Boston Game Loop

>For anyone on the East coast, especially around Boston, check out the Boston Game Loop

GameLoop is organized by Darius Kazemi (Orbus Gameworks) and Scott Macmillan (Macguffin Games) who are great characters who do a lot for the local scene and are instrumental in the success of the local IGDA chapter, the Boston Post Mortem.

The event this year is the second to be organised and has a much wider reach of people attending from all over the country, but obviously with a more local slant of attendees.

It’s a “unconference” which basically means people talk about what they know to those who are most interested. How it works, people turn up and introduce themselves and what they are interested in at the beginning. With that information, people can suggest topics to talk about that they have knowledge in and that other people are interested in and can contribute towards.

This means that there might be micro niche topics with only 5-8 people being involved, but they will all gain and give so that they all benefit.

The whole point is to have a more intimate setting, people aren’t putting on massive GDC style talks which only hold interest in parts for some people.

There’s also a $20 suggested donation for this event to help the organisers cover the cost of the event which other wise would be out of their own pockets, cover costs of coffee and snacks etc.

Location, the “NERD” centre on the first floor of the Microsoft Office, Kendal Square, MA

Go, enjoy, learn and network!

Edit: to add, this event is on the 15th August, and for industry people only, so no students.

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Getting your own Business Cards

>Pretty pretentious I know, but when networking, it’s pretty handy to have, especially in this economic climate where job security isn’t all that stable and you might not want to be using your work cards for personal use whilst job hunting.

There are loads of places that offer the service, but I recently used VistaPrint and I was impressed with the service, the standard slow service where they say would take 21 days took less than a week. The quality of the cards were nice and they offer good deals. To get the best deal though, sign up an account as you’ll an email with a better deal, then when you create your card, it’ll keep the design. You can use your own logo and design, or use a template or create your own with their own creator.