The Associated Press ran a story this weekend following Governor Deval Patrick’s visit to California last week. The Boston Globe, among a number of other media outlets, ran the syndicated story over the past day or so leading to some awesome, and much deserved, exposure for the local video game industry. To give you a snapshot, here are some excerpts from the story from Steve LeBlanc:

While other sectors of the economy are slashing jobs, video gaming companies are thriving as eager investors pump in millions to help develop the next generation of games…

Today’s games, especially the so-called massively multiplayer online games, can take a company years to create with development costs topping $100 million — an endeavor akin to the production of a major Hollywood movie. One company with expertise in the labyrinthine online games is the 15-year-old Westwood, Mass.-based Turbine Inc…

In nearby Cambridge, Mass., Harmonix Music Systems struck gold when it invented a game that struck the right note by combining the hyperactivity of old-fashioned arcade games with the age-old pastime of would-be rockers: air guitar. The result — Guitar Hero and Rock Band — are two of the most popular video games of all time…

In Massachusetts, video gaming companies are a bright light in an otherwise gloomy economic landscape. The 60-65 companies here employ about 2,000, with up to 100 jobs open at any given time. To lure even more businesses, a bill coming up before lawmakers this session would extend existing moviemaking tax credits to video gaming companies…

Check out the full AP article on Boston.com, which includes quotes from a handful of local developers and executives, including our very own NE Games SIG founder, Mike Cavaretta!

Advertisements