Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Indie Festival Kickstarter, Keynote

Today in gaming: there's a group of guys up at MIT who are looking to create a new independent games festival on the east coast of the U.S. similar to the Independent Games Festival out in San Fransisco. They tried last year to host their very first event on the campus, but it was so popular (over two thousand attendees) that the thing quickly became overcrowded.

As a result, they have turned to Kickstarter to create an actual indie game conference with proper equipment in an appropriately sized convention space. They are 80% of the way to their goal with 14 days left.

To up the ante a bit, the project's leaders have announced that Robin Hunicke -- executive producer of the multi-award-winning game Journey on PSN -- has been scheduled as the keynote speaker.

As I live in Philadelphia and want to go to this thing, I am asking all of you to consider donating to their cause. This is a great opportunity to further enhance public awareness of the indie game scene.

Currently, Hunicke is building up a new game studio. The 2nd annual Boston Festival of Indie Games is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2013 at MIT.

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