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PlayExpo, A Juried Show of Digital Games and Entertainment, At LIU Post


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost and Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

The Daily FridgeExcitement is building on the campus of LIU Post, as the university prepares to host PlayExpo, a juried show of games and other interactive digital entertainment, on Sunday, April 15, 2012.

On that day, Humanities Hall will be bustling with more than 50 interactive 3D, 2D, aural, virtual and animated works – some of them created by students in LIU Post's new Master's program in Digital Game Design and Development – vying for top honors.

Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Game for Fun, Game for Programming, Serious Game, 2D, 3D, Interactive Conversation, Web Video, People's Choice and more.

Now in its fifth year, PlayExpo has come to LIU Post along with Dr. Elena Bertozzi, formerly at the University of Wisconsin, who was named director of LIU Post's Digital Game Design and Development program in 2011. The program is part of the Media Arts Department in the university's School of Visual and Performing Arts.

The program offers a rare opportunity for students and members of the public to show their interactive or web-based games to a large audience and a number of industry professionals. "Any award received would look impressive on a resume," said Dr. Bertozzi.

For the general public, it promises to be an enjoyable day out. "It's called the PlayExpo for a reason," said Dr. Bertozzi. "It's just fun."

The first of its kind on Long Island, the Master of Arts Program in Digital Game Design and Development is a hands-on two-year experience that prepares students to develop original ideas for games and introduce them to the marketplace. The full-time program helps students develop a professional skill set, form teams with other students, and take a large-scale game project from idea to market.

While it is open to anyone with a non-commercially created game, PlayExpo is a chance for students to show off what they've learned.

The PlayExpo is sponsored by the LIU Post Media Arts Department, the LIU Post M.A. in Digital Game Design and Development as well as Jellyvision and Maxon Software.

The program runs from 1 to 4 p.m. in Humanities Hall, with a keynote speaker and announcement of winners at 5 p.m. in the Engelke/Astoria Federal Savings Lecture Hall in Humanities Hall, room 119. Selected work will be shown for three hours, on computers, laptops and iPads. Mixed in with the contestants are vendors and exhibitors. Admission is free. The event is open to the public.

LIU Post (formerly the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) is located at 720 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A) in Brookville. For more information, visit

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Images of digital games by Samuel Zarahn

Posted 03/19/2012

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