Events
X14
Evan’s Recap

By Evan Bergstra - September 18th, 2014

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I’m always pretty happy to be invited somewhere and be fed snacks and beer while being treated to something I would have paid for. You can imagine, then, that the X14 Xbox Media Showcase wasn’t exactly a chore for me. On September 10th I showed up to what is usually a meat-market type of nightclub that had been delightfully transformed into a slick, dark, Xbox-branded playground for gamers. At least 50 consoles were set up around the space and there were dozens of games to play. I only had a couple of hours to soak it all up so there were plenty of great titles I missed, but this was my overall takeaway.

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Odd Prods
KontrolFreek
FPS Freek CQC and FPS Freek Specter

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 18th, 2014

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When the next generation of consoles came out, they were accompanied by new controllers. These controllers improved upon their predecessors in many ways – but are they perfect? Not according to some. The comfort and usability of analog sticks, for instance, is reliant upon their height and their grip. KontrolFreek knows this, and they produce add-on products for those of us who would like to tweak this part of our controllers. Does it improve performance? Perhaps not immediately; but the increase in comfort goes a long way towards improving the overall gaming experience, which just might have some interesting fringe benefits.

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Events
X14
Lovers In a Dangerous Spacetime

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 17th, 2014

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Jamie Tucker and Matt Hammill from Asteroid Base.

There were a lot of AAA games on the floor at X14 (Microsoft’s holiday preview event); however, there were also a lot of indie games on display as well. ID@Xbox allows developers of all sizes to self-publish their games digitally, opening up a world of awesome on the Xbox platforms. One of the developers at X14 was Asteroid Base, a cool little Toronto-based outfit that is working on a really great couch-coop game called Lovers In a Dangerous Spacetime. Evan and I had a brief discussion about our experience this week. We figured that you might want to take a gander at what we said in our brief conversation.

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Events
X14
Fable Legends – First Impressions

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 16th, 2014

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The Fable series has always been a lot like Madonna – constantly reinventing itself. I was never the biggest fan of the original games, but I enjoyed playing them when I could get my hands on them and I really enjoyed the departure that was Fable: The Journey. Lionhead Studios is changing the game yet again with the upcoming Fable Legends. I got a chance to hang out with some of the Devs from Lionhead at X14 to learn more about this interesting new twist as well as take part in what was a very fun role.

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Reviews
Bounce-Off
Board Game

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 15th, 2014

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Fellow Thumber Evan attended a Mattel game night at Snakes and Lagers earlier this summer, where he played a game called Bounce-Off. Evan wrote that the game “plays like a tidy, strategic take on Beer Pong”, and he’s dead on the money. Bounce-Off is a hilarious (and at times intense) physical game that is a lot of fun for all ages.

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Higher Learning
Algo-Bot
Preview

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 14th, 2014

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The gaming sphere is a wonderful place thanks to contributions from studios both large and small. At Toronto Thumbs, we love to play games from both sides of the coin. Sometimes, due to scheduling issues, there are titles that need exposure that we can’t get to in time – and it tears us up when we can’t help out a game that needs some extra publicity to get the support that it deserves. Fishing Cactus’ Algo-Bot is one such PC game. While this title has been green-lit on Steam, it recently missed a Kickstarter goal (that is actually quite reasonable), which is a shame since this puzzle game goes a long way to educate in the mystical ways of programming logic.

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Snack Attack!
Odd Prods
Wheat Thins

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 14th, 2014

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As a well-known (and frankly zany) web site, we tend to get a lot of products sent to us to review and talk about. Sometimes, these products are actually things that are consumed. Now, before you start jumping up and down and e-mailing us asking us for a sample of ePeyote (which, as far as we know, is a totally made up thing that I just typed), rest assured that anything that is sent to us is above board. For instance, the other day, the main office of Toronto Thumbs received a mysterious package…

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