Sven Liedtke is in his first semester studying “Informatics: Games Engineering” at the TUM (Bachelor study program). He presented his newly developed computer game at Demo Day.
Although I have only been studying at the TU München for one semester, I already feel at home and feel that I am in good hands at the university. I had been looking for a suitable study program for a long time and as I heard about the start of the study program entitled “Informatics: Games Engineering”, I just had to apply. Despite the great distance from my home, I have not regretted my move to Munich to study at the TUM. Even if some details of the program had not yet been established when I applied, I must say that my first semester was very interesting. Before applying, it already appealed to me that in the scope of this study program I would take in much from the regular Informatics study program. One clearly noticed this in the Mathematics course. Nevertheless, the “Games Engineering” side offered a pleasant change from the theoretical side of Informatics.
In addition to some details about the origin of the games and their success stories, we immediately began with the practical implementation of the first small computer game. Working on it was a lot of fun and everyone was already able to implement some of their ideas. Soon after that we worked on a second game in the tutorial exercise. We designed unique game elements for this Jump and Run Game and presented it at the end of the semester. The best ones were then allowed to introduce their work to an interested audience at the concluding Demo-Day. I was one of the lucky ones and it was interesting to see how uninvolved individuals reacted to our work and the variety of results that were generated by it.
It certainly was no child’s play to get through the first semester, yet I found it enjoyable and satisfying that through the practical work and other parallel elements of the study program, I was able to hold a concrete result in my hands that was additionally fun to work on.
I hope that I can continue to successfully take part in this new study program and look forward to my next semester. I personally find this program appealing and innovative- hopefully it will be kept alive and will offer us some more interesting challenges in the coming semesters.