Students wow judges at video competition

Whitney Miller


College Station, Tex. (KBTX) - 11 universities, more than 200 students, 48 hours, and one mission: to create more than 70 new video games at this year's Chillennium competition at Texas A&M.

The two day video game making competition began Friday evening and ended Sunday. Participants had to develop a new video game from scratch.

Lauren Lynch and her team tacked traveled 12 hours from Kansas State University to compete. Lynch says since the details about the contest rules aren’t given until the weekend starts, there isn't much prep you can do.

"It comes down to what you already know,” said Lynch. “And, how well you can quickly adapt to situations."

The Chillennium competition started three years ago and now has five times the participation from 11 different universities around the country.

"The quality of what's being produced is unbelievable,” said Andre Thomas, the creator of Chillennium. “What we saw three years ago and what we're seeing now is so much more advanced."

Students use everything from 2D and 3D interfaces to virtual reality games and they do it all with the help of industry professionals who spent the weekend as mentors, but it's creativity Lynch says that wins the competition.

"Creativity is the life blood of being a game designer,” said Lynch. “It really challenges a lot of people."

The best overall game in this weekend's competition will win a handmade trophy, software prizes and a chance to publish their game.