We Xist is a recreation/continuation of “They Are” and the way we see it it’s not the end yet. It’s just a next step in the story and hopefully next year a new group of students can come along, create and continue with this story. “That is the beautiful part of all of this, the story won’t end if we don’t let it.
The story follows Peter a son trying to reconnect with his father. It’s a story about searching for answers and discovering new things. To clarify this is not a tale about alien abduction, this isn’t about guns and lasers. It’s about an emotional journey as a he tries to understand why his father left him behind.
We Xist is not only a beautiful story “in the making” it’s an experience that these Saxion students have created and it is impossible not to get sucked in. For information about how the project was created check out their blog at https://projectwexist.wordpress.com/
The final version of the project will be presented at GogBot 2018
The project originated in the school year 2016/2017 as part of the subject “project new startup” The student were pushed to step out of their comfort zone to gain knowledge and experience outside the standard skillset that their day to day curriculum consists of. At the end of the quartile Saxion arranged a dragon’s den for all the promising new startups. The young women of Period Box caught the attention of one of the investors Frank Oonk. These ambitious young women decided to invest their internship months into growing their own company.
Periods are such a big part of the lives of women all over the world, yet it is one of the least discussed topics. This has created a society where many young girls are not properly educated about their own bodys. Even parents of young teenage girls tend to believe that their daughters are receiving the proper information elsewhere causing it to not be discussed in their homes. Period Box aims to break the taboo surrounding the discussion of periods. Their goal is to create a safe environment for young women to ask all the questions they have and to eventually spread their products all over the world.
Period Box is a company for women, by women. They have been focusing on growing their brand and creating the strong powerful women of the 21st century. Saxion supports their students as they are on their journey to conquer the world one period at a time.
In collaboration with Xsens, The Virtual Dutchmen, Manus VR, and XMG these Saxion students built a multiplayer, full body motion capture game. The project did not come without its challenges. Having to work with entirely new hardware and software, there was a lot of pressure that built up. But nevertheless, they managed to present a demo at the 2017 FMX fair after just 10 weeks.
The team consisted out of four artists and four programmers. All with their individual focus they were able to put together a product that brings pride to themselves, their school and all the companies that had a stake in this project.
Needless to say their final product turned into a great portfolio item for all of them. Many job and internship opportunities came their way and currently the technicals are starting their own business with full body VR. More information can be found on www.byteanvilgames.nl
As for their advice on signing up for a project like this: “These projects are great opportunities if it is something you want. It won’t be easier than an internship or graduation and you will have to be flexible in you point of view. I would advise to do this if you want to do it, not because you think it is easier or the only option left. Motivation within the project is super important. I personally gave up a graduation project at a small company to do this project and I did not regret it.”
When it comes to expanding your knowledge and working with new technologies like this, it’s not always about how good you are, It’s about how hard you are willing to work to get better.
A compelling Sci-Fi adventure created for Virtual Reality by 14 of our own students. Read the story below and join in on the adventure.
Curious yet? Their blog contains quite a few cool visuals of the process.