GameFest 2013 - Symposium and Exhibition

GAMEFEST, RPI’s annual celebration of student work in computer games, returns this year to EMPAC, the extraordinary digital arts venue located on the RPI campus.

Launched in 2004, GameFest is a collaboration between Rensselaer’s Games and Simulations Arts & Sciences (GSAS) program and local game development companies.  Student game developers compete for prizes based on technical production, artistry, creativity, and the “groundbreaking” quality of their work.

With its distinct regional focus, GameFest also aims at strengthening the games industry in the Northeast as a whole.  This year’s participating schools include Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Becker College in Worcester, Mass., and Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.  Sponsors for 2013 include Vicarious Vision, who also judge the competition, 1st Playable, Agora Games, and RedCandy Games—all located in the Capitol District, and started by RPI alumni.

GameFest 2013: Future Play


The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center 110 8th St.,Troy NY Saturday, April 27, 2013  12:00 Noon – 6:30 PM Opening Concert Friday, April 26, 8 PM Free & Open to the Public

Schedule for 4/26

8:00PM-9:30PM   Opening Concert - "Twas the Night Before GameFest" - A Game Music Spectacular   EMPAC Concert Hall


Schedule for 4/27

Noon-3:00PM   Student Game Exhibition and Competition   EMPAC Lobby
4:00PM-4:45PM   Keynote Address - Richard Rouse III, Senior Game Designer, Microsoft Game Studios   EMPAC Concert Hall
5:00PM-6:00PM   Panel Discussion:  “Future Play: The People, the Technology and the Games” – With Tobi Saulnier (Founder/CEO, 1st Playable); Jennifer Oneal (Executive Producer, Vicarious Visions); Richard Vogel (Director, Battlecry Studios); Mark Terrano (Founder/Design Director, Hidden Path Entertainment), and Richard Rouse III.   EMPAC Concert Hall
6:00PM-6:30PM   Awards Presentation   EMPAC Concert Hall