Category Archives: Gathering

Whether it’s a convention, a conference, or an art exhibit, people gather towards what most interests them. It is within these gatherings that communities develop and flourish.

The Pokémon Go Fest Fiasco

Developers of the popular Pokémon Go, Niantic, had a rough time during the first day of Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago because of server issues.

Polygon‘s Allegra Frank reports widespread server issues caused attendees to boo at Niantic CEO John Hanke and yell “Fix the game!” and “Fix the servers!” Shortly after that, Frank reported that Niantic promised attendees $100 worth of Pokécoins at a later date. Dani Deahl of The Verge also added that Niantic added the game’s first legendary Pokémon, Lugia, to attendees’ accounts.

During its release last year, Pokemon Go became such a cultural phenomenon that The Verge‘s Emily Yoshida asked acclaimed director Werner Herzog for his thoughts on the game. As a result, mainstream media sources are reporting on Pokémon Go Fest’s problems; CNBC’s Chris Welch also covered the story as well as USA Today‘s Edward C. Baig.

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Oregon Trail: A Postmortem

Don Rawitsch, co-creator of classic computer game Oregon Trail, gave a postmortem on the game at the 2017 Game Developer’s Conference.

The 2017 Game Developer’s Conference lasted from February 27 to March 3 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. More videos can be found at the GDC YouTube channel.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Breaks Conventions

Hidemaro Fujibayashi, Satoru Takizawa, and Takuhiro Dohta all spoke at the 2017 Game Developer’s Conference on the topic of “Breaking Conventions with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild“.

The talk covers the past zelda games, primarily the 1985 The Legend of Zelda, and how Breath of the Wild explores the features that made the original so popular as well as forges its own identity.

The 2017 Game Developer’s Conference lasted from February 27 to March 3 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. More videos can be found at the GDC YouTube channel.

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IndieCade 2016 Awards

IndieCade has posted their awards for their 2016 IndieCade Festival. Winners include GaymerX President Toni Rocca and cofounder of Cyan Worlds (makers of Myst [1993]) Rand Miller. The full list of award results can be found here.

The awards ceremony was recorded and is currently available on YouTube. Indiecade Europe will be in Paris, France on November 18-19, 2016.

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Inaugural LexPlay Convention

LexPlay in Lexington, Kentucky runs today, October 28th, through the 29th. This is the video and tabletop game convention’s first year.

The convention features video game tournaments, speedruns, and seminars. Some of the talks include “How to Make Audio for Games and Not Die“, “The Relationship between Learning and Gaming“, and “Game Design on a Budget“. The podcast “Game Over Game On” (which has posted 63 episodes as of this article) will record a live show on Saturday.

Click here for the complete schedule of events.

Click here for the Facebook Event page. 

LexPlay is organized by RunJumpDev, a nonprofit that helps raise awareness of the Kentucky game development scene as well as connect game developers to their audience.

When: Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 5pm -12am
Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 9am-12am
Where: Lexington Convention Center
430 W Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Playing With Pride Early Screening in Seattle

Playing With Pride will be shown at the Timbre Room in Seattle, Washington, USA on Saturday, October 15th at 7pm (source). It will include drinks, games, and a raffle.

Matt Baume and James Morris created the documentary Playing With Pride after interviewing over 100 LGBTQ gamers across the United States. They led a panel about the documentary at this year’s PAX West (formerly PAX Prime). Matt Baume led a panel at GaymerX with Lauren Comp, Tanya DePass, and DJ Kirkland. Continue reading Playing With Pride Early Screening in Seattle