Video Game Industry

Thrive Games early access release of Dragon of Legends


HAMILTON, Canada – (December 5th, 2017) Thrive Games, a small indie startup based in Hamilton, Ontario, has announced that their flagship product Dragon of Legends, a 2D Online Action RPG, will be ready for Early Access release on December 15th, 2017 (find it here:

After three years of development at The Forge, McMaster University’s Incubator space, co-founders Nathan Dworzak, Michael Huynh, and Parker Martin are now prepared to show the fruits of their labour on Steam Early Access. We are pleased to announce that Dragon of Legends will be available for purchase in an early state of game capacity on Steam’s platform on Friday, December 15th 2017.

The game’s setting and subject matter are centered around the mythical Norse apocalypse, Ragnarok. Players will team up online to complete quests and explore the world of Manheimr, the realm of mortal men and women, in order to thwart the trickster Loki from unleashing Nidhogg, whose destiny includes immolating the world tree called Yggdrasil, that which binds the fabric of the universe together.

The early access program allows us to get the game in the hands of early adopters, so we can incrementally add more content as time goes on. The world of Manheimr and the group dungeons we have planned for you will span the Nine Norse Worlds, in addition to the many territories of the two main continents.

Lead Designer Nathan Dworzak adds, “This Early Access version contains 60% of the first episode to play through, which takes around 4-6 hours to complete, and offers players the chance to experience the first three playable classes – Warrior, Ranger, and Wizard in a single player capacity. Online play is actively being worked on, and should be ready early 2018.”

For further information about Thrive Games and its upcoming title Dragon of Legends, follow us on Facebook and Twitter


About Thrive Games ( or Twitter @Thrive905)

Thrive Games is an independent digital game studio based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Nathan Dworzak
Lead Designer

Parker Martin
Creative Director

Debris by Moonray arrives October 2nd


Moonray Studios (@moonraystudios) has announced the release of Debris for October 2nd, 2017!

Check out the trailer below and check out the game on Steam!



Description: Debris is an atmospheric single-player/co-op adventure game set in a surreal frozen ocean. Trapped in the depths, you must reach the surface to survive. Power is scarce, your team is lost and unusual creatures lurk in the darkness. Escape together or die alone.


  • Deep storylines dramatically impacted by the choices you make
  • Single-player and co-op modes
  • A unique underwater setting like nothing you’ve ever seen
  • Stunning graphics with dynamic ice and alien bioluminescence
  • Living creatures with their own domains, desires and attitudes
  • Futuristic weapons and a robotic squid



SHG Studios launches Wasteland Heroes


Last Friday SHG Studios launched their newest title Wasteland Heroes, available on Android!

WASTELAND HEROES – BOSS WARS is a ‘Hero-Centric’ Social Role-Playing Game with a TEEN rating.

Discordia was once our beacon of hope. The distant planet represented our fresh start; a new beginning for our species. The science of terraforming had been long since perfected in our own solar system, and for the first time it was essential to our species’ survival outside of it. We moved to Discordia, and turned it into our new paradise. We planted and farmed, we created technology to ensure our survival, we raised families, we lived.

Then we found The Void Mind.

★ Welcoming and active community – no bullying, spam, sexism, etc.
★ Hero-Centric gameplay where you level up a collection of characters.
★ 17 unique Heroes to collect, each with their own unique vehicle!
★ Fresh start! Wasteland Heroes is brand new so you can be amongst the first to level up!
★ Unlock the secrets of the world of Discordia through more than 40 missions in 7 Chapters.
★ Make friends and use one of their Heroes to further your progress.
★ Evolve Hero vehicles by collecting ‘Cores.’
★ Collect ‘Pilot Tokens’ to ascend your Heroes and make their attacks stronger
★ Free drops of crates to get tokens and cores.
★ Game Creators play the game with you — play against them, talk to them, and more.
★ FREE to play — always!



Adding to the excitement, MPP Michael Coteau was on-hand to help launch the game!


On May 27th 2016, SHG Studios was honoured to welcome the Hon. Michael Coteau, MPP! The Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sport for Ontario toured the studio, learned about our development process, and even pressed the “launch” button on our latest game!

Minister Coteau also spoke about OMDC, the IMDF and OIDMTC, all of which have been big factors in SHG’s success.

It was SHG’s distinct honour for the Minister to officially submit our newest title, Wasteland Heroes – Boss Wars to Google Play and launch the game live.

Check out the official trailer below!


Talk by Denis Dyack this Thursday at McMaster



When: Thursday April 28th 2016 at 1:30pm

Where: Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship (first floor of Mills Library @ McMaster University)

“The Most Important Factor In Video Game Creation” by Denis Dyack

If you are thinking about making a video game, it is critically important to understand what is the most important factor in creating something that will resonate with gamers. There are many factors to consider from audio, visuals, technology, game play, and story. This talk will examine each one of these areas and determine which of them is the most important. This talk will also attempt to forward a universal theory for game design that transcends technology, platforms, and devices. A fundamental foundation that creators can use for any gaming project, an “Aristotle’s Poetics” for the games industry if you will.

Denis Dyack is the Chief Creative Officer of Quantum Entanglement Entertainment.

A video game industry veteran of more than 25 years, he founded Silicon Knights in 1992 creating titles such as Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes, and Too Human. Denis is responsible for the direction of the brands across all mediums.

In 2011, Denis was inducted into the Canadian Game Developers Hall of Fame. Denis was awarded the Outstanding Achievement in Character or Story Development by Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences for his work on Eternal Darkness. Denis is known for his unique approaches and understanding of the video game medium; and has garnered multiple industry and business awards.

Denis is moved by the positive potential of converging media forms and is inspired to creating content that is original, challenging and engaging. Denis is a firm believer in ties between academia and industry, and has consulted or been on several advisory boards such as MIT, Waterloo University, Wilfred Laurier University, Brock University, McMaster University, and others to work in this regard. He has spoken on a variety of provocative topics from Engagement Theory, One Console Future, to Cloud Computing at conferences such as GDC, GDC Europe, Games Con, and DIG.

Denis has a B. Physical Education, H. BSc in Computer Science, M. Sc in Computer Science. Denis recently graduated from Miskatonic University with full honors in Quantum Theory believing one can never be educated enough to deal with the unknown.

Thrive Games launches Dragons of Legends Kickstarter


Indie Hamilton video game studio Thrive Games (@Thrive905) has officially launched a $60,000 Kickstarter campaign for their Dragon of Legends game.


Dragon of Legends

Dragon of Legends is an online action RPG for PC, Mac, Linux, and Mobile devices, that is heavily influenced by Gaelic and Norse mythology. Enter the ever-evolving lands of Hávámal, where the lights of faeries border the realms of darkness.

Two alliances have emerged across the world, both struggling for supremacy over the land and as these great powers battle one another for control of Hávamál – darker forces gather to destroy them. Players from around the world can assume the roles of customizable heroic fantasy characters, and explore a lush 2D world full of mystery, danger, and countless adventure.




After creating your own custom character and selecting a faction, you will set out on an epic quest to conquer evil and save the lands of Hávamál from impending doom, or succumb to the darkness and act as an agent of destruction. You will have your own background, racial history, and character specific storyline that will provide direction, and motivation behind all of your actions. Along your adventures you will acquire new equipment and learn powerful skills to aid you on your path, and you will be constantly interacting with other players from around the world. In order to defeat the most complicated and challenging dungeons, you must strategically coordinate your efforts and work effectively as a team to reap the rewards. You can band together with like-minded players in clans and guilds and wage war against other rival factions – or even turn on your own.


The Great Ham Jam video game hackathon



When: Friday February 12th – Sunday February 14th

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South




Hamilton’s Independent Game Jam “The Great Ham Jam” is a FREE, open-to-the-public event where the YOU the best video game makers come together for a 3 day, game making extravaganza!

Our goal is to raise awareness of the video game industry in Hamilton, bring community together and create epic content!

What is the Great Ham Jam?

The Great Ham Jam is Hamilton’s premiere game jam. The idea behind this new experience is that individuals of all skills and types gather under one roof and produce content that represents a game – whether it be of a board, card, video or other variety.


How does the Great Ham Jam work?

Over the course of two days (one working session per day), participants will have the opportunity to concept and then develop a playable game.

At the end of the second working session, our participants’ creations will be put on display for peer review and judging by their fellow creators, as well as our panel of awesome, handpicked judges.

Regardless of the creation, all participants will not only receive an award from Ham Jam for their creations, but they will be in the running for prizes based on several different categories and criteria, so stay tuned for more info on that.


What makes the Great Ham Jam so special?

The Great Ham Jam is much more than a competition – it is an experience which individuals of professional, indie and grassroots backgrounds can come together under one roof and share those skills they’ve learned in a fun and collaborative environment.

Over the course of the Great Ham Jam, everyone will have the opportunity to power level their developmental abilities and skills, establish new contacts and create new friendships – all while doing what they have a passion for and ending up with something they’d be proud to put on their family fridge.


HamJam first ever game hackathon this summer



When: Friday July 31st 2015 – Sunday August 2nd 2015

Where: McMaster Innovation Park @ 175 Longwood Road South


Organizer: Game Jam Hamilton (@GameJamHamilton)



Hamilton is quickly becoming the next big hub of game development and so we have decided it would be a great idea if Hamilton had it’s own 48hr Game Jam. This event will challenge game developers, increase their skills and help develop contacts all while having a lot of fun!

Come and join Hamilton’s FIRST game jam ever @ HamJam!


GameDevDrinks tonight

When: Wednesday June 17th 2015 from 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Where: The Pheasant Plucker @ 20 Augusta Street



Come join us at the Phesant Plucker and grab a drink with the local video game community. The goal of GameDevDrinks has always been about creating a casual inspirational social setting where students, hobbiest, enthusiast, or industry professionals can come together to share ideas, war stories, game demos, or anything else.

Guest Speaker:






Dragon of Legends live on Square Enix Indie Collective



For the past year Thrive Games have been working without any external funding in The Forge on a digital media project called Dragon of Legends, and now have a fantastic opportunity to bring their product and company to the next level – but need your help to do so.

Earlier this year, Thrive got in contact with the world renown developer and publisher, Square Enix, and learned about a pre-crowdfunding platform that they host known as the Square Enix Indie Collective. Pitches are submitted to their website and the community is asked to vote if they would or wouldn’t support a project on a crowdfunding service. This portion of the service is free, but if a project receives a substantial amount of votes and interest at this stage the publisher may offer up their PR contacts and mailing lists to further support the project through a crowdfunding campaign for 5% of the net gains.

Why is this so important?

This platform has had several success stories for several retro inspired games similar in style to what Thrive is working on, and some of their most successful games are from studios based in Toronto.

Halcyon 6 – 187k

Moon Hunters – 178k

Tokyo Dark – 130k+

The concept for the Collective platform is quite new, and there have only been a handful of success stories so far. Currently there are no other products with the amount of features and quality that Thrive brings to the table, so it is the ideal time to release something on their service before the platform gets oversaturated or considered passe by the public.

Thrive released their pitch page on May 25, and the voting period will last for 28-days. They are already one of the most popular projects on the site, but now need your help to secure that top spot – proving to the publisher that they are truly worth supporting!

Click on the link below and vote, comment, and help spread the word!