Computer Gaming and Simulation Program Resources
Gaming Websites and Career Resources
- Facebook Group for MC's IT Students
- Entertainment Consumers Association
- Game Career Guide
- Games for Change
- Innovate Baltimore
- International Game Developers Association - Baltimore and DC/VA chapters
- AbleGamers - making games more accessible
- Persuasive Games
About the Gaming Industry
Internet game and simulation technology is increasingly being used for education, training, advocacy and advertising. Role-playing simulations and other specialized "games" are used to train students, educators, businesses, government officials, and soldiers.
For example, the federal government spends millions of dollars on game technology for military and homeland security applications. Firefighters and police use game technology to practice dealing with high-intensity emergency response situations. Medical students train on interactive 3D simulations instead of live patients. Pilots fly in aircraft simulators before flying real planes. News media recreate current events using game and simulation technology. And the advertising industry makes complex 3D virtual experiences to sell products and services. MC students are getting on the job experience creating serious games.
According to the ESA, "Video games are also a strong engine for economic growth. In 2013, the industry sold 160 million games and generated more than $21 billion in revenue, $7.2 billion of which came from purchases of digital full games and add-on content, mobile apps, subscriptions, and social network gaming. Computer and video game companies directly and indirectly employ more than 140,000 people in 36 states." For more facts and figures on the multi-billion dollar Entertainment Gaming Industry, please see the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) website.
Maryland is considered by some to be the East Coast hub of the gaming and simulation industry. According to Maryland Interactive Technologies, "Already Maryland boasts the largest cluster of entertainment software companies on the East Coast." An industry survey by Game Developer Magazine found that Maryland is the number one East Coast state for game developers.
Please note that the lists below may be out of date as new game-related companies join the industry.
Aeon Electronic Entertainment, Inc.
AT Kid Systems
Bean Creative (Flash games)
The Berndt Group
Big Huge Games
Day 1 Studios
Digital Velocity, LLC
Discovery Communications, Inc.
Epic Games (started in Rockville, now in NC)
Gentle Revolution Software
GMA Industries, Inc
GSE Systems, Inc.
Heatherstone Digital Solutions
Intense Entertainment Interactive
Leaping Lizard Software
Nemetschek NA Inc
OPNET Technologies, Inc.
Shadow Realm Games
Skye Boat Games
Strategic Solutions Group
Take One Digital Media Works
Zenimax Online Studios
Nikan Hills Media (formerly CyPR Media)
Dynamic Animation Systems, Inc. (DAS)
Health Management Consultants of VA
Infinite Ventures, Inc.
Qwato Interactive Studios
Here are a few of the many games made in Maryland or Virginia:
Axis & Allies
The Battleground Series
Bridging the Divide (to teach players about International debt relief)
The Campaign Series
Cleopatra: The Official Pharaoh Expansion
Dark Age of Camelot (VA)
Hidden & Dangerous
Operational Art of War
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri
Sid Meier's Civilization I, II, III
Sid Meier's Civil War Collection
Sid Meier's SimGolf
Space Station: SIM
Tropico: Trouble in Paradise
Unreal (Epic was once located in Rockville, MD)
Villainy, Inc (Web game)
Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Battle