This year’s Graduation Games mark DADIU's 10-years anniversary, and all six games are a good indication of how far DADIU has come.
‘The 2015 games show an impressive diversity and creativity’, says Thomas Howalt, DADIU’s main teacher. ‘The students come from educations in all of Denmark and entered DADIU with an understanding of computer games better than ever before. They have been able to bring their different disciplines together and create something great.’
This year’s games are all developed for Android tablets. Six entirely different universes have been created over the last two months. In Game Changer you participate in a TV-show going through a maze, where the obstacles keep changing from one wacky element to the other, like hurricanes and exploding penguins. In Space Bears you throw bears out of a space station in order to stay alive. In Clockwork Dream you play inside of a clock as a ballerina jumping between free-flowing clock parts.
In Blobbers you control underwater ‘blobs’ with different powers and abilities. In Uprise you play Vega who has to save her father by navigating a Rubrik's cube-like building, and in Spoken you create your own language of sounds and symbols.
We have come a long way but we still have a journey ahead of us
Gunnar Wille, Head of DADIU, was one of the main forces behind the establishment of DADIU in 2005, and is proud of the accomplishments.
‘We set out to do for the Danish games industry what the National Film School of Denmark has done for our film industry, Gunnar Wille explains. 'The Danish games industry has developed tremendously since we started 10 years ago - we see a much larger industry with very creative products and with an annual revenue of more than a billion DKK – but there is still a long way to go’. Gunnar Wille continues: ‘DADIU is a unique computer games education seen nowhere else in the world and based on a great network of universities and art schools. I believe we are on the right track.’
The games are presented at The National Film School of Denmark to an invited audience on December 10th. Alongside the presentations DADIU celebrates its 10-year anniversary.
The National Academy of Digital, Interactive Entertainment was established in 2005.
Since August, this year’s group of 103 students from the IT University in Copenhagen, The National Film School of Denmark, Aarhus University, Aalborg University, University of Copenhagen, DTU, The Academy of Fine Arts, and TRUEMAX Academy have been spending all of their time focusing on computer games. They have had classes, workshops, and as the last element they have participated in a large game production resulting in the six graduation games. They have worked on the productions in six almost professional teams from November till now.
DADIU is part of The National Film School of Denmark.
See details about the six games here.
See a brief history of DADIU.
Press photos are available here.
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