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The Guildhall at SMU names its 2013 Top 10 Games for Giving

Still from the 'Minecraft' Adventure Update

The all-ages world-building game Minecraft made The Guildhall at SMU’s 2013 Top 10 Games for Giving list. The game’s publisher, Mojang, released the highly anticipated Adventure Update in June.

The Guildhall at SMU has named 10 outstanding titles – ranging from a new adventure from the Legend of Zelda to a reboot of the classic Tomb Raider series – to its 2013 Top Video Games to Give for the Holidays list.

The games were chosen in a survey of Guildhall faculty and students and include a mix of new releases and classic titles. All of them are recommended as great gifts, says Doug Darby, Guildhall manager of creative and digital strategy.

Following is the complete list, in ascending order, of The Guildhall’s Top 10 for 2013. Descriptions include the developer/publisher, genre or genres, ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) rating and the game platform or platforms on which it runs.

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Screen capture from 'Super Mario 3D World'

Super Mario and friends are back – and as unstoppable as ever. Their new adventure, Super Mario 3D World, was chosen by students and faculty of The Guildhall at SMU as one of 2013’s Top 10 Games for Giving.

10. Minecraft
Mojang / Microsoft Studios
Genre: Sandbox, survival
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Android, iOS, Java platform, Java applet, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4,
PlayStation Vita, Raspberry Pi, Xbox 360, Xbox One

9. Grand Theft Auto V
Rockstar Games
Genre: Action-adventure
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360

8. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
Genre: Role-playing
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and up)
Nintendo 3DS

7. Super Mario 3D World
Genre: Platform game
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Wii U

6. Borderlands 2
2K Games / Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: First-person shooter, action-adventure, role playing
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Windows

5. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Genre: Action-adventure, stealth
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Windows

4. Tomb Raider (2013)
Square Enix / Feral Interactive
Genre: Action-adventure
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows

The vividly imagined floating city of Columbia, circa 1912, is the setting for Bioshock Infinite. The latest game in the critically acclaimed series tops The Guildhall at SMU's 2013 Top 10 Gifts for Giving list.

The vividly imagined floating city of Columbia, circa 1912, is the setting for Bioshock Infinite. The latest game in the critically acclaimed series tops The Guildhall at SMU’s 2013 Top 10 Gifts for Giving list.

3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
2K Games / Feral Interactive
Genre: Turn-based tactics, strategy
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
iOS, Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Genre: Action-adventure, open-world
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Nintendo 3DS

1. Bioshock Infinite
2K Games
Genre: First-person shooter
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

Additional titles that scored high enough to merit honorable mention:

Chucklefish Games
Genre: Platform game, action-adventure, sandbox, role-playing
ESRB Rating: Not yet rated
Linux, Mac OS X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows

Pokémon X and Y
Genre: Role-playing
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Nintendo 3DS

'Saints Row 4' screencap

Saints Row IV brought the series’ trademark blend of adventure and comedy back for another round in August. The game has received an honorable mention on The Guildhall at SMU’s 2013 Top 10 Games for Giving list.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bethesda Softworks
Genre: Action-adventure, role-playing
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360

Saints Row IV
Deep Silver
Genre: Action-adventure
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)
PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360

A Monday Celebration of Lights kicks off SMU’s 2013 holiday season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The holiday season goes into high gear at SMU with a rare weekday observance of one of the University’s most beloved annual traditions. Celebration of Lights 2013 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2 on the Main Quad.

The celebration features than 100,000 decorative lights, luminarias lining the sidewalks, musicians performing songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Refreshments will be served. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

Other highly anticipated holiday events:

• On Thursday, Dec. 5, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service  at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. in Perkins Chapel with the theme “…A child shall lead.” Children of Perkins faculty and staff members will join Dean William Lawrence and Associate Dean Evelyn Parker as readers for the services. The program also features music from the Perkins Seminary Singers directed by C. Michael Hawn; Meadows School of the Arts’ women’s ensemble, Diva Dolce (4 p.m.), directed by Robert Ward; the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas’ Women’s Youth Chorus (8 p.m.) directed by Kelly Pfaffenberger; and Perkins organist Christoper Anderson. Admission is free; food and cash donations for the North Texas Food Bank will be accepted in the chapel narthex at the entrance. For more information, contact Teresa Rosado, 214-768-2502.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts its Winter Exhibition on Friday, Dec. 20, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design, production and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in multiple cohorts.

• The University celebrates its 2013 December Commencement Convocation at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, in Moody Coliseum. Retired and current faculty members will assemble for procession in academic dress no later than 9:45 a.m. in the Blanton Student Services Building lobby. Prior to the ceremony, a faculty breakfast will be served beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Blanton Building. RSVP online for the faculty breakfast and processional and learn more about the ceremony.

Student-designed games highlight Guildhall’s 2013 Spring Beta Test

Beta-Test-flyer-spring-13Graduate students from The Guildhall at SMU bring their games for a testing party at the Spring 2013 Beta Test. The event takes place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons.

All games were made in 8 weeks by student teams of 5 with the Guildhall’s own proprietary 2D engine, GuildEd.

Here’s how the student designers describe the works featured at this term’s Beta Test:

Zero&One – A two-player cooperative puzzle platformer. Two robots have crash-landed on a desolate planet and have been separated from their space ship in the process. They must grow plants and avoid hazards in order to get back to their ship.

Sorrow – A puzzle platformer that follows a young boy on his quest to overcome grief. Use your emotional powers to navigate the levels and retrieve fragments of your bear.

Purgamentum – Forget realism: Come take a swing through Purgamentum‘s 8-bit retro-style platformer.

M.O.O.S.E. – The player assumes the role of Milton, a member of the Moose Commando Squad, as he infiltrates the secret base of the evil genius Duck. Milton navigates the environments using the M.O.O.S.E. gun, a prototype weapon that controls magnetic energy.

Nopho – A buddy-based, side-scrolling puzzle platformer about a boy, his Bot, and a fear of being alone.

With Strange Aeons – Play as Detective Dirk Mueller and test your wits against an insane house and the monster residing within it in this 2D puzzle platformer.

Ethereality is a 2D side-scrolling action platformer with a phase-shifting mechanic in a surreal fantasy world.

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Calendar Highlights: May 6, 2013

Summer is nearly here — the end of Spring 2013 (and another semester) at a glance:


  • May 6: Last day of instruction
  • May 7: Reading Day
  • May 8-14: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • May 16-31: May Term 2013 for SMU Campus and SMU-in-Taos
  • May 17-18: May Commencement Weekend
  • May 27: University Holiday, Memorial Day
  • June 6: Last day to file for August Graduation

Friends of SMU Libraries: The Friends of SMU Libraries is holding their annual dinner and meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 6 at Seasons 52, located at Northpark Center. Featured speaker Hugh Aynesworth is a journalist, author and historian and will be presenting his most recent work, Witness to History, a personal retrospective on the JFK assassination 50 years after the event. This event is $45 per person and registration is required.

Beta Test: Visit SMU Guildhall graduate students in the Hughes-Trigg Commons on Tuesday, May 7, to playtest the unique video games they created. Stop in anytime from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

End of 2013 Tate Lecture Season: The final Tate Lecture of the 2012-2013 season is Tuesday, May 7, 2013. The season will close with Álvaro Uribe. As always the Student Forum is at 4:30 p.m. in Hughes-Trigg and the lecture is at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium.

SMU hosts 2013 summit on the law and business of video games

Game::Business::Law 2013 logoVideo game industry insiders, including major developers and top legal and financial minds, will visit SMU’s Dedman School of Law Jan. 24-25 to discuss their most pressing real-time issues at the 2013 Game::Business::Law Summit. The Summit is cosponsored by The Guildhall at SMU and the Institute for Law and Technology (ILT) at The Center for American and International Law.

Featured speakers include New York Times bestselling author Mark Long, founder/CEO of free-to-play game publisher/distributor Meteor Entertainment Inc. in Seattle; and independent filmmaker Michael “Burnie” Burns, co-founder of Rooster Teeth Productions LLC in Austin and renowned for his filmmaking work with the 3-D engine Machinima.

The conference also features a free screening of “Indie Game: The Movie” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Karcher Auditorium, main floor, Storey Hall. The Sundance Film Festival-award winning documentary, focused on the journeys of indie game developers, will include a Q & A session with one of the film’s subjects: independent game developer Edmund McMillen. No advance reservations are required, and seating is first-come, first-served.

All sessions will take place in the Hillcrest Classroom, Underwood Law Library. For a complete program, visit the Game::Business::Law Summit website.

Written by Denise Gee

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