Guildhall at GDC 2014

René Archambault, manager of admissions and alumni affairs, and Tricia Skinner, manager of career development, are representing The Guildhall at SMU at the 2014 Game Developers Conference (GDC) March 19-21. The GDC – the world’s largest professional game industry event – takes place annually in San Francisco. René is blogging daily during the conference, and Tricia is live-tweeting via @SMUGuildhall.

The thrill of victory

SMU Guildhall's winning 'Kraven Manor' team at GDC 2014

SMU Guildhall Executive Director Gary Brubaker (center) with the winning Kraven Manor team, all smiles after the Intel University Games Showcase at GDC 2014. We’re bringing home both trophies!

What a day!

Two SMU Guildhall student game teams (Kraven Manor and Hymn of the Sands) were named finalists in the Intel University Games Showcase, a competition which awards $20,000 in hardware grants to the winning school(s). Twelve games were judged on best gameplay and best visuals and the Guildhall team that produced Kraven Manor won BOTH! Intel will be providing $20,000 worth of hardware to our program. How amazing is that?!?

We are so proud of both teams and congratulate all of the members of the Kraven Manor team for their landslide victory. To download and play the winning game, please visit

SMU Guildhall students at the Intel University Games Showcase, GDC 2014

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The social network

An update from René Archambault, manager of admissions and alumni affairs in The Guildhall at SMU:

Guildhal gathering at GDC 2014More than 300 game industry professionals, Guildhall alumni, faculty, staff and students gathered last night to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Guildhall at SMU and our recent #3 (of 234) ranking by the Princeton Review.

This reception is a great time for our students and recent graduates to network and start working toward the ultimate goal of landing a job in the game industry. Hiring managers abounded last night, and many good conversations were had.

Many of these industry friends came with a list of future graduates that they wanted to speak with to set up interviews. We appreciate their love of Guildhall students and look forward to seeing so many of them every year.

Show Day #2 begins today! More to come….

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Getting into #GDC2014

An update from René Archambault, manager of admissions and alumni affairs in The Guildhall at SMU:

Game Developers Conference GDC 2014 logoCelebrating its 28th year, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the longest-running professionals-only game industry event. The Guildhall at SMU is exhibiting for the 10th year in a row, and we’re showcasing to 23,000 attendees what makes us #3 out of 234 game programs in the country (Princeton Review).

This show features more than 400 lectures, panels, tutorials, and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics. For The Guildhall, this is a great place to network with industry leaders, to help current students with employment opportunities, to recruit new students, and to reconnect with many of our more than 500 alumni.

Intel logoIn addition, Guildhall students will be participating in an exciting event on Thursday: the Intel University Games Showcase, hosted by Intel. At this invitation-only event, our students were asked to showcase their best projects for a chance to win a $10,000 grant from Intel. Wish our teams luck!

Please stay tuned for updates and fun facts from the show floor.


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