B.C.’s first outpost of Cineplex’s Rec Room entertainment mega-space is finally ready to open its doors to welcome fun-seekers in its sprawling new digs at Burnaby’s Amazing Brentwood.
The new 43,000-square-foot complex offers amusement gaming experiences, sit-down dining, quick food while you play over 90 games and feature attractions.
Touted as an “ultimate meeting place” for eating, drinking, and playing anything from classic video games like Atari Pong to ping pong, the movie theatre giant’s entertainment multi-pronged “hot spot” already operates locations elsewhere in Canada, including in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, and Winnipeg.
While the Burnaby Rec Room is the first in the chain to launch in British Columbia, Cineplex is already at work on a three-story, 45,000-square-foot outpost right in the heart of Vancouver’s “entertainment district” on Granville Street. That Rec Room will boast a rooftop patio multiple dining options, over 100 amusement games, a live performance space, bowling and virtual reality.
Fans of playing Mario Kart or shooting pool and tucking into Canadian-inspired pub grub and sipping on beer can get a taste of the action at the Amazing Brentwood Rec Room, even as the province is just moving into Step 3 of its “restart plan” with loosened restrictions on food and entertainment venues.
Cineplex assures guests the venue’s current COVID-combatting protocols include enhanced cleaning, safety signage, and a games-floor and dining-space configuration designed specifically to ensure proper physical distancing throughout the facility, according to a media release.
Other Rec Room highlights in Burnaby include the use of RFID wristbands to track credits earned, which can be redeemed at The Trophy Case, for great prizes and nostalgia-inspired treats and toys.
Plans include the Rec Room offering live entertainment like local music, comedy, DJs, trivia, and karaoke once additional provincial restrictions are lifted.
When it comes to food, the Rec Room Brentwood actually is home to multiple dining options, including a full-service restaurant called Three10. You can also “eat while you compete” from a menu of hand-held fare to be enjoyed while playing games.
Between the main bar and The Shed, guests can choose from 16 draught beers on tap, including locally sourced brews, and watch sports on several big-screen TVs.
The Rec Room Brentwood is located directly below the new, soon-to-open Cineplex VIP Cinemas Brentwood, anchoring Phase One of The Amazing Brentwood redevelopment. Both The Rec Room and VIP Cinemas will face onto a one-acre events plaza. It’s located at 1920 Willingdon Avenue, Unit 21-06, in Burnaby, and is open daily from 4 p.m. to midnight.
With files from Chris Campbell / Burnaby NOW
Cat simulator 'Stray' heads to PlayStation and PC in early 2022 – Engadget
The last time we saw Stray was in the form of a cinematic trailer Sony shared in 2020 that highlighted the game’s futuristic neon-soaked setting and adorable feline protagonist. At the time, we didn’t get to see the game in action, a fact that Annapurna Interactive has now remedied. The publisher shared a slice of gameplay footage from the title during its recent showcase and said it would release Stray sometime in early 2022.
In the opening moments of Stray, our feline protagonist finds himself injured and separated from his family. Gameplay involves using his physical abilities as a cat to navigate the environment and solve puzzles. In the time-honored tradition of duos like Ratchet and Clank, partway through the adventure, you’ll meet a drone named B-12. They will allow you to converse with the city’s other robotic inhabitants and interact with certain objects in the environment. The cat has a playful side to his personality, and you can do things like scratch furniture, interact with vending machines and rub up against the legs of the robots you meet. Good stuff.
When Stray comes out next year, it will be available on PlayStation 4, PS5 and PC. Developer BlueTwelve Studio promised to show off more of the game before then.
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Sony’s new PS5 beta update also fixes one of its silliest flaws – The Verge
The first major system update for Sony’s PlayStation 5 is arriving in beta form today, finally letting you expand the console’s 667GB of usable storage by adding your own PCIe Gen 4 SSD as well as testing new UI options and expanding 3D Audio support. But the full changelog also includes a few features that Sony didn’t highlight to press — including a way to easily update your DualSense controller if you press the wrong button!
You see, the PS5 currently has a very silly flaw: the only time you can update your controller is when you boot the console. And if you say no or accidentally press the O button instead of X, you can’t trigger that update until 24 hours have passed (or you tweak your PS5’s internal clock to cheat it).
But in Beta 2.0, there’s now a dedicated menu for that under Settings > Accessories > Controllers called Wireless Controller Device Software. Please forgive my grainy photo.
You’ll still see controller update prompts when you launch the console, too — and hitting the circle button will still instantly dismiss them.
The beta also makes one of our other UI frustrations slightly better: the ability to easily turn off the console. It’s still a mystery why Sony switched away from letting you long-press the PS button to requiring extra taps, but at least now you can change how many taps it takes. Pressing the hamburger / start button in the PS5’s quick actions menu now lets you drag any of them (including the PS5’s digital power button) to a different position in that menu.
Separately, did you know the PS5 lets you set up all kinds of parental controls for your kid on what they can play, watch, and do, and it lets you remotely approve their requests over the web? I didn’t realize that, and the beta update now lets you see and respond to those asks through the latest version of the mobile PlayStation App, not just via email.
Frankly, it still needs work: it’s a convoluted process that kicks you out to a web browser for setup, requires your kid to be signed into a PlayStation Network account (not just a local profile), has you set up all kinds of limits, and kicks you out to a web browser again (requiring you to log in) when you want to approve a request. And once you let your kid play a particular game, they get to keep playing until you remove it from the whitelist.
What I want is a simple rich phone notification that effectively lets me tap “yes, you can play this for 30 minutes” or “not right now, kid” and be done with it right away. Perhaps there’s time before the 2.0 software goes gold? Or perhaps in a future update.
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