Baz Macdonald

Baz Macdonald is a journalist and critic based in Wellington.

Music
May 24, 2018

Inside New Zealand's traditional folk revival

Folk music is experiencing a renaissance in New Zealand as musicians rediscover the Gaelic tradition of pub sessions. Baz Macdonald reports.

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Gaming
May 18, 2018

Putting your zombie survival plan into practice: State of Decay 2

The highly anticipated sequel to the 2013's cult hit, State of Decay 2 feels like three steps forward and two steps back.

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Television
May 15, 2018

Jason and Thingee's Big Adventure: A big ol' retrospective

At the height of their mid-90s fame, Jason Gunn and his sidekick Thingee made their own 60 minute movie, the Christchurch-set caper Jason and Thingee's Big Adventure. Baz McDonald talks to team behind it.

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Gaming
May 8, 2018

Your childhood ruined: the disturbing stories behind early-2000s kids websites

All that glitters is not golden, and the websites of our youth are no exception. We explore the dark underside of the not-so-pure browser-based games Neopets and Habbo Hotel.

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Gaming
Apr 30, 2018

How games like God of War herald a new era of adult-orientated gaming

As gamers grow up, so does gaming. Baz MacDonald writes about how gaming is maturing along with the people who play them, and what that means for the medium.

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Parents
Feb 9, 2018

How today’s toys are preparing our kids for the future

As science, technology, engineering and maths become more integrated into our world, a corresponding emphasis is being placed on teaching our kids about these topics. Part of this has been a huge rise in educational toys over the past decade. Baz Macdonald investigates.

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Gaming
Feb 3, 2018

A look at gaming addiction – from an actual gamer

The World Health Organisation added gaming disorder to their classification guide last year. Baz Macdonald explains what the disorder is, and how to recognise if you have it.

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Society
Jan 30, 2018

Getting tingles: The Kiwi making ASMR videos for the world

Everyone seems to be talking about the strangely relaxing phenomenon known as ASMR. But for many New Zealanders these videos are not just a way to chill out, but an aid to their mental health.

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Gaming
Jan 19, 2018

From Dunedin to LA: The NZ game developer joining one of the world’s best games companies

Tim Nixon, the founder and creative director of Runaway Play – creators of successful mobile games Flutter and Splash – is heading to LA to join ThatGameCompany, one of the most critically lauded game developers in the world. He talks to Baz Macdonald about his career in games, and the upcoming NZ launch of ThatGameCompany’s latest release, Sky. 

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Society
Dec 28, 2017

The truth about tourist drivers

This week a woman made a citizen's arrest after a car attempted to pass four vehicles on a blind corner. Was it an isolated incident that should be treated as such, or more proof that incompetent tourist drivers are putting our lives at risk?

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Gaming
Dec 11, 2017

How video games could be New Zealand’s next big creative industry

The video games industry could be NZ’s next creative industry boom, but a lack of government support is holding it back,

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