On May 2nd, UW-Stout’s Game Design & Development program will be putting on their first in person game expo since 2019.
The Stout Game Expo, SGX for short, is an exhibition of over 60 games and interactive experiences that 200+ students have been working on for the last semester, and for seniors, the last two semesters.
Freshman work on board games, sophomores and juniors make 2D games, and seniors make 3D games. Outside of those restraints, the students can get as creative as they want. Additionally, there will be various indie games, along with interactive environments made by artists taking DES-350. With all the variety, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Something that makes Stout’s game design program unique and so well praised is the collaboration that the students have with each other. Michael Tetzlaff, a professor in the game design program, had this to say about it. “One of the coolest things about this is the interdisciplinary collaboration. We have artists and programmers working together on a team. They learn how to communicate with people who don’t have the same technical background that they do, which is a super important skill in the industry. It’s very much like a game design studio.”
There is an immense amount of work that goes into creating these games. From the art and graphic design, the programming of the game itself, and the sound & music design from collaborators over at the Berklee College of Music and Michigan Tech, each person on a team makes an important contribution to the greater whole, and that product is something that’s meant to be enjoyed. The SGX is the perfect event for these students to show off what they have been working so hard on, and to celebrate how far they’ve come, even though it is a major part of their grade.
All students are welcome to come to the SGX! Be sure to check it out if you’re a fan of video games or if you just want to support your fellow students. It’s a fun, casual event, so it’s perfect if you need a break from all the work at the end of the semester. SGX 2022 will be held in the Memorial Student Center on Monday May 2nd from 6:00-9:00pm.