I'm Marvin Ackermann a Software Engineer from Karlsruhe Germany. I'm currently studying Computer Science at the Karlsruher Institute of Technology. Beside my continuing studies I'm working on several hobby projects which I present to you on this site.

My journey with Banyan began in late 2015. In our university every Computer Science student has to pass the class PSE (Practice of Software Engineering). There I, with 5 other dudes, made our first game called Wedloop. If you're interested there is more info below. After the project ended we wanted to flesh the game out with better graphics and gameplay. We started porting the game to Unity but soon after realized that the scope, we envisioned for it, was simply too big for our team of two. The other four guys weren't interested in investing more time into the game. Therefore it wasn't possible to implement it in a reasonable timeframe. We needed something different. A small game which is relatively easy to realize. We decided to go for a story driven mobile platformer: Banyan. But don't mistake me. It is still a big task for 2 guys especially since we make it in our free time. But I'm confident that we can finish it.

If you're interested you can check the game and our development efforts on our developer and project page http://www.creativity-overflow.de.

As mentionend before Wedloop is an old university project made from design to shipping within six months in a group of six students. We only had six weeks for implementation and another four weeks for bug fixing and testing. The game was made using jMonkeyEngine 3 and Java. You can download the finished game here. You can also take a look at this short trailer to get a glimpse of the game. Below is a screenshot of our new procedural terrain generation with placing of trees and bushes beside the track.
To get out into nature a little side hobby of mine is photography. You can check out my photographs on Instagram, Flickr or look at some of my shots below.

Long have you been shining above us all,
Nursing us in between the stars,
Helping us healing our scars,
Someday when we certainly fall.

It has to be lonely up there,
Lonely drifting through space,
Your brothers and sisters in another place,
No one here to share and care.
But after all we are here to hear,
What lies behind and what before,
What’ll live on forevermore,
What is now opaque will soon be clear,
The time is right, are getting near,
Letting go of our eternal fear.
Please don't let us come back,
Without your gift of knowing,
Without you showing,
What we on earth so severely lack.
We swear we’ll come to you one more time,
And visit you with many gifts,
We’re sure you’ll bloom and shine,
And hope the tides of our time will shift.
See you soon oh Moon!

Ein Schleier vor dem Geist,
Die Mauer brüchig und nicht fest,
Der Gedanke entgleist ...
Bleib hier, geh nicht fort,
Nur hier, doch nicht dort!
Zurück, zurück nicht zum Rest!
Warm, schwarz, glühende Nacht,
Wie viele Nächte haben wir hier verbracht,
Du stehst vor mir doch bist nicht hier,
Was haben wir blos gemacht.
Müde jung, doch fühle ich mich alt,
Fallende Lieder, schmerzende Glieder,
Das Bett, mir kalt und zuwider,
Morgen sehn wir uns wieder,
Zur gleichen Zeit am gleichen Ort.
Im Wald spazieren, nein marschieren!
Was ist los, wo seid ihr hin?
Ach mein Kind, dein Ball ist drin.
Vergangen die Zeit,
Doch immer da und dort,
Alles weiß, verwaschen, gewaschen,
Nimm meine Hand, ich will nicht fort.

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