Monday, August 9, 2010
By: Matthew Doucette
I had to post this one, such a great title! Living the Dream: Developers finding success in Canada's East Coast, but Ryan Conway. Plus, it's great to give some love to my fellow Canadian developers.
Living the Dream: Developers finding success in Canada's East Coast
(Jason on the left, Matthew on the right)
Here's a blurb (links added by me):
These brothers from Yarmouth Nova Scotia have had quite the year. Their retro shoot ‘em up, Duality ZF placed seventh in Microsoft’s 2009 Dream Play Build competition. It has also been named the second most anticipated Canadian indie game of 2010 by Village Gamer. Their newest title Decimation X has become the highest rated and selling Xbox Live Indie Game in Japan and now they have won the top prize in Innovacorp’s I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, winning a $100,000 award package for their company.
Recently the brothers have entered Duality ZF in the 2010 Dream Play Build competition and finished in first place in the Canadian rankings and in fifth place overall. On August 2, they have entered the game in the 3rd Independent Game Developer's Competition.
Wish us luck in the 3rd Independent Game Developer's Competition, and it would make a world of difference to us if you sign up and vote for Duality ZF! :) The reality of our situation is that it is not quite a dream come true, but rather a dream in the making. We are still pushing hard for Duality ZF to land the illustrious XBLA contract, the holy grail of digitial distribution on the major consoles, that every XBLIG developer wishes to land. As always, wish us luck and we hope to deliver.
About the Author: I am Matthew Doucette of Xona Games, an award-winning indie game studio that I founded with my twin brother. We make intensified arcade-style retro games. Our business, our games, our technology, and we as competitive gamers have won prestigious awards and received worldwide press. Our business has won $180,000 in contests. Our games have ranked from #1 in Canada to #1 in Japan, have become #1 best sellers in multiple countries, have won game contests, and have held 3 of the top 5 rated spots in Japan of all Xbox LIVE indie games. Our game engines have been awarded for technical excellence. And we, the developers, have placed #1 in competitive gaming competitions -- relating to the games we make. Read about our story, our awards, our games, and view our blog.