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Scan Magazine | Special Theme | Finnish Gaming
Dudesons Race represents the next generation in 5D gaming The Dudesons Race game for activity parks is a hit with kids. Exergaming keeps evolving and the future is looking bright for new gaming company CSE Entertainment. By Joanna Nylund | Photos: CSE Entertainment
Veli-Matti Nurkkala is a busy man. In addition to his current role as project manager for Athene Exergaming, he runs his own gaming company, CSE Entertainment, in synergy with Athene. CSE is focused on creating games for activity devices, PCs and mobiles. The first project was making an exergaming device for activity and amusement parks as well as smaller venues. 5D and special effects “We wanted to create something that could be featured in an activity park, but would also be small and convenient enough to fit in lots of places where people spend time, like amusement parks,
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petrol stations and restaurants,” Nurkkala explains. Without any customer orders or knowing whether the idea would take off, the company went ahead with designing and building a gaming platform. “After eight months of product development, we were approached by Vuokatti SuperPark, who suggested creating a game for them about the Dudesons.” CSE Entertainment was the first company to create a game platform based on that firm favourite, the dance pad. It has rarely been used in this type of game, and that is not the only innovative feature. “We drew our inspiration from these 5D movie theatres that you often find in amusement
parks, where the movies show feature special effects,” Nurkkala explains. For Dudesons Race, this meant adding a trembling floor as well as wind effects. When the Dudesons were approached about creating a theme park game together with the company, they quickly warmed to the idea and went in for it with their trademark enthusiasm. “We had a blast creating the game together! They were very involved, not just in the theme but also in coming up with pranks to use in the game, and providing a lot of voice material for us to use,” says Nurkkala. Dudesons Race features a lot of the shout-outs and catch phrases the group is famous for, in their own voices. An instant hit Nurkkala’s team of young and skilled gamers set about creating Dudesons
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