GameZombie

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GameZombie
GameZombie Logo.png
Web address http://www.gamezombie.tv/
Type of site
Game Media Studio
Created by Spencer Striker
Launched 2007
Current status Active

GameZombie TV is a web series that produces original video game shows. GameZombie was the recipient of a Webby Honoree Award for Online Video in 2008 [1] and 2009,[2] a Davey Award, a Webby Award, and a People's Voice Webby Award in 2010, and nominated a finalist for Best Web Video at the 4th Annual Mashable Awards.[3][4][5][6] The student-run game media studio, based out of the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and Indiana University at Bloomington, has amassed one of the most complete video game developer interview series on the web.[7][8] GameZombie has created upwards of 450 videos for online distribution.[9] GameZombie's videos have amassed over 8,000,000 unique, aggregate views since the company's first video went online in March 2007.[10][11] GameZombie TV's constructivist, project-based learning environment is a finalist for the MacArthur Foundation's 4th Annual Digital Media and Learning Competition [12][13][14][15]

History[edit]

GameZombie was started by Spencer Striker in March 2007 while he was a graduate student in Indiana University’s Masters in Immersive Mediated Environments program.[16][17][18] When based in Bloomington, Indiana, GameZombie became the city's largest employer of student interns.[19][20] Around 50 to 60 students between the two universities take GameZombie for academic credit each semester in order to gain experience in a multimedia studio.[21][22]

Original Video Series[edit]

Developer Interview Series[edit]

GameZombie’s video game developer interview series includes over 200 video interviews with notable game developers,[23] video game personalities,[24] and makers of gaming peripherals.[25]

GameZombie's annual gaming conference coverage includes the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the Game Developers Conference, the Penny Arcade Expo, Gen Con, Comic-Con, and the World Series of Video Games.[26][27] Series interviews include: Peter Molyneux of 'Fable 2,' Ed Boon of 'MK vs DC,' Todd Howard of 'Fallout 3,' Ben Mattes of 'Prince of Persia,' Cliff Bleszinski of 'Gears of War 2,' Eric Holmes of 'Prototype,' Clint Hocking of 'Far Cry 2,' Evan Wells of 'Uncharted 2,' Neill Glancy of 'Stranglehold,' Chuck Beaver of 'Dead Space,' Fatal1ty (pro gamer), The Angry Video Game Nerd (gaming critic), Geoff Keighley (gaming host), Al Alcorn (co-creator of Pong), Ralph Baer ('inventor' of video games), Tommy Tallarico of 'Video Games Live,' and Jane McGonigal of 'I Love Bees.'

ButtonMashers[edit]

ButtonMashers, a live studio production, was shot in a $2.5 million HDTV studio at Indiana University. [28] The 14 episodes produced over two seasons featured the collaboration of hundreds of students and accumulated millions of views around the web.[29]

Ultimate Challenge[edit]

GameZombie's 'Ultimate Challenge' is a motion graphics based original web series where three college aged gamers get trapped inside a fictional NES game. Over the course of six episodes the main characters encounter slime monsters, princesses, and boss battles.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Webby Honorees, 2008
  2. ^ Webby Honorees, 2009
  3. ^ Davey Silver Winners, 2010
  4. ^ Webby Winners, 2010
  5. ^ UW-Whitewater students head to New York to accept Webby Awards, Wisconsin State Journal, Patricia Simms, June 11, 2010
  6. ^ Mashable Awards: Announcing The Full List of Finalists Mashable, December 01, 2010, by Vadim Lavrusik
  7. ^ Student-produced GameZombie.tv Web site named a Webby Honoree, IU News Room, April 23, 2008
  8. ^ Student-produced GameZombie.tv is a Webby Honoree for second straight year, IU News Room, May 14, 2009
  9. ^ WTIU Weekly Special (5/1/08)
  10. ^ ButtonMashers Season 1 -Episode 2 (4.2 million displays on Bebo)
  11. ^ Tubemogul Stats (over 3.8 million views)
  12. ^ GameZombie.tv nominated for grant, introduces ‘Couch’ Royal Purple, Ben Holzhueter, Feb 1, 2012
  13. ^ Student web series nominated for $200,000 grant UWW University News, Jeff Angileri, December 15, 2011
  14. ^ Digital Media and Learning Competition Press Release: Stage One Winners Announced December 5, 2011
  15. ^ Badges for Lifelong Learning Competition Stage One Learning Content Winners and Collaborators
  16. ^ Video gaming Web site offers education, jobs, Indiana Daily Student, October 20, 2008
  17. ^ GameZombie.tv site to earn Webby Award, Indiana Daily Student, June 7, 2009
  18. ^ Bloom Magazine Presents Our Town 2010/2011, (August 2011), featuring Spencer Striker by Jeremy Shere, p. 73
  19. ^ ‘Zombie’ gamers among the caps and gowns, Herald Times, May 3, 2008
  20. ^ GameZombie.tv crew named Webby honoree a 2nd time, Herald Times, June 11, 2009
  21. ^ GameZombie reviews come with tech lesson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Stanley A. Miller II, April 24, 2010
  22. ^ Web site a hit with gamers, real-life education for students, Walworth County Today, Lisa M. Schmelz, January 26, 2010
  23. ^ Game Developers - Playlist
  24. ^ Gaming Personalities - Playlist
  25. ^ Gaming Peripherals - Playlist
  26. ^ GameZombie.tv: Rolling with the last guys on the planet, Destructoid, August 8, 2008
  27. ^ Zombies + Game News = 1.5M Views, NewTeeVee, August 31, 2008
  28. ^ GameZombie’s 'ButtonMashers’ Gets Gamers All Riled Up, Tubefilter, February 11, 2009
  29. ^ ‘ButtonMashers’ Resets With Season 2, Lands Gaming Sponsor, Tubefilter, July 27, 2009

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