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RIT students explore the German video game industry

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ten Rochester Institute of Technology students kicked off their summer break in Germany, learning about and immersing themselves in the biggest video game market in Europe. 

The two-week trip through the German cities of Dusseldorf, Cologne, Paderborn and Hamburg was the culmination of a spring semester course that introduced students to game design and development in Germany. For the study abroad program, students discussed game industry politics at the Hamburg Town Hall, participated in an extended game jam with German students and toured four game studios, including Daedalic Entertainment—best known for its award-winning point-and-click adventure games.

“We created this program because, in general, student perceptions of the game industry are pretty U.S. centric, with the exception of Japan,” said Stephen Jacobs, a professor in RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media. “Most U.S. students don’t have much of an awareness of how international the industry is or that there are often game styles, play styles and methods of development that vary from country to country.”

As a part of this year’s class, students logged their adventures in a class blog, titled the RIT German Game Industry 2017.

Students learned about how different divisions work together to develop games at Daedalic Entertainment studios, while exploring the publishing side of the industry at Electronic Arts Publishing. The group also got a sense of how the independent studio Rockfish Games operates and received game design and career advice from professionals at Blue Byte, a Ubisoft studio.

While in Paderborn, the RIT group also made its way to the Heinz Nixdorf Museum, the world’s biggest computer museum. Students also learned about the different kinds of gaming degree programs offered at the Cologne Game Lab, visited the Hamburg Zoo and played e-sports with German students at BMK, a vocational school in Hamburg.

This year’s program was made possible with help from Franzi Schloots, a research assistant at the University of Paderborn.

Jacobs said that German students plan to visit RIT [this] fall, as part of the program. He hopes to organize another study abroad for RIT students in the next two years

This story is an excerpt of a story written by Scott Bureau and published by University News. You can view the full article here.