Reviews
Intel® Core™ i7-5960X Processor Extreme Edition
Speeds Worthy of Darth Helmet

By Seán O'Sullivan - November 22nd, 2014

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For a number of years now, it seems that Intel’s focus has been on creating energy-efficient processors that let our portable electronics do more for longer. As wonderful as it is that that the Haswell processor can keep a hipster’s MacBook Air running unplugged for a dozen hours while pecking out a screenplay in a coffee shop, there’s a segment of the market that have been waiting for the next show of sheer muscle.

Well, that day has definitely arrived with the Haswell-E (or the the Intel® Core™ i7-5960X processor Extreme Edition, if you want to be formal) – Intel’s first eight-core desktop processor, aimed squarely at the kind of enthusiasts who refer to their PCs as “rigs” and are happy to tinker and overclock to squeeze every last drop out of their tech.

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Events
Coming Soon
2014 Canadian Videogame Awards Coverage

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 22nd, 2014

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Well, last night was a blast! Evan and I were joined by Jonathan from Dork Shelf to cover the 2014 Canadian Videogame Awards. In the last few years, the CVAs have been hosted out of Vancouver, and Justin has made it his business to ensure that we have a presence there. However, this year the event was held in downtown Toronto (at The Carlu).

We have always wanted to work with Dork Shelf on projects, and this is our first real collaboration. So stay tuned, and we will soon be posting photo coverage, some written pieces, and some audio to give you an account of our experiences!

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Reviews
Gauntlet

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 21st, 2014

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For those of us that used to dump quarters into arcade machines at the mall or the corner store, there are some games that will always stand the test of time. These sorts of games are priceless, and they followed us home from the arcade and hung out with us in our living rooms and family rooms on the early consoles. One of these timeless classics is Gauntlet (1985), which could, within the space of an hour (or less), reinforce and/or erode even the strongest of friendships – and yet, we would go back for more every chance we got. With the “reboot” of Gauntlet, Arrowhead Game Studios seems to be trying to be many things to many people by modifying the original formula – but does this new version retain the same amount of fun as the original?

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Events
Microsoft Store
Eaton Centre Launch

By Evan Bergstra - November 21st, 2014

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Microsoft just pulled back the curtain on their newest retail location, right in the heart of Toronto’s Eaton Centre. To celebrate the store launch and drum up a little enthusiasm, they had announced a day-of promo price for both 4GB Xbox 360s and Dell Venue Pro 8s. The consumer reaction was considerable, to put it mildly. For those of you who know the Eaton Centre, there were crowds in roped-off sections of the mall from the central fountain right to the Old Navy. Several of the more die-hard fans had camped out overnight. The place was packed.

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Reviews
Train Simulator 2015

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 20th, 2014

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Vehicle simulation games are not for everyone. Unlike other games, there usually is no story, and the level of detail involved in game-play is usually very high. In fact, the better the simulator, the more true-to-life the game is to whatever it is that you are driving/piloting, be it cars, airplanes, and yes, trains. Dovetail Games’ Train Simulator 2015 carries on the proud tradition of the Railworks line, giving players the ability to don a figurative locomotive engineer’s cap and learn all there is to know about driving trains. It may not be an exciting-sounding prospect – but it can surprisingly fun engaging in its thoroughness, and the production value enhances it even further.

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Reviews
Sunset Overdrive
Adjectives!

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 19th, 2014

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Insomniac’s Sunset Overdrive is a trip and a half. There’s no other way to neatly sum up the game better than that. This Xbox One exclusive is familiar enough in its control scheme to be accessible and fun, while dazzling you with its over-the-top colour palette, engaging characters, fantastically odd story, and its never-ending self-referential humour. If you own an Xbox One, enjoy having irreverent fun, and have a pair of sunglasses handy, grab yourself a copy of this game and make sure that you have plenty of energy drinks on hand so that you can get crazy!

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Contest
Assassin’s Creed Unity Prize Pack

By Jorge Figueiredo - November 19th, 2014

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Last week, Assassin’s Creed Unity hit the shelves. Edge, makers of shaving things, have partnered with Ubisoft to create some interesting branding for their Shave Gel line. Edge is also allowing us to offer up some prizes up to celebrate the release of Ubisoft’s latest Assassin’s Creed game. The bundle is worth $150, and includes a copy of the game!

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