The Video Game Development and Design Department held its 6th Annual Power Game Day on October 23rd. The day-long event featured nine guest speakers representing a wide range of companies from small independent developers to large gaming companies, from both the design and programming sectors of the video game industry, presented to more than 160 NEIT gaming students. While most of the presenters were from the New England area, Rod Haxton, a sound engineer from Maryland, and Shota Nakama, a video game music composer who recently returned from a trip to his native Japan, shared their insights with gaming students and faculty. A trade fair was held in the afternoon showcasing new technologies emerging in the field. Students had the opportunity to network with the morning speakers as well. To cap off the day, students enjoyed a “Super Smash Brothers” video game tournament.
In addition, the 2015 Summer Game Jam was held for 24 continuous hours on August 9-10. Thirty‐three students were divided into seven teams. Each team had to design a variety of games from concept through completion incorporating this year’s theme, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg”? One team broke from the video game tradition creating a full table card game, adding a new dimension to the mix.