Wicked good Indie games on display at PAX East

by: Ben Berry -

PAX East is less than 2 weeks away, and the emails are starting to come in. The coolest one I've gotten so far is related to indie games that will be on display. Some of them are college projects, the rest are small companies ready to break out. This is one area I'll definitely be stopping by.

BOSTON – March 16, 2010 – PAX East has selected Boston’s best up‑and‑coming studios to show their titles for free on the exhibition floor.  Fire Hose Games, Dejobaan Games, MIT’s Gambit Game Lab as well as developers Keith Morgado and Marc ten Bosch will present their games to thousands of gamers on Friday, March 26 – Sunday, March 28 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
 
The Boston Indie Showcase was created to support start-ups that don’t normally have the means to demo at major shows.   
 
“Boston welcomed us with open arms and we wanted to give a little of the love back. We knew there are some great companies in Boston that can’t normally take booth space, so the Showcase was born,” said Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade.  “Our winners have put together a selection of titles that are fun and original; but most importantly they show what gamers with passion and dedication can do.”
 
The winning entries are:
 
·         Slam Bolt Scrappers - Fire Hose Games – A unique combination of engaging in building challenges while fighting off wacky, cartoon baddies in a beat 'em up brawler
 
·         AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! - Dejobaan Games - Jump off buildings floating above Boston performing stunts and making split-second decisions as you weave around buildings to score points
 
·         Dearth - MIT Gambit Game Lab – Save the Tribal Lands from monsters and drought playing as a great shaman in this exciting co-operative action-puzzler
 
·         Waker - MIT Gambit Game Lab – Players are challenged to use both mind and reflexes to solve puzzles, creating platforms to form a path in this puzzle/platform game set in the world of a child's broken dream
 
·         Turba - Keith Morgado – A puzzle game where each song played will generate unique game boards on which players much create combos of 3 or more of the same color
 
·         Miegakure - Marc ten Bosch - A platform game where you explore the fourth dimension to solve puzzles. 
 
In addition to the BIS winners, Boston game companies will be out in force at PAX East.  Local stalwarts 2K, Games Universe, Harmonix, Muzzy Lane Software, Medaverse Studios and Turbine are exhibiting on the show floor.  Meghan Rodberg from Turbine will speak on the “Community Managers: More than Forum Monkeys” panel, Ken Levine from Irrational Games is on the “Sequelitis Snake Oil: Quack Medicine for the Video Game Industry” session and Harmonix is hosting a roundtable titled "An awkward hour with Rock Band designers.”
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