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This will be out soon:

Nina Kiel Gender In Games

Nina Kiel wrote her bachelor thesis tackling gender in games. And now it’s a book. And I’m excited to be in it along with good company from other voices on the issue. Look at that damn near perfect cover for the whole thing and make sure to check out Nina’s other work on her tumblr.

Also make sure to follow her on twitter or tumblr, so you get notified once the book is available for purchase or preorder.


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concept art tutorials

After my post Let’s get Real About Concept Art from early february Paul Richards – concept artist on the Darksiders series and Halo 4 – pointed me to a tutorial he posted on his blog. Browsing through his site revealed he released quite a few tutorials already… and damn, so much great advice, all with easy to understand samples, nicely structured, step by step.

He focusses on designing with a pen – from drawing basics to complex rendering and construction. The full package for beginners and even seasoned artist will snatch some goodies there as well. Here is a small digest in recommended reading order… …read more.


anjin anhut comments
Due to recent events which triggered a series of events involving a camel, a straw and a broken back, I have to change a couple of things in regards to how I deal with comments and online debates. I kind of regret having to do this, but I hope it will create opportunity for more productive conversations and allow me to focus more on putting stuff out there.

Read more…

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Free Unity Course

Hey, everybody. Tomorrow Martin Nerurkar from Sharkbomb Studios and I are going to host a 4 hour crash course introduction thingy for game development in Unity. It’s free and available worldwide through google hangout.

The time is 14:00h in Berlin Germany – here is your local time, if you are from a different zone: [link]

Check out Sharkbomb’s google+ [link] or youtube [link] page to join.

The format is simple: I don’t have worked with Unity yet, Martin has – a lot. So he is going to walk me through the fist steps, I get to ask noobie questions and you are invited to join us via stream. Everything will be recorded as well for later views.

On a later date – to be announced – I we will stream a free introduction to art direction in games, so stay tuned for this as well.



GameDev Umeå Sweden Conference
I’m very excited to be able to make the following announcement:

From Sweden or in the region? Catch me and Robin Hunicke speaking at this year’s GameDev in Umeå on february 25th! Check the GameDev Umeå homepage to see more speakers and snatch your tickets!

Would love to meet up!

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The public perception of what concept art means is severely skewed.

While I have to accept that people broadly label art created for games and films concept art, including promotional illustrations, it is necessary to get real about what concept art as a craft actually is.

If you are a newcomer artists or a student trying to get into concept art, you should read this article. It might clear up some things. …read more.

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Announcements for the sequel to the popular Rapture-centric DLC to Bioshock Infinite are making the rounds again, including the key visual painting from the first instalment of Burial At Sea. I felt this is a good occasion to talk to you about Tamara de Lempicka and her influence on the Bioshock series. …read more.



I recently started asking my students for links to their portfolios and permission to share them here. The links below include current students and former students.

Here is the another batch. See more…

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spielen macht klug titel der spiegel

Yesterday a huge german weekly publication Der Spiegel launched a cover story about video games. The headline is “spielen macht klug.”, meaning playing makes you smart. The cover story attempts to legitimize games – to a readership that does not recognize games as culture, in a publication that does not recognize games as culture – by pointing to real life benefits in order to appease the gate keepers of the establishment.

It’s all so very wrong. Read more…



I recently started asking my students for links to their portfolios and permission to share them here. The links below include current students and former students. Here is the first batch. Check them out!

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So, there is this story making the rounds, where Paul Dini on a podcast explains why execs do not want female viewers for their super hero shows. There’s a link in the resources below, but the gist of it is basically “Girls do not buy our merchandise.” Sounds horrible right? People are shocked! Yeah, well, it’s worse then you think.

Here is the reasoning, that drive execs and marketers to pro-actively exclude women from their audiences and to pro-actively encourage a culture in which women do not feel welcome.

This is why we can’t have nice things… or can we? Read more…


On november 29th another year of students graduated from the Games Academy in Berlin. Since I started working as a teacher for the Games Academy in january 2010, I got to see a couple of students I worked with graduate. But this time was special.

The class of 2013, ladies and gentlemen. image via

This batch of talent and skill was the first group of students I got to teach and mentor from start to finish. From the first weeks of their first semester to the final graduation. My responsibilities at Games Academy sure include teaching classes. But I’m also supervising all Berlin student teams on their semester game projects. This means consulting in regards to game concept and execution, coaching for pitch presentations, milestone reviews, final gold master evaluation and occasional consultations for individual teams and students.

…so yeah, I’m in the perfect spot to see how each and every student develops over time, how they learn to deal with challenges and grow. And that’s a pretty awesome spot to be for someone like me. I’m super thankful for the time I got to spend with these young and bright bunch here. I’m pretty sure, that I have learned more from them as they have from me.

Dear students, you will make it big, if you manage to stay true to yourselves and it really has been an honor to be your sensei for the last couple of years. Arigato.