Weekly 5 – 4/26/13 “Shameless Self-Promotion Edition”

Weekly5Welcome to a very special “Shameless Self-Promotion” edition of the Weekly 5. Usually we bring you interesting links from across the web, but today we are focusing on our own little corner of the internet because we have a TON of realyl great events and projects going on with the lab. So check out all the stuff we got going on lately:

Hokra Tournament – May 17th 5PM

That’s right we are hosting another awesome Hokra tournament at MIT this May. For those who don’t know, Hokra is a great 2 vs. 2 abstract multiplayer game that is very easy to just pick up and play. In fact, last year’s 2nd place team had never played the game before the tournament! So sign up and come on by for the fun.

Boston Festival of Indie Games – September 14, 2013

We are also helping out and hosting another Boston Festival of Indie Games. If you didn’t make it last year, it was an awesome event with lots of games to play and great people to meet. Definitely check it out and if you want to, you can support the event on Kickstarter.

@Party – June 14th-16th

@party, a demoscene event will be taking place at Stata on MIT’s campus from June 14th-16th. There are talks, competitions, lots of demonstrations, it is a wild event. Check it out!

FROG Conference – September 27, 28, 2013

The seventh annual FROG conference is taking place in Vienna, Austria and the Call for Papers is now out. It is an incredible games conference held in a beautiful building in an equally beautiful city. Follow the link to read more about this year’s theme “context matters” and to get details about submitting to or attending the conference.

Lex Laser Saves the Galaxy Again

A number of us here at the lab have started a side game project, Lex Laser Saves the Galaxy Again, and we have a Kickstarter up now to try to get the project off the ground. Our tech director Andrew Grant is leading the way, and the game is designed to cater to the schedules of busy people who have limited time to play games but still want engaging and deep game experiences. Head over to the Kickstarter page and watch the video read about the project!


Abe Stein is a Research Affiliate at the MIT Game Lab and recently completed his SM in the Program in Comparative Media Studies at MIT, writing about sports videogames. He has authored a number of articles about sports and sports media and is co-editor of the book Sports Videogames. He currently works as an Associate Director of Communications at Wheaton College, in Norton, MA and as a researcher with the eSports company Azubu, and have studied and written about sports media.