Penn College Students Get Creative for Global Game Jam

Pennsylvania College of Technology students did their part to spark creativity by organizing and hosting a campus location for the recent Global Game Jam.

Members of the college’s Game Development Club spearheaded local involvement for the 48-hour activity, known as the world’s largest game creation event. The Global Game Jam encourages people to contribute to the worldwide spread of game development and creativity. Hundreds of locations in scores of countries served as hosts.

Members of the Game Development Club at Penn College rely on their creative juices during the recent Global Game Jam hosted on campus. The students spent 48 hours creating games. (Photo provided)

The weekend challenge required participants to develop computer games based on the theme of “transmission.”

Seventeen students and one alumnus met that challenge by producing the following games:

A Beginner’s Guide to Radios
Brandon G. Klopp, of Montoursville, and Nathaniel W. Nichols, of Milford, Delaware, both electronics and computer engineering technology majors.

Codename: 0PER8R
Luke J. Blankenhorn, of Pine Grove; Tyler J. Houseknecht, of Muncy; and Nichalus S. Kibler, of New Columbia, all information assurance and cyber security majors.

Computer Virus
Ryan P. Farabaugh, of Cresson, an information assurance and cyber security major; Benjamin J. Green, of York, a software development and information management major; and Trevor D. Cassel, of Linden, an information technology sciences – gaming and simulation major.

Data Byte
Evan M. Shandis, of Orwigsburg; Andrew R. Spangenberg, of Millville; and Max A. Wagner, of Hanover, all information technology sciences – gaming and simulation majors.

Find the Way
Zachary R. Brennan and Troy E. Records Jr., both of Williamsport, and information technology sciences – gaming and simulation majors.

Michael J. Miele, of South Williamsport, a 2016 graduate who majored in information technology sciences – gaming and simulation.

Christopher L. Page, of Mechanicsburg, an information technology sciences – gaming and simulation major.

Signal Clicker
Cody Emery, of Danville, an information technology sciences – gaming and simulation major.

James C. Temoshenko, of Kane, and Ryan F. Parker, of Tower City, both information technology sciences – gaming and simulation majors.

“There was no monetary reward for participation. The developers at the event were happy to be rewarded in experience,” said Anita R. Wood, associate professor of computer information technology and adviser for the Game Development Club. “Their finished games represent their determination and passion for the craft. For many of them, their participation in the event is part of their preparation for future careers in game development.”

Penn College offers bachelor’s degrees in software development and information management, information assurance and cyber security, information technology sciences ­– gaming and simulation, and information technology: network specialist concentration. The college also provides an associate degree in information technology: technical support technology emphasis.

For information on these and other majors offered by the college’s School of Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies, call 570-327-4520.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development. Email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Comments – One Comment

I played the Perspective game and enjoyed it. It is amazing that these gamers can develop the games they do in such a short amount of time. I am biased, however, because the developer of this game is my son.

Posted by Joseph Miele at February 14, 2018 at 4:55 am

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