Tales of Games – gaming-related meeting

On 2 March, together with the Technical University of Wrocław and the “Polish Video Games” initiative we would like to invite you to a gaming-related meeting “Tales of Games”. Video game developers and researchers will meet with students to talk all day long about storylines in video games. Why are they so important, how to create vast virtual worlds and what makes us want to go back to some of them more than to others? We will hear about this during lectures, discussions and workshops in the Student Cultural Zone

The meeting will be opened with a workshop hosted by Rafał Polito, level designer of Techland. Together with audience he will create a game, proving that a good idea and passion is the basis for success in the production of video games.

The event will also host Radosław Smektała of Robot Gentleman, Gabriel Marczak and Krzysztof Danilewicz of Whitemoon and Piotr Sobolewski of The Knights of Unity – game developers who create independent mobile games and big-budget titles. Meeting with them will be an opportunity to discuss the direction in which Polish gamedev is going and to listen about the behind-the-scenes of working on MMORPGS (extremely popular games in which a large number of players can compete or cooperate with each other in a virtual world).

“Tales of Games” will also show us surprising, funny and sometimes ludicrous film adaptations of video games and, for the balance, will also remind about the most important fantasy and science fiction games of recent years.

– Our meeting at the Wrocław University of Technology is an opportunity to talk about the industry which won the hearts of millions of people around the World – stresses Adam Flamma form the “Polskie Gry Wideo” initiative. – You can come and listen about the work of people responsible for the titles which later end up on our computer and tablet screens.

“Tales of Games” is organised jointly by the Wrocław University of Technology and The Association of Pop Culture Researchers and Pop-cultural Education “Trickster”, as well as the members of the „Polskie Gry Wideo” initiative.

The meeting is open and free. More information in the Facebook event Tales od Games.

A detailed programme of the event:

“Tales of Games” 2 March 2017, 1:00 p.m. Student Cultural Zone

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

“Let’s create a game!” Workshop

Host: Rafał Polito, level designer at Techland

How to easily prepare an interesting game? A game that you will enjoy for hours? Our expert, Rafał Polito, level designer at Techland, will show that it is not all that difficult. During the workshop he will use the Unity engine and together with the audience will create a unique game which will be the proof that designing is a matter of passion and a good idea.

2:40 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

“The best film adaptations of games and why there are none?”. Discussion

Speakers: Adam Flamma of the “Polskie Gry Wideo” initiative, Michał Wolski from The Association of Pop Culture Researchers and Pop-cultural Education “Trickster”

Video games are currently the most profitable medium in the entertainment industry. It is not surprising that filmmakers are interested in the topics from this area. Unfortunately, so far, with mediocre effects. Join us on a journey through the surprising world of video game adaptations and look for the answer to the question: “why does this go wrong?”.

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

“Gamedev in Poland and its specificity”. Discussion panel

Participants: Radosław Smektała (Robot Gentleman), Piotr Sobolewski (Knights of Unity) and XXX, moderator: Adam Flamma of “Polskie Gry Wideo”

We will talk about the specifics of the main sectors of Polish gaming industry – big-budget, indie and mobile games. We will discover the behind-the-scenes of gamedev and talk about the difficulties facing the game developers. We will also answer the question: “What are Polish video games like?”.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“What games did people play in the past, the classic fantasy and sci-fi games”. Lecture

Speakers: Jakub Krogulec of the “Polskie Gry Wideo” initiative, Michał Wolski from The Association of Pop Culture Researchers and Pop-cultural Education “Trickster”

Overview of the most important video game titles from the past (like System Shock, Might & Magic, Baldur’s Gate and Arcanum) which, using the conventions of fantasy and science fiction, lay at the root of modern role-playing games. We will talk about what worked well in them and which aspects survived in role-playing games.

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

“How to make an MMORPG in Poland?” Discussion

Speakers: Gabriel Marczak and Krzysztof Danilewicz from Whitemoon, moderator: Adam Flamma

Millions of players around the world spend dozens of hours playing popular MMORPGs such as World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2. Creators of a Polish game Pride of Taern will talk about the specifics of creating such a vast virtual world and behind-the-scenes of designing MMO video games.

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