Game On 2.0

Filed under: Blog in October 27, 2013, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Tagged: outreach
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There was a ton of people at the premiere evening of Game On 2.0 in Sweden. Our booth was jam-packed with people the entire evening – great fun!

The exhibition has an entire room dedicated to the pre-console era. Hand helds and toys with LCD displays, crude (CRUDE) animations and ingeniously fake 3D-effects. These were amazing to get to try. They also let you play the Virtual Boy – a decently rare beast of the relatively modern games industry.

In the arcade section you could play Star Wars from 1983 (video). As a designer it’s humbling to see how they managed to distill the essence of Star Wars into something so technologically limited! And how efficient the experience is constructed! A full play through is less than 3 minutes, and sees you through a large scale space battle, intense X-Wing racing and finally the terrifying approach of the ventilation duct on the Death Star.

Saving the galaxy in less than 3 minutes!

If you ever need a definition of “aged well” – nothing will serve you better. And what a perfect argument for opening our archives and museums for games! An emulator would never convey the experience of the real deal; the fully articulated flight yoke is such a sense pleasure!

If you’re in Stockholm, set a few hours aside and go see this exhibition!

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Game Night at Tekniska Museet

Filed under: Blog in October 16, 2013, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Tagged: outreach
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Game Night / GAME ON at The National Museum of Science and Technology
Tekniska Museet – The National Museum of Science and Technology – is tasked with saving, making visible and promoting access to our technological and industrial cultural expressions – a mission which reverberates strongly with us! And even more so now that they’ve just aquired the worlds largest computer games exhibition; Game ON 2.0.

The exhibition open on the 25th, and they’re going to kickstart it with a big event in Stockholm; 2 000 people in attendance, with stage entertainment, bar, game related live music etc. They call the party Game Night and sent out a call for a few companies to participate as representatives of the Swedish game development scene. As the oldest specialized game design education in Scandinavia, we were chosen to be among them.

So join us at the party on the 25th, meet our students, try their games and find out why game development is destined to become Swedens primary cultural industry!

At the party you’ll be able to test these games and talk to their creators:
Fly or Die

3… 2… 1… BOOOOOM!!!
Fly or Die is back in Stockholm! After being awarded with the Gamer’s Choice at this years Swedish Game Awards, Fly or Die went half around the globe to Tokyo Game Show, and back again. It’s time once more for you to put on the jetpack and challenge your friends in the most quirky version of “Hot Potato” you have ever played… or heard.
 
Fly or Die was awarded Gamer’s Choice at the Swedish Game Awards, and developed by students in their first year.

Lunar Love

Lunar Love is a puzzle game based on the timeless love between a moon and her planet. The moon is lost in space – and it’s up to the player to help her get back home. She does this by activating gravity fields around the planet’s hearts in order to guide the moon to her goal. However, there are one or two obstacles in her way that needs to be dodged gracefully.
 
Lunar Love was awarded the Almedalen Award at the Gotland Game Conference 2013, and developed by students in their third year.
 

CoBots

CoBots is a game about two robots linked together by a forcefield aboard a huge spaceship, tasked with restoring power to inactive sections. Played collaboratively, you advance through the game by solving puzzles with your partner,, all while avoiding “accidentally” hurting each other.
 
CoBots was awarded the Best First Year Project and Pwnage Award at Gotland Game Conference 2013, and developed by students in their first year.
 

Tribal Marathon

Tribal Marathon is a 2-4 player racing game in the vein of Temple Run. Gather valuable artifacts while trying to push the other players into obstacles or out of the track. All’s fair in love and temple raiding.
Compete in unique levels generated by our dynamic environment system and see who manages amass the most points and making it out alive!
 
Tribal Marathon was awarded Student’s Choice at the Gotland Game Conference 2013, and developed by students in their first year.
 

The Alumni Days 2013

Filed under: Blog in October 12, 2013, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Tagged: alumni days
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We moved the Alumni Days to much earlier in the semester, from its traditional spot close to christmas. There was two reasons for this:

First, we got a great opportunity to inform and inspire our third year students about their thesis work and internships that’s coming up in the spring semester. By inviting GAME-alumni to share their experiences and tips we hope to provide lots of insight while there’s still time for our students to act on it.

Second, it allows us to show off in front of the new first year students. Introducing them to people who’s been where they are, and made something of themselves in this industry. Hopefully that was inspirational.


Also – we get a new Jam out of it. :) “Everybody is a Noob Jam” saw seasoned industry veterans, six week old freshmen, experienced students and our own staff all sit down to hack games together. Everyone was forced to use a new tool to even the playing field, and the jam last a single working day – ensuring maximum participation.

Despite having only six hours and being interrupted for lectures, all registered groups delivered playable games – some even including insane levels of polish and details:

All games were available to play and vote on during the alumni party, which also acted as the awards ceremony:

You can browse screencaps from the games here. Thanks to Kajfa, Teddy, Daniel and Jerker for taking the time and helping us out with the event!

GAME + Almedalen Library = True

Filed under: Blog in October 6, 2013, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Tagged: outreach
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Our Håkan Mattsson and the lovely ladies at the Almedalen Library has now launched the Game Area; a space in dedicated to allow public access to our students’ games.

The first selection of projects were announced at the Gotland Game Conference awards ceremony earlier this year;

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The Game Area opened during the Culture Night with Lunar Love – a game where you must reunite a moon with her planet by manipulating gravity fields, and Alienation – a first year game about using words to hurt people. We’ll provide these cabinets with new games every 6 months or so.

The GAME Area at Almedalen Library, during the Visbydagen

The GAME Area at Almedalen Library, during the Visbydagen

The GAME Area at Almedalen Library, during the Visbydagen

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Poster for the GAME Area at Almedalen Library

First day of School under Uppsala

Filed under: Blog in September 2, 2013, by Ulf Benjaminsson. Print This

Looked a bit like this.
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To paraphrase our venerable Prof. Ernest Adams; welcome to Gotland, welcome to GAME and welcome home.

Houston; we have t-shirt 2

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What exactly is game design? What do you teach in your programs? What is it that you do?
Questions we get more often than we want. And now we have an answer in physical form.

New T-shirts 2013

What is it that we do? We…

  • … build worlds
  • … tell stories
  • … engage audiences
  • … empower players
  • … provide escapism
  • … make dreams

These things and many many more, are all part of our programs and in the subject of Game Design.

Hope you like these. Add your own “game design is x” in the comments!

And check out our previous t-shirt design here. And as always; Game Design students can sign up to let us restock on t-shirts.