Gamers Invade Massachusetts
From Pong and Pac-Man to Duke Nukem Forever and Bioshock Infinite, video games have gone from niche industry to $25 billion juggernaut. New England is one of the prime feeders for the gaming juggernaut, too: the PAX East Expo takes place at the Boston Convention Center starting this Friday, and companies like Irrational and Turbine Games, as well as myriad indie startups, all have headquarters in the area. Today, we hear about how New England is positioning itself as a major player in the ever-expanding gaming industry.
Ethan Gilsdorf, author of Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks: An Epic Quest for Reality Among Role Players, Online Gamers, and Other Dwellers of Imaginary Realms. He writes for many publications, including Wired.com's "Geek Dad" blog.
Caroline Murphy, director of operations for Brass Monkey Games. She's also a community manager for Boston Indies, a collective for independent game developers around the Boston area.
Timothy Loew, executive director of Mass DiGI - the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute at Becker College.
Gary Vincent runs the American Classic Arcade Museum in Laconia New Hampshire. The Museum houses a large number of working arcade games from past decades.