‘Indie’ Games Shine at BostonFIG

It has been a couple weeks since the Boston Festival of Indie Games took place, which has given me some time to soak in the enormity of the event and all of its awesomeness. I’m the PR Manager for the all-volunteer managed festival that took place on Saturday, September 14th.  It was a sight to be seen with thousands of attendees trekking out to the MIT campus in Cambridge to play some of the newest and most innovative independently developed games created in the New England area and neighboring regions.

Many independent developers don’t have the marketing or PR budget that often accompanies big game launches, like the recently released Grand Theft Auto V for example. So, one of the great things about BostonFIG is that the event gives smaller studios a platform for promoting their game without the costs of a traditional marketing campaign or the costs of exhibiting at other game industry shows, like PAX East or E3. It is also a family-friendly show, that welcomes all who love games to enjoy them in an inclusive environment.

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One of the highlights of the festival is “Figgies Awards”. Throughout the day, attendees can vote on their favorite games, which are then honored with the cutest miniature trophies you’ll ever see, plus other awesome prizes. Below is a list of some of the winners, as well as links to their websites. Be sure to check out these games and keep an eye open for details of the 2014 festival by following Boston FIG on Facebook and Twitter.

2013 BostonFIG Figgies Award Winners:

C-c-combo Breaker (Best Game Design)
winner:
Decoy Games, Swimsanity

Awesome Aesthetic (Best Visual Art)
winner:
Decoy Games, Swimsanity

Epic Epic (Best Narrative/World Building)
winner: Zoë Quinn,
Depression Quest

Stunning Sound (Best Audio Design)
winner: Reactive Studios,
Codename Cygnus

Lazer Kitten Award of Excellence (Best Technical Quality, sponsored by Becky Taylor)
winner: Christopher Hart,
Synthesis

Pupil Perfection (Best Shield Student Achievement Award, sponsored by Darren Shield, Esq.)
winner:
Grapple Hook Games,SquadHero

Superior Smarts (Best Learning Game, sponsored by Muzzy Lane)
winner: Christopher Hart,
Synthesis

 Elicia Basoli is a communications and PR consultant serving the video game industry. Born-and-raised in Massachusetts, she is particularly passionate about the New England games community working for a number of local developers and contributing to the MIT Enterprise Forum’s Games Circle, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute and the Boston Festival of Indie Games. Follow Elicia at @EliciaBuzz or learn more at www.EliciaBasoli.com.

*  Photo credit - Jim Hunter, SplitKick