Organizers of The Boston Festival of Indie Games announced that game designer and producer Robin Hunicke will deliver the keynote address at this year's event to take place Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the Stratton Student Center and the Johnson Athletic Center on the MIT campus.
Hunicke is best known as the executive producer of the award-winning downloadable PlayStation Network hit game Journey. Her presentation for Boston Festival of Indie Games is called "Finding Meaning in Gameplay," and will focus on how developers can create games that inspire new feelings, by "looking inward and examining the everyday experiences of their own lives."
"Speaking at national and international events such as Boston Festival of Indie Games gives me the opportunity to broaden our understanding of what games can be," said Hunicke. "It’s also a fantastic opportunity to talk with the Indie developers of tomorrow, as their ideas and ideals take shape. Our biggest strength as a community is our willingness to share ideas and dialog about what the future of the medium will be. I’m interested in being part of that incredibly inspiring and important conversation about how we can build a diverse, sustainable and creative community."
Presented by MIT Game Lab and Boston Indie, the Boston Festival of Indie Games is a celebration of independent game development. Attendees can engage in valuable conversations on the process of developing indie games and partake in a variety of activities including playing video games, joining tabletop games and getting involved in live action role-playing (LARP) games in a casual, environment. Other activities include film screenings, keynote talks, and panel discussions. To register for the event, visit www.BostonFIG.com.
On a related note, the BostonFIG is currently in the last two weeks of their Kickstarter fundraising campaign. You can get involved in that (if you haven't already) by visiting its Kickstarter funding page.