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Comparative Media Studies on display at MIT150 and Cambridge Science Festival

Visitors to the MIT Museum play a game developed by CMS's GAMBIT Game Lab.
Visitors to the MIT Museum play a game developed by CMS's GAMBIT Game Lab.

This weekend is the chance of a lifetime to learn about media at MIT ... or, really, the chance that only comes around every 150 years.

Come celebrate media at MIT as part of MIT's 150th anniversary Open House on April 30 and the Cambridge Science Festival! And on May 5, hang with our GAMBIT Game Lab and the Boston game developers community for Video Games 101!

Saturday, April 30: MIT Open House

11 a.m.-4 p.m.
All ages

For one of the few times in its history, the MIT campus — and all its departments, labs and centers — will be fully, entirely, completely open to the public in honor of the Institute's 150th anniversary.

Comparative Media Studies will both take part in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences display in Kresge Auditorium as well as have staff and faculty on-hand at our various CMS locations. Come visit, chat and learn about the history and future of media at MIT.

For GAMBIT in particular, come play our games and learn about our latest research at this family-friendly event. For those interested in participating in video games research, we'll be running sessions at 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.. These lucky participants will be a part of focus groups to study ... well, if we told you what we were studying, it would ruin the experiment. Trust us, it'll be cool.

CMS locations will include our headquarters in E15-331 (for the Mobile Experience Lab; The Education Arcade; a digital display by Amaranth Borsuk; the Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory), E15-344 (for the Center for Future Civic Media), and NE25 (for the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab) and 16-635 for HyperStudio.

Visit the official MIT150 site for full details.

Thursday, May 5: Video Games 101
6-8:30 p.m.
MIT Museum @ 265 Massachusetts Ave.
Teenage and older

Ever wonder where video games come from? For some games, the answer is Boston.

Not wanting to keep the love to ourselves, the Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab has reached out to our friends in the area to help put together an evening featuring local game companies and their work. We've got folks from Harmonix, Moonshot Games, SCVNGR, 38 Studios, Owlchemy Labs, Fire Hose Games, Zynga-Boston, and of course GAMBIT, ready to thrill you with their stories of the harrowing world of video-game development. Playtime starts at 6 p.m. with tables of games and demos, then break for a series of talks by local experts from 7-8 p.m. Game on!

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