The Showcase is becoming EDGE - Experiential Development and Games Expo!
Presented by IGM, the annual Experiential Development and Games Expo (EDGE) brings together students, faculty, alumni, and industry professionals to celebrate the achievements of RIT student-led creative development teams.
RIT students submit their games and other interactive media experiences to be exhibited and reviewed in a variety of categories by panels of academic & industry experts. Student projects will be judged in the areas of technical excellence, aesthetics, game feel, game impact, and best in show. Following the exposition, category winners & “Best in Show” will be announced during the live award ceremony. Qualifying projects include but are not limited to digital or analog games, VR/AR/XR, prototypes, emerging media technology, published/unpublished works, etc.
Join us on Saturday April 13th, 2024 to interact with all of our incredible student projects. EDGE is open to all audiences and we hope you attend!
Nominations will be judged based on the level of technical achievement/advancement displayed in the development of the game. Unique or well-implemented game systems/subsystems, novel code implementations, and code optimization will all be considered for this category.
Aesthetics will be judged based on how visuals, sound, narrative, and game spaces come together to evoke the desired emotional responses in the player when the player interacts with the game.
Game feel will be judged based upon the degree and quality of player immersion. Areas contributing to game feel are level design, feedback, animation, audio, and physics used to convey player agency.
Game Impact will be judged based on the game's potential to inspire individual or community change.
Best in Show
Best in Show will be judged based on the overall quality, impressiveness and enjoyability of the Entered Game.
All forms of interactive experiences from any RIT students are welcome at the expo! - Analog, digital, VR, prototypes, published, etc.
Space permitting, everyone that submits will be assigned a time slot. If there are a large number of applicants, priority will be given to projects with clear objectives & organized submission materials. The goal is to showcase the breadth of creativity and skill of RIT students and to give students a chance to get feedback from a broader and more diverse audience. Students of ALL year levels are strongly encouraged to participate!
To be eligible to show your work at the expo:
At least 1 team member must be a current RIT student.
Someone must be available to show your work live, in-person, 12-3:30pm on 4/15/2023. (Time slots will be assigned later, but everyone needs to be available for the full 3.5 hours.)
The work must be far enough along to allow guests to interact with it. (Simple prototypes are fine, but these need to be more than pitches & technical demos.)
Submissions will be accepted through April 3rd, 2023.
Participants will be notified of their timeslot & location by April 10th, 2023.
The video will be 2 minutes MAXIMUM, uploaded to YouTube. Please make sure it is accessible to anyone with the link (Public or Unlisted).
The video must be formatted as follows (2 minutes at most):
Start with an exciting clip of your game
Bring in the game title
Introduce the team & your objectives
Give a (quick) pitch that clearly defines the following:
Style/Tone (dark, light-hearted, etc.)
Genre (RTS, RPG, FPS, etc.)
Tell us why you believe your game is special
Tell us what the future of the game will be
The showcase is open to any RIT student-led game. Teams can be of any size, however at least half of the team members must be RIT students.
The expo is open to all RIT students. Teams must include at least one RIT student to submit. All interactive experiences are welcome- including analog or digital games, unfinished projects, prototypes, XR experiences, new media projects, etc.
A recording of last year’s Showcase can be found on YouTube.