Thursday, October 25, 2012

[PANEL] So you want to make Games?

Panel:  So you want to make games?
900 am – 10:00 pm
Salon A/B

Game professionals meet together to share their wisdom and advice on how to best advance your abilities to secure a successful career in gaming.

Students: Want to show off your gaming portfolio to the industry professionals from Antic Entertainment, Big Blue Bubble, Big Vioking Games and Digital Extremes at DIG 2012? Further your career and register for Canada's got Game Talent online at

1. Moderator: Mike Katchebaw Associate Professor Western
2. Panel: Mat Tremblay Art Director Digital Extremes.
3. Panel: Robyn Bremner QA Tester Big Blue Bubble
4. Panel: Ryan Ferguson Programmer Big Blue bubble
5. Panel: Dan Rickard Professor Fanshawe College

1. Moderator: Mike Katchebaw
Department of Computer Science                   
Organization: The University of Western Ontario
Bio: Michael Katchabaw is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Western Ontario and a game development expert.
Session title: Tools of the Trade for Programming Video Games

2. Panelist: Mat Tremblay
Art Director
Organization: Digital Extremes
Bio:In the 14 years Mat Tremblay has been with Digital Extremes, he has mastered every aspect of the 3D art trade. From textures to models, he can create it all and has for the majority of the games the studio has developed over the years including all iterations of theUnreal® franchise, Dark Sector®, the multiplayer portion of BioShock®2 and most recently,The Darkness II. Entirely self-taught, his easy going yet driven spirit and eye for detail led him to his current role as Art Director where he’s busy fine-tuning the art style forStar Trek, the game planned for the upcoming movie sequel.

3. Panelist: Robyn Bremnar
QA Tester
Organization: Big Blue Bubble
Bio: Robyn got her start in games as a Quality Assurance Analyst. She has since held the positions of Technical Designer, QA Lead and is now an Assistant Producer at Big Blue Bubble. She has shipped a wide variety of titles including My Singing Monsters and Resident Evil. Robyn is graduate of York University with an interdisciplinary degree in Communication and Psychology.

4. Panelist: Ryan Ferguson
Organization: Big Blue Bubble
Bio: Ryan is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario with a degree in Computer Science and Game Development. After graduating a year and a half ago, Ryan was immediately picked up by the team at Big Blue Bubble and has worked on multiple released titles for the iOS and Android platforms

5. Panelist: Dan Rickard
Organization: Fanshawe College
Bio: Accomplished 3d artist in animation and character design -has worked on close to 40 games -Batman Arkham City / Arkham Asylum, Borderlands, Battlefield series and more.
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