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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
Nintendo
Genre: Role-playing
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and up)
Nintendo 3DS

7. Super Mario 3D World
Nintendo
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
Ubisoft
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
Nintendo
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:

Starbound
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
Nintendo
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:

celebrating

  • 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

Find a list of all 2013 Game::Business::Law Summit speakers 

The Guildhall at SMU names its top 10 games for 2012

Cynder the dragon from 'Skylanders Giants'

The dragon Cynder, newly freed from her evil past, plays a key role in the all-ages video game ‘Skylanders: Giants.’ Alumni of The Guildhall at SMU helped create the game, which has made The Guildhall’s Top 10 of 2012 list.

The Master Chief in 'Halo 4'

‘Halo 4’ marks the return of one of video gaming’s most iconic characters: the Master Chief. Alumni of The Guildhall at SMU helped create the new title, which has made The Guildhall Top 10 of 2012 list.

The Guildhall at SMU has named 10 state-of-the-art titles – ranging from the epic adventures of a Disney icon to the American Revolution seen through an assassin’s eyes – to its 2012 Top 10 Video Games list. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two and Assassin’s Creed 3 are two of the games chosen by Guildhall faculty, students and alumni in 4 different specialties for their outstanding art, level design, software development and production quality.

Guildhall alumni have worked on 6 of this year’s top 10 games: Borderlands 2Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, The Elder Scrolls 5: SkyrimEpic Mickey 2Halo 4 and Skylanders: Giants.

Battlefield 3 and Elder Scrolls 5 are the first games to make the list in two consecutive years. Released in late 2011, both had a critical and commercial impact that carried over well into 2012, says Doug Darby, Guildhall manager of creative and digital strategy.

Borderlands 2 - Axton at the wheel

Graphic novel-style art and a wicked sense of humor are hallmarks of ‘Borderlands 2,’ which features work by alumni of The Guildhall at SMU. The Guildhall named the title to its Top 10 Video Games of 2012 list.

The international accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts that the worldwide video game market will expand to $83 billion by 2016, growing at a 7.2 percent compound annual rate. Increased availability of broadband internet is expected to propel a 36 percent increase in online gaming by that year.

Following is the complete list, in rating order, of 2012’s top games as selected by The Guildhall at SMU. 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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Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two •
Blitz Games Studios, Junction Point Studios / Disney Interactive
Cooperative gameplay, platform game
Mac OSX, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

LEGO The Lord of the Rings
Traveller’s Tales / Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
Action-adventure, open world
Nintendo DS and 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Skylanders: Giants •
Toys For Bob / Activision
Platform game
Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)

Assassin’s Creed 3
Ubisoft Montréal / Ubisoft
Historical, action-adventure, open world, stealth
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Windows
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Battlefield 3
EA Digital Illusions CE / Electronic Arts
First-person shooter
iOS, PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Borderlands 2 •
Gearbox Software / 2K Games
First-person shooter, action-adventure, role playing
Mac OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 •
Treyarch / Activision
First-person shooter
PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
Bethesda Game Studios / Bethesda Softworks
Action-adventure, role playing, open world
PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

Halo 4
343 Industries / Microsoft Studios
First-person shooter
Xbox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Firaxis / 2K Games
Turn-based tactics, strategy
PC, PlayStation 3, XBox 360
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

• Indicates a game featuring work by alumni of The Guildhall at SMU.

Calendar Highlights: Dec. 4, 2012

SMU J Term 2013 graphicWinter Break is nearly here – the end of 2012 (and beginning of 2013) at a glance:

  • Dec. 3: Last day of instruction
  • Dec. 4-5: Reading days
  • Dec. 6-12: Examinations (no exams scheduled for Sunday)
  • Dec. 14The Guildhall at SMU Winter Exhibition, Cohort 16, SMU-in-Plano
  • Dec. 15: Last day of term and official date for conferral of degrees
  • Dec. 15December Graduation Ceremony, 10 a.m., Moody Coliseum
  • Dec. 24, 2012-Jan. 1, 2013: University holidays
  • Jan. 7-16J Term 2013 at SMU-in-Plano – registration deadline extended through Monday, Dec. 10

Celebration station: President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner host the 2012 All-University Holiday Party 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

Food for Fines continues: The Central University Libraries 2012 Food for Fines drive is on through Friday, Dec. 14. Every donation of a can or package of nonperishable food for the North Texas Food Bank equals a $2 credit toward outstanding library fine assessed from November 1, 2012 forward. The waiver applies to materials from Fondren Library CenterHamon Arts Library and the ISEM Reading Room and for all SMU faculty, staff and students. Drop off food donations at any of the listed libraries.

In McFarlin Auditorium:

Dallas Metropolitan Ballet - 'The Night Before Christmas'Dec. 15-16: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents The Night Before Christmas with guest artists Stephen Hanna and Margaret Severin-Hansen at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $40 – buy them online at Ticketmaster.com.

SMU celebrates the 2012 holiday season

SMU holiday lights at night on the Main Quad

The December holidays deliver some of SMU’s most beloved annual traditions. Save the dates for these 2012 events:

• The Student Foundation’s 2012 Celebration of Lights begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, on the University’s Main Quad. More than 100,000 decorative lights will fill the trees, luminarias will line the sidewalks, musicians will perform songs of the season, and SMU President R. Gerald Turner will follow a 35-year-old tradition of reading the Christmas story from the New Testament. Hot chocolate, apple cider and cookies will be served starting at 6:30. Check out slideshows and video of past Celebration of Lights ceremonies, courtesy of SMU News. Photos

• On Thursday, Dec. 6, SMU’s Perkins School of Theology celebrates its Advent/Christmas Worship Service in Perkins Chapel with readings and music from Perkins professors, students and alumni at 4 p.m and 8 p.m. This year’s service focuses on John 1:5 – “The light shines in the darkness….” 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. Read more about the service.

• President and Mrs. R. Gerald Turner will host their annual All-University Holiday Party – this year dubbed the “Santatennial Holiday Celebration” – from 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

• The Guildhall at SMU hosts the Cohort 16 Winter Exhibition noon-6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at SMU-in-Plano. Graduating students in art creation, level design and programming will show their work, and attendees will have the opportunity to play games designed by students in Cohorts 16, 18 and 19.

• The University celebrates its 2012 December Graduation Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 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.

SMU announces new Guildhall leadership

SMU announced today that Gary Brubaker has been named the new director of The Guildhall, the University’s renowned digital game program. Brubaker replaces Peter Raad, who will return to his position as a professor at SMU’s Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering.

Brubaker, who served previously as deputy director for academic relations at The Guildhall, begins his new position immediately.

SMU issued this announcement today: “Dr. Raad has done a marvelous job in founding the Linda and Mitch Hart eCenter and then The Guildhall at SMU. He has put The Guildhall on a solid foundation for the future and prepared it for continued excellence. The University and Dr. Raad have therefore decided that it is time to turn it over to a new leadership to further its great promise and to allow Dr. Raad to pursue his professional interests with a well-deserved sabbatical. As a result, he will be returning to his position as a professor at the Lyle School of Engineering as of this fall semester.”

During Raad’s tenure, The Guildhall garnered international acclaim for its programs and for the success of its highly sought-after graduates. Brubaker said he hopes to build upon those achievements.

“I want to thank Dr. Raad for the foundation he established here,” Brubaker said. “This is an amazing opportunity to work with leading faculty, staff and students. I look forward to helping lead The Guildhall in this next phase of its growth and achievement as one of the premier digital game programs in the world.”

Since joining The Guildhall in 2004, Brubaker has been deeply involved with designing curricula and lecturing. As deputy director for academic relations, he was responsible for recruiting and collaborating with The Guildhall faculty to provide students with a premier game development education through a multidisciplinary approach.

Brubaker previously served as a development director, a manager of core technology and a lead programmer in the digital game industry.

He began his programming career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories working on the Voyager and Galileo projects. He turned his passion for games into a career in 1992 when he joined LucasArts Entertainment. While there he worked on Rebel Assault, Shadows of the Empire, The Curse of Monkey Island, The Dig and Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine.

He later joined Stormfront Studios, where he worked on the EA title Lord of the Rings: Two Towers. He also contributed to other titles, including Lego MyStyle. He then moved to Dallas to join Atari/Paradigm to become Manager of Core Technology. He led a group that created the engine for a number of Atari games, including Terminator 3: The Redemption, Mission Impossible: Operation Surma, Dungeon & Dragons: Heroes, and Backyard Baseball.

Brubaker received a B.A. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989 and an M.B.A from SMU in 2008.

The Guildhall at SMU is the premier graduate video game education program in the United States. The program crosses traditional disciplinary lines to combine art, design, software development, business, physical sciences and humanities to create the 21st century’s first new academic discipline.

Guildhall students to host game test on main campus April 27

Stock photo of a man's hands holded a game controllerMaster’s degree candidates from The Guildhall at SMU will bring their game projects to SMU’s main campus Friday, April 27 – and they’re looking for people to test-drive them.

The Guildhall’s 2012 Capstone Game Test will take place 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Commons. The project leaders seek avid gamers who would like an opportunity to test new games that are not available to the public.

All games to be tested were created by students in the Guildhall’s May graduating class, Cohort 18. Titles include:

  • Raven Tide
  • Rooty Island
  • Taurus
  • Ruined
  • Cyborg Ninjas on Fire 2: Reloaded
  • Food Feud
  • Nerd Rage

No advance sign-up is needed. Interested gamers need only to show up to participate.

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