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Today we're having a chat with Jani Kaipainen, the Head of Publishing at VRKiwi. Great to have you here Jani! You guys are the experts when it comes to making VR games, and especially bringing those games into a slew of different VR platforms. You guys are also working with us in making the Virtual Reality Awards happen as a part of this year's GDWC.



Can you first give us a quick intro into who you guys are and what exactly it is that VRKiwi does.

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We're looking for a mascot to represent the championship, the fun of playing games, and all the hard work game developers do to make the games happen. To find the right kind of mascot, we've kicked off an open competition for mascot designs and will reward the winner with a cash prize of 1000 euros.

What do you think the mascot should be like? We'd want it to be friendly and funny, and to be connected to gaming and game development. It can be 2D, 3D, 2.5D, or 4D if you want. Let your ideas flow free!

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Today we're joined by Manos, one of the Co-founders of Arcweave to discuss what their game design tool can do and how it can help you during your game development project.

Hey, Manos! Thank you for joining me today! Can you first give us a quick rundown on what exactly Arcweave is?

Arcweave is a web app for designing and prototyping games. It is highly visual and supports real-time collaboration. Our tool allows users to create diagrams (called 'boards') to represent the flow of a story or game logic. We strive to keep it as easy-to-use as possible, so that writers and designers can focus on what matters most: the creative aspect of their work.

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30th Round of Fan Favorite voting has come to a close, and the winner is Goldenjar Fall by Ardeal Studio from Argentina! Congrats to the winner!

Goldenjar Fall is a pure action game, wrapped in a gripping story of justice and revenge. Where players will fight their way through dark corridors wielding the power of Torgabarth the allfather of the dwarves.


2nd Place: El Gancho by SIDRALGAMES from Spain.

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The Game Development World Championship (GDWC), a global online competition for indie game developers, has beaten all previous participation records, making this year's competition the biggest in the championship's history. Over 2000 development teams from more than a hundred countries have signed up to the competition so far this year, with more joining in each day.

Developers compete with their games in multiple categories ranging from PC and Consoles to Mobile, and VR platforms. Hobbyist projects, Game Jam games, and Student game projects also get their own categories to compete in.

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29th round of Fan Favorite voting has come to a close and we have a winner: Esse Proxy by From South Games from Argentina! Congrats to the winning team!



"A Slick, Stylish and Brutal Top-Down Twin-Stick Shooter. Kill or die, Learn and Repeat before you unveil the secrets of Esse Proxy in this Action-Packed Story on a Dystopian Cyberpunk City. Fight bosses, Ride vehicles, Select your arsenal & choose between different characters with unique abilities"


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New game development trends emerge every day. Most of them are caused by rapid technological progress and changing gamer preferences. Some of these trends come and go, while others last for a few years.

Whether you are a game developer, game development student, or game development hobbyist, you should be aware of the current and future trends. It will allow you to design the most advanced games that fit the ever-changing market
perfectly.

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Point and Click Adventure game Lucy Dreaming by independent game studio Tall Story Games from United Kingdom has won the 28th Fan Favorite voting week! Congrats to the Winner!



"Lucy is a young girl with a sharp wit and a recurring nightmare! Adventure between dreams and reality to explore strange environments, colourful characters and unique puzzles. Can you unlock the secrets of dream control and discover the disturbing truth behind Lucy's nightmares before it's too late?"

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Wyvern by Ghost Track Inc from USA has won the Fan Favorite Vote round 27! Congrats to the Winner!

"Wyvern is a real-time, top-down 2D, graphical, massively multiplayer RPG. The game has thousands of maps and playable areas, hundreds of skills, spells and monsters, and all the features you would expect from a big fun RPG: Guilds, crafting, level editing, community features and more!"

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As we're entering further in the Autumn and inevitable Winter, we're also kicking off another Fan Favorite weekly vote. This week's lucky number is 28. Once again, check out these awesome games, pick your favorite, and cast your vote. Remember that the winner is one step closer to earning the crown of Fan Favorite 2021.




Edda Cafe
Mushroomallow Studio, Indonesia
Vote here!

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Jupiter Moons: Mecha by solo indie developer Artur from Poland has won last week's Fan Favorite vote (#26). Congrats to the winner!



"Choose your mech, customize your loadout, and build your perfect deck. Experiment with cards to find powerful combinations as you enjoy the tactical combat and deckbuilding in this roguelike adventure! Jupiter Moons: Mecha puts you in the pilot seat of a bounty hunting mech. Take on the industrial muscle of the Taka Construction, outsmart the elite swiftness of the Gendai Spec and fight beard to beard with a group of mech pirates. With the corruption spreading, more bounties mean more danger...more danger means more profit!"

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25th round of voting for Fan Favorite has come to a close and the Winner is The Lost Mystic Ornament - Action RPG by Machau Games from India! Congrats to the Winning team!



"The Powers of Dreadful Curse have spread in the Realm of Felix, you must forge your own destiny with this action-packed RPG Hack & Slash and fight your way through endless hordes of demons and all sorts of terrifying creatures."

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Hair Bows by solo developer Donnie from Brazil has won the 24th Fan Favorite voting round! Congrats to the Winner!

"Use the power of your Hair Bow to solve the puzzles and defeat bizarre creatures in this puzzle-platform game."




2nd Place: Sclash by Sclashers from France.

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Time Breach by Parrudo Game Studio from Brazil has taken the crown in last week's Fan Favorite vote round 23. Congrats to the Winner!



Time Breach is a 2D Puzzle-Platformer that explores time-travel. Marty receives a device from a scientist, with the mission to flow through time in order to hide it somewhere safe.



2nd Place: The Patagonians by RDVIndieGames from Spain: "The plot of the game The Patagonians revolves around the mysterious disappearance of four children in a small town. The main character is the local sheriff. One of the missing children was his ten year old daughter."

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Attack of the Karens by solo indie developer, Studio Primitive, from USA has won the Fan Favorite vote of week 22! Congrats to the Winner!



"Fight your way through eight stages packed with classic side-scrolling shoot em' up action! Destroy the mutated cyborg Karens in epic boss battles! Dodge destroyed buildings and obstacles as the city crumbles around you! Assemble your arsenal by collecting new gun parts as you fly through the stages! Enjoy gorgeous pixel art graphics in a classic retro style! Featuring fully voiced dialogue, enjoy the rockin' retro soundtrack as you fry the cyborgs and send them back to where they came from!"

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World Turtles by South African solo developer Re: cOg Mission has won the Fan Favorite voting round 21 at GDWC 2021! Congrats to the Winner!

"A wholesome strategy game where you help Meeps save the life of the World Turtle they live on. Construct buildings, harvest resources, allocate and prioritise tasks, research and develop, and cooperate with other Meeps. And who knows? You may even meet others from different worlds."

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Memories of East Coast by independent solo developer Muhammad Hakim Bin Ahmad from Malaysia has won the Fan Favorite weekly vote round 20! Congrats to the winner!

"A debut game of an immersive visual novel experience that brings you on a journey through memory, nostalgia and guilt. Will you accept your fate?"




2nd place went to Hell of an Office by 43 Studios from Spain:
Hell Of An Office is an intense speed-running first person vertical platformer where you run, dash and rocket-jump your way through the world's most hellish office. But it won't be easy; the lava is always rising!

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GDWC has partnered with Autodesk to expand the GDWC 2021 with a brand new category: Student Game Award! With this category we're looking to highlight students from all over the world developing games!

The Student Game Award category is open to all kinds of student-developed projects from 2D to 3D and anything in between. It's also open to students of all fields, whether you're studying game development or something completely different, as long as you have a game to show us, you're welcome to join!

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Horror-mystery visual novel Scarlet Hollow by USA-based development team Black Tabby Games has won the Fan Favorite voting round 19! Congrats to the winner!

Trapped in the dying Appalachian mining town of Scarlet Hollow for the funeral of your estranged aunt, you quickly find yourself at the center of a dark mystery that threatens your life. Scarlet Hollow is a horror-mystery game with sharp writing, dark humor, and hand-drawn art from award-winning graphic novelist Abby Howard.

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