With a mix of electronic arts, computer science, and one of the best game design programs in the country, Rensselaer students produce a regular fount of polished, professional video games, and we hear regularly from students and graduates of the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) program who’ve made good in the game design world. (To see some of those games in action, save the date for this year’s GameFest, April 26-27 at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center.) Ben Chang, co-director of the GSAS program, reached out to me recently with some of the latest accolades. Here’s the low-down:
Zineth, designed by Rensselaer students, was selected as one of the eight winners of the 2013 Independent Games Festival Student Showcase. The student competition received over 300 entries from around the world, Chang said. The winners will be exhibited at the IGF Festival and will compete for an additional Best Student Game award. The IGF, known as “the Sundance of Indie Games,” is held at the Game Developers Conference, which attracts over 25,000 attendees from the games industry and academia each year.
Zineth was created by The Arcane Kids: Russell Honor, Jacob Knipfing, Tom Astle, Sylvia Forrest, Tom Lanciani, Evan Gonzalez, and Dan Spaulding.