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A video game developed in part by a University of Wisconsin-Stout student from Elcho has earned national honors.

Flash Frozen, a video game created by a team of UW-Stout game design and development students, was declared national co-champion June 13 in the inaugural E-3 College Game Competition held at the Entertainment Software Association E-3 conference in Los Angeles.

The 12-student team includes Cody Jernander of Elcho.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment from this talented and innovative group of students and their advisers,” Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen said. “This award proves that students can come to UW-Stout and achieve great success on a national stage.”

Nearly 400 U.S. colleges and universities offer video game design programs. UW-Stout, co-champion Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design and three other schools were named finalists out of 60 entries and presented at the conference, considered the premier world event in the video and computer game industry.

More than 48,000 people from 102 countries attended the conference.

Diane Christie is the program director. Dave Beck is the program’s art coordinator.

“It’s a remarkable milestone for Flash Frozen to win the national title and be created by students from a program that is only four years old,” Christie said.

“The game's stunning visuals and immersive environment stood out from the crowd, largely due to the unmatched curriculum that the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Art and Design provided the eight artists on the team,” Beck said. "This award demonstrates the quality of students and faculty that UW-Stout is known for, combining applied learning with technology, through innovative approaches that cross multiple disciplines between the arts and sciences. "

Flash Frozen is a survival horror game. Players are trapped on an iceberg in a haunted, shipwrecked vessel. Players must escape the ship while surviving the harsh, frozen environment and its many dangers.

For more information about the game, go to www.flashfrozengame.com.


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UW-Stout's "Flash Frozen'' game development team, with Elcho's Cody Jerander, named the best in the country.
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