Students win at games awards

Not long after they developed «Field Hospital», Doctors Without Borders got in touch. Now, these Nord students can claim Game of the Year.

The rights skills, a little vision and a lot of perseverance will get you far. These Nord students can attest to that.

They recently took out the top student prize, Game of the Year, at the annual Norwegian Games Awards in Trondheim.

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Happy winners: «Game of the Year» came as a shock for these Nord students. Photo: Bjørn Vidar Dahle.

Surprise win

The winning game was one they developed during their third semester of Games and Entertainment Technology at Nord University in Steinkjer.

- We never dreamed that we had a chance of winning. We entered the competition for fun, laughs Vífill Valdimarsson from Iceland.

Valdimarsson, Daníel Pétursson, Malin Maalø, Theodór Tandri Te Maiharoa and Sindri Freyr Björgvinsson developed the game “Field Hospital” together, under the company name ExtantGames.

The game focuses on doctors working in a field hospital, where they treat patients for different ailments.

- The developing work took a long time. We worked 16 hours a week over three months, so we have each spent about 150 hours on the game.

New version underway

The prize for Game of the Year is a gift voucher worth 15,000 Norwegian kroner.

Increased attention also comes with other benefits. Several weeks prior to the awards, the students were contacted by Doctors Without Borders, who were interested in using the game in their communications work.

In cooperation with Doctors Without Borders, the students are now working on a new version of the game, with a focus on cholera.

- It is definitely cool that they are interested. It is inspiring and a great opportunity, says Daníel Pétursson from Iceland.

Fun in the lab

When it comes to the best of the study programme at Nord, all of the students agree.

- Working in Game Lab. This is where we produce, develop and test the games we make. Most of our ideas change significantly during the process, and we often end up with a game that is quite different to the one we started working on, says Malin Maalø from Orkanger.

They also highlight the quality of the teaching, with academic staff with experience from big, international companies.

Top guest lecturers, like games developer Dino Dini, are also a part of the package.

- My dream is to work in the industry. To be able to contribute to developing really good games, which people love and talk about for years. That would be big, says Vífill Valdimarsson.

About Games and Entertainment Technology

The Bachelor of Games and Entertainment Technology teaches you to develop games and other digital products, which provide entertainment and learning.

  • Bachelor degree, 180 ECTS over three years
  • Study location: Steinkjer
  • Teaching language: English
  • Admission requirements: Higher Education Entrance Qualification, English language competency.

Photo header: from left, Vífill Valdimarsson, Daníel Pétursson, Malin Maalø, Theodór Tandri Te Maiharoa and Sindri Freyr Björgvinsson. Photo: Bjørnar Leknes.