February 27, 2008

SMU's Guildhall presents Winter Video Game Exhibition
Hands-on fun for all ages Feb. 29

Dallas (SMU) — Student-created games will be available for playing when The Guildhall at SMU holds its Winter Video Game Exhibition from 5-9 p.m. Friday at its facilities at 5232 Tennyson Parkway in Plano.

Watch the Trailers

Play the Deja Vudu trailer.

Play the Unseelie trailer.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, also celebrates the graduation of students in Cohort 7. Test your skills on Deja Vudu and Unseelie, games created by the graduating students.

"I think the future bodes very well for Cohort 7," said Dr. Peter E. Raad, executive director of The Guildhall at SMU. "This is particularly true because even though everything continues to change, the need for outstanding talent, the need for outstanding creative professionals, never changes."

Graduating students said their Guildhall experience had been a rewarding one.

"I have wanted to do graphics-related games since I was 12 years old," said Nathan Bolt, who studied level design. "Before I came here, they said if you come here, you'll make games and you'll make contacts in the industry. And it's been exactly that."

On hand for Friday's event will be DFW-area video game developers from Gearbox Software and Mumbo Jumbo. Guests will able to play their games along with ones developed by SMU students in an age-appropriate, family-friendly environment.

In addition, Texas Instruments will be displaying its latest gaming innovation, the DLP DualView technology.

"We hold an exhibition for each graduating class to display their work so the public can see what makes The Guildhall at SMU the foremost school for video game development in United States," Raad said. "Chances are good one of our graduates played a part in one of your favorite video game. In fact, 95 percent of our students have found fantasy jobs in the real world at over 70 video game studios around the country and in Canada."

Parents and middle school students also can learn about SMUís Guildhall Academy, which is held in the summer. The program is a two-week session where students actually develop their own 2-D video game for their personal computer and an Xbox 360. The program fills up quickly.

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