Hey, what’s this?
Ok, so Canada is having its 150th birthday in 2017. Strange, I thought it’d be older… anyway, the Canadian government has been promoting this for years to get Canadians involved in creating events and projects to promote our country.
If you look online, you’ll find movies, documentaries, museum exhibits, sculptures, interactive tourist attractions, festivals, conferences and more being planned for 2017. And yet… no video games? The one medium that might have the best chance at reaching an audience outside of Canada, for just being fun to play and being digitally accessible by anyone?
For the last 2-3 years, I’ve already had an idea baking in my head around a certain “dot cent,” and an adventure across Canada after a rare and valuable penny. If done right, it could be as funny and entertaining as it sounds (or maybe more than it sounds). But I had other projects, and a full-time job, and today I still haven’t really started on this aside from some odd demos.
But the game is a cross-country experience… what if multiple game developers came together, each making a single level that took place in a different part of Canada? It’d tell a whole story, but have unique level designs and artistic interpretations. Now that’s an anthology game-jam I want to see!
So that’s what the website is about. I want to know if any other developers have any interest in this idea. If not my idea, then I want to plant the seeds for developers to make something by July 1 next year. Who knows, maybe stuff is already being made that I don’t know about.
It’s too bad, even with multiple Reddit links and Twitter posts (ad supported), this thrown-together concept website isn’t getting any traction. If I get any responses by the end of this week, we’ll see what we can do about organizing a real game-jam and putting this together. Otherwise, I’m on my own, and you may not hear of this again for a while…
Please spread the word! #canada150game