Batman Arkham City

Batman Arkham City

Batman Arkham City is the sequel to the number 1 rated game of the year: Batman Arkham Asylum.

The story of Arkham City takes place 1 year after Arkham Asylum. Quincy Sharp has taken credit for stopping Joker and has made himself mayor of Gotham. Since the prison and the asylum are not in functioning condition he has bought out a part of Gotham city to house the thugs. Hugo Strange, a psychiatrist, is given the opportunity to oversee the city but seems to have his own agenda. Batman as usual is worried about the city’s situation getting out of hand.

The release of Batman Arkham City is dark, quite similar to the movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. The game carriesall of the darkness and action associated with the original Batman franchise.

Arkham City will featurethe same style of action adventure as its predecessor. The gamer will be able to play both Catwoman and Batman. Catwoman will have a more acrobatic style of gameplay while Batman’s fighting techniques will remain as in Batman Arkham Asylum.

I have been looking forward to this game for a very long time. Both Batman Arkham City and Batman Arkham Asylum provide die-hard fans with a fresh outlook on the Batman series.

About the author: Vikas Sharma is a video game fanatic, always looking for the next big thing in the gaming industry. A fan of gaming ever since SNES to the next gen consoles, Vikas is a member of the DIG 2011 team. Vikas enjoys different styles of game play and games and is excited by the amount of progress he sees happening in the gaming world.

Antic Entertainment – Platoonz: A Review

Antic Entertainment has recently released a new game called Platoonz. The London, Ontario based company is known to make quirky and fun games for both the casual and hard-core gamer.

Their recent release, Platoonz, follows the same pattern, yet differentiates  itself in game play and customization. The game takes the player on an adventure as a soldier building his force to combat evil. The mechanics of the game are very simple to follow; you must build your army and create new buildings to upgrade your force. The side scrolling game offers many different types of challenges from harder and stronger enemies as the game progresses, to always making you guess as to how many soldiers to make.

What’s great is that the game comes with a very in depth and easy to follow tutorial. The tutorial covers every aspect of the game’s mechanics and goes through a trial map to cover the game play.

Another fun fact: the dialogue in the game will make you chuckle and keep you very entertainedPlatoonz is a an enjoyable game that’s easy to play. Just kick back and enjoy! About the author: Vikas Sharma is a video game fanatic, always looking for the next big thing in the gaming industry. A fan of gaming ever since SNES to the next gen consoles, Vikas is a member of the DIG 2011 team. Vikas enjoys different styles of game play and games and is excited by the amount of progress he sees happening in the gaming world.

London Games Company Awarded “Most Innovative Online Game Award”

Antic Entertainment, a London-based company, announced that their title “Junk: Battles” was awarded the “most Innovative Online Game” award at the Canadian New Media Award Ceremony.

Junk: Battles is a free-to-play, fast paced real-time action-strategy game available on all major web browsers.  Check it out at www.junkbattles.com

Antic Entertainment is a fine example of the DIG work that is happening in London.  Founded in 2008 by Fredrik Liljegran (CEO), Mark Mikulec (CTO) and Jeff Evans (CCO), the team harnesses over 40 years of experience in the industry to design AAA quality and new innovation to free-to-play games.  Their goal is to design, develop  and publish interactive casual games for the hardcore player. You can learn more about Antic Entertainment and their other titles at www.anticentertainment.com

GAMES DAY Podcast- Broadcasting Live from DIG London TOMORROW!

As mentioned in a previous blog, GAMES DAY Podcast is a gaming podcast giving viewers gaming news, reviews and discussing anything and everything in the gaming world.

The will be doing a live taping tomorrow (Nov. 3rd) at 8:30 PM from the DIG London Conference’s Game Zone. Anyone and everyone is invited to attend the live show! It is an excellent opportunity to interact with this great gaming podcast.

So please join us tomorrow night for a can’t miss event! Check out the Facebook Event for more details!

NextGen Player – Canada’s Premier Gaming Blog

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If you haven’t checked out NextGen Player, now is the time because this industry blog will be at DIG London.  As one of Canada’s top gaming blogs, NextGen Player is dedicated to informing viewers about the newest game releases, game reviews, and hot industry buzz. The site began in April 2008; managing partners Paul Hunter’s and Andrew Shin’s vision was to create a website devoted to sharing exciting Canadian-centric gaming news with the rest of the world.

From their website:

“Each month tens of thousands of gamers across the globe visit NextGen Player for the hottest Canadian gaming stories. Our site features coverage of breaking Canadian video game news, coverage of live Canadian gaming events, video game previews & reviews, highlights of Canadian game promotions and retail sales, as well as coverage of Canadian game sales data & research.

NextGen Player is a site focused on bringing together gamers and fostering a community that is active and engaging. Our coverage focuses first and foremost on Canadian gaming culture with broad appeal to both the hardcore and the casual gamer.”

Check out NextGen Player Today!

DIG Top Ten you don’t want to miss!

Calling all artists, animators, programmers, designers, developers, communicators, digital media fanatics, technophiles, technologists, gamers, and the curious – You don’t want to miss DIG London 2009.

Connect with Canada’s leading video game developers, publishers, technology companies and service providers at DIG London 2009.

Top 10 things you don’t want to miss

1)  One-to-One networking opportunities through DIG’s Partnering Program.

2) Ubisoft’s Yannis Mallat Keynote Address.

3) Open Forum discussion with James Schmalz of Digital Extremes and Denis Dyack of Silicon Knights.

4) Game Design Post-Mortem with Big Blue Bubble.

5) Interactive GameZone with intertnational best-sellers including games by DIG London companies.

6) Explosive viral marketing opportunities withthe presence of NEXTGEN Player,  the GAMES DAY Podcast, GamingUnion.net, and Backbone Magazine.

7) Keynote address by digital media and videogame TV pioneer Victor Lucas.

8 ) Forecast of economic trends and demographics for the gaming industry.

9) Industry Trade-show featuring sponsors, partners, service providers and more!

10) Industry DIG 2009 VIP Party – for full conference delegates, sponsors, and speaker!

Don’t miss this opportunity to network, learn about emerging trends, explore industry issues, and connect with opportunities at DIG London 2009.

Click here to learn more and register today to take advantage of the business-2-business partnering opportunities and the DIG London 2009 Program.

Ubisoft CEO Yannis Mallat to speak at DIG London!

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DIG London is proud to announce that Ubisoft Montreal & Toronto CEO Yannia Mallat will be at DIG London!

Graduating with honours from the French High School of Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Yannis Mallat worked in humanitarian aid in West Africa for three years before pursuing his graduate studies in Paris, where he earned a Master’s Degree in International Agronomy and Economic Development.  He then returned to Africa where he worked for an NGO on a variety of rural development projects.

Upon his arrival in Canada, Yannis Mallat achieved an MBA at the Montreal HEC before joining Ubisoft in January 2000 where he successively held the positions of Third Party Producer, Producer, and Executive Producer – New IP’s, all paving the way for his current position.

Yannis Mallat has been CEO of Ubisoft Montreal since March 2006, and is still very much involved in the production of every game developed at the studio.

For Yannis, the key to success stems from the creation of passionate teams and in the capacity to capture the energy and magic that surrounds game development. His driving goal is to deliver emotionally engaging gaming experiences that exploit the interactive nature of the medium to its fullest.

In July 2006, the Official PlayStation Magazine (US edition) named Yannis Mallat as one of the 20 most influential personalities of the international video game industry. Ubisoft Montréal is currently ranked third best game development studio in the world as per the Top 50 Developers ranking published by Game Developers Magazine (no. 1 gaming publication).

Yannis Mallat has worked on an extensive list of titles, including Assassins’ Creed, the multi-million selling trilogy of the Sands of Time (Prince of Persia The Two Thrones, Prince of Persia Warrior Within, Prince of Persia The Sands of Time) as well as Rayman Advance.