GameFest 2010- Symposium and Exhibition

2010 Gamefest PosterRensselaer's School of Humanities and Social Sciences celebrated the addition of the Game Studies Minor by hosting a GameFest Symposium and Exhibition in 2004. Now an annual event, the symposium showcases computer games designed by more than 20 student teams. The event introduces students to philosophers, computer scientists, artists and cognitive scientists who are conducting research in game design, development and production, providing the potential for interdisciplinary junctures and co-operation between the arts and cultural studies, social sciences, computer sciences, engineering and emerging technical research in information technology.

2010 Game Festival

5 - 9PM, May 11, 2010
EMPAC Theater Level 4

GameFest 2010 will showcase the exciting work of students from our Game Development and Experimental Game Design classes. Come see, hear, and fly through projects ranging from a surreal underwater world simulation generated in real time in C# with the XNA Framework, to a co-operative "social learning" platformer in C++, to a high action 3d Unity same-sex relationship game, to an engaging 3D interactive face API  PTSD game for children who are afraid of the dark. Experience a different kind of  first person shooter set inside of a burning apartment building as you play as a firefighter who must extinguish fires and rescue trapped people as the real becomes Unreal. Experience a real time strategy game from a side-view using advanced path finding algorithms to jump and climb through amazing graphics. Interact in an action puzzle game with an experimental motion-based interface that encourages natural player interaction and cooperation using Unity3D and ARToolkit. See a 3D modeling project that resonates new ideas about beauty and realism! Explore a prototype of a 360 degree 3D environment using a flying harness where users can safely explore widely varied environments, from the depths of the oceans to the greatest heights on earth.

Student games will be exhibited and prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges from Vicarious Visions.  We encourage students from Rensselaer and beyond to participate in this student competition.  Games & Simulation faculty will select the games for exhibition from among those submitted and cash prizes will be awarded to the top five teams.  The event is sponsored by Vicarious Visions, 1st Playable Productions, and SMU Guildhall.  There is no fee for attendance or participation.