A picture of Matthew Davey (aka Reapazor) from PTBO Game Jam 03 in Peterborough, OntarioMy name is Matthew Davey; a father, a loving partner, the founder of dotBunny, the founder of the PTBO Game Jam, and streamer on Twitch. You might also know me better by the alias, Reapazor. I live in the beautiful city of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and work as an indie game developer.

My obsession with programming started in the mid 90s, which sparked my first successful games industry startup GameDaemons in 2002. I continue to work in and around the video game industry on many popular titles, with over 130 shipped projects. I hold positions on many educational institutes’ advisory boards, and enjoy giving back to the community wherever possible.

dotBunny

In July 2006, I started dotBunny with a single guiding directive. To create a company where clients could turn to industry veterans to solve their most complex of problems with simple yet elegant solutions. This principle has guided the company ever since, and has allowed us to focus on word of mouth referrals to grow. In June 2017, over 11 years since our start, we decided it was time to make our own game. Making other people’s dreams a reality is great, and profitable. It was however time for us to live up to our “we make games” tag line.

dotBunny is very much an indie game development studio, and we are owning it. While I wear many hats inside the company, I still see myself as a video game developer.

While indie, we still have some big ambitions for ourselves and for Peterborough’s tech sector. We are betting the bank on our project, with the hopes of restoring a proper brick and mortar video game studio in Peterborough. This dream won’t happen overnight, but it is a great goal and we as a company are taking steps to make it a reality.

PTBO Game Jam

PTBO Game Jam 03 in Peterborough, Ontario - Indie Game Developers Arriving

In July 2016, I started the PTBO Game Jam, my philanthropic give back to Peterborough and the surrounding community. It is a bi-annual not-for-profit event with the intent to foster and support the local video game development industry. In other not so convoluted words, I’m trying to create some tech industry in Peterborough. This helps with the goal of dotBunny restoring a physical studio in Peterborough, encouraging local developers to shine. The event has since grown to something that I could never have imagined possible. With each iteration of the PTBO Game Jam, the formula gets tweaked and improved. The momentum behind it, is simply incredible.

Why be an Indie Game Developer in Peterborough?

I moved to Peterborough to go to university, while working already in the video games industry remotely. The town and community grew on me over the years and I decided to stay and base dotBunny here. While the town has its many quirks, there is still a good foundation of people here, and those people deserve so much more. The natural beauty of the town also amazes me, and it’s the abundance of green space. It is a great place to live, and raise a family, even with the quirks.

The Forgotten Soul

Around the time that we (dotBunny) decided to work on our own intellectual property, I started streaming my workday on Twitch. Utilizing some of the interesting skill sets I have procured over a long career, I am able to produce a polished show, that is gaining popularity slowly. This process has allowed me to engage with aspiring game developers from around the world. Providing insight and help with their problems has been a rewarding experience for me.

The stream is purely experimental in nature, and I am constantly evolving the process of delivering content. The PTBO Game Jam also benefits from this learning process. As I develop out different technologies, they carry over to produce a unique and creative live show experience that Peterborough has never seen before.

What does an Indie Game Developer do in their spare time?

The same things that you do silly! While game developers are awesome by the very nature of what we do for a living. We are all still just normal people. In my spare time, I do enjoy playing video games, my preference being to play some local multiplayer game with friends. There is something incredible about competitive gameplay when you are in the same room. As you probably guessed, my alias on all the platforms is Reapazor.

I also enjoy cooking, finding it a relaxing change from the normal pace of game development.  I’m also a pretty big nerd (clearly), but I have those elusive social skills that transform me into a geek.

Reapazor? Matthew Davey?

Matthew Davey aka Reapazor, Indie Game Developer in Peterborough, OntarioThe “Reapazor” name that confuses many people has a simple origin. Many years ago, when the internet had a smaller reach, I used the alias “Reaper”. As the landscape of the internet changed, so did its density of users. Eventually, I was running into other Reapers, to no fault of their own. I was working at one of our offices in Dallas so many years ago, and was discussing the problem with a colleague. His recommendation, given he was experiencing a similar issue, was that we turn our aliases into dinosaurs.

It has a nice ring to it, and I have yet to find anyone else that has a remotely similar name. It also makes getting usernames on different social media platforms a lot easier. Let’s not even start the conversation about domain trolls, that’s a thing of the past for this Reapazor.

Rea ● pa ● zor – Matthew Davey, an indie game developer based in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.