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Indie Game Contest 2014 - Because France loves indie games

indie game contest 2014
France sure loves movies and video games.

I just received a mail from one of the guys behind the Indie Game Contest 2014 (it´s a part of the "Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival"). Basically, it´s a French indie game event. And people can submit their indie games to take part of the Indie Game 2014 contest.

The event takes place between the 12th and 22th of September in Strasbourg, France. Keep in mind though. The deadline for submitting entries is the 15th of July!

About Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival:
"Welcome to the website of the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival The Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival was founded in 2008 by Les Films du Spectre and today is one of the most comprehensive genre events in France. Dedicated to broadly-defined fantastic cinema – fantasy, horror, sci-fi, thrillers, animation and so forth – it has never ceased to innovate.

The Festival has become a major platform for eclectic programming that includes independent, auteur, and studio films, documentaries, and heritage revivals, to name but a few, drawing a diverse range of audiences. The Festival showcases both new talent and established directors, and other industry professionals of genre cinema. Past guests include LambertoBava, Catherine Breillat, Marina De Van, RuggeroDeodato, Lucky Mckee, AgnèsMerlet, Caroline Munro, Philippe Nahon, Brian Yuzna, Roger Corman, Edith Scob, George Romero and Mick Garris.

As an affiliated member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, we hold the Méliès d’Argent competitions for European films in tandem with some of Europe’s most outstanding genre festivals, such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Espoo, Leeds, Lund, Neuchâtel, Sitges and Trieste. The Festival also offers many side events, further attracting different publics: one of the largest zombie walks in Europe with 3 500 participants, master classes, the Fantastic Village, children’s workshops, conferences, exhibitions, book and posters signings and so forth.."

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VGL in LA during E3 and San Diego during Comic Con

video games live
Yep, VGL are coming to both E3 and Comic Con!

If you´re a fan of Video Games Live  (and everything about VGL). Then i´ve got some really good news for you. Well, at least if you live in L.A or San Diego. Because VGL will come to those cities this summer. And you will find everything you need to know further down the page!

Press release:
Hi Everyone!

People always write us to say "NO FAIR! California ALWAYS gets the BEST VGL shows!"  And they aren't kidding!  :)

We're pleased to announce that aside from our San Diego Comic Con show (with the San Diego Symphony right behind the SD Convention Center where Comic Con is being held!) we'll ALSO be returning to Los Angeles, CA this summer during the big E3 video game convention!

PRE-SALE TIX for our big E3 show in Los Angeles on June 11th at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE are AVAILABLE NOW!!
This special code will ONLY work for the next few days! Get the BEST seats RIGHT NOW!

http://www.axs.com/events/249875/video-games-live-tickets?skin=nokiatheatre

PASSWORD: WONDER

This show will be taking place right across the street from the big E3 Expo where tens of thousands of game developers will be in town! This is always our biggest meet & greet, world premiere and special guest event!

This is just a very small sampling... MUCH MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!!

CONFIRMED: Halo/Destiny composer Marty O'Donnell
CONFIRMED: World Premiere of Cave Story!
CONFIRMED: Critical Hit video game tribute band
CONFIRMED: Violin Tay (Taylor Davis)
CONFIRMED: Austin Wintory (Journey)
CONFIRMED: Russell Brower & Jason Hayes (Blizzard/Warcraft)
CONFIRMED: Blizzard World Premiere!
CONFIRMED: Garry Schymann (BioShock)

AND MUCH MUCH MORE TO COME!!

Join our Facebook Events Page for this event and help us create the setlist by letting us know what YOU WANT TO HEAR and special guests YOU WANT TO SEE, MEET & PERFORM!

VGL IN LA FACEBOOK EVENTS PAGE:
https://www.facebook.com/events/604808076275620/


VGL IN San Diego FACEBOOK EVENTS PAGE:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1539361296290097/

Tickets for our San Diego Comic Con show with the San Diego Symphony are also ON SALE NOW!

That show will be taking place on July 24th right behind the Convention Center where Comic Con is being held!
http://www.sandiegosymphony.org/calendar/view.aspx?id=4248

ULTIMATE GAMER V.I.P. BACKSTAGE EXPERIENCE PACKAGES for both shows are AVAILABLE HERE (Limited Quantities):  http://www.videogameslive.com/index.php?s=vip

V.I.P. Experience includes the following...
1. Video Games Live backstage laminated tour pass.
2. Pre-show production tour, Q&A and special personal meet & greet with VGL creator and game music scomposer Tommy Tallarico.
3. Free download card for the new Video Games Live: Level 3 album.
4. Official vintage Video Games Live poster.
5. Video Games Live Temporary Tattoos.
6. Special FRONT OF LINE access to the Video Games Live post-show meet & greet.
7. Signed 1st page conductor sheet music from the performance.

Hope to see you there!

And please help us by SHARING and RETWEETING this info!

Thank-you for the support!!


The VGL Team


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The Gaming Ground

Unity track announced for the Nordic Game 2014 program


NG2014 will take place in Malmö between the 21th and 23th of May.

If you plan to visit the Nordic Game 2014 event in May. Then i´ve got some really good news for you. And you can read all about it further down the page =) So, will you guys visit NG 2014 this summer?

Press release:
"The organizers of the Nordic Game 2014 Conference, 21-23 May in Malmö, Sweden, are very pleased to announce a dedicated Unity track as an integral part of the main conference program.

Mike Bithell, creator of critically acclaimed indie title “Thomas Was Alone”, and Peter Pashley, Tech Director for the just-released ustwo game “Monument Valley” are among the confirmed speakers.

"The Unity Track this year is a mix of internal Unity talks and external Unity developer talks. With this combination of sessions we hope to update attendees on all of the great new additions coming to Unity while also showcasing what Unity is capable of by inviting Unity developers from our community, to share insights into their own projects and techniques", says Joe Robins, Community Evangelist at Unity, and organizer of the track.

The track consists of 9 sessions, taking place on 22 and 23 May, during the final two days of the NG14 conference. As an integral part of the conference program, no other requirements than a full conference pass are needed to join the sessions.

The announcement of the Unity track at NG14 rounds off Unity’s powerful presence as an Anniversary Partner of the Nordic Game 2014 Conference. 

Two additional Unity workshops will take place at Nordic Game. “Prototyping in Unity” will demonstrate how the Unity game engine can be used for creative work across industries. The second “Advanced Unity Workshop” is designed to up-skill attendees in the use of sophisticated character animations, NavMesh/AI and advanced scripting amongst many other things."

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The Gaming Ground

Twitch at PAX East 2014!

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For Gamers, by Gamers.

The big Gamer party has already started in Boston. I´am of course referring to the Pax East 2014 event (which ends on April the 13th). But hold on, cuz i´ve got more good news for you all. Because Twitch TV just happens to be on site.

So the Twitch TV crew will stream the whole Pax east 2014 event (starting today). So don´t miss out on this one people, because it´s going to be a blast!

Press release:
"In partnership with PAX East, ReedPOP, and Newegg, Twitch is pleased to bring you the complete PAX East 2014 experience from the comfort of your own home. Simply head over to the the Twitch PAX East Event Portal, the primary destination for all PAX programming, and see a full schedule of every PAX event - from developer talks, panels, demos, giveaways, and more - and links to the exact time and stream they will be broadcasting.

We will also have a booth at the event which features a broadcasting stage with a robust schedule of demos, interviews, and events. Hosts Jon Carnage, djWHEAT, MANvsGAME, and Swiftor will meet with top publishers, developers, and other industry members to spotlight what’s hot at PAX. We’ll be giving away four more of the limited edition white Twitch hoodies to fans live from our stage!

Our booth offers severals ways for fans to experience Twitch. We’ve got a bunch of Twitch-enabled next-gen consoles with headsets from Turtle Beach, Twitch’s official audio partner. The first 250 visitors a day to the booth who try their hand at broadcasting from one of these interactive stations will get a Twitch swag bag with a limited edition t-shirt and commemorative pin!"

Additionally we’ll be streaming two awesome tournament events live:

Saturday (4/12) at 3:00pm ET: The TeSPA Collegiate Hearthstone Open
The finalists of this collegiate tournament starring Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft will be squaring off at the Twitch booth. This competition – which began with 512 North American college students – is now down to the top four as they compete for the title of College Hearthstone Champion and $5000 in scholarships.

Sunday (4/13) at 1:00pm ET: The CAPCOM PRO TOUR (CPT)
Featuring the latest flagship title of the legendary Street Fighter series, CPT is the premier league destination for competitive fighting games. This year-round tour will be hosting a ranking event at the Twitch booth, where dozens of players will virtually be going head-to-head and fist-to-face.


robin
/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Wargaming.net League Grand Finals

wargaming net league grand-finals
Who will win the Wargaming League Grand Finals?

I just wanted to inform you guys about Wargaming.net´s big esports event. Because the WGLeu grand finals are already up and running via Twitch! So if you feel like watching some really intense tank action gameplay. Then checkout the WGLeu stream asap =)

Press release:
"Gear up for the biggest Wargaming.net esports event of all time! After the exciting and successful regional finals, we now roll onwards to the Wargaming.net League Grand Finals! Watch as the world's best tankers go head to head in a truly epic collision of esports and... tanks."

- WHERE: WGLeu
- WHEN: April 4th - 6th from 3AM - 1PM PDT
- INFO: Wargaming Finals Website

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/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Advanced Unity Workshop announced for NG14

nordic game
Will you visit Nordic Game 2014?

I´ve got some rather good news for those who plan to visit the Nordic Game 2014 event in Malmö this summer (21 - 23th of May). Because i just found out that there will be a Advanced Unity Workshop on the site of NG14.

So if your interested  to know more about the Advanced Unity Workshop. Then just read the press release further down the page =)

Press release:
"The organizers of the Nordic Game 2014 Conference, 21-23 May in Malmö, Sweden, are pleased to announce the Advanced Unity Workshop. The workshop is a major part of Unity’s presence as Anniversary Partner of NG14.

Taking place on 21 May from 13:00-17:00, the Advanced Unity Workshop is designed to up-skill attendees in the use of sophisticated character animations, NavMesh/AI and advanced scripting amongst many other things. A Unity expert will demonstrate these features and take you through optimal workflows in an easy-to-follow session. The workshop targets Unity users with at least 6-12 months experience.

There’s a maximum limit of 50 participants for the Advanced Unity Workshop. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. To secure your seat, please send an email to Jacob@nordicgame.com. To participate, you must be registered for NG14 with a full conference pass."

Background - Advanced Unity Workshop

Speaker Bio:

@TheRussMorris

Russ Morris is a former Unity Product Evangelist turned freelance developer. Hit games Russ has worked on include If You Can's recently released 'If...', Rugby Skills Challenge 2014 and Colourfall. Russ brings a wealth of game development nous, hands-on Unity experience and enthusiasm to the workshop.

Organiser Bio:

@CreativeChris1

Christopher Pope is a Unity Product Expert who’s been employed at Unity for 4.5 years. His current role at Unity is to engage in Pre-Sale Technical discussions with customers, set up and organise training events around Europe and attend trade shows.

Unity @ NG14:

Unity is an Anniversary Partner of the Nordic Game 2014 Conference. The Advanced Unity Workshop is a major part of this, following the earlier announcement of a Unity workshop for prototyping visual storytelling. Expect more Unity @ NG14 related announcements soon! www.nordicgame.com.

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