Category Archives: Events

Gaming events happening around NYC and sometimes beyond.

Gaming in NYC – Trick or Treat: Halloween Game Expo

Banner for the Trick or Treat Halloween Game Expo.Looking to start the Halloween fun early? How about the chance to try some awesome games? Well if you’re in NYC, you can have the best of both worlds. The Microsoft Office is hosting the Trick or Treat: Halloween Game Expo this Saturday, October 28th.

In celebration of all the local games coming out of NYC, the event will have over 100 games for attendees to play and a chance to speak with their developers. As an added bonus, attendees can participate in the costume contest. Local game developers in the NYC area also have the chance to submit their game to the expo.

I’m always looking for the latest and greatest games from New York’s indie scene. This felt like a great opportunity to meet some local developers. So, here’s your chance to do something fun this weekend. You can RSVP and buy your tickets for the event by clicking here. Read up on the rules for this family-friendly event and check out the list of registered games and developers.

Watch The Game Awards Live On Renegade Plays!

Update: It’s Over!

The Game Awards premiers for the first time this weekend starting at 9pm Est/6pm Pt tonight. While many gamers have been spurned by award shows before, there are a few positives to look at:

  1. It’s not run by Viacom, who is responsible for all the groan inducing moments from functions like the Spike Video Game Awards.
  2. It’s backed by major game developers, companies and game news sites like Nintendo, Sony, Mircosoft, Rockstar, Killscreen, IGN and the LA Times.
  3. Video Game Announcements.

Lets be honest, the only point you care about is that third one. The game announcements are the probably the only reason gamers watch these things but at least it probably won’t be as annoying to get through as past events. Right?


How Urban Black and Latino Cultures Can Be the Next Frontier for Indie Games: Video


If you didn’t not get a chance to go to the NYU Event a few weeks ago by Developer Shawn Allen, then you’re in Luck! Video of the event has gone online and people should really give it a look. Allen discusses a majority of problems for minorities within the indie game industry. Mainly the misrepresentation of minorities and the lack of them as well. As both African American and Puerto Rican, one of the problems I have had with playing video games is I don’t see my culture and basically I don’t see myself. For a culture that I love so much, for me, it is something that sticks out like a sore thumb. It is an issue that Allen touches on fairly well,  so I encourage everyone to watch.

Look for Shawn Allen’s recently Kickstarted game Treachery in Beatdown City soon.


NYU Event: How Urban Black and Latino Cultures Can Be the Next Frontier for Indie Games


Looking for Something to do in New York City tonight? Look no further than tonight’s NYU event: How Urban Black and Latino Cultures Can Be the Next Frontier for Indie Games.

The indie game scene has been in sort of a renaissance for the past few years and the games that come out of this community only seem to get better and better. A talk about the participation, recognition and influence of Black and Latino culture within gaming is topic well worth having. Considering the lack of Black and Latino influence on games and the misinterpretation that often comes when games try to portray characters of this ethnicity, I’m looking forward to the event. Detail below:

How Urban Black and Latino Cultures Can Be the Next Frontier for Indie Games
Shawn Allen
Thursday, April 24, 7PM
2 Metrotech Center, 8th Floor

A theme that pervades the indie games movement is how anyone can make games, yet, as is reflected in the “AAA” games industry, the new wave of smaller game development has a dearth of people from the black and Latino communities. Having created many forms of culture that have had worldwide influence you have to wonder why urban black and Latino people are nearly absent in the currently bustling and growing indie games scene. Could it be societal mores, apathy, lack of relatable success stories or something else that has created a barrier to seeing notable growth from these groups?

This talk will be an exploration of culture both gaming related and beyond to address the possibilities of why some the indie scene is lacking in these voices as well as speaking to why it’s important that indies and surrounding establishments, such as games media and academia, can help turn the tide and create a more inclusive indie games scene.

Want to see what Shawn’s been creating? Check out the Kickstarter for Treachery in Beatdown City! Treachery in Beatdown City is a tactical brawler – a mix of side scrolling beat-em-up action with snappy menu based COMBO attacks releasing on PC/Mac.

RSVP here. Free and open to the public.

NYU Event: NYC Games Forum April Playtest Night


Interested in playing some games? Meeting some awesome local game developers? Live in New York City?

Well here is your chance! NYU is hosting one of its Playtest nights next Tuesday and you have the chance to participate. While tickets cost $9.43, this might be worth it to meet and network with some great New York game developers.

You can buy tickets here. Details below:

NYC Games Forum April Playtest Night
ATTENDEES – please arrive on time! The check-in workers will leave after an hour, and you might not be able to get in late.
Two months ago, over 30 independent developers showed off their creations to almost 200 attendees. It was a huge success, and everyone asked for more.
On April 22 we’re doing it again. Developers will have a chance to show off their newest games one-on-one to the NYC Games Forum crowd. We’re taking over Microsoft to offer more developers the opportunity to get in front of players, pitch their games and get feedback. Each game will have its own section of a booth and players will get to try out whatever strikes their fancy.
Don’t have a game, but want to show up to try out the games and have fun? RSVP as an attendee above — it’ll be an awesome night.
Nick Robalik :: Pixelmetal :: Sombrero
Jack Liu :: Digital Possum :: Zoo Racer
Hayden Cacace :: Heartonomy :: Glitch Volley + TileWild
Frank Rinaldi :: Ambibrain, LLC :: Protect The Pineapple
Kurt Bieg :: Simple Machine :: Hoots and others!
Anthony L Powell :: That Row Sham Bow Game
Stephen Gilman :: MakerState :: Makerspaces for Kids
Colin Fuller :: Quikding LLC :: Cavesweeper
Jasmine Greene :: SaltyPepper :: Once Upon a Runner
Shawn Allen :: Nuchallenger Vianel :: Treachery in Beatdown City
Anatole Branc :: Lastlimb LLC :: Organic Panic
Andrew Garrahan :: Computer Lunch :: Bunny Love
Ilya Zarembsky :: Over Easy
Amelia :: Pivit
Lawrence Mascia :: Goodnight Games :: Shadow Protocol and Others
Adnan Agha :: Nevernaut Games :: SlashDash
Anthony Conta :: Urban Island Games, LLC :: Funemployed
Randall Li :: Triple Li LLC :: Sirtet: a Secretly Social Game
Michael Christatos :: Golden Ruby Games :: Extreme Exorcism
Thomas Eliot :: Sixpence Games :: Cultists of Cthulhu: Miskatonic University
Eric Schwertzel :: DeckDaq :: NBA Hoops
Nicole Darabian :: Decode Global :: Get Water!
Eric Greenbaum :: Jema VR :: Project SingleTrack
Micah Heiselt :: Hei Design Co. :: Cutting Corners
Ahmed Abdullah :: Decoy Games :: Swimsanity
Christopher Batarlis :: Everything Epic Games :: Secrets of the Lost Tomb and Casino Battle Royale
Isaac Shalev :: Kind Fortress :: Dominus
Edward Woods :: Secret Agents
Damon Tabb :: Creative Foundry Games :: 3 Blind Mice: Quest for the Holey Cheese
Michael R. :: Visible Hand Games :: Frozen Concentrated Orange Juice
George Tsouris :: Give Up Games :: The Elf Who Killed Christmas
Stephen Orlando :: Robit Studios :: Treasure Adventure World
Nicholas Pappas :: Papou Games :: Shut the Frak Up
Richard :: De-Evolution Studios :: GraveFall
Douglas, Timo and Will :: Disgruntled Badger Games :: Galactic Nemeses
Ted Gerard :: The Raven & The Widow, LLC.:: Spirit Realms: The Throne Wars

Have a game and want to show it off to playtesters? Fill out the form here. You’ll need to be available to show your game from 5:00 to 8:30pm on April 22 (including setup time).
Please include your first and last name when you RSVP. Your name must be on the list to get past building security. Also, all guests must RSVP on their own.

NYU Event: What’s Sex Got to Do With It?


Gamers in New York City looking to attend a possibly interesting discussion on game culture might want to look at NYU Deutsches Haus’ event: What’s Sex Got To Do With It?.

Recently an intense debate erupted in the print media and the blogosphere focusing on sex and sexism in the gaming culture. This discussion focused on the one-sided nature in which sex is portrayed in video games and its objectification of women. “Sex including feelings” is widely missing from all game genres. Instead there exists the strange mixture of sexy-looking women on the one hand and an absence of sex in computer games on the other.

The panelists include Game Center students, Toni Pizza, Franziska Zeiner, and Nina Freeman, Deutsches Haus game designer in residence, Lea Schönfelder, and Daniel Von Bothmer.

RSVP here.

There are plenty of great game discussions to go to in New York City and NYU is possibly the forefront of these events. I will try and post a new event every week that peaks my interest and might peak yours as well. If you would like to find out more info about the event and its speakers click here.