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How sick would it be to find yourself walking past an ATM machine that just so happens to be spewing out thousands of dollars for no reason in the middle of a shopping mall?
Almost as sick as being one of the people who got said machine to make it rain, I reckon.
In anticipation of the upcoming Watch_Dogs video game (set to be released in November 2013), Ubisoft Canada has released a maddeningly fun new mobile app that allows us to “hack” our own cities and work together to control actual, real-life events from our phones. Regard, the ATM hack mentioned above:
Here’s how it works:
Once the free Watch_Dogs Live app is downloaded onto your mobile phone, players are geolocalized on the map of their (Canadian) city while ‘hackable’ locations are highlighted around them.
The players can attempt to hack these locations to take control as part of a group called dedsec. Once players hack a location, they have the option of controlling the location by spending virtual kB.
Your goal? Hack real locations, build your name, earn money to progress, level up and acquire new hacking skills. Participate in new challenges each week, hit the leaderboard, WIN WEEKLY PRIZES!
If you finish as one of the top hackers in Canada, you could win a Watch_Dogs 2014 Scion tC car and a trip to the official Watch_Dogs game launch in Toronto. It will be a sick bash, as all Ubisoft functions are. See you there?
OFF TO GET MY HACK ON, HA!
I’ll keep you posted as I take part in real-time missions through the app and watch them impact actual events. JOIN ME!
You game brah?
I certainly was after hearing that Game On 2.0 (the world’s largest celebration of video games) was making it’s Canadian debut at the Ontario Science Centre last weekend.
I was SO game, in fact, that I made it a point to go ON OPENING DAY. But alas, I was le tired on Opening day so I went THE DAY AFTER OPENING DAY!
“From Pong to Guitar Hero; the Ontario Science Centre will host Game On 2.0 with more than 150 playable games from across the history of the medium – including pinball games – as well as rarely-seen consoles, controllers and collectables,” reads the first paragraph of the OSC’s press release announcing the exhibit.
I liked Raju Mudhar’s description better: A great arcade without the quarters.
Was it ever.
But it was (sort of) educational too.
Not going to lie though — this exhibit had nothing on those video game stores in Paris I freaked over a few years ago.
Here’s the full tale of my adventure:
I woke up late Sunday morning and, after drinking coffee and showering and stuff, headed up to the Ontario Science Centre in my car car.
The horn it went beep beep!
What would have been almost 25 bucks was 17 0r so, leaving me enough scrilla left over from my 20 to buy a coooold pop. I’ve definitely got time for that.
… But as you can see, it was on the 6th floor, which means that I had to pass many eye-catching exhibits along the way… and I get distracted very easily.
Some elaborate Rube Goldberg thing!
WINGS! How fast can YOU flap ‘em? Me = not very fast. Especially with one arm reserved for iPhoning.
I stumbled upon a craft section that was cute — it had something to do with kinetics, maybe? — so I stopped to make a contribution to the growing body of work.
This is my contribution: Shoop.
And THIS below, THIS was the coolest. You basically sit in a booth while some machine scans your face and then PRINTS IT OUT on a huge screen of water that hovers over the entire section in water droplets.
BOW TO ME, I’M KIM DOTCOM!
Let’s move on to the games, shall we?
There were old-school classics like PONG, PACMAN and some Russian arcade games from what looks like a person in the 1950′s idea of what the future looked like…
I was stoked to see some early concept sketches of Donkey Kong and Mario (nee: “Jumpman”) up close…
It was also cool to play some of the arcade games I dug as a kid. So. many. quarters. I’m pretty sure my brother and I blew our entire inheritance on Virtua Fighter at the cottage arcade when we were kids.
Don’t even get me started on NBA Jam.
I played this weird but fun jousting game from Denmark with one of the science centre technicians, a couple of my fellow nostalgic twenty somethings, and the coolest / cutest little boy EVER.
After that, I met another, considerably LESS cool little boy who wouldn’t stop commanding me to let him play Parappa the Rapper.
Boy: “KAI PLAY?”
Me: “Sure, I’m almost done.”
Boy: “GIVE IT TO ME NOW!”
Boy: “I WANNA PLAYYYYY.” *tries to steal controller from my hand*
Me: “AS IF, JERK!”
Me: *runs away before his parents come*
That Moose was kind of a jerk too, but aside from that I had a really good time… and that’s all I’m saying for now. Go experience the exhibit yourself! Like I said – 20 per cent off with a CAA card or student card.
Don’t stop. Don’t give up. Don’t use a cheat code and don’t you dare press pause. Not even when your mom calls you for dinner for the third time. Not even if you’re having tacos. NOT EVEN IF YOU’RE HAVING CHOCO TACOS.
Sometimes, it’ll get hard. You’ll face obstacles and challenges and stupid suns that swoop down from the sky and try to kill you sometimes. But you can’t turn back because you have no other choice unless you’re willing to die.
Go right, homie. Just keep on going right. Believe you me, all frustrations aside, when you finally get to your goal you’ll be sad the adventure is over.
Sorry. The music swell in that video got me all emotiony and metaphorizcal-like. That, and the many, many memories of pixelated death that came rushing back into my brain. Freaking Ghosts N Goblins. If you know anybody who’s actually beat that game, send them my way for a handshake and a chocolate taco.
WTH is a Chocotaco though, for real? I saw it when I Google Imagesed “funny taco.” It looks disgusting.
If your mother actually feeds you Chocotacos for dinner, call Children’s Aid. Unless, of course, you’re 35. If you’re 35 and your mother feeds you Chocotacos, HUG HER RIGHT NOW.
I wish my mom still made dinner for me. Is it so much to ask that she drives 4 hours to stir-fry my tofu? I’ve got to MICROWAVE it MYSELF… LIKE AN ANIMAL!
I’m calling Children’s Aid on myself.