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Toronto cycling and Newfoundland adventuring, indie game style

- January 19th, 2012
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The Disappearance of Emily Butler is an adventure game that starts in Newfoundland.

A bunch of Canadian women participated in an incubator where they worked with each other and professional designers to learn how to develop their own games, and these are the amazing results.

These games, all available for download or online play, stem from the first session of the Difference Engine Initiative, which “aims to diversify what kind of video games are made” by  “introducing new gamemakers from under-represented groups into our community.”

When I interviewed the Initiative’s co-counder, Toronto game designer Mare Sheppard, for Button Mashers in November, she said the games that came out of that first incubator were “just as colourful and unique as the women who made them.” From the look of it, she was right.

Because I’m a Newfoundland ex-pat living in Toronto, I’m particularly looking forward to trying out Psychlepath, where you “ride the beautiful leafy streets of Toronto, avoiding cabs, cube vans, and curb cuts while Ulocking everything in your path,” and The Disappearance of Emily Butler, “an adventure game starting in Newfoundland and ending in another world.”

Check some of these out yourself and let me know what you think.

 

 

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