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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.

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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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Check out this gorgeous figure by Kotobukiya. What makes this Gremlins collectible special is the unlicensed knock-off replica of a Donkey Kong machine. Hilarious copyright avoiding cabinet art ahead. See more…

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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…

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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.