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Norwegian video game developers want to attract players with fishing simulations set up in NS

Norwegian video game developers want to attract players with fishing simulations set up in NS

When a Norwegian company needed to help test a new video simulation game Fishing: North Atlantic, One of the people it went to was a 16-year-old honor student from a small fishing port in eastern Nova Scotia.

Like many teenagers, Dakota Keefe is crazy about video games.

However, this season he spent two months on the back of a lobster boat fishing with his father and grandfather on the eastern coast of Little Dover near Kansas.

Keefe helped identify bugs in games developed earlier this year. Currently he is one of the first to play the latest version weeks before the official release.

“You can play the game and learn a lot about all the different harbors and how we fish here,” he said from the game desk in his bedroom.

Keefe played the test game with one of two teenagers in the community. (Robert Short/CBC)

In the room Trailer park boys Montreal Canadians poster and souvenir.

“We really like to be in the game. Overall, the lobster is good. It’s something I’ve never seen in a game before,” he said.

It took 6 hours to download the game on a local NS

Keefe got involved when Norwegian developer Misc Games asked volunteers to test the game.

He was plugged into the company after playing his first commercial simulation Fishing: Barents Sea, It is based on the waters of Northern Europe.

As a reward for his feedback on new games, “Most of the time, they fixed issues that didn’t work properly.”-Kief got the latest version this week.

But it took 6 hours to download in the remote community.

“They have made many improvements over the previous game,” he said. “More realistic”

Game play

In the game, players begin with a small boat and swordfish on a “game map” 300 kilometers off the southern coast of Nova Scotia.

When they land and sell their catch at any one of the five area ports, they go on to progressively larger vessels, including lobster boats, and ultimately to the factory freezer.

The game will be released in mid October on the gaming platform Steam for about $40.

The console version is scheduled for 2021.

The Nova Scotia audience features realistic waterfronts and familiar landmarks in Lunenburg, Rockport, Yarmouth and Digby, and to a lesser extent Dennis Point in Lower Punico, but the dockside Denise Point Cafe is identifiable.

The lobster boat design was provided by AF Theriault & Son Shipyard in Metegan.

The video game company used the design of the Metegan-based shipyard AF Theriault & Son for the in-game vessels. (Other games)

Mise’s chief operating officer, Yasemin Hamurcu, said the company was looking for the next location when television documentaries and YouTube documentaries warned them about Nova Scotia’s rich fishing history and beautiful harbor. ..

Speaking from an office in Stavanger, Norway, she said it was a scout trip to Nova Scotia to shoot a landmark last year.

“We knew this place was the perfect place to showcase the beauty of the fishing community and the types of techniques they use. What you need to make a place look real I want people to feel it, either nail it or they really feel familiar,” she said via Skype.

Kiefe appreciates video games that specialize in “fishing methods.”

“I’ve been playing games since I was a kid, so we’ve always wanted to do something. That’s the only thing that has to do with fishing on a commercial scale. What we do. It’s great to be recognized as a state for playing games here.”

Yarmouth Mayor Pammood in the middle met Norwegian game designer Golan Marland (left) and Yasemin Hamkul when the team came to Nova Scotia. (MISC game)

There is one voucher that still needs to be corrected.

Players entering and leaving In Yarmouth go through a very realistic cat ferry that runs between Yarmouth and Maine.

It is spelled K because the owner ferry did not respond when the owner’s bay ferry approached for permission to use the name.

Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood warned the company, the company is now granting permission, and the cat will be properly represented.

She welcomes advertisements the game may attract.

“This is absolutely amazing. They have an accurate picture of who we are,” she said.

“When we visit the cultural works and fisheries that we are completely enclosed in, and the website, you can see exactly who we are. You can see the tuna fish and the herring And you can see the swordfish and all of them. [I’m] We are really pleased to be participating in this. “

Company wants to go all over the world

Misc wants to extend its commercial fishing simulation to other locations, including Japan and the United States.

Hamurcu, on the other hand, would like to thank Nova Scotia gamers like Keefe, one of the two teenage gamers in Little Dover for helping with the test.

“Dakota had a lot of good feedback on us,” Hamurcu said.

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