GameFest 2013: Future Play


GameFest 2013: Future Play


April 27, 2013 12:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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


FRIDAY 4/26 – EMPAC Concert Hall:

Opening Concert:  “Twas the Night Before GameFest” – A Game Music Spectacular!

8–10:30 pm

Please join us for an unforgettable evening of game music favorites, including the Angry Birds Theme, Super Mario Brothers, Zelda’s Lullaby and more!  The orchestra will be conducted by Mr. Joshua Osburn with performances by Dean Mary Simoni and the talented students of Rensselaer.



Student Game Exhibition and Competition

Throughout Main Lobby & All Floors / 12 Noon - 3 pm  

Keynote Address - Richard Rouse III, Senior Game Designer, Microsoft Game Studios

Concert Hall, Main Auditorium / 4 - 4:45 pm

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.

Concert Hall, Main Auditorium / 5 - 6 pm

Awards Presentation

Concert Hall, Main Auditorium / 6 - 6:30 pm


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. The event “gives students experience in presenting work in a public context and at a level of professional polish suitable for the marketplace,” says Professor Ben Chang, Associate Professor of Arts and Co-Director of GSAS.  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. 

“The west coast is the center, of course, but the Northeast also has a presence” in the game world, notes Prof. Chang.  “The Capitol District is at the nexus of New York, Boston and Montreal, all of which have strong game communities.  So RPI is in a great location, and we definitely see GameFest as a community-building activity.”

This year’s GameFest kicks off Friday April 26 in the EMPAC Concert Hall with “Twas the Night Before GameFest,” a special concert of game music conducted by Mr. Joshua Osburn and performed by Dean Mary Simoni and Rensselaer students.

Starting at noon on Saturday April 27, the Student Game Exhibition and Competition will fill the main lobby and all floors of EMPAC.  Saturday’s activities will also feature a keynote address by Microsoft Senior Game Designer Richard Rouse III, author of Game Design: Theory & Practice, and a panel discussion on “Future Play: The People, the Technology and the Games,” with developers from the capitol region.  Recruiters from game companies will also be on hand to discuss students’ work and offer feedback.

All GameFest events are free and open to the public.  Follow us on Twitter -  @RPI_HASS, #GameFest.

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