GameFest 2015 : May 1+2, EMPAC @ RPI

GameFest 2015 returns to EMPAC for its 12th edition on Friday May 1 and Saturday May 2.  More games, more schools, words of wisdom and musical journeys.GameFest is free and open to the public.


Friday May 1

Games Beyond Entertainment: graduate student panel

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, EMPAC Studio Beta

Games for change, games for education, and the future of games and the real world.Participants:

Eric Walsh, PhD Student in Communication and Rhetoric, RPI

John Lindstedt, PhD Student in Cognitive Science, RPI

Alex Zook, PhD Student in Computer Science, Georgia Tech

Andrew Robb,  PhD Student in Computer Science and Engineering, University of Florida

Ben Snyder, Master Student in Game Design and Development, RIT


Mei Si, Department of Cognitive Science, RPI



all your BASS are belong to us: PULSE (People Using Live Software and Electronics)

8:00 PM – 11:00 PM, EMPAC Studio 1

Game music, chiptunes, livecoding, circuitbending, beats, and interactive visuals from this eclectic collective of DJ’s, musicians, and video artists.





Obi-Wan Codenobi and The Wookie


PULSE group



Saturday May 2

Student Game Design Showcase and Competition

12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, EMPAC Studio 1, Studio 2, Theater, and Evelyn’s Cafe


Keynote: James Portnow

More than a Pastime: A Promise to Future Generations

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, EMPAC Theater

James Portnow is a game designer and consultant known for his theories on socially positive design. He received his Masters from Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center, went on to work for Activision as a designer on the Call of Duty series before raising funds to start his own company, Divide by Zero Games. Portnow currently serves as the CEO of Rainmaker Games, a design and consulting firm that has worked with partners from Zynga to Riot Games, in addition to writing the popular Extra Credits and Extra History series.



Award Ceremony

5:00 – 5:30, EMPAC Theater

link to list of award winners