The annual tradition continues on May 1st and 2nd when Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosts its 12th GameFest 2015 at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC). GameFest 2015 will feature video game design students from universities across the northeast including Rochester Institute of Technology, Champlain College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Quinnipiac University, Emerson College, Becker College and the NYU Game Center.

James Portnow will be this year’s keynote speaker. He will present on May 2nd at 4:00 pm in the EMPAC Theater. Best known for writing the web series Extra Credits, James Portnow is a game designer and consultant known for his theories on socially positive design.

Thirteen games from the NYU Game Center will be featured in the showcase including games from our studio classes, Prototype Studio class, and thesis work from our second-year MFAs. If you live upstate, this a great chance to play what we’re making here at the NYU Game Center!

GameFest is free and open to the public. For more information check out the GameFest site.