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

By Shaun Hatton - March 31st, 2015

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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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EVENT
NERD-APPROVED MUSIC

By Shaun Hatton - August 16th, 2011

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brentalfloss throws it down!

If you happen to be a fan of music, specifically the kind that’s seasoned with references from the best nerd culture has to offer, there’s an upcoming event that was made for you: Nerd-Approved Music. With FanExpo coming up next week, a lot of fans of comics, movies, videogames, horror, anime, and all things awesome will be descending upon Toronto for a weekend full of fun. The convention has all the bases of popular nerd and geek culture covered, but once the convention doors close each night, you may find yourself looking for something to do around town. This is where Nerd-Approved Music comes in!

With the assistance of FanExpo Canada, I’ve put together a night of music at The Rivoli featuring my favourite local hip-hop acts who I’ve also had the pleasure of featuring on The Electric Playground. Peter Project, apart from producing some of the best hip-hop beats I’ve ever heard, has worked on music for the games ModNation Racers and Tales From Space: About a Blob. He’ll be spinning beats as Wordburglar and More or Les wow the crowd with their lyrical skills.

As the night continues, we’ll be switching genres to rock as my band Cobra takes the stage. The one and only brentalfloss will be headlining the event. As if this already wasn’t a totally sweet lineup, I’ll be hosting the night, offering jokes and some very cool prize giveaways (toys and videogames!) to trivia winners between acts!

If you’re going to FanExpo, you have the added bonus of getting into the show for half price, but you need to have your FanExpo badge with you. Otherwise, it’s still a great price for admission: $10! This includes a free hug!

Nerd-Approved Music is happening at The Rivoli on Friday, August, 26 at 8pm. You can buy tickets at the door but if you’re worried they’ll sell out (they will) you can also purchase them in advance online. If you’re going to the show and you want to brag about it, RSVP on Facebook and tell your friends!


JAMMIN’
With the KORG DS-10 Plus

By Shaun Hatton - June 11th, 2010

KORG DS-10 Plus

Former Editor-in-Chief Shaun Hatton shares his thoughts on a game that’s been occupying much of his time…[ed]

I received a review copy of XSEED’s Korg DS-10 Plus application near its release and have been tooling around with it since. Due to both the depth of the title and the fact that I was transitioning over to my new job at The Electric Playground, I haven’t been able to share my thoughts on it. Now that I’ve spent a lot of time with it, and am completely happy with how great a program it is, I feel I can at least give a testimonial regarding how I use it and why I like it.

For those not familiar with the Korg DS-10 Plus, it’s the successor to the Korg DS-10 title, which was essentially an emulation of Korg’s classic synth, the MS-10. As synthesizers go, it’s an impressive if not ambitious feat to take such a tactile instrument and digitize it. The touchscreen serves as the primary interface option, with the buttons duplicating functions such as starting and stopping the song loop or navigating through the synth’s various interface screens.

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OMG
Mega Man 10 on WiiWare Today

By Shaun Hatton - March 1st, 2010

It doesn’t explain my absense over the last six days, but Mega Man 10 is now available via WiiWare. So if you’re a glutton for difficult games, sharp graphics, and chiptune goodness, it’s a title you might want to check out. In related news, this could explain why I won’t post anything for the next six days.

But on a serious note, I was out of town for another gig. It’s nice to be back home, even though I’ll be spending most of the time playing videogames.


Tribes of Mexica:
Makeover for a Cipactli

By Shaun Hatton - February 22nd, 2010

Tribes of Mexica - Makeover for a Cipactli

Toronto developers Incubator Games is giving its upcoming game, Tribes of Mexica, a makeover. Over at their official site, interested parties (that’s you!) can vote on a new look for the Cipactli character (that’s the green guy up top). Cipactli currently looks pretty cool, admittedly. But the poll includes some very awesome and quite different renderings from various artists – all of which are even better than the current version.

I won’t post those here, as I don’t want to unintentionally influence your vote, but I do urge you to head on over to vote. It’s not every day that a games developer asks the community for such direct feedback. How cool would it be if the design you chose made it into the game? Think of the indie cred you’ll gain!

Speaking of cred, Incubator Games is a small team comprised of former project leads from Capybara Games. They’ve worked on some titles you probably love, including Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes and the original Critter Crunch.


NES Zelda Cartridge
Converted to a Hard Drive Enclosure

By Shaun Hatton - February 22nd, 2010

NES Zelda Cartridge Converted to a Hard Drive Enclosure

Some months ago, a friend of mine grabbed a bunch of NES cartridges from a thrift store with the intention of converting them into hard drive enclosures. If there’s one thing geeks love, it’s re-purposing old stuff into new stuff. I’m not sure if he got around to making the enclosures, but today I found this really awesomely done enclosure made from The Legend of Zelda for the NES.

This cartridge has sold out since I spotted it, but the seller does have several other cartridge-turned-enclosures. Sadly none look as great as this one, even though a great game was compromised to make it. Would you buy a hard drive enclosed in an old NES game, or do you think it’s sacrilege?


First Trailer For
Guerrilla Gardening: Seeds of Revolution

By Shaun Hatton - February 21st, 2010

Guerrilla Gardening: Seeds of Revolution

Today Spooky Squid Games released a teaser trailer for Guerrilla Gardening: Seeds of Revolution, a game I’ve been following the development of somewhat closely. Even though the trailer contains footage from an early build of the game, it still looks like a lot of fun to play.

In it, Molly Greenthumb is a revolutionary who tries to cheer up oppressed and depressed citizens by planting beautiful trees, flowers, and the like. The isometric game has a heavy puzzle element to it, where certain plants need to be placed in specific locations to provoke a desired result. For instance, and the video shows this, you can use a screaming flower to draw the attention of patrolling officers in order to make a run for another section of the map. Other flowers emit bursts of pollen, attracting citizens to the area. It’s a good way to gather up protestors in key locations.

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