This 25-Year-Old Entrepreneur Is Chasing Down The Next Big Hit In Gaming

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Brad Hargreaves is looking for the next big hit in gaming, and he thinks it’s somewhere in New York.He runs the New York Gaming Meetup hosts once a month and shows off a batch of new games. Hargreaves, a co-founder of startup school General Assembly, started it more than a year ago in a dive bar in New York.

It’s since moved to General Assembly’s considerably swankier pad. This month, the space hosted 8 new gaming projects. They vary from traditional card games to Facebook apps and iPhone games.

Hargreaves calls himself a gamer and says he has a passion for slow strategy games. That prompted him to start the gaming meetup, he said, though it’s mostly a hobby. He hasn’t passed it off to anyone else because he isn’t quite ready to give up his baby yet, he said.

We made our way over there to check out the whole show. You can check out all the new games in a slideshow below:

General Assembly packed more than a hundred people into the room.

TaskRabbit folks served beer and food behind the bar...

Brad Hargreaves, a founder of General Assembly, also founded the New York Gaming Meetup.

Eight different developers presented their games in all.

First up: Race Condition, a card game involving programming rules that's actually pretty simple.

WeTopia, a startup that's already raised $10 million, was also there to show off its existing games.

ScreenReach lets you use your iPhone as a controller for a game on a big screen.

Catball Eats It All is an awesome iPad app that uses real artwork for a crazy rolling game.

The screen broke for Baby Dance Off, but it's still a cool idea — dress up a baby and build a dance for it, then have a dance battle.

Elf Advent(ure) is a Christmas game that was downloaded more than 1 million times and had more than $15,000 in revenue in a month.

Two Chop can plant a game right in the middle of a blog post.

The games show up as frames within the website.

Crosswords by PuzzleSocial is a tag-team crossword game on Facebook.

And here's the aftermath...

Think those games were pretty cool?

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