Video games are more than just a hobby, they're a lifestyle, and for many professionals, video games are at the core of their respective careers. Pretty much any lover of video games would (literally) kill for the chance to break into the industry, making the Montreal International Games Summit (or MIGS) a must-attend event.
Bridging the gap between the avid gamer and the industry itself, the MIGS, to be held at Palais des congrès from November 15th to 17th, is marketed as the largest video game industry event in North America.
Technically, the MIGS is an an event geared towards video game professionals, though there is tons an average gamer can enjoy.
Take the "Expo Zone," for example, where all attendees can check out (and play) the latest games and new projects created by the largest video game developers around, along with an array of indy studios. This'll be your chance to play the games everyone will be talking about for the rest of the year.
Several tournaments will also be held during MIGS-weekend, including the Magic: The Gathering-Puzzle Quest demo and a For Honor tournament, a new 3rd person melee fighting game developed by Ubisoft. The big-name studio (that has an office in Montreal, as you know) promises high-octane medieval violence for all who play, so colour us excited.
What makes MIGS truly exciting for students, young professionals, or anyone who has always wanted to become a part of the video game creation process, is the number of events catering to folks who need an entry point into the video game industry.
Not only will professionals be on-site looking for the latest talent at the MIGS Recruitment Zone (which you have to register for), but there the video game summit will also be holding a "Best of Future Talent" and "Concept Art Contest."
Best of Future Talent is specifically geared towards students and recent grads, and allows them to showcase their work and have projects presented to industry professionals.
The Concept Art Contest is pretty much what it sounds like, with amateur graphic designers and digital artists competing for the best design on a given theme, which will be unveiled only 24-hours before the event.
To find out more about the Montreal International Games Summit, taking place at at Palais des congrès from November 15-17, head to the event's official website here.
From July 7 to 9 the Nintendo team will be heading to Montreal's Comiccon for a special gaming fest.
Nintendo is invites families to participate in their Nintendo Switch “Play Together” events. Plus you can also test out Nintendo's latest releases including ARMS, Splatoon 2, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and more!
In addition to playing Nintendo games onsite, you can also compete for giveaways in the the various play zone and you can actually step inside a real Mario Kart!
But that's still not all. There will also be a separate Retro Gaming Zone. The retrogamer.ca team will have all your favorite childhood games, including Super Mario World, Zelda, Sonic, Contra andCastlevania.
Ah yes, you heard me! Best Buy will officially be selling Super NES Classic Editions! Not only do you and all those other video game lovers want one, but so do kids and just about everyone so you can count on them selling out pretty fast.
As Nintendo has mentioned, "the golden age of 16-bit gaming returns" and Yoshi, Samus, and the Star Fox crew are ready for you to come and play! The Super NES Classic Edition system has the "original look and feel of the ’90s home console, only smaller".
But, the best part is that it comes loaded with 21 games such as Super Mario World, Final Fantasy III and notably, the previously unreleased Star Fox 2! It is going to be sold as of September 29th 2017 at participating Best Buys for 79.99 USD.
The NES classic was super difficult to find when it was first released, so hopefully the SNES has a better stock. I mean, I know what I will be doing September 28th at 1AM... GETTING MY ASS IN LINE to buy one!