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Game Design Team Wins Best in Show

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 04/22/2015 OPSU students and members of the game design team traveled to Tulsa, Okla. for the Heartland Gaming Exposition. Front row from left to right: Kendra OOPSU students and members of the game design team traveled to Tulsa, Okla. for the Heartland Gaming Exposition. Front row from left to right: Kendra O

Goodwell, Okla. — The OPSU Game Design Team participated in the Heartland Gaming Exposition in Tulsa, Okla. on April 10-12 The three-day event featured a variety of keynote speeches and sessions with lead game designers and producers as well as competition with colleges and universities across the state of Oklahoma in Game Design and Animation Contests.

Members of the OPSU Game Design Team that attended include Jonathan Mercer of Idabel, Okla.; Kendra O’Hara of Borger, Texas; Elias Pitterle of Texhoma, Okla.; Travis Pitterle of Texhoma, Okla.; Michael Blake Sondergaard of Hugoton, Kan.; Chris Thompson of Fritch, Texas; Brandon Villasenor of Guymon, Okla.; and William Weaver of Goodwell.

Die Metal, a game designed by team BRED made up of Mercer, Sondergaard, Villasenor, and Weaver won first place in the College Division of the Game Showcase; Best in Show in the concept art Gallery Show, and second place among People’s Choice.

Die Metal is a stylish twin stick shooter/tower defense hybrid that sees you trying to fight off waves of enemies on a hostile alien world. To view the trailer and a review visit

Sondergaard said, “It was a great experience. It gave me valuable insight into not only the technical part of game design but also the more social aspects of it as well. Showcasing the demo and working together with others to create a working product are experiences that will undoubtedly help me in the future.”

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