From the age of 12, John Miller knew that he wanted to design video games. In fact, he set a goal for himself to become a professional game developer by the time he turned 13. Although he missed that self-imposed deadline, Miller, a third-year game design and development student from St. Louis, persisted and this week at the 2017 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, he will debut Gibraltar in front of students and faculty from the nation’s top gaming schools at the highly anticipated Intel University Games Showcase. (more…)
MAGIC heads to GDC2017
With Rochester Institute of Technology celebrating a milestone year in the game design and development industry, more than 100 RIT students, faculty, alumni and staff will travel to San Francisco this week to participate in the Game Developers Conference 2017, the world’s largest professional gaming industry event of the year. Read more on our presence at GDC via University News..Read more on our presence at GDC via University News…
RIT professor awarded NSF grant to benefit the next generation of games and learning scholars
As a doctoral candidate, Owen Gottlieb received advice from a consortium that eventually led him to a successful teaching and research career. Years later, Gottlieb, an expert in games and learning at Rochester Institute of Technology, is “paying it forward,” using a National Science Foundation grant that will enable the next generation of gaming scholars and researchers to make inroads in the field of game design and development. (more…)
Professor awarded NSF grant to identify best practices for K-12 computing education
Researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology and Bradley University are finding the best ways to get diverse pre-college students interested in computing as a career.
Adrienne Decker, an assistant professor of interactive games and media at RIT, and Monica McGill, an associate professor of game design at Bradley University, have received a $1.19 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the long-term impact of computing activities students have engaged in prior to college. (more…)
RIT professor awarded NEH grant to enhance religious literacy through gaming
A team of interdisciplinary researchers, designers and developers led by Owen Gottlieb, an assistant professor of interactive games and media at Rochester Institute of Technology, has created a digital prototype for Lost & Found, a strategy game that aims to promote and enhance the public understanding of religion. (more…)
Rochester Institute of Technology will become the first university to publish a video game on the Xbox One gaming platform when Hack, Slash & Backstab is officially launched at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The game, which will be available for purchase for $4.99, will also debut simultaneously on the Steam platform and be available for sale through the digital storefront Humble. More information is available via University Press Coverage of the launch, and on our social media pages.
MAGIC Hosts NMC Summer Conference 2016
The Center for Media, Arts, Games Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC) at Rochester Institute of Technology is proud to be the 2016 host site for the New Media Consortium. We look forward to welcoming you to Rochester! Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute happenings during the conference – and we’ll post information here for coverage from RIT University News. The international conference will be held June 14–16, 2016, on the RIT campus and at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
MAGIC Spell Studios is pleased to announce a new title in development, Hack Slash & Backstab. HSB is a multi-player arcade dungeon crawler with a twist! We’ve all been there: stack ranking, team projects, student or employee evaluations on a curve – groups of people that need each other, but that are evaluated individually to the detriment of true teamwork. In Hack, Slash & Backstab, we adapt these broken models to a 2-4 player couch co-op dungeon crawler, and use a game setting to seemingly reduce the stakes. Work together as warrior, rogue, wizard and archer to survive a dangerous world. But only one player will be crowned the winner: it becomes a fight to the death, as betrayal and backstab become the tools of choice. The game is slated to release this summer on Steam and XBOX One. #bewaretheknife
RIT named one of three Digital Gaming Hubs in New York state
Rochester Institute of Technology has been named one of three Digital Gaming Hubs in New York state by Empire State Development. The Digital Gaming Hubs, which also include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and New York University, will receive $150,000 each, per year for three years.
Super Daryl Deluxe takes top prize at two national competitions! Read about the Super Daryl Deluxe team in the RIT Research Magazine.
MAGIC Virtual Reality Lab
RIT students and faculty working in a variety of disciplines have studied virtual reality as a way to enhance the user experience in game design and development, film and animation and imaging science. In January, the Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity (MAGIC) will serve as a home base for developers and practitioners who are at the forefront of emerging virtual/augmented reality technology.
The 2018 Rochester Game Festival will be held at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Gene Polisseni Center on Saturday, September 15, from Noon to 5:00 PM.
We’ll have more details to announce soon, but our second major event is going to be even bigger than last Fall’s Made In Rochester Game Festival. This time, we’re throwing open the doors to developers from Buffalo, Syracuse, and beyond.
Saturday, June 16th @ Lovin’ Cup, 6-10 PM. After the Arc Surfer Premier Party, walk next door to Lovin’ Cup to socialize! Our social meetup is meant for anyone to come and hang out, socialize, and chat with other game devs. No schedule or order of events. Just come and chill!
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. (more…)
Buffalo Game Expo is THE annual showcase of locally made games, hosted at Buffalo Game Space. Come play video games and board games created by the incredibly talented artists, designers, musicians, and programmers residing in and around Western New York, and even get to meet and chat with the creators!
BGX is a 16+ (or accompanied by an adult) event. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door.
For this and future Co-work and Coffee, we’re getting back to basics and emphasizing the “Co-Work” part of this meetup. We will be running a mini-work…
For this and future Co-work and Coffee, we’re getting back to basics and emphasizing the “Co-Work” part of this meetup. We will be running a mini-workshop for those who didn’t bring a project to work on. Bring your laptop and an open mind! No pre-configuration required but please arrive on time if you plan to participate. It will be beginner-friendly, and we can always use more seasoned developers to help out. See you there!
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)
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!
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…)