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April 2017

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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September 2017

Boston Festival of Indie Games 2017

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Johnson Ice Rink, Johnson Ice Rink 77 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Sponsored by the MIT Game Lab The Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development with emphasis on the New England and neighboring regions. The Boston Festival of Indie Games seeks to support and showcase the efforts of independent game developers by providing an inclusive, safe, family-friendly event that encourages attendees to share and interact with games in various media, from video games to tabletop games and beyond. The Boston Festival of Indie Games is focused…

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MIT Game Lab X Tencent: League of Legends Exhibition Match

September 23 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
32-123, Kirsch Auditorium, Stata Center, 32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02142 United States
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The MIT Game Lab has invited Tencent Interactive Entertainment and collegiate esports teams from Peking University and Nanjing Institute of Technology to play League of Legends and King of Glory with MIT students!

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MIT Game Lab X Tencent: “Postitive Values of Esports” Panel

September 24 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
32-141, 32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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We have invited Tencent Interactive Entertainment and a number of distinguished guests to discuss the topic the "Positive Values of Esports" -- what we think these values might be and how we can encourage them in our esports games, competitions, and communities. Scot Osterweil, Creative Director of the MIT Game Lab and Education Arcade, will facilitate a discussion on stage with TL Taylor, Professor of Comparative Media Studies, MIT, with our guests: Mars Hou, Vice General Manager, Marketing, Tencent Interactive…

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October 2017

Boston Indies: October: Business Skills for Freelance Creatives

October 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
32-141, 32 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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The MIT Game Lab is happy to host the Boston Indies group this October for their monthly meeting. This month features Xiao'an Li of Li & Ortega:

As creatives, business is often what we consider to be the dreariest part of developing our careers. This is often because "business" is perceived as monolithic and difficult, instead of what it truly is - a holistic combination of small tasks executed thoughtfully. When we break it down to the simple and often very human elements, business development becomes less intimidating, and perhaps even fun, if one dares to dream. This talk covers some of the basic soft-skills every entrepreneurial creative should know.

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