Farewell to Toronto Thumbs
Thank You, Everyone!

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 31st, 2015


Well, here we are – the final post on Toronto Thumbs. It’s funny, but I have been so busy editing all of the final content for the site that I have neglected my own writing – go figure. That’s really the story of the site, though – one of sacrifice and endurance. As of this post, I am on record as having written 1,341 articles on this site. The funny thing is that there is really a lot more to it than just the writing. For that, though, we’ll have to start at the beginning.

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Farewell to Toronto Thumbs
From the Desk of the first Editor-in-Cheese

By Shaun Hatton - March 31st, 2015


Shaun is where Toronto Thumbs really started. I won’t get into it here, as he gets into it below – and his telling of the story is dead-on. Suffice to say that Shaun has always been my inspiration for the site. He has admitted many times that he becomes aimless – but as I have always said, there’s nothing wrong with taking a small break before setting your sights again (you get the best headshots that way, after all). I owe this whole endeavour to this kind and awesome man. Shaun is a severely talented dude that throws himself into everything he does. Make sure you follow him on whatever platform you can – if only to know who to flock to when the zombies finally arrive for the apocalypse. – ed.

There’s not much I can say about Toronto Thumbs that hasn’t already been covered by everyone else’s goodbye post. It’s a little weird the goodbyes have been so many and have gone on for so long. But then again, it’s a little weird that Toronto Thumbs has been around for so long. Also a little weird: Everyone who has ever been associated with this site. Some more than most (read: Aggies).

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Tag-Team Reviews
Mario Party 10

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 30th, 2015


The Mario Party franchise has evolved over the years, getting more streamlined and fun with each iteration. Mario Party 10 is no exception, and is fun for folks of all ages. Is it the perfect Wii U game? I wouldn’t go so far as to answer that with an emphatic “yes” – especially if you own more than one other Mario Party game; however, it does a great job in terms of accessibility and fun, and if you have never played a Mario Party game before, it is a worthy addition to your Wii U games collection, thanks to its universal appeal. Sure, there will be others who will utter “been there, done that” under their breath – and while that may be true to some, there are some great new features which shake things up.

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Farewell to Toronto Thumbs
Thanks, Jorge and Goodbye, Toronto Thumbs

By Rituro - March 30th, 2015


Where do I start with this guy? I could write a whole blog about how amazing he is. I met Rituro at another website a long time ago called Videogamey. It was there that we traded witty repartee and became fast friends – albeit, electronically. When I began my role as Editor-in-Chief of Toronto Thumbs, I needed help – and Rituro was one of the first people that sprung to mind. He was decidedly nervous at first – but man, when he writes, it’s truly amazing. When he started doing video work, I knew that he was destined for greatness. – ed

It feels like there should be more of a fanfare to accompany the gentle goodbye of Toronto Thumbs – wistful reflections on other blogs, poetic tweets, a big gathering of fans for one last gaming session or podcast. It feels like it, at least, to me, since the Thumbs crew have had such a huge hand in helping me develop myself to the point where I want to branch out into a new media career. Truly, without Jorge inviting me to try my hand at writing for an audience back in 2010, I would not be here today1 hawking my mediocre gaming abilities online. But no, it’s just a simple, plain goodbye as the site winds down and Jorge gets a well-deserved rest after his years of faithful service. It feels so…wrong. Maybe we should crowdfund a statue or something? Maybe? What about a fireworks display over the 401? No? All right, fine, we’ll do it low-key. Hmph.

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By Jorge Figueiredo - March 29th, 2015


‎When I attended the Canadian Videogame Awards back in November, I kept seeing Frima Studio’s Chariot during the nomination announcements for a number of different categories1. I was intrigued by this interesting-looking platformer. Frima was nice enough to send me a copy (PS4) to review, and I can safely say that it deserved every nomination that it received. Smallest Thumbs also joined in on the fun to help me test out the couch-cooperative mode – and she was quite happy about that.

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Farewell to Toronto Thumbs
Evan Bergstra

By Evan Bergstra - March 29th, 2015


While Evan was not with Toronto Thumbs for as long as some of the others, he became an integral part of the site. He’s one of the most well-rounded people I know; a great writer, an exceedingly talented photographer, fantastic at event coverage, and just an all-around great dude – Evan’s positivity is infectious. Within a short space of time, Evan surpassed his role as that of a writer and became part of my brainstorming group – the Thumbs Illuminati, if you will. We always have so much fun (seriously, if you missed our Instagram takeover for the CVA’s, you suck). – ed.

Hi folks!

I was brought into the Thumbs fold just over a year ago; an unsuspecting, bright-eyed journo-virgin fresh from a role in gaming PR and excited to see what was next for me. While chatting with me over Facebook, Jorge casually mentioned that he might post a piece of mine if I was up to writing one. Encouraged by the suggestion I took up the challenge and dove into my first game review with gusto.

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Date Night
Zelda Symphony

By Seán O'Sullivan - March 28th, 2015

These photos borrowed from The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.

It doesn’t take an astute person to note that Zelda has one of the most iconic soundtracks in gaming ever. The melodies that signal intrigue or payoff have seeped into the general gaming culture, and the Fairy Fountain theme even made a cameo in Scott Pilgrim vs the World. In a marketplace that can sustain multiple touring companies playing videogame soundtracks, an all-Zelda show is a no-brainer.

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