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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


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


List of Showcase Exhibitors

The Showcase page now has a list of the games exhibiting this year at the Showcase. Some of the students have made videos, which we hope to post before Saturday's showcase.

Date Posted: May. 13, 2014 | Permalink


2014 GDIAC Showcase

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, the GDIAC showcase returns, showcasing student game projects from the past year. The games courses continue to grow, and once again we have a record number of projects in both CS/INFO 3152 and CS/INFO 4152. This is been a particularly active year for mobile and smartphone games, as we have eight different projects this year.

The showcase is open to the general public, so that everyone can play and experience these projects. In addition, the public is welcome to vote for the favorite in the award ceremony at the end. Come join us and make this our best Showcase yet.

Date/Time: Friday, May 16th from 4 - 7 pm
Venue: ACCEL Labs in Carpenter Hall

Date Posted: Apr. 25, 2014 | Permalink


2013 Cornell Game Jam

Google is sponsoring a Game Jam this weekend at Cornell University. The Game Jam is open to anyone affiliated with Cornell. The focus will be on web game development, but any time of game is welcome. The Game Jam will take place over a short 24 hours, so you have to be creative to come up with a good game idea.

There will be prizes, food, and Google schwag. Come join us for our first Game Jam and have fun! But be sure to get some sleep the day before.

Date/Time: Sep. 14th from 12am - 11:59pm

Venue: Upson 361 (CSUG Lab)


  • Contestants must be affiliated with Cornell
  • Teams are limited to 2-5 people
  • The game must run in a browser.
  • The submission consists of a URL with a playable game.
  • No gameplay can be implemented before the contest start.

While no gameplay maybe implemented before the contest start, contestants are allowed to set-up any necessary infrastucture to publish their game to the web ahead of time. This could be a personal web server, or a Facebook app. The key requirement is that any application deployed at that URL must be a non-game demo before the start of the Game Jam.

There are no restrictions on the game engine, provided that the game engine does not contain gameplay unique to the submission. There are several game engines designed specifically for web-based games. These include (but are not restricted to):

Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the Game Jam.

Date Posted: Sep. 9, 2013 | Permalink

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