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Open Rank Faculty Position in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences

Open Rank Faculty Position in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences

The program in Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for an Open Rank faculty position.  The selected candidate will have a tenure home in one of the five departments of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Arts, Cognitive Science, Communication and Media, Economics, or Science and Technology Studies.

Applicants must hold a terminal degree (PhD, MFA or foreign equivalent) in Computer Games or a related field such as Digital Media, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, or Human-Computer Interaction. The ideal candidate will have a successful record of collegiate teaching and a proven track record of both leading and participating in collaborative interdisciplinary research.

We seek a colleague with a passion for the future of games and a publication or exhibition record in human-computer interaction, experimental games, artificial intelligence, behavioral science, games for learning, health, and social impact, or a related area of game design and research.  An entrepreneurial spirit and expertise in game creation is desirable.

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Advising Update for Dual Majors

Important information for Dual Major students regarding the HASS Core Requirements

 

We have been working with HASS student services and the Registrar’s Office on requirements for dual majors, and I’m pleased to announce an important clarification regarding the HASS Elective Requirements:

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RPI Ranked in the Top 25 Schools for Game Design, Princeton Review 2014

The Princeton Review has again named the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) as one of the top  university programs to study game design and development.
See more at:

http://news.rpi.edu/content/2014/03/11/rensselaer-top-20-schools-study-video-game-design

 

Spectre (Oculus VR game) launches Kickstarter campaign

Spectre is an Oculus-enabled horror game by Proscenium, an international team led by Ryan Anderson (GSAS ’13) and including GSAS alumni Tom Weithers and Adam LeClaire. They’ve just launched their Kickstarter campaign and are already almost 1/3 of the way there after 2 days.

It looks absolutely terrifying.

Co-Founders of Vicarious Visions Named 2013 William F. Glaser ’53 Rensselaer Entrepreneurs of the Year

 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumnus Karthik Bala ’97 and Brother Guha Bala of Hit Video Game Development Company To Be Honored October 9 

Vicarious Visions started out in 1991 as a “hobby” for Guha and Karthik Bala in their parent’s basement, while they were in high school in Rochester, N.Y.  A few years later they landed their first publishing deal when Karthik was a freshman at Rensselaer. They formed a team of eight friends from college and in 1999, they entered the first Independent Games Festival. They won two awards – Best Programming and Best Audio which put them on the map and provided visibility amongst the big game publishers.

Over the years that followed, they were able to secure angel investment and an acquisition which allowed them to stay independently run. They’ve shared the stage with Steve Jobs, debut new game releases regularly and are ranked 18th among the world’s top developers.

The Severino Center is proud to recognize the accomplishments of Vicarious Visions founders, Karthik and Guha Bala, at the 2013 Rensselaer Entrepreneur of the Year Award Celebration.

The celebration will include a showcase of student games from students in Rensselaer’s Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program.

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Video of the event

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SHOWCASE GAMES

Desktop Bomberkid

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Reginald Franklin

http://athetc.weebly.com/desktop-bomberkid.html

Hangeki

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Jaron Kong. Jon Ota. Greg Weil.

http://pentavera.com/games/hangeki/

Heist

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Ethan Richards – Producer

Ian Kettlewell – Lead Programmer

Christian Tewell – Art and Sound Design

J.J. Go – Lead Design

https://vimeo.com/72711865

Prismatic Showdown

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Nichoas Cesare – Producer, Programmer

Dennis Co – Programmer

Chris DeBartolomeo – Programmer

Grace Rhee – Artist / Designer

Tom Weithers – Programmer

Miles Beaven – Music/Sound

http://www.prismaticshowdown.com/

 

Qualdrin

Qualdrin

Gerald Franklin – Lead Designer, Lead Artist

Reginald Franklin – Lead Programmer, Co-Designer

http://geraldfranklin.weebly.com/qualdrin.html

Triangle Legacy Revolution

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Matthew Chapman

http://fawfulfan.itch.io/triangle-legacy-revolution

Zineth

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Tom Astle – Game concept, main game programming

Jacob Knipfing – Game concept, cellphone programming

Russell Honor – Game concept, main game programmin, level design

Tom Lanciani – Character rigging, animation, additional models

Evan Gonzalez – Music, sound effects

Dan Spaulding – Character and world design, story, level design, additional art

Sylvia Forrest – Character and monster design, story, character models, additional models, animation, art, sound effects

Flo: The Watershed Project

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Originator/Designer/Director/Producer:
Kathleen Ruiz, Ph.D. abd, Associate Professor of Integrated Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:

Student Design Team Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute:
Dan Hawkins, Game Designer;

Bryce Miller: 2-D Artist;

Evan Minto: Project Manager/Web Designer & Programmer;

Colin Neville: Programmer;

Evan-Daniel Rose-Gonzalez: Music Composer;

Randy Sabella: 3D Artist/Designer;

Anthony Szymczyk: 3D Artist;

Beth Towns: Programmer;

Rosa Tung: 3D Artist/Level Designer;

Beth Werbaneth: Programmer/Game Designer;

Gabriella Ciavardoni: Artist/Animator

Educators:

Kate Van Baren, 8th grade science teacher Onteora Middle School, Boiceville, N.Y.   (Watershed partner school)
Amber Bennett, 8th grade science teacher NYC MS x551 The Bronx Academy of Letters (N.Y.C. partner school)
Katie Palm, Education Director, The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development: Environmental Education Consultant

Science Team:

Kerissa Fuccillo, Ph.D. MS, Ph.D. candidate, Green Infrastructure Scientist and Director of Education & Research, The Ashokan Center
Elliot Schneiderman, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, NYC Environmental Protection: Watershed Science Modeling Consultant

 

http://watershed.hass.rpi.edu/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specter Seekers is a finalist in the 2013 IndieCade/Oculus VR Jam

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Specter Seekers is a first-person multiplayer horror game built for the Oculus Rift. It was initially developed for the 2013 IndieCade VR Jam competition, and has since earned the honor of being a Finalist in the global competition. The game is currently in development, and we are aiming to release the full version before the end of the year.

Specter Seekers is being developed by a team of seven in the US and Europe, led by Ryan Anderson (RPI GSAS ’13).

RPI Students and Alumni at Boston Festival of Independent Games

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September 14, 2013

MIT Stratton Student Center & Johnson Athletic Center

 

BostonFIG is a free event celebrating independent game development in the New England area and neighboring regions.  It features terrific keynote speakers, a games showcase, and a game music concert (say, does that sound a little like any other awesome game festivals you’ve heard of ? 😉

This year the keynotes are Robin Hunicke and Chris Remo, a film screening, an art show, live music, tabletop games, live action games, and of course indie digital games.  Check out games from RPI students and alumni there including co.llide by Gradient Studios, Cognition: An Erica Reed  Thriller by Phoenix Online Studios, Hangeki by Pentavera, and Shock Jocks by Michael Andryauskas.

RPI students win in the YoYoGames WinBig Competition

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RPI student team Pentavera won third place in YoYo Games Win Big, an international competition for game developers using GameMaker to publish games for Windows 8.  Their game Hangeki is a new twist on a classic arcade game genre.  Hangeki is out now on the Windows 8 Store, and you can also play it in full nostalgic glory on the RPI Game Development Club’s Arcade Cabinet in the Union.  Also, be sure to check out Hangeki next week at the Boston Festival of Independent Games , September 14 at the MIT Stratton Student Center and Johnson Athletic Center.

RPI Ranked #5 in Animation Career Review’s Top 50 Programs for Game Design and Development

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We’re honored to be included in AnimationCareerReview.com’s 2013 list of the Top 50 US Schools for Game Design and Development, coming in at #5.  RPI was also ranked #17 in their Top 100 Schools for Animation, and #11 in the Top 20 Animation Programs in the Northeast.

http://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/2013-top-50-schools-us-game-design-and-development

http://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/best-animation-programs-northeast-our-top-20-northeastern-us-region

http://www.animationcareerreview.com/articles/2013-top-100-us-schools-animation-and-game-design

 

Zineth wins Best Student Game at IGF!!

 

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Zineth, a game created by Rensselaer student team The Arcane Kids ( Russell Honor, Jacob Knipfing, Tom Astle, Sylvia Forrest, Tom Lanciani, Evan Gonzalez and Dan Spaulding), won the award for Best Student Game at the 15th annual Independent Game Festival.  Created in Professor Kathleen Ruiz’s Spring 2012 Experimental Game Design class, Zineth is a game that celebrates speed, movement, and twitter.  Congratulations Arcane Kids!!

Download and play Zineth here (PC, Mac, Linux; free)

Read more about the IGF here 

Click below to continue reading with more photos from the Awards Ceremony.

 

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