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July 28, 2010

Gaming: A Serious Business in Maryland [event]

If you haven't heard, the Baltimore region is sorta known for its video/computer gaming industry. There are several companies around the area -- such as Firaxis and Breakaway -- that have been creating video games for years.

And if you didn't know, the "godfather of computer gaming" is right here in the Baltimore area: Sid Meier, cofounder of Firaxis and Microprose. He'll be delivering the opening remarks tonight (6 p.m.) at a free event at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, called: "Gaming: A serious business in Maryland." (You should RSVP, though, if you wish to attend.)

After Meier's talk, there'll be a panel discussion with industry experts on the history and future of game development.

A state report released today in anticipation of the event tonight shows that the digital media (which includes software games) is a $5.6 billion annual industry in Maryland.

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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 9:17 AM | | Comments (3)
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Thanks for the heads-up on this, it should be interesting. In your regional games resume, lets also not forget the original strategy gaming company, Avalon Hill. They never managed to be very successful at making the complete leap from board games to computer games.

Great that Baltimore is having this event but not good that it's the same week as Siggraph in LA. Any serious player in the video game business is out in LA this week, not in Baltimore. Personally I am in Ann Arbor this week for even better reasons...

Doubtless gaming has become a huge business these days almost in every country and cities. I hope the event must be holding a good news.

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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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