Baz Macdonald

Baz Macdonald is a journalist and critic based in Wellington.

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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