Super Gamer 81 – Comic Con’s a-Comin’

Central Canada Comic Con is just around there corner in Winnipeg, Manitoba. On today’s episode, we’ve got Kailyn Gregorash, COO of River City Conventions, to tell us what kinda way cool stuff they’ve got going on at the RBC Convention Centre this weekend.

Plus, I reveal the opening scene to the Zelda movie (that I made up).

Download link – Super Gamer 81 – Kailyn Gregorash

Super Gamer 80 – New to the Dev, Not to the Game

This week’s guest is our dear (returning) friend Albertine Watson. She’s moved on from the PR side of the gaming industry and is now a developer. She’ll also be speaking at the upcoming Pegjam in Winnipeg. This is a particularly good episode for any new or aspiring devs.

Download link – Super Gamer 80 – Albertine Watson

Follow Albertine on Twitter

Super Gamer episode 73 – Pablo Hidalgo at FanQuest

Okay, so we’re all nerds here, right?

You know how, us nerds, when we really love something we kind of feel like we know everything about it and no one else could possibly know more? We’re wrong. We should knock that off.

BUT! BUT!!! Pablo Hidalgo isn’t wrong. Pablo Hidalgo knows more about Star Wars than any of us. It’s his job — officially — as a Lucasfilm creative executive.

Mr. Hidalgo was a guest at the second-ever FanQuest, which just happened in Winnipeg a couple weeks back. I made him answer some very important questions, under threat of bowcaster. Questions like: how do you kill a Jedi?

Download link – Super Gamer episode 73 – Pablo Hidalgo/FanQuest

Pablo Hidalgo

Pablo Hidalgo receives a Distinguished Graduate Award from Red River College.

Super Gamer Podcast – Episode 72 – eSports Education

Hey Super Gamers, tune in to episode 72 to hear from the prez (Melanie Penner) and VP (Lorhiz Aquino) of University of Manitoba eSports. Hear about the group’s growth into a more competitive program, where they want to go from here, and how you can join.

Download link – Super Gamer episode 72 – U of M eSports

Super Gamer episode 70 – Game-itoba

Okay, Winnipeg tabletop enthusiasts, there’s good news and there’s bad news.

First, the bad: JimCon, a way cool tabletop gaming convention in Winnipeg that I visited last November, is no more.

The good news, though, is there’s a new tabletop gaming convention in town: Game-itoba! It’s conveniently at the same location on the same weekend.

Learn more from Game-itoba co-chair Mike Hofer on today’s Super Gamer!

Download link – Super Gamer episode 70 – Game-itoba

Super Gamer episode 68 – Ubisoft Winnipeg

Get the deets on Ubisoft’s announcement that they’re opening a studio in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This episode features Ubisoft Canadian Studios CEO Yannis Mallat, managing director of Ubisoft Winnipeg Darryl Long, and New Media Manitoba’s Louie Ghiz.

Download link – Super Gamer episode 68 – Ubisoft Winnipeg

Super Gamer Episode 66 – Wizard Mode

Pinball is way deeper than it looks. Did you know each machine comes with instructions? I learned this with a visit to Forth in Winnipeg to speak to David Morris and Kevin Peden of the Manitoba Pinball League. Listen in!

Download link – Super Gamer episode 66 – Wizard Mode

Check out the Manitoba Pinball website.

Super Gamer Episode 63 1/3 – JimCon

Winnipeg’s annual tabletop gaming convention, JimCon, was this past weekend. I did a bunch of investigative journalism — found out what’s REALLY going on (turns out they’re playing board games and having a great time). Take a listen!

(Guests: Michael Hofer, Jim Buchanan, Cliff Stornel)

Download link – Super Gamer Episode 63 1/3 – JimCon

Also check out Cliffside Games!

Super Gamer Episode 60 – That’s it! Back to Dauphin!

What’s this? A wild podcast approaches!

This time I sit down with Joe Houston of Go Beyond Games in Dauphin, Manitoba. I lived in Dauphin for four years before heading back to my hometown of Winnipeg. I still make regular trips out there. This interview was done on one of those trips.

My Fortnite ramblings at the end of the show are already out of date. I’ve now made it to third place in solo!

Download link – Super Gamer Ep. 60 – Go Beyond Games

Video Game Pitches

It’s about a three hour drive from Dauphin to Winnipeg. I make the drive often enough, and on my latest trip I tried coming up with game ideas. Here’s what I got:

Bowser’s Funhouse – No mushrooms in this Modern Day Mario. The titular character changes between tall, short, skinny, and fat based on his appearance in funhouse mirrors. Each form has unique abilities.

Eat Up and Away – A little girl wants to meet an alien. She eats clouds to float higher and higher.

Blarney – Bullshit your way to the top. Dialogue puzzles, multiple endings. Bonus stage: vertical platformer in which you scale Blarney Castle to kiss the stone.

Universim – Set the parameters, then watch a universe grow.

Conservation Officer – Protect Manitoba’s lakes from zebra mussels by inspecting and cleaning watercraft. Bonus stage: monitor the emerald ash borers’ movement and stop people from transporting firewood. It’s edu-tainment!

Body Builder – From the inside out, design creatures to inhabit and withstand various environments.