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New ‘Grenade Fishing’ game a blast

November 11th, 2013 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Technology

For most people, fishing is a relaxing pastime that offers an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and a few moments of peaceful reflection. For everyone else, there’s “Grenade Fishing Jr.,” a playfully explosive new game from a Honolulu developer. Available for iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch), “Grenade Fishing” is the creation of Jacob Pollock of […]

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‘Angry Birds’ In Real Life

October 5th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Business, Hawaii, Technology

Check out this real-life “Angry Birds” game, set up by local tech company HONBLUE (and sister company JET Graphics) yesterday at the Pacific Building Trade Expo. “Angry Birds” is one of the hottest, biggest video games out there, and it was inevitable that people would start to recreate it in three dimensions. There’s a huge […]

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Avatar Reality Changes Course

January 25th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Business, Miscellaneous, Technology

Earlier this month, Jim Sink, CEO of Honolulu-based game firm Avatar Reality, announced that the company was shifting its strategy for Blue Mars, once touted as a next-generation virtual reality environment that would challenge Second Life. As a result, most of the employees were laid off, including Sink. Avatar Reality is scrapping its substantial investment […]

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Hawaii’s Five Game Developers

September 3rd, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · 9 Comments · Business, Hawaii, Technology

Last month, I blogged about an Entertainment Software Association report that said the Hawaii video game industry had added $23 million to the local economy. The report said that the revenue was generated by five “Interactive Entertainment Software Locations.” I asked if anyone knew who those five developers were. Local “renaissance chick” Traci Toguchi also […]

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Hawaii Hosting Pokemon World Championships

July 27th, 2010 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Events, Hawaii, Pop Culture

I’m still recovering from Comic-Con (and I’ve already preregistered for 2011), but one of the millions of geeky sights burned in my brain from the massive expo floor is the persistent popularity of Pokémon. The video game, the cartoon, the trading cards… the whole Japanese brand turned global phenomenon. There were more than a few […]

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Miner Brigade Released for iPhone, Android

April 24th, 2009 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Gadgets, Hawaii, Technology

Honolulu-based Noble Master Games this week released the full version of its game, “Miner Brigade,” for the Apple iPhone and Android platforms. “Miner Brigade” is similar to the arcade classic “Lemmings.” The simple and fun game involves directing a group of miners to collect gold in a race against time in order to advance through […]

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Webkinz Gets Wise for the West

September 21st, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Family, The Web

About a month ago, I blogged about how the Webkinz virtual world would shut down every night just when my kids (and presumably other kids in the Hawaii time zone) would be trying to get online. By scheduling their system updates at midnight on the East Coast, they were cutting off kids living several hours […]

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Webkinz Woes

August 21st, 2007 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Family, The Web

Being a geek and a father, I’ve long tracked online destinations for kids. And while the offerings of Nick Jr. and PBS Kids are largely Flash-based brand reinforcement exercises, they are interactive (unlike the TV shows most of them are based on) and free (usually). And since I’m also a social network whore and fascinated […]

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