Over 1000 gamers crowded Microsoft NERD at this year’s 4th annual PAX ‘Made In MA’ Party! From developers, to students – this year’s party really demonstrates the amazing gaming community and how it continues to thrive in Massachusetts.
30+ exhibitors had tables on both the first and eleventh floor showcasing their latest and greatest. Companies included Brass Monkey, Funkitron, Proletariat, Fire Hose Games, and Stomp Games… just to name a few. Not only did the top gaming companies in MA attend, but the transformer, Bumblebee made an appearance!
Erika Poole and Tom Hopcroft from MassTLC, Chris Bowen from Microsoft and Steve Charkoudian from Goodwin Proctor all said a few words to get the party started and welcome all attendees to the event.
What was the most exciting? Our new Student Showcase! 5 Student groups from Universities in MA showcased their game for a chance to win a monetary prize. Two teams from Becker College, two teams from WPI and one team from Tufts University all brought their games for attendees to play and see in action. All attendees were given the chance to text to vote for their favorite game.
The winning team was a group from WPI named Lifespan. Six seniors, led by Michael Grossfield, a senior majoring in Interactive Media and Game Development, created the game Lifespan, a 3-D first person puzzle game where the user can control an object in its environment using time.
Michael is joined by Will Stockinger, lead environmental artist; Matt Tomson, Co-Producer; Michael Pelissari, lead sound designer; Colin Ogren, lead level editor engineer; and Nick Silvia, head of art.
You can learn more about their team and download to play their game on their website.