Digital Media Arts Team Wins in Game Jam Competition

Seven students from Prairie View A&M University’s digital media arts program won the popular vote in Chillennium 2018, the largest student-run game jam in the world. College students from more than a dozen universities across the nation traveled to Texas A&M University October 12-14 to participate in the competition, which involved creating a video game from scratch. At the end of the 48 hours, a panel of experts from the game industry played the games, judged them, and awarded prizes.

“Not only did our team create a fully functional game, but they returned home with a trophy,” said Dean of PVAMU’s School of Architecture (SOA) Ikhlas Sabouni. “The Digital Media Arts Team got the most the most responses, likes, and reposts on social media, rendering them as the winners of the social media award.”

“Even though this is already a large event, the organizers of the game jam are working to make the event even larger and spread the word through social media. As winners of the social media award, our team is greatly helping to facilitate that goal,” said Tracey Moore, SOA digital media arts coordinator. “Our next goal is to try and win more categories in future game jams,” said SOA Assistant Professor Hira Tariq.

Tariq and Moore prepared the students for and supported them throughout this year’s competition.

PVAMU Student Participants: Terrence Cormier, Gloria Gyebi, Lemuel Harris, Mildred Ohen, Monet Readeaux, Nicholas Sloan, Taylor Washington-Cockrell