It snuck up on us a little bit, but we’ll be at IN09, the interactive ontario conference of media-minded minglers. IN, which stands for “Interactive Nonsense” (i think), is the new moniker for the conference formerly known as ICE. ICE was renamed to distance it from the negative connotations stemming from the street name for crystal meth, but mostly at the request of this guy:
He’s throwing up gang signs. i’m just throwing up.
IN09 is strangely scheduled a few short days before GDC 09, the Game Developers Conference, which we’ll also be attending. i was at ICE last year as a pinch hitter for an absentee panelist, but i did get to catch one or two other panels. Unforunately, they were filled with people recycling their material from GDC. Regardless of which conference comes first, it looks like either way, there will be spoilers.
The Long Con
The interactive ontario conference is spectacularly badly timed for us, as it shortens our development time on codename: Fingerprints by nearly a week. We are already modelling, photographing and coding up a storm in anticipation of GDC. But the digital media industry in Canada, and especially here in Toronto, is so small that it would be foolhardy to miss the local conference. It would be like belonging to a tight-knit family of inbred mountain folk, and missing the reunion.
The DigiTwins, pictured above, just received a substantial amount of government funding for their upcoming 7 1/2 episode teevee series and accompanying “vidja game”
If you want to get together over a jug of moonshine at the event, send me an email.