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Congratulations to the students of Team Neat Snake!

Their game Flickers will be heading to the 2014 Penny Arcade Expo later this summer as an official PAX 10 selection.

The PAX 10 is an annual showcase highlighting some of the best new independent games, voted on by a group of 50 industry experts. Expo attendees will have the opportunity to demo each of the chosen games throughout the event, which runs August 29 through Sept. 1 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Flickers is an atmospheric, abstract platformer that “aims to create an emotional arc without telling a conventional story,” in the developers’ own words. Players control the movement of a tiny sphere as it journeys through a world covered in perpetual twilight.

“I think what makes Flickers stand out is that it’s a very abstract game. The gameplay objects and your player are all very abstract, even though they’re in these realistic backgrounds,” Jason Ericson, the game’s creative director, said in a video interview about the project. “Even though there’s no story, no dialogue, no writing of any kind, it does tell a story, and it has this very cinematic feel to it.”

Flickers was created by DigiPen students Keith Tallon, Jason Ericson, Robert Marchesani, Beth Morrell, Adam Kenney, Katelyn Simon, Paul Kranich, Jon Everist, Jeremy Canceko, Casey Benson, Pearce Bergh, and Lucas Carpenter.

To learn more about the team and their most recent game, Coffee Break, you can check out their development website at