(Left to right: Jennifer Chuu, Concept & Environment Artist; Lisa Trac, AI Programmer/3D Modeler; Nick Yonge, Level Designer/UI Programmer; and Ryan Pelcz, Mechanics Designer/Programmer. Missing: Christopher Franklin Joseph, Project Manager/Technical Artist.)
After Ginkgo was completed, Game Design Senior Instructor Andrew Laing described the 2.5D platformer as "probably the best game we've ever had in the program." (View the trailer and download the game here.)
As we learned in a recent VFS Blog story, there were people from BioWare asking members of the five-person team how they were able to achieve so much in their student game - a good sign that they were on the right track.
The five VFS graduates were recently honoured for their efforts with a Canadian Videogame Award nomination for Best Student Game. Everyone but Christopher was able to attend the ceremony that was held last week at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts.
Lisa Trac offered her take on the night:
"Most of the people who were nominated were dressed up nice... Our tickets were for the BEST seats in the house! Literally, we were in the front, dead centre to the stage. Right in front of the stairs that all the big industry winners walked up to go on stage to accept their awards.
"We had a blast as Victor Lucas (host of The Electric Playground) hosted the awards show along with Video Games Live, who played several videogame-themed songs between awards. We were sitting right next to the BioWare guys who won four awards for Mass Effect 2.
"All in all, it was a fun event seeing so many great games made by Canadians and being surrounded by so many industry pros!"
While Ginkgo didn't capture the top prize that night, the game has definitely represented the stunning quality of student work that can be achieved in just one year working collaboratively.
Huge congrats to the whole team!
The awards show will air on May 29 on G4 Canada. Visit G4techTV for schedule information.