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There was a game for everyone at the Boston Festival of Indie Games on Saturday at MIT. More than 3,500 people of all ages played games spanning genres, styles, and platforms.

Attendees had the chance to jump walls, dodge arrows, and set traps in “Ultimate Chicken Horse,” cook soup in a virtual kitchen courtesy of “Job Simulator” at HTC Vive’s VR room, make historic literature more usable for institutions, scholars, educators, and the public with “Smorball,” help Zeus find his stolen lightning bolts in “Oh My Gods!,” or play one of the dozens of other titles on hand.More →

The annual Boston Festival of Indie Games is one of September’s great family-friendly treats. From digital to tabletop board games, more than 3,000 attendees are expected to arrive on MIT’s campus on Saturday. Now in its fourth year, the show celebrates independent games and gamers in a big way.More →

Beantown has a starring role in “Fallout 4,” the next installment of the popular post-apocalyptic game series. The Boston setting was revealed in documents leaked to the site IGN in 2013. Still, it’s big news for Bethesda Softworks, the developer of “Fallout 3,” which reportedly sold at least 4.7 million copies in its first few months on the market in 2008.More →

For all intents and purposes, video games as we know them today were born in Cambridge at MIT over 50 years ago with Spacewar! In keeping with that tradition, the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI, which I oversee) throws an annual Made in MA Party at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, which brings together people with ties to Boston, the Bay State or New England. This year BetaBoston asked the guests what they thought was hot at GDC this year. And, here’s what we heard.More →