Sunday, February 8, 2009

Boston as next game design hub?

Notwithstanding New York's obvious status as center of the known universe, I latched onto an AP story playing up Boston and Massachusetts' potential as a game design hub, and efforts to lure new companies there following the success of Harmonix, among others. If successful, this would be a graceful elucidation of some of Richard Florida's Creative Class ideas. Also good to see the music scene there highlighted as a contributing factor.

"Building the company in the Boston/Cambridge area, home to MIT, Harvard and other colleges, ensures a deep well of talent, according to Harmonix co-founder and CEO Alex Rigopulos. The Boston area had another big plus a thriving music scene centered on local clubs and the Berklee College of Music.

"...the rise of video games is due in part to their ability to take advantage of new mobile and web technologies that demand expertise in software, design, animation, audio and music. Successful games can also be branched out into ring tones, toys and other forms of merchandise, including the Massachusetts College of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design."

wrt Harmonix, may I request that they please sort out an iPhone version of Phase? kthxbai.

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