Weekly Vancouver Game Industry News, August 28

Slower week for local news, but I thought I’d quickly report a few snippets before turning in for the evening. Doing some late night jamming on work at a Kelowna Starbucks before hitting the road again tomorrow. As always, while I’m out of town you can still send me info via my website.

And now, here’s this week’s last minute, caramel machiato-fueled Vancouver game industry news:

 

New Slant Six Design Director
Last week we told you that David Seymour, Design Director for Slant Six, was moving on to join BigPark. This week we learned who would replaced David at Slant Six. Adam Bullied, ex of Relic and THQ’s Kaos studio, started at Slant Six as their new Design Director on August 17th.

 

Slick Releases New DevLog Video
Nick Waanders, former Relic programmer and founder of Slick Entertainment, has released a new development log video for his studio’s eagerly anticipated XBLA game, Scrap Metal. Slick will also be at PAX this year, so say hi and check out the game if you’re there. Nick tells me they’ve put a number of hooks into the PAX demo to gather tuning metrics at the show.

 

Chuck Osieja Joins BigPark
BigPark continues to nab some big fish as Chuck Osieja, former VP of Nexon Vancouver and before that, EA Canada, joined the company this month. His title will apparently be “Creative Director, Microsoft Canada,” reflecting BigPark’s recent acquisition by the MSFT.

 

Ghoulash Bash
Organized by Ryan Arndt, Ghoulash Bash is a game industry fundraiser event for Vancouver’s hungry set for October 30th of this year. The event just got it’s own Facebook page, so sign up there for more info. Tickets will be limited, get them as soon as they’re available.

 

Adrian Crook is a game consultant based in North Vancouver. With over 14 years experience, Adrian designs and produces social, casual and AAA games for a variety of clients. He has spoken on the subject of free-to-play games at GDC and SXSW and writes articles for trade publications.