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Shopping, sword-fighting and silliness: Meet the first-ever WIN Reactor graduates

From a retro-futuristic driving game to a healthy shopping and eating app, more than six months of stealth startup work going on at the Washington Interactive Network (WIN) accelerator was shown off at a demo day on Thursday afternoon. It’s been nearly two years since WIN was awarded a $1.2 million grant for what’s now called the WIN Reactor, also known… Read More

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Student-developed DigiPen games selected as finalists at Independent Games Festival

There’s some serious talent coming out of Redmond’s DigiPen Institute of Technology and recent nominations for the Independent Games Festival confirms that fact. Two student-made games were selected as finalists for the 15th annual Independent Games Festival and will go head-to-head with real-world gaming companies. Perspective, an experimental first person puzzle game that allows players to manage… Read More

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The power of perspective: DigiPen students debut popular mind-bending game

“Perspective,” the latest creation from Redmond’s DigiPen University, is not easy to explain in words. It’s an experimental first person puzzle game that allows players to manage different dimensions of control. The game is part 2D, part 3D, and all of awesome. The video above does the game better mind-bending justice. Perspective lets players move around in… Read More

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Friday Night Lights, Zombie-style: DigiPen students battle with week-long finale

Forget footballs  – this is Friday Night Lights, zombie-style. Students at Redmond’s DigiPen are loading up their nerf guns and strapping on bandanas for tonight’s Friday Night Finale, where the Human Resistance will make its final stand against the Zombie Horde during the fifth and final day of Outbreak: Season 4. You’re probably wondering what the heck we’re writing about,… Read More

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DigiPen students launch Touch Tactics gaming project

If you ever wanted to visit the industrial-design aesthetic of 18th-century Europe and command some artillery and battleships, then some students from DigiPen Institute of Technology have just the game for you. They even have zeppelins. The independent project, dubbed Touch Tactics, is a turn-based online strategy game that will leverage Apple’s Game Center. It will be… Read More

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New game degree: DigiPen creates MFA in Digital Arts

DigiPen Institute of Technology, the Redmond-based school specializing in interactive entertainment and video-game technology, has created a new Master of Fine Arts in Digital Arts program, scheduled to start in September 2012. The institute says the program and 60 credit-hour curriculum were created in consultation with hiring managers and digital artists at game companies including… Read More

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Seattle group wins $1.2 million for new startup gaming accelerator

Seattle’s gaming industry is often overlooked, but it is an economic force in the region with more than 150 companies employing upwards of 15,000 people. And with recent deals like Electronic Arts buying Seattle-based PopCap Games for up to $1.3 billion, there’s certainly a need to make sure that the next-generation of gaming companies take… Read More