SHAYLA GAMES, MAY 24, AALBORG UNIVERSITY COPENHAGEN

Come and hang, listen to talks, ask questions and show-off your game. For free of course. Below is the official invite, program and sign-up form

Dear friends,

We would love to hang out with you at Aalborg University Copenhagen for Shayla Games on Saturday, May 24. We also have a few other friends in town and we have asked them to entertain us during the afternoon before we all play games in the A MAZE. Playcase, make games during the 2hrs Micro Game Jam, and jump in the water from the terrace…and kick-off the very competitive rubber dinghy race.

We run this event on a non-budget and it’s absolutely free for everyone to attend (sign-up required), so if some of you people have any cash to spare, we would love sponsorships for pizza, beers or money to help with train/plane tickets for awesome devs, who haven’t launched their hit game just yet. Please contact julie@bandello.com, if you wanna support this event in any way.

Sign-up HERE + tell us, if you wanna bring your game(s).

Sincerely,

Lars Reng/Aalborg University Copenhagen, Thorsten S. Wiedemann/A MAZE. Festival & Julie Heyde/Bandello

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Shayla Games is hosted at Aalborg University Copenhagen, A.C Meyers Vænge 15, in southwest Copenhagen (Sydhavn/South Harbor). Get directions here

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SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT - PROJECT MORPHEUS

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Jed Ashforth is Senior Game Designer at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe’s Immersive Technology Group. Jed officially has the best job in the whole world: Spending every day exploring new virtual realities, charting the best practices for this incredible new medium, and advising PlayStation® developers on how to build the greatest, most innovative gameplay experiences for Project Morpheus. 

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That’s why he decided to join us at Shayla Games and give us all an introduction to Virtual Reality with Project Morpheus. These are some of the topics he will talk about:  

  • Project Morpheus - What does it allow us to do?
  • How is presence achieved?
  • A new frontier in Game Design
  • An overview of VR Best Practices
  • Interesting, fun opportunities for creative pioneers!

And to that he adds an audience Q&A. I’m looking forward to this talk as a child before Xmas! 

Julie

MIXAMO

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My friends from Mixamo will join us and talk about a new way to rapidly create game-ready characters that can be used immediately in any already established animation pipeline. Mike and Brent will show us how to create, rig and animate a character in just a few minutes and bring it directly into game engines and other 3D tools. A new product for modeling and texturing characters will be presented - Fuse - as well as Mixamo's automatic rigging service in addition to body and facial animation. The latest release of Mixamo's facial animation solution, Face Plus - a real time interactive animation technology - will be shown through a live demo (this is super awesome). You will walk away with complete knowledge of how to build a modern character animation pipeline for a game (and be blown away too).

Julie

PS. XTODIE and SUPERHOT are both games using Mixamo models and animations. Cool guys, I tell you!

UNITY - AUDIO 5.0

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I’m happy to introduce to you “John Wayne” of Unity aka Wayne Johnson - the Australian Cowboy. After years at Fmod he decided to join the most awesome game engine developer in the world as audio wizard in the core team. He’ll tell us a all about the new audio features and I had a sneak peek already (and they are awesome)!

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Julie

APEX GAME TOOLS - AI FOR EVERYONE

My bro Jake has always been the biggest AI enthusiast. He’s the middle child of 3 (I’m the youngest, the only girl and super spoiled - who would have guessed?), has a PHD and continuously surprises me with his intellect. And now he’s decided to develop the most interesting AI tool I have ever seen together with his longtime coder buddy Thomas. I’ve asked him to come on stage at Shayla Games and tell us what they are up to + give away free licenses of APEX PATH to the top 3 teams in the 2hrs Micro Game Jam. Hurrah for nepotism! 

Julie

GAMEPORT - GAME DEVELOPER INCUBATOR

Johan is awesome. And he will join us at Shayla Games to tell us more about the great game developer incubator in Karlshamn, Gameport, where he works as a suit. He looks extremely suity, right? He’ll do a double-shift on May 24 and also act as my bodyguard in case I get in trouble at the afterpartay (which I tend to do when you let me into non-game-industry-related-bars). 

Julie

SUPERHOT - ON KICKSTARTER!

SUPER HOT! SUPER HOT! SUPER HOT! Everyone on the interwebs are chanting this due to the announcement of the SUPERHOT guys’ KICKSTARTER campaign. It’s been hard for me to keep this a secret and I can’t stop spinning around on my office chair ever since the official news broke!  

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I found a cute photo of some of the guys to display here. Just to show how hot they are in real life. Join us for their talk at Shayla Games where they will talk about the game, their Kickstarter and upcoming features.  

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Julie

UNITY 5.0 & SUPERHOT

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CTO and co-founder of Unity, Joachim Ante, is a huge SUPERHOT fan and will take the stage together with the SUPERHOT Guys and discuss the upcoming features in Unity 5.0.  

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Julie - objectifying MoJoe. 

A MAZE. Playcase

Playcase is a new series of events organised by A MAZE.. Initially created in 2013 for Berlin to meet in a Bar, having a chat and playing actual games of transients who likes to connect with the local scene. It started in November with Mario v. Rickenbach and got followed up with Julie Heyde/XTODIE, Jacob Herold/STIKBOLD and Gordon/DEVICE 6 in December.

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Then it went a bit out of focus, because of the ice cold winter and the preparation for A MAZE. / Berlin and now it’s time to revive Playcase at Shayla Games. We flipped the concept so that A MAZE. is travelling to host Playcase in Copenhagen at AAU-CPH and showcase a curated selection. Sign-up here, if you like to bring your own game as well. Let’s playcase it! See all the games on display HERE.

Julie & Thorsten

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PS. The photos are from this year’s A MAZE. Festival in Berlin. It was truly amazing!

2HRS MICRO GAME JAM: “CAUGHT IN THE ACT!”

We all once had the experience of getting caught and the excitement of not getting caught when doing something illegal or private.

Let’s create games in 2hrs which produce emotions like “surprised, shocked” - “excitement, kicked” all in the context of being “Caught in the Act”.

The games will get presented live on stage and will be played on-site and in the water!

The micro jam will run for 2 hours between 17.00 and 19.00 on Saturday May 24 during Shayla Games at AAU-CPH and the games be presented at 19.30. Sign-up here!

UPDATE: Joachim Ante/Unity CTO will give out Unity Pro licenses (4.0 with free upgrade to 5.0) to the micro game jam winner!

Thorsten

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RUBBER DINGHY RACE

I went to our Shayla Games venue today - Aalborg University Copenhagen (not the one in Jutland) - in search for Lars, so we could prepare all logistics before Thorsten arrives from Berlin to set-up the A MAZE. Playcase. Besides being an awesome game development teacher at AAU - CPH, co-organizer of Shayla Games and Nordic Game Jam, Lars is also the master mind behind the RUBBER DINGHY RACE. And today I found him getting one of the boats ready for some ACTION! + he passed the official lifeguard test last week (again) just to be prepared in the case any of you sporty peeps should fall in the water…accidentally.

Are you ready challenge us?

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Julie & Lars

PS. Obama + The Danish Prime Minister make selfies too. And yes, we still have to work on our selfie-skills ;-)