The Wild West of Data-Driven Design

by Renzo Heredia on February 15, 2017

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Our presentation this month will be presented by Boston Post Mortem board member Alex Engel:

“The Wild West of Data-Driven Design”
Data-driven design is all about using data to evaluate your design decisions. But how does it work, and how do you reconcile traditional design with data? Join Alex Engel as he uses practical examples of Data-Driven Design to explore how data doesn’t just explain what’s happening – it’s also a valuable tool that every designer can take advantage of. Learn how you can implement cheap and effective data tracking tools in your game, and come prepared with questions about the role of data in game design.

About the Presenter:

Alex Engel has been part of the Boston game dev scene for over a decade, working on games like Lord of the Rings Online, Dungeons and Dragons Online, Game of Thrones Ascent, and Star Trek Timelines. As Product Manager for Disruptor Beam, he helps guide the development of award-winning Star Trek Timelines, blending data and player insights with an experimental methodology. He is also a board member for Boston Post Mortem, Boston’s local IGDA chapter, and a regular speaker at events like PAX East, FIG Talks, and the Game Developers Conference.

 

Logistics:

Wednesday, February 22nd
7:00pm @ Intrepid Pursuits
American Twine Building
222 Third Street, #4000
Cambridge, MA
There are two entrances to the American Twine Building- one is closer to second street around the side of the building, this is the entrance you want! Take elevators up to the 4th floor and that entire floor is Intrepid. After 6pm security will ask you to sign in but no ID is required.

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Happy New Year, everyone!

We hope 2017 is off to a great start for all of you.

To kick things off, we’re starting a new annual tradition of asking our members to take a quick survey, that will help us better understand what you’d like to see from your Boston IGDA chapter in the new year.

This survey should take between five and ten minutes to complete and we’d love your feedback!

Boston Post Mortem 2017 Annual Survey

We’ve also secured our upcoming meeting for Thursday, January 19th. Johnny Monsarrat will present “Now That We’ve Found Love (for AR), What Are We Going to Do With It?”

Note: Our presentation this month will be at a new location! We will be at Intrepid Pursuits this month, courtesy of Caroline Murphy.

Address:
Intrepid Pursuits
American Twine Building
222 Third Street, #4000
Cambridge, MA

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“Now That We’ve Found Love (for AR), What Are We Going to Do With It?”
Finally we’re in love with a killer videogame in the AR/VR space. Pokémon Go blew the doors off of mobile gaming, but its graphics are primitive and repetitive gameplay led to an 80% decrease in peak gameplay in two months.

 How can we keep the love going? Let’s diagnose and peer into the future.

About the Presenter:

Johnny Monsarrat was the founder and CEO of Turbine, Inc., the videogames company that won two “Oscars” of  the videogames world, and arguably invented the massively multiplayer online game (MMO) industry, now worth $20 billion a year. The company is now a division of Warner Brothers. His new company, Monsarrat, Inc., has now invented Big Movement Gaming, which combines the best parts of augmented reality and MMO gameplay to make something truly new.

 He is an Ivy League award-winning public speaker.

 Add him at http://linkedin.com/in/monsarrat and see the sneak peek video at http://monsarrat.com/.

Logistics:

Thursday, January 19th
7:00pm @ Intrepid Pursuits
American Twine Building
222 Third Street, #4000
Cambridge, MA
There are two entrances to the American Twine Building- one is closer to second street around the side of the building, this is the entrance you want! Take elevators up to the 4th floor and that entire floor is Intrepid. After 6pm security will ask you to sign in but no ID is required.

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