<– Computer Games Museum –>
Our first stop during our final day of the study abroad program was at the computer games museum. Other than the strong museum back in Rochester, I didn’t have much experience with game museums. It was quite different, but I still liked it a lot.
We listened to a presentation from some of the members of the museum. They talked about their plans for expansion and some of the other projects that they’re helping out with.
After the presentation, we were given a tour of the various sectors of the museum. Each sector had a different time era, and we were explained the advancement in games throughout the years, both analog and digital.
After the tour, we had a chance to play some of the games that they had available. The one I looked forward to playing the most was the Pain Station, which was a game that would inflict physical damage on the players whenever they lost a point in pong. This kind of interaction was something very different to me than what I’m used to in games, so I was curious as to how it would go down.
There was an arcade, among various other games, which we all went around and played and just had overall fun with. It was nice to play older games again, especially with a good group of people that shared the enthusiasm for the games.
After a few hours at the museum, we all broke off to take a break before going to our next destination: wargaming
<– WOW, WOT WOW –>
Wargaming was our next stop after the break. It had actually come up as an unexpected visit since it had not been a part of our original plans. Wargaming is located in a very tourist heavy area, and so we got to do some sightseeing on the way to it.
Once there, we were greeted by various members of the team. Since the location was rather small, our group was split into three smaller groups which each headed to a separate room to converse with a single member of the team at a time.
We got background information regarding the history of Wargaming and how it got to the point where it is now. There was much talk about the direction in which their series is going and their plans for expansion. It was rather surprising to hear about how many of their customers have decided to spend money on their games.
Much more surprising and great, in my opinion, was to hear about how Wargaming has plans to increase the amount of funding that goes into e-sports. As mentioned in one of my previous blogs, I’m extremely excited to see the growth of e-sports and professional gaming. Companies choosing to put additional money into helping promote the professional scene in their games is something that I very much admire. There was much talk about League of Legends’ professional scene, and I am wondering if they choose to take the professional Wargaming scene in a similar direction to what Riot is currently doing.
Although a small location, it was nice being able to talk with some of the members, and I was able to learn additional information related to game development and hear awesome information regarding Wargaming’s support for e-sports.
<– Last supper –>
After a long break, we re-grouped in order to go eat our last meal together of the trip. We went to a nice restaurant and all grouped up together in the area in the back of the restaurant. The food was quite delicious, despite the questionable service speed.
Everyone chatted for a few hours before it was decided that the meal would be coming to a close. We gave our thanks to everyone who made the trip possible and took a last group picture outside before heading our separate ways. I hung out with the German students a little while longer before finally heading back home to get some sleep.
<– Final trip thoughts –>
The entire two weeks were quite a blast. Although certain things went by faster than I would have liked, it was still a very enjoyable experience. I had the opportunity to meet really awesome people in Paderborn and Berlin, and I learned a wealth of information while at the same time having a chance to improve my skills further. I hope to have the opportunity to come back to Germany in the future for a much longer period of time, both to visit and to work.