Game Changers promotional image (Photo | Alison Carrier). Digital painting from student Animation & Game Arts student Leslie Hammond.
Two years ago, the Animation and Game Arts major at Center City’s Moore College of Art & Design was just getting off the ground. Only eight students were enrolled, and the junior- and senior-year curricula hadn’t even been, well, designed. That’s when the school brought in Stephen Wood, a young adjunct prof from Minnesota, to beef up the program and build its visibility and connectivity.
Wood was excited for the opportunity — and curious. The classrooms in which he’d been teaching had been male-dominated, like most of the video game industry. Moore is a college for women. What, he wondered, would his students be like?
The answer, he’s concluded, is: no different from the guys. “There are no gender differences in designing,” says Wood. “You see the same personalities, the same types of gamers. You have someone who likes first-person-shooter games, someone who likes role-playing games. I’ve talked to people who think women design ‘girly’ games. They don’t. They want to play Mortal Kombat. They don’t make kitten-and-rainbow games. Or if they do, the kittens blow up.” Read more »
Homefront: The Revolution is an upcoming video game where you play a resistance fighter in Philadelphia. But this isn’t a game set in the Revolutionary War. The plot, according to Kotaku: “Set in an alternate timeline where Korea and other Asian nations form a federation before invading the U.S., Homefront places you in the shoes of a fighter in the Philadelphia resistance.”
The game’s latest trailer actually shows the city rendered pretty faithfully, especially the skyline (though the placement of houses seems to be a bit wonky). That’s okay, though, because of something I spotted in recently-released gameplay footage. Read more »
Want to play FIFA soccer but don’t feel like purchasing an Xbox or PS4? Well, Comcast is adding video games to its X1 platform.
The cable giant recently unveiled Xfinity Games, a new partnership with Electronic Arts, which streams the games over the Internet to X1 set-top boxes. Subscribers use smartphones or tablet computers to control the action, rather than using traditional gaming controllers. Read more »
Gay Fighter Supreme creators Melchor Cardenas and Michael Patrick (aka Handsome Woman Productions).
Remember the last season of Looking (R.I.P), when Patrick and Kevin created a video game with gay characters that was panned for perpetuating tired LGBT stereotypes? Well, looks like real life is imitating art, or vice versa, thanks to game creators Handsome Woman Productions.
For the gaymer in us all, the world’s first gay fighting game is finally here after years of development. Handsome Woman Productions‘s Gay Fighter Supreme features 10 LGBT fighters—from drag queen Carrie Cupcake and pole artist GoGo Gary to lesbian Sappho Ethridge and twink Timmy Spears—all competing to win the title of Gay Fight champion.
Tetris on the side of the Cira Center. Drexel’s Entrepreneurial Game Studio is getting a state grant to help grow Pennsylvania’s digital gaming industry.
Technically Philly reports that Drexel University is one of three schools to receive state grants to help develop a video game industry in the state. Drexel will receive $200,000 for its Entrepreneurial Game Studio, which aims to serve helps students start their own game companies in Philadelphia.
Carnegie Mellon University and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology are also receiving grants. The three schools will also share an additional $150,000 for collaborative efforts, like a statewide gaming conference. Read more »
Perfectly Innocent Amusement Co. opened a couple of weeks ago in Atlantic City. The bar at 142 South Tennessee Avenue serves up prohibition era cocktails, a tight list of high-end bar food and offers old school video games and billiards.
The 14th installment of the popular Play Station game series Final Fantasy allows players the chance to marry same-sex partners. More on the decision to let marriage equality pass in Final Fantasy land from the game’s producer and director Naoki Yoshida:
German video game company Crytekhas revealed that the next installment of its video game series Homefront: The Revolution will be set in a future, post-apocalyptic Philadelphia, a city that, according to gaming blog Kotaku Core, is “dotted with encampments of Korean occupying forces to be photographed with smartphone cameras and disrupted with guns and explosives.” More on the Philly angle from Kotaku Core:
The first thing I saw after arriving at the end of the Ben Franklin Parkway was a man in a Tetris costume being interviewed by a camera crew. The second thing I saw were a bunch of teenagers singing the Game Boy Tetris themea capella. I didn’t know this was going to be such a big deal, but it was Tetris. On a skyscraper.
Yes, people played Tetris on the side of the Cira Centre as the kickoff to Philly Tech Week, and it was pretty darn cool.
I went to see Pong played on the Cira Centre last year, and it had nowhere near the crowd this year’s did. Last year I remember freezing with a few other people, hoping the rain would hold off, watching a few rounds of uninspiring Pong play. But Tetris! What a great game. I can’t see any type of tiling without mentally positioning them into Tetris-shaped blocks; you just don’t do this with Pong. And so there were hundreds and hundreds of people eating from food trucks at The Oval and watching people play Tetris — as well as other games, including a giant, light-up version of Connect 4.