Written by Maru, Social Media & Community Manager at Andromeda Entertainment, currently focusing on Audio Trip ✨
Hello, dear readers, it's Maru! While you're accustomed to musings from our COO Ashley, this time, the reins have been passed to me, and what an honour it is! Andromeda Entertainment and Audio Trip graciously sent me to Devcom and Gamescom 2023, and it was a ride too incredible not to document. Overwhelmed by the innovations I witnessed and the people I met, I couldn't help but capture every sparkling moment. I'm humbled and excited to share this extraordinary journey with you. So grab your favourite snack, make yourself comfortable, and let's re-live a week of gaming wonder together! 🎮✨
Before we dive in, make sure to check out our summary video!
Day One: Connections, Innovations, and Music to Make You Move 🌠
Day 2: Unpacking the Challenge of Online Toxicity 🛡️
Marie Havemann's session on "Music & Sound for Games" was an auditory delight, especially for a musician like me. The nuances of integrating music into games, the choices and the emotional quotient – it was a profound learning experience.
Day Three: A Dive into Digital Delights ☄️
The day wasn't all business, though. Ashley and I rendezvoused and made our way to the Keywords party, where the beats of Karla's DJ set pulsated through the air, setting the tone for a night of fun, networking, and maybe a dance move or two.
Day Four: Marvels, Merch, and Memorable Moments
Just before I made my way to the next event, I was blessed with the wonderful presence of an Audio Trip community member who let me know they were going to be at gamescom through our discord community. It warmed my heart to meet one of the Trippers in person and be able to give them some merch and talk about what we love about Audio Trip and what we wish to see in the game, both as community manager and as a Tripper myself.
As night approached, the nDreams XR party provided the perfect end, buzzing with energy and filled with new and familiar faces. Upon arrival, I made my way to Cooper and Brady, who told me all about this amazing party they had attended the day before; we shared our experiences from the previous day as we caught up in conversation! I then met Manex Darceles, Co-Founder and CEO of Miru Studio, as we engaged in a conversation spoken in half Spanish and half Portuguese; we shared our origins and our current work. The cultural exchange did not end there! I later joined Cooper, Brady, Ashley, and Christopher as we talked about VR and new opportunities, followed by an encounter with Yoshihiro Hori, CEO of Astoness, who was joined by his younger brother, also working with him, Hironobu Hori; they showed us the game they are working on and explained their VR rental service in Japan, this was a lovely and friendly exchange as I practised my Japanese and as we all bonded over games we liked to play.
VR Ventures and Victorious Goodbyes ✨
My time at Gamescom with Katie from Mighty Coconut, the studio behind Walkabout Mini Golf VR, involved walking the event floors, engaging in impromptu gaming sessions, and making new connections. The day's highlight was the Walkabout meetup and tournament, organized by Katie, Stocki VR, and Die ZockStube VR.
The event was a delightful amalgamation of gaming, competition, and camaraderie. Surrounded by VR enthusiasts and community members, the day was filled with soft drinks, lattes, and a competition for Walkabout Mini Golf merch. And then there was the silent witness and stoic Mighty Coconut brand representative donated by a community member who attended.
My journey at devcom and gamescom 2023 has been nothing short of incredible. From the moment I stepped into the bustling halls of devcom, where I met the minds behind Audio Trip and was inspired by Ashley's session on harnessing the power of feedback, to the electrifying atmosphere of Bootshaus and the dazzling array of indie games at on the gamescom floor, this experience has left an indelible mark on my heart and mind.
I had the privilege of engaging with industry leaders, attending thought-provoking panels on topics like online toxicity and mental health, and forging connections that transcend geographical boundaries. Reflecting on these cherished moments and the wonderful people I've met, I am filled with gratitude. This journey has not only deepened my passion for gaming but has also reinforced the importance of listening to our community and fostering a culture of inclusivity and safety.
As I unpack my bags back home, it's not just swag and souvenirs I'm pulling out, but tangible memories that made this experience unforgettable. My heart is as full as my SD card, filled with snapshots of inspiring panels, groundbreaking games, and the beautiful minds that created them.
So, till next year's electrifying chapter, keep playing, keep questioning, and most importantly—keep dreaming. Want to continue the conversation? Join us on our social media platforms and stay tuned for upcoming projects you won't want to miss. Your next adventure is just a click away.
Synced with the Stars of Andromeda,
Links mentioned in this blog
(n.d.). Koelnmesse: https://www.koelnmesse.de/
(n.d.). Andromeda Entertainment: http://enterandromeda.com
(n.d.). Audio Trip on Oculus Store: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/2484044451715693/?utm_source=www.google.com&utm_medium=oculusredirect&store=quest&item_id=2484044451715693
(n.d.). Essence AI: http://essence.io
(n.d.). Q2C VR Gamer: https://q2cvrgamer.com/
(n.d.). Between Realities: https://www.youtube.com/BetweenRealities
(n.d.). Sinn Studio: https://sinnstudio.com/
(n.d.). House Flipper on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/613100/House_Flipper/
(n.d.). Code Coven: https://www.codecoven.co/
(n.d.). Niantic Labs: https://nianticlabs.com/?hl=en
(n.d.). Kinemotik Studios: http://www.kinemotik.com/
(n.d.). Modulate: https://www.modulate.ai/
(n.d.). Xbox: https://www.xbox.com/en-US/
(n.d.). GGWP: https://www.ggwp.com/
(n.d.). HelpWanted: https://jaarverslag2021.eokm.nl/indexEOKM-EN.html
(n.d.). Marie Havemann: https://www.viciousonic.com/
(n.d.). Bytro: https://bytro.com/
(n.d.). Bootshaus: https://bootshaus.tv/
(n.d.). Blue Duck Studios: https://www.blue-duck-studios.com/
(n.d.). Bootshaus: https://bootshaus.tv/
(n.d.). Stitch Media: https://www.stitch.media/
(n.d.). Didimo: https://www.didimo.co/
(n.d.). Octo Raid VR: https://teamblens-octoraid.oopy.io/
(n.d.). Hubris VR: https://hubrisvr.com/
(n.d.). Adia: https://www.adiadigital.com/
(n.d.). Weza Interactive: https://www.weza.africa/
(n.d.). Keywords: https://www.keywordsstudios.com/
(n.d.). Cas and Chary VR: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0FGqUt7e79xKoPAZQ8tww
(n.d.). Cubism VR on Oculus Store: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/2264524423619421/?utm_source=www.google.com&utm_medium=oculusredirect&store=quest&item_id=2264524423619421
(n.d.). Laser Dance VR on Oculus Store: https://twitter.com/LaserDanceGame
(n.d.). Toast Interactive: https://toastinteractive.com/
(n.d.). Richie's Plank Experience on Oculus Store: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/1642239225880682/?utm_source=www.google.com&utm_medium=oculusredirect&store=quest&item_id=1642239225880682&r=1
(n.d.). Max Mustard: https://toastinteractive.com/maxmustard/
(n.d.). Audio Trip Discord Community: https://discord.gg/GwWHH2n
(n.d.). nDreams: https://ndreams.com/
(n.d.). Mighty Coconut: https://www.mightycoconut.com/
(n.d.). Walkabout Mini Golf VR on Oculus Store: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/2462678267173943/?utm_source=www.google.com&utm_medium=oculusredirect&store=quest&item_id=2462678267173943
(n.d.).Stocki VR: https://www.youtube.com/c/StockiVR
(n.d.). Die ZockStube VR: https://www.youtube.com/@DieZockStube