New Year, New Stuff!

January was a busy month for me and I’m so happy I can finally start sharing everything I’ve been working on! First of all, I’m writing regularly for VideoGameDJ.com with one of my favorite humans ever, Elly Rox of PhillyGeekGirl. It’s so much fun to write about some of the stuff I like the most: games, music and geek life. Check out our coverage of this year’s Music and Gaming Fest, including my interview with drummer/game designer Rekcahdam and video game cover band Eight Bit Disaster. Keep an eye on that space. Lots of exciting stories coming up.

Second, I’m thrilled to share my first (but not last) story for The Spirit of Penn’s Garden, about the soon-to-open Le Cat Cafe. Matt and Max of The Spirit are doing something really ambitious and important with The Spirit News and I hope you’ll support local Philadelphia journalism however you can.

I’ve got plenty more happening in the next couple months, but if there’s anything going on in gaming, Philly or anywhere else you think I should cover, please drop me a line at bethanneboyle AT gmail DOT com. I love seeing a mailbox full of tips and ideas in the morning.     

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5 People You Meet at GameLoop Philly

As a life-long geek, it was great to get behind the scenes at Philly’s second annual GameLoop unconference andmeet the people who make up Philly’s vibrate, exciting indy gaming scene. Keep an eye out for next year’s Game Loop here, and check out Philly Dev Night on Thursdays at Cipher Prime Studios

If you don’t know how the unconference model works, here’s the quick version using this weekend’s third-ever Game Loop Philly as a primer. Smart people interested in a given topic, like video game development, show up in the morning to drink coffee, eat pastries and create a day-long collection of cutting edge industry discussions. Then they attend them to learn and share with each other. Easy.

First held in 2011 and then again last year, and using the brand name of a similar Boston event series, Game Loop had some 60 people in the morning to suggest topics and build out the day’s event.

Like the far larger and wider ranging Barcamp Philly, which follows a global trend of open format thought-leadership events, Game Loop is meant to be designed by its attendees, said Nicole Kline, who has organized the event with Ray Merkler since its 2011 launch.

Read the rest of the story here.

West Philly Apartment Complex Houses Innovation

Cheyenne Shaffer and I wrote this story for Philadelphia Neighborhoods in the summer. West Philadelphia has a high concentration of creative and entrepreneurial people, due to the many college and affordable rent in the area.  

Students at the helm of three startups decided against office space or summer travels in favor of working on their companies from a University City apartment tower. Their motivation, they said, was the close proximity to each other — and other young founders.

The three cofounders of pre-launch collaborative writing platform Escalate.us are sharing an apartment at the Radian — no matter that one is in enrolled in school in Ohio and another in central New Jersey.

The Radian is modern gray apartment building with retail on the ground floor, built into a two-story cement foundation anchor by popular watering hole City Tap House. It is managed by a private Texas property management giant and while it has no official ties to Penn, it caters almost exclusively to a student population. Founders of the now-exited cobrowsing company Firefly also once used their apartment as a makeshift office.

Read the rest of the story here.