This week brings us back to our gracious hosts at the Silver Snail. Gavin, Jeff and J.M. discuss past events, lament the state of Canadian film & TV, and maybe even have time for a healthy pitch.
War has always been very popular theme in video games, which makes sense since guns and killing things are also very popular in games. Halo, Call of Duty, Gears of War and Battlefield have found a comfortable niche with their typically melodramatic takes on all sorts of conflict. From the box art alone, Vanquish looks an awful lot like it’s trying to add yet another 'androidgynous' protagonist to the pile, but the truth of the matter is much deeper than that.
The new documentary Cool It from acclaimed filmmaker Ondi Timoner is a breath of fresh air for anyone sick and tired of the fear-based approach to fighting climate change. With the help of Danish environmentalist Bjørn Lomborg, Timoner’s Cool It acts as a rebuttal of sorts to Al Gore‘s documentary An Inconvenient Truth.
At last month’s Nintendo Holiday Preview event, we got to try out the final build of Donkey Kong Country Returns for the Wii. At the beginning of our play session, we had 47 lives. By the end of it, we had a big fat Game Over.
Gamercamp LV2 is a wrap! The two day conference/social/experience featured talks by local game designers, journalists and luminaries, demos of new and exciting projects being developed in the city, music, food and -bit nostalgia. This is a detailed run down of this extremely fun and enlightening weekend.
Disney has unveiled the final theatrical trailer for the upcoming TRON: Legacy. Like the previous trailers for the film this one is a visual treat, but what makes this one different is that it finally reveals the plot of the film. TRON: Legacy stars Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn — son of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) from the 1982 TRON — who must travel to the digital world to find his father who has been missing for 25 years.
The first part of the climax to the Harry Potter series is much different than its predecessors. It features whole new kinds of depression, anxiety and an anger that the previous films simply did not have. In the past books and films, Harry and his crew had to overcome obstacles and that was that, even though they knew something more was coming. There were epic battle scenes, and other scenes that showed Potter striving for some illusive goal. This time around, Harry, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasely are alone and confused in a dark and sinister world.
Our friends over at The Games Day Podcast — dork brothers from another mother — are doing a very special live podcast recording today at the Digital Interactive Game Conference in London, Ontario. GDP Episode 78 will be in keeping with the theme of DIG, discussing and celebrating all things indie gaming.
The new red band trailer for David Gordon Green's fantasy-comedy Your Highness has hit the web. Quick word of warning about the trailer: it's red band. That means it contains violence, excessive swearing, stoner jokes and Natalie Portman in a thong — although we sincerely doubt that the last warning will serve as much of a deterrent.
The teaser trailer for Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens — based on the graphic novel of the same name — has hit the web. Set in 1873, the film sees the small town of Absolution in the Arizona Territory attacked by mysterious invaders. Cowboys & Aliens stars Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde.
The first trailer for DC and Warner Bros.' live-action Green Lantern film has hit the web. Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, test pilot and man without fear – or rather man who is able to overcome fear as it was later retconned. The film is being directed by Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) and also stars Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard and Tim Robbins.
Really, what is there to do in November? It’s kind of a boring month, no? Maybe stressing out about Christmas is getting to you already? (And in that case, I say ‘oy.’) Dork Shelf can easily remedy this problem. Here are my music choices of concerts to feast your eyes and ears on as well as some hot new artists.
Michael Todd is a Toronto-based game designer known for his unique artistic sensibility and approach to gameplay. His independent one man studio, Spyeart, produces games that are as much about experimenting with new mechanics as they are about provoking an emotional response from the player.
Anyone familiar with the Toronto video game scene probably knows the name Ryan Creighton. A president of Untold Entertainment, his speciality is online games designed for kids and teens. However, Creighton is also one of the most outspoken and passionate voices in the Toronto game development community. He is the kind of person who is as likely to make you think as he is to make you laugh. His industry knowledge and quick wit are immediately apparent, whether he's speaking on panel, socializing at gatherings like TOJam and Hand Eye, or writing on his always entertaining blog.
If you’ve been to any events run by Toronto’s Hand Eye Society, chances are you’ve seen Miguel Sternberg hard at work, frantically synching computers into local networks and test-driving new games built by himself and his colleagues. He’s half of the two-man team known as Spooky Squid Games.
Entertainment Tonight teased fans tonight with the first footage from the upcoming live-action Green Lantern film. Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, test pilot and man without fear - or rather man who is able to overcome fear as it was later retconned. The film also stars Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard and Tim Robbins.
This series of interviews will help you get to know the people who are making the Toronto video game scene what it is today. In this first part, Jonathan talks with Kris Piotrowski, co-founder and Creative Director of Toronto studio Capy Games. A Toronto studio that has come into its own over the past few years, with titles like Critter Crunch and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes receiving critical acclaim.