Nick Lees: Call of Duty asks Edmonton writer for help with video game

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Edmonton writer Shelby Carleton helped a California company write the 19th installment of Obligations , a video game series that has generated $ 27 billion since its launch in 2003.


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“When I found a position last year for a narrative designer job at Sledgehammer Games, one of several studios that make Call of Duty games, I didn’t think I was hopeful of landing the position,” says Carleton, 24. , an English graduate from the University of Alberta.

Writing for games is a competitive field. There is a lot of interest and a lot of incredible applicants, but very few positions. “

After the interviews, Carleton was asked if she would be willing to move to California if accepted for a position and she said she gave an excited “yes.”

“In March of this year, I joined the amazing storytelling team at Sledgehammer Games and started writing about Call of Duty: Vanguard ”Says Carleton.

“Working during a pandemic has had its challenges, but I plan to move to Foster Creak near San Francisco next March to write with the team in person.”


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Call of Duty is a first person shooter franchise published by Activision . The games were initially set in WWII, but more recently, they were set during the Cold War, on futuristic worlds, and in outer space.

Last February, Activision Blizzard President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Alegre said the company’s $ 27 billion earnings since 2003 made Call of Duty “one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time.” .

Action shot from the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard video game.  Activision will release it in November 2021.
Action shot from the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard video game. Activision will release it in November 2021. Photo supplied

Sledgehammer Games, which opened in 2009, plans to release the 18th installment, Call of Duty: Vanguard, on November 5.

“I tried to read as much as possible about WWII before I started working on the game,” says Carleton. “Our team also had some incredible historians who helped guide us.”


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As a child, Carleton grew up watching her father play games on his computer, like Doom 3, and later helped him solve puzzles in Resident Evil 4.

“In 2009, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released and I remember playing the campaign several times,” says Carleton. “This was my first experience, but certainly not my last, with the Call of Duty franchise.

“There are so many people who were part of the war effort, and showing just a few of those stories in Vanguard is something I’m very proud to have been a part of.”

Timely recognition

Recently, a homeless mother in a car accident with her three children quickly connected to the Kids Kottage Foundation and it has been given unconditional support on a way forward.

“The woman was a victim of domestic violence,” said Janine Fraser, executive director of the Kids Kottage Foundation. “We provide your family with basic living needs and connect them with the resources needed to get them out of the crisis, including clean clothes, hot meals, supportive housing, a food safety program and counseling.

“Since our opening in 1995, we have provided safe haven for more than 30,000 babies and children and prevented 14,000 from falling into crisis.”

Staff were excited last week to learn that their work in helping families deal with poverty and homelessness nominated them for an International Peace Award (IPA) on October 30 in Ottawa. IPA is a Canadian charity that promotes peace, harmony and community service around the world.

“In Kottage and throughout our city, we have seen COVID-19 cause an increase in mental illness, domestic violence, homelessness and toxic stress in general,” said Fraser. “Being nominated for an IPA is an honor for our entire team. It is a validation that what we are doing is really having an impact. “


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Danny dedicated

Danny Hooper is perhaps best known as the Wayne Gretzky of fundraising auctioneers and the master of ceremonies for the Big Valley Jamboree.

But Hooper, who has also been a recording artist, Hall of Fame realtor and radio host, has also used COVID-19 to advance himself.

“The pandemic taught many of us to prioritize our lives and I have always had a passion for cooking,” he says.

“My first job at 12 was making hamburgers in the Little Acres BBQ Tent at K-Days; At age 15, I spent the summer on Ellesmere Island (Canada’s northernmost Arctic island) working as a bull cook at a 68-person seismic camp. Then, at 21, my dad and I opened our own steakhouse called Danny Hooper’s Stockyard. “

He continued to travel extensively and his love of tasty food led him to take cooking classes in Italy, Spain, Bali, Argentina, Germany, Greece, and Mexico.


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“Cookbooks became treasured mementos, and when the COVID pandemic hit and restaurants closed, I went into the kitchen with the intention of improving my culinary skills,” he said.

“Now I’m creating outrageously delicious meals on the charcoal barbecue, over a wood fire, in the smoker, or in the pizza oven.

When his friends started asking him for recipes, he recently launched Danny Hooper’s Groceries in Youtube.

“In many countries, mealtime is a central point of the day, when family and friends gather at the table to savor healthy foods and chat,” said Hooper.

“Here in North America, food is almost an afterthought at times, where for many families, weekly visits to a drive-thru far outweigh shared meals at the dinner table. What a pity.”

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