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Teemu Kivikangas
MEDIA LAB
1979, FINLAND

THREE PERSPECTIVES ON GAME CHARACTER DESIGN
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Computer, video and mobile games have during a couple of decades grown into an important new artistic medium and a field of entertainment industry. Game character is the star of a game. Like movies are sold with movie stars, game characters can be attractions of the video games. Game character is the key to the alternate reality of the game: the alter ego of the player in the game world, a character that the player controls and whom the player, to some extent, turns into.

    Purpose of the final thesis is to explore the game characters and process of designing characters. Artistic part of the final thesis consists of mobile games Johnny Crash (Digital Chocolate Ltd, 2004), Johnny Crash Does Texas (Digital Chocolate Ltd, 2005) and mobile multiplayer game Pocket Pal (Ironstar Helsinki, 2006-2007).

Biography
Teemu Kivikangas is a game designer, media artist and film-maker from Helsinki. He will graduate from the Media Lab of the University of Art and Design Helsinki in spring 2007. He also studies at the Academy of Fine Arts and works with computer games and experimental film. He has worked in the games industry for years, designing games and their graphics in both game companies and experimental independent productions. His films have been screened and awarded at numerous festivals in Finland and abroad. His VJ performances have been seen in China, the United States, Canada and all around Europe.
Contact information
+358 50 583 5512
tkivikan(at)uiah.fi
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