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Game Quest
UPDATE: Sega buys local game maker Demiurge Studios, but doesn't get rights to popular 'Marvel Puzzle Quest'
An image from “Shoot Many Robots” by Demiurge.
Video game company Sega has bought a Cambridge-based mobile game developer, marking the Japanese company’s first foray into the Boston video game scene. Tokyo-based Sega Networks Co. said this morning that it had bought three companies, including Demiurge Studios, a developer with 35 employees. Terms of the deals weren’t disclosed. Read More
Speak Easy
Quest game 'Subverses' lets you learn a language while playing a spy
Subverses, a spy quest that you can play on your iPhone, forces you to pick up new language skills as you navigate the levels of the game. (Screenshot: Subverses)
Blaine Stillerman tried to hack Spanish the usual way — with book exercises and college classes through his sophomore year. But it wasn't until he landed an internship with a shipping company in Buenos Aires, working with colleagues who spoke only a few words of English, that he saw his sputtering Spanish skills finally kick into high gear. Read More
The New Normal?
Threatened by GamerGate, Brianna Wu says she fears for her life but won't back down
Brianna Wu is a developer at Giant Spacekat. (Image via Giant Spacekat)
Brianna Wu, head of development at gaming company Giant Spacekat, became ensnared in the evolving drama that is GamerGate. This month, Wu and her family received death threats on Twitter and were forced to flee her house in Arlington. Wu spoke with BetaBoston about the issue, and said she still fears for her life, but she refuses to back down. Read More
All the right notes
How to build real video games (and real-world skills) as a student intern
Renzo G. Heredia (courtesy photo)
Internships are a key piece of the college experience. Practice makes perfect, right? The challenge for me was finding one that delivered practical lessons in a field like game development. So, this past spring I landed at MassDiGI’s Summer Innovation Program, which was created to give student developers the skills needed in the real world. Read More
Super Smash Bro
Local eSports star selected for Nintendo invitational tournament in LA
Dan Jung - "Korean DJ"
Newton resident Dan Jung, or Korean DJ as he is internationally known, has officially returned to the competitive eSports fighting game community (or FGC) after his 2009 retirement. The Bostonian was renown in the FGC as one of the top players of the Nintendo franchise Super Smash Bros Brawl and Super Smash Bros Melee, winning Nintendo’s only officially sanctioned tournament in 2008 as well as taking top honors at the prestigious Major League Gaming tournaments in ’06 and ’07.  Read More
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Duck Hunt Redux: Video game nostalgia becoming big business
Vintage Games
Gaming industry publishers such as Electronic Arts and Activision-Blizzard have both reported recent increases in digital sales. By contrast, the share value of brick and mortar retailer Gamespot has slipped in the most recent quarter. Last year alone, Gamestop closed 250 stores. Needless to say, the future for major video game retailers is unclear. Read More