GameFest 2022


Over the coming months, we’ll be migrating to a new platform intended to more closely reflect our association with the Center of Excellence in Digital Game Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Our new home will come with a new look, but you’ll still be able to access all material currently found on this site.

For now, please see below for a recap of this year’s event!

Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 2PM

GameFest 2022 has come and gone!

If you’re new here, welcome! GameFest is a student game development showcase, symposium, and competition with prizes awarded by a panel of industry experts. From this page, you can learn more about our history or take a look at this year’s exhibitors, awards, and all related media.

This year, GameFest featured over thirty submissions, fifteen live demos, and five graduate research presentations from students across the State of New York.

Our event is hosted by the Digital Gaming Hub and the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Program in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The event is also made possible in part by a grant from the Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR).


Due to the continuing impact of COVID-19, GameFest 2022 took place live in AltspaceVR, a free social virtual reality platform accessible via PC, Oculus Rift, and Vive.

Our original instructions for joining the event are retained here for archival purposes:

Before you join, you’ll need to download and create an account with AltspaceVR. (Keep in mind that you may have trouble creating an account if you use a university-issued email address.)

Once you’ve completed both steps, you’re ready to enter the world!

See our event page or join us directly by entering the world code “YAM667” in the client app.


GameFest was also streamed live via YouTube!

Watch the entire show below (starting at 1:00:00):


2:00 – 2:10pm

Student Expo and Competition:
2:10 – 4:00pm

Graduate Student Symposium:
4:00 – 6:00pm

Award Ceremony:
6:00 – 7:15pm