Worcester Polytechnic Institute will hold Showfest, an end-of-year display of games created by students from its Interactive Media and Game Development program. The games were designed by students over the course of the academic year, and are a mixture of graduate thesis projects, major qualifying projects, and in-class projects. Admission to the showcase is free and open to the public; attendees will be able to view and play the games.
Students’ game trailers will be on display on the Foisie Innovation Studio’s two-story video wall.
Local gaming industry experts will attend, interviewing students about their games, offering feedback on game design, and discussing employment opportunities within the industry.
WPI's Major Qualifying Project (MQP) is a high-level design or research experience conducted within a student's major that challenges the student to solve problems that would be encountered in the professional discipline. WPI’s distinctive curriculum is centered on project-based learning and all students must complete the MQP—which presents an issue at the intersection of science, technology, and society and emphasizes the need to learn about how technology affects societal values and structures.
The showcase will feature WPI faculty members and industry experts:.
Dean O’Donnell, assistant teaching professor of computer science, and Showfest coordinator
Ichiro Lambe ’98, founder and president of Dejobaan Games, an independent Boston-area game development studio
Joe Mirabello, founder and CEO of Terrible Posture Games, a Boston-based indie game studio
Graham Pentheny ’10, game designer at Spry Fox Games, a company that creates original video games
Foisie Innovation Studio, Second Floor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester
Friday, April 26, 2019
5 to 8 p.m.
Showfest will be livestreamed from 6 to 8 p.m. Click here to watch the livestream.