Archive for January, 2012
Something we forgot to mention in our January update is that all the Difference Engine Initiative games are available online. You’ve might have played them last month at some events, but now’s your chance to try them all. Thanks to The Hand Eye Society for providing all the links.
At the moment, the Toronto Indie Guys are in the process of getting new, and much better equipment for recording. Don’t fret, we’ll be posting some awesome interviews in the next few weeks, including some of Toronto’s most interesting game devs. In the meantime, since it’s getting kinda cold out lately, here’s a quick list of events happening throughout the month’s of January, February, and March.
- January 27th-29th: Global Game Jam.
- January 31st: JAMuary Reception and Monthly Social.
- February 3rd: Inspiration from the Trash: The TRS-80’s Lost Game Designs. (Toronto Skillswap)
- February 3rd: D-PAD: Directions in play/art/design.
- February 10th: Model a Head in Maya (Toronto Skillswap)
- February 17th: Characterization and Movement (Toronto Skillswap)
- February 24th: Basic Applied Digital Cryptography (Toronto Skillswap)
- March 2nd: Intro to Chiptunes using LSDJ (Toronto Skillswap)
- March 5th-9th: Game Developers Conference 2012
We also recommend checking out Interactive Services Directory, a website dedicated to providing information on interactive studios in Ontario, include Toronto, Ottawa, London, & the Niagara Region. They also have a spot for upcoming events, including JAMuary, & D-PAD.
When: January 13th 6 – 9pm
Where: 333 King St E, Floor 5
Who: Toronto SkillSwap
What: Artjam, an all media jam session in which you have 3 hours to make something. It can be anything: games, music, digital or traditional art, clay, writing, movies, etc. It’s up to your imagination! Highly recommend checking out this event if you’re feeling rather artistic this week. It’s open to everyone, and the space is available. If you’re doing something messy like paint or clay, please bring something to cover your work area like newspaper or a drop cloth.
Why: Do we need to actually explain this question?
Here’s the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/197315640356258/?ref=ts
After hearing the beautiful soundtrack in Sword & Sworcery EP, the TOIG become big fans of Jim Guthrie. Check out his newest album titled “Children Of The Clone”, which is available on Band Camp, & itunes. Album Art by Craig D.Adams (@the1console).
Developers of all kinds would have heard about “Global Game Jam” coming up at the end of the month. It’s the world’s largest game making compeition, which happens annually every January. People can apply to have dedicated locations in their cities to host the event; Global Game Jam has 193 locations, spanning 44 countries.This year Toronto developers will be glad to hear that George Brown College will be housing it’s first Toronto Global Game Jam. Troy Morrissey from D.A.R.C. Productions, and Randy Orenstein from the Toronto Skillswap will be hosting the event.
As a local, you might have participated in an event called T.O. Jam; GGJ will be similar to that experience. The event starts on Jan. 27th at 5:00pm, and finishes on Jan. 29th at 9pm. Geroge Brown College is located on 333 King Street East, 5th Floor, M5A 3X5. Anyone who’s interested in signing up should do so at http://globalgamejam.org.
All other information can be found here, or you can e-mail them directly at “email@example.com”.
Edit: GBC is just housing/sponsering the event; Troy & Randy are the ones hosting.
With the beginning of the new year and our 1 year anniversary soon approaching, we’ve decided to create an individual space for the Toronto Indie Guys Podcast. Any future episodes will be posted here, along with updated news on games, events and developers. We’ve also redirected our TOIG RSS feed to this website as well; all past episodes have been uploaded again, but just with a quick description of what it entails. Changes will be reflected onto iTunes page soon.
Thanks to all those who supported the TOIG over 2011; we’ll be posting again shortly.
Episode: 21 – Pt.1