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April is Daffodil Month

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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The daffodil is a symbol of strength and courage in the fight against cancer.
Buy a daffodil pin and wear it in April to show Canadians living with cancer that they are not alone.

For more information, visit www.cancer.ca

Pins are available at every Accent Inn in BC as of Friday March 28;
Victoria, Vancouver Airport (Richmond), Burnaby, Kelowna, Kamloops (more…)

 

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Kamloops Symphony Presents Chamber Music

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Perfect blend

A perfect way to spend a spring evening, from the Kamloops Symphony. (more…)

 

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5 Mistakes That Game Publisher Make Over and Over

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014
Battlefield 4 video game by EA

Battlefield 4 video game by EA

Being a multi-billion dollar a year industry would to many be a sign that things are being done well. However for every game that does well and breaks the bank, there are scores that fail to find an audience, largely go unnoticed, or worse, cause a developer to fail.  I worked at both Monolith and Sierra as I was starting out as a film and game journalist so I have seen how this system works up close and personally for several years in addition to over 20 years as a game journalist.  With that in mind, let us look at the five biggest mistakes that game companies make that often lead to disaster. (more…)

 

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Great Concerts & Events

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

rr posterThis past weekend I had the fun of attending the Banff Mountain Film Festivals Radical Reels world tour presentation. Accent Inns partnered with the Sierra Club of BC to bring this event to Victoria. As with previous years the films did not disappoint. The audience was either laughing at the gags, saying oooohhh to the incredible scenery or ooouuucchhh as some of the folks in the film didn’t fair so well when meeting with a tree or handrail. (more…)

 

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TitanFall Composer Stephen Barton Calls Game An Immensely Fast, Kinetic Experience

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

130823-Stephen-Barton0205-620x350Recently we got the chance to speak with composer Stephen Barton about his work in the film and game industry. Stephen has recently worked on the score for the impressive looking game TitanFall and was kind enough to talk about the experience with us. The full interview will appear in our Feb 2014 magazine issue but we are posting selections from the interview now. (more…)

 

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Happy St Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 14th, 2014

st pat dayAs a little Irish Colleen growing up in Ireland, here’s some of the things I remember and was told about St Patrick’s Day; wearing green, pining some shamrock “the real stuff” to our jackets, painting our cheeks, heading out as a family to watch the “St Patrick’s Day parade,” having fun making noise (but not me, I’m a good girl NOT). After the parade we couldn’t wait to get home for that yummy Irish Stew. You could smell it as soon as you walked in the house and of course those green cupcakes for dessert. Mum made the best. Oh and watching the Darby O’Gill and the little people movie. (got to say that banshee was always scary) (more…)

 

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Infamous: Second Son vs TitanFall. Why Sony Needs To Press The Gas Pedal

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

infamous_second_son_13695119081840-620x350So far Sony has to be overjoyed about the response to their new Playstation 4 system both in terms of sales and reviews. The system is poised to take an even greater step in the next few weeks as it launches in Japan which has traditionally been a successful market for the Japanese company and is rife with eager gamers and technology fans. (more…)

 

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My Streak of Authenticity

Thursday, March 6th, 2014
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Mandy and son Oscar

All my life I’ve wanted to look older or be older: “I’ll tell you when you are older” said my parents to a very young me.  In my teens I’d put on a suit and extra eye make-up to try and make it into the liquor store.  And in the last decade I’d wear my hair in an up-do while trying to climb the corporate ladder in my family business.

I turned 40 last September and rather than completely dreading it, I was eagerly anticipating it. I’ve been merrily celebrating in a rather unconventional way – letting my grey streak show through.  Yes, you heard right.  For the last few months I’ve been excitedly working on ‘my little project” of letting a rather large patch of whitish grey hair grow out which has lovingly become known to me as my “Streak of Authenticity”. (more…)

 

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Radical Reels comes to Victoria again!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

sierra headerAccent Inns is pleased to invite you to come and experience an awesome show! The Radical Reels Film Festival coming March 14, and all profits will benefit the Sierra Club BC!

Get ready for a night of jaw-dropping bike jumps, nail-biting kayak drops and mind-blowing powder skiing. Radical Reels Film Festival is coming to Victoria Friday, March 14th to showcase extreme sports enthusiasts and filmmakers through a night of high adrenaline short films. (more…)

 

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Remember the Early Days of Gaming!

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

sknr_logo_smallAs a long time gamer that went from the early home consoles to the PC for my gaming needs, I can appreciate just how much things have changed since the days of the Atari 2600 and first Nintendo system.

While I still prefer the PC for the majority of my gaming, I do own and play on the consoles mainly for exclusives and a change of pace.  With that being said, I have not been a fan of the trend of micro-transactions and pay to play model that has become commonplace in many games. I appreciate the growing costs of game development, but if you are asking for $59.99 for a game, to me it is wrong to charge people for in game items and for the “privilege” of being able to play online and against other players. (more…)

 

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