EDGE | Experiential Development & Games Expo 2024

Overview

Step into the future of interactive media at EDGE 2024, the Experiential Development & Games Expo, proudly presented by the School of Interactive Games and Media (IGM). Formerly known as the RIT Student Game Showcase, EDGE is a full-day celebration that brings together students, faculty, alumni, and industry professionals to honor the outstanding achievements of RIT's student-led creative development teams.

RIT students showcase their diverse interactive media experiences, spanning video games, computational art installations, analog games, VR/AR/XR, prototypes, emerging media technology, web applications, and more. These submissions undergo review by panels of academic and industry experts across categories like Technical Excellence, Aesthetics, Game Feel, Game Impact, Experimental, VR/AR/XR, and In Real Life. Standout entries from qualifying categories compete for the prestigious Best in Show award.

Ready to be part of the excitement? Submit your project for EDGE 2024 now!

Join us at the MAGIC Center on Saturday, April 13th, 2024, to witness firsthand the innovation of our remarkable student developers. Can't make it to campus? Join us via our livestream on Twitch.

Don't miss this opportunity to experience the cutting edge of interactive media and celebrate the next generation of creators at EDGE 2024!

Timeline

12/11/2023 - Submission opens

3/8/2024 - Submission form closes

3/8/2024 - 4/5/2024 - Judging period

4/13/2024 - All-day event - MAGIC Center and Twitch

  • Expo Floor - 11am-3pm
  • IRL Judging - 1pm-3pm
  • Break - 3pm-5pm
  • Award Ceremony - 5pm

Award Categories

Submission deadline: March 8, 2024

Category

Description

Technical Excellence

Nominations will be judged based on the level of technical achievement/advancement displayed in the development of the project. Unique or well-implemented systems/subsystems, novel code implementations, and effective code optimization will all be considered for this category.
 

Aesthetics

Aesthetics will be judged based on how visuals, sound, narrative, and virtual/physical spaces come together to evoke the desired emotional responses in the player/viewer when they interact with the project. 
 

Game Feel

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. Judges will evaluate how the above areas collectively heighten the player's sense of presence and agency within the virtual world.
*Games ONLY

 

Game Impact

Game Impact honors games that wield their interactive power to address meaningful social, cultural, or environmental issues. Games will be judged based on the game's potential to provoke thought, raise awareness, and inspire individual or community change. 
*Games ONLY

 

Experimental

Experimental recognizes risk-takers, pioneers, and visionaries who challenge the status quo, enriching their medium. Projects in this category will be judged based on innovation, creativity, impact on the field, uniqueness, and relevance to contemporary discourse around technological advancement. 
 

VR/AR/XR

The VR/AR/XR category celebrates excellence in the realm of immersive reality experiences, Virtual Reality (VR), Extended Reality (XR), and Augmented Reality (AR). Projects will be judged on immersive qualities, technical prowess, and how the use of immersive technology heightened the overall player experience. 
 

Best in Show

Best in Show will be judged based on the overall quality, impressiveness and enjoyability of the Entered Projects.
 

In Real Life - Expo Floor

The In Real Life category will judge the projects that transcend the digital screen, providing an immersive and captivating experience that unfolds in real-time, within a physical space. Projects will be judged by Immersive Engagement, Innovation in Interface Design, Audience Impact, and Accessibility and Inclusivity
*Not included in Best in Show

*Judging in-person on 4/13/24


 Here's an example of some of the weird controls from the Game Developers Conference '23: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhqL1_ks3Yc

Restrictions

EDGE is open to any RIT student-led creative development team. All interactive experiences are welcome- including analog or digital games, computational art installations, unfinished projects/prototypes, XR experiences, new media projects, etc. Teams can be of any size, however they must include at least one active RIT student through at least Spring 2024 to submit.

To be eligible to enter:

  • At least 1 team member must be an active RIT student through at least Spring 2024
  • Someone must be available to show your work live, in-person, 11-6pm on 4/13/2024
  • 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)

 

Submission Process

Whether submitting to awards or expo-only, each team or individual will submit entries via the Submission Form from now until 11:59pm on March 8th, 2024.

Space permitting, all submissions will be accepted to demo their work on the expo floor in MAGIC on Saturday, April 13th beginning at 11am. 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 with the chance to get feedback from a broad and diverse audience.

On the submission form, teams will elect to be considered for awards in categories they feel best highlight their project. All submissions will be entered to demo their work on the expo floor. Teams that would like to be considered for in-person judging should opt-in to the IRL category which will be judged on the expo floor. Award winners will be announced at 5pm on 4/13/2024.

Before submitting your entry:

  1. Identify who will be the primary point of contact for the team for communications with the judges (this does not necessarily have to be the official team leader).
  2. Review the Restrictions above to ensure your team meets our requirements.
  3. Review the Award Category descriptions above and decide which you would like to be considered for (not applicable for expo-only teams).
  4. Collect the information and executables required for the judges to access your project and create an itch.io page:
    • A brief summary of the project (2-3 sentences).
    • A link to a web-playable or downloadable version of the project
    • Detailed instructions (or a link to instructions) about how to use the link above to access your project. Be specific about platform/technical requirements, etc.
    • How to Build an itch.io Page Workshop Video
  5. Provide at least 30 seconds of unedited project footage with no voiceover, etc. that highlights the best aspects of your project.
  6. Produce a trailer video of your Project (not applicable for expo-only teams).
    • How to Make a Game Trailer Workshop Video
    • 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 project

10 seconds

Bring in the project title

5 seconds

Introduce the team & your objectives

<45 seconds

Give a (quick) pitch that clearly defines the following (as applicable): 

  • Overall Summary
  • Style/Tone (dark, light-hearted, corporate, etc.)
  • Media Type
    • Game Genre (RTS, RPG, FPS, etc.) if applicable
  • User Role 
  • Overall Obstacle
  • User Goals
  • Design Outcomes
  • Peripherals

<45 seconds

Tell us why you believe your project is special

15 seconds

Tell us what the future of the project will be

15 seconds

All teams must submit by March 8th, 2024 to participate in EDGE 2024

Submit your project NOW!

Contact Us

Got questions or looking to get involved? Email us at igame@rit.edu 

2023 Winners

Highlights from the 2023 RIT Student Game Showcase announcing EDGE 2024.

Best in Show: 

Idol Hell by Ultimate Developers https://store.steampowered.com/app/2067470/Idol_Hell/

Technical Excellence: 

When Push Comes To Shove by Two Wolves https://twolves.itch.io/push-shove

Aesthetics:

Tower of Dreams by Sour Lemon Studios https://supercitrus.itch.io/tower-of-dreams

Game Feel: 

Breakthrough by Quby Games https://qusr.itch.io/breakthrough

Game Impact: 

Being Human by Team JDT https://davidsoulz.itch.io/being-human

Expo map & game details can be viewed here.

2022 Winners

Best in Show: Paper Planet
Technical Excellence: The Shattering Swords
Game Feel: Project SP
Aesthetics: Vigorus
Game Impact: Boiling Over

A recording of 2022 Showcase can be found on YouTube.