RPG Combat Prototype v0.1

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This phrase; One step at a time, really sums up this article but it also pertains nicely to the success Melvin Kwan has had thus far. Enrolling at VFS, Winning at the Entertainment Software Association of Canada’s Student Video Game Competition, invited to E3 and landing a job in the industry as a designer is all because he took that chance, that first step. Here is a peek into the process Melvin uses when developing his own game, enjoy.

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A Conversation with… Michael Shannon

This time A Conversation with… checked out another one of our local developers and caught up with Michael Shannon from our 24th graduating class.

 

·         Tell me about what you are doing now in the Games Industry

Currently I am working as a Jr. Multiplayer Level Designer at The Coalition. Primarily I design multiplayer maps for Gears of War 4. I also helped with some design tasks for the Gears of War Ultimate Edition. Gears of War has always been my favourite game series by far, so working on the games is an incredible privilege!

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A Conversation With… Andres Molina

This time A Conversation with… checked out one of our local developers and caught up with GD18 alumni Andres Molina.

 

• Tell me about what you are doing now in the Games Industry
I’m currently a Game Designer at Popcap EA, working on Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. My primary focus is game modes (particularly Garden Ops), but it’s such a dynamic team that I have the opportunity to dabble in different areas of the game. It keeps me on my toes!

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A Conversation With… Mohit Punia

This time A Conversation with… Headed back overseas to India, where we found Mohit Punia from our 9th graduating class working as a lead Designer in India.

 

  •       Tell me about what you are doing now in the Games Industry

I am working as a Lead game designer at Aquimo sports Pvt. Ltd. in India. We are currently developing motion sensor based sports titles for Mobile platform. As a lead I take care of game’s complete design from concept to release and then regular updates.  However that’s just 50% of the job the rest includes actively working with art and dev team to execute, troubleshoot or polish the design. If required I also help manage the product. Overall I love all aspects of game development.

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A Conversation with… Alex Weatherston

This time A Conversation with… headed overseas to find a grad from our 9th class of Game Design, Alex Weatherston is working at Massive Entertainment in Sweden.

 

  • Tell me about what you are doing now in the Games Industry

I’m currently working as a UI Designer at Massive Entertainment in Malmo, Sweden on Tom Clancy’s The Division. The title of UI Designer is a bit deceptive as I tend to end up creating designs across the entire project that don’t neatly fit into just “UI” like the seamless online sections.

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A conversation With… Lawrence Metten

This time A Conversation with… crossed the border and found Lawrence Metten at 343 Industries in Seattle, Lawrence is from our 13th graduating class.

  • Tell me about what you are doing now in the Games Industry

I’m a Senior Multiplayer Designer at 343 Industries currently working on Halo 5: Guardians. In this role I’ve helped create competitive game modes and designed features and systems for use across all of multiplayer. The majority of my work at 343 has been on Warzone, our ambitious new 12v12 mode that we recently announced at E3. It’s been rewarding developing this new mode from a pitch into a prototype and now into something that we’re only a couple months from releasing on Oct. 27.

 

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A Conversation with… Jordan Tame

This time A Conversation with… bumped into Jordan Tame at Bestie’s, so we asked him a few questions, Jordan is from our 29th graduating class.

 

  •  Tell me about what you are doing now in the Games Industry

I am a Game Design generalist at East Side Games Studio, a Vancouver based independent studio. My focus is on mobile, “free to play” game design for a few different projects. this includes writing up and owning communication for features.

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A Conversation with… Grayson Scantlebury

This time A Conversation with… tracked down Grayson Scantlebury at EA, he is from our 8th graduating class.

Tell me about what you are doing now in the Games Industry

I’m a designer on Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2. When I joined the team I was working on some of the new stuff we haven’t announced yet but the last few months I’ve been focusing on designing levels.

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A Conversation with… Francois Chaput

This time A Conversation with… tracked down Francois Chaput from our 5th graduating class, Francois is working at BioWare Edmonton.

 

  • Tell me about what you are doing now in the Games Industry

I’m a Senior Level Designer at Bioware Edmonton. I recently shipped Dragon Age: Inquisition and it’s DLC Dragon Age: Inquisition: Jaws of Hakkon. Currently I’m leading level design on something unannounced.

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Zeta Busters at E3 2015

Never did I imagine when I started the Game Design program at VFS over a year ago that my final project, Zeta Busters, would end up on display at E3 alongside the biggest names in the industry. Of course, our booth wasn’t nearly as big as the heavy hitters, but needless to say I was astounded by the opportunity. To be counted among the likes of EA, Square-Enix, Bethesda, Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony was almost unbelievable.
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