Student Web developers at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater are showing they can compete with the best in the world.
Their student-produced Web series GameZombie TV is a top five finalist for “best Web video” in the fourth annual Mashable Awards.
“I didn’t think we would get this far,” said Spencer Striker, series creator and a UW-Whitewater faculty member. “Winning the Mashable Award would be an incredible accomplishment.”
Mashable is widely considered the industry authority on social media, Web entertainment and Internet news. A win would garner worldwide attention among Internet enthusiasts.
UW-Whitewater students work with students from Indiana University to produce GameZombie TV, which offers original series, video game reviews, exclusive interviews with game developers and coverage of major gaming conventions. Since 2007, GameZombie’s videos have attracted more than 7 million unique views. “We’re a solid blue-collar star,” Striker said.
Striker described the Mashable competition as a David vs. Goliath struggle. “We’re up against professional game developers,” he said. “It will be a challenge to see how much promotional energy we can muster.”
People can vote once per day per social media account. To vote, go to http://on.mash.to/Awards4GZ and log in using a Facebook or Twitter account. Vote for "GameZombie TV" to win. Voting ends Wednesday, Dec. 15.
In May, GameZombie TV garnered enough votes to win two Webby Awards. Striker credits students, faculty members and the community for rallying behind UW-Whitewater’s hometown favorite. “We need everyone’s help again,” Striker said.
Students in Striker’s classes, “Social Media and the New Web” and “Web Video and the Game Industry,” are taking the challenge to heart, using Facebook, Twitter and their blogs to get the word out.
“Never underestimate students’ ability to socialize,” Striker said. “They’re channeling those skills and taking them to a new level.”