Weekly Vancouver Game Industry News, September 25th

Posted by Adrian Crook

Today I'm in Grand Forks, North Dakota about to head off to Fargo(!) for lunch, then Minneapolis. If you didn't catch my writeups from GDC Austin lask week, check out my FreeToPlay.biz site (the best one is "Challenges Designing a Casual MMO" by Free Realms' Design Director). While I'm still on the road, traveling and working, you can send me juicy newsbits via my website.

And now, here's this week's mid-morning, General Mills French Vanilla camping coffee-fueled Vancouver game industry news:

 

National Digital Media Flash Mob
Via Lynda Brown-Ganzert on LinkedIn: "This Friday (TODAY!) marks the 2nd annual National Digital Media Day and we're celebrating in a flash mob kinda way. If you care about digital media and are free for about 15 minutes at 6pm on Friday, message me back and I'll give you the secret coordinates." Drop Lynda a line on LinkedIn if you're interested.

 

Narrative Designers Network
Former Relic Narrative Designer Stephen Dinehart has founded the Narrative Designers Network, where he published an interview with Raphael van Lierop, Narrative Design Lead at Ubisoft Montreal (and former Relic producer). It's a great article with some excellent insight for those in the field or aspiring to be.

 

Moves
Eric Holmes
, former Lead Designer at Radical for nearly eight years, announced via a Facebook note that he's moved to Epic Games in Cary, North Carolina. Eric had been a mainstay of the Vancouver game industry for nearly 10 years - we'll miss him!

Bryna Dabby, former Project Manager at United Front Games, annouced via tweet that she's leaving UFG to sign up with Vancouver's Smoking Gun Interactive. Smoking Gun is the company founded by a group of ex-Relic employees. Word has it they're working on a console RTS.

 

Blue Castle Publishes More Career Vids
Kraig Docherty passes on word that more content has been added to Blue Castle's Career Videos series on the company's website. The videos outine what the company looks for in the positions it hires and are an excellent resource for those breaking into the industry. More studios should do the same.

 

Pug Pharm Launches Snoget.com Teaser
James Mouat, Pug Pharm's Design Director, says the studio has launched the teaser site for their first product, Snoget.com. Snoget.com is modestly billed by the company as "The world's first true social networking online game," but gives few other details on what to expect. The site allows users to sign up for the product's closed beta next month.

 

Adrian Crook is a game consultant based in North Vancouver. With over 14 years experience, Adrian designs and produces social, casual and AAA games for a variety of clients. He has spoken on the subject of free-to-play games at GDC and SXSW and writes articles for trade publications.

Company:
Capcom Games Studios (formerly Blue Castle Games)
Website:
http://www.bluecastlegames.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

It all started on July 4th, 2005 when 11 of us opened Blue Castle Games in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. We were in a 5,700 square foot facility then and working on one project - The BIGS. Today we are a studio of just over 150 very talented people, set to work hard and have fun this year in our 23,000 square foot facility, working on three new projects. What an exciting time to be at BCG! more

Company:
Smoking Gun Interactive
Website:
http://www.smokingguninc.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Our vision - Push the envelope and redefine the art of gaming The team at Smoking Gun is developing innovative cross-platform titles that we believe will help shape the future of interactive entertainment. Collaborating to build experiences that go beyond traditional gaming is where our passion lies… Building games that will inspire a generation Building games that will remind us of why we love this industry... more

Company:
Adrian Crook & Associates
Website:
http://www.adriancrook.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

In January 2008, freemium game design expert Adrian Crook founded Adrian Crook & Associates. AC+A has since worked with over two dozen clients, including many of the leading mobile & social game companies. Our focus is on delivering design that is inspirational yet do-able, given each client’s unique requirements. We’ve been fortunate to work with many of the market leaders, providing insight to and learning from... more


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Adrian Crook

Adrian Crook

Adrian Crook is founder of AC+A, a mobile social game design and development consultancy based in Vancouver. Adrian has been a producer & designer in the games industry for nearly 20 years and is also CEO of PlayRank, a mobile community for sports fans. more




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