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      Marcus Toftedahl

      Lecturer in Media Arts, Aesthetics and Narration
      School of Informatics
      Room PA420F

      Marcus Toftedahl is a game researcher, developer and lecturer at the University of Skövde, Sweden. His main competences lies within game production, game localization and game design, from a practical and research perspective. Marcus has worked at the University of Skövde since 2009 and has since then co-developed the world's first full concentration game writing education at university level and is teaching game design and game production.

      His main research interests are within the game production field, where game development and game design are in focus. With his close connections to the local indie scene the research conducted is focused on the practical issues and challenges of game development in small studios. Marcus has also a deep interest in serious games research and development, where he has led multiple game development projects as a part of the University's digital game research.

      Since summer of 2016 Marcus is focusing on his Ph.D. project in Socio-technical systems researching the mechanisms behind being a local game developer in a global industry. The research aims to get a better understanding of the global games market from a developer perspective. As a part of his research, Marcus has done numerous study trips to game development studios in Asia and Scandinavia to get an understanding of current game development practices.

      Notable Presentations

      Asian Markets on the Rise
      Marcus Toftedahl, Per Backlund, Shailesh Prabhu
      Nordic Game Conference 2018, Malmö.

      Beginning with the Word: Building a Game Writing Program
      Marcus Toftedahl, University of Skövde & Lee Sheldon, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
      Game Developers Conference 2016, San Francisco. GDC Education Summit

      Pong Design and Wow Factor
      Marcus Toftedahl
      Nasscom Game Developers Conference 2016, Hyderabad India. Game Conference presentation.
      Tencent Functional Game Jam 2018, Shenzen China. Invited speaker.
      Perfect World Education 2019, Beijing China. Invited speaker.

      Serious Games Research and Development
      Marcus Toftedahl, Per Backlund
      Tencent Research Institute 2018, Beijing China. Invited speaker.

      Swedish Game History
      Marcus Toftedahl
      Västergötlands Museum, Skara 2017
      Alingsås Museum, Alingsås 2017
      Vetenskapsfestivalen, Göteborg 2017

      Notable Development Projects

      Hidden in the Zoo
      University of Skövde, Change Attitude Foundation and IUS Innovation, 2014-2018
      Game designer for an augmented reality game on the topic of grooming on Internet

      It’s About Time
      University of Skövde and Regional museum of Kristianstad, 2014-2017
      Project manager and game designer for an interactive museum exhibition

      Karlsborg’s Fortress Adventure
      University of Skövde and Karlsborg Tourism Authority, 2010-2013
      Project manager and game designer for a mixed-media adventure walk at Karlsborg Fortress

      Research

      2020

      Henrik Engström, Ruimin Lyu, Per Backlund, Marcus Toftedahl, Palle Rosendahl Ehmsen

      Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice

      2020. Article. Open Access

      Marcus Toftedahl

      Proceedings of the International Conferences on Interfaces and Human Computer Interaction 2020, Game and Entertainment Technologies 2020 and Computer Graphics, Visualization, Computer Vision and Image Processing 2020

      2020. Conference paper. Open Access

      2019

      Marcus Toftedahl, Henrik Engström

      DiGRA '19 - Proceedings of the 2019 DiGRA International Conference: Game, Play and the Emerging Ludo-Mix

      2019. Conference paper. Open Access

      2018

      Henrik Engström, Björn Berg Marklund, Per Backlund, Marcus Toftedahl

      Entertainment Computing

      2018. Article. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.entcom.2018.02.008

      Marcus Toftedahl, Per Backlund, Henrik Engström

      DiGRA '18 - Proceedings of the 2018 DiGRA International Conference: The Game is the Message

      2018. Conference paper. Open Access

      Marcus Toftedahl, Per Backlund, Henrik Engström

      INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SERIOUS GAMES

      2018. Article. https://doi.org/10.17083/ijsg.v5i4.251 Open Access

      2017

      Per Backlund, Henrik Engström, Björn Berg Marklund, Marcus Toftedahl

      2017 9th International Conference on Virtual Worlds and Games for Serious Applications (VS-Games): Proceedings

      2017. Conference paper. https://doi.org/10.1109/VS-GAMES.2017.8055806

      2016

      Marcus Toftedahl, Björn Berg Marklund, Henrik Engström, Per Backlund

      Decoding the Academic-Industrial-Gameplay Complex: Digital Game Practice, Research and Study in China, Taiwan and Chinese-Speaking Regions

      2016. Conference paper, oral presentation with abstract. Open Access

      2015

      María Guadalupe Alvarez Díaz, Ulf Wilhelmsson, Mikael Lebram, Marcus Toftedahl

      VS-Games 2015: 7th International Conference on Games and Virtual Worlds for Serious Applications

      2015. Conference paper. https://doi.org/10.1109/VS-GAMES.2015.7295791

      September 2014 - December 2015 Informatics

      January 2019 - December 2021 Informatics
      Published: 1/9/2020
      Edited: 1/9/2020
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