Tag Archives: Gamercamp

Gamercamp 2013: Nels Anderson on Systems in Games

December 4, 2013

At Gamercamp, we had the pleasure of talking with Nels Anderson, lead designer of Mark of the Ninja at Klei Entertainment and a current member of newborn studio Camo Santos.

As a featured guest at the local gaming festival, Anderson gave a Salon Series presentation about the importance of systems in games. And no, he doesn’t mean Xbox, PlayStation, or Wii U. He’s referring to the underlying systems that define what a game is and how it plays, explaining the reasons why a designer makes rules and what implications those choices have on the player’s experiences.

We spoke to the man behind Mark of the Ninja – in Gamercamp’s Ninja Room, no less – about his presentation, gathering further thoughts about what design choices and systems work best with which games and where the player’s “choices and consequences” fit into a game’s story in the modern age.

We also spoke about the circumstances that brought him to Toronto; currently living in Vancouver, Anderson says he is probably the only Canadian game designer born and raised in Wyoming. We haven’t had a chance to fact-check that, but as far as we know, no one else can claim honour.

You can watch our full interview on the top of the page.

You can tweet Anderson directly at @Nelsormensch, to further mine his wisdom as a Certified Ninja Expert ™.

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Gamercamp 2013: Ubisoft’s Jill Murray Talks Assassin’s Creed

November 27, 2013

Our Gamercamp video interview with veteran Assassin’s Creed scribe Jill Murray. Continue reading

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Gamercamp 2013: The Legacy of TOJam

November 7, 2013

The Gamercamp Honours Ceremony told the story of one manic weekend that helped spawn an entire gaming community. Continue reading

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Contest: Win a Gamercamp Conference Ticket!

By Dork Shelf
October 25, 2013

Greetings dorks! We’ve got one final Gamercamp contest for you today! Enter for a chance to win one a pass to Toronto’s Gamercamp Interactive and Game Conference on Friday, November 1 from 9 am – 5 pm, courtesy of Dork Shelf and our friends at Gamercamp! Continue reading

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Contest: See Alexander Bruce’s Gamercamp Talk!

By Dork Shelf
October 24, 2013

The Gamercamp contests keep coming! Enter for a chance to win a ticket to Antichamber creator Alexander Bruce’s talk at Gamercamp on Sunday, November 3 at 7 pm, courtesy of Dork Shelf and our friends at Gamercamp! Continue reading

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Contest: See Jill Murray’s Gamercamp Talk!

By Dork Shelf
October 23, 2013

We’ve got another awesome Gamercamp contest today. Enter for a chance to win a ticket to Assassin’s Creed series writer Jill Murray’s talk at Gamercamp on Saturday, November 2 at 7 pm, courtesy of Dork Shelf and our friends at Gamercamp! Continue reading

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Contest: See Nels Anderson’s Gamercamp Talk!

By Dork Shelf
October 22, 2013

We’ve got another Gamercamp contest today for all you gamers out there. Enter for a chance to win a ticket to Mark of the Ninja lead designer Nels Anderson’s opening night talk at Gamercamp on Friday, November 1 at 7 pm, courtesy of Dork Shelf and our friends at Gamercamp! Continue reading

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Contest: Win Gamercamp Arcade Tickets!

By Dork Shelf
October 21, 2013

Enter for a chance to win one of three pairs of passes to Toronto’s Gamercamp Arcade on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from 10 am – 7 pm, courtesy of Dork Shelf and our friends at Gamercamp! Continue reading

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Gamercamp set to honour TOJam

October 18, 2013

Gamercamp will celebrate the Toronto Independent Game Jam at the inaugural Gamercamp Honours Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 1. Do you have any stories about TOJam? Share them using the Twitter hashtag #TOJamXOXO! Continue reading

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Gamercamp: Dyad’s Shawn McGrath

November 28, 2012

Dyad creator Shawn McGrath candidly reveals why he thinks storylines in video games are “idiotic.” Continue reading

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Gamercamp: No Quarter with Charles Pratt and Matt Parker

November 16, 2012

Here’s a crazy question: What if – just what if – the current generation of indie game developers were also the future generation of indie rockers, touring the country hitting local bars and selling custom game equipment out of the back of VW vans for $15 a pop? Continue reading

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Gamercamp: Capy’s Kenneth Yeung talks Super TIME Force

November 15, 2012

Capybara Games’ Kenneth Yeung described how Super TIME Force‘s origins at the 2011 TOJam informed its evolution into its current guise as an upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title. Continue reading

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Gamercamp: Guacamelee! gets set for knockout

November 14, 2012

For DrinkBox Studios co-founder Chris Harvey, a third-round takedown may be just around the corner with Guacamelee! Continue reading

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Gamercamp: Vander Caballero Interview

November 13, 2012

Minority Media’s Vander Caballero (Papo & Yo) on the need for more empathy and emotion in games. Continue reading

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Survival of the Dead:
DayZ’s Dean Hall Refuses to Go Easy

November 12, 2012

DayZ creator Dean Hall has only killed once in his own video game. This is an oddity because the world of the multiplayer zombie apocalypse mod for ARMA II is cutthroat. Stories of being taken hostage by other gun-toting players, ambushed by bandits and picked off by camping snipers are rampant, more so than tales of zombie-related mayhem. Continue reading

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Gamercamp Day Two Wrap Up

By Dork Shelf
November 4, 2012

Another year, another Gamercamp! With the fourth iteration of the Toronto-based video game culture festival now in the can, the Shelf’s Eric Weiss, Jon Ore, and Timothy Krynicki round up last night’s social events and a selection of today’s speakers. Continue reading

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Gamercamp: Dean “Rocket” Hall Interview

By Dork Shelf
November 4, 2012

Our uncut 24-minute interview with DayZ creator and Gamercamp keynote speaker Dean Hall. We discuss the origins of the wildly popular zombie mod, the standalone version set to launch later this year, his first and only player kill, the trouble with the game industry, and more. Continue reading

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Gamercamp Day One Wrap Up

By Dork Shelf
November 3, 2012

With Gamercamp 2012 now officially almost half over, the Dork Shelf team reports on day one of the Toronto-based video game culture festival. Zack Kotzer, Jonathan Ore, Eric Weiss, and Wesley Fok round up today’s busy schedule. Continue reading

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