Events

Game Audio event in Copenhagen – Wwise Tour Europe 2015

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Are you interested in sound design for games or already working in the games industry in an audio-related position?

The leading developer for game audio middleware, Audiokinetic, has announced that they will be coming to Copenhagen on their European tour for 2015. Even better, they have invited everyone for free (with limited seating) to join in for a talk about their professional Wwise software on February 5th 2015 from 14.00 to 19.00.

They will be showing some case examples from the game Assassin’s Creed IV – Black Flag and how Wwise became the tool that allowed them to create true immersive audio experiences.

The speakers are Aldo Sampaio, Audio Director and Alexis Rousseau-Dupuis, Sound Programmer at Ubisoft Entertainment, making this one talk not to miss.

The talk is aimed at sound designers, media composers and also game developers and intends to have attendees walking away from the event with inspiration on how to apply these techniques on your own games.

While the event is free to attend, seating availability is limited.

So sign up as soon as you can to ensure you have a spot!

You can find more information about the talk at www.audiokinetic.com/en/wwisetour2015/

Unity Nights: Pimp my game

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How do you turn a game from this into that in under one hour?

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That’s exactly what Tim Garbos will be showing on October 15th at Aalborg University Copenhagen for the next session of the Unity Nights that starts at 18:00.

Titled “Unity Nights: Pimp my Game”, Tim will be showing everyone how to take a simple-looking build of a game into something far more visually pleasing and engaging in just under one hour by using a series of tricks, tips and adjustments that you can later on apply to your games in a simple way to achieve different effects.

You can actually see the results yourself in this web build of the game in which you can switch between “boring” and “fancy” graphics with a press of the SPACEBAR key.

If you want to, you can also sign up on the Facebook event page here.

This talk is part of the Unity Nights series where each session will focus on a different aspect of game development. We will be announcing more of these talks soon, so stay tuned!

Conference ticket + bus ride to [Select/Start] PLAY for 190 DKK

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There’s a new games conference around, and this one is BIG! In fact, we dare say this is probably Denmark’s biggest games conference to date, with over 20 speakers, both from the AAA games industry and indies, and an expo with 25 games showcasing some of the most creative uses of alternative control methods, new gameplay mechanics and just simply fun games.

It’s called [Select/Start] PLAY and it takes place on October 3rd in Viborg, Denmark.

And we are sponsoring a bus from Copenhagen to Viborg and back for just 190 DKK!

While it’s the first year this conference is being held, there’s no denying that the organizers at The Animation Workshop have put together an impressive line-up. There’s well-known industry figures such as Dan Adelman, who until very recently worked for almost 9 years at Nintendo of America. There’s Martin Hollis, who created the insanely well-regarded GoldenEye and Perfect Dark on the Nintendo 64. Mike Dailly, who worked on Lemmings and GTA when he was at DMA Design before it became Rockstar North. Shawn Robertson, Lead Animator for Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite. Bjørn Jacobsen, Sound Designer for EVE: OnlineRyan Green, creator of the heart-breaking That Dragon, CancerEline Muijres, producer at GameOven which creates new physical game experiences like Bounden and Fingle. There’s Dajana Dimovska, Mata Haggis, Eva Gaspar, Ed Cooke…

The list goes on and on to cover everything in games from game design lectures to how to protect your IP. And that is before we even get to the w00t GameClubbing event at night at the Games Expo site next door.

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Some of the featured speakers at [Select/Start] PLAY

Put simply, this is one incredibly packed event. And it’s not even expensive at all, with normal tickets running at 120 DKK and students getting in for free.

But we know a lot of people are worried about having to travel all the way to Viborg for the conference. Some don’t know how exactly to get there, and many don’t want to bother with finding a place to stay.

Which is why IGDA Denmark is sponsoring a bus from Copenhagen to Viborg specifically for this event!

We have partnered with the organizers of [Select/Start] PLAY to make sure that those in the Copenhagen area (or even those coming from Sweden!) can have it as easiest as possible to join the conference.

What we are offering is a round bus trip from Copenhagen to Viborg and back included with a full conference ticket for the most affordable price we could reach: 190 DKK.

The bus we are sponsoring will leave from Copenhagen at 5 am on October 3rd and will arrive to Viborg in time for the conference to start.
Then you will be able to stay for the expo and the party before the bus picks everyone up again at midnight to return to Copenhagen (arriving at 3:30 am). We imagine most of you will take a nap in the bus.

There’s only 40 seats available for this bus though! So we suggest you go and get them before they run out!
You can get the tickets at www.selectstartplay.org!

SpilBar 21 – Stone Librande and Guldbrikken Awards

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First of all, it feels great to finally be able to use the new SpilBar logo that was unveiled at the previous SpilBar 20 (which was a great celebratory event full of great micro-talks and marked the last event for the Spring 2014 semester.

But after the Summer a new period begins, and what better way to do so than with a new SpilBar event come September 11th with nothing less than Stone Librande as the guest speaker!

If case his name doesn’t directly ring a bell, perhaps his works will: Stone Librande is Lead Designer at Riot Games (League of Legends) and has worked in the game industry for over 10 years on games such as Diablo 3Spore, and SimCity. In addition to his full-time job designing video games, he also teaches game design courses at Cogswell College and at Carnegie Mellon’s ETC program. He runs design seminars at the Game Developers Conference and at other locations around the world. An avid game collector, Stone’s walk-in closet holds more than 300 card and board games, including 30 that he has designed himself.

Over many years, Stone has been designing card and board games to entertain his children as they grew from age 3 to age 22. During his talk at SpilBar 21, titled 19 Games in 19 Years, he will show 19 of those games and describe how his design techniques have evolved over time, as he went from making simple color matching games to tactical battle simulations. Along the way he will talk about the lessons he has learned and how his children have shaped his personal design philosophy. He invites you to create your own games for your family and friends and shares many tips that will help get you started. 

But not only that, this event will once again host the Guldbrikken Awards, which was so successful last year, where the best board games of 2014 will receive awards. As usual there will be a whole bunch of board games to play, both well known ones and unpublished ones (with an open call for games coming soon!)

So mark down the following date and place:

Where: The Design Society, HC Andersens Boulevard 27, 1553 Copenhagen V
When: Thursday, September 11th from 16:30 to 21:00

Read more about SpilBar in its page on our Danish GameDev Events page.

Win a ticket to w00t Copenhagen Play Festival!

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w00t Copenhagen Play Festival

Last year, a new event celebrating outdoors and board games was born in Copenhagen. Under the name of w00t Copenhagen Play Festival, this gathering brought together whole families, game developers and a lot of people who just wanted to have fun for a great unforgettable weekend!

With the huge success of last year, at IGDA Denmark we wanted to help this event grow bigger and better by becoming official sponsors of the event, which will take place from May 30th to June 1st.

But that’s not enough! We want more people to have the chance to discover w00t and enjoy it alongside everyone else, which is why we are giving away 10 tickets to w00t!

All you have to do is sign up through this form and we will announce the lucky winners on Thursday at noon through a random draw.

Still not convinced? Check out the w00t website for photos and info on the games that will be played!

Change the world with a game jam

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We love game jams. And we love when friends organize game jams. But we like it even more when game jams have a cause they fight for.

Enter the Game Changer Game Jam.

This event, which will take place in Aarhus in May 2-4 2014, follows the principle that games dealing with political, social and environmental challenges can be an platform for massive change.

The organizers quote Jane McGonigal on the main page of their event:

Today 1 billion people spend more than 7 billion hours weekly, joyfully, solving epic quests. What if we could, through games, utilize this enormous resource into solving real world challenges? – Jane McGonigal

Our friends organizing in Aarhus believe that Game Designers, Gamers and Games together hold an important role in society. As such, games dealing with political, social and environmental challenges can be a platform for massive change, inspiring Gamers to connect and engage with important issues more effectively.

Want to learn more about it? Then there’s three key places where you can do so!

First of all, you should check their cool website: http://www.gcgj.org/
Second, you can get your ticket at their Billetto page: http://billetto.dk/events/36794
And finally, you can join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GameChangerGameJam

Interested? Let us know in the comments!

SpilBar 19: Stand by your fans

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Once again DADIU invites everyone to join the next SpilBar event, this time about the paradox of fans: how do you deal with your fanbase when they tend to be such a tricky group to handle?

This time the event will take place at a new venue, the Design Society, located in HC Andersens Boulevard 27 in Copenhagen, and will go from 16:30 to 20:00 on Thursday, March 27th 2014.

While as always everybody is welcome to join, with free admission, this time sign-up beforehand is needed. Sign up for the event here!

So what can you expect at SpilBar this time? Check out the programme!

Programme:
16:30-17:00: Arrival and coffee
17:00-17:10: Welcome by Nille Juul-Sørensen, CEO at The Danish Design Center
17:10-17:40: Frederikke Hoff: I Was Told There’d be LEGO Bricks …
17:40-18:00: Break 18:00-18:20: Roman Graebsch: Bound by words and expectations
18:20.18:40: Debate hosted by Thomas Vigild
18:40: Beer and mingling! The beers are sponsored by Danish Design Center and Interactive Denmark. Burger Jack will sell burgers – bring cash!

Where: Design Society, HC Andersens Boulevard 27, 1553 København When: Thursday, March 27th from 16:30 to 20:00

More information about the talks and the speakers:

Frederikke Hoff: I Was Told There’d be LEGO Bricks …
LEGO fans make up one of the most enthusiastic online fan communities in existence. We don’t mean kids within the product target group; we mean the teen and adult fans. That’s right: Adult fans! By nature, these fans build what appeals to grown-ups, and that doesn’t always fit well with the company line. So how does The LEGO Group nurture these online fans while not pissing them off? Frederikke Hoff from the LEGO Group talks about online fans and co-creation.

Roman Graebsch: Bound by words and expectations
In this talk, Roman will highlight why you cannot simply run off and develop a game which is part of a revered 20 year old franchise still developed by fans throughout the world today. He will present the challenges of convincing die-hard fans that ’we are doing it right this time, now give us your money!’. Furthermore, what does it mean to follow up on a successfully funded Kickstarter project, and how to best interact with your community? Promises were made – how can you keep them, how does it influence your game design decisions? What opportunities lie there in being an independent studio creating a crowd funded niche game with a premium payment model – and how it all ties into making the game you want to make – for yourself and the customer alike.

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About Frederikke Hoff  Frederikke is a Community Editor at The LEGO Group. She spends most of her time working with adult LEGO fans. She has previously worked for companies such as Guinness World Records, Danmarks Radio and IO Interactive. She also watches way too many Sci-fi TV-shows.

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About Roman Graebsch

Roman Graebsch is Producer at Full Control ApS in Copenhagen. After finishing his M.Sc. in Game Design at the ITU, various student productions and a short excourse as co-founder of a company on a work-for-hire project in connection with the Experimentarium, he got his foot in the door of the danish game industry. After working as Project Manager on the Olsen Banden game for iOS, he found his dream job working on Jagged Alliance: Flashback and is now responsible for re-creating a favourite game of his childhood.

About SpilBar SpilBar is a bimonthly event, where everyone in or close to the computer games industry can meet and mingle. The meetings always start with a talk and end with a drink. SpilBar is initiated by Kristine Ploug from DADIU, and Thomas Vigild from The Danish Game Council (Dansk Spilråd). SpilBar is organized in collaboration with IGDA Denmark, Unge Spiludviklere, Spilordningen, and Interactive Denmark.

Join SpilBar’s Facebook group here.

SpilBar 19 is organized in collaboration with the Danish Design Center.

Everybody is welcome, admission is free, but sign-up is needed. Sign up here.

Nordic Game Jam 2014 preparations begin

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As you all probably know the biggest event we organize here at IGDA Denmark is the Nordic Game Jam without a doubt.

Last year we held the event for the first time at Aalborg University Copenhagen and it was a fantastic success, marking our biggest game jam yet.

Now we’re ready to announce the dates for the upcoming NGJ14: February 14-16!

If you want to stay updated with all the news about upcoming talks, volunteers call, ticket sales and join the hype don’t forget to visit the official Nordic Game Jam website as well as the Facebook and Twitter pages!

In need of more game jams before Exile? Try Mini Jam #5!

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Our friends at Unge Spiludviklere (Young Game Developers) have been busy lately preparing for this semester and now they’re bringing to you the chance to participate in one of their Mini Jams with Mini Jam #5 this coming weekend of October 4-6.

Unlike previous events, this time you no longer need to be a member of Unge Spiludviklere to participate, making it much easier for you to simply sign up and attend. The event will take place at Aalborg University Copenhagen, the same building where the Unity Nights lectures are taking place and where we held Nordic Game Jam last January.

While there will be no food provided (except perhaps some cake?) you will have easy access to the nearby shops and pizzerias.

If you haven’t attended any of the previous Mini Jams, here’s the brief: no rules, no restrictions. You can either start working on a new game or continue developing your previous projects. The idea here is to get together with other aspiring game developers and make something great during the weekend.

Registration is simple. You can sign up here and you can also check the Facebook event here.

After that just show up on Friday at 17:00 at:
Aalborg University
C. A. Meyer Vænge 15
2450 Copenhagen

For any questions, write in the Facebook event or send an email to jam@ungespiludviklere.dk.

It’s time to learn Unity from beginner to pro

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Unity-Nights

Here at IGDA Denmark we are big fans of Unity, the popular game engine that was born in Copenhagen and quickly caught on with indie game developers, especially in the mobile market. Since it first came out in 2005 the engine has been getting all sort of improvements in usability, performance, features and soon a great new 2D workflow system that makes modern game development extremely accessible to everyone. It’s no wonder it’s become such a widely used engine!

So after some careful planning we want to announce the Unity Nights, a series of free lectures where you can go from zero to hero with Unity.

These lectures will take you from the very first basics of working with Unity to start creating your own games and polishing them up. Later lectures will take on more advanced topics such as working with the Mecanim animation system, scripting, physics and programming custom shaders. These will certainly help you also when you join one of the many game jams happening in Denmark!

But for the moment being, let’s focus on the first three lectures:

  • Thursday, September 26th – Unity for absolute dummies
  • Wednesday, October 2nd – Building your first game in Unity
  • Thursday, October 10th – Building a BETTER game with Unity

The first lecture will get you accustomed with Unity, it’s interface, controls and basic elements, as well as learning a proper workflow. No coding skills required! (Though they will, of course, help). The following two lectures are step-by-step examples where you will be making a fully working game in a tutorial style. If you prefer to, you can save the event on Facebook as well!

All the lectures will begin at 19:00 in order to keep a consistent schedule. Also these lectures will end with a questions session where you can come with your problems with Unity and we will try to help you as much as possible. The location is at Aalborg University Copenhagen, located in Sydhavn (not far from the Sydhavn S-train station, a couple of stops away from the central train station). We will be placing signs at the entrance so you can find the room where these lectures will be taking place.

And that’s not all! Don’t forget that later on we will announce more lectures to continue with the program into more advanced topics, so keep updated with our announcements here or on our Twitter and Facebook pages to be the first one to hear about upcoming Unity Nights!

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