Nina Freeman and Emmett Butler will talk about the in-process development of Cibele, a game they are working on as a part of the Star Maid Games team. Cibele is a game about two young people who have a relationship in an online game and decide to meet up to have sex in real life. Freeman and Butler will discuss the early stages of Cibele’s development, specifically focusing on the technical challenges they’ve encountered in making a multi-media game with support for multiple platforms.

Nina Freeman is a programmer and a game designer with an M.S. in Integrated Digital Media from NYU. She is most often making autobiographical vignette games. She worked as a designer on games including “how do you Do It?,” “Ladylike,” and currently “Cibele.” She is also one of the co-­founders of The Code Liberation Foundation (CLF), an organization that offers free development workshops in order to facilitate the creation of video game titles by women. You can find her work at, and you can follow her on Twitter at @hentaiphd.

Emmett Butler studied Computer Science and Music Technology at New York University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He began his software career as an engineering intern, first at Parsely and then at Vimeo, where he collaborated on the video player, REST API, and internal services. Emmett is also a dedicated video game programmer and designer who regularly participates in game jams. While working on a side project, he wrote Candela, a python shell creation toolkit.

He also programmed and co-designed Heads Up Hot Dogs, a game for iOS published by [adult swim]. In his spare time, Emmett practices his Magic: the Gathering skills and reads about technology.

Babycastles & The Game Innovation Lab at NYU present a lecture series spotlighting developers and designers with insights on games and technology. The series is hosted by Andy Nealen.

Series produced by Ben Johnson. Dreamy graphic design by Colin Snyder.

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