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City Opera Vancouver Presents Pauline

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014
John Espley & Margaret Atwood

John Espley & Margaret Atwood

Hi Guys, John Espley here. Although my nickname is the “Mountain Man”, many folks don’t know I used to be a music student. I enjoy all sorts and styles of music but must admit that I’ve only attended a few operas in my time. I am so glad that one of those operas was the recent premier of Pauline. Pauline was written by the very special author, Margaret Atwood joined with the incredible talents of Tobin Stokes providing the musical composition. This was obviously a partnership destined to do great things. (more…)

 

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The Raid 2: Berendal

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

the-raid-2-620x350In 2011, and independent action film from Indonesia arrived with little to no fanfare and soon became an international sensation.  From writer-director Gareth Evans, and featuring a cast of unknown performers, “The Raid” set new standards for cop dramas.  From the dark and dangerous criminal underworld in which the film takes place to the brutal and jaw-dropping highly choreographed fight scenes the film was hard to ignore. (more…)

 

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The Elder Scrolls Online: My Thoughts On The Game To Date

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

es4-620x350This June will mark my fourth E3 since we moved terrors on its own but our second office.  During my second E3 after the move, Bethesda had a closed-door presentation of their next entry into the phenomenally popular Elder Scrolls series.

Considering that the previous year they had shown off Skyrim prior to its launch, the idea of a massive online version of the fantasy series certainly raised a lot of expectations as well as questions. The game is now released and after spending several hours in the beta as well as several hours with the launch version of the game I’m giving my overview of the game in its current state.

I believe that it is very difficult to review a game of this type because it is a constant changing game set in a constant changing world that doesn’t really have a clear beginning middle or end. (more…)

 

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We Talk Duelyst With Keith Lee

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

cid_ii_14501bd07f5dcacc-620x350Recently I spoke with Keith Lee about the new action/fighting game Duelyst.  He was kind enough to give us a rundown on what to expect with this interesting looking game.

What is the storyline for the game and how did you come up with the idea for it?

The Great Tree of Time blooms only during a Grand Conjunction, a short period when all the rotating continents properly align and marks the only time that the Monolith can be reached by foot.  The Monolith itself was built during a much earlier epoch (much of its purpose and history lost through the ages). (more…)

 

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The Five Hottest Games To See at PAX East

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

PAXPAX East is taking place April 11th-13th in Boston, and a massive wave of fandom is sure to follow.

The convention developed from the widely popular PAX Prime in Seattle and gives fans located on the East coast a chance to experience all the greatness that comes from this gaming convention. There is also a PAX convention in Melbourne Australia for fans in the Asia theater. (more…)

 

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Call of Duty: Onslaught

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

COD-Ghosts-Onslaught_Bayview-Action-620x350Call of Duty: Ghosts gets a much needed update with the release of Onslaught, the first of four planned DLC packs for the game.  The new content requires the full version of Ghosts to play and offers up a plethora of content including four new maps, a dual mode weapon, and a new episode of the alien invasion game, Extinction.  For me Ghosts was filled with frustration on the multi play side as I found many maps were too large and encouraged camping, which as anyone who has been spawn killed numerous times in a row will tell you, leads quickly to frustration. (more…)

 

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Cinemacon Day 1 Looks At Hercules, TMNT, Transformers and More.

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

url-4Skewed and Reviewed is back at the 4th annual CinemaCon, a gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon helps jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office. (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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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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