Friday, October 30, 2009

Chill Out

Even with the PAX outbreak and the severe likelihood that it was brought back to Bioware, I still think people are over-reacting just a bit…

Swine Flu Mortality

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dragon Age Arrives

Ashley sent me this pic from her cell.  Rogers got their copies of Dragon Age to hold on to until Tuesday when the game comes out!  So cool!  I used to receive those boxes of games at Rogers, put them through the computer, etc.  Now I’ve seen what happens before the games arrive.  Full circle!


Not long after, Kyra texted me telling me they got it at my old Rogers too!  And they both got to see my name in the credits!

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Blood Dragon Themes

Dragon Age released several awesome Premium Themes last week.  James did a lot of work on the first one.  And I currently have the first one on my xbox =D

Monday, October 26, 2009

Dragon Age Tv Commercial

30 second tv spot!

Nine Inch Nails vs Mario?

What happens when you mix 2 things I love?  This.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dragon Age Collector’s Edition

Dragon Age has gone Gold and will be released on all platforms on November 3rd, even PS3!  Collector’s Edition is the way to go, and some lucky people I know back in Winnipeg will be getting this as a gift!


Thursday, October 22, 2009


Meet Oghren!  One of my fave characters.

Dragon Age Journeys

Check out the new Dragon Age flash game!  Click here!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I Win!

From Kotaku:

Sony's PSN reality show, The Tester, has gamers compete for a "gamer's ultimate dream job" — no, not running one of the major platform holders as they seem fit, but as a QA tester. Yeah.


The eight episode show will be produced by the folks behind The Surreal Life, Flavor of Love and Rock of Love.


As we previously posted, the PSN show will challenge contestants' "memory, stamina, dexterity, and overall mental prowess." Whomever survives this series of challenges will secure a contract position at Sony Computer Entertainment's Quality Assurance department in San Diego.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Brutal Legend

Popular game this weekend.  I was playing it too when this screenshot was taken…


Sunday, October 18, 2009


I put my resume up, there’s a link at the top.  It’s also worth checking out LinkedIN if you’re interested.  Figured it couldn’t hurt to have on my blog, since it’s often gaming related.  Check it out and let me know what you think, if you want.

Friday, October 16, 2009



Giving Birth

Click pic to see full page.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Another Dragon Age Article

Worth a read!  Check it out!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Snakes On A Dragon?


Someone on the Bioware Forums made a replica of Samuel L Jackson using the Dragon Age Character Creator.  Love it!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gamer Weather

Reid says:
it's looking very uncharted out today
with a slight chance of brutal legend

Dale says:
unfortunately hurricane Broke-ass has made it as far in-land as Edmonton…

Dragon Age Sacred Ashes Trailer

Blur does awesome trailers.

Social Site

As the Dragon Age release gets closer (November 3rd), you can expect to see more and more Dragon Age related links.  This one in particular is cool.  The new social site for Dragon Age is out today, and I did a lot of QA work on it, so go check it out and see something I had a helping hand in!  If you make an account, add me as a friend, Notme2000!

Character Creator

Create your Dragon Age character now!  Download here, assuming servers aren’t getting hammered.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Partial Nudity


I Win!

Who rocks at office-darts?  I rock at office darts.


After working on the consoles for a while for the main game I moved to the PRC team.  PRC stands for Post-Release Content.  3 PRC skus were recently announced, check out the site and see some of the projects I’ve been working on lately!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Dragon Age Documentary

A few posts ago I linked a youtube video about the lore of Dragon Age.  It was a part of a bigger documentary.  Here’s the rest of the vids from that doc.  My personal fave is about the creation of the music.  It’s neat seeing the woman who’s voice has been the soundtrack to my life for the past year.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Ten Minutes of Glorious Bullet Impacts at 1,000,000 FPS

Worth watching all the way through, it gets progressively cooler.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Blood Dragon Armor For Dragon Age AND Mass Effect 2

James did a bunch of work on the Blood Armor project, which has now been shown in both games in this trailer!

Winter In Edmonton

This is the view from my office window right now.  It snowed this morning.  Last year it didn’t snow until late November.  Lame.  I hate winter so much.


Dragon Age, Day One DLC

A few months ago I moved over to the PRC team.  PRC stands for Post-Release Content.  So not only have I done work on the main game, but all the DLC (downloadable content) you’ll be seeing for Dragon Age as well!  Here’s a trailer for Warden’s Keep, some DLC available at launch!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dragon Age – Creating A Living World

This is a really cool video about the lore of Dragon Age.  It also never gets old seeing people I work with every day in the media.  I talk with Ferret every day about design decisions, David Gaider I’ve talked with for plot issues, etc…  Perhaps some day in the future I’ll be in one of these videos.

Dragon Age Hype

Dragon Age is coming out in less than a month, marketing is in full swing and the hype is reaching a fever pitch.  Xbox Live’s top downloaded videos are of Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2, both Bioware titles, and Dragon Age has a 95% popularity rating on!



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Star Fox in Iraq!

Kids Shows

I was talking with James about old kids shows and they brought up some old memories.  Here are a few of the shows I watched as a kid.  Almost no one seems to remember these shows, I must be getting old.

Rogers Meets Bioware

Kyra sent me this pic from her cell. It's the Coming-Soon flyer from Rogers, where I used to work. Look at the bottom right, Dragon Age!


Monday, October 5, 2009

Dragon Age Gets 9/10 on Game Informer

We’ve started giving out review copies of Dragon Age and the first review just came in, 90%!  Read the review!

Prince Of Persia Review

SPOILER ALERT – If you haven’t beaten this game, do not read this.


Colin lent me the new Prince of Persia for 360 a while ago and I just beat it.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  I was expecting a generic platformer game, but was quite surprised at what I ended up with.  Gameplay-wise, it kind of was just a generic platformer, though a fun one.  But there were several design choices that were unconventional that really worked.

First off, at the beginning of the game the Prince stumbles into a desert with a giant tree in the middle, which you learn is there to trap an ancient demon.  The Prince meets Elika and finds out her father is in the process of a deal with the demon.  He succeeds and the lush lands are destroyed and made dark and depressing.  The goal of the game is to go area to area healing it, which involves turning it from cold steel and stone to sun, grass and butterflies.  So the game starts dark and depressing, and gets progressively sunnier.  This is the reverse of what I’ve come to expect from games.  Usually the first few levels are sunny and grassy, then the shit hits the fan and it gets progressively more dark and depressing.  I understand this is to establish that “the gloves are off”, but I’d always find myself missing those first few levels that put me in such a good mood.  In Prince of Persia, as the game progressed and I healed more of the lands, it got sunnier and happier, and gave the game a very optimistic feel which was very refreshing.  It made me want to keep playing.

Secondly, the game’s characters were great.  Prince has a funny sense of humour, with good voice acting.  He meets up with Elika, and the 2 begin to develop a relationship over the course of the game.  The use of the L trigger as a conversation button was genius.  At any point during play you could push the L-Trigger to talk to Elika, and the dialogue was rarely recycled.  Most of the time it wasn’t even in cutscene, just funny banter and flirtations while you played.  It really kept the adventure from feeling lonely, which it definitely would have otherwise in such a vast environment.  Over the 14 hours or so I put into the game it managed to convince me these 2 characters were getting to know each other, and inevitably falling for one another despite their differences.  Even the subtly flirtatious “Heh heh, sorry” as you had to slide past each other while walking down a narrow beam was a nice touch that went a long way.  Having a “sidekick” character to drag around in games is usually a inconvenience, and very cumbersome, but they managed to make Elika feel very useful and she never gets in your way.

I knew I liked these design choices, but it wasn’t until the ending of the game that I realized how well executed and purposeful they all were.  Again, a reminder, spoiler alert

To trap the demon Elika has to give her life by putting her soul into a new tree to trap him.  As you carry her corpse in your arms, walking down the long hallway exiting the tree temple, the credits roll to the side, without you losing control.  A really nice touch.  As you place her corpse on an alter, the camera pans up to show the lush lands you’d revived, but it feels like an empty victory.

Many open-world games let you continue to explore once you’ve beaten the game, so when I retained control I assumed it was just doing that.  But I soon realized the game might not quite be over yet.  Long story short, I worked my way back into the temple and cut down the tree she’d put her soul in, and took it back to her, and revived her.  In doing so, as the Prince brings Elika back to life, you see the lands wither and die once more, as the demon again escapes.  You just undid everything you accomplished in the last 14 hours.  But you realize the accomplishment of the game was the Prince finding someone he’d settle down with, and that is seen to it’s finality.  The camera shows the Prince walking away with Elika in his arms while the temple crashes down behind him and the world withers away to darkness once again.  Fantastic ending, I thought.  After spending 14 hours working towards an ending you thought you could predict, you UNDO it all.

I thought about it and realized this game’s story and theme is essentially the complete opposite of what you normally get.  Most games start sunny, things get progressively darker as you approach the seemingly impossible task at the end and finally, against all odds, save the day as you bring peace to the lands.  In this game, it starts dark and gets progressively sunnier as the end task seems less daunting, and ends with you, against all odds, sacrificing the lands bringing turmoil and despair.  Most games feel very doom-ridden until the last second happy ending, this game was optimistic all the way until the end of the world.

One of the best games of the year for me.  It was great to see what happens when a studio decides to go against the conventions of game design, even if only in theme and story, and not so much gameplay.

I’ve heard the DLC Epilogue is fantastic, builds upon the story of the main game.  So despite the heavy cost I plan on spending the 800 Microsoft Points and playing through it as well before Colin wants it back!

Saturday, October 3, 2009


This game just keeps getting better and better.


Penny Arcade Dragon Age Comic, Page 5

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Got My New Glasses!

I’m pretty happy with them.