Saying Goodbye

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 24th, 2014


One week ago, Eric Weiss (from Dork Shelf) wrote a eulogy for Gamercamp. If you don’t plan on clicking past the jump here, I’d recommend that you at least read Eric’s wonderful words (with a sweet forward written by Will Perkins). I suspect that if you asked any Gamercamp participant (be they developers, organizers, or attendee) to read that passage, they would most likely harbour wet eyes and nod at least once. It’s a wonderful tribute to a fantastic annual event that saw it’s last staging last weekend. So what made it so special?

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Tag-Team Reviews
My Little Pony Equestria Girls
Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage Playset

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 23rd, 2014


Several years ago, Hasbro and their partners took the My Little Pony franchise to a new place with the Equestria Girls film and line of toys. A significant departure from the normal My Little Pony series, Equestria Girls featured the ponies as humans – transformed by walking through a magic mirror. Now, Hasbro shines a spotlight on the My Little Pony Equestria line with the My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage, which corresponds with the recently released film, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks.

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VIZIO S5451w-C2
Sound Bar With Patrons

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 22nd, 2014


Audio is a very important part of the home theatre experience. Without effective audio delivery, movies and videogames become a ho-hum affair, and they lose their immersive quality. It makes sense; so much work goes into creating realistic sound fields in films and video games – even movies that don’t have a lot of “special effects” still have a fair bit of work done in the audio production. In my opinion, having discrete speaker outputs (5.1 minimum) is the way to go; but what if you can’t run wires? What if you have a small space and you can’t justify spending a lot of money on a number of different speakers? What if I told you that there is actually a great product from VIZIO (which we first saw at the Future Shop Smart Loft) that allows you to have a great 5.1 surround sound system that doesn’t require complicated installation – but still delivers a powerful and immersive experience?

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Lizard Island: Observation

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 21st, 2014


Sometimes it’s like pulling teeth to get children interested in things that are good for them. Vegetables, chores, school – these are things that cause some parents to rely on bribery to achieve a reasonable result. While Budding Biologist can’t really help with the consumption of greens, they have made a very interesting app for iOS and Android devices called Lizard Island: Observation to help generate interest in science. This app allows your young scientist to experience some of what biology has to offer. What’s interesting about it is that it does offer a level of challenge that makes it far more than a passive experience.

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Upcoming Events
Mayhem Playground

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 20th, 2014

I drank this and now I feel weird…

On October 25th at Yonge and Dundas Square (downtown Toronto), the chaos of Sunset City (from Sunset Overdrive) will arrive! From all indications, it sounds like it will be a fun event – but to make sure you don’t miss out on any details, you’ll need to check out Xbox Canada’s Facebook page.

Toronto Thumbs will be posting a review for Sunset Overdrive in the near future – but from all of the events that we have seen it at (and played it at), it’s a frenetic, frenzied fun freakshow. It does not disappoint. So, if you’re still on the fence, and you want to inject your Xbox One with some insanity, be sure to make your way to Mayhem Playground on the 25th. Be sure to eat a nice, healthy breakfast, too…


Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 19th, 2014


Fans of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien understand what immersion is all about. Tolkien breathed such life into his works that they almost read like history texts – only far more exciting. Similarly, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, all based on Tolkien’s books, have been meticulously constructed; infused with Tolkien’s culture, they convey that Middle Earth is a big place. There is so much going on in the main story and behind the scenes that it is not difficult to imagine hundreds of stories, all happening in the background. So it is with Monolith Productions’ Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor – a game inspired by the works of Tolkien and created with the flair of Jackson’s films – following the story of two men, bound by adversity, in the middle of a multi-faceted power struggle, seeking revenge and enlightenment.

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Jumping Sumo

By Jorge Figueiredo - October 18th, 2014


I’m used to France-based Parrot making toys that soar – namely the AR Drone series; but earlier this year, I attended a media event that demonstrated that Parrot also made remote-control ground vehicles. The Jumping Sumo is an interesting two-wheeled oddity that is capable of far more than just driving. Using your iOS or Android phone (or tablet), the Jumping Sumo is a toy that is easy to pick up – but it’s not without its quirks.

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