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RIT MAGIC Center names new leadership

David Long, associate professor in Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Art and Design, has been appointed director of RIT’s Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity and MAGIC Spell Studios.

Long, who earned his doctoral degree in color science from RIT in 2015, is founder and chair of the motion picture science program in RIT’s School of Film and Animation. Prior to that, Long spent 10 years as a research engineer with Eastman Kodak Co.’s motion picture division. He also has a lengthy career working with Hollywood filmmakers. In 2008, he earned an Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in recognition of his technological contributions at Eastman Kodak.

Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) College Game Competition: submission by April 27, 2018

The RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC), in conjunction with the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA) is excited to announce the “Electronic Entertainment Expo” (E3) College Game Competition” during E3 2018, June 12-14.

Highlighting college and university programs on the video game industry’s biggest stage, the E3 College Game Competition has been a popular addition to E3 since its launch in 2013. This unique competition challenges teams from more than 400 colleges and universities to create and submit their own original video games. Five finalists will receive the opportunity to showcase their games on E3’s prestigious show floor, alongside leading video game publishers such as Capcom, Activision Blizzard, and Ubisoft.

From Rust – 1st Place in the Indie category

From Rust is a digital, cooperative collectible card game for PC and mobile. From Rust is played by 1-4 players, each controlling characters with unique skills and stats.

Hovership Havo – 2nd Place in the Indie category

Hovership Havoc is a randomly generated twin stick top down shooter with roguelike and RPG elements. You control a robot AI from inside a futuristic factory where it was built. A malfunction occurs in this robot and he jumps in one of the hoverships and traverses through 3 factory levels, destroying all the other robots in its path

Abyxsis – 3rd Place in the Indie category

In Abyxsis you play as a penitent demon intent on escaping the abyss to rescue an innocent human child from peril in the mortal world. You are the least likely hero in a world where prayers otherwise go unanswered. Abyxsis will showcase some sensational depictions of otherworldly suffering in a darkly comic

manner, but also wrestle with topics of imprisonment and forgiveness.

Crazy Platez – 1st place in the student category

Crazy Platez is a game about feeding the hungry people of Rochester and racing to deliver as many plates as you can before running out of gas.

Odyssey – 2nd place in the student category

Odyssey is a 2D action adventure shooter being developed for Windows. The game follows the story of a space mercenary exploring a universe slowly descending into chaos. It focuses on story-telling, worldbuilding, and fast paced combat. The gameplay is built around a unique shielding mechanic, and the

artstyle expresses a classic pixelated feel.”

Mastery – 3rd place in the student category

Mastery is a 2D platform game made by Tunacat Studio. The game world combines  fantasy components of Taoism and the customs of ancient China. The game tells a story of self-discovery as the main character, Yan Ching, masters the five Chi elements during his sacred pilgrimage of mountainous ascension.

International Women’s Day by the CSER: Honored Dr. Adrienne Decker!

MAGIC is very excited to announce that Dr. Adrienne Decker has been featured in a series of tweets and a YouTube video put together for International Women’s Day by the CSER – The Computer Science Education Research Group at the University of Adelaide (Australia), the group chose several women to highlight:

“As part of International Women’s Day, we are showcasing the work that women all over the world are doing in Computer Science Education Research. We’ve been sharing these profiles on Twitter but have created a short video with the curated list for you to use and share.”

Adrienne had to say this about the honor; “Being part of this group, with several people I work with, have worked with, or admire considerably, is simply quite an honor”.

See the youtube video:

Twitter link


Construction is nearly complete on the MAGIC Spell Studios project and our team is looking forward to moving into our new facility this summer to begin preparing for a busy fall semester as we open our doors! Because of this, we are shifting the Co-Up program to the fall and spring semesters in the 2018-2019 year and anticipate selecting up to 3 teams each semester. With continued funding and support, we anticipate reverting back to our summer program in 2019. Below will you will find details for the fall semester process:

MAGIC to Help, Teach the Teacher Day at McQuaid Jesuit High School

McQuaid Jesuit High School will be hosting a “Teach the Teacher” day focused on educating teachers about the industry of digital game development. Professional development day for Diocese of Rochester teachers featuring:

Andrew (Andy) Phelps, Director of the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC), Professor in the School of Interactive Games & Media and President, Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA)


Super Daryl Deluxe Launch Party!

We are excited to host a launch party to celebrate the April 10 release Super Daryl Deluxe on PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam by Dan & Gary Games.  MAGIC has been partnering with Dan Plate and Gary Porter since 2015, when they were students at RIT and we are thrilled to see them release their first, highly-anticipated and award winning game to the masses!