This weekend, I’ll be taking part in the Toronto Game Jam, or “TO Jam” for short ( not toe jam). It’s a game making jam held every year in Toronto ( like I just stated above) that brings together a lot of game developers from around the city to make games in a 72 hour time limit. It’s the 7th consecutive year it’s been hosted, and the 2nd time that George Brown College is holding the event. The theme this year is “The World Is NOT Ending“! I’ve been lucky enough to help work as a core-team organizer with the founders, Rob, Jim and Em.

Jim (Middle) isn’t always that serious.

I’m really excited to be taking part in my third TOJam experience, and if you’re attending the event, I hope to play your game! 😀

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I’ve never tried Dead Island, a next-gen zombie survival game released in 2011 by Deep Silver and Techland. However their most popular trailer was pretty interesting. Thanks to Reddit, I randomly found a clip from Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring that takes that same trailer concept, and applies it to one of the best scenes from the trilogy (arguably). Here are both trailers:

 

Amazing Soccer Goal

May 3, 2012

Kazuto Nakazawa is a Japanese character designer and director of numerous anime series and video games who also goes by the pseudonym Takeshi Tsuji (according to Wikipedia). It came to my attention today that he’s been an animator for a lot of shorts I appreciate. This list includes:

Story and music aside, I really like this style of animation. Particularly in ‘Kill Bill vol.1’ and ‘A Kid’s Story’. Even though I’ve focused primary on 3d animation, I’d really like to learn 2d and develop a similar style.