This event takes place at Hochschule der Medien, Stuttgart

Johannes Bernhardt (Badisches Landesmuseum)

Dr. Johannes Bernhardt is in charge of the Creative Collections project at the Badisches Landesmuseum. After research and teaching at the universities of Freiburg, Mannheim and Bochum, he is responsible for the participatory development of new digital concepts at the museum. Since the beginning of his studies, he has been interested in digitization projects, questions of digitality and new methodological approaches. He has been at the Badisches Landesmuseum since 2017 and is still a gaming enthusiast.

museum x - Digitale Wege ins Museum

The Badisches Landesmuseum is pursuing a new museum concept which aims to redefine visitors as active users. In summer 2019, the first redesigned exhibition opened as a test area. With an online catalogue, user card and personalised user account as well as AR and VR applications, it opens a direct path to the physical contact with the museum objects. In the Creative Collection project, we also began a dialogue with the museum's users and set up an open space in the middle of the city for the creative exchange with everyone interested: the museum x. At the moment, the focus there is on questions of gaming in talks, workshops and a hackathon (www. hackathonx.de), and new digital paths to the museum are being developed with the participation of the public. It is therefore a great opportunity to give an insight into these ongoing developments and to exchange ideas with gaming professionals.

Constanze Bühner (Filmakademie)

Constanze has been working at Filmakademie's Animationsinstitut since 2005. First she coordinated the FMX Conference program, for the last 5 years she has been coordinating the curriculum. Before coming to Filmakademie, Constanze studied Language&Culture Mediation and IT Product Design in Denmark and France.

All students of Animationsinstitut begin their 3rd year of studies with a cross-institutional semester project called AniTrailer/AniPlay. They produce trailers (AniTrailer) as well as interactive media installations, live interactions, or VR and AR applications (AniPlay). In joint workshops, students develop their initial ideas, and work in interdisciplinary teams. Mentors supervise the projects conceptually, technically, and during implementation. Focus is furthermore on team dynamics, roles in a team, and on handling challenging situations. In this talk we will showcase some of the works that have been realized over the course of the last 3 years, address challenges we encountered both from a staff and student perspective as well as the benefits of the program.

Daniel Classen (LightShape)

Daniel Classen studien Architecture and got incontact with the 3D world in 1998. For five years he worked in the field of 3D content creation and animation. In 2007 he foundend the company Lightshape. His fields of activity are CGI image and animation, interactive applications AR/VR, workflows, development of a Windows software for controlling large VR systems, Start of the event XR-Expo 2017, Research project: ExoHaptik:PflegeKraft and a federally funded research project to train relatives and nurses in vr

Holodecks for professionals

From physical models to virtual workflows: how do we digitize for XR, where can XR be used in a professional environment, what could be the requirements for professional holodecks and what are usecases for professional holodecks?

Tamara Makana Chock (Syracuse University)

Prof. T. Makana Chock, Ph.D. (Cornell) is the David J. Levidow Research Professor at the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She conducts research in media psychology and is studying the ways that people respond to mass, social, and extended reality media. She is currently conducting research examining the effects of virtual reality narratives on users. She is also using virtual environments to examine the ways that users' stereotypes and cognitive biases impact memory and behaviors in VR.

Psychology of Virtual Reality

How can VR stories affect users? A look at some of the psychological and social factors that can influence the people’s memory and attention in VR environments.

Mikhail Fiadotau (Tallinn University)

Mikhail Fiadotau is a Lecturer in the School of Digital Technologies at Tallinn University, Estonia, where his teaching primarily relates to game design and game-based learning. He is also currently completing his doctoral thesis in Anthropology, in which he discusses the cross-cultural aspects of game design.

Idea Generation Techniques for Game Design: A Selective Overview

Coming up with innovative game ideas can be a challenging task, but it can be aided by using various idea generation techniques. In this talk, the general principles underlying many such techniques will be outlined, several specific examples such as Playgen Addingplay and SCAMPER are introduced and their use in university game design courses are discussed.

Andreas Feist (Black Forest Games)

Andreas Feist arbeitet als Lead Technical Artist bei Black Forest Games. Seinen Start in der Industrie hatte er mit Arcania - Gothic IV in 2008 bei Spellbound. In der Zeit dort ist er in die Rolle eines Technical Artist gewechselt. Er stieß 2012 zu Black Forest Games als Technical Artist hinzu und hat an allen dort entwickelten Projekten mitgewirkt.

Destroy all Humans

Destroy all Humans! - wie der Name schon andeutet, geht es darum als ein grauer Alien eine ganze Welt zu zerstören und nichts als Asche zurückzulassen. In dieser Präsentation spricht Lead Technical Artist Andreas Feist darüber, wie das Studio die nunmehr fast 15 Jahre alte Marke wiederbelebt hat und gibt Einblicke wie verschiedenste Features modernisiert wurden um das ganze Spiel zu modernisieren und trotzdem vor allem die Erinnerungen an das original Spiel zu erhallten.

Manuel Floruß (LAB132)

Manuel hat seinen Master an der HdM absolviert und ist Mitgründer von LAB132, das sich mit der Entwicklung und Portierung von Computer- und Konsolenspielen beschäftigt.

Let us Pitch your Game to a Publisher

LAB132 spricht über praktische Erfahrungen mit der Portierung und Veröffentlichung von PC-Spielen für die aktuellen Konsolen.

Jirka Dell'Oro-Friedl (FH Furtwangen)

Jirka Dell'Oro-Friedl ist Professor für Gamedesign an der Fakultät "Digitale Medien" der Hochschule Furtwangen. Er begann mit der Entwicklung von Computerspielen noch als Schüler zu Beginn der 1980er Jahre. Mit seiner Firma EnterTrain konnte er viele Auszeichnungen im Bereich des Game Based Learnings und zweimal den Deutschen Computerspielpreis gewinnen. Heute erforscht er die Grenzen von Spiel und daraus entspringende neue Spielerfahrungen.

Mobile Game Sound of Magic

Ein revolutionäres Spielprinzip definiert ein völlig neues Medium! "Sound of Magic" ist ein rein auditives Abenteuerspiel für mobile Endgeräte, das erstmals den hohen Immersionsgrad des Hörspiels mit der vollen Interaktionsbreite eines Computergames erfolgreich kombiniert. Die Augen geschlossen, bewegt sich der Spieler mit simplen Gesten frei durch eine beliebig komplexe Spielwelt, die sich allein in seinem Kopf entspinnt, führt Dialoge mit vielen Charakteren, sammelt und nutzt Gegenstände und lernt schließlich auch noch Zaubern. Eine intensive und immer individuelle Erfahrung, denn jeder Mensch erlebt dabei sein eigenes Spiel...

Margarita Köhl (FH Vorarlberg)

Margarita Köhl has got a background in communication studies, East-Asian studies as well as in art history and arts and cultural management. Currently, she is a professor for digital communication at the department of InterMedia at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg, Austria. Before that, she gained experience in research and teaching at universities in Taiwan, Thailand and Japan. Her research is situated in the area of Science and Technology Studies and focuses on affective and emotional aspects of technology appropriation. She has got experience in the field of intercultural game research, transmedia storytelling as well as the development of alternate reality games.

Potentials of VR for Serious Games

How can complex topics be made experienceable in a playful way? Based on approaches such as "situated cognition" and "social presence" the lecture tries to explore the potentials of immersive learning environments to enhance motivation. The main question is how serious games can be designed, which motivate different dialogue groups to engage with complex or negatively valued subject matters. Drawing on two specific research projects, we will highlight the potential of Virtual und Mixed Reality to contribute to raising awareness for a topic and to convey content. "Serious Games and Welfare Technologies": Within the frame of this project taking place between 2016 and 2018, 23 students from universities in five countries working together in international and interdisciplinary teams developed playful solutions for rehabilitation training together. The students could build up on the innovative therapeutic devices and applications provided by the industry partners and realize concrete ideas considering the implementation of VR and AR prototypically. "Interdisciplinary Human Centred Design to Improve Patient Quality of Life" (acronym DESQOL): This ongoing Erasmus+ project aims at motivating adolescents with celiac disease to adhere to a gluten-free diet. In the frame of a human centered design process 20 students from four nations develop varying mobile and VR applications encompassing playful elements.

Andreas Künz (FH Vorarlberg)

Andreas Künz is a research assistant at the UCT Research, University of Applied Sciences, Vorarlberg. He graduated in InterMedia at the same institution with a master degree in medial communication design. The focus of his work and research is on virtual reality, 3D computer graphics and human-machine-communication. He can look back on several years of teaching in the bachelor and master programs informatics and design at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg, as well as in international student projects.

Potentials of VR for Serious Games

How can complex topics be made experienceable in a playful way? Based on approaches such as "situated cognition" and "social presence" the lecture tries to explore the potentials of immersive learning environments to enhance motivation. The main question is how serious games can be designed, which motivate different dialogue groups to engage with complex or negatively valued subject matters. Drawing on two specific research projects, we will highlight the potential of Virtual und Mixed Reality to contribute to raising awareness for a topic and to convey content. "Serious Games and Welfare Technologies": Within the frame of this project taking place between 2016 and 2018, 23 students from universities in five countries working together in international and interdisciplinary teams developed playful solutions for rehabilitation training together. The students could build up on the innovative therapeutic devices and applications provided by the industry partners and realize concrete ideas considering the implementation of VR and AR prototypically. "Interdisciplinary Human Centred Design to Improve Patient Quality of Life" (acronym DESQOL): This ongoing Erasmus+ project aims at motivating adolescents with celiac disease to adhere to a gluten-free diet. In the frame of a human centered design process 20 students from four nations develop varying mobile and VR applications encompassing playful elements.

Annegret Montag (game Verband)

Annegret Montag hat Lehramt für Gymnasien an der Universität Kassel studiert (Fächer: Germanistik/Politik und Wirtschaft), derzeit arbeitet sie an einer Dissertation zum Thema "Hybride Medialität: Bildungsprozesse mit Computerspielen für den Deutschunterricht". Von 2016-2019 war sie als Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben bei Prof. Dr. Norbert Kruse im Bereich Literaturdidaktik und Mediendidaktik, Seit Juni 2019 ist sie Referentin Services beim game- Verband.

Diversity in the Games Industry

For a long time, computer games were considered to be "boys' toys". The development teams being mainly male was the logical conclusion, right? It has long been debunked that games are only for "boys". The balance between the sexes/genders of players is nearly equal. But how is this reflected within the games industry? In my presentation, I would like to first discuss the concept of diversity and its influence on the games industry. I would then like to look explicitly at how we can put together more diverse teams in the future and what advantages this could have for corporate culture and games.

Jochen Peketz (Ubisoft Düsseldorf)

Jochen Peketz joined the games industry in 1999 to work on the iconic title Gothic as a (lead) level designer and on implementing the AI for the game. Since then, he has worked for several studios like Piranha Bytes, (EA) Phenomic and Tentacle. Since 2008, he has been employed at Blue Byte, first as lead level designer, then in 2011 as the User Research Manager after leading informal playtests for Settlers 7. He has worked on many games such as: the Anno Series, Trials, Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, For Honor and Far Cry. During this time, he has completed several advanced trainings like UX Manager (IHK), PMP and more. He likes to share knowledge and has done talks and workshops at conferences such as GDC Europe and Quo Vadis as well as teaching at Universities like Cologne Gamelab, HS Worms and Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. He is still working as User Research Manager at Ubisoft Düsseldorf.

Playtesting on a Budget

In times of more and more diverse markets games need effective means to stand out from competitors. A good UX (User Experience) is on of this means. User Testing has a great impact on product quality in terms of UX. Jochen Peketz will give a short impulse talk to present ideas how UX evaluation is possible without costs to push for better UX.

Luca Planert (Nintendo of Europe)

Luca Planert is a work and organizational psychology graduate from the University of Mannheim. He’s currently working for Nintendo of Europe as Recruiter in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Working in the Game Industry: More Than Just Development - Career Perspectives at Nintendo

The game industry offers a lot of different career opportunities for students and professionals of all backgrounds. Of course, the traditional way of getting into the industry is to become a programmer or developer, but there are also a number of different career paths for students of all disciplines and backgrounds. This talk by Luca Planert, Recruiter at Nintendo of Europe, focuses on what kind of jobs – other than development – Germany’s largest game industry employer has to offer.

Marvin Pohl (LAB132)

Marvin hat seinen Master an der HdM absolviert und ist Mitgründer von LAB132, das sich mit der Entwicklung und Portierung von Computer- und Konsolenspielen beschäftigt.

Let us Pitch your Game to a Publisher

LAB132 spricht über praktische Erfahrungen mit der Portierung und Veröffentlichung von PC-Spielen für die aktuellen Konsolen.

Anselm Pyta (Studio Seufz)

Anselm Pyta is the co-founder of the fresh German animation- and gamesstudio STUDIO SEUFZ in Stuttgart. He specializes on cartoon-ish 2D animations and games with emphasis on dark humor and athmosphere. Since school he has made several viral web games like "Lucky Tower" or "Murder" with now over 100 million players. Currently he is working in his first premium game THE LONGING, which already won the "Long Game Award" at A.MAZE 2019.

THE LONGING - Time as a Game Mechanic?

In the upcoming game THE LONGING by Stuttgart developers Studio Seufz, players are faced with the task of waiting for 400 days - in real time! The director and sole Game Designer Anselm Pyta will elaborate on the concept of incorporating time as a mechanic in a narrative game. After all, games are the only medium that can excessively make use of time to tell stories -something that hasn't been explored enough yet.

Kathrin Radtke (Studio Fizbin)

Kathrin Radtke is a game programmer at Studio Fizbin in Ludwigsburg where she is working on narrative based games for children and adults. Since october 2018 she is organizing the Kokolores Collective, a co-working place for creative people.

Quit trying to be a superhero - Why empathy and diverse teams matter

Programmers don't like people - or do they? Very few games are made by just one person. So in your career you will need to communicate and work with others a lot. Empathy and teamwork are crucial skills in game development. We will take a closer look on why they are important for every role and how empathy and compassion will increase your code quality. We will also cover the topic of diversity in this context. Studies show that diverse teams perform better. But what do we need to consider to make these teams work?

Lorenz Schmider (Merz Akademie)

Lorenz Schmider hat sein Studium im Fachbereich New Media als Bachelor of Arts abgeschlossen und hat seit 2019 einen Lehrauftrag im Bereich "Virtual Reality / Unity 3D".

Wie viel Information braucht ein Spieler wirklich?

Die Abschlussarbeit "Escape from Alcatraz" behandelt die Ausbruchszene des Films "Escape from Alcatraz" (R: Don, Siegel, 1979) als Virtual Reality Erfahrung. Anhand dieses Beispiels wird der Frage nachgegangen, inwiefern es dem User überlassen sein sollte, seine Spieleumgebung eigenständiger zu erforschen. Dabei wird der aktuelle Stand der Spieleindustrie mit einbezogen und aufgebrochen.

Serbay Sönmez (Deck13 Spotlight)

Serbay Sönmez studied Media Economics at HdM and started working in the Gaming Industry as a publishing partner for Indie Developers.

Let us Pitch your Game to a Publisher

You have an intersting game on your hands and just need a publisher to set sail? Getting them on board can be trickier then you think. Just throwing around some possible sale numbers and ingame screenshots is not enough. Let us see how you would pitch your game and if a publisher would take it or leave it.

Andreas Stiegler (Strichpunkt Design)

Dr. Andreas Stiegler is a creative Technologist at Strichpunkt Design. With a PhD in Game AI and many years of Game Development and research experience, he is working on fusing knowledge from both fields with the many challenges and use cases of Design and creative workflows in general.

The Complexity Trap

One of the key challenges when developing Artificial Intelligence for a Game is to understand Game Design and Game Mechanics and then derive which AI approaches would fit best. In this little talk, though, we'll go the other way round: we'll take a brief look at how modern Game AI ticks and then derive some insights for how to design your actual gameplay! This way, we'll find out how to design complexity in a meaningful and interesting way... or at least so an AI won't just prune it away.

Maximilian Tränkner (HdM)

co-Autoren: Moritz Storz, Anastasia Keller und Benjamin Schmiedel
Maximilian Tränkner, Moritz Storz, Anastasia Keller und Benjamin Schmiedel sind Master-Studenten des Studiengangs Computer Science and Media an der Hochschule der Medien. Mit ihrem Schwerpunkt auf UI/UX Design sind sie neu im Bereich Gaming und haben mit "Immunity" ihr erstes Spiel entwickelt.

Immunity: Fight the Zombie Virus

Zu den Waffen, die Zombies kommen! In einer Mischung aus Tower-Defence und Serious Game wird die Waagschale zwischen Spaß und Lerneffekt perfekt getroffen. Das Browser-Game Immunity soll den Spielern die Grundfunktionalität des Immunsystems erklären, indem der Spieler Angriffe auf die gesunden Zellen des menschlichen Körpers abwehren muss. Attackiert werden diese von einer Vielzahl an unterschiedlichen Zombieviren, die es auf verschiedene Art und Weise zu bekämpfen gilt.

Charles Weiss (Clemson University)

Dr. Charles T. Weiss is currently an Associate Professor of Graphic Communications at Clemson University in the USA. He has taught at the university level for almost 20 years and his areas of focus include graphic communications and design, digital imaging, photography, curriculum and instruction, typography, branding, and screen printing.

Digitally Enhancing Your Printed Works

This session will explore the possibility of adding an augmented reality (AR) component to your printed works. AR has the potential to digitally enhance any of your current or newly designed printed pieces for both education and/or business purposes.