The Pulse: Sept. 14, 2023

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  • Green: The High Level Bridge will be lit green for Living Donation Week, which honours living organ donors and recipients. (details)

Two cosplayers — a fae in a long coat with epaulettes and a lady in a knee-length frock and a big, fancy hat — pose with six black-clad conference-goers in front of a portal promoting Nightingale.

Gaming studios leverage connections made at GamesCom

By Colin Gallant

A trade mission to Germany helped a big Edmonton video game developer build more hype around its first big release while giving smaller studios more traction on an international stage.

Next, Digital Alberta hopes to build on the connections made during GamesCom as it heads into the first Edmonton edition of the Alberta Games Series conference on Oct. 12 and 13.

"The biggest thing was putting Alberta on the map," Digital Alberta's Alecia Peters said of her experience at GamesCom, the world's largest gaming convention, which took place in Cologne in late August. "Creating those exposure opportunities, and then building our global connectivity to the broader gaming community."

Inflexion Games released a new trailer for Nightingale, its hotly anticipated title scheduled for limited release in February. It also had a major activation on the trade show floor in Cologne.

"We worked with our partners at Level Infinite to build a large-scale physical portal, and we commissioned two very talented cosplay artists to create and perform as two inhabitants of Nightingale's world — Puck and the Scarlet Woman," Inflexion CEO Aaryn Flynn said in an email. "They spent four days interacting with folks, taking pictures, and making for, in my opinion, one of the most eye-catching and engaging booths across the whole GamesCom show floor."

Smaller studios benefited from the experience, too, Digital Alberta said in a blog post about the event. For example, Crimson Herring Studios received valuable feedback and many a Steam follow for its forthcoming game, Sovereign Syndicate.

"Getting really targeted feedback from those industry groups, it's a really focused look at our game from people who wouldn't normally play it," Crimson Herring CEO Isaac Otway told CBC's Radio Active.

Itzy Interactive put its Mad Devils in front of players and explored co-production with another studio.

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Headlines: Sept. 14, 2023

By Kevin Holowack

A person walks a dog along an otherwise empty downtown city sidewalk as the sun is low in the sky

Calls for public engagement: City centre, street art, environment plan

By Kevin Holowack

Here are some opportunities to offer your input on civic issues, including a survey about Edmonton's core and engagement around the City of Leduc's environmental plan. (Please ensure you live in affected areas before completing surveys.)

  • Centre City Area Survey — The City of Edmonton wants to hear the experiences of people who live in or visit the city centre, which includes downtown, Rossdale, Oliver, Westmount, Queen Mary Park, Central McDougall, McCauley, and Boyle Street. It is open until Sept. 20.
  • Vibrant Streets Art Contest — The City of Edmonton is inviting residents of all abilities, backgrounds, and ages to submit designs for decorative traffic control boxes. The contest is part of the city's new Vibrant Streets program. To be considered, designs must be submitted by Sept. 29.
  • Environmental Plan Update — The City of Leduc is looking update the environmental plan it adopted in 2012. The city is planning pop-up engagement opportunities where residents can vote on environmental priorities. Residents can help shape the plan by completing an online survey, which is available until Sept. 24.

More input opportunities

Photo: Jasper Avenue. (Mack Male/Flickr)