The presentations are now available on our YouTube-channel. Even better – if you prefer reading you can click through these links to find a) a description and the video for each talk and b) our live Twitter coverage of each talk. Highly recommended!
- Welcome! by the Department of Game Design/li>
- Making Them Care: The Narrative Burden for Creating Empathy, by Heidi McDonald
- Existential Game Design – Lost in the Woods, Searching for Bliss, by Doris C. Rusch
- Empathy through Art: The Visual Language of Frostpunk, by Bartosz Sobolewski
- Practical leadership for a healthy and productive studio culture, by Albertina Sparrhult
- Kickstarted intimacy – Designing intimate spaces for strangers, by Malena Klaus
Recordings of all the talks are available on our YouTube-channel.
All the talks are available in our YouTube-channel.
Check all the winners and nominees here.
Photos and video to come! Meanwhile, enjoy all the game trailers, and here’s the final award list:
The award winners
- Best Presentation: Take My Shift
- Best Arcade Experience: Coal Rush
- Student Choice: Momentum Drift
- Alumni of the Year: Max Tiilikainen
- The Social Game Award: Twined
- Public Choice: Bench Warmers, Neon Nemesis (tie)
- The Almedalen Library Award: Symbio
- The Innovation Award: Nova Factor
- The Woke Award: Re Leap
- Expression in Game Design: Momentum Drift
- Jury Spotlight: Bolt and Bobby
- Jury Spotlight: Symbio
Full nomination lists:
(Scans from Gotlands Allehanda, 2018-05-31)
… and on the radio, and in the local papers. 🙂
As much as GGC is the university’s conference, it’s also the island’s. Every year we throw our doors open to the people of Gotland so they can see what we get up to. And, as part of this, we invite the local media to come and talk to our students.
Today we were graced with 3 reporters who spent more than an hour in the workshop with our frankly, brilliant, students. Click any of the links and see whay our teams are preparing and then grab yourself a ticket and come and play for yourself. It’s “pay what you want” and you can listen to some top class presentations, play some amazing games (and vote for them!), and stay for the award show and see if your favorite wins.
Over 500 attendees have signed up so far, so
get your visitors pass here!
The first year students did a public play test of their first playable prototypes recently! You can click through and follow our Instagram to keep track of the games in development! (#GGConf18 is where it’s at)
Are you a game educator with an interest in connecting with other educators across the globe? Are you willing to share your experience and insights to improve the field? Join us on Gotland this summer!
- Register for the symposium, and…
- … optionally, submit a presentation!
- See all details on the symposium page.
Last year, as part of the Gotland Game Conference, we hosted our first Game Educators Summit in conjunction with the Higher Education Videogame Alliance (HEVGA). This was an attempt to bring educators together specifically to discuss Game Educations in Europe, our unique needs within and across borders, and how to best expand HEVGA in Europe.
This year, HEVGA is continuing to grow their efforts in Europe by holding their first annual European Symposium on our beautiful island of Gotland, Sweden. Uppsala University has been chosen by HEVGA as the first school to host the symposium and will co-locate it with the Gotland Game Conference to maximize cross-pollination.
The two day symposium will take place on June 7 & 8. The first day will feature presentations across a wide variety of areas such as research, game educations, pedagogy, game design, games, institutional barriers and successes, within and across borders, and other programs or initiatives unique to Europe. Presentation slots are available in 15 – 45 minute increments.
The second day will be a working meeting designed to bring together diverse institutions and individual backgrounds to take stock of where games and game educations in Europe are at now. The working meeting will explore how to create a platform that can further establish a European games community in higher education across borders. Specific topics include: how to secure funding, creating a network that connects educations, amplifying local achievements globally, and avenues for unified advocacy.
To join us for the first European Symposium of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance hosted by Uppsala University;
Two weeks before the Gotland Game Conference, the Nordic Game Conference is taking place in Malmö. This year we are partnering up, which mean (among other things) that we can offer you a 15% discount for Nordic Games 2018!
The NGC – being the central meeting point for north European game development – is a much larger event than ours and a fantastic opportunity to meet the entire Nordic games community, make new connections, do business, and learn how to become an even better developer.
They’ve already revealed many of the speakers taking the stage at NG18, with many more to be announced over the coming weeks. They’re also taking our Scandinavian talent to new levels with the debut of Yonderplay on Discovery Day and expanded Showcase, as well as the highly anticipated second annual Nordic Game Discovery Contest finals. They also host the perennially sold-out Expo, popular MeetToMatch matchmaking system and a new pitch summit. Last but not least, a string of social events including the renowned Gala Dinner and the highlight of the conference, the Nordic Game Awards.
As you can see these will be some tightly packed days, and we look forward to seeing you all in Malmö!
Discount offer on NG18 tickets
Nordic Game offers you a very special 15% discount on conference passes for this year’s event, 23‐25 May, in Malmö, Sweden.
How to get the discount:
- Go to conf.nordicgame.com
- push the “Register” button
- check the “Organisation discount” box
- choose “NGPartner” from the drop down menu
- and then enter the code “Partner” in the “Discount Code” box.
We were in Stockholm yesterday, together with roughly 330 other people, for the Swedish Game Industry Career Fair. As is our custom we put students and their games front and center – letting them speak for our educations. The event only lasted four hours, but they were packed for us! It was particularly interesting meeting so many prospective students coming from less traditional backgrounds – eg. applying to university for a career change or to establish their career in Sweden. We’re hoping to see you on the island this autumn or next!
In our booth we also gave away free tickets to Visby and the Gotland Game Conference, in a lottery for those who spoke with us. We look forward to welcoming the three winners (and their plus ones) to Visby in June 5-6th!
- Marcus Wingård
- Julia Noblía
- Deirdre Tobin
(winners have been notified via email)
The conference is a unique opportunity to meet our students, faculty, alumni and industry representatives, to get a sense of what our educations can offer. We recommend anyone considering our programs to get a ticket and attend. There’s a Pay What You Want option so you can attend entirely free of charge.
Speaking of “considering our programs”: anyone who applies to a bachelors program on Campus Gotland as their first-hand choice will also be offered Campus Camp (19-20 May). It’s a free 2 day tour of our campus and island, and a great way to meet some of your future classmates and faculty too. All you need to do is put Uppsala University in your top slot for your applications. Notice will be sent out once the application process closes (ergo: after April 16th).
So once again: thanks everybody for coming out despite the rain yesterday, and we hope to see many of you again at the Gotland Game Conference and/or the Campus Camp!