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Special Event: Made In Canada - Games As National Art with Raphael van Lierop

Raphael van Lierop from Hinterland Games will be visiting Victoria to give us a presentation that was well received in Toronto and Montreal: Made In Canada - Games As National Art.

Description: Video games are a huge part of Canadian culture. But as the third-most prolific creator and producer of video games in the world, how is our work portraying a uniquely Canadian identity? Or are we simply a manufacturing talent pool, ever advancing the homogeneous voice of the industrial video game industry? This talk will explore the notion that video games can be seen as national art for Canada, in the spirit of our country's contributions in literature, poetry, music, fine arts, etc. Speaker Raphael van Lierop, will draw on his over 13 years in the mainstream video games industry, working in Canada making games for an international audience, as well as his experience founding Vancouver Island-based independent developer, Hinterland, and their game The Long Dark, which the Globe and Mail says "could possibly be the most Canadian video game ever put into production." 

This special presentation will be held in the lounge at VIATeC's Accelerate Tectoria space at Hillside and Douglas. Tea and coffee will be available as well as various other refreshments from the handy vending machines. Come join us for an interesting presentation that will have us all exploring what it means to be Canadian game developers.

7:00pm: Doors open
8:00pm: Featured presentation
9:00pm: Networking and socializing
10:00pm: Venue closes

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  • Ryphna

    I really liked his talk and I think that in some ways it applies to every form of art as one simple rule "do not water down who you truly are to please others, there is more value in the exotic of your true self then in the bland goo of the accepted norm" (my take on it)
    While I believe that with such a huge country and a wide range of life style/experience there is no "one" way to be Canadian, I really liked hearing Raphael take on the subject. I think the most important is to be proud to be who we are and express it in all the color of our arts.

    June 27, 2014

  • Piper G.

    Thought provoking talk. I'm interested to see how his Canadian game goes over, if there will be more in this vein & how well they will do in turn, etc.

    June 27, 2014

  • Chris T.

    I should mention for those who have never been that the entrance to the venue is around the back of the building through the parking lot. There's a flight of stairs to the second floor. The elevator will be locked. Contact me if you need to access it.

    June 25, 2014

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