In The News

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So…this journalist from a local newspaper in Finland gave me a call a month ago. She was curious about me and what I was up to. I agreed to an interview and we had a very nice Skype chat. Honestly I thought the text would be one of those “personal portrait” pieces at the back of Sunday’s extra magazines, so when I got this in the mail two weeks ago I must say I was a bit chocked, haha! I did not expect three full pages about me and my stuff. Well, it was fun, and perhaps this inspires someone else from my old hoods to become a video game developer!

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Speaking about publicity, I held a lecture at my old university: Högskolan i Skövde, three weeks ago. It was mega fun to be back to the scene of the crime where I started my journey into the mad world of game development back in the days! After my lecture a young man from Finland came up to me and just wanted to thank me for lecturing about video games as a career four years ago when I returned to my old school in Finland. They guy had attended that 20 min talk four years ago and was now studying his first year at Skövde Högskola. So sweet ^_^

I met with some local game companies and had coffee with the studio managed for Paradox South’s office. Paradox has grown quite a bit since I left them in May 2013. They are now over 160 employees. When I signed my contract in Stockholm I was employee #94 (I think). It’s very nice to hear they are growing and keep pushing out plenty of exciting titles!

Skövde will always hold a very special place in my heart. It was a town filled with adventures, misery, happiness and so much confusion for me at the time. It was a completely new place, a new country and my first time living all by myself. I had just turned 19 the month before I packed all my stuff in suitcases and moved there to study. I can truly say I had the time of my life there, I met people who changed me forever, some that left a very deep mark on me, and developers who made me realize I really wanted to dig deeper into making games. But at the same time I’m very happy that time is over, that I was able to move on. Today it’s a bit like a ghost town to me. It looks all the same as when I lived there, but (almost) all my friends and hard core party crew are gone. Their memories are kinda like ghosts and for a second I always think that by visiting Skövde I will also travel backwards in time. Visiting the town always has my brain a bit confused at first.

As you can hear I got quite a vivid imagination, hehe. Maybe, one day, I’ll write a post where I discuss my imagination. I sometimes feel like I got all these “portals” in my head that keeps memories extremely alive and colorful, long after they’ve faded for most other people. Like I can reach into a memory and pull it all back again, whenever I want to. And sometimes I even get randomly inspired by things, like a movie or a book or just the color of the clouds, in such a way it feels almost like real memories, like I was able to catch a sneak peek into a portal showing other people’s memories. Perhaps I’ll write about that some day. Am I the only one experiencing this kind of feeling?

 

2 thoughts on “In The News

  1. Andreas

    Congratulations on the article. It definitely gives the impression that you are a driven person.

    Karlshamn holds similar emotions to me as Skövde for you. At the time I was happy to leave but from time to time I can miss it. Even though it’s beautiful in summer it’s quite a depressing town the rest of the year, and most of the good (and some bad) times had to do with the school culture which was quite detached from the ordinary living of the native population. I wouldn’t have cared much at all for that town if it weren’t for the memories.
    But there’s two concrete things I miss from the town itself, the ocean and its industrial complex, which is one of the coolest thing’s I’ve seen at night.
    Oh yeah, there’s one more thing. The times I went out for a walk at night. It’s amazing how something so dull at day can become so utterly magical at night.

    To me it seems like imagination is like an engine that goes on any kind of fuel. Stimulus from one thing can make you think about something completely different. It’s all about that the brain needs any information to process for thoughts to happen, and some impressions give stronger inspiration than others for whatever reason.
    I’d be interested to read your thoughts about the subject.

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    1. Saxen Post author

      The ocean is indeed very beautiful in Karlshamn. I really miss that kind of seascape here in Malmö. Here the only thing you see is the coast of Denmark, no islands :P

      I guess it’s a good thing to eventually move away from where you studied. If you don’t move I think you will feel a bit like you get left behind as all your friends move one by one. I don’t know? You win some, you lose some. Just make sure you win more than you lose in the end : )

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