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Microsoft Game Camp Sweden 2015

Giving a lecture at Microsoft Game Camp Sweden 2015!

Giving a lecture at Microsoft Game Camp Sweden 2015!

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After the lecture I found this on one of the screens over at Gothia Science Park : P

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Having a beer (or two) with the guys from Coffee Stain Studios. It was a blast!

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Crunching numbers for the upcoming Game Developer Index of 2015. Reading +200 annual reports!

Last week I visited Microsoft Game Camp in Skövde and gave a lecture in “Metrics Guided Game Design”! It was very nice to meet with all the teams making games at the camp this summer. I did my best to provide feedback on their projects, talk community management and some marketing with them. Out of all the things I talked with them about, it seems like they all struggle with visibility. This was also the fact for a lot of the already established studios I met and talked with. They all talked about how hard it is today to get noticed on a very crowded market. There are more games coming out than ever, and since the tools for making games are getting more accessible with each update there is no reason to believe the flood of games entering Steam, the App Store or Xbox Live will diminish any time soon. It is very rare a good game just attracts an audience on it’s own, if you don’t get featured by the App Store or someone famous tweets about your game. Developers need to focus a lot of time and energy on marketing and PR. The big studios can afford to throw money at the problem and are often working with strong IPs. If you’re an indie or don’t have a widely known IP this are a lot harder.

I studied at the University of Skövde back in the days, so going back there is always kind of bittersweet. Most of the people that made the city so awesome have moved on by now, so it feels a bit lonely to be there. Luckily I met some new cool devs, and my friend G was kind enough to let me stay at his place where we watched TV-shows and sang in his car. After the lecture I had a coffee with the amazing Laura Bularca and then some beers with the crew from Coffee Stain Studios. All in all I was super satisfied with my visit and ended up smiling on the train back to Malmö the day after. I think it’s a huge privilege to get to share my knowledge and insights with others, and to get to listen to what others think. I believe you can learn the most by listening and asking the right questions, not talking about yourself all the time. I strongly believe that everyone you meet knows something you don’t.

Another thing I haven’t mentioned is the gig I’ve been doing for Dataspelsbranschen.se this summer. I got the pleasure to work with research for their upcoming annual Game Developer Index! So I’ve been digging trough over 200 annual reports this summer, collecting numbers and digits. The report will be coming out in a few months, mapping out the state of the Swedish game industry. If you want to read last year’s report it can be found here for free (in English).

Sunsets

dfvAlright, I’ve analyzed some about why the quick sketch of the car failed so hard. From what I can come to understand here are the core fails that I made:

1. I didn’t see the car as a 3D object. I somehow saw the image as just a 2D exercise about color and how the sky reflects in highly reflective materials like the hood of a car. I wasn’t fully aware of what I was trying to accomplish or learn by painting it. My hand was like “hey this is a 2D image, let’s learn about the color reflections“, while my (unconscious) brain was like “woah, woah there’s a lot of perspective on this 3D form, how are you gonna handle this?“. And so it ended up in a car-wreck.

2. Perspective. This is like my blind spot when it comes to art. I have no idea of how it works. So I’ve purchased some videos from CTRL Paint and started to read the book called “Perspective! For Comic Book Artists” that my friend Karrey borrowed me a while ago. I can”t beat around the bush forever and deny the fact that I don’t have any clue about how this shit works. Let’s hope I can level up my skills. sdcfsd On another note, I’ve shot some photos from here and there just to remember special color and lights. This one above is from Lanzarote, from my vacation two weeks ago. The light when the sun was setting was absolutely amazing, but my iPhone is just a tiny bit too crappy to capture the light in it’s full glory. All the stuff and small particles of Saharan sand floating in the air made the sunsets truly amazing. The light then bounced on the water and reflected the blue right back at the white houses facing the beach. I’m sorry my camera can’t do this justice, tried to snap some reference for painting later. Here’s another one that maybe captures the gradients of the sky reflecting on the white houses:

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Damn, I just love sunsets and sunrises! They are so beautiful and magical. Everyone of them are unique. Some colorful silent explosions in the sky, others barely noticeable at all, lasting only a few moments and gone forever. I’ve noticed that different parts of the world actually experience different light and different sunsets. When I was living in Finland, out in the Baltic Sea, on the Åland Islands, the light was truly different from the light I experience here in Southern Sweden. The light on Lanzarote was different from the light in Sweden. I guess it comes down to the angle of degree the sun tilts towards Earth, if you are surrounded my sea or earth, time of the year and other stuff. It sometimes seems like the sky is “big” or “small” depending on your own geographical location. When I was living in Skövde, Sweden, the sky seemed much broader and higher, and here in Malmö the sky seems a tiny bit closer. I have no idea why? As a kid I always believed it to pretentious bullshit when artists spoke of “the light in France” or wherever. I was stupid enough to believe the sun must give the same light to everywhere on Earth, the only difference would be how much of it.

Here are some skies I’ve collected over the years:

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Sunset over Skövde, Sweden, spring. Skövde had some of the most amazing sunsets I have ever seen. The sky was often clear of big clouds and the colors were often amazing. I love how a single star is visible, it’s such a nice contrast to the fuzzy pink clouds.

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Sunset over Åland, Finland, late autumn. I like how it looks like the big, dark clouds are swallowing the last light. There’s plenty of green and yellow in this scene, almost no pink or clear blue. The water makes such a beautiful mirror. Sometimes when I’ve seen photos from Åland I have recognized them based on the light, before I knew it was shot on Åland.

Last one, a hot summer night here in Malmö, South of Sweden. Denmark is visible across the sea, the sky clear and the soft gradients absolutely beautiful!

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Right now it’s early spring here in Malmö, and each night there’s an amazing light between 5 and 6 o’clock just when the sun sets. I have tried to capture it with my camera, but it’s very elusive and my IPhone just can’t keep up with the show. When the sun sets it’s this clear, perfect almost glowing blue, stars peeking trough and the air just feels so “clear”. Hard to describe, and it only lasts for a couple of minutes. Some nights I’ve run right up to the attic in my new house, just to have a chance to see the show. I found this small, small window in the roof in my storage space, big enough to offer a small, cropped view of the sunset. Haha, call me crazy, but it’s totally worth running up the stairs for : D

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Me and my dear friend Cecilia on Friday Night. I love her dress!

Yeah, weekend spent in Skövde, meeting friends and hanging out with new ones. I really feel like I appreciate the worth of my friends. Those who love you for who you are, make you laugh and proud, hold on to those.

There’s something special about the sky over Skövde. I don’t know what it is, and I can’t put my finger on it. It’s just so bright, wast and blue. The light is different from the one over Malmö. It keeps on surprising me with beauty each time.

 

 

 

 

The Sky.

Weekly Work Photos Week 8 2012

Tuesday was celebrated as “Fettisdag” in the Nordic countries!

It’s been another week at Junebud, and this one was filled with sugar and sweets! We celebrated the “Fettisdag” on Tuesday at the office, eating traditional baked goods known as “Fastlagsbulle” or “Semla”. If you follow many Swedes on Twitter you probably had your share of tweeted pictures of our strange semlas…Ivan, our newest Crew Member from Brazil, told us that same Tuesday is celebrated in Brazil as well!

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On Wednesday I took a stroll around Malmö and shot some photos of the neighborhood, and doesn’t it look idyllic? In Sweden Malmö has quite a bad reputation for being “Crime City #1”, but I think most of that is just prejudicial. It’s still more dangerous to live and party in Sweden’s capital: Stockholm. As usual, if you don’t go looking for trouble, trouble is less likely to find you.

 

Malmö!

This past weekend I went to Skövde, the town where I studied game development. It was sweet pain as usual to meet with old friends, chat with new ones and I visited the game company Pieces Interactive. My first job ever was as a QA tester for their game Puzzlegeddon. Nice to see they are doing so well at the moment : D

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Gonna post more pictures of the weekend as soon as I have the time. Right now it feels like 24h is not enough time for one day, I got so much to do. Have a nice idea for a small photo project of my own and tomorrow it’s time to meet with my small “Hat Game” crew, on Skype. More concepts needs to be done! See you later!