This article first appeared on Kiwi Commons, and was written by Deborah Chantson on January 30, 2012. It is re-published here with full permission. It has been slightly altered in appearance only to fit with our format.
Ah … prepare yourself for entertainment … at my expense. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Casual, Editorials, National News, Teen By: Tami | Print This Post
Last weekend we spent a very enjoyable and informative time at the 6th Game Design Expo presented by Vancouver Film School. As in previous years, we were treated to some very inspiring and informative talks – some that make us wish we were game developers or trying to figure out a way to apply the processes covered to our own project endeavours.
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posted in Editorials, Events, National News By: Tami | Print This Post
Organized by Interactive Ontario, GameON: Finance connects the games industry’s leading players to new business opportunities in the interactive entertainment industries.
The final day of the two-day event wrapped on a recurring discussion of relationships and the importance of building and nurturing the right ones for both your studio and your games. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Business News, Editorials, Events, National News By: Sasha | Print This Post
As many of our readers have probably noticed by now, today is the SOPA Blackout day across the Internet. What is that? Well, in simple terms, it’s a day (or 12 hours for some sites) where the web admin essentially pulls their website off the Internet in protest of 2 bills currently sitting before U.S. Congress: The SOPA (or Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act). While these bills are sitting before the American Government, they have the power to forever change the Internet for the entire World. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Editorials, News, Site News By: NightStorm | Print This Post
Title: Little Bets – How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries
Author: Peter Sims
Publisher: Free Press (April 19, 2011)
Cover Price: $28.99 Disclaimer: Clicking the cover graphic or the book title will link you to Amazon.ca through our Associate account. Purchasing the book through this link will help us earn money for the site.
I picked this book up on our way home from Merging Media 2011 in Vancouver, having heard one of the speakers recommend it during his presentation. Through the wonders of the internet and cell phone technology, I was able to ascertain that our local Chapters outlet had one copy, and called ahead to have it held for me. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Books, Editorials, National News By: Tami | Print This Post
Am I the only one who finds the Top Ten ratings list released yesterday by Global TV to be more than a little disheartening? While I admit I do watch some of the shows on that list, why is it that not one Canadian-produced TV show other than Hockey Night In Canada made the Top Ten? Where is Flashpoint? Once Upon A Time? What about Endgame? Oh wait, Showcase cancelled that one – and as specialty channels don’t seem to enter into this ratings game, you could argue that Endgame doesn’t count – but it was a really good show and I still hold a grudge against Showcase for shutting it down. Human Target and Rookie Blue would’ve looked nice on that list too – if they hadn’t been cancelled. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Business News, Editorials, National News By: Tami | Print This Post
With the success of book-to-screen adaptations, particularly on the young adult side (Harry Potter, The Twilight Saga, now The Hunger Games), it’s no wonder that HBO smelled a hit in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice series when it bought the rights seven years ago. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Editorials, National News, Rating Pending, RPG - MMORPG, Upcoming Releases By: Emily | Print This Post
Ubisoft Toronto is the “start-up in disguise,” as Jade Raymond calls it. The studio head and managing director of the year-and-a-half-old studio now houses almost 200 employees, and is well on its way to hitting the planned 800 over the next 10 years. We caught up with Raymond at WIFT-T’s inaugural International Women in Digital Media Summit in Stratford, ON to talk about the people she wants to bring on board at the growing AAA game company, her strategic goals for the next few years and how Ubisoft has handled its IP across different platforms. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Editorials, National News, Studios By: Emily | Print This Post
Bullying is older than mankind. It’s been around since the first animal was forced to leave the pack, pushed away from home and family in what has become a seemingly natural animalistic practice. This instinct, so ingrained in the world of animals, has become part and parcel of the human world. The difference is that as time has moved forward, many of us have come to no longer accept bullying as an okay part of our daily lives. What follows is a look at bullying and how the system has let down friends of our family. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Editorials, National News By: Tami | Print This Post
Yesterday MacLean’s published an article titled Grand Theft Tax Break, written by Jesse Brown. This article, as you can guess by the title, was a disparaging piece about the tax credits and incentives received by the video game industry in certain regions of Canada.
I am going to overlook for a moment the entire tax incentives debate, mainly because I am not a developer or studio owner and I’m not a policy wonk – there are simply too many areas of the incentives program that I don’t entirely understand, so it’s best to skirt around that issue for now and get to what really got my dander up in that article. I will also overlook the inherent problems within the industry itself, because like any other industry in this country, there are work-life balance issues that need to be dealt with, but they don’t really come fully into play here.
I have to wonder what Mr. Brown has against the game industry, or if he has any friends who work in game development. If that article had been about an ethnic group or any type of visible minority, it never would have been published containing the insults and general slurs it does. It is one thing to be angry about something the industry receives, it is another to wipe a wide brush of insult across those who work in the industry. If the article was in any way meant to be a satirical rebuttal of the New York Times article Mr. Brown uses as reference, in my opinion the author fell far short of his mark. Read the rest of this entry »
posted in Editorials, Game Dev, National News By: Tami | Print This Post