March 28 - 30

Allen Chapman Activity Center

University of Tulsa

The goal of the Heartland Gaming Expo is to showcase and promote the creation and development of computer games in the central region of the United States. This event is designed to bring students, educators, and practitioners together for a weekend filled with engaging interaction and friendly competition designed to accentuate all aspects of game creation.

Game Showcase

Game Showcase

Computer games represent the ultimate display of technological expertise and artistic expression. Games push the boundaries of hardware and software design, transform art into living visual media, provide a rich foundation for interactive storytelling, and offer a new depth of experience that is integrated with sound and music. Games that embrace the balance between these elements open up new worlds and in these worlds, the designers and developers dictate the rules.

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Gallery Show

Gallery Show

Concept art, animations, sound scoring and design, game design. Participants in the gallery show can enter any or all of the categories and they do not need to have a completed game on display to participate. In fact, we welcome and encourage entries that remain at the conceptual stage or that focus on only a single aspect of game design. So if you have a general idea or have designed specific images, animations, or music we invite you to submit them to display during the expo.

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Zero-Hour Gaming Competition

Zero-Hour

To become the ultimate gamer, it takes years of dedicated hard work and practice. However, like many other forms of competition, we cannot escape the limitations of our innate abilities. The zero-hour gaming competition provides an avenue for measuring your natural talent for playing games by forcing you to compete using an unknown game from an unknown genre. You get one shot at playing the game and highest score wins. Practice is futile, so just show up, have fun, and remember it’s just a game.

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Hack-a-Thon

Hack-a-Thon

The Hack-a-thon is a 24 hour coding marathon meant to challenge teams’ abilities to rapidly prototype a video game under extreme time pressure. Like the game showcase, teams of up to four people can enter to design, build, and submit a video game in a single 24 hour period. Games will be judged on originality, playability, and graphic design and artistic creativity.

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Sponsors

The Heartland Gaming Expo would like to thank the following colleges, departments, and individuals for their generous support: