GameFest 2016: Visions of the Virtual

 

GameFest 2016: Visions of the Virtual

EMPAC

April 30, 2016 9:00 AM - 6:15 PM

On Saturday, April 30, the GameFest expo, competition and symposium at EMPAC features over 50 student teams from colleges and universities across the Northeast, with a game design competition hosted by Vicarious Visions.  Dive into virtual reality and fly a stunt kite, or become a narwhal making sandwiches at a deli counter.  Play through a tale of love and loss using your own facial expressions, or explore an immersive environment of freshwater ecology.  Check out the future of multiplayer gaming, haptic feedback devices, mobile games and more.  
 
This year’s keynote talks look at immersion and virtual reality from the perspective of both games and simulation.  Indie developer Theresa Duringer, CEO of Temple Gates Games, discusses the future of game design for virtual reality and shares tips and techniques used in her award-winning VR game Bazaar.  Artist and researcher Ruth West, Director of the xREZ Art+Science Lab at University of North Texas, presents her groundbreaking work in combining art and science through immersive and participatory media, from virtual reality to data sonification.
 
For full schedule and more information, please visit our website at gamefest.rpi.edu. ; All GameFest events are free and open to the public.
 
GameFest is presented by the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program and the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is made possible in part by a grant from the State of New York’s Empire State Development agency. 

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