Game developers from all across the Rochester area will converge on the Irondequoit Public Library on September 30 for the first-ever Made In Rochester Game Festival. Play some amazing games, and meet the people behind your favorite (and soon-to-be-favorite) games.
MAGIC News & Press Announcements
Professor awarded an NSF Grant: Looking for Better Ways to Teach Introductory Computing
Adrienne Decker, associate professor, School of Interactive Games and Media and MAGIC affiliate has recently been awarded an NSF IUSE grant collaboratively with Briana Morrison, assistant professor, Computer Science, University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) and Lauren Margulieux, assistant professor, College of Education & Human Development’s Learning Technologies Division, Georgia State University (GSU). Also participating as senior personnel is Liz Johnson, chair, Computer Science, Xavier University.
Dr. Adrienne Decker, Associate Professor of Interactive Games & Media and a member of MAGIC becomes the next Fram Faculty fellow
Dr. Jennifer Schneider, Eugene H. Fram Chair of Applied Critical Thinking is pleased to announce that Dr. Adrienne Decker, Associate Professor, will become the Fram Faculty Fellow, beginning with the next academic year. Dr. Decker will lead the identification and sharing of best critical thinking pedagogical practices, and facilitate scholarship that informs instruction and student success across the disciplines. She will also contribute to the development of our assessment tools, processes, and data for continuous improvement. Her expertise will bring a focus to our ACT pedagogical practices and further integrate applied critical thinking across RIT.
Make-A-Wish, RIT MAGIC Center to grant teen’s wish
We were delighted to meet Riley and his family today, and to work with a team of friends to help make his wish come true!
Make-A-Wish®, RIT to grant teen’s wish Saturday
Who: Wish Kid Riley, Make-A-Wish, and Rochester Institute of Technology
Riley has a brain tumor and was given the opportunity for a wish through Make-A-Wish® Central New York. When asked, Riley knew exactly what he wanted: a high-end gaming computer with all the bells and whistles! Riley loves video games, especially games that allow him to design and build. He doesn’t know it yet, but Make-A-Wish has teamed up with the MAGIC Center at Rochester Institute of Technology to make his wish come true!
Staff Spotlight: Robert Mostyn
Robert Mostyn thinks of himself as a conduit, connecting game developers, programmers, designers, artists and musicians to others within the community. Through his work as the Digital Games Hub Coordinator at RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios, he’s helping to keep talented professionals in the area and grow New York state into a focal point for game development on the East Coast.
Kingdom of the Tao – 1st place in the student category
Kingdom of The Tao is the first and only Traditional Eastern Arts Educational game in Virtual Reality. Set in an ancient Taoist temple, players not only learn effective martial arts movements, but also traditional healing practices such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and the Elemental Theory of Chinese Medicine.
Monsterologist – 2nd place in the student category
Monsterologist is a 3D simulation game where the player is a scholar researching cute monsters in a tranquil village called Bakayville. Players can make friends with the monsters, raise them, or even employ them. The player’s research into monsters will change the game’s story and how Bakayville develops over the course of the game.
Phony – 3rd place in the student category
Outwardly, Phony is a game about collecting rent from tenants. Inwardly however, it is a game that explores the idea of Sonder, the realization that each passerby has a life as vivid and complex as your own, and exposing and understanding how much you actually don’t know about the people and the world around you, through narrative and environmental storytelling.
Genesis Noir – 1st place in the independent category
Genesis Noir is a poetic adventure game about stopping The Big Bang to save your love. Explore the cosmos, experience a synthesis of animation and interactivity, enjoy 2D and 3D visuals, and play with generative art inspired interactions.
The Myth Machine – 2nd place in the independent category
The Myth Machine is a psychological thriller played in the first person where you assume the role of a salvage worker exploring a defunct tech start-up that harbors a dark secret.
Shotgun Farmers – 3rd place in the independent category
Shotgun Farmers is an Online Multiplayer shooter where your bullets grow the guns. You can harvest weapon plants quickly for more ammo or let them grow for a stronger clip. Aim carefully, as a missed shot means you’ve just gifted your enemy with the gun you’re using!
NASA Space Apps Challenge
The NASA Space Apps Challenge is a 48-hour global hackathon engaging thousands of problem-solvers each year across the globe to work with NASA in designing creative solutions to international and interplanetary problems using open source data. The event is not just for coders, but for makers, designers, students, engineers, artists, and problem solvers. If you have a passion for space or “out of this world” problem-solving, then this event is for you!
Reporter: RIT at GDC 2017
RIT at GDC 2017
Tech by Tyler R Reimold | Apr. 24, 2017
Illustration by Cynthia Muniz
Perhaps more than any other conference, GDC (Game Developers Conference) provides a comprehensive picture of the current state of the game development industry. The annual event in San Francisco, CA is the largest, most active gathering of coders, artists, marketers and salespeople with a stake in game development.
RIT has routinely had a presence, and this year over 100 people affiliated with the university attended during the week of Feb. 27 to March 3. Among the attendees were four students from MAGIC Spell Studios, the game development studio within the MAGIC Center.