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Three GDIAC Games Accepted to Boston FIG

After the success of Apsis at the Boston Festival of Indie Games last year, three more GDIAC games have been accepted for exhibition this year. All three were popular games at this year's Showcase:

  • Over the Arctic Hills (Most Innovative Game, Mobile Division)
  • Dash (Most Polished Game, Intro Division)
  • Beck and Chuck (Intro Division entry)

If you are in the Boston area, come by the Festival of Indie Games to check these out.

Date Posted: Aug. 11, 2014 | Permalink

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Apsis wins "Most Promising Indie"

2013 Showcase favorite Apsis has been working its way through the Indie Festival circuit this past year. Last September they exhibited at The Boston Festival of Indie Games, and had a nice write-up at Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Now they have won "Most Promising Indie" at Casual Connect 2014.

Apsis is expected to have a commercial release later this year. We will announce (and link to) the release when that happens.

Date Posted: Aug. 1, 2014 | Permalink

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New Game Design Course this Fall

Erik Andersen will be offering a new game design course this fall, titled CS 4154: Analytics-driven Game Design. Students in class will design a game in Flash and distribute the game online. The purpose of the class is to collect and analyze player data, and use that to improve the quality of the game.

This course is based on a similar one offered at the University of Washington several years ago. The popular Flash game Hello Worlds was one of the games developed in that course.

There is currently no cross-list for information science; we are not going to be able to get approval for cross-listing in time for the semester start. Therefore, artists and designers are permitted to take the computer science course even if they do not program. Students wanting to use this course for design credit should contact the GDIAC director about submitting a petition.

We will make an announcement about how this course fits into the Game Design Minor later in the fall.

Date Posted: Jul. 7, 2014 | Permalink

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GDIAC Welcomes Erik Andersen

Erik Andersen is a new faculty member coming to Cornell this fall. A student of Zoran Popović at the University of Washington, Erik works with games and learning. As a new faculty member in computer science, Erik will join GDIAC and offer brand new game design courses. Watch this site for course announcements.

Date Posted: Jun. 1, 2014 | Permalink

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2014 Showcase Winners

Congratulations to our Showcase Winners.

Audience Choice:

  • Intro Division: Black Friday
  • Mobile Division: Flick Ship Spaceship

Most Polished Game:

  • Intro Division: Dash
  • Mobile Division: Beam

Most Innovative Game:

  • Intro Division: Ribbons
  • Mobile Division: Over the Artic Hills

The quality of games this year was truly outstanding. It was very difficult for the judges to pick winners this year. In fact, with the newly relaunched gallery, many of this years games are rated some of the highest. We hope to raise the bar even higher next year.

Date Posted: May. 20, 2014 | Permalink

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