Games Now! 2015 – 2016

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Aalto University’s Media Factory and Media Lab Helsinki are proud to present our third annual Games Now! lecture series.
Games Now!  is a monthly course consisting of lectures handling hot topics of the game industry and culture. The game industry in Finland is living its boom right now. And while Finnish games and brands are selling and making headlines all over the world, there is so much more to know and see from the world of digital games!

In Games Now! we dig deeper to what is actually happening in the game scene – and what will happen in the near future. Based on the feedback from previous years, in this run of Games Now! series we will focus on The Developers. Aalto’s Design Factory will provide the stage for established designers and professionals  with experience companies such as ThatGameCompany,Blizzard Entertainment,Colossal Order, PlayRaven and Rockstar.The topics on the other hand will aim at providing insights and advise that students and practicioners alike can take and directly apply to their practice.

The lectures include informational and inspirational talks given by a selection of international speakers and Finnish experts. The lectures will be held once a month and they are open for public.

For Autumn 2015 our program is as follows:

28.09. 2015 15.00-17.00
“Starting Early – Professional Mindset and Student Work” Hunter Grant – Blizzard Entertainment
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

26.10. 2015 15.00-17.00
“Lost in a Box – Virtual Reality and Puzzle Design” Jaakko Kemppainen – Mindfield Games
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

09.11. 2015 15.00-17.00
“Small Teams and Big Plans” Karoliina Korppoo – Colossal Order
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

07.12. 2015 15.00-17.00
“The journey to No’Mans Land” Joonas Laakso – Next Games
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

We are also happy to reveal the first wave of our speakers for the Spring of 2016.

18.01. 2016 15.00-17.00
“Creating Art with The Product In Mind” Stuart MacDonald – Playraven,Rockstar
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

“Games,Players and Emotions “ Robin Hunicke – Funomena, ThatGameCompany
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

“Full Spectrum Indie” Antti Tiihonen – Almost Human
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

“Visualizing the Player experience – behind the metrics “ GGraham McAllister – Player Research
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

“Two Perspectives on Game Development” Mikko Rautalahti – Remedy Entertainment, Petri Ikonen – Electronic Arts
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi as part of the “Aalto In the Game” event)

Course info: To get the credits for this course (3 credits) you have to be present 80% of the lectures. If you miss more lectures than allowed, you can watch the video from the internet and write a one page reflection text and send it to Miikka Junnila (

Remember to sign the list when attending the lecture. There might be some writing exercise etc. in spring, but more info on that will follow in spring. If you have failed to register to the course from Oodi, you can still contact Miikka Junnila (