It's 2 am in the night, a bit tired after all the party!
Had a great weekend in Skövde! Finally back home and time for some sleep. Tomorrow I will have the time to give you all the pictures and this week’s weekly photos! This is me and my friend Kitsune who works on Triolith, a mobile gaming company in Skövde. See you tomorrow!
Oh I just gotta show you this photo of Ola and me! It’s from out trip to Casual Connect in Hamburg!
So…we meet again!
This weekend I will go to Skövde (Sweden), to hang out with some old friends from the University, and just have a good time! Last time I visited Skövde was about 5 months ago. Always feels kind of strange to go there. It’s now 2 years since I packed my stuff and left the town for Malmö. Going back brings up memories, and the good ones hurt more than the bad ones do.
I really liked the freedom you have when you study. You are free to plan your days as you see fit, and attend the lectures you want to. That said you have a great responsibility for your education. Working 9-5 has its blessings, like you get a steady income, and you don’t have to deal with a constant bad consiens for not studying…But I miss the ability to go to the gym in the middle of the day if I want to, and all the good parties! I go by “work hard, party hard”. If I work really hard I need to party hard to keep me sane.
University of Skövde
Skövde means a lot to me. It was the place I got my first kiss, but it was also the first time I got to live on my own and take care of myself. I moved to a new country (I’m born in Finland), and had no idea what to expect from a place like this. I moved to study computer game development, and frankly I had no idea what I was doing at the time. When looking back it feels like I was learning life lessons each day.
I learnt so much in Skövde while trying to find out what a computer game designer actually does. Every time I go back to Skövde it feels like I’m opening a portal in my head and going back trough time, to the past…Except the past isn’t there. It still the same old buildings, it’s still the same old cold wind blowing in my face, it’s still the same old super markets and the yellow Uni…The setting is still the same, but the staff has changed, the students are now hired by companies and the apartments I spent so many magical moments in are now darkened down and someone else is now staying in “my” apartment. It’s a sweet pain. Sooner or later you have to move on, get a job and face the future. Any way, this weekend will be all about catching up with the ones still living in Skövde and party hard!
There’s just so many things I would love to write about at the moment. First out is that I’m gonna help out doing some concept art for a small Unity game on the side, in my spare time! I’m so excited about this, it’s a long time since I did some concepts. Last time was for the game Bob Came In Pieces back in 2009. It was in a very early stage of the game and the company, Ludosity, was trying to find out what kind of visual style they would go with. I love to draw but don’t really have the time to do it as often as I wish.
Second; I’ve been thinking about making a post about how I view piracy of games, music and movies, but that feels like opening a can of worms. Since most of my friends are really computer savvy and like music, games and movies they all have their own opinion about online piracy. I think it’s wrong to steal. I think that if you download something that has a price tag, without paying, you are stealing. In Sweden more than one million people are downloading stuff illegally (Sweden’s population is somewhere around 9 million). We even have our own Pirate Party politicians, and copy paste have been declared a religion; Kopisism (from the Swedish word of copy). It’s very hard to criminalize 10% of the entire population of a country, and that’s the case at the moment in Sweden. It’s mostly adult males between 18-26 that are practicing online piracy, and the girls watch the material the guys download. Ok, now the can of worms is slightly opened…
Today: drawing animals. Eating sushi and taking it easy.
My beautiful and tasty tea boxes!
I just love smart and beautiful packages! It can be food, shampoo or toy containers. I think a beautiful package is part of the experience when you buy or use something. Apple is obvoisuly doing something right when people are recording videos of themselves unwrapping a Mac or an iPhone and uploading it to YouTube. When I got my Sony Vaio PC 3 years ago it was delivered in a grey, easy to lift box, but when I got my iPhone it came in a small slick, black box that really made an impact. If the package is to easy to lift it feels cheap, don’t you think?
Sexy and I know it! The popular duckface!
So I was thinking today, why do people care more about good looks than good ideas? In the end beautiful people come and go, but good ideas and inventions stay with us for a long time. Sometimes they become immortal or have the power to change the world. I think it could have to do with how hard it actually is to achieve something remarkable or how long it really takes to get to know inside of someone. Are constantly judging other people based on their outside, cuz it’s much easier than spending 3 years getting to know someone, and then judging their inside, their hopes and fears? Speaking of judging people by their looks, here’s a picture of me doing the all famous duckface! Have a great night, I’m going for Mission Impossible 4 : D Check out this blog about package design if you like to judge more wrappings!
Visit to the ER.
Hi all, as you know I’ve been ill most of this week (and the weekend after Casual Connect last week). Both me and my friend Malte from Triolith Entertainment got infected by this super flu from Germany…It’s really boring to stay at home all day long, just resting and drinking water. The good thing is that when you are bored you get a ton of new ideas and energy do your best when you are back to work!
Om nom nom!
Back to what’s been happening at work! This week the whole Junebud Crew have been working hard and on Thursday a big bucket of marshmallows magically appeared on the kitchen table!
This week I found out about the computer game development event “Utvecklarpriset 2012“. It’s an award to highlight game developers in Sweden. There are A LOT of computer game development happening in Sweden at the moment with Mojang, DICE and King.com to mention a few. The event itself is a good thing to do, but I got a bit disappointed when not a single female was nominated for anything, but 116 males. It’s not like I think you need to nominate females just for the sake of it, but I think the list of nominees gave the wrong impression; like there’s no females working in the Swedish game industry at all, or at least not any talented ones…And I know a bunch of talented women building games!
Later on I found out it looks like there might been some other problems with this event, like there was no category for “best programmer”, and in some categories they mixed developers with studios, even thou the category said “people only”. A game studio was even nominated as “Best Online Game”? And one guy was nominated in all categories. This event caused a lot of rage (and some praise) within game developers in Sweden. It turned out there was no jury choosing what peopel should be up for the prize, but everyone could freely nominate whoever they wanted. Hopefully the event itself will be fun and I wish all my fellow developers good luck in Stockholm tonight!
I feel this is turning into a much longer post than intended. I try not to write that much about politics or come across like a raging feminist since a lot of them get death treats online for expressing concerns about the fact women are being treated badly around the world. Some day I will write about what I feel regarding booth babes, women developing games and what problems we still have in the Nordic countries. I don’t hate men or anything, so don’t get me wrong. In the mean time, check this blog out about women and gaming. Its fun and well written!
True story bro!
Still at home today, with my cold. You know something is wrong when you only eat an orange at breakfast and then nothing before 06 pm. Without feeling hungry lol. Made this picture today, it’s based on my own experiences as a game developer from the last years. Got myself some sushi to really boost my appetite, and so far it seems successful.
I became really annoyed today while watching a program on Swedish television called “Open by Night”. It’s a moderated discussion, and today it was about “LCHF: good or bad”. It was about people who prefer to eat accordingly to the the LCHF diet. Don’t get me wrong, people are free to eat whatever they want, as long as they don’t force their eating habits upon me. Anyway, so this pro LCHF mum is interviewed by the camera man.
It's sushi time!
– Do you think there’s something dangerous about this kind of food? To only eat protein and fat, no carbohydrates? I understand your childen are only given strict LCHF food? Asks the camera man.
– No, of course there’s no danger! I’m their mum, I know what’s best to give my children. And how could anything that’s “back to basics” me dangerous?
I’m not saying LCHF is good or bad, but I know there’s some medical reports suggesting this diet is not completely safe.
It’s this kind of thinking that makes me face palm. Just because you are the mother or the father of a child does not mean you know what’s best for your child. Or that back to basics is the best approach for all problems. I’m sure mothers and fathers who circumcises their daughters think they are doing it for the best of the daughter. But it will make their child suffer for the rest of her life. Or what about going back to basics with psychiatry? No drugs, just suffer in silence. I think it’s more important to base your decisions in science and numbers.
Added a new photo to the section “Digital Stuff”. This is an old picture made in 2009. Still at home, sick today.Watching “Top Model Sweden” to kill some time. There’s something creepy about 20-something girls who become almost hysteric about celebrities judging their looks o_o I wish they would focus more on how hard it actually is to work as a model. You need to be a business woman, stand up for yourself and work like hell to get anywhere.