Video Games

Enjoy Some Digital Family Time Together

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 08.15.2014 | 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 ...

What The Gamer In Your Life Really Wants For Christmas

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Gaming is still widely considered a kids' medium, but the average gamer age in 2013 is actually 30 and a full 68 per cent of gamers are over the age o...

8 Video Games Your Teen Will Freak Over This Christmas

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

Not a kid, not yet an adult, which makes teens are pretty hard to buy games for, since most of the ones they want are rated mature, which are theoreti...

The Top Video Games To Buy Kids This Christmas

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

The average gamer age in 2013 is now 30 years old, a fact thirtysomething gamers like to spout at any given opportunity. But we pretty much all began ...

10 Video Game Gift Ideas

CP | Lou Kesten, The Associated Press | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Living

A video game store can be daunting if you don't know what you're looking for. It's not easy to tell the winners from the losers, and sales clerks typi...

Trying to Teach My Little Boy About War and Remembrance

Vicki Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Around 10:45 a.m., I decided it was time to turn off Lego Stars Wars and turn our attention to real war, and all those who have fought, or continue to fight, for our freedom. First, I had to get Max Skywalker on board. He really had no idea what Remembrance Day was all about. My super-simplified explanation went something like this...

Canadian Video Gamers Descend On Montreal

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Twenty-year-old Henry Zheng is spending eight or nine hours on a bus so he can play video games in Montreal this weekend.If he plays well, h...

Making Music For Middle Age

HuffPost Canada Music | Vish Khanna | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Music

Toronto's Jim Guthrie has spent the last decade away from the indie-rock world that spawned his Juno-nominated 2003 LP, "Now More Than Ever," to devel...

WATCH: What A Calgary Realtor And Vince Vaughn Have Been Up To

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Alberta

Kyla Weber, the Calgary girl who was able to do what Jennifer Aniston couldn't - tie Vince Vaughn down - is now expecting her second child with the Ho...

Joy Sticks, Controllers And Zombies: Life As Gamer In 2013

Ryan Doherty | Posted 03.23.2013 | Canada Alberta
Ryan Doherty

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 10 years or so, video games have become BIG business around the world. Consider this. Call Of Duty MW3, last year's best selling game, earned $3 billion dollars in sales in it's first week. Three Billion, and in seven days no less. The biggest movie of the year (The Avengers, fyi) took almost a month to collect that amount, and at cheaper prices then $59.99 for a new game.

I Hate Video Games, so Why is My Kid Playing Minecraft?

Paul Hughes | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

I was introduced to Minecraft by my son, who was nine at the time. I would ask him to stop watching Minecraft videos, which he seemed addicted to. When he started playing, I asked him to get off the computer and get outside. All parents do this, but few of us take the time to truly understand what it is our kids are really doing on that computer. Well my son, now 10, has taught me a huge lesson.

Active Video Games Are No Replacement for Activity

Kelly Murumets | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Living
Kelly Murumets

Lately, there's been a lot of buzz about active video games being a new tech solution to the inactivity crisis in Canadian kids. While active video games -- also called exergames -- may seem like a plausible way to get kids to exercise more, a recent review of academic literature suggests this may not be the case.

Think Video Games Are Just For Kids? The Best Options For Adult Gamers

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Living

Back in the day, it was kinda hard to buy Christmas gifts for fun-loving adults, since we were allegedly too old for toys. But with the average gamer ...

The Video Games You Actually Want To Buy For Your Teen

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Living

Teenagers can be difficult to buy games for since, for the most part, all they want to do is play mature-rated ones. Of course, there’s a huge diffe...

Paint My Cat: Connecting Pixels To The Playroom

John F. Gray | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

Paint My Cat, created in Vancouver, is a new app that's creative, artistic, educational, and great family fun. This sure isn't what my kids had for coloring books. It's created by a dad who sees a really big picture.

10 Best Video Game Soundtracks

Huffington Post Music Canada | Jesse Ship | Posted 02.28.2013 | Canada Music

It's not just the gaming -- the hyper-jumping, mega-blaster shooting, sword-fighting or robot-crashing action -- that makes a great video game. The...

Why Being a Woman Working in the Gaming Biz Gets Ugly

Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch | Posted 09.09.2012 | Canada Living
Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch

Just when I think I've come to place of being comfortable in the video game industry, something happens that has made me question what I'm doing here. I'm talking about the harassment and hatred directed at feminist media critic and gamer Anita Sarkeesian. Sarkeesian is experiencing a hostility that many women in the games industry have experienced to varying degrees for many years. And it's ugly.

What if Video Games Are Actually Good for our Kids?

Robert Whent | Posted 05.16.2012 | Canada
Robert Whent

I wasn't a particularly good student when I was a kid. In grade school, I had a lot of problems with math, and to a lesser extent reading and writing. It didn't matter how much I tried, I just couldn't get it. I couldn't seem to grasp concepts that most of my friends seemed to understand easily.

Active Video Games Fail To Improve Kids’ Fitness

CBC | Posted 02.27.2012 | Canada Living

Children who play active video games don't actually exercise enough at home to gain any benefit compared with regular video games, a new study finds. ...

Top 10 Signs Your Teen Is Becoming "That" Teen

Ken Rabow | Posted 03.21.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

One thing most of these people have in common is that they are challenged by some unnamed fears that hinder their success. These people have decided that by choosing to fail and sabotaging the various kinds of help given to them, they can "win." We can all feel Martin Sheen's pain about this kind of "winning."

Never Too Old To Play: A Gift Guide For Grown-up Video Games

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada Living

Cultural grinches may still consider gaming a children's pastime, but the actual average gamer age now hovers around 37 and keeps increasing as the At...

The False Link Between Canada Proposed Copyright Reform and Video Game Industry Jobs

Michael Geist | Posted 02.13.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

The video game industry has been a Canadian success story and copyright is certainly an issue for some companies within it. But the government's claim that adding balanced digital lock rules to Canadian copyright law would destroy the industry is plainly false.

Hand Over The Remote: A Gift Guide For Teen Video Games

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.14.2011 | Canada Living

Teenagers want to do, well, everything, but they can't -- 'cause they're still teens. They do, however, have a ton of time on their hands. That's why ...