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Sid Meier opens BMI exhibit on video game development

It explores all stages of video game development, from art direction to quality assurance.

Kids often ask video game legend Sid Meier how to get into game development. The Firaxis founder recently helped put together an exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Industry exploring what game development actually entails.
The Baltimore Sun reports the exhibit — titled “The Video Game Wizards – Transforming Science and Art into Games” — opened Thursday.

“Young people ask me all the time ‘How do I get into game development?’ Now, people can see a video describing what people who work on games do. You can see what an artist does and that people in Quality Assurance [the department that tries to make sure a game works before it is released] aren’t just playing games all day,” said Meier while giving a tour of the exhibit on Wednesday as workers hurried about finalizing last bits of code in the machines, polishing displays and making sure all the wires went to the right places. Meier, one of the founders of and the current director of creative development at Firaxis Games, part of Take-Two Interactive Software, added “You’re getting a microcosm of the process of making games.”

Firaxis, based in Hunt Valley andis one of several developers past and present to call the area home, including BreakAway Games, ZeniMaxOnline and the now-defunct Big Huge Games. Firaxis is best known for the “Civilization” series of games.
The temporary exhibit will be at the museum through 2019, according to the museum website.
Read the full story in the Baltimore Sun

Companies: ZeniMax Online Studios / Big Huge Games / BreakAway Ltd. / Firaxis Games
People: Sid Meier

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