The work of a video game developer can be time-consuming.
Especially for a studio trying to build a game as a side project.
Fortunately, these developers can show off their work and perhaps receive targeted feedback at conventions like Free Play Florida.
Watch: Orlando indie studio shows off video game at Free Play Florida
Ben Noel was part of a team that would develop a video game that has a special place in the industry’s history.
Ultima Online was released in 1997 as one of the first massively multiplayer online role playing games while Noel was part of Electronic Arts’ Origin Studios, which created the title.
He was lured by the appeal of trying to create a networked world that connected hundreds of thousands of players to each other.
“That sounded a lot different than a video game,” he said.
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independent video game community in Orlando has been seeing a growth period
pushed along by organizations that advocate for and support it.
which will celebrate its seventh year in April, has become one of the most
group hosts a monthly meetup that helps keep the organization top-of-mind for
In 2020, it hopes to expand that presence, with plans being crystallized and details expected soon.
It’s a way to continue to grow the industry and, more importantly, keep businesses here.
“If we want to help cultivate the best developers and projects, we need a ‘scene’ where people can feel comfortable sharing, learning and having fun,” founder Kunal Patel said in an interview with The OVG. “We are social creatures. Ideas cannot grow in a vacuum.”
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It was a night of celebrating Final Fantasy at The Abbey.
Hundreds of die-hard fans swarmed the venue Saturday to check out live music related to the classic series.
Rapper Mega Ran kicked off his set with one of the signature songs off his “Black Materia” album, “Avalanche.”
Continue reading Watch: Rapper Mega Ran Performs Final Fantasy VII song ‘Avalanche’ at Ongaku Overdrive
Want to hear a rock band perform a medley of Final Fantasy VI songs?
Of course you do.
The Returners are a rock band from Austin, Texas, that specializes in covers of video game songs.
They have done their treatment on game music from titles including Legend of Zelda and Ico.
On Saturday, they were one of four bands to perform at The Abbey in Orlando during
Ongaku Overdrive, a salute to Final Fantasy music. Continue reading Watch: Final Fantasy VI medley by The Returners at Ongaku Overdrive
Darrin Yesbeck’s idea for a video game machine embedded into wine casks was popular on Saturday, when the Orlando entrepreneur showed off Barrel of Kong at Maker Faire Orlando.
His exhibit saw a steady stream of visitors and passersby couldn’t seem to pass by without at least commenting about how cool they thought it was.
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Orlando video game developers Caris Frazier-Baker and Brian Stabile have been working two years to bring their jai alai game to life.
That has meant an aggressive and tireless promotional effort, which has put them on the floor of video game conferences across the U.S.
What have they learned by going through this process with Jai Alai Heroes? The OVG asked them.
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