24th July 2009

WCG Canada Updates

WCG CanadaHalifaxWCG Canada is looking for the best Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne player to represent our country at the next WCG Pan-American Championship in Mexico. This major gaming event will be held on September 11-13, in Guadalajara.  All expenses will be paid for by WCG (air travel, accommodation and meals on site).  This tournament will determine who will win a trip to Mexico!!

A qualifying tournament will be held on Saturday, July 25th, at 7pm Eastern Time. Matches will be played 1v1 on Battle.net. Registration fees are $20 per player.  Please make sure you provide your name and complete contact information otherwise your registration will be rejected. Note, you must also have a valid Canadian passport with an expiry date later than March 2010.

Click here for registration info.

Also confirmed is the date and venue for the WCG 2009 Canada Western Qualifier, which will be the onlyversus gaming live event for gamers who wish to be part of Team Canada at the next WCG Grand Final in China. The top team/player from each qualifier will be invited to be part of the National Finals in Toronto, presented by Samsung Electronics Canada, from August 28-30.
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20th July 2009

Global Game Jam 2010 Announced

Global Game JamSan Francisco – The Global Game Jam™ (GGJ) today announced the 2010 Global Game Jam and is looking for additional venues to grow this year. With 1650 participants last year across 14 different time zones and 54 venues including SFU Harbour Centre in Vancouver, the GGJ produced 370 games in just 48 hours. For 2010, the goal is to triple the size of the event to 150 locations and more than 3,000 participants. The 2010 GGJ will take place January 29-31, 2010.

“We’re looking to make the 2010 Global Game Jam even more global, with more games, more people, more interaction, more fun, innovation and creativity,” said Susan Gold, founder of the Global Game Jam. “Now is when we’re starting the search for new venues, leaders and sponsors to grow the event and draw attention to the amazing diversity and talent in game development around the world.”

Game Jams foster innovation and experimentation. If you have ever wanted to make a game, be a part of a team, or go outside of your usual working method, then a game jam is for you. It’s all about making games and in the GGJ you’re part of a global experiment in creativity. A game jam is not for the faint of heart though. It’s two days of hard work, experimentation, little sleep, collaboration, cramped quarters, new friends, great idea, laughs, technical issues and the time of your life.
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15th July 2009

Coffee Break News From Across The Country

EA SportsEA Sports has announced that the release date for FIFA 10 will be available in stores internationally from October 2nd for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, Wii™ home video game system, PC, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo DS™, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system and mobile.

*Volunteer Canada has harnessed the power of social media to aid in matching corporate Canada with volunteer opportunities across the country. Through the Centre for Excellence in Corporate Community Involvement, businesses and non-profits from across the country are joining the nationwide membership of Volunteer Canada in an effort to better communicate and work together in partnership as they Volunteer Canadaexchange ideas, best practices, tools and resources.

“This online tool will build upon a solid foundation of corporations that have already engaged their employees to give back to their communities,” said Ruth MacKenzie, president of Volunteer Canada. “Through partnership and communication, we will ensure that this engagement meets the needs of non-profit organizations across the country.”

*Microsoft Canada is giving students (proof of enrollment required) a chance to win $5000.00 in tuition aide along with other great prizes. Beginning today and continuing until 11:59 EDT Wednesday September 30, 2009, students and their family members can buy any Microsoft hardware product and enter online to win.Microsoft Canada

“Microsoft Canada wants to help provide students with all the tools they need to succeed, from money that could be used for their tuition to hardware.” said Charles Chang, product manager, Microsoft Canada Hardware. “It’s a challenging time to be a student. With a shrinking, competitive job market and tough economy, there is added pressure to get a good education and increasingly limited options for funding. ”
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15th July 2009

Guinness Announces Contest For New World Records

Guinness World RecordsLondonGuinness World Records and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution today announced an opportunity for iPhone and iPod touch owners to become a certified Guinness World Records holder. The top player of the new Guinness World Records game app “Video Game Score” challenge, who secures the most points by August 15, 2009 will be officially crowned the iPhone gaming champion and shortlisted for Guinness Gameinclusion in the Guinness World Records 2010 Gamer’s Edition.

In order to participate, consumers will need to download the Guinness World Records Game from the App Store and create a GameSpy account so their score can be verified and recorded remotely. Once the app is installed players can roam the globe to find and enter anyone of 36 the solo or multi-play mini-games using a customisable avatar. To take part in the Guinness World Record contest players will need to navigate to the “Video Game Score” competition found in the Cape Canaveral area. With the press of a button, players can sync their score for each game to their GameSpy account.

Offering endless gameplay that showcases the powerful capabilities of the iPhone and iPod touch, Guinness World Records features 36 entertaining game challenges based on real life world records. These digital competitions are as wacky and bizarre as they are challenging and fun. From crushing watermelons with the player’s head and plucking feathers from a turkey, to throwing a washing machine the farthest, all using the touch screen and motion sensing technologies of the iPhone and iPod touch, the fun never stops.
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14th July 2009

GDC China IGF Officially Announced

Hopefully this is a sign that GDC Canada will also be getting an IGF added to its roster in the future

GDC China San FranciscoThink Services has announced the 1st annual Independent Games Festival China (IGF China), to be held in conjunction with the 2009 Game Developers Conference China. GDC China returns to the Shanghai International Convention Center, October 11-13 of this year.

After 11 years of the main Independent Games Festival competition being held at GDC in San Francisco, the Independent Games Festival will present itself to Shanghai, China for the first time in 2009, in a competition specifically designed to encourage innovation and showcase standout games from smaller companies in the Asia-Pacific region.

The first-ever Independent Games Festival China encompasses three main components. Firstly, an Independent Games Summit event held on the opening day of GDC China will feature multiple sessions with smaller, entrepreneurial Chinese and Asian firms showcasing their work. Secondly, the IGF Pavilion will showcase all finalists’ games on Sunday and Monday (October 11th and 12th) of GDC China, with the Independent Games Festival Awards ceremony being held on
Monday evening.
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6th July 2009

LG Electronics Canada Launches The First Ever LG Life’s Good FilmFest

LGTorontoLG Electronics Canada, a leader and technology innovator in Home Electronics, has announced the inaugural LG Life’s Good FilmFest (LGfilmfest.com), a global film competition open to budding movie makers of all skill sets and abilities. Unlike most film festivals, the Life’s Good FilmFest is free to enter for film-makers, and free and open for all to enjoy this fall.

“There really is no other film festival like the LG Life’s Good FilmFest,” says Tim Barnes, Marketing Team Leader, LG Electronics Canada. “We wanted to create a Film Festival that celebrates Life’s Good, inspiring film-makers to tell their uplifting stories, and allowing film enthusiasts to enjoy those stories. Bring the two together through free and open access inspires us all to celebrate Life’s Good. That’s what we’ve done with the Life’s Good FilmFest.”

Starting today, film-makers can enter their submissions into one of four categories: Animation, Fashion & Music, Sports and Narrative. Each entry must be no longer than five minutes in length and express an uplifting, life affirming message that best demonstrates the notion that “Life’s Good”. There will be four prizes awarded. Three of the four category winners will receive $10,000 in prize money. The fourth category winner, who is chosen as the overall winner, will receive the grand prize of $100,000 in prize money. The entry deadline is 5pm ET, October 16, 2009. Each submission will be judged and winners are to be announced in early January 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

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1st July 2009

Japan Prize Sends Out Call For Entries

Japan Prize 2009Tokyo – via notice from DFAIT – Japan Prize is now accepting entries for the 2009 contest and also participant registrations for CrossMedia Forum.

The Japan Prize was established in 1965 by NHK as International Educational Program Contest with the aims of improving the quality of educational programs around the world and contributing to the development and fostering of international understanding and cooperation.

Keeping these original aims, in 2008, Japan Prize reformed its content and now targets not only TV programs but also other linear contents, websites, educational games, and other interactive
products with audiovisual contents. This was to cope with circumstances facing educational media including the diffusion of information-communication technologies, the initiation of digital broadcasting and the spread of the Internet in the field of education worldwide.

We would like to further promote the Japan Prize in the game industry to receive more entries with high educational effects. Please feel free to explore our website to discover whether your productions may qualify for these prestigious awards. For more detailed information about entries, please see the rules for the Audiovisual Division on the Japan Prize site.
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29th June 2009

Fastest Texter In Canada Hails From Scarborough

LGMississauga – There’s a new texting champion in Canada and her name is Kathy Spence. Today LG Electronics Canada crowned the winner of its 2nd Annual LG Canadian Texting Championship at the competition’s finals, held earlier this afternoon at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square. Kathy, who is from Scarborough, received $25,000 in cash and prizes from LG’s Pat Button.

Kathy Spence

Kathy Spence

Today’s event marked the culmination of over three and a half months of preliminary trials across the country, as well as online competitions and Facebook challenges, which saw the participation of more than 20,000 Canadians. A final group of 12 texters participated in today’s finals, with
Kathy coming out on top.

The event, hosted by Nicole Arbour, and featuring a performance by chart-topping band, The New Cities, attracted over 1,500 spectators over the noon hour. Contestants competed on a variety of LG’s QWERTY phones including the LG Dare, LG Keybo, LG Reveal, LG Rumour and LG Voyager as well as new phones, the LG Rumour 2, LG Neon and LG Xenon.
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11th June 2009

Kingston Technology Holds HyperX Contest in Canada

Kingston TechnologyKingston Technology Company Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is holding a contest for Canadian residents* to win a HyperX® gaming system or other prizes. Register online for a chance to win.

HyperX

HyperX

“Kingston is proud to hold this contest as a thank you to all of our supporters and fans of the HyperX line of enthusiast memory in Canada,” said Jennifer Shih, marketing coordinator, Kingston® Canada. “The HyperX name has become a trusted brand worldwide and continues to gain popularity with the recently released T1 heatspreaders, 12GB triple-channel kits and the new HyperX Fan which looks cool while keeping the memory cool.”

Eight prizes will be awarded:

  • One gaming system powered by Kingston HyperX memory worth $3,000 (U.S.)
  • One Kingston SSDNow M Series 80GB solid-state drive
  • One HyperX DDR3 2GHz 6GB triple-channel memory kit
  • Five DataTraveler® HyperX 16GB USB Flash drives (one per winner)

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15th May 2009

Digital Alberta Requesting Design Submissions For Media Fresh’10

digital albertaCalgaryDigital Alberta is asking for interested parties to create a design concept to be used in a Poster Advertisement for the February 2010 Media Fresh Awards. Design must be suitable for other media such as invitations, promotional mailers, direct mail, static displays, newspaper/magazine advertising, website and print catalogue of which will include mediaFRESH’10’s finalists work and contact information.

Target Audience
Professionals, artists who work with digital media and students (both post-secondary and grades 9-12 with an interest in New Media).

Communication Objectives
• Create a venue that highlights achievements and excellence in design by digital media professionals and students
• Increase awareness of mediaFRESH Digital Alberta Awards being hosted in Calgary at Mount Royal College on February 26, 2010
• Encourage participation in this event and in Alberta’s Digital media industry in general
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