ROOOOOOOADTRIP! WOOP WOOP!
Yesterday we went on a roadtrip to Malmö (don’t even try to pronounce that!). Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden, situated in the south where they speak with a really strange accent. Fun fact *playing fun fact jingle*: If you would translate Malmö it would be Moth (Mal) and Virgin (mö). So… Mothvirgin! Doesn’t that sound like a name for a Zombie Viking?
But this wasn’t a fancy schmanzy name research trip. Instead we were invited to the toughest game development school in Sweden – The Game Assembly. Here they turn regular puny nerds into super-awesome-mega-nerds!
Every year the school arranges a Meet and Greet. The Game Assembly is what they call an Advanced Vocational Education and that’s just a fancy way to say that the school is teaching by doing. During their first two years of education the students actually have to form real dev teams and develop six games. That would be easy if you had your own game engine like Unity or UDK, but they actually have to write their own 3D game engines. And that’s a challenge.
Making a game without an engine is like shooting a movie without a camera, so the first thing you have to do is build it. Obviously the first camera you build is going to be a pretty crappy one (probably made out of sticks and used gum). So pulling of both being creative AND overcoming this super technical monster task is impressive.
The last six months of their education the students attend an internship at different game development companies, such as our very own fabulous Zoink. And that’s why we (and 40 other companies) come to visit. We get to see their games and portfolios and the super nerds get to check out at which company they might fit as interns – and potentially as employees.
Last year we had three students from The Game Assembly at Zoink and 2 of them got hired. Game designer Kevin Andersson and programmer Kristian Dam. Yay!
This year it was me and Kevin who went to visit the school. And oh my was there a lot of great students this year! We were really surprised by the quality of the games that they showed us. Proper games with great art – and some of them even had their own multiplayer support.
If you have ever considered attending a school for Game Devs, then I think The Game Assembly is the place to be. Ufortunately they only teach in Swedish, but why not learn that too then? Then you can also say cool words like Malmööööööö!
Creative Dude at Zoink Games