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. (more…)
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! (more…)
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. (more…)
Deb Nicholson: Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks: Or Why the Future Might Curse Us
Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks: Or Why the Future Might Curse Us
Community Outreach Director for the Open Invention Network
O’Reilly Open Source Award Winner
Founding organizer of the Seattle GNU/Linux Conference
Software Freedom Conservancy’s Evaluation Committee
Patents, copyrights and trademarks form a trio of legal tools often referred to as “intellectual property” law. While each of these tools originally grew from a desire to help new businesses and individual creators find their way to success, today these advantages are better at creating inequity than opportunity. The litigious application of patents, copyrights and trademarks has become so distorted in modern times that their usage often amounts to bullying. (more…)
ANNOUNCING THE 3rd ANNUAL RIT “CO-UP” PROGRAM:
EAT. SLEEP. BREATHE. MAKE. SUMMER 2017
5 teams | $10,000 PER TEAM | $50,000 TOTAL
The key differentiator for a place like RIT is a focus on student innovation: students today need to be prepared for multiple careers, start-ups, failures, and experiences. They are likely to face technology disruption in their own careers, and they are likely to be on the forefront of disrupting other industries. RIT is committed to focusing not only on top quality academic programs, but also on the fabric and experiences that will help prepare students for global challenges and unique opportunities. (more…)
The video game industry is hoping to get a production tax credit into this year’s final budget after the governor vetoed a similar measure last year because it wasn’t part of the budget. Both the Senate and Assembly included the credit in their one-house resolutions. And several colleges have joined in the push as well. Joining us to explain more are Guha Bala from Velan Ventures, Benjamin Chang from RPI and Jennifer Hinton from the Magic Spell Studios at RIT.
The organizers of the Rochester Game Festival are taking over the Irondequoit Public Library for a special Spring Showcase.
Dozens of professional developers, hobbyists, and students from the Rochester area will demo their video games and tabletop games for the public at this free event. And be on the lookout for a big announcement about the second annual Rochester Game Festival, which is happening this Fall.
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)
RIT professor launches table-top games to enhance people’s understanding of religion, ‘Lost and Found’ games aim to change the legal discourse about religious legal systems, increase collaboration and cooperation
The games, available at lostandfoundthegame.com, are distributed through RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios. Lost & Found is geared toward high school and college-aged students due to its level of strategic complexity. The second, Order in the Court – the Party Game, is accessible for junior high students as well as older teens and adults.
Join Digital Rochester and local video game industry leaders fresh off their visit to the Game Developers Conference at this event to learn about what’s new and how our community is partnering to develop and keep expertise and talent here in Rochester. Come early or stay late to enjoy some developing games first hand! (more…)
The event will be held on Friday, March 23rd (starting at 10AM COLA A205) and Saturday, March 24th (starting at 10AM Carlson Auditorium). Friday is a symposium format with guest speakers from industry and academia, Saturday is a structured workshop format where students will learn how to construct ‘design fictions’ within one of four thematic areas to explore the possibilities that many emerging technologies will enable in the near future.
This year’s theme is ‘Enigmatic Beginnings & Unorthodox Things‘
MAGIC at Buffalo Museum of Science, After Hours Dance Party
Get back to your roots with the 8-, 16- and 64-bit sounds of youth. Step ↑↑↓↓←→←→BA and back to start. Link up with creative minds of Buffalo’s own chiptune performers and bounce to musical manipulations of Gameboys, and Nintendo ES. Special guests: SBthree, HangOnGetReady, Danimal Cannon, with visuals by CLD. (more…)
Come work and share your prototypes or ideas at our Work Night! This is a great opportunity to run ideas and prototype builds by others, get some solid play testing in-and give feedback to others! It’s also an excellent opportunity to meet other potential team mates! (more…)
In honor of our 5th Birthday, the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity is hosting an “open house” with cake, punch and giveaways from Noon-2:00PM on Thursday, February 15 in our current Student Innovation Hall location. Talk with our staff, some of our students and see what we have made together over the last 5 years!
From 2:00-3:00PM, our Director Andy Phelps will give a talk on the future of MAGIC Spell Studios as we get ready to move into our new facility this fall.
We are excited for the opportunity to reflect on our first five years and invite you to join us as we look forward to the next five and beyond! (more…)
The NYS Game Dev Challenge is a statewide competition for both students and indie developers with the goal of bringing your game ideas to production. Entrants can register as either a student or indie developer (solo or team), with the latter category being open to any interested developer in NYS. (more…)
Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), hardware, and content development can be the grounds for impressive technical feats — but they’re also spaces where radical political, social, legal, psychological, and cultural shifts can begin to take hold. This talk explores the interplay of four levels of “universe hacking” via (re)telling stories from FOSS projects both large and small. What does Creative Commons have to do with terraforming? How is FOSS@MAGIC like a Biosphere? (more…)
RIT to host statewide Game Dev Challenge kickoff January 19th Contest is open to college students and indie game developers; $25,000 in prize money up for grabs
The NYS Game Dev Challenge is a statewide competition for both students and indie developers
with the goal of bringing your game ideas to production. Entrants can register as either a student or indie developer (solo or team), with the latter category being open to any interested developer in NYS.
The challenge will run from January 1 until March 1 when submissions close. We are opening the challenge “early” in advance of our formal kickoff event to give student developers in particular the opportunity to work over their break). You will be able to submit your project beginning February 12. Challenge winners will be announced at a ceremony at Rochester’s The Strong National Museum of Play on April 12 at 11:00AM. (more…)
Frameless Labs — a campus organization housed under the umbrella of the MAGIC Center at RIT — is organizing its second annual symposium as part of a continuing effort to foster community for augmented, mixed and virtual reality across RIT.
The symposium will highlight research and innovation that use frameless mediums and their applications in areas such as science, education, entertainment, health care, content creation, display and many more. (more…)