So it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve returned from SXSW and I really need to get back into blog posting. It’s been a long time since the last, but I’ll start with SXSW. Prepare for a lot of updates soon and please consider signing up for my newsletter if you want to stay up to date with all of my doings!
I was able to attend SXSW Gaming for the first time in my life and boy was I excited! The last and first gaming Expo I went to was Indiecade 2016 and that was before I was a wee little artist with no experience whatsoever in game development. Now while attending SXSW gaming, I have a video game, BORDERS, which has gotten international attention and a second video game in progress, Paleo Hunter! All in less than a year all while going to school full-time. Anything is possible!! Indiecade 2016 changed my life after meeting my two friends and developers, Genaro Reyes and Jon DiGiacomo, and I urge anyone wanting to get into game development to go to one of these events. Anyway I’ll try to keep the post short and sweet.
I tried submitting both Borders and Paleo Hunter to a student showcase competition and a pitch competition, but sadly neither got chosen. That’s okay though it hasn’t even been a year since my first video game was developed and I know I’ll have a better chance next year.
So I had the amazing opportunity to be a volunteer for Kitfox Games Booth!
These guys are the creators of the awesome action RPG Moon Hunters and I was showing off their new game , The Shrouded Isles, a cult leader simulator. Basically you are the leader of a village and you must play a sort of guess who game and find out who’s trying to get smart and intelligent and weed them out by sacrificing them. Interesting game mechanics and a fitting art style.
I hate that I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but my phone was dead half the time so I can only retell it in words! (Use your imaginations) Basically I was able to meet a lot of awesome game developers doing exactly what I’m hoping to be doing, an was able to play their games! Some of my favorite were Invisigun heroes, a bomberman-like game but you’re invisible. Seriously this game is a load of fun and was one of my favorite multiplayer video games.
Tooth and Nail was another one of my favorite games that mixed startcraft gameplay but simplified it and added animal factions with a gorgeous pixel art style. Seriously this game was a load of fun and I annoyed the guys at the booth so much haha
The last game was a singleplayer metroidvania called Sundered that had the most amazing 2D artwork I had ever seen in a video game. Seriously the animations on this game are ridiculously impressive.
While at Indiecade I was able to also listen to a talk for the newly released Owlboy , and it was amazing to here some of the backstory behind the 10 years of development. Yes this game took them 10 years to make. Basically its a platformer with a whole lot of charm, gorgeous pixel art, and I really surprisingly dark and deep narrative influenced by their journey. I also learned that during the DPAD Studio sequence when starting up the game, one of the developers say’s “Jump”. That for some reason blew my mind haha
While there I was able to hangout with my awesome artist buddies and girlfriend from our Animation and Entertainment Design club who all had a great time! These people support me in all of my endeavors and I owe a lot to them for helping me out in so many ways.
While at SXSW I had a couple of awesome opportunities happen with my Borders indie game that has been receiving so much press. I was able to get on Canadian NPR as well as Mega de Torronto, another radio station. You can find the interviews here if you’re interested: http://www.gonzzink.com/portfolio/borders
The week was a tiring one, but in the end this trip was totally worth it. I learned so much more about the game industry through personal conversations with some of the great developers I was able to meet while having fun at the same time. I can’t wait to be sitting in my own booth next year showing off Paleo Hunter ;)
Some of the awesome places I recommend to eat at are Spartan Pizza and Daruma Ramen. Having gone to Japan I would say Daruma’s Ramen is actually pretty damn close to what I remember having so I definitely recommend it.
Another post about Borders and hopefully many more to come in hope of getting back into the habit of blogging more often. I do so much so fast that I’ts hard to find time to document it all, but I definitely want to make an effort in doing so. 1 Year from now, I want to be even closer to being a Creative Director, so follow me on my journey to do so!