Monthly Archives: December 2015

The College Gamers Podcast Ep 26

On this confusingly, awesome episode of The College Gamers Podcast: Mike and Taft pick their favorite games of the year. Steam had some issues on Christmas day. Mike and Taft talk about why Battlefront is not getting Force Awakens content. Will the Coleco Chameleon be a flop? We think so. Russian man sues Bethesda for addiction. Some photos of agent were leaked. Mike and Taft have fun dying in Ark: Survival Evolved. And more on this year’s end episode of The College Gamers Podcast!

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The College Gamers Podcast Ep 25

On this shocking episode of The College Gamers Podcast: Mike electrocutes himself like a dumbo. Taft visited the place where dreams come true. Kojima has started his own club. Kingdom Hearts 3 is coming to the one xbox. Firewatch is not as boring as it sounds. Mafia wars may start in GTA 5? Paid character boosts are now in Destiny. Mike and Taft agree that dinosaurs are pretty freakin cool! And more on this Star Wars spoiler free episode of The College Gamers!

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The College Gamers Podcast (GUEST HOST!) Ep 24

On this very special episode of The College Gamers Podcast! Alexandra joins us for our very first guest host episode! Video game companies like Canada for some reason. Overwatch will have free DLCs. League of Legends broke a record or two during the LoL World championships. A new mod turns Witch 3 into a Yo-Gi-Oh story. And EA is getting serious about competitive eSports! And more on this very special episode of The College Gamers!

This was such a good episode!

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Canada Likes Video Games

Hello everyone! I had a 7:30AM final this morning… who schedules that on a Saturday!? So yeah, I’m a bit fried today. Let’s see if I still have enough brain function to write an article.

I was doing some research this week for The College Gamers Podcast and I noticed that two game developers, the Internets sweetheart Bethesda and Gearbox of Borderlands fame, have both opened new game studios in Canada?

Why Canada? I doubt game devs specifically love maple syrup and Canadian bacon THAT much.

So I did some digging and what I found was pretty interesting and I’m slightly jealous of Canada.

Mike, is there REALLY a large number of video game studios in Canada?

Would I lie to you dear reader? Yes. There is.

Before I dig into why Canada seems to be a popular spot for game developers lets talk about who is there already.

I’ll name a few that I recognize… here we go:

BioWare, CapCom, EA has THREE studios, RockStar has two studios, Disney and Warner Brothers both have studios, and Ubisoft has FOUR studios!

That’s just to name a few. In fact, Canada has a website dedicated to Canadian indie developers and there is a LOT of them!

On top of that Bethesda has announced that they are opening a new studio with a core team of 40 devs! (I’m hoping it’s an Elder Scrolls 6 team.)

While Gearbox’s website shows 16 open positions in their new Quebec studio! No word of the full team size.

Canada is one of the biggest video game industries in the world if not the fastest growing. Having over 329 game companies who employ over 16,500 people. For comparison, the United States has about 680 gaming companies but it is still nothing to sneeze at.

Okay Mike. I get it. So why is Canada so popular for game developers?

Canada has several incentives and support programs for game development start ups.

Ontario is one of the more popular cities to start a game company. In fact, through the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), game companies get back 35% to 40% of money the invest in devs, artists, and even marketing cost. Through the Interactive Digital Media (IDM) fund, the OMDC supports new game studios by providing grants that give new studios $150,000 that can cover up to 50% of development costs. That’s a sweet deal!

Would I build a new computer if someone offered to cover up to 50% of the cost? Hell yeah I would!

But wait, there’s more! Everything I’ve talked about up until now has only been though the city of Ontario. The Canadian federal government also gives incentives and support to game studios! Gosh Canada, i’m starting to really love you…

The Canadian government has the Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) and the Science Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program (SR&ED) who both offer new tech companies $50,000 to $5000,000 each year to supplement development costs. You have to admit, that’s a pretty sweet deal!

Canada also gives Quebec game studios a tax credit of 37.5% percent.

Forty percent of game companies within Canada are projecting a growth of at least 25% in the next two years.

So, it comes down to money huh?

The monetary incentives are a strong magnet for people. However, they are not the only reason why people like Canada so much.

Canada has several world famous engineering programs for several Universities including Toronto, Waterloo, Queens University and many more. Sheridan College is thought of as one of the top animation schools in the world!

So yeah, Canadians got the skills to pay the pills as the kids say.

Well, I think that covers everything?

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New Gearbox Studio

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The College Gamers Podcast Ep 23

On this lively episode of The College Gamers Podcast! Mike and Taft have lot’s of exciting announcements. Taft guesses who won the 2015 Game Awards. Mike and Taft are sad they can’t play Rocket League together. PlayStation is playing catch up. Are you excited for the new Nintendo console? And more on this episode of The College Gamers Podcast

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Patreon Page Is Up!

Hello everyone! So, Taft and I spent the morning this morning working with Taft on The College Gamers Patreon page. It’s pretty exciting and official looking. We have all sorts of rewards for different levels of giving. Everything from added to a list of “The Most Amazing People on the Planet” to free t-shirts… that haven’t been designed yet. Weird right? It is still exciting and I am lot’s of people seeing.

To be Honest? I don’t see it going anywhere. For now..

I am not a negative nancy! However I am realistic.

I’m confident it is going to be a good while before we reach or first goal of $15. The main reason I made a Patreon page is the same reason I put the podcast name anywhere. Getting the name “The College Gamers Podcast” as many places as possible! The more places I can get our name out the better. Patreon is just another place I can advertise the podcast to be honest.

Of course if the podcast does actually start paying for its own hosting I would be grateful beyond words. Beyond that I think my head would explode with gratefulness.

But if I never make a dime from this podcasting thing that’s okay with me to! I do not want to make podcasts because I want to monetize them I make podcasts because I love doing it! Cheesy I know. But it is true! For anyone who want’s to take a look at our Patreon page the link is here.