Baltimore Museum of Industry to Open Video Game Industry Exhibit

| September 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Baltimore Museum of Industry Release:

New Interactive Exhibit on Video Game Industry to Open at BMI
Game Wizards Lets Visitors Design Their Own Video Game

bmiBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) will open a new exhibit that will allow visitors to immerse themselves in the exciting process of creating their very own video game. Video Game Wizards – Transforming Science and Art into Games will open on Thursday, October 23.

This exhibit provides an interactive environment where visitors can explore how their talents, skills and passions could possibly lead to a career in the interactive entertainment industry. The exhibit’s six stations provide an opportunity to meet the game makers and learn about their various roles, while making and customizing their own game using the skills demonstrated at each station.

Visitors will experience the collaborative process of video game development at each and every point in the exhibit. At the end of their exhibit experience, visitors are able to play their own game and share it on the exhibit’s website with family and friends, and will be able to play any of the games that have been developed at the exhibit.

One of the primary goals of the exhibit is to convey to children the importance of staying in school, doing well, and learning the skills—in science, technology, engineering, art and math—needed to be part of the video game industry, or other professional fields. “This experience will inspire students to someday become creative problem solvers, to take those skills into videogame development or any other career of their dreams,” says Sid Meier, co-founder and Director of Creative Development of Firaxis Games based in Sparks, Maryland.

The Video Game Wizards – Transforming Science and Art into Games exhibit, was developed by the Baltimore Video Game Wizards, a non-profit organization funded by veteran video game developers in Maryland; Luci Creative and Ravenswood Studio, Lincolnwood, IL; Silver Oaks Communications, Moline IL; Cerebral Lounge/Clean Cuts Music, Baltimore, MD; and the Baltimore Museum of Industry. A start-up grant was provided by the Maryland Film Office/Maryland Department of Economic Development.

The exhibit will run through 2019.

The Maryland video game industry began in 1982 when business entrepreneur, John W. (Bill) Stealey and video game developer Sid Meier teamed up and started the Hunt Valley based company, MicroProse. This new exhibit recognizes the 30+ years of Maryland’s video game industry and gives visitors information, encouragement and fun.

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