Archive for September, 2012

Gamercamp + Guacamelee = Los Mejores Amigos

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

G is for Gamercamp… and Guacamelee!

We’re happy to share that Juan, our dashing luchador from Guacamelee!, is going to grace the cover of Gamercamp’s new magazine.  You might think a modest Mexicano agave farmer would shy away from the spotlight.  As it turns out, once Juan puts on his luchador mask, he’s capable of doing things he never thought he would do before, like beating up re-animated skeletons, entering different dimensions at will, posing for magazine covers, and turning into a rooster (to get to those hard-to-reach places).  All in the name of saving El Presidente’s daughter, of course.

For those not in the know, Gamercamp is a celebration of Toronto’s exciting game development scene.  It’s two days that are crammed with talks, workshops, and opportunities to play some of Toronto’s best indie games.  Our very own Chris Harvey will be one of the speakers this year.  He’s one of the founders of Drinkbox Studios and our resident technical guru/benevolent overlord.

Artist’s rendering of ‘The Harv’

Chris will touch on the creative process here at Drinkbox Studios as it relates to our past, present, and future endeavours.  But Chris is only one of the talented industry vets that will be in attendance speaking on topics such as programming, design, production, and so much more!  You can’t take a few steps without seeing someone who is doing/has done/will do something amazing.  That includes yourself if you happen to pass by a mirror.  I encourage you all to attend this year!

Also be sure to check out some of the events leading up to Gamercamp.  There’s a games night at Bento Miso on October 1st, a game writing workshop October 27th, and a Gamercamp social where Peter Chapman (@PeterChapmanEsq) will be among the performers.  Peter is a fantastic musician who has contributed a lot of music toward our games, About a Blob, Mutant Blobs Attack, and will be heard in Guacamelee.  Es un mundo pequeño después de todo!  Get yer butt to these events!

To wrap things up, muchos gracias to Gamercamp for picking Juan to be on the cover of their magazine.  And be sure to pick up a pass to this year’s Gamercamp whether you’re a developer, student, or just love games!

 

PAX Wrap-up and Luchador Winners!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Hey all, Graham here.

Even though 2 weeks have gone by, I’m still recovering somewhat from the PAX weekend madness.

For those who haven’t heard, our PAX Prime adventure began when our plane was delayed out of Toronto, not leaving enough time for us to make our connection in Calgary. The ONLY option that would get us to Seattle in time for the start of the show was to rent a car and drive from Calgary to Seattle – 12 hours, overnight.

We got to the show floor about 6:30 am and finished setting up our booth 10 minutes before the doors opened. Then we worked the booth the whole day, with people stealing off to grab an hour of sleep here or there.

Booth setup with 10 minutes to spare

Regardless, we’re really happy about how the show went, and got a lot of positive response from fans and the media. For those interested, here are links to some coverage (in the order they were posted): IGN, Press2Reset, Destructoid, Game Front, New Game Plus, Polygon, ScrewAttack, Twinfinite, JTM Games, Co-Optimus, Level Save, Aria Blarg.

Also, a HUGE thanks to the public who came out to try the game. Some of you were brave enough to embarrass yourselves with our blow-up luchador, and we’re ready to announce the winners of the contest! Our three favourite luchadores are:

El Baño

El Baño (The Toilet) – Seen here in full tea-bag position. Note: he was playing his PS Vita in the photo, but it got cut off.

Las Teclas del Mago

Las Teclas del Mago (The Magician’s Keys, as in keyboard keys) – Actually happens to be a friend of Geems, a winner for the Mutant Blobs Attack contest at last PAX.

Señor Amor

Señor Amor (Mister Love) – Also happens to be Ryan Creighton, friend of DrinkBox, but this did not bias the decision, we swear!

We are going to put these luchadors in to Guacamelee somewhere. Keep an eye out!

Thank again to everyone who participated, and looking forward to seeing some of you at Indiecade!