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CU participates in Global Game Jam event

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LAWTON, Okla._ It will be all fun and games at Cameron University this weekend as more than a dozen students work in teams to create games as part of the globally recognized Game Jam event.

Participants have 48 hours to make it happen and they started Friday afternoon. They will showcase the finished games at CU on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES) building.

"We have a bunch of people with different skill sets thinking out of the box to come up with some rough game that you can play," said Arun Tilak, CETES director, who hopes Global Game Jam will bring techies out of their comfort zone.

Whether it's a digital game or just a card game, it has to be new, fresh and innovative and the folks at CU aren't alone.

"There are over 450 locations worldwide in 70-plus countries," said Kevin Harris, a local organizer who is coordinating the event at Cameron.

All the participants are creating games at the same time this weekend around the globe, working together and using each others ideas to come up with a playable game.

"A lot of people have an idea games are this really interesting thing," said Harris. "They like to play them, they like to see them, but they don't feel like they can cross that barrier to making them and so with event's like this it overcomes that fear."

Aside from making all types of games, organizer hope the gamers will make connections with similar minded strangers interested in technology.

"We are really trying to be a platform for connecting people who have one skill set but may lack another one and may need to collaborate with someone," said Tilak. "This is a great way to do it."

All games from around the world will be free to play here

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