May 242017
 
K Once again I went to Jönköping Sweden with my students for LBS Game Awards [SV].

It have been a long year with a lot of hard work as usual for my students. Once again that paid off and sure, I’ll take all the credit… But if they ever deserved some it’s now.

Well to start things off we missed two hours of the event due to a broken down bus, missing all the speeches from the jury. But we did get there in time to win some awards.

We won best graphics with Owen’s Rumble and we won best technology and second place for best game with The Adventures of Commander Sid.

Down below you can see a perfectly edited film about our day, so if this game dev business doesn’t pan out I can always work in the movie industri.

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May 292016
 

I’m not only a programmer here at KJ working on our RPG and shop manager game Eco Tales: My Item Shop but I’m also a teacher at LBS Stockholm where game development and game graphics are two of our most popular programs to study. There are 14 LBS schools around Sweden and every year LBS Jönköping hosts LBS Game Awards.

Me and some of my students traveled there to support the two projects from our school that took part in this event with there projects.

Outside the event building,

Outside the event building,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The event itself was held in this old brick warehouse prior to destruction looking building suitable for rave parties and game awards, an improvement from last year where we where in a corridor, the only negative thing I can see this year is the fact that I like toilets, I dislike porta potties and lets just leave it at that.

It was filled with eager students all showing off there games that judged by some awesome jurors from the industry, King was there representing and held two really nice lectures.

LBS Game Awards 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like I said we were there with two projects, one first year project from GotoStart Studio showing of their game Owen’s Adventure.

We also had a second year project from Red Line Games and there project Turf Wars that might be nominated in Swedish Game Awards next.

 

It makes me really proud what my students have accomplished, well beyond the scope of what was reasonable to accomplish, something they jury agreed upon because we took home a lot of prices.

Owen’s Adventure came in second for best 3d graphics and best technical solution and first price for best newcomer of the year.

GotoStart Studio

Winning best newcomer of the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our second year students, the crowd pleasing project Turf Wars took home second place in best game, first place in best 3d graphics and most importantly peoples choice.

Red Line Games

Turf Wars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So needless to say, as a teacher I was overwhelmed, not surprised ;p and I consider myself to be the real winner and expect at least 10% of any future income from them.

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Jun 072015
 
Traveling to Jönköping and LBS Game Awards

Krister looking forward to a long train ride. Image from Red Line Games

It was the last Friday of May, the clouds were hanging over us like an overly active shower head, our clothes trying to suffocate us by clinging to our cold bodies. The tunnel of our minds was dark, damp and lonely, but suddenly we saw a shimmer of light at the end of it and as we draped our eyes with whatever designer sunglasses we brought with us we started our journey towards it.

A few hours later, still early for us hard working developers we arrived at Jönköping, why? Because it was time for LBS Game Awards, the yearly event where all the game design student’s knuckles up and compete for the affection of the industry related jury members.

This year they represented:

LBS Game Awards took place at the same time as Consolidate (a LAN event working for the noble task of bettering the world of E-sport), and LBS Game Awards got to be a part of that.

LBS Game Awards 2015 crowded event

LBS Game Awards 2015

All and all the Game Awards part of it was pushed out in a balcony like corridor with a smaller stage below it with no lights except for the backlit projector making it very difficult to see anyone stage.

The students were kind of shy, but that’s understandable, they might be inexperienced and afraid to grab a hold of people letting them play their awesome game. I remember myself on these kinds of events, I use to hide behind anything I could find.

Anyways, all the projects could compete in several categories that you can read about below, LBS Stockholm (my awesome students) were there with two projects; Sallad and Goof Rat.

LBS Game Awards categories and winners (some Swedish might appear in project links):

  • Best pitch – The Traveler.
  • Best Sound – Kontur with Binary as runner up; and please take note that Kontur mentions in its description how the have place holder sound effects but everything else is made by them. 😀
  • Best Technique – W0rp and Antihero as runner up.
  • Best 2D Graphics – Spacecode Atlas and runner up was Kontur.
  • Best 3D Graphics – Sushido won and runner up was Goof Rat, how Goof Rat did not win is beyond me, they had a fully animated human and humanoid rat but I might just be biased.
  • Best Newcomer (first year students) – DRPG with Goof Rat as runner up, and here I’m just at a lack of words…
  • People’s Choice Award – An interesting award indeed as there were no people, the public was not invited, it was just students and teachers, but Sushido won, a fun wave fighter game.
  • Best Game – Cut was number one with Kontur as a close runner up.

It sure can’t be easy setting this event up as teachers that also have to deal with class and everything, and it shows, mainly when it comes to the information and communication to our students what to expect the format of the event so they can prepare and make the most of this event.

We did have great fun and it is a good experience for all students to have and I hope the event in future years will only grow and improve as well as including the other branches of education the LBS schools have to offer.

I’ll let you go with a video summary of the event from Red Line Games point of view, and yes, I’m in it so you know you don’t want to miss this piece of eye candy.