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Posts about events held at the MIT Game Lab, such as our weekly Friday Games play sessions, public lectures, and workshops.

Deep narrative: the next evolution of the Escape Room experience

A guest post by Joanne Reay, screenwriter and producer at Terra Mater Studios and speaker at our Escape Room Game Jam this month.

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Playing Live-Action Escape Rooms in a Competitive Mode?

You might have heard of the rapidly growing trend of escape room games. In escape rooms groups of 3-8 players voluntarily get locked into a physical room. These live-action team-based games offer a variety of fascinating insights into game and level design, player cultures, business models, and technologies. We would like to enrich the discussion by asking how these games could be played in a competitive tournament style – as a (e)sport.

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Escape Room Game Jam Keynote Speaker: Scott Nicholson

To kick off our first ever Escape Room Game Jam, we’ve asked Scott Nicholson to speak to us about escape room games!

Dr. Nicholson has recently been researching the design and development of Escape Rooms and will share with us some of his findings, as well as introduce to us what Escape Rooms are!

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Friday Games: SC2VN the StarCraft Progaming Visual Novel

For this session of Friday Games, we will be video chatting with Team Eleven Eleven, creators of SC2VN, the StarCraft Progaming Visual Novel. Come join us at MIT in building 26, room 153 or watch online on our Twitch.TV channel.

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Friday Games: Fashion = POWER!

Above: Yuna, Rikku, and newcomer Paine are the stars in Final Fantasy X-2. Image Credit: Square Enix

In honor of the Final Fantasy X-2 HD re-release, we will play games where fashion is a gameplay mechanic, including the new Final Fantasy XII Lightning Returns, The World Ends With You, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, and others. Come join us

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Friday Games: Designer Aerjen Tamminga

We’ve handed the reins to this week’s Friday Games to our affiliate, Aerjen Tamminga: This Friday will be an exploration of some of the Euro Games that inspired me to make Pleasant Dreams. I often (accidentally) make games with indirect

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Friday Games: Karaokards

Ste Curran is visiting the MIT Game Lab to give us a tase of his unique style of game related storytelling as well as showing his soon to be released game Karaokards which recently was successfully funded on Kickstarter. We’ll

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Friday Games: Strider

Wall-clinging! Cybernetic attack dogs! Russian dystopia! Nobody’s entirely sure what “Special A-Class” REALLY means, and we’re pretty sure there’s no real explanation for why a bizarre, plasma-powered tonfa-sword-thing should be called a “cypher,” but it’s difficult to deny that the

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Global Game Jam Postmortems & Presentations – Today, 4pm – MIT 32-123 & online

We’ve had a blast making games this weekend as one of the 450+ Global Game Jam sites worldwide! 86 people from the Boston Metro area, New Hampshire, and Providence formed 16 teams to make games based on the common theme:

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Friday Games: Going, Going, GONE!

Going Going GONE box

This Friday, we have guest developer and friend of the Lab Scott Nicholson, here to talk to us about his recently published board game, Going, Going, GONE! “Can you keep your cool while bids are rising? Join Scott Nicholson, director

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