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March Break Program Highlights

We are proud to present the following highlights from March Break 2014.

1. Industry Guests Galore

tap fun

This March Break the Toronto team had a chance to meet professional game developer Jordy Koski, founder and CEO of TapFun Inc. who was visiting Every1Games to teach us the fundamentals of Game Salad creating a Flappy Bird style game in one afternoon. Check out why Jordy decided he wanted to share his skills with our team on his blog. Jordy came back to Every1Games later in the week to sit down with our leads and work with the team through design challenges. Thanks Jordy!

Whats This Games Logo

Dara and Jamie Gold are a dynamic duo and 2/3rds of the What This Games? developmennt team. They presented an awesome slide show sharing the games they’ve made and what they are working on now (picture below). It was amazing to see their workflow process for their new rhythm game, Project Simon, that was appealing to many of the musicians in the groups.  We also loved their game Autocorrect Text Adventure game. Check out their work and subscribe to their e-news to stay up to date with What’s This Games releases.

Dara and Jamie, Developers and Co-Founders of What's This Games Presenting to the E1G Participants.

 Although the third person on the What This Games? team, Byron Wolfman, was unable to attend, we are lucky that he took the time to write this informative blogpost about challenges and tips, an introduction to Visual Basic and more! Thanks Byron!

Brock U 4th Year Class

The Every1Games team in St.Catharines worked with the fourth year class at Brock University beta-testing their practicum development project DLNR as part of the Interactive Arts and Science Program. “DLNR is a cyber punk action-adventure game with a focus on the high concept of “The Prisoner’s Dilemma”. It is a multiplayer experience where players have the choice of co-operative or competitive play while racing to reach the end of each level. It is being developed by IASC 4F00 class with Jean Bridge and Michael Winter.”

2. Soothe Interactive Presents The Pony Game

Pony Game Intro

The Pony Game created by the E1G team in Toronto is the result of an idea to create an interactive sensory room that was originally going to include 4 mini-games.

Draft Sensory Room Menu

We learned a valuable lesson about time management as we tried to apply a formula to the distance of our platforms to calculate the furthest possible jump with our avatar, a familiar pink pony jumping around the levels collecting all the cupcakes, rainbows and butterflies before time runs out.

Pony Game Night

Alas, 5 days goes by fast when we are having fun and doing other activities, so we had to make some changes to our plan.

The St. Catharines crew is equally as ambitious. The folks in St.Catharines spent their time trying their hand at Autodesk Maya, learning more about sprite sheets, animation and character modelling led by Every1Games facilitator Simon Warwick, former Senior Technical Animator at Rocksteady in London, England.

3. E1G Music Moment

Joel

Music was an unplanned theme this week at Every1Games. During a conversation about the way game design choices change the aesthetic experience, which result in the different emotional experiences, we decided to make a game that would be soothing, and calming for a player.

New team member Joel Ashton-Fogle performed beyond expectations by composing, writing and singing a song called Turquoise, Purple, Pink and Blue featured in the video above. We wish we had a real recording studio because there is noise on the track, but a teammate with exceptional technical skills was able to clean it up enough to share it with the world.

Thank you to our friends and allies at Autism Ontario Toronto Chapter and the Potential Programme for supporting the Every1Games program as a Social Learning Opportunity helping us spread the word and share the experience.

Every1Games Social Engagement Model

Collaborating is Key; OCE-SSHRC Video

We’ve officially applied to the OCE-SSHRC Social Entrepreneur Fellowship! Thank you Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone for all your support. Check out this video Every1Games submitted as part of our application to change the way we engage with autistic youth in our community!

About OCE
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses. In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals.

Learn from Award-winning app studio Tiny Hearts at E1G Toronto!

There is more to the Toronto game industry than games, app development is an important aspect of interactive digital media that innovates the way we live!

We are happy to announce participants of E1G Toronto’s Advanced Game Design and Digital Art will be learning about app development and entrepreneurship with community guest Robleh Jama, CEO of award-winning app studio, Tiny Hearts!

TinyHearts-Color-Medium

Robleh will be hanging out with us on November 30th in Toronto at the Advanced Game Design and Digital Art to teach participants about what it takes to create and sell apps, while participants practice professional networking in a low-anxiety environment.

Robleh Jama is the founder of Tiny Hearts, an award-winning app studio that creates beautiful, playful and useful iPhone and iPad apps for the young and young-at-heart. Tiny Hearts’ apps have been downloaded over a million times and have been featured by Apple and in the New York Times and Wired Magazine. Robleh is a creative entrepreneur with a passion for education, design and technology. Prior to founding Tiny Hearts, Robleh co-founded the successful niche online social network Sneakerplay, which was acquired in 2009.

Register now to join us on Saturdays beginning November 23 at The Chang School for Continuing Education for the 5 weeks of awesome game making integrating social skills and life skills!

E1G Teams put their QA skills to work with Phantom Compass; Pre-Beta Testing Rollers of the Realm

Phantom CompassClick on the logo above to thank Phantom Compass by voting for Rollers of the Realm on Steam.

The E1G team was excited to welcome the game studio Phantom Compass to Brock University’s Center for Digital Humanities. Phantom Compass joined E1G to introduce the creative work they are accomplishing in St.Catharines as they lead the game development community in the Niagara Region.  Ericka Evans, Head of Production at Phantom Compass, treated the E1G team to an intro and opportunity to pre-beta test Rollers of the Realm! The development team at Phantom Compass is an awesome group of creative people working together to launch Rollers of the Realm, a Pinball RPG. The game takes story telling and gaming to new heights by combining elements of RPG and Pinball creating a unique user experience. For a more in depth look into the RPG and Pinball elements of Rollers of the Realm read this article on Gamezebo and check out the video below :)

The E1G teams’ career goals and interests varied from sports entertainment to acting, directing, writing and rapping. This group was a creative bunch interested in learning about what steps they can take to achieve their own creative goals. To accomplish this we love to welcome Industry Allies to join us at E1G! Industry Allies are friends of Every1Games helping us reach different goals. This weeks goal was to learn how to give feedback and receive feedback, a crucial skill in all of their mentioned creative roles. The E1G team had the opportunity to pre-beta test  Rollers of the Realm providing feedback to Ericka while putting their new found skills to work as beta-testers. We also had the opportunity to test Rollers of the Realm with the following week’s team.

We’d like to extend a warm and fuzzy thank you to Phantom Compass and to Ericka Evans for coming to visit us.  We are looking forward to playing Rollers of the Realm!

READERS TAKE ACTION and help us thank Phantom Compass!

Vote for Rollers of the Realm on Steam. Its easy! Just go to the Rollers of the Realm page on Steam then click YES where it asks “Would you buy this game if it were available in Steam.”