The First Book of Moses – Genesis
1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
1:2 And God said, let there be light, and there was light, and God divided the light from the darkness.
1:3 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
1:4 And God created creatures for the day and called them humans, and God created creatures for the night and called them Software Developers.

… So how shall I put it folks? The Bible is right!
I mean there is of course a lot of questionable stuff in there but this chapter is actually very true. The point is: Software Developers are a very special race apart. If you’re lucky you get to see one during the nighttime. But even then you have to be especially calm and careful because they’re extremely shy and immediately take flight when they feel threatened. And then there are Game Developers, an even more rare subspecies, which specializes in developing video games. These individuals, usually wandering as loners, are normally even harder to find.

But last weekend, there was a rare spectacle to admire: More than 400 Game Developers went on a pilgrimage to the University of Technology Graz to join the Game Dev Days 2018. Once a year, for this couple of days Graz turns into a hotspot for digital game development and gaming culture. Over 40 speakers from all around the world shared their experience and knowledge and all hell let loose at an otherwise, during the summer months, deserted campus. The association Game Development Graz organized this community event together with the University of Technology to give the local and international game development scene as well as everyone interested an opportunity and an open platform to present themselves and their work, and to network and connect among each other.

My colleagues Maximilan Tauß and Stefan Tscheppe and me (yeah I’m a Game Developer too – so I have every right in the world to make fun of us) attended this conference and there really was a lot to see. (I bet the only place where you meet more long-haired and bearded men is a metal concert, but that’s another story.)
We at the Research and Design Lab are eager to always push the boundaries of what’s possible in areas like Mixed Reality or Simulations for Professional Training. A Conference like the Game Dev Days help us to stay right on the cutting-edge of technology. So, same time, next year we’ll follow our instincts and go on this pilgrimage again, as our ancestors did eons ago.

Text: Jöller Ajun Simorg
Photography: MrFoto.at