Alicia Callier M.A. ’16, a Berklee Valencia global Entertainment & Music Business alumni, recently got a job at Harmonix as a product manager last year through her ICE Fellowship. Harmonix is one of the world’s leading independent gamedevelopment studios, best known for creating the blockbuster video game franchise Rock Band. This past year, Alicia attended her first PAX West festival, a gaming festival, with the Super Beat Sports product management team. Super Beat Sports is one of Harmonix’s games.
“I could not have imagined a better way to celebrate my first year of working at Harmonix other than attending PAX West with the Super Beat Sports team! Having never attended an event for gamers before, I was super anxious and excited to immerse myself fully in the experience. I really had no idea what to expect… And while I was super exhausted by the fourth day, I definitely can say that this PAX was one for the books.
Checking out all of the games and insane booths in the main exhibit hall, discovering new Indie titles, showing off Super Beat Sports, dancing and singing all day along to the DropMix mixes, and meeting fans of Harmonix was incredible, but the highlight of my experience was definitely discovering the Diversity Lounge. I met some fine folks and got some cool swag from organizations like Geeks OUT, the AbleGamers Charity, GeekGirlCon and I Need Diverse Games who are all respectively working to advocate for diversity and representation in the gaming community. As a woman of color, who also works in games, this show of support at PAX was extremely welcoming.
I’m definitely looking forward to the next PAX event!
If you’d like to read more about Alicia’s experience at PAX West 2017, check out the full blog post here:
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