Big John Games Reflects On 27 Years Of Making Games In Minnesota

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In an Edina office complex, a small team of dedicated game makers is building an international audience where Big John Games president Ken Patterson has been developing games since 1991. He began by making PC games, but jumped to the Game Boy Advance when asked to create a version of the 1987 NES classic Shadowgate for the handheld system. This meant that he was now a Nintendo developer–a distinction that lasts a lifetime.

Formerly Digital Content LLC, Ken renamed the company in honor of his father, Big John Patterson. The two had worked together since the mid 1990s, but when Big John suffered a heart attack in 2003, they made the name change.

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Can Oregon Trail Creators Do It Again?

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By Greta Kaul, MinnPost

“Conceived for a class at a public school in Minneapolis, “Oregon Trail,” is among the most popular educational computer games of all time. It loaded students in virtual covered wagons and sent them from Missouri to Oregon in a simulation of 19th-century westward expansion, contending with broken wagon axles, cholera, snake bites and river crossings along the way.”

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Ask An Indie: Ari Carrillo, DevNAri

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AriCarrilloWelcome to Ask An Indie where we interview local independent game developers to learn how they make, do and create.

The Indie: Ari Carrillo, Artist & Designer, DevNAri

What inspired you to start making games?

My background is in computer graphics and animation, but I grew up in Mexico watching anime and playing video games. Film is a powerful tool to tell great stories, but I feel that lately, games have also become capable of not only telling wonderful stories but also engaging their audience more than film.   Even more exciting, players interact directly with the characters and the events of a game, often changing the course of the story, thus creating a more personal and unforgettable experience.

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It’s Game On At Minnebar For MMMIMA2

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By Troy Strand

Nestled the Learning Center at Best Buy on Saturday was an increasingly familiar site: Minnesota game developers showing off their latest creations.

MinneBar played host to the second annual Mega Minne Multi Indie Mini Arcade (MMMIMA2) last week, featuring twelve video games by the following local developers:

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Andamio Games Receives $728k SBIR Grant

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Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 3.10.33 PM“Minneapolis, Minnesota: Educational technology innovator Andamio Games has been awarded a $728,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation to support the development of collaborative games and a virtual lab environment for mobile devices that will help high school students learn difficult-to-teach STEM subjects.”

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Hundreds Of Oculus VR Demos Pulled From Best Buy Stores

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By Alex Heath, Business Insider

“Facebook is closing around 200 of its 500 Oculus virtual reality demo stations at Best Buy locations across the US, Business Insider has learned.

The scaling back of Facebook’s first big retail push for VR comes after workers from multiple Best Buy pop-ups told BI that it was common for them to go days without giving a single demonstration. An internal memo seen by BI and sent to affected employees by a third-party contractor said the closings were because of “store performance.”

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Play 31 The Local Gamecraft Games at Modist Brewing

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By Shaymus McLaughlin, goMN

Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 10.30.55 AM“Thirty-one games came out of Gamecraft – last weekend’s 48-hour video game creation scramble hosted by GLITCH. And they’ll be on display this weekend.

Organizers are hosting a play party at Modist Brewing in Minneapolis Saturday night. It’s from 6-10 p.m., open to all ages, and will have game stations to show off the final products.”

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Eat Donuts and Play Local Arcade Games with The Donutron

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By Holly Harrison

If you’re a connoisseur of local games (or local donuts!), you may have heard of The Donutron: an arcade cabinet full of Minnesota-made video games that’s tucked into a corner at Glam Doll Donuts.  It’s the handiwork of Victor Thompson and Zach Johnson, two game makers and software freelancers who cowork at Glam Doll on Fridays.

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