Brian Wood Memorial Internship goes to… Cameron White

 

Congratulations to VFS Game Design alumni Cameron White (pictured here with Game Director, Phil Boulle of Relic Entertainment/Sega)! Cameronwas selected for the Brian Wood Memorial Internship with Relic Games!

The Brian Wood Memorial Internship was founded by VFS Game Design and Relic Games in memory of the late Brian Wood, who was Relic’s Company of Heroes Online lead designer. Three Game Design students a year are offered the scholarship for a period of four months. The inaugural internship was awarded in February 2011, to Zach Williams. Other winners have included: Andres MolinaMaxwell Hannaman, Isaac Calon, Alex Mueller, Carolina Mastretta, Andy Fedorchuk, James Dodge,  Guerric Haché, and Dustin Williamson.

Cameron White, our first winner for 2015, graduated from the Game Design program on December 18, 2014. His graduating game project, Stick Shift, which he developed in collaboration with fellow students Erich Kohlweg, Nick Jennings, Dylan Matthews and Matthew Kirby, can be found here on the Arcade Games page.

 

Brian Wood Memorial Internship goes to… Dustin Williamson

 

Congratulations to VFS Game Design alumni Dustin Williamson (pictured here with Game Director, Phil Boulle of Relic Entertainment/Sega)! Dustin was selected for the Brian Wood Memorial Internship with Relic Games!

The Brian Wood Memorial Internship was founded by VFS Game Design and Relic Games in memory of the late Brian Wood, who was Relic’s Company of Heroes Online lead designer. Three Game Design students a year are offered the scholarship for a period of four months. The inaugural internship was awarded in February 2011, to Zach Williams. Other winners have included: Andres MolinaMaxwell Hannaman, Isaac Calon, Alex Mueller, Carolina Mastretta, Andy Fedorchuk, James Dodge, and Guerric Haché.

Dustin Williamson, our third winner for 2014, graduated from the Game Design program on August 21, 2014. His graduating game project, Lucidity, which he developed in collaboration with fellow students Blake Vetter, Cam Hickey, Matt Holland, and Jamie Thompson, can be found here on the Arcade Games page.

 

Brian Wood Memorial Internship goes to Guerric Haché

Congratulations to soon-to-graduate VFS Game Design student Guerric Haché (pictured here with Kelly Gies of Relic Entertainment/Sega)! Guerric was selected for the Brian Wood Memorial Internship with Relic Games!

The Brian Wood Memorial Internship was founded by VFS Game Design and Relic Games in memory of the late Brian Wood, who was Relic’s Company of Heroes Online lead designer. Three Game Design students a year are offered the scholarship for a period of four months. The inaugural internship was awarded in February 2011, to Zach Williams. Other recent winners have included: Andres MolinaMaxwell Hannaman, Isaac Calon, Alex Mueller, Carolina Mastretta, Andy Fedorchuk, and James Dodge.

Guerric Haché, our second winner for 2014, will graduate from the Game Design program on June 26, 2014. His graduating game project, Misorderly, which he developed in collaboration with fellow students Jaymee Mak, Jeremy Katsumata, and Keegan Myra can be found here on the Arcade Games page.

 

Brian Wood Memorial Internship Goes To Melissa Borda

 

Congratulations to soon-to-graduate VFS Game Design student Melissa Borda (pictured here with Kevin de Leon and Kelly Gies of Relic Entertainment/Sega)! Melissa was selected for the Brian Wood Memorial Internship with Relic Games!

The Brian Wood Memorial Internship was founded by VFS Game Design and Relic Games in memory of the late Brian Wood, who was Relic’s Company of Heroes Online lead designer. Three Game Design students a year are offered the scholarship for a period of four months. The inaugural internship was awarded in February 2011, to Zach Williams. Other recent winners have included: Andres MolinaMaxwell Hannaman, Isaac Calon, Alex Mueller, Carolina Mastretta, and Andy Fedorchuk.

Melissa Borda, our first winner for 2014, will graduate from the Game Design program on February 27, 2014. Her graduating game project, Rails of Fury, which she developed in collaboration with fellow students Colin Cormier, Miles Lepine, Sebastian Pachmayr, and Karthik Subramanyam can be found here on the Arcade Games page.

 

Brian Wood Memorial Internship

Congratulations to soon-to-graduate VFS Game Design student Andy Fedorchuk (pictured here with Kevin de Leon of Relic Entertainment)! Andy was selected for the Brian Wood Memorial Internship with Relic Games!

The Brian Wood Memorial Internship was founded by VFS Game Design and Relic Games in memory of the late Brian Wood, who was Relic’s Company of Heroes Online lead designer. Three Game Design students a year are offered the scholarship for a period of four months. The inaugural internship was awarded in February 2011, to Zach Williams. Other recent winners have included: Maxwell Hannaman, Isaac Calon, Alex Mueller, and Carolina Mastretta.

Andy Fedorchuk, the thirdwinner for 2013, will graduate from the Game Design program on October 17, 2013. His graduating game project, Inkling, which he developed in collaboration with fellow students Anthony Bruno, Joel Bailey and Wilson Aguilar , can be found here on the Arcade Games page.

Brian Wood Memorial Internship with Relic Games Goes To Carolina Mastretta

Congratulations to soon-to-graduate VFS Game Design student Carolina Mastretta (pictured here between, on the left, Mike Swanson,  Executive Producer at Relic and, on the right, Kelly Gies, Senior Recruiter at Relic Entertainment)! Carolina was selected for the Brian Wood Memorial Internship with Relic Games!

The Brian Wood Memorial Internship was founded by VFS Game Design and Relic Games in memory of the late Brian Wood, who was Relic’s Company of Heroes Online lead designer. Three Game Design students a year are offered the scholarship for a period of four months. The inaugural internship was awarded in February 2011, to Zach Williams. Other recent winners have included: Maxwell Hannaman, Isaac Calonand Alex Mueller.

Carolina Mastretta, the second winner for 2013, will graduate from the Game Design program on June 20, 2013. Her graduating game project, Chromeras, which she developed in collaboration with fellow students Jethro Aquino, Lorena Robles, Harry Scott , and Francisco Sotelo , can be found here on the Arcade Games page.

A Review Of The First Double Feature Friday with Brock Robin and Games Night!

A Conversation With : Brock Robin

Double Feature Friday, as the name suggests, is an event with two features. The first being A Conversation With, which is a Q&A session with a VFS Game Design graduate, and the second being Games Night, where students can duke it out in Street Fighter or a myriad of other games that one might wish to play. Friday was the first of such events, but hopefully not the last.

Feature one: A Conversation With: Brock Robin

To start off the festivities we had a Q&A session with Brock Robin, a former game design student (GD07), who is now a systems designer at Relic Entertainment. Brock spoke about his time here at VFS and shared his experiences at Relic with us, offering insights into what the industry is like as well as advice for current students.

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Double Feature Friday : A Conversation With + Games Night

Double Feature Friday : A Conversation With and Games Night

VFS Game Design Teaching Assistant Isaac Calon came up with this great idea for the Students Only segment called “A Conversation With…” It kicks off with Brock Robin (veteran Relic Entertainment game designer and Game Design alumnus), who will be in the TV Studio to answer students’ questions. Students should come prepared! He’ll stick around until 7:00PM or until the questions stop.

Afterwards, the studio will be kept open to play board games, Magic, and Super Street Fighter 4 AE. We plan to start kicking people out at 9:00PM.

The plan is to bring in a new industry veteran once a month for another Double-Feature Friday. Andrés Molina, Programmer and Designer on the Company of Heroes 2 team at Relic is on deck for June.

Interning at Relic During Turbulent Times

Relic Entertainment Mine Splash Screen

My first step1 towards the video games industry was to come to Vancouver Film School to study Game Design in 2011, uprooting both my wife and our three beautiful, intelligent housepets to brave the rain, long hours, and Canucks fans on the Skytrain. I graduated in August of 2012, and just shy of two months later was successful in landing my first job in games interning as an Assistant Development Manager at Relic Entertainment.

I was thrilled, of course. By combing through Relic’s back-catalog of Triple-A games you can see that the studio hasn’t just paid lip-service to their mandates of innovation, passion, and pride in their work. Every game they’ve made, from the legendary Homeworld to the highest-rated RTS of all time, Company of Heroes, sought to break new ground. They are innovators and risk-takers in a risk-averse triple-A industry space, and I was proud to be there.

Relic Entertainment Game Design Intern Isaac Calon

When I started in November of 2012, Relic was under the umbrella of venerable games publisher THQ, and when my internship ended in March, the studio was owned by SEGA. While the story of that transition ultimately started years ago (and is thus beyond the scope of this article), I want to share with you the shorter version of having a front-row seat to the final stages of that often stressful and surprising transition.

But first, how I got there.
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Industry Night Pitch N Play : Two Students’ Perspective

Banner for GD27 Pitch N Play

A night full of creativity and dedication – that was the impression we got from the Industry Night Pitch N Play on April 4, 2013, as the 27th graduating class of the VFS Game Design program showed off their final projects to an audience of industry professionals.

For the students, this was the high point of their year as they presented the result of four months of hard work. For the visiting industry professionals, it was the chance to get a glimpse at the new talent and their fresh and creative ideas. Even by VFS standards, the turnout was quite extraordinary. Relic Entertainment, Capcom and Fathom Interactive were only a few of the local companies present at this event.

Game Design Senior Instructor Andrew Laing

Senior Instructor Andrew Laing set the tone for the evening when he opened by referring to the recent controversy about Richard Garriott, who, in an interview with Gamasutra, claimed that all the game designers he worked with “just really sucked.” But instead of letting this spoil the evening, Andrew concluded: “Well, he must have never met any of our game design students!”

And indeed, the five shown projects were quite impressive.  Since the 27th graduating class was relatively small, one of the teams from the 28th Class, term five, was given the opportunity to present an early version of their project as a preview of their own industry night Pitch N Play coming up in June.

Chromeras

Chromeras is an online multiplayer game for the PC, and it provided a brilliant demonstration of what can be accomplished after little more than a month of development. The team had set up a match with their classmates on the production floor in order to demonstrate the multiplayer capabilities of their game.

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