May 5, 2018 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
GameFest returns on Saturday, May 5 at the Troy Atrium, 4 Third St, Troy, and Sage Labs 3303 Auditorium on the RPI campus!
GameFest is an annual celebration of digital games that highlights student creativity and innovation in game design. Organized by the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program in the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, the event includes a student-designed games competition judged by industry professionals, music performances, and presentations by veteran game designers, critics, scholars, and indie developers. This year's keynote talk will be given by Chelsea Hash of Giant Sparrow, creators of the acclaimed indie game What Remains of Edith Finch. GameFest is free and open to the public.
The showcase features dozens of digital games to play, all created by students at colleges from around the Northeast, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Quinnipiac University, University of Connecticut, Champlain College, and New York University. The day also features game design microtalks and opportunities for visitors to meet the local developers behind some of their favorite games including Vicarious Visions, Velan Studios, WB Games NY, and 1st Playable Productions.
Since 2003, GameFest has grown into a regional event that brings together game design students from schools throughout the Northeast. Talks and panels include topics from serious games and entrepreneurship to deep design questions and the democratization of independent game development. Music performances range from music made with repurposed game consoles to an orchestra performing classical arrangements of music from games.
11:00 AM to 4:00 pm - Student game showcase and microtalks. Location: Troy Atrium 4 3rd St, Troy
5:00 - 7:30 pm - Symposium: sponsored presentations, keynote, and awards ceremony. Location: RPI, Russell Sage Laboratory Auditorium (Room 3303).
For more information and the full program, please visit http://gamefest.rpi.edu
GameFest is free and open to the public.