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