Trip into yesteryear this weekend at the Retro Gaming Expo

Retro gaming enthusiasts keep their eyes on the screen this weekend at Anvil Centre.

Retro gaming enthusiasts keep their eyes on the screen this weekend at Anvil Centre.

A well-known gamer, an award-winning webcomic and geek musician, and a Vancouver improv troop are among the guests at this year’s Retro Gaming Expo, on May 28.

The one-day event takes place this year at the Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St.), and with the move to the New Westminster facility, organizers are promising more panels, more vendors, more artists, more bands and of course more tournaments.

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Trip into yesteryear this weekend at the Retro Gaming Expo

Want to be Trapped in for Fun? Downtown Vancouver’s First Escape Room Opens

Photo credit: muffinn | Flickr

Photo credit: muffinn | Flickr

Looking for an “escape” from everyday fun in Vancouver?

Downtown’s first escape gaming room has opened … or should I say locked … its doors. SmartyPantz, located on Abbott Street in Gastown, offers five different themed rooms to escape from – ranging in difficulty from “moderate to diabolical.”

Not familiar with the escape room phenomenon? Inspired by video games, these real-life amusement centres are popular around the world but just taking off in North America. In essence, they’re places where groups of people go to be locked inside a themed room – like a mummy’s tomb or a haunted mansion. The group then has to pick up clues, solve puzzles and pool their brainpower to get out before time expires, generally after 30-60 minutes.   Continue reading:
Want to be Trapped in for Fun? Downtown Vancouver’s First Escape Room Opens

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Gear up for an epic BC Day long weekend with Pride, festivals, and lots of dancing!  Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Three cons in one – the Northwest Fan Fest at UBC!

Batgirls at Vancouver Fan Expo April

Batgirls at Vancouver Fan Expo April 21 2012. Ryan Ingram photo.

Later this month, the University of British Columbia will host the inaugural edition of Northwest Fan Fest. But though it might be the first event under that name, the Northwest Fan Fest is actually an amalgam of three other formerly stand-alone events – Anime Evolution, Cos & Effect and Vancouver Gaming Expo.

Each of those subcultures bring in their own fandom. But, because many of the same people who like to, say, dress up as their favourite pop culture character also like gaming and anime, organizers of the three events have decided to pool their resources.

So what can you expect at the Northwest Fan Fest, June 27-29?

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Three cons in one – the Northwest Fan Fest at UBC!

Silicon Valley North: Vancouver’s Most Famous Tech Companies

Vancouver has a reputation as a beautiful city nestled between mountains and ocean.  But beneath that pretty exterior is some serious innovation.

Many people don’t realize that Vancouver is one of the biggest centres in Canada for Internet and gaming companies.  In fact, chances are good that today at least one of the apps you used, games you played or social media sites you visited originated in Vancouver.

Here’s a list of a few of Vancouver’s top consumer tech companies, in no particular order (I know I’ve left some out – Please add some more below):

Electronic Arts: EA is the video-game developer behind the hugely successful NBA Live, FIFA and NHL sports games, as well as The Sims and tons of other games.  Their oldest and largest studio is located in Burnaby and employs 2000 people. 

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Silicon Valley North: Vancouver’s Most Famous Tech Companies