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Making cool games in Rochester

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC-TV) - Rochester is a place where those with a passion for gaming and creating new games have a platform to make it happen.

Jennifer Hinton, the Assistant Director for the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction & Creativity (MAGIC) and Chief Communications Officer for MAGIC Spell Studios LLC, and Lisa Doerner, the Executive Director for Digital Rochester, discussed why Rochester has become such a hub for game development Wednesday during our Greater Rochester Enterprise Why ROC conversation.

"Rochester has the key ingredients, which are talent and community assets," said Hinton. "RIT is home to a nationally ranked program in game design and development, and the University of Rochester now is offering a Masters degree in Video Game Scoring. So from the talent perspective, we have that right here. From a community asset perspective, we have the Strong National Museum of Play, who together, we partner with the RPO to host what is now an annual video game concert. We also have the ROC Game Dev meet up group which is a grass roots, community based group of students and professionals who are passionate about making games."

Digital Rochester and RIT will host an event called "Level Up: Get in the Game Rochester" set for March 27. It will be held at the RIT MAGIC Center from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Part of Digital Rochester's mission is really to strengthen and grow the technology community," noted Doerner. "So we can do that in ways, sometimes by creating awareness of what's happening in the community. So this is really an opportunity for folks to learn about what's happening in the game development community, and we'll be reaching out to RIT MAGIC Center, The Strong National Museum of Play and several software companies in town. We'll have Darkwind Studios, Workinman and Second Avenue Learning speaking at the event, talking about trends, talking about collaborations that are going on in the community and really kind of creating awareness for what's happening, letting folks know how they can get involved and an opportunity to actually test out some of the games."

To register for "Level Up: Get in the Game Rochester" click here.

Hinton said when it comes to game development, there are many ways to make your vision a reality here in Rochester. "I think the event that we're hosting with Digital Rochester is a great example, and those are the exact type of opportunities that we're open to. At the MAGIC Center we are specifically interested in working with folks who identify themselves as makers and who are interested in start up activity. We're interested also in engaging with K-12 and community groups so there are a lot of opportunities. The best way to reach out to us is via our social media channels, Facebook and Twitter specifically. Just look for MAGIC at RIT."

To learn more about the RIT MAGIC Center, click here.

For more information about Greater Rochester Enterprise, click here.


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