FIRST SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED
Gamercamp is proud to announce its first confirmed speakers for 2012′s festival.
Attendees will hear from some of the most creative minds in the field, including Mary DeMarle, lead writer of Deus Ex: Human Revolution; Shawn McGrath, creator of PSN hit Dyad; and, Vander Caballero, the creative force behind the highly-anticipated Papo & Yo.
DeMarle, McGrath, and Caballero will be sharing their insights over the November 3 and 4 weekend in Toronto’s beautiful Isabel Bader Theatre, home to many film screenings during TIFF. Today’s announcement is just the tip of the iceberg, as in total, Gamercamp 2012 will feature over 25 talented artists, thinkers, designers, and developers, sharing their love of games and games culture.
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ABOUT THE GAMES
Eidos Montreal and Square Enix’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution was released last year to universal acclaim, as calculated by Metacritic. The game distinguished itself by imbuing its cast of characters with personality, emotions, and dreams. Lead writer Mary DeMarle was crucial to creating, what Joystiq called, a “complex and ambitious reminder of what a game can be when it’s unafraid.”
Dyad is an abstract racer where players take control a particle, matching sets of orbs to advance down the course. Gamercamp attendees were among the first to see the game by local studio ][, following along with creator Shawn McGrath’s journey. The game debuted in July on PSN to superlative acclaim, called “one of the best pure arcade experiences to come along in years” by Polygon, the Verge‘s videogame off-shoot, and “a new high for videogames” by Kill Screen.
The gorgeous cinematic trailer for Papo & Yo has done the impossible: it has moved even the most seasoned of game players. The short film realizes the brilliant vision of Vander Caballero, with shades of Guillermo Del Toro’s celebrated film Pan’s Labyrinth. The highly anticipated Papo is a puzzle game that takes players into the imaginary world of a little boy, set in a Brazilian favela, attempting to deal with the reality — and relationship with — his alcoholic father and will be released August 14 on PSN.