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Boston Festival of Indie Games Announces Films, Live Music, Interactive Fiction and Featured Games

Boston Festival of Indie Games proudly announced yesterday its 2013 line-up of festival films, live music performances, featured games and interactive fiction available to attendees of the September 14 event at the MIT campus. For more details on the festival schedule and registration, visit www.BostonFIG.com.

          In addition to more than 100 digital and tabletop games being shown through curated showcases, Boston Festival of Indie Games also features games from participating exhibitors such as Unreal and TriplePointPR. Action puzzle game Tiny Brainsfrom indie studio Spearhead Games, recently well-received at both E3 and PAX Prime, is presented by fest sponsor Unreal, while acclaimed indie horror title Outlast, created by Montreal team Red Barrels, makes a special appearance by TriplePoint PR.  Indie game team Proletariat, just back from debuting their new game at PAX Prime, shares World Zombination at the fest.

          During the festival, the main theater will feature film screenings of Zero Charisma, Made for Play: Board Games & Modern Industry and Us and the Game Industry, along with selected film shorts from Indie Game: The Movie. The featured interactive fiction game will be A Massively Multiplayer Text Adventure Game: Lost Pig and musical performances from the Videri String Quartet will take place throughout the day.

          Boston Festival of Indie Game films will all be shown in the Main Theater, located in the Maclaurin Buildings at MIT:

Made for Play: Board Games & Modern Industry by The Spiel – 10:15am 
Jettingen Germany is home to Ludo Fact, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of board and card games. This documentary shows how a board game makes the leap from an idea to your table. You’ll see every aspect of the manufacturing process: the technology and machines, the many detailed steps, and the hundreds of people that are involved in the production of a single game.

Selected Short Films from Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition

Played throughout the day 
          The newly released Indie Game: the Movie Special Edition includes over 100 minutes of a new short film anthology with epliogues and what happened after the film, stories about more game creators, and new commentary from Team Meat! Featuring short subjects exploring notable indie game creators such as Alec Holowka & Derek Yu (Spelunky), David Hellman (Braid), Steph Thirion (Eliss), and the developers at the TIG Game Jam in San Francisco.

Us and the Game Industry – 3:00pm
          Us and the Game Industry is a salute piece to new histories of games. The film follows such luminaries as Jason Rohrer, thatgamecompany, Die Gute Fabrik, Zach Gage and Alexander Bruce in their creative drive to make new games. The developers in the film have built games for PC Windows, MacOS X, IOS and online play.  As indie cultures have opened games up to new kinds of production, the film follows how each developer is working in new ways from solo and small studios to large teams environments.

Zero Charisma – 5:15pm 
          Metal-loving gamer geek Scott Weindemeyer lives with his ornery grandmother and works a lousy job at a donut shop. But every Tuesday night, he is the omnipotent Game Master, guiding his role-players through a tabletop journey of fantasy and adventure. However, when neo-nerd hipster Miles joins his game, Scott begins to resent the admiration Miles receives from the other players. To make matters worse, the health of his grandmother begins to falter, and his estranged mother visits town, reminding Scott of a childhood he’d just as soon forget. Caught in a spiral of rage and delusion, Scott is forced to take drastic steps to reclaim his honor, and his identity as the Game Master.

Interactive Fiction
          The featured interactive fiction game at this year’s festival will be A Massively Multiplayer Text Adventure Game: Lost Pig by Admiral Jota and The People’s Republic of Interactive Fiction. This game will take place from 3pm – 5pm in the Stratton Student Center, 3rd floor coffee house.

          Do you like puzzles, riddles, and bemusement? The People’s Republic of Interactive Fiction presents a unique event: an auditorium full of gamers playing a text adventure! Voice actors will perform the game live — *you* decide what to do next. Grunk is an orc with a problem. If he doesn’t find that pig, his farm job is toast. If he sets the farm on fire, same result. If he sets his pants on fire… But what’s an orc to do, when he’s lost in a maze of twisty little passages, alchemical mysteries, and irritable gnomes?

Live Music
          Musical performances from the Videri String Quartet will take place at 11am in the Main Theater and will include “Journey” (composed by Austin Wintory) and “Dear Esther” (composed by Jessica Curry). An additional performance of “To the Moon” (composed by Kan R. Gao) will take place at 12:15 pm, also in the Main Theater.

          The 2nd annual Boston Festival of Indie Games will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Stratton Student Center and the Johnson Athletic Center on the MIT campus. A celebration of independent game development in a variety of media and genres, Boston Festival of Indie Games is free and open to the public. Festival attendees play video games and tabletop games in a casual, inclusive environment, plus attend film screenings and keynote talks. To register to attend and to receive regular festival updates, visit www.BostonFIG.com.

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Gabriel Olivero

You just got hit with the unrelenting force that is my bio. I enjoy all forms video game entertainment and own all handhelds and consoles. My favorite types of games are RPG’s because of the depth of the stories and the characters they center around. Some of my favorite games/series are Pokemon, Mass Effect, Elder Scrolls, Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, MineCraft, Monster Hunter, .Hack, Fire Emblem, JoJo and the Tales Of series.