Sverox was a bimonthly magazine produced by the the Swedish gaming federation, Sverok. In the 2005-02 issue they interviewed Mikkel Müller, the program coordinator for the then-newly created Bachelor degrees in Game Design. Prior to 2005 the game design- and development courses had been minors in the broader educations offered at what was then called “Institutionen för teknik, konst och nya medier” (English: the Department of technology, art and new media).
This interview is important for a few reasons. It is one of the earliest documented mentions of the philosophy behind our educations. It also documents our use of public exhibitions of student games to validate our work. In the interview Mikkel explain that most game educations (at the time) taught only digital games, whereas Gotland took a more holistic approach. “Games are dynamic systems that can manifest in different mediums. So we study everything from board games, pen-and-paper role playing games, card games, 3D computer games – any product that can contain systems.”.
The article also features photos from Revive – the article refers to it as “Theme Park 2002” – a public exhibition of student games in May 2002. Mikkel emphasized the importance of applied theory, of having students make games in order to validate their knowledge.
Introduction to Game Development is a crash course attended by all first year students in the autumn. It’s true shock-treatment and touches briefly on all issues of game development: simple engine building, 2D physics, implementing game logic, drawing sprites, animating characters, getting content from the artists in the game, synchronizing visual style through the use of mood boards, creating task lists, artifact lists, usability, common project related problems, common cooperation problems and how to get several people to all contribute to a single solution, a final goal.
The games themselves range from basic Breakout and Pong-clones, to simple toys like Bomb & Rabbit to truly original designs like Petal Pusher or Holysm. But most importantly: what is picked up from this one important course is generally applicable to all projects throughout your time at GAME.
Promqueen is a satirical life simulator letting you be a girl in her late teens. To succeed, you must experience an everyday life where managing relations, keeping boyfriends at bay, sneaking in through the window and climbing the social ladders are important matters. The goal of the game is to become Promqueen, but it is a long hard road getting there…
The summer 1977. A Russian submarine runs aground close by the Swedish naval harbour Karlskrona. The situation is interpreted as sharp by the Swedish naval forces and the submarine is sunk. CCCP immediately responds by launching extensive transferring of forces to their Baltic seacoast. Sweden mobilizes. Three days after the sinking of U-111, CCCP launches their invasion of Gotland. NATO threatens to use “all means at hand” against the Warsaw pact if CCCP goes further west or over another states national border. The response is immediate; “CCCP is answering on an act of war from a hostile state and have no other intention than to defend itself and will continue its defence with all means available if any additional actor will interfere”. A frail but stable balance of terror is reached between the Warsaw pact and NATO: CCCP will not go further than Gotland and NATO will not interfere. Sweden stands alone against the giant from the east.
Gotland and the troops which fast mobilize on the island, locally and embarked from the rest of Sweden stands before a strong enemy. Will the Swedish people endure or will they be conquered by the formidable war machine of the Soviet Union?
“On the evening of December 11, it was premiere for the public to test the game in the old ICA warehouse in Visby harbor. Several professional soldiers from Gotland’s regiment P18 participated… The level that most people were curious about, both amateurs and professionals, was “Twilight in Slite”.”