Reviews
Dreamfall Chapters
Book One

By Dana Russo - October 31st, 2014

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Serious spoiler warning: If you haven’t played The Longest Journey or Dreamfall, stop reading this review right now and go play them. Then come back. Thank you. Besides, you’re not going to want to play Dreamfall Chapters anyway if you haven’t played the first two. It would be like jumping into A Storm of Swords before reading A Game of Thrones.

Fifteen years ago we were introduced to an intelligent young woman named April Ryan in what would become a cult classic point-and-click adventure game. Adventure games seem to have fallen through the cracks in recent years, but thanks to easier accessibility to fans, indie developers have been making great strides in the genre. Enter Red Thread Games’ Dreamfall Chapters, the episodic game that takes fans back to Stark and Arcadia once again. I was pretty impatient (and a little angry) that it took eight years to revisit the moment that left us all hanging: What happened to April? And whatever happened to those dreammachines that were unleashed on the public? Is Zoe going to pull through her coma?

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Gamercamp
Apsis

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 31st, 2014

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One of my all-time favourite games is Thatgamecompany’s Flower for the Playstation 3. In fact, I have a soft spot for games that have a meditative quality to them (I’m looking at you, Journey). At Gamercamp 2014, on the second floor of the pop-up arcade, indie developer A Stranger Gravity was showing off a new drug for me called Apsis, which I’m sure I will end up playing for hours on end when it hits the market next year. There is still a ways to go in terms of the final product – but what I saw was enchanting, and I’m looking forward to the final product.

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Events
Sunset Overdrive
Mayhem Playground

By Evan Bergstra - October 30th, 2014

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This is a little piece from Evan about the Sunset Overdrive Mayhem Playground event last weekend. Our review for Sunset Overdrive is coming soon. Needless to say it’s a freakin’ awesome game. – ed.

Sunset Overdrive is a bit of a treat to write about, largely because it’s a bit of a treat to play. Its unconventional premise, playful self-awareness, creative design, and frantic gameplay have quickly made it somewhat of a darling in the gaming world, and I’ve had more than a few sips of Overcharge Delirium myself.

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Reviews
D-Link DCS-2330L
Outdoor HD Wireless Network Camera

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 30th, 2014

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Home monitoring is so much more accessible now than it used to be. Now with smartphone integration, it’s pretty easy to keep tabs on the homestead while you’re away. We reviewed the Belkin Netcam HD a while back. Now meet a home monitoring solution that’s suitable for the great outdoors as well as indoors: the D-Link DCS-2330L Outdoor HD Wireless Network Camera, a network-enabled camera that is flexible, effective, and resilient in our Canadian climate.

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Gamercamp
Runbow

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 29th, 2014

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The Gamercamp pop-up arcade can be a very overwhelming place. There are so many games that it’s hard to choose which one to play at any given moment. Sometimes, though, the crowd will guide you to your next choice – by the sheer volume of their cheers. This is how I found 13AM Games’ Runbow tucked away in one of the corners of the second floor of Hotel Ocho. One of the few Wii U titles at Gamercamp, Runbow is all about quick reflexes in the face of adversity delivered by random chance. Judging by the screaming and yelling by the folks playing the game, it looked intensely fun!

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Reviews
Lemur BlueDriver Diagnostic Tool

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 28th, 2014

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There are many things in the world that are a big mystery to the average consumer. Straddling the line between alchemy and sorcery, these secrets lead to much head-scratching and face-scrunching, due to the mystical nature of these odd occurrences. One of these puzzles is the “check engine” light that occasionally pops up on the dashboard, indicating some issue with your car, which leads you to drive to your local garage and pay for a diagnostic and a fix (if required). Lemur Vehicle Monitors helps to fan away the fog of mystery with the BlueDriver diagnostic tool, which turns your smartphone into an automotive information center.

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Gamercamp
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 27th, 2014

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When I was at Gamercamp this year, one of the first titles that I got to observe was a very cool Oculus Rift title called Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. The game puts an interesting spin on local co-operative game-play, not only pitting a team against the clock to solve a series of puzzles, but splitting them into two different groups who each only see a part of the overall picture. This asymmetrical format really turns everything topsy-turvy, and adds a level of tension that is positively addictive.

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