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Video Games Helped Me Level Up My Mental Health

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

As I got older -- I played different games. They helped me learn to solve complex puzzles, have someone to connect with and talk to through the game's chat, and created a community that allowed me to be myself. Of course -- like with every community -- there were bullies, predators, and all around terrible people. But you can find them, block them and keep going.

Can The Nintendo Switch Save The House That Mario Built?

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Business
Joshua Ostroff

Nintendo has become a bipolar brand; a pop cultural pendulum swinging between extreme highs and intense lows. Now in the wake of their failed Wii U console, they're launching the innovative console-meets-handheld Nintendo Switch in hopes of a much-needed 1Up.

Best Video Games To Give Grown-Ups For Christmas

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Living

They're all recommended for 18 years and up.

Joshua Ostroff

'The Last Guardian' Is 2016's Best – And Most Emotional – Video Game

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living

A decade-in-the-making masterpiece about a tattooed boy, a mythical beast and their bond.

Joshua Ostroff

10 Best Video Games To Buy For Your Kids This Holiday

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Parents

The weather outside is about to get frightful, which makes playing video games on the couch quite delightful.

Sexual Violence In Video Games Isn't Child's Play

Meredith Fowke | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Meredith Fowke

When I explained why I will not buy Grand Theft Auto 5 for my son and why he is not allowed to buy it even with his own money, he replied, "but it's just a game." I can't get angry at him for wanting a game that nearly all his friends have. But I cannot, and will not, give in. There is no place for this content in a video game.

Attracting Foreign-Born Talent Can Take Canada's Tech Sector Global

Jayson Hilchie | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Business
Jayson Hilchie

What Canada needs is efficient access to the best and brightest from abroad to help technology industries transform and grow here in Canada and to add value to an economy that is languishing while transitioning from resources to innovation.

I'm A 50-Year-Old Who Will Defend Her Right To Play Pokemon Go

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

And quite frankly, I'm tired of non-players insisting that it's a total waste of time. I think you should let your kids play, and while you're at it, you should join them and play, too!

Now That School Is In, Are Video Games Out?

Erin Silver | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I'm not sure whether to let my son play or drastically limit his playing time. But one thing is for sure: now that school is back in session, there have to be rules around how long my boys are allowed to play and when. I recently began polling parents about their rules, and my kids have listened intently to these discussions.

Pokémon GO Is A Better Way To Promote Healthy Lifestyles

Tanishq Suryavanshi | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada
Tanishq Suryavanshi

The recent release of Pokémon Go, the mobile phone augmented reality game, has taken the world by storm. The game has become a fitness icon, requiring players to walk or run around in the real world to catch Pokémon creatures in their virtual world.

What Is 'Pokémon GO' (And Why's Everyone Gone Crazy Trying To Catch 'Em All)?

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Don't call "Pokémon GO" a comeback, Pikachu's been here for years. Twenty years, to be exact, an anniversary celebrated this past February. The viral launch of the augmented reality game on smartphones on July 6 has pushed this enduring Japanese pop cultural property into a previously unexplored region: the real world.

Romeo And Juliet Is Now A Choose-Your-Own-Path Story

Michael MacDonald | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Michael MacDonald

I first meet Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics, co-editor of the Machine of Death series, and author of To Be or Not To Be: That is the Adventure, at a recent Toronto reading. North was presenting the sequel to TBoNTB: TitA, a second choose-your-path Shakespeare novel titled Romeo and/or Juliet.

Playing For The Future: How Video Games Are Leading Innovation

Jayson Hilchie | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Jayson Hilchie

If Canada is to remain a leader in innovation, more must be done to focus our efforts on building up the resource that is responsible for innovation -- talent. There already exists a global race to acquire the best and brightest talent to drive innovation and create the products and services that change the way we live, work and play.

Joshua Ostroff

Game Uses Romance To Tackle Gender Issues. It's Super Effective!

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Parents

Toronto game developer aims to level up the LGBTQ conversation.

Joshua Ostroff

How Women Will Save Gaming

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living

More damsels on screen and in the code will reduce gaming's distress.

Feeling Anxious? Try Playing A Video Game

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 11.19.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

What fascinates me as a clinician is the emergence of new, and dare I say, fun tools, to combat a traditionally difficult and solitary set of symptoms. While cognitive behavioural therapy and other forms of mental health interventions are important clinical considerations, so too is the potential role of games

Neil DeGrasse Tyson vs. Pluto: The Ultimate Showdown (And Video Game)

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Living

"Dear Pluto, Looking good. But you're still a dwarf planet. Get over it. Love, Neil."

How Gamification Can Transform Business Processes

Liisa Atva | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Business
Liisa Atva

Businesses have successfully used game-like experiences to increase loyalty and engagement long before the term gamification was coined. However, the rapid rise of gamification can be attributed to several factors: the quest to get a reaction, the pervasiveness of social media, web-based and mobile technologies, and the growth of the video game industry.

The Best Video Games of 2014

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.01.2015 | Canada
Joshua Ostroff

Even an industry in transition wracked by a misogynistic online insurgency still put out some great games. In fact, the lack of monumental triple-A titles allowed many games to soar that might otherwise have been overlooked. So here are my picks for the best games of 2014.

Vintage Video Game Ads Make Us Pine For '80s And '90s Christmases

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Living

There are lots of things that make the holidays special, like presents, treats and family togetherness. But for many older millennials and some Gen...

The Rules Of The Game Of Life (When You're Black)

Mike Sholars | Posted 01.27.2015 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

Nothing can really prepare you for the small humiliations and the nagging sense of being an outsider that comes with having dark skin in North America. But I wanted to fit in; how hard could it be? I went about figuring the best way to get ahead in life, while Black. As I began to pay attention to how I was treated in comparison to others, I became mindful of myself, of my actions. It became a social dance. Or more accurately, for a kid who grew up playing Nintendo and never stopped, it became a game. And if you want to win any game, you'd best acquaint yourself with the rules. So I started to keep track of how I was doing.

Living The Dream: 3 Guys Who Make Money Playing Video Games

CP | Tamara Lush, The Associated Press | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Business

LAKELAND, Fla. - From nine to five, seven days a week, Robert Schill plays video games while sitting on a plush, brown sofa in central Florida.Hundred...

Enjoy Some Digital Family Time Together

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Despite our fretting, technology isn't going away, and simply cloistering our children from it is neither beneficial nor practical. To succeed in the modern world, children will need to embrace technology without being consumed by it. And the difference between these two fates lies in the hands of parents.

New Board Game Tries To Succeed In World Of Angry Birds, Candy Crush

John F. Gray | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

In a city where "game" is most often prefaced with the word "video," Vancouver's Giant Monster Games is going retro. They're rolling the dice on a Kickstarter campaign to bring Kingdom Bots to board game fans.

Like Video Games? Then You're Going To Hate Your Internet Provider

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Business

Like video games? Then prepare to pay more for internet service, analysts are warning. It has to do with a combination of two factors: The arrival ...