union Square, Somerville. We have the space from 6:30pm – 9:00pm, and we’ll be doing it up casual style — no speaker, just talking/networking/makin’ friends/hugging it out/etc. Also, probably high-fiving each other about the fact that videogames are protected under the First Amendment now.

I very much look forward to seeing y’all there!

RELOCATING: Tonight’s WIGBoston meeting will be at Bull McCabe’s

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Due to a scheduling snafu, we won’t be at our usual watering hole, Sally O’Brien’s, tonight.  Instead, we’ll be meeting at Bull McCabe’s, 366 Somerville Ave, Somerville MA. We’re still meeting at the same time, 6:30 – 9:30pm, and Bull McCabe’s is just down the street from Sally’s, so that shouldn’t throw you off your WIGBoston-attending routine too much. See you soon!

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!