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Heart Shaped Games’ We Are The Caretakers Is an Afrofuturist SciFi Squad Mgmt Game
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Heart Shaped Games’ We Are The Caretakers Is an Afrofuturist SciFi Squad Mgmt Game

How’s your summer going? The students are gone, Art Fair traffic isn’t in Ann Arbor yet, and it’s time for more video gaming fun. Heart Shaped Games founder Scott Brodie recently sat down with us to talk about the Michigan studio’s upcoming release: We Are the Caretakers, an afro-futurist sci-fi game that follows the journey of a group of wildlife caretakers discovering everything they thought they knew about their role protecting the environment is wrong. Check out the trailer below.

BrandXR Launches Virtual Reality Business and Interactive AR Murals
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BrandXR Launches Virtual Reality Business and Interactive AR Murals

Moody Mattan of Brand XR, an augmented and virtual reality company, says he got into the business side of tech by breaking into VC to help small groups generate billion-dollar outcomes. He’s from Michigan and went to Wayne State, but after graduating into a “terrible economy” in 2009, he moved overseas to work in logistics software in Malaysia and Jordan. He came back for an MBA and ended up in Silicon Valley in a firm working on augmented reality tech. He was interested in enterprise use for the technology, such as using augmented reality for virtual training or remote assistants.

Anime Style Gaudium Games Explains How To Build an Indie Gaming Studio
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Anime Style Gaudium Games Explains How To Build an Indie Gaming Studio

Gaudium is an Ann Arbor-based gaming studio that creates classic anime-style games. We sat down recently with founder Andrew Yang to ask what everyone has been asking us lately: how do you grow a gaming studio in a smaller market like Michigan? Gaudium’s current game, Armor Blitz, looks pretty mainstream for such a small studio. It has an anime trailer (shown above) and can be downloaded on Google Play (4.2 stars with 2800+ reviews) or you can play online on Nutaku.

Dreaming Door Games Launches New Open World Game Golden Treasure: The Great Green
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Dreaming Door Games Launches New Open World Game Golden Treasure: The Great Green

Just launched this week, new Windows/PC game Golden Treasure: The Great Green is a Michigan-produced philosophical open world game that puts you in the middle of a world where dragons are on the wane and humans on the rise. The game, which will later migrate to tablets and mobile as well, was created by a new gaming studio headed by former Sega and LucasArts game developer Benjamin Ludwig.

Hack:A2 Hackathon Winners Build a Better City of Ann Arbor
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Hack:A2 Hackathon Winners Build a Better City of Ann Arbor

The judging criteria for the inaugural a2tech360 Ann Arbor tech week hackathon Hack:A2 was this: Innovation and/or Ambition (slightly weighted over other categories) User Interface or Experience Overall Quality Product Viability Technical Achievement We couldn’t wait to see what the teams came up with. All went in looking pretty enthusiastic, assuring us that we could…

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