Growing up under communism in East Germany wasn’t great for graphic novel buff Michael Hochhaus. The only good comics he could get his hands on were the few his relatives managed to smuggle in. But Michael beat the odds, and today he works for Koch Films and has an impressive collection of drawings from some the world’s best-known cartoonists and animators.
David finds rare Nintendo special editions, a Mega CD collection with unopened games, a handheld games collection with some very special Pokemon games, and he also tells us all about his love for fat TVs.
In a vault somewhere close to Karlstad, Sweden, the ever-growing Embracer Games Archive is stored. It’s time to do some serious unboxing and find out what kind of gaming treasures are hidden in all those pallets and boxes. Join Games Archive’s new CO David Boström on one last visit to the vault.
Aaron Fernández had two dreams growing up, to become a rock star or a game developer. Both seemed out of reach as he worked in the family business, a metal workshop in Madrid. But then he hurt his shoulder, downloaded Unreal Engine for free and started practicing coding on his own. And all of a sudden, maybe that childhood dream wasn’t that far off after all.
This fan favourite game has a lot of names! Game historian Martin Lindell has looked through another box in the growing Embracer Games Archive collections, and found the Konami silver boxes, and more specifically the game Probotector. If you don’t recognise the name, don’t worry. You might know it by one of its other names.
Video games are great, but for Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors, it all began with used comic books. Growing up in the countryside and in need of cash, he started his first business when he was in primary school and ran Sweden’s largest used comics business by the time he was 15. That’s when he took notice of some second-hand Nintendo games and that’s when everything changed.
As a woman, you should be able to say what you want, be who you want, dress the way you want – and still be taken as serious as a man. Amplifier Game Invest executive Linn-Marie Edlund grew up loving games and saw no limit to what she could do within the gaming world. Then she met men who thought otherwise. So she quit. But only for a while. Now she’s back, with an important message.
Italy’s biggest game studio, Milestone in Milan, is experiencing great success with a toy car game for kids, Hot Wheels Unleashed. But before it came 30 years of doing realistic motorcycle racing games. CEO Luisa Bixio tells the story of the studio, why they wanted to be a part of Embracer and what lies ahead.
Tita and Lexa escaped their lives as stray dogs in Buenos Aires, to a small town in Sweden. They also brought their humans, Paula Cal and Flor Coletta, with them on their journey. Or was it the other way around? Anyway, Paula and Flor also happen to be skilled games developers who are currently working on a new strategy game at Palindrome Interactive.
Horse games have actually been big since the 90’s, yet they are rarely discussed in neither games media nor among games collectors. Thomas Sunhede, Retro Games Advisor at Embracer, dives into the Games Archive and tries to understand why this is.
With eight million copies sold, the Viking survival game Valheim is one of this year’s great success stories in the games industry. This is the story of how it all started and where it’s going from here. Meet Iron Gate studio founder Henrik Törnqvist, community manager Lisa Kolfjord and publisher Sebastian Badylak of Coffee Stain Studios.
Content warning: This video contains discussions about mental health and suicide. Jace Varlet is a popular community manager at Coffee Stain Studios, reaching thousands each week in his streams. But once the camera is off, another reality awaits. Jace suffers from bipolar II disorder, a chronic mental illness, characterized by periods of severe depression and hypomania.
Once again we sent game historian Martin Lindell into the secret vault, where Embracer Group’s growing game collection is stored. This time he found something really rare – a tabletop arcade machine called Adventure Vision, from 1982.
Koch Media became part of Embracer Group in 2018, and everything has been grand. There’s just one tiny problem that seems hard to resolve. How do you pronounce Koch? CEO Klemens Kundratitz knows all the ways to say it, and what not to say.
”It’s a mixture of excitement and horror”, says Lisa Kolfjord. Late last year she was hired as a 3D artist and community manager by a small indie studio, developing their first game. The game was called Valheim. When it was released in February, Valheim became a huge hit, with millions of players. As the person in charge of such a big player community, Lisa Kolfjord’s working life has changed. A lot.
What do you do when you are a brilliant game developer who just wants to make the games of your dreams, but really don’t want to have to deal with the business side of things? Well, you could do what Mattias Kylén did.
Deep down in a secret vault, Embracer Group’s growing game collection is stored at the moment. But we have early access, and game historian Martin Lindell has picked out a selection of classics from the archive, to show us. We’ll soon be back with more stories from the collection.
Developing a game is hard under the best of circumstances, but how do you cope when a pandemic strikes unexpectedly? Producer Michele Caletti knows all about it.
Nathalie, Hannah and Anna grew up as nerdy girls, not really finding their place in the world. Not until they realized that making games was actually a job. And that they were good at it.
Include, share and encourage. It’s not that complicated to be a middle aged senior game developer and still be a nice person online. Henrik Jonsson even received an award for his demeanor, and he has some simple advice.
Per-Arne Lundberg wanted to help students start their own game studios. The idea was to take care of all the boring stuff for them, and let them focus on the creative part. It started small, but today it has blossomed into Amplifier Game Invest.
Kicki Wallje Lund left home when she was fifteen. Her parents told her she would never make it on her own. That was 50 years ago and Kick-Ass Kicki is still proving them wrong, every day.
He sold his first video games from his parents’ house in the ’80s. In the ’90s he started Austrias first video games company. Then he met a most annoying Swedish businessman. Twice.
Normally, Michael Paeck, executive producer at THQ Nordic in Vienna, travels at least ten days a month. It’s a natural consequence of him working with five game studios in four different countries. With the outbreak of Covid-19, this all changed. All five of the studios have solved their specific working situations in different ways. For example, one of the studios created a virtual office on Discord, complete with work stations and a kitchen to hang out in.
When the pandemic struck ”the Silicon Prairie” in the American Midwest, Deep Silver Volition managed to adapt quickly. The first obstacle was practical – arranging for the studio’s 200 employees to work from home. It soon became clear to James Torbit, General Manager at the studio, that there were also big challenges of a more human nature.
Early in 2020 Milan, Italy, was the epicentre of Covid-19 pandemic. In the middle of all this, racing game studio Milestone, had to deal with a new reality. The studio’s CEO Luisa Bixio had to not only handle the shipping of two nearly finished games, but also manage a shift to working from home, for all of their 250 employees. The first such shift in the company’s long history. And just as things seemed to ease up in early autumn, the second wave hit Milan hard.
Lenore Gilbert, CEO of Rainbow Studios in Phoenix, was heading to Milan on a routine business trip. Or so she thought. What she experienced there gave her and her studio a head start when the pandemic hit the US a few weeks later. They are now even launching a new game.