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Inaugural Ohio Game Jam takes over the GRID Lab

ATHENS, Ohio (March 29, 2007) -- On Saturday, March 31, many talented game designers will be in Athens developing a complete video game in the course of one day during the inaugural Ohio Game Jam.

Ian Schreiber, an Ohio University instructor of game design, coordinated the event, which will be held at the GRID Lab on Court Street from 4 p.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday. The event brings together student developers, who must work in small teams to create a game in 24 hours.     

"The event is the first of its kind in Ohio, but it is my intention for it to be a regular event, either annual or semi-annual," Schreiber said.   

After a brief introductory period, participants will divide into teams, and a theme will be announced. Teams will then have 24 hours to complete a game that involves the chosen theme. Afterward, on Sunday evening, the games will be presented and discussed.   

Schreiber expects 50 people or more. He has already received RSVPs from students outside of Ohio University, such as Ohio State University and the Columbus College of Art and Design. Students from Michigan and Maryland are also expected to attend. 

There are no requirements to attend the Game Jam. Participants must simply have a desire to create video games, though some designing experience would be helpful. 

Anyone interested in attending the Ohio Game Jam can e-mail Schreiber at schreibe@ohio.edu or simply show up at the GRID Lab by 4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit http://ohiogamejam.org.

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