GameFest 2013

On, 27 April 2013, at Rensselear’s GameFest 2013, The Game Studio at Champlain College took home First and Second Place, and two Excellence Awards.

GameFest consists of four basic parts: concert, showcase, competition, industry talk and panel. This year, 45 teams registered their games for the event. 20 of those games were allowed into the competition: 5 for each of the 4 schools competing. This year, the schools were: Becker College, The Game Studio @ Champlain College, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Any game from the participating schools can be shown off in the Showcase. For a list of all of the teams and games please see  this list.

Games entered into the competition from The Game Studio @ Champlain College:

Team Game
Big Y Smalls Magnosphere
Team Biff Pow Zop Crisis of the Superverse
Team Mindsquid Quibly Ball
Team Rift Sagittarii Run
Shadow Puppet Studios Mageball

The outcome of the Competition follows:

Award Game School
First Magnosphere Champlain College
Second Quibly Ball Champlain College
Third Unbroken Rochester Institute of Technology
Excellence in Visuals Sagittarii Run Champlain College
Excellence in 2D Gameplay Heist Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Excellence in Immersion The Bigfoot Journals Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Excellence in Concept Energy Drive Rochester Institute of Technology
Excellence in Multi-Player Prismatic Showdown Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Excellence in GUI Crisis of the Superverse Champlain College
Best in Show Landfall Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
People’s Choice Prismatic Showdown Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Congratulations to all of the winning teams!

The Game Studio @ Champlain College sported 12 teams/games at GameFest 2013. Prof. Jonathan Ferguson coordinated and facilitated Champlain’s GameFest Exhibitors, and transported over fifteen computer systems to support Champlain students. Thanks to all of the Champlain Exhibitors, who helped to pack, unload, and repack the van with those systems. Setup and tear-down of all of these games was completed in record time in the EMPAC at RPI. Great work everyone!

The following games created entirely by students in The Game Studio at Champlain College, were exhibited at GameFest 2013:

  • Trash Lords
  • Guardian
  • Eb and Flo
  • GoldBlitz
  • Sagittarii Run
  • Quibly Ball
  • Mageball
  • Crisis of the Super-Verse
  • Sasquatch: Photo-Bomber
  • Trail
  • Lilith

Great job everyone! It was a fantastic showing for The Game Studio at Champlain College! 12 games! Champlain’s largest showing at GameFest yet!

Champlain College has participated in the GameFest since 2010. Prior to 2012, Champlain was not permitted to participate in the competition due to our collaborative production process. In 2012 the rules were changed to take development time into account. In 2012, Champlain took home First and Second place with Loc, and Satoshi and the Thousand Samurai.


Video of this event is available below. Here’s the raw footage of the event. I have not had time to edit this into something reasonable yet. These files are BIG, think 1.2GiB+.

These H.264 videos are encapsulated in MP4 Format (use VLC media player or Apple’s QuickTime to watch.

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