Penn College students get creative for Global Game Jam

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. ­— 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.

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: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/games/beginners-guide-radios

Brandon G. Klopp, of Montoursville, and Nathaniel W. Nichols, of Milford, Delaware, both electronics and computer engineering technology majors.

— Codename: 0PER8R: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/games/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: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/games/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: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/games/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: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/games/find-wa

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

— Perspective: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/games/perspective

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

— Resistance: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/games/resistance

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

— Signal Clicker: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/games/signalclicker

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

— Twinsferrence: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/games/twinsferrence

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 or visit www.pct.edu/icet.

Penn College is a national leader in applied technology education and workforce development. Visit www.pct.edu, email admissions@pct.edu or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

Last Updated February 13, 2018