Vancouver - October 12, 2013
After going back in time in our past two blogs, we figured it was about time to peer into our crystal balls to get a glimpse at the future in Vancouver. As longtime fans of The Jetsons, we often wondered what life would have been like had we had a robot butler to do our bidding for us. Well, we came pretty close to finding out on Friday afternoon. After hearing about an Asian restaurant close to Rogers Arena with a robot that slices noodles with machine-like efficiency, we wanted to check it out with our own eyes – and mouths – and test the results for ourselves. Having sampled a few different varieties of “Ultraman’s” work at the Old Ginger restaurant, we can confirm the machines are officially on the verge of taking over. This is definitely a trend we can get behind, as long as the robots know to stay away from sports writing gigs…
Speaking of major technological breakthroughs, how awesome is NHL14 and its revolutionary fighting engine? One of our former colleagues and fellow intrepid canadiens.com On the Road bloggers hooked us up with some behind-the-scenes access to where the magic really happens at the EA studios in Burnaby, BC. The sprawling suburban campus is a gamer’s paradise, including a full-size, branded soccer field and a motion capture studio big enough to draw major Hollywood productions throughout the year.
With the crew at EA already in the development process for NHL15, we learned some juicy details about what to expect from the next incarnation of the iconic game, but we’ve been sworn to secrecy. Let’s just say, we’re ready to get our names on the waiting list for an advance copy next fall.