GameFest 2018

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Held 15th Annual GameFest May 5


This annual games festival, organized by the Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, showcases student creativity and innovation in game design. It features micro talks, a student design competition judged by industry professionals, and opportunities to meet professional developers.

Participating students come from colleges all across the Northeast, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rochester Institute of Technology, Quinnipiac University, University of Connecticut, Champlain College, and New York University.

Participating local developers include Vicarious Visions, Velan Studios, WB Games NY, 1st Playable Productions and Tech Valley Game Space.

The keynote talk ‘This is a Group Exercise’ will be given by Chelsea Hash (‘06) of Giant Sparrow, Lead Technical Artist on the BAFTA winning (Best Game) What Remains of Edith Finch.

GameFest is made possible in part through the support of the NYSTAR/Empire State Development Digital Gaming Hubs Program.


Thank you everyone who participated!



About GSAS

GSAS is part of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Since its inception in 2007, GSAS is frequently listed amongst the top ranking games programs in the country, offering students concentrations in computer science, electronic arts, writing, cognitive science, and management.


About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America’s first technological research university. For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer has been defining the scientific and technological advances of our world. Rensselaer faculty and alumni represent 85 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 17 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 25 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 8 members of the National Academy of Medicine, 8 members of the National Academy of Inventors, and 5 members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, as well as 6 National Medal of Technology winners, 5 National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With 7,000 students and nearly 100,000 living alumni, Rensselaer is addressing the global challenges facing the 21st century—to change lives, to advance society, and to change the world. To learn more, go to




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