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

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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[Victoria, BC] Fan Favourites Opens with Retro Gaming in Mind


(This article is republished from Otaku No Culture, a blog that looks the pop culture scene of the Pacific Northwest.)

760 Yates St.
Victoria, B.C.
(250) 590-1202

Retro video gamers will be a go-go for Fan Favourites, a new video games and movie store located in Millie’s Lane in Victoria, British Columbia. That’s an alleyway located beside the Odeon Theatre, where a “second nerd row” may well be developing in this garden city. This store is tucked between Chef’s Quest, a D&D themed diner, and Dragon Impact, a Martial Art Equipment & Supply store. Read the rest of this entry

[Victoria, BC] Gotta what? Gottacon Pre-Registration is Open for 2014!

Gottacon Logo

Practically five years in the making, Gottacon is making the leap to become a fully realized convention for gamers and the public alike. This event will now take place at the Victoria Conference Center, running from February 28th to March 2 and pre-registration is open.

This event is for the gamer in us all. People can sign up to play in cards tournaments like Magic the Gathering, miniature battles with Game Workshop’s Warhammer or video games à la Starcraft. The fees pay for the rental of the hall space and prizes. But there are free games to try out too. Whether that is with board games like CLUE, role-playing in the fantastic realms of Dungeons and Dragons, this show has it all. This news is particularly exciting for the local gaming community and this author has seen this event grow from its humble beginnings (behind the scenes and in front of) by simply catering to the dedicated gamer crowd than to make it a side-show attraction.

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Local Developers Need Your Help To Build Their Dream Game

oog clan caveman

Local developers need your help to build their dream game. Brain Warp Studios, co-creators of the hit Facebook game Pot Farm are currently raising funds (through Indiegogo) to build their newest game; OOG! Clan of the Caveman.

While still in it’s pre-production stage, the folks at Brain Warp Studios have said that much of OOG’s art and design work have been completed but they need funding in order to assemble a tech team to build the game and enter production phase. As well, they’re hoping raise enough funds to launch the game around summer this year.

Learn about OOG! Clan of the Caveman and its fundraising campaign after the break. Read the rest of this entry

GottaCon Announces Videogame Tournaments for GC 2013


Great news for local gamers, GottaCon recently announced their videogame tournament lineup for GottaCon 2013.

Our hometown’s own gaming convention, GottaCon is set to arrive February 1 – 3 at Pearkes arena in Victoria BC (3100 Tillicum Road). GottaCon will be running two types of videogame tournaments; Premium and Secondary tournaments. Premium tourneys require the GC BYOC weekend pass (or videogame add-on package).

If you’ve ever been to GottaCon, premium events are the ‘Con’s most competitive contests and have higher prize payouts including prize packages from Kingston Hyper X, Logitech, Mad Catz, and more.

Check out the list of Premium Tournaments after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Win Zero Dark Thirty Advance Screening Tickets in Victoria BC


*This Contest is now closed; all winners have been sent codes by email*

*This week’s contest is open to Victoria, BC residents only*

The Zero Dark Thirty Advance Screening will be at Capitol 6 Cinema on Thursday, January 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m. PST. Lucky for you, Future Shop and JTM are teaming up to giveaway three pairs of advance screening tickets to three lucky subscribers!

Directed and co-produced by The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty tells the story of the American effort to find and capture Osama Bin Laden. The film has been receiving much critical acclaim and it’s finally coming to our hometown of Victoria, BC.

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Developer KIXEYE Opening Studio in Victoria BC

Great news for aspiring game developers as developer KIXEYE is opening a studio in my hometown of Victoria, BC Canada early next year. According to a number of job postings that have popped up on Indeed, Trovit, and VIATEC, KIXEYE, the developer of social/strategy games such as Backyard Monsters, Battle Pirates, and War Commander is on the hunt for developers in the BC area for their studio opening in early 2013.

Learn more about Kixeye and their new studio in Victoria BC after the break. Read the rest of this entry

Indie Spotlight – KANO/APPS Founder Interview (Part 1)

Facebook games are all the rage these days, and if you’ve ever played games like KANO/APPS’ Zombie Slayer, Mob Wars: La Cosa Nostra, Pirate Clan, then you know how addictive these games can be. They don’t have the most eye-popping graphics, but they’ve got the gameplay and huge (dedicated) communities behind them.

KANO/APPS is a mobile social gaming company based in my hometown of Victoria, Canada whose games have amassed hundreds of thousands of dedicated players from around the world. Their games foster communities and are some of the most addictive social/mobile games you’ll find around. I recently sat down with Tim Teh, one of the founding fathers of KANO/APPS to talk about the company, their games, and their choice on platforms.

Check out part 1 of our interview with Tim Teh after the break. Read the rest of this entry

GottaCon 2012 Interview (Part 2)

As promised, here’s part two of our interview with Evan Hatch, one of the organizing partners on the upcoming GottaCon 2012 Gaming Convention.

JTM Games: If a business or a vendor wants to get involved with GottaCon, how would they go about doing that?

Evan Hatch: If a business is interested in either attending and promoting their product or just supporting the event through sponsorship, they would contact myself or Carson (Upton); we’re the two owners. Probably contact me via email:  And we have an information package on both exhibitor booths as well as sponsorship. Read the rest of this entry

GottaCon 2012 Interview (Part 1)

GottaCon 2012 Interview (Part 1)

If you haven’t heard of it yet, the GottaCon Gaming Convention is an up-and-coming convention held once a year in Victoria British Columbia, Canada. The convention runs 24 hours a day for three days. With contests, tournaments, developer demonstrations, and thousands of gamers attending, GottaCon 2012 is starting to look like one of the biggest Canadian gaming conventions this year.

We had a chance to chat with Evan Hatch, one of GottaCon’s organizing heads during Cherry Bomb Toys‘ “8th Annual Hobby and Toy Fair” where we discussed GottaCon’s beginnings, its trials and tribulations, as well as its upcoming 4th annual show. We asked him why the convention is important to BC, and to Canada; and why gamers should pay attention to this BC-born gaming convention.

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