Talking at Assembly



Last Friday I went to Assembly in Helsinki to give a seminar. The title of my talk was “Creating Blueberry Garden – how to get away with bad design choices (sort of)”. It went pretty ok and some nice people in the audience even wanted to get me as a speaker at their uni :)

Apart from giving the talk I mainly spent my time with Petri Purho and Cactus (who both were giving their own lectures) in some of the nice parks in Helsinki — great times!

Take care,


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11 Comments on “Talking at Assembly”

  1. Matt Says:

    Hello. Is your presentation was available to view online anywhere? I would be interested to hear what you had to say about your game.

      • Javier Says:

        Just wanted to say I enjoyed your (video) presentation. It seemed strange that the crowd didn’t seem to want to get involved. I found your idea that more traditional gamers did not like your game interesting. I’m a “traditional gamer”, and I enjoyed the game, because (as you said) it did break many of the rules of traditional games. I don’t personally know many other gamers that enjoyed, or even played the game though.

        • eriksvedang Says:

          Thanks, good to hear! And yes, the audience wasn’t super interested but some people came up to me afterward instead. I’m sure a lot of the people who like Blueberry Garden are traditional gamers, because a lot of those people are actually very interested in seeing the art form evolve and to try new experiences. And since they (like you!) are already adept at playing games they can notice subtleties more than the average person, potentially they are the “connoisseurs” of computer games. All that is required is an open mind.

          Thanks for playing!


  2. Daniel Says:

    Would be so awesome if you could visit the Merz Akedemie in Stuttgart someday. Im studying “Interface Design” and last year Tale Of Tales gave an amazing lecture about game design and games as an art form. I would love to hear some of your ideas and opinions. Those lucky b*** at Helsinki …

  3. Chris Says:

    I haven’t bought your game, not because I don’t want too but because my old computer barely allowed me to play the demo. I discovered your game on and was moved by the beauty and the poetry of it, as well as its music to which I keep listening. Before that, I had no interest in video games other than playing them but your game made me realize that I’d like to create that kind of game someday and use it to tell the stories I write. I have no idea how its done and have no programming talent whatsoever but your game is a true inspiration and I guess I just wanted to thank you for that. And as soon as I get a new computer, I ‘ll buy your game.
    Thank you.

    • eriksvedang Says:

      Truly awesome to hear! I’m sorry that you can’t play the game now though… maybe you have a friend with a faster computer?

      Take care,

      • Chris Says:

        Yep, I do, but I don’t see them often, and certainly not at their place. Anyways, I’m going to get a new computer around the start of next year and I’ll be sure to play it.
        You too.

  4. Jesper Says:

    Way to go Erik, show those youngsters how it’s done. :)

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