A Video Game Tribute to the Feminine

 
A while ago, something terrible happened in India, my home country. A young girl, a student, was brutally raped and mutilated by five men in a moving bus and died of her injuries shortly thereafter. As a nation, it shook us to the core. Many of us realized that there was something fundamentally wrong in the relationship between males and females in our country. Every year, millions of female foetuses are aborted in India because males are preferred; it has led to the odd situation that if you’re going to have a baby, it’s illegal to find out if its a boy or girl.

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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… Kristina Wiik

This time A Conversation with… checked out another one of our local developers and caught up with Kristina Wiik from our 28th graduating class.

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

I am now working as a game designer for United Front Games. This is a bit of a catch-all for me; I do a bit of everything within design and writing.

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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… Adrian Audet

This time A Conversation with… took the ferry over to Vancouver Island and found Adrian Audet, an alumni of the 7th graduating class, working at Gamehouse Canada.

 

 

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

My current role is Producer at GameHouse Canada, in downtown Victoria. Producer leaning towards the Project Manager side, with numerous opportunities to engage with creative features or new content. It’s a great mix currently which I find very engaging.

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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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