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January 2017

What Playfulness Can Change: “Playfulness and Your Team”

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
CMS/W E15-315, 20 Ames St
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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We'll see how to use playfulness in a team. How can you empower them using playful levers? Together, we'll practice by taking examples and try to use the playful design methodology to do this. We'll choose together practical use cases you can encounter in your daily routines at work and try to make a change in order to make them more playful!

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March 2017

Game Maker’s Guild: Pre-PAX Networking & Playtesting

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
32-124, 32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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PAX East is in town and it's time for us board game designers to get together! Bring a prototype or just a critical eye to New England's largest group of tabletop game developers and playtesters!

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April 2017

Guest Lecture: Amazon’s GameDev Tech Roadmap

April 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
32-155, 32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02143 United States
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“Cloud and Crowd” technologies for creating cutting edge AAA games and innovative new interactive experiences.
With Amazon’s Lumberyard AAA game engine, Amazon Game Services’ GameLift supporting session-based multiplayer games, Amazon Web Services for cloud-based game features, and Twitch, etc.; Amazon brings a broad selection of technologies to bear on video game design and development. Join us to explore an overview of Amazon’s GameDev technologies and their educational offerings in support of student projects and faculty research.

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Games and Politics: An Interactive Exhibition by the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with ZKM | Center for Art and Media

April 10 - April 14
Stata Center, TSMC Lobby, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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The Goethe-Institut Boston and MIT Game Lab present the touring exhibition Games and Politics, which examines how computer games unfold their political potential. It explores the scope and limits of the computer game genre, constructing a counter-position within the entertainment industry with the aid of a repertoire of politically ambitious computer games from the past twelve years.

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Play with Politics at the “Games and Politics” exhibit

April 13 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Stata Center, TSMC Lobby, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Join the MIT Game Lab and Goethe Institute, Boston for a night of politics and games! Scot Osterweil will introduce the "Games and Politics" exhibit, on campus at the Stata Center TSMC Lobby. Light refreshment will be served. The Goethe-Institut Boston and MIT Game Lab present the touring exhibition Games and Politics, which examines how computer games unfold their political potential. It explores the scope and limits of the computer game genre, constructing a counter-position within the entertainment industry with…

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Boston Indies: “Black Stories and Digital Narratives: What do Black lives look like in gaming?”

April 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
32-155, 32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02143 United States
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Sponsored by the MIT Game Lab The MIT Game Lab is happy to host the Boston Indies group this April for their monthly meeting. This month features a lecture from MIT visiting professor, Kishonna Gray: Using the lens of racial project, I examine popular console video games for their (in)ability to capture Black stories in a holistic manner. The mediated story of Black characters is limited and situated within buffoonery, crime, or violent contexts. Video games, as part of the…

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May 2017

Get Your Game Dev On!

May 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
E25-117, 45 CARLETON ST
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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Sponsored by the MIT Society of Women Engineers Get Your Game Dev On! A Workshop on Game Development. For Girls MIT SWE Technology invites high school girls to attend Get Your Game Dev On, an event on 5/6/17 that will kick start you in the gaming industry! This full day event will invite industry mentors and speakers to help get you from scratch to a working game in Unity! Come learn what it means to in the gaming industry! No…

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Superpower Discovery Session – “Stop Playing Small”

May 21 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
E25-117, 45 CARLETON ST
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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We all have Superpowers – personal, often surprising strengths that lie at the core of who we are – but we rarely live them in our everyday life, our jobs and relationships. Many people don’t know what their Superpowers actually are. They are still hidden and have yet to be discovered. In our workshops, we work with unconventional methods from game design and creative sectors to get to the bottom of everyone’s Superpowers.

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July 2017

Play Labs Open House

July 5 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
32-124, 32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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On Wednesday, July 5th, we're inviting the public to test the latest products and games created by the companies we're hosting at Play Labs! Our companies are working on the following playful technologies this summer: VR pets & games (2 startups) VR business applications (2 startups) AR/MR Applications/Tools (2 startups) VR/VRWeb/360 development tech (3 startups) eSports (2 startups) Machine Vision and Deep Learning (2 startups) Online Games (2 startups) The following is a list of the startups in this first…

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Boston Indies: “Fun, Enabled: Unpacking Game Accessibility in 2017”

July 17 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
32-144, 32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02143 United States
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The MIT Game Lab is happy to host the Boston Indies group this April for their monthly meeting. This month features a lecture from local developer, Johnny Richardson, talking about Accessibility

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