Drinking a cup of tea and thinking about all the game developer conferences I visited since I got in contact the game industry some years ago. I’m not gonna pretend I’m a veteran or anything, because I’m not. During the last weeks I met so many experienced and talented personalities working in the industry I realize how far I still have to go If I want to become good at this (the company where I’m working sent me and the CEO to the Nordic’s most important game event: the Nordic Game Conferance, last week).
But anyway, I made a small list of events and get-togethers I attended over the years. I like to order, name and label things in my life. Started thinking of my own path and how I got to where I am today, when I met with all the volunteers at Nordic Game Conf. Most of the volunteers are students studying at Malmö’s game developer school “The Game Assembly”. They get the chance to hand out their CVs, attend the lectures and help out at the conference for free when studying. I think it’s a good way of getting into the industry and get inspired by folks already working with game development. This year I noticed a lot of the companies giving lectures ending with announcing they have open positions. It seems like the industry in Sweden is growing and in need of new talent.
I’m very proud I started out as a volunteer back in the days myself. I especially remember the first time ever I attended the NGC and listened to Media Molecule giving a talk about how they prototyped their game “Little Big Planet”. That presentation was very, very inspirational and has left a deep mark in me. I dared to ask for the business card of the talker, and had it hanging on my wall for a couple of years (stalker warning anyone?!). It’s still one of the best business cards I’ve ever got (gonna take a picture of it and show you later). Its basically a hand-made old fashioned luggage tag of paper with the name, company and e-mail written on it, by hand. Reflects the whole LBP feeling of creativity and unique art direction.
Another very special memory is when me and our CEO went to Casual Connect for the first time ever. Casual Connect is held in Germany, Hamburg. We packed our stuff, flew to Germany from Sweden and on the flight down I put on my makeup. We morphed into party outfits, switched on to party mode and grabbed a cab to the big mingle as soon as we touched ground. It felt a bit like we were on a secret mission haha! When we went to Gamescom last year we arrived late at night and the taxi driver was really crazy, driving in 140 km/h on a highway in the dark. I just closed my eyes and prayed we would be OK. The other taxi driver we had that day talked about his time in prison and how he despised common traffic rules. I could see myself making headlines: game developers from Sweden axe murdered by German taxi driver.
A lot has happened since then, but every time I get the chance to go to these game events I try to put my best into them. I know I need to represent not only the games we made, but also the effort every single person on the team has put into what I’m showing a potentional business partner/investor or someone we want to hire. Since it’s a part of my job to go to these things and bring back observations of industry trends and contacts for the company I view it as work. But very fun work indeed.
I just love street art! Those of you who follow my blog know that I post a lot of street art from Malmö where I live. The first book I ever got from e-Bay was a book about graffiti <3 I think it’s important to look for inspiration in other media than just your own (computer games).
This year I met with friends and dawgs from Southend, Coffee Satin Studios, Massive, King.com, Triolith and Mojang + others : ) There was just so many inspirational developers and I must say I feel very energized after attending the key note given by the Art Director Jonathan of new Deus Ex game, and dancing with the up and coming talents of Sweden’s game developers. Got bruises and soar muscles after all the dancing!
My boss Ola Holmdahl had plenty of meetings and I went to the lectures & took notes. After my metrics lecture at the Swedish Game Conference : South a couple of moths ago, several people have approached me on conferences and parties, asked me “are you Sara?”. This happened at NGC as well. It’s kinda fun and I get to meet so many nice people!
Nordic Game Conference is held in Malmö, my current home town!
Noric Game Conferance!
Dressed for a hot day in the conference rooms! It’s summer in Sweden <3
I’m back from the Nordic Game Conference (NGC), that took place in Malmö, Sweden last week. I have not visited that many game developer conferences so far, but it’s absolutely my favorite! It’s a really friendly atmosphere, it’s always plenty of old friends there and the Nordic Party is super sweet. And the fact that I can go straight home and sleep when the conference is done is a huge + ; )
Wednesday: Nordic Indie Game Party!
Ready for the indie party! Met plenty of old friends and new faces :)
Just some random stuff I made at work during my tea breaks/lunch hours! By the way, I got a tumblr page now. You can find it here.
Nooo please I got family!
How it makes me feel when everyone else can drink coffee but my stomach can’t handle it!
Tea drinkers assemble!
Spring has arrived for sure to Sweden now. Since I can’t wear shades cuz of my glasses I use my favorite cap instead! Yesterday we had the 6th internal conference of Junebud since the company was founded. Gonna collect the pictures and show you later!
Those of you who follow my blog a little bit more frequently knows that I like to snap pictures of creative/funny/cool/crazy street art I find all around the city of Malmö. So here’s some of my latest treasures!
A dino made of plastic pearls, glued onto the the walls of a night club!
Someone made clothes for the tree!
There seems to be a lot made by the same artist that made this wolf. Whoever it is, he is painting a lot of cars all around Malmö also.
This is one of my favourites. The artist that makes these slender girls regulary paints a lot of stuff in Malmö. I'll see if I can get hold of some other photos of his art work.
So last week we decided to host a “Suit Up Day” at the game development company where I work. I kinda suggested it for fun, and the crew seemed to be very happy about the idea! Here’s some pictures of me, our producer Ivan (with the white tie) and our CEO Ola. Ola suited up in his death metal clothing instead of the regular suit, which was a nice change!
Ivan, Ola and me outside our office in Malmö, Sweden!