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HHS grads on winning game design team

HHS graduates and video game design majors Reece Blaiser and Grace Zwiefelhofer were part of a team from UW-Stout that won first place in the college game design category at the Entertainment Software Association conference held in Los Angeles.1 / 3
Long before the recent cruiseline troubles, Grace Zwiefelhofer and Reece Blaiser along with teammates from UW-Stout designed "Flash Frozen," a game about surviving a very cold cruise ship disaster.2 / 3
This is the College Game Competition award the team from UW-Stout took home from the Entertainment Software Association convention in Los Angeles. Two HHS graduates were on the team.3 / 3

Two Hudson High School graduates are well on to new careers after being part of an award-winning team of video game designers.

Grace Zwiefelhofer and Reese Blaiser are majoring in video game design and development at UW-Stout. Together with other game design majors, they developed "Flash Frozen," a year-long class project that was six months in production. The game centers around surviving a whole host of horrors that befall passengers on a cruise ship. The game came long before the recent cruise ship disasters in the news, according to Zwiefelhofer.

The game was entered in the College Game Design competition at the recent Entertainment Software Association convention in Los Angeles by the team's professor without the students' knowledge. This added to the surprise when the team tied for the top honors in the ESA College Game Design competition with a team from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Zwiefelhofer said she is planning on a career in game design and hopes the award will make it easier to find a job upon her graduation. She says the field is very competitive. "We competed against 40 other teams and to win is huge!"

Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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