So it is time once more to give my weekly update of my experience here at Oulu Game Lab!
This weeks post shall be… Different. Full of spelling and punctuation errors and also short, due to my lack of a laptop, more on that later.
On the whole this week has been dedicated to preparation for our Gate 2 presentation next wednesday where we will be explaining our game concept to a number of game industry experts attending Game Spring Oulu.
The week has been plagued by rarely having a full team in to work on our project. Our programmer has been ill all week, our lead game designer was recovering from illness and our artist had a few days at an art workshop, so at times it has just been me and one other in on the project.
Despite this we have made decent progress on our concept, which culminated in a meeting with Global Lab Sendai. This meeting went well despite some delays in the PC version of the tehnology we need, and they seemed impressed with our concept which filled us with confidence. We also got to see the technology in action which has given us a better idea of how to implement it.
We had a few lectures during the week mostly regarding gate 2 and what we needed to know in preperation for it. We have one of the biggest projects so we ultimately have the most still to do, and to add to the turmoil of the week I am now unable to develop my side of the work further until monday as my laptop has broken.
I also discussed the possibility on continuing to aid the projects at Oulu Game Lab from the UK when I return there, and it sounds like that will be possible which will be Awesome!
So as you can imagine, your laptop dying in a foreign country 5 days before an important presentation is pretty much a nightmare scenario. I have ordered a new laptop online so that I could get it in english, but that will not be here for 3 weeks which sucks. So there is a good chance my updating of my blog will slow down for a few weeks.
Hopefully our elemental emotions game concept can make it through gate 2, which given all the trouble we have had over the last week and a half, and given the strength and depth of some of the other projects is looking like a increasingly difficult task. Either way, whether we get through or not, I have learnt a lot and it will give me more tools to utilise in the demo phase of Oulu Game Lab.
I have also decided, once my laptop arrives to start work on my own game concept on the side which is exciting for me.