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December 31, 2009 at 3:41 pm #7552AnonymousInactive
Happy new year to GD.ie members….
Looking forward to;
Global Game Jam
2009 has been a challenging year for games companies, globally, apart from some notable publishers/titles. 2010/2011 will hopefully bring some more FDI as global economy improves. We need to continue our lobbying, at every opportunity, for indigenous and FDI games industry development.
Games I’m looking forward to….Army of Two II
December 31, 2009 at 5:25 pm #45078AnonymousInactive
Happy new year!
January 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm #45081AnonymousInactive
Games I’m looking forward to….Army of Two II[/quote:f43317c89e]
Really.lol.. But we alreay have Gears of War and Uncharted ;)
Mine are Heavy Rain, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3 and Alan Wake (if this is the year it finally gets its release).
January 2, 2010 at 5:02 pm #45082AnonymousInactive
Played a preview of the next incarnation of Army of Two – was smitten ;-). Co-op has never been so co-operative !o!
Max Payne added to the list. I hear the guys, with even longer winters than us, have been working hard. Bumped into them last summer in London. BTW, when I’m feeling moody, its the soundtrack of choice on iTouch ;-)
January 2, 2010 at 6:01 pm #45083AnonymousInactive
January 4, 2010 at 11:16 am #45089Aphra KKeymaster
And a happy New Year to you all..
Just to add to Phil’s list
remember the Ballyfermot animation event is on the end of this week..
then it looks like there will be a games industry talk as part of the Dublin Film Festival – end of Feb.
and we hope to of course have another annual birthday games industry event in April/May.
lots to look forward to
January 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm #45090AnonymousInactive
Super Happy New Year, Y’all
Have loads more info and stuff up and hope to have our first, very small but hopefully very fun little game of 2010 up today or tomorrow, so will send ye a link when its up and going! :)
Hi Paddy, What’s up with this ‘google friends’ thing on your blog? Ger on that Twitter thing :)
January 5, 2010 at 12:27 am #45094Jamie McKeymaster
Happy New Years, and new decade guys. We’ll have an industry by the end of it!
2009 was a good year. We had the excellent review of the industry which needed to be done, and has happened at a good time. I’ve been lucky enough to talk to the IDA and they have the right people in there, and they’re very inquisitive which is a good sign. I also got the chance to talk to the Irish Film Board, and they seem interested in the Irish games industry as well.
We’ve got the right sort of coverage, and positive coverage of that, in the mass media. RTE, Irish Times, Irish Independent and Radio have talked to us, so hopefully some of you working out there in the industry will also do the same. The more people are writing about the business of the games industry here in Ireland, the more it will become something of a discussion point, which will hopefully lead to proper radio discussions, and then access to the people who can say
Ok, we understand that games aren’t really like any other product out there we’re used to dealing with. There doesn’t have to be a physical item manufactured. You can make them anywhere in the country where people have access to the right skills, it and broadband infrastructure (which we have).
Lots of different types of people are needed for a games company. When they make money, they count as exports, which we need right now, and with the internet as a distribution channel, we don’t even need to manufacture anything once the complete IP/game goes on sale. They require skilled jobs, at a time when many people with those skills are either not using them, or want to improve them. We’ve a ton of people in the UK who have’t quite settled yet, and would jump at the opportunity to do the same kind of job they are doing here, whereever it is in Ireland.
An industry has distinct sectors, and these need to be outlined. Technology (ie what Havok and Demonware do), Localisation & Support, Publishing, Development and Other.
A special category should also be created for indigineous companies of all sizes and stages.
We need to push for specific types of games content creation to be classified (ie mobile, iphone, web, social, console, pc, and a "future" one to lump all the emerging stuff into which can be categoriesed later) and then have a access to the same grants that someone who wants to set up a bakery, or wants a grant for a multimedia project such as a film, and access to the same incubation facilties and seed capital programs. Tax breaks for investors would help too.
We can also deflect some of the Montreal bound companies to Ireland, by copying and irishing the tax terms, and also bring a lot of quality people into Ireland in a very short period of time, who can train everyone else who learning their trade at the moment with cutting edge skills.
I know this is a bit of a rant, but if we can all get one journalist to write an article on the Irish games industry, or one radio show to get members of the GD.ie community to talk about the Irish games industry on air, we can really kick off an enthusiasm going among the media. Jobs, success and something fun to focus on is just what this country needs right now.
We have Games Fleadh 2010 in March, and if we start now, we can get journalists from every newspaper, radio station and tv channel (including TG4) in to cover it. Then we have the 7th birthday of GD.ie and the other stuff that is going on in the meantime.
So looking forward, I think this year will be the turning point where a lot of things fall in place to finally kickstart the industry we’ve been working so hard to build.
A lot has changed since I started with IrishPlayer.com , here’s to 2010
Jamie (looking forward to Fallout New Vegas)
January 5, 2010 at 11:36 am #45096AnonymousInactive
Happy New Year all
January 5, 2010 at 6:20 pm #45098AnonymousInactive
happy new year! or happy last year……. cant remember which
January 7, 2010 at 7:44 am #45104AnonymousInactive
Happy new year all.
So it’s finally time the world has to answer the most important question it has ever faced. Are we now in twenty-ten or two thousand and ten?
January 7, 2010 at 10:44 am #45105AnonymousInactive
Happy new year y’all
January 7, 2010 at 10:52 am #45106AnonymousInactive
Happy new year all.
So it’s finally time the world has to answer the most important question it has ever faced. Are we now in twenty-ten or two thousand and ten?[/quote:bca848d7a5]
No discussion or debate no the matter
January 7, 2010 at 11:36 am #45108AnonymousInactive
or ZULU apparently (?)
January 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm #45109AnonymousInactive
Happy 2K10 / 2KX / MMX / Mayan "End Of World" – 2, to all!
Hopefully it’ll be a great year for any Irish company working in any area of game development.
January 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm #45111AnonymousInactive
Don’t ask me why but 2K10 gets my vote
January 8, 2010 at 9:28 am #45113AnonymousInactive
Happy 2KX all!
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