Let the Games Begin!

13-Game Jam

Jono Forbes, of the video game company Defective Studios, prepares a NEIT gaming student to help demonstrate his company’s virtual reality game “Archean Worldbuilder.”

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.

For the fifth consecutive year, New England Tech has been selected as an official host site for the 2016 Global Game Jam. This international, 48-hour game design event will be held on January 29-30, 2016, at the college’s East Greenwich campus.  Last year, more than 11,000 gamers participated at nearly 500 jam sites worldwide. Now in its eighth year, Global Game Jam continues to grow in popularity.  Individuals over the age of 18, who have pre-registered, will work together in small teams to create and complete a playable video game within the 48-hour time limit.  There is no pre-planning.  Teams are informed of the “secret game theme” at the start of the event. To register, visit http://games.neit.edu.

Power Game Day a huge success

The Video Game Design Technology program held its 5th Annual NEIT Power Game Day on October 24th with a record audience in attendance. Students were treated to industry insights from speakers from Sonalysts Studios, Defective Studios, WGBH Digital, Dassault Systemes SIMULA, Muzzy Lane Studios, Fablevision, Disco Pixel, VT MAK DiGuy, and animator and NEIT adjunct instructor Pete Paquette.

During the mini-trade fair, students interacted with the speakers to gain additional information and to network. Several student teams exhibited games they had created and developed in their coursework, getting valuable feedback from the crowd of game testers.

Evening video game tournaments were sponsored by NEIT’s Game Developer’s Network Student Club. The event was a fundraiser with all proceeds going to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network as part of the national “Extra Life” gaming marathon fundraisers. Winners were crowned in three tournament games, Guitar Hero, Super Mario Brother’s Smash Mouth, and Injustice.

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