15th Annual Global Competition - International Mobile Gaming Awards

The International Mobile Gaming Awards will be having their 15th Annual Global Competition, and they are looking for entries. The awards will be given in San Francisco during GDC. If you are working on an unreleased mobile games with a playable demo, VR or AR, or games published after Jan. 1st 2018 then you should consider applying!

“The IMGA is now the mobile entertainment industry's leading showcase for groundbreaking
innovations, displaying exceptional quality and new trends in mobile entertainment, whether
the games are made for the iPhone, for Android Phones or other platforms.”

Graceful Explosion Machine Demo Out Now On Switch

Still on the fence about Vertex Pop’s shoot em up? Well now there is a demo available on Switch you can try out. The game is also on sale for 30% making the decision even easier if you should pick it up (you should). You can head to the e-shop right now to download the demo and pick up the game.

And as a friendly reminder, Vertex Pop is still working away at Super Crush KO, which we should see on Switch and PC next year.

High School E-Sports League Launches Across Canada

Got this press release about the first high school e-sports league coming into Canada. Check out below, or their website for all the details.

High School E-Sports League Launches Across Canada

- First of its kind promises positive and inclusive competitive opportunity -

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALGARY (December 13, 2018) – Canadian high school esports athletes finally have a league to show off their skills. Starting today, High School Esports League (HSEL), the largest high school esports league in the United States, is expanding North of the border.

“Canada has a wonderful esports community, including some of the top professional players and collegiate teams in the world,” said Steve Jaworski, Head of Strategic Partnerships at HSEL. “We are proud and excited to create a grass roots competitive environment for Canada’s high school esports athletes to become better gamers and people.”

Founded in Kansas City in 2013, HSEL now has teams from more than 1,000 partnered high schools compete against each other for glory, bragging rights, and scholarships. Since 2016, more than $9 million has been doled out to students attending one of more than 100 post-secondary institutions in the USA, including Wichita State University and Miami University. In Canada, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia already offer esports scholarships and more schools are following suit.

“We put a tremendous amount of emphasis on education for these athletes.” Said Jaworski. “Like any other team sport, these students must maintain high averages in their studies and attend class to be able to compete. We have many testimonials from teachers remarking how much this has improved absenteeism and attitude. We want take place that success into every high school across Canada.”

Students and teachers are encouraged to sign up their team on the HSEL website (www.highschoolesportsleaguecanada.com) for the upcoming spring season.

About High School Esports League High School Esports League was founded in 2013 to bridge the gap between competitive gaming and education. Now with more than 1,000 partnered high schools, HSEL aims to help students reach their fullest potential through fun, competitive gaming communities, competitions, and educational opportunities.

Long Distance Relationship Puzzle Game A Fold Apart Coming To Consoles and PC In 2019

Lightning Rod Games took to the Kinda Funny Showcase last weekend to show off a new trailer for their paper puzzle game based on long-distance relationships A Fold Apart.

You can check out the trailer below which confirms a 2019 release date and that it will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

Podcast Episode 103 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey Spoilercast

Thought I would post the last two podcasts we’ve done. First the spoiler-cast for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and next episode 103 of our normal podcast.

Remember to subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play, or SoundCloud. And Patron's at the $4+ level got this episode 2 days early.

Guest Post - What makes a memorable character? From Mohammed Maxwel Hasan

Mohammed Hasan has written a few guest posts for us, and decided to explore what makes a memorable character below. You can check out his past posts here and here, and follow him on Twitter here.

What makes a memorable character?

Mohammed Maxwel Hasan

With hundreds of AAA and independent games releasing every year, how can a franchise stand out? One way is creating memorable characters and in this post, allow me to share 3 quick observations that form the ingredients to creating that iconic character.

Art Design

Making a character simple makes it easier to remember. Look at Mario: his circular features, simple colour scheme and M logo on his hat helps you draw from your memory bank. Different shapes denote different messages. Round = youthful. Square = stability. Triangle = danger. Besides, the simpler the character design, the easier to put it on merchandise. The constant advertising feeds into the memorability and the cycle continues.

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Dialogue

“The genius of the hole: No matter how long you spend climbing out, you can still fall back down in an instant.” – Max Payne

Ever heard a line in a game that you couldn’t stop thinking about? That’s the power of genius writing. When a character has catchphrases or certain phrases that stick with you, that will dramatically increase their memorability. Max Payne is littered with dramatic quotes that’ll cause you to reflect about life.

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Relatability

Even though Nathan Drake embarks upon larger-than-life adventures, his personality as an everyman connects him to the players. For instance, Drake reveals how he hates clowns. If you aren't too fond of them either, it instantly draws you close to Drake and helps bridge the gap. Building on those moments that allow the player to see themselves in the character will increase that memorability.

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What else makes a memorable character? Leave your comments below, or on Twitter and join the conversation!

Far Cry New Dawn Is The Next Far Cry Game

There were a few Canadian-related announcements at the Game Awards last week, one of which was the continuation of the Far Cry series. Far Cry New Dawn takes place seventeen years after a devastating nuclear doomsday and Hope County has changed in dramatic and unexpected ways.

The game is out February 15th, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

UBISOFT REVEALS FAR CRY® NEW DAWN AT THE GAME AWARDS
Next Chapter of Far Cry Introduces a Spectacular Post-Apocalyptic World

LOS ANGELES — December 6, 2018 — Today at The Game Awards, Ubisoft unveiled Far Cry® New Dawn, the newest installment of the award-winning Far Cry franchise. Set in a breathtaking post-apocalyptic world, Far Cry New Dawn will release on February 15, 2019 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Windows PC. Players can pre-order Far Cry New Dawn now for $39.99.

Set seventeen years after a global nuclear catastrophe, Far Cry New Dawn brings players into a wildly beautiful and radically transformed Hope County, Montana. Life has begun to emerge from the chaos, but the survivors now face a new threat – the merciless Highwaymen and their leaders The Twins, Mickey and Lou. Raised in a lawless frontier, the twin sisters and their band of scavengers live only for today and have descended upon Hope County to take all available resources. To push back this devastating threat, players must help the Survivors grow stronger, craft a makeshift arsenal and form unexpected alliances to fight for survival in a dangerous new frontier.

At the Homebase, players will prepare to face off against the threat of the Highwaymen. The Homebase, called Prosperity, is the stronghold of the Survivors. Here, players can craft makeshift weapons and vehicles and train their Guns for Hire – including new and familiar faces. As players progress, they can upgrade the Homebase for more powerful weapons and gear. The Homebase is also a launchpad to Expeditions, where for the first time in Far Cry, the adventure is more than local. Set in memorable locations across the US, from wetlands to canyons and more, Expeditions drop players into unique locations where they must grab a package of valuable materials and get out, quickly.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal with support from Ubisoft Shanghai, Ubisoft Kiev and Ubisoft Bucharest, Far Cry New Dawn is a first-person shooter set in a completely open world. The standalone sequel to Far Cry® 5, Far Cry New Dawn thrusts players into a brilliant post-apocalyptic setting where they will encounter a dual threat – The Twins, Mickey and Lou. Players can recruit an eclectic cast of Guns and Fangs for Hire, or a Friend for Hire for co-op play, to experience unpredictable, unforgettable Far Cry Moments where anything can happen.

For more information about Far Cry New Dawn, please visit farcry.com and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/farcry.usa and on Twitter at twitter.com/farcrygame or hashtag #FarCryNewDawn.

For the latest on Far Cry New Dawn and other Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

ABOUT UBISOFT

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2017–18 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.

© 2018 Ubisoft Entertainment. All Rights Reserved. Far Cry, Ubisoft, and the Ubisoft logo are registered or unregistered trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the US and/or other countries. Based on Crytek’s original Far Cry directed by Cevat Yerli.

Last Year: The Nightmare Releases First On Discord December 18th - Consoles Next Year

Last Year: The Nightmare is an asymmetric multiplayer survival game that we wrote about earlier this year, and now we have a release date. Starting December 18th on Discord, gamers will be able to download the game. If you’re a console player, they also announced a console port coming sometime in 2019.

Last Year: The Nightmare has five players working together in attempt to escape and fight back the deadly killers controlled by a sixth character. Developer Elastic Games also promises regular content updates over time. You can check out the trailer and press release below.

LAST YEAR: THE NIGHTMARE SCREAMS ONTO DISCORD STORE DECEMBER 18

ELASTIC GAMES ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE AND VOICE CAST FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MULTIPLAYER ACTION-SURVIVAL GAME

MONTREAL, December 4, 2018 - Elastic games announced today that its asymmetric multiplayer action-survival game, Last Year: The Nightmare will be available through the Discord store on Tuesday December 18, 2018. A distinguished voice cast was also revealed, unveiling the talent that breathes life to Last Year: The Nightmare. The game launches as part of the First on Discord program and will retail for 29.99 USD. Additionally, Elastic games has disclosed that they are planning to release Last Year: The Nightmare for consoles, in 2019.

Last Year: The Nightmare is a 6-player online action game in which five players work together and attempt to escape while fighting back deadly killers controlled by the sixth. The survivors must complete various objectives in the environment to win, while the murderers lose if they are not successful in annihilating the enemy team. Last Year: The Nightmare has been developed as a service game that evolves over time, with regular content updates to keep the experience fresh. This gives the game unlimited replay value, as players will always have a reason to relive the nightmare.

Last Year: The Nightmare also brings together an all-star cast that crosses the full spectrum of AAA gaming. Gamers of all walks of life are sure to recognize the talented individuals behind the digital characters we have all come to love. The caliber of the voice work on display is sure to impress, drawing from a variety of genres and categories of games. Among the talent featured in the game are Melissa Hutchison (TellTale's The Walking Dead), Zeno Robinson (Metal Gear Survive), Michael Johnston (Teen Wolf), Erica Lindbeck (Spider-Man), Noshir Dalal (Red Dead Redemption 2), Elias Toufexis (Assassin's Creed Odyssey), Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV) and Jon Olson (World of Warcraft).

Supporting Assets and Links
To download supporting assets including new screenshots please visit: 
Last year: The Nightmare Press Kit

For more information on LAST YEAR: THE NIGHTMARE, visit 
lastyearthegame.com and join the official Discord server at discord.gg/lastyearofficial. You can also follow the social feeds on Twitter and Facebook.

About Last Year: The Nightmare
Halloween night. 1996. A group of teenagers awake to find themselves trapped in a dark, twisted reflection of their sleepy hometown of Forest Hills. As they make their way across the East Side High School campus, they realize they are being hunted by a supernatural force taking the forms of fearsome killers. Relentlessly pursued, the teens must band together to fight back, survive, and escape the terrifying anomaly they have come to know as The Nightmare.

About Elastic Games
Located in the Mile End district in Montreal, Elastic Games is a privately-owned game development company currently working on its debut title "Last Year: The Nightmare". With over 50 years of combined experience working on high profile products, Elastic Games is dedicated to deliver amazing and memorable player experiences by pairing indie creativity with triple-A production values.

Below (Finally) Has A Release Date - And It's Soon

They story of Below from Capybara Games is a long one. First announced at E3 2013, the game has seen its fair share of delays. Well we now have a release date, and it’s soon. On December 14th, gamers will be able to download Capybara’s adventure game on Xbox One and Steam. You can wishlist the game on Steam here, and we’ll most likely be streaming the game on .