08.10.2015Personal Tech

These academics know gaming is more than just fun and games

If you play video games, like Call of Duty, Minecraft, and Halo, you know that if you are playing over a fiber connection you have a distinct advantage over opponents who don’t. Reaction time is faster, latency is nearly non-existent, and uptime is taken for granted.

But it’s not only the players who know about this advantage. The folks who are developing these games know it, too. And they’ll tell you that if you are using FiOS Internet, you are way ahead of the game.

One Massachusetts-based group -- Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDiGI) – is  helping to foster the growth of the digital games community.

Established in 2011 and based at Becker College in Worcester, Massachusetts, MassDiGI is the result of creative collaboration among academia, industry and government, aimed at promoting the growth of the game industry and innovation economy.

Hundreds of students from Becker and other colleges throughout the United States and a few foreign countries are reaping huge benefits from their affiliation with MassDiGI. Their Summer Innovation Program, an 11-week internship, provides the mentoring, guidance, housing, stipends and game development tools to help student teams finalize an original video game and prepare it for launch.

We recently spoke with some of those students, as well as some of the alumni who have benefited from their affiliation with MassDiGI and have gone on to start their own companies. This video reflects some of their thoughts about the organization and about the advantages of FiOS and an all-fiber network.