Game Demo Day 2013 was the first annual showcase of all of the games that NU students have made. It consisted of a demo session where students could play each other’s games and members of the larger university community could play them too. Students had the chance to present their game for a panel of industry and academic judges, who gave a number of awards. The goal was to bring together and celebrate our diverse community of students who are interested in making games.
The event was made possible by the College of Computer and Information Science and the College of Arts, Media and Design and was organized by the Playable Innovative Technologies (PLAIT) research group with support from the Center for the Arts.
The judges had to debate for over an hour on deciding what games had to be awarded. This shows that there was a fierce competition. Eventually the seven judges – Alessandro Canossa, Shree Durga, Damián Isla, Gillian Smith, Brian Sullivan, Jason Wiser, and Sarah Zaiden – decided on the following awards:
- Best playable game: The Card Game of Fightingness (Michael Epstein, Andrew Krischner, Bob LeBlanc, and Jason Butera).
- Best design: Dumbledore64 (Brett Davis and Kyle Fleischer)
- Most innovative game: SquadHero:Revolver (Adam Gressen and Eric Peterson)
- Best overall game: SquadHero:Revolver (Adam Gressen and Eric Peterson)
The public choice award, as voted by the audience, went to Working Title (William Herbert, Andrew Kaz, Nolan Manning, and Oskar Strom).
Game Demo Day 2014
Want to demo your game in the nearby future too? Stay tuned here because in 2014 the second Northeastern Game Demo Day will be organized.