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The Internship Chronicles: Giancarlo Gioielli

By: Giancarlo Gioielli, Game Design ’21 While studying abroad in Montreal this semester, I was fortunate enough to land an internship at a small indie studio called Back to the Game. Back to the Game is known for developing and publishing several mobile games, as well as a piece of software called rob0 that specializes […]

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The Internship Chronicles: Ben Hubner

By: Ben Hubner, Game Programming ’21 Over this semester, I have been working at the company Back to the Game as a programmer. Back to the Game, also known as B2tGame, is a Montreal-based software development and game studio. Their previous games include Reach, a competitive puzzle game, and its sequel Reach VS. They have […]

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The Internship Chronicles: Jack Baillie

By: Jack Baillie, Game Production ’21 I have spent the past semester working for the indie game studio Artifact 5, A5 is based here in Montreal and does all of its business out of the gaming hub GamePlay Space. Artifact 5 was founded in 2014 by Samantha Cook, Ramy Daghestani, and Mohannad Al-Khatib. The studio […]

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The Internship Chronicles: Michael Foti

By: Michael Foti. Game Production ’21 My name’s Michael Foti, a Game Production Management student at Champlain College expected graduation May 2021. I participated in a semester long internship at Martov Co, a VR Game Development company based in Montreal now with two titles; Chiaro, and the Elixir of Life, and Forged. I worked alongside […]

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The Internship Chronicles: Ryan Littleton

By: Ryan Littleton, Game Design ’21 A few days ago, I was sitting down for lunch with a friend of mine when I had a bit of a realization. We’d both just finished up some work on Soul Reaper, the game that we’re working on for our internship, and decided to take our lunch breaks […]

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The Internship Chronicles: Riley Dickerson

By: Riley Dickerson, Game Production ’21 When I first interviewed for the position over Discord with my boss Martin Bradstreet, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this position. I knew I’d be the marketing intern, but I had no idea what that truly entailed until weeks later when I visited the company. Martov was […]

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Champlain Abroad: Indiana Edition

By Julia Broman (Game Art ’21) This semester we’ve had the lovely chance to welcome someone from a completely different school into our Champlain Game Studio fold. Cole Swany is from the University of Indiana, and is studying Game Design there, but they don’t have many study abroad opportunities for his major. And so, he […]

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Montreal: Your Frequently Asked Questions Answered!

By Hannah Mata (Game Art ’21)

The transition from Burlington to Montreal was easier than I expected; in fact, if you’ve already smoothly made the transition from living at home to living on campus, you’re halfway there! It’s pretty easy to adjust, as the hardest thing for me was really just finding Canadian stores are parallels to familiar stores in the United States. That being said, if you have never made food for yourself or used public transportation, you’re in for a real treat!

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Food and Budgeting in Montreal

By Julia Broman (Game Art ’21)

For some, Montreal is the first time when grocery shopping has become a priority. If you’ve never lived on your own before and have had to shop and cook for yourself, the idea of moving to a new city in a different country and having to deal with groceries may seem a little daunting. The goal of this guide is to help those who want a little guidance, or help those who just want to become a little more organized with their monthly spending. This is mostly focused on groceries and recipes, but along with this is a monthly budgeting worksheet that includes various areas of expenses, such as bills, clothing, etc.

Coming to a bustling city such as Montreal, it’s extremely tempting to go and try all of the great restaurants it has to offer. Foods from around the world are available, from tiny family-run businesses to large chains. As much as it’s highly encouraged to try new things, dining out isn’t the best for your wallet in the long run, so it’s important to give yourself a monthly limit (and stick to it). The best way to reduce stress about what and how you’re eating is to plan ahead and budget. Let’s go!

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Falling «en amour» with Montreal: A guide to survival French

By Amelia Payne (Game Programming ’21)

Let’s get this straight right off the bat. You DO NOT need to speak French to study in Montreal. Canada is a bilingual country and most people speak both languages. I’ve yet to meet a single person who doesn’t speak flawless English. That said, learning a few French phrases is a great idea because it will enhance your experience. In Montreal, a little French will take you a long way. 

Montreal is an incredibly multicultural city. You’ll hear dozens of different languages being spoken on the streets

I decided to study French before coming to Montreal because I love learning languages but it is not necessary to do so. Once in Montreal, you can take Survival French or just survive without it. 

If you do decide to study in advance, the school has some great online resources. I especially like Mango languages. It has a course on Quebec French and a very laid back approach. You use your Champlain login to get free unlimited access to Mango. 

Montrealers are very laid back but they appreciate it when people make an effort to speak French. They won’t laugh at your American accent. Even if you immediately switch to English, starting a conversation with a few french words will be well received. 

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