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STLCC-Florissant Valley Made “Waves” at the Global Game Jam

Game_Jam_NowStudents from St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley had the opportunity to participate in the annual Global Game Jam event, held in January at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

The Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game creation event taking place around the world at physical locations. This year’s event simultaneously hosted groups in 702 cities in 95 countries. During the jam, game developers form teams and try to create a game in just 48 hours. It is open to developers of all levels from students to industry pros.

This year St. Louis ranked second nationally and 13th globally for number of participants (240-plus) and completed games (50).

The jam begins with an opening ceremony, where the theme, “Waves” was revealed. All games must incorporate the theme into their design.

“I am very excited to bring this new opportunity to my students. It allows them to take what they learn in my classes and apply it to real-world projects,” said Neko Pilarcik-Tellez, instructor in Graphics Communication. “This was only the first year and already interest is growing fast. I’m looking forward to bringing many more students to the 2018 Game Jam.”

Students from the Animation/ Illustration program at Florissant Valley participated in the inaugural event. Three students and three alumni participated; between them they were involved in the creation of three games:

• “Shark, Shark, Squid” – Andrea Dent and Kendrick Starr
• “Deep Dark Cavern” – Victor Hughes
• “Attack of the Space Jellies” (alumni game) – Neko Pilarcik-Tellez and Jen Patton

Two more events are planned in connection with the St. Louis Game Developers Co-Op. The group is scheduled to attend the Art for Games Panel discussion and the St. Louis Arcade Jam.

For more information, contact Pilarcik-Tellez,