Category Archives: Event Coverage

The Gottacon Journals: Tips on Getting into the local Video Game Industry & its Future

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The local video game scene of Victoria, British Columbia is the spotlight at this year’s Gottacon show. This event was originally held in the G.R. Pearkes Recreation Center out by Tillicum Mall and after five successful years, it made the move to the Victoria Conference Center. This was done in partnership with the City of Victoria and the Victoria Video Game CEO Alliance to help give the show the ability to expand into better digs without show attendees expressing the feeling that they are being stuck into a sardine can.

Anyone with even a small interest in the gaming culture will find something new to try or learn how to get into this wide and varied industry. Whether that is board games, card games, scale model battles, video or role-playing, there will be some product to sample ot people to talk to. Not everyone will want to invest into a $75 game right away, and this show is the best way to try a new game — board or video — out. The bonus for the experienced is to participate in tournaments for some cool prizes.

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CES ’14 Roundup: Are Gamers Getting Steamed for 4K?

To sum up what last week’s Consumer Electronics Show was all about, plenty of 4K televisions and Steam machines will be entering into the market. That will be great for video enthusiasts wanting a bit of extra oomph from their Blu-ray movies and video gamers will wonder what’s next to enjoy. With multiple hardware manufacturers clambering on board to develop boxes that will run SteamOS, the console gaming war is going to get a lot more interesting.

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The 2013 Canadian Videogame Awards Red Carpet Gallery

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Michael Mando (Vaas in Far Cry 3) at the CVA Red Carpet.

As you might have read in one of our earlier posts, April 20th was the night of the fourth annual Canadian Videogame Awards. And like many award shows, there’s a customary red carpet gala for the presenters, nominees, and special guests. Fellow JTM editor Lee Guille and I were there to cover not only the event itself but the red carpet as well.

The event saw the CVA’s host and Deus Ex: Human Revolution voice actor Elias Toufexis, Mass Effect 3′s Jennifer Hale and Mark Meer, Far Cry 3′s Michael Mando (voice of the crazy Vaas), Electric Playground’s Victor Lucas, and many more. One thing was for sure, the Canada’s game community, developers, publishers and fans all came to support the Canadian video game industry’s night of celebration.

Check out the CVA 2013 red carpet gallery after the break.

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And The 2013 Canadian Videogame Award Winners Are…

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Well, we just came back to the hotel after a crazy night at the fourth annual Canadian Videogame Awards and oh boy was it ever a blast. Not only did it put a spotlight on amazing Canadian-developed games, it also showcased the talented studios and people behind them.

Let me tell you, the competition this year was the fiercest it’s ever been. Indie breakout hits like Mark of the Ninja, Papo & Yo, and Sound Shapes faced off with Triple-A heavy hitters like Far Cry 3, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Sleeping Dogs in awards categories that blurred the line between Indie and big budget productions.

Our own pick for 2012’s Best Overall Shooter – Far Cry 3 took home six awards including the coveted Game of the Year, Mass Effect 3 won Best Console Game and two others, while Mark of the Ninja stood out of the indie scene with their two award wins including Best Indie Game.

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Canadian Videogame Awards – Full Coverage Coming Soon

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The 4th annual Canadian Videogame Awards is set to take place on April 20, 2013 and you can be sure that JTM Games will be there to give you guys full coverage of the event. From the Red Carpet, to the Gala, to the award ceremony, we’ll give you guys an inside look on the Canadian game industry’s most important night.

Taking place in beautiful Vancouver BC, the CVA’s celebrate the Canadian game industry as one of the top leaders in game design, art, publishing and development. More on the Canadian Videogame Awards after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Vote For Your Game of the Year at the Canadian Videogame Awards

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Hey folks, don’t forget to vote for your game of the year at the Canadian Videogame Awards. While all of the other categories are voted upon by a panel of game industry veterans, our friends at Future Shop wants to give the Canadian gaming community a voice at the upcoming award show taking place on April 20, 2013 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

The Future Shop Fans’ Choice Award allows everyone to vote (once per day) for their favourite game developed in Canada. hit the jump for the full list. Read the rest of this entry

Game of Thrones – The Exhibition

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Have you ever watched a fantasy show and thought, “I wish I could visit that world”? Well, Game of Thrones fans, now you can visit Westeros. HBO has put together a free exhibition, which is on tour now. The first stop on the Game of Thrones – The Exhibition tour was Toronto, where I had the chance to take part in the fun.

The line-up was a little long, but I can’t really complain when the price of admission is free. Once past the velvet rope, I entered the world of Westeros; and what a world it is! Game of Thrones – The Exhibition features more than 70 artifacts from the show including costumes, props, house banners, weapons and maps from the first two seasons of the series. Eagle-eyed fans will also get a chance to see a few props from the upcoming season starting at the end of March.

More on Game of Thrones – The Exhibition after the break.
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Mark of the Ninja Leads Canadian Videogame Awards With Eleven Nominations

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Earlier today, over 25 games were confirmed to be finalists for the upcoming Canadian Videogame Awards. Unsurprisingly, the winner of our “2012 Best Independent Game,” the 2D stealth platformer Mark of the Ninja led the pack with eleven nominations including Best Animation, Best Game Design, and Game of the Year.

Over 100 games were nominated for the sixteen award categories; each given for games developed within Canada and released in 2012. Find out the complete list of Canadian Videogame Finalists after the break. Read the rest of this entry

The Social Power of Videogames – Our Experience At Games Without Frontiers

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On March 9, 2013,  JTM Games was proud to be a part of UVIC’s Ideafest 2013 – Games Without Frontiers, a rare event where professors, grad students, undergraduates, high-school students, local game designers/studios and curious citizens of Victoria gathered to  explore, discuss, and marvel at the power of video-game technology in bringing people together to improve the world. To be more specific, Games Without Frontiers infromed citizens of the positive effects the industry has to bring to health research, education, and social change.

A great number of Victoria, BC-based game studios and tech companies like Dactyl Applications, KANO/APPS, InLight Entertainment showed up to Games Without Frontiers to demonstrate their newest and latest creations. And even Oregon-based 2 Player Productions screened their popular documentary “Minecraft: The Story of Mojang” to the UVIC community.

JTM Games (Lee Guille and myself) were at Games Without Frontiers to host the Mini-Indie Game festival to inform non-gamers of the most innovative, experimental games of the last few years. In addition, we hosted two Q&A sessions; one with Papo & Yo Creator Vander Caballero and the other with the up-and-coming Matt Cohen, the developer of the indie hit Paranormal. (We’ll be posting both interviews on the site soon!)

Check out a detailed recap of our experience (including trials and learning experiences) during Games Without Frontiers after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Elias Toufexis To Host The Canadian Videogame Awards

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Earlier today, the producers of the Canadian Videogame awards announced that  Elias Toufexis, (Adam Jensen in Deus Ex: Human Revolution) is set to host the CVA’s this April. If you don’t know who Elias Toufexis is, then you’re missing out on one of Canada’s rising stars in both film and videogames industries. The Canadian Videogame Awards will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre on April 20, 2013.

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