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Rick and Morty virtual game developed by Atlantic Canadian company

Rick and Morty virtual game developed by Atlantic Canadian company
From CBC - January 2, 2018

An Atlantic Canadian gaming company will soon be transporting gamers through the alternate realities of mad scientist RickSanchez and his hapless grandson MortySmith.

"We all thought that was pretty frigging cool, there's no question about that," said DeirdreAyre, head of operations for Other Ocean Interactive, describing work on the game based on the cult animated series Rick andMorty.

Other Ocean's offices in Charlottetown and St. John's are bringing the virtual reality gameRick andMorty: VirtualRick-alitytoPlayStation4.

It might seem like a game-changing gig for the two small-town studios.

But Other Ocean Interactive hasbeen changing the game inthe region and in the industry for nearly 25 years.

"Getting in the door is not generally a problem for us," she said.

A gaming hub in Charlottetown?

The company began in Silicon Valley, launched by Ayre's brother, Andrew, a fellow Newfoundlander. He'd always wanted to bring his video game business back home, andhired Deirdre Ayre to make it happen.

She set up an office in Charlottetown in 2006, thanks in part to the P.E.I. government's strategyto attractgaming companies to the province.

Thatoffice is now one in a cluster of nearly 10 gaming companiesin Charlottetown.

In 2008, Ayremoved home to Newfoundland and opened a second Atlantic Canadianstudio in St. John's.

Introducing the App Store withSteve Jobs in 2008

That year, after a project with Sega on thegame Super Monkey Ballwas halted, Ayregot aphone call from the project's producer, asking that two of the programmers be sent to California for a secret meeting.

"He said, 'I just need you to trust me withthis,'" Ayresaid.

Turns out, Apple wanted the programmers to work with Sega to build a demo of Super Monkey Ball for the iPhone.

They gave them about two weeks to built it.

Then, sharing a stage withSteveJobshimself, one of theOther Ocean programmers and a Sega producer showed off the game at the Applepress conferencewhich introducedthe world to app development andthe App Store.

A changing industry

'Games would be different if they were made by girls.' - Deirdre Ayre

A gaming hub in Newfoundland?

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