January, 2017

  1. The Victoria Tool Library

    January 27, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

    In our consumer-driven world, it’s become a natural instinct for us to throw out the broken to make way for the new. Most of us aren’t going to rip open our broken toaster and start inspecting it, but that trend is starting to change with the Sharing Economy.

    Airbnb is the most popular example, but there’s one organization right here in Victoria that’s nailed the sharing economy right on the head…

    The Victoria Tool Library is a tool lending library serving Greater Victoria, where members can sign up to borrow tools from their inventory. Membership costs $50-$100 a year (sliding scale), and you can borrow tools from their Devonshire Rd. location Saturday’s between 10am and 2pm.

    Obsessed with how-to videos and need a circular saw to get the job done?
    Well, no need to go out and buy a new one, when you can just borrow it using your membership.

    On the flip side, do you have a circular saw you rarely use?
    Consider donating it to the Victoria Tool Library, and just borrow it back when you need it!

    The library’s Grand Opening is February 4th. Visit VictoriaToolLibrary.org for more information and listen below as Dan Gunn explains in more details on the Zone at 91-3fm.

  2. Victoria’s Video Game Industry packed full of excitement

    January 20, 2017 by Tessa Bousfield

    There’s this illusion that working for a video game company involves countless hours of playing games on a couch, paired with bottomless popcorn and slacking off.

    Well, the amount of work that goes into making video games exciting for all ages is tremendous! Just take local company, TinyMob Games, who have been building M.E.R.C. for a year and a half and just released it.

    M.E.R.C. is a game that allows users to step into the world of non-stop, real-time tactical engagements with a 4-person squad. You can upgrade and recruit units, learn and enhance special abilities, while acquiring better weapons and gear. You can also take your toughest and bravest recruits into action in co-op multiplayer to kick some serious “Manta butt” and save the world.

    There’s been lots of excitement in Victoria’s video game community lately, including Wizard Games releasing Cowbots and Aliens and VicVideoGames.com going live.

    VicVideoGames.com gives information on a Student Video Game Work Experience Program and allows students to register, and even select which weeks they can do a work term.

    The Student Video Game Work Experience Program provides students with the opportunity to learn what it is like to work in a video game company.

    To see some of our incredible video game companies up close, make sure you attend Discover Tectoria on February 24th!

    Listen below as Dan Gunn talks about “the gateway drug to the tech sector” on the Zone at 91-3FM.