Montreal Comiccon 2017, thank you!

The Montreal Comiccon 2017 took place from 7 to 9 July 2017. I had the chance to chat with several players who tried Gaia Green Racing. Thanks to all the enthusiasts who gave me feedback on the game. This kind of event is very useful to test the reaction of people. The next few weeks will be very busy to put a test version on the market. Keep an eye on the blog.

Seb !

 

Montreal Comiccon 2017 - Gaia Green Racing.

Montreal Comiccon 2017 – Gaia Green Racing.





Postmortem of the MIGS 2016 for Gaia Green Racing

The last few days were very meaningful for Gaia Dream Creation. During the last months, I’ve been very busy preparing a presentation version of Gaia Green Racing for the MIGS 2016 (Montreal International Game Summit), which took place at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal on November 13, 14, 15. Here’s my postmortem of the event and what’s coming.

 

What I presented

I presented a version in development of Gaia Green Racing. The last months were very demanding for me to adapt this version for the MIGS. Because of the limited time, I had to choose what I was going to include in this version. I rewrote the procedural core to generate the tracks and I also defined the landscapes. Before this version, several aspects were still coded temporarily to test the procedural concept of the racing game.

The goal was to present the concept of the game in relation with social innovation. Gaia Green Racing is a racing game with retro graphic style happening in the future under the theme of renewable energies and social issues where the player drives an electric car. Apart from the concept where the player has to eliminate the other polluting cars from the road, I have presented two original elements: The use of cell phones while driving (SMS) and drunk driving. I proposed a concept in the game to illustrate the harmful effects and develop a mentality towards these phenomenons. Here are two screenshots that illustrate what happens when the player grabs these items on the road.

 

SMS

SMS

 

Alcohol

Alcohol

The results

The reactions were very good towards the elements that create a connection between the game and the social issues. The integration of these elements into the mechanic of the game was not something I had tested before the MIGS and it was difficult to anticipate the reaction of people towards the integration of these elements. Creating a connection between a retro-racing game and a social phenomenon is a challenge. Presenting my game at the MIGS was an opportunity to do the real test with the audience and see the reactions live.

 

My booth

My booth

 

Second day of exhibition and still alive after intense months of work, but which have been worth it.

Second day of exhibition and still alive after intense months of work, but which have been worth it.

I also had the opportunity to interact with other Indie developers and industry people, for the majority of Montreal, on several topics of the industry. In addition, I created business contacts to help propel Gaia Dream Creation. The mood was really cool.

 

Conclusion

Because of the unsustainable pace with the deadlines for preparing the MIGS and the game to be well defined before the event, I was looking forward to the MIGS being over a few weeks before the event. Once passed, barely an hour after the end on Tuesday night, I was a little nostalgic that it was already over. It’s paradoxical! 3 intense days followed by a calm. I had the impression that I existed only for the MIGS with the preparation. It was the disproportionate workload that was the main stress. Otherwise, the MIGS was great I plan to return next year with another game.

I plan to participate in other local events to present Gaia Green Racing. I take a short break and I get back to work soon for the big launch in 2017. Thank you to all those who took the time to share their comments and impressions. I took notes.

The MIGS was a success!
 

Cheers!

Sébastien

 

First level in the national park.

First level in the national park.





Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle 2.05 released

Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle

Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle.

The version 2.05 of Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle 2™ has been released. This version brings the following correction.

  • Fixed a bug with the piece rotation enabled when loading a saved puzzle.

To download it or to get more information, visit Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle.

People who purchased the full version can get the update through the application’s menu.





Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle 2.04 released

Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle

Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle.

The version 2.04 of Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle 2™ has been released. This version brings the following improvements.

  • Increased the maximum number of pieces to 5000 on Windows 64 bits.
  • Added a “Change environment” option to the puzzle creation dialog.
  • Replaced the image manipulation library.
  • Added Windows 64 bit native version.
  • Other minor fixes.

To download it or to get more information, visit Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle.

People who purchased the full version can get the update through the application’s menu.





Gaia Desktop Manager 1.00 beta 8 released

We have just released a new version of Gaia Desktop Manager™. This version solves the following issues.

  • Updated the “New desktop wallpapers” window’s links to open in the default web browser.
  • Replacement of the manipulation image library.
  • Wallpaper information dialog: Fixed the “Reset” button to reset all fields to their default values.
  • Wallpaper information dialog: Fixed the background bar position on the wallpaper.
  • Wallpaper effects: Fixed applying wallpaper effects on multi-screen configurations.
  • Other minor adjustments.

To download it or to get more information, visit Gaia Desktop Manager.





New retrogaming section

Retrogaming, play your old games today

Retrogaming, play your old games today

Retrogaming is still the news! We have created a new section to allow you to play the old games of the 80s and 90s. These games are not dying and are still hot today. However, they have become rarer and are harder to find. Surprisingly, you can still find vintage consoles in new conditions.

One of our goals is to list where you can buy easily the hardware. So far, we have listed a few vintage retro gaming consoles and a few arcade machines. More hardware is coming during the next weeks. We will keep adding new stuff regularly as we find new gaming gears.

This market is also flourishing. Because the vintage gaming consoles and vintage arcade machines are not in production anymore, many companies have come up with a new kind of hardware. For the consoles, you can play your old games on clone retro consoles compatible with the original old games. For the arcade machines, you can play thousand of games on one single multi-game arcade machine.

To get more information, visit the retrogaming section.





Gaia Desktop Manager 1.00 beta 7 released

Our wallpaper manager and screensaver manager Gaia Desktop Manager™  has been updated to version 1.00 beta 7 to solve an important issue with the screensaver manager. On Windows 8 and 10, the screensaver manager could not be automatically launched properly from Windows.

To download it or to get more information, visit Gaia Desktop Manager.





Software updated for Windows 10 compatibility


 

We have just updated our software to be compatible with Windows 10.

With this update, we have dropped the support for Windows XP. Our software should still work on Windows XP. However, since Microsoft dropped the support for this version of Windows, we are not going to test them on Windows XP anymore.

To download the latest version of our software, visit our download page.

For the full version of Gaia PC Jigsaw Puzzle 2, use the update link within the game menu.






Gaia Green Racing announced

We have just announced our new game Gaia Green Racing™.  This new game is a modern adaptation of the 8-bit/16-bit retro racing games of the 80s like the famous SEGA® Outrun™  and it occurs in a near future under the theme of the renewable energies and social issues.

To get more information, visit:
http://www.gaiadreamcreation.com/games/gaia-green-racing/
 

Racing in the mountains

Racing in the mountains

Racing in the desert

Racing in the desert