Rochester Institute of Technology has selected David Schwartz as director of its School of Interactive Games and Media.
Schwartz joined RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences in 2007 and has served as assistant professor, associate professor and undergraduate program coordinator for the School of Interactive Games and Media.
“I’ve always enjoyed bringing the engineering, physics and mathematics mindset into game development and helping students to not be afraid of it,” said Schwartz, whose school is part of the Golisano Computing College, in a statement Tuesday. “Most recently, I’ve been researching and developing educational engineering simulation games.”
Before coming to RIT, Schwartz taught computer programming at Cornell University. After founding the Game Design Initiative at Cornell in 2001, Schwartz went on to help create an academic minor in game design—the first formal Ivy-League game design program.
The Princeton Review named RIT one of the top schools in the world to study video game design for 2015. RIT’s game design and development program was ranked sixth at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
HEXES!! Card Game
Congratulations to the Hexes!! team! They are fully funded at $7,166 with 173 unique backers! They plan to ship the game in 2016 and will find out soon if they’ve won the Hasbro Gaming Lab competition.
HEXES!! Card Game – Hasbro Gaming Lab Finalist
A game developed by School of Interactive Games and Media students is a Top 5 finalist for Hasbro’s Gaming Lab competition. The game was first created for the course IGME 220: Game Design & Development I taught by Professor Elouise Oyzon. The students involved include Game Design & Development students Doug Mansell (Team Lead), Norman Greenberg (Lead Design), Sam Sternklar (Designer), Tom Smith (Grand Vizier), and Software Engineering student and Game Design & Development minor student Alex Bogart (Designer). According to the creators, “HEXES!! is a fast-paced party card game where you curse your friends with rules they must follow! Fun to play with friends and family!”
In order to continue with the competition, the team has to be fully funded at $6000 with at least 100 backers by December 1. The team has created an Indiegogo site to raise funds for their effort: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hexes#/. You can read about all five finalists here: http://hasbrogaminglab.com/.
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