Posted by Edohotep
Practically five years in the making, Gottacon is making the leap to become a fully realized convention for gamers and the public alike. This event will now take place at the Victoria Conference Center, running from February 28th to March 2 and pre-registration is open.
This event is for the gamer in us all. People can sign up to play in cards tournaments like Magic the Gathering, miniature battles with Game Workshop’s Warhammer or video games à la Starcraft. The fees pay for the rental of the hall space and prizes. But there are free games to try out too. Whether that is with board games like CLUE, role-playing in the fantastic realms of Dungeons and Dragons, this show has it all. This news is particularly exciting for the local gaming community and this author has seen this event grow from its humble beginnings (behind the scenes and in front of) by simply catering to the dedicated gamer crowd than to make it a side-show attraction.
And visitors to the Capital Region have an event to check out in the Winter season. Not only is The Clipper and the Black Ball Ferry conveniently located nearby to transport State-side visitors to this convention’s new location but also, the budget-conscious can bus in from Vancouver or upper Vancouver Island to this garden city via Pacific Coach Lines. The Conference center is right next door! And the choices of hotels nearby are diverse.
The best advice to anyone thinking of traveling to head to this convention is to go green. Most of the major public transit routes stop in front of the building, and taxi service will always be nearby.
Without a doubt, the board of directors governing the City of Victoria and the developers from the local video game sector have watched this little convention grow. Because of their involvement, the number of video game demonstrations will be expanded upon. In a statement by Mayor Dean Fortin on Gottacon’s website, “The video gaming industry is one of the fastest growing segments of the technology sector and is a key element of our local economy. I am very excited that this notable event will take place downtown close to the 19 studios where so much of this creativity is born.”
As for whether or not that means the big studios like Sony or Nintendo will follow suit because of Microsoft Studios‘ involvement, that remains to be seen. Further announcements will be made on Gottacon’s website as new details get released. The team has a lot of work to do in the months leading up to this event. The staff of Gottacon gave thanks to the Victoria Video Game CEO Alliance (DJArts Games, Kixeye, , InLight Entertainment, Kano/Apps, GameHouse, Zynga, Tiny Mob Games and Race Rocks 3D) for making this giant step up possible.
Without the fans support to help Gottacon grow and now these developer’s support, this broad spectrum convention would not have evolved to what it is now, a tour de force of the local geek culture scene. Kudos has to go to the two chiefs who runs this event, Evan Hatch and Carson Upton, for keeping many gamer’s ideal dream mecca alive!
Posted by Jordan
The magic of discovery is an extremely hard thing to capture, and an even harder thing to write about. If the whole charisma of a game is wrapped up in the discovery of the game itself, how do you write a review about said game without spoiling it? Such is my dilemma with the excellent Evoland, by indie studio Shiro Games.
Find out if I figure out how to do so after the break. Read the rest of this entry →
Larian Studios, the developers of the Divinity titles for PC and Xbox 360 recently launched the Kickstarter campaign for their upcoming Divinity: Original Sin. The Kickstarter campaign for this open-world, turn-based RPG just started two days ago, and it’s already amassed $145,000 of its $400,000 goal. A wonderful campaign start for such a storied franchise.
What’s great about Divinity: Original Sin is that a) it’s an open-world RPG, b) it’s got both singleplayer and coop multiplayer gameplay, and c) your actions, choices, and decisions actually have repercussions and consequences that affect not just you but the game world itself. More on Divinity: Original Sin and its Kickstarter campaign after the break. Read the rest of this entry →
Square-Enix announced earlier today that their newest mobile RPG titled Final Fantasy: All The Bravest has launched on iOS devices. Unlike many of Square-Enix’s premium-priced RPG’s on iOS though, Final Fantasy: All The Bravest is a unique action-RPG that’s priced at $3.99. (Quite a steal if you ask me since Square-Enix mobile titles are pretty meaty, considering)
So what separates Final Fantasy All The Bravest from other mobile RPG’s? Find out after the break. Read the rest of this entry →
Posted by joethomma
In this week’s installment of Role-Playing on the Road, I’m going to touch on a compelling, but unfortunately shallow mobile RPG experience:
Dungeon Village (played on Android)
This is the first RPG effort from Kairosoft, the minds behind Mega Mall Story and, most notably, Game Dev Story. (Dungeon Village was originally and unsurprisingly titled RPG Story.) Like most Kairosoft games, Dungeon Village follows a number of cute sprites as they perform their day-to-day activities, and it’s up to the player to give them the resources to make them happy and productive. Unlike other Kairosoft games, this one introduces traditional RPG elements such as battles, quests, and item creation.
RPG fans will love this one; Classic PC game site Good Old Games (or GOG.com) is offering the original Fallout for free this weekend. All you need to do is sign up for a GOG account and you’re free to download Fallout and a number of Fallout-related bonus materials for the next two days.
Hold up; if you think that’s all you’re getting for free when you sign up for GOG, you’re wrong. Find out the other free games offered at GOG after the break. Read the rest of this entry →
EA and Bioware’s Mass Effect 3 signals the glorious end for the successful RPG/Squad-Shooter hybrid franchise. The third game has a grim tone to it; the Reapers have invaded Earth and every human-colonized planet and it’s up to Shepard and his team to convince every alien race to band together to fight their common enemy. Players itching to finish Shepard and the Normandy crew’s tale absolutely cannot wait to take the fight to the reapers in single-player and in online co-op.
Here are our first thoughts on Mass Effect 3: Read the rest of this entry →