Soldiers preparing to deploy to Afghanistan may soon begin training on the military simulator, developed by U.S. company Alliance Cyberspace and its Toronto-based partner Nytric.
About five years ago, Richard Fast, a Burlington, Ont., inventor of roughly 20 games and toys, including MindTrap and Ice-FX table hockey, decided that the board-game genre was badly in need of an electronic facelift. Fast figured people would be more interested in board games if they could use their televisions and a simple console with remote controls to play.
It places otherwise intelligent, articulate people into a mummy-like trance marked by an inability to acknowledge anyone else in the room who isn’t also under its spell.
If 2006 is remembered for anything, it may well be as the year corporate Canada’s psyche took an extraordinary collective beating. Indeed, every company(other than those protected by government policies, such as banks, media and telecommunications)seemed to be fair game for foreign buyouts.
Toy Inventors often bubble with excitement at what they have created.
When you’re reaching for Aspirin this week to deal with the wazoos and whistles, bangs and whizzes that came from under the Christmas tree, know that somewhere out there is a happy toymaker.