Alienware, maker of high-end gaming PCs, is making a bold and decisive push into the living room with it’s newly announced Steam Machine. Vermont Digital Arts, along with many other indie studios, is very excited that Alienware is stepping up to deliver a new console experience for Steam. In the following short film by Alienware, Elliott Mitchell, co-founder of Vermont Digital Arts and Indie Game Collective member, gives a few reasons why Alienware’s new Steam Machine will rock for indies. Also look for some previously unseen live gameplay footage of our Samsqanch mascot trudging through Vermont’s frozen tundra in a new VR game we are working on!
Vermont Digital Arts will be represented at PAX East 2014. As you may or may not be aware of, VTDA is a member of the Indie Game Collective in Cambridge, MA. To learn what VTDA and the rest of the collective are speaking about, games they are showing off and booth information, check out this handy IGC PAX East Schedule.
We are often asked “What game developer meetups do you regularly attend?”. Unfortunately for us in Southern Vermont, most of the “local” meetups are in the Boston, MA area with the exception of a couple non-game specific events in Western MA. Fortunately for Vermont Digital Arts, we also work in Cambridge, MA at the Indie Game Collective and thus attend a lot of game development events out there.
Our personal top 5 Boston area game developer meetups are (in alphabetical order):
Boston Post Mortem http://www.bostonpostmortem.org/ Boston Indies http://www.bostonindies.com/ Boston Unity Group http://www.meetup.com/B-U-G-Boston-Unity-Group/ New England Game Circle http://gamescircle.org/ Mass DiGI http://www.massdigi.org/category/events/
Our general top 25 Boston area game developer meetups are (in alphabetical order):
Please let us know if you have any favorite game developer meetups in the Boston area that we may have missed. I’d be great to have a giant comprehensive list to share online perhaps as a wiki.
We hope there will be more going on in the Vermont / Western MA area to populate a list half this long in a few years! VERMONT / Western MA -> Let’s make it happen!
Valve’s first Steam Developer’s Conference, Steam Dev Days, is set to kick off January 15 in Seattle, WA. Vermont Digital Arts is very excited to be attending this historic game developer event! We just happen to be developing a few games for Steam and Steam + Oculus Rift and Unity for the win. What is particularly amazing is Valve’s decision to launch SteamVR Beta one day ahead of Steam Dev Days! This is going to be good!
Hope to see you at Steam Dev Days! Tweet to Elliott Mitchell, our Co-Founder, on Twitter @mrt3d if you’d like to connect at the conference.
Reporting from the trenches