June 2009




Rough Play

By Dee Hon For EA, B.C.’s biggest video game maker, it’s all fun and games until someone loses US$641 million in a single quarter


Video: A gallery of machinima – the bizarre art of video game cinema

Video: The five best ads of local guru Chris Staples, principal of Rethink

Video: Our branding expert, David Allison, critiques Staples's ads




The Charity Case

By Peter Severinson When a recession hits, does B.C. turn its back on the needy? Survival stories from three local charities

Web: Where do you fall on the altruism spectrum?

Agent of Change
By Kevin Chong Meet the man behind barfing PNE dolls and bank-fee love-ins: visionary ad man Chris Staples




Math Bomb
: Beware the “associated economic benefits” of public events

Britney and Bacon
: Canada’s most-visited website: a B.C. student’s side project

Purifying the Gas: QuestAir Technologies bets the farm on biogas

Inquiring Minds: How do you motivate staff in the summer?

Need to Know: How to make charity good for people – and for business

Crossroads: Ida Goodreau on why she quit Vancouver Coastal Health




Agriculture: Kind of Blue

By Allen Garr The good days are gone for the B.C. blueberry farmers who cashed in on last year’s antioxidant health craze

Tourism: Staying Alive
By Valerie McTavish It’s a recession, and B.C.’s tourism players are strangely calm. For this volatile industry, what’s one more crisis?




Game Plan:
Innovate smart – don’t change too much 
By Tony Wanless

Real Life: Want housing? We need more creativity  
By Bob Rennie

Tech Talk: Venture capitalists, we miss you
By Brent Holliday

Complaints Department: What does the decline of Starbucks represent?
By Steve Burgess



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