I Loved TAAFI But I Hated the Premiere

By Ricky Lima - July 12th, 2012


Once in a while, one of us folks at Thumbs has a negative opinion so strong that we fear to post it. While not meant to disrespect those who work hard on whatever the subject happens to be, we feel like our readers identify with us and appreciate what we’d like to say. When Ricky pitched this to me, he did it with mixed feelings. TAAFI is a cool initiative – and while Ricky values the amount of labour that went into one of the features that was shown during the weekend that he attended the event, he felt very strongly about the film’s place at the festival. I decided to run it in the hope that it generates some interesting discussion. -ed.

July 6th was the opening gala for the first annual Toronto Animation Arts Festival International. It began with the Canadian Premiere of the animated comedy Ronal the Barbian. The film is a Danish 18A 3D film about a young Barbarian who doesn’t live up to the traditional notion of the strong barbarian. When his entire tribe is kidnapped, he needs to save his fellow Barbarians from the clutches of evil. On his journey he meets a slacker bard who only wants to get laid, an incompetent elf, and a strong warrior woman – all of them help him in his quest to save his tribe. Sadly though, anything that the film could have been was drowned out by its seeming obsession with the novelty of being an 18A animated film. This becomes almost unbearable once seen within the context of TAAFI and what the fledgeling animation festival represents.

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Obsessed Much?
Assassin’s Creed

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 3rd, 2010


If you ask any of my friends, they will tell you that I do my best to finish the hell out of games that I like. If you give these same friends a few pints of beer, or perhaps some money, they will tell you that I also have a crazy imagination and that it gets away from me at times.

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Toronto Thumbs Has To Move

By Jorge Figueiredo - April 1st, 2010

Toronto Thumbs has suffered an unexpected setback.

Yesterday, I just found out, was the anniversary of our Domain Name Registration. This is awesome. We have been around for a while now and have enjoyed bringing you reviews and commentary without the baggage of ads.

However, Shaun neglected to tell me that we were not paid up (until just a few minutes ago, after he got back from hanging out with some friends). So we have lost the name. The squatters (who I am not allowed to mention the names of) have given us a two week grace period to find something new, as they will not give up the name for a reasonable sum (and frankly, I don’t have that kind of money).

I have placed some reservations on some of the following names and I am wondering which one makes the most sense:


Let me know what you think.

I apologize, as I have really dropped the ball here. We will still be a great site, however, we will have a different domain name.

Adventures in Sex City

By Shaun Hatton - February 16th, 2010

Adventures in Sex City

I don’t even know where to begin. Rocco Commisso sent me a link to this crazy game from the Middlesex-London Health Unit called Adventures in Sex City.

Actually “game” is a bit of a misnomer. It’s more like “somewhat animated trivia.” Still, as a connoisseur of the gaming medium, I couldn’t help but be interested. Players choose a character and then go on to battle against the evil Sperminator. He attacks by shooting giant, single sperm through his, er, arm cannon. If you answer a question correctly, you get to put up a shield and deflect it back. Get a question wrong, however, and you get nailed.

Either way, it’s pretty disgusting. Back in my day we learned our sex ed the old fashioned way – with black and white textbooks full of awkward yet horrifying illustrations. This takes things to a whole new terrifying level. I’m not going to lie: I did not finish this game. I am too fragile.

NOTE: this game has a better soundtrack than my textbooks ever had.

Microsoft Bends Consumers Over,
Reaches for the Garden Claw

By Shaun Hatton - November 24th, 2009

Microsoft Bends Consumers Over, Reaches for the Garden Claw

Xbox 360 Wireless N Networking Adapter, pictured above beside a Garden Claw, has a suggested retail price of $99.99. Can you say “ouch?”

Looks like I’ll be rolling out the 50-foot Ethernet cable each time I want to take my Xbox 360 online. For those who feel they must get their Xbox LIVE on wirelessly, however, consider the Wireless-N Gaming Adapter from Mad Catz. It can be used on more than just the Xbox 360 and is sufficiently less painful to the finances. Plus, the instructional diagram of how it hooks up is kinda neat.

The Gamer Way

By Shaun Hatton - October 29th, 2009

Drinking and Driving the Gamer Way

At the recent Forza Motorsport 3 media event in Toronto, Raj Patel and I had the same great idea at the same time. Given that Microsoft Canada had set up two amazing racing cockpits and had provided free beer, we thought it would be pretty funny to stage some photos of me drinking while driving.

Turns out, I just look like a jackass, especially since I’m wearing my checkered “racing” toque. I’m like that dude who goes to see a band play while wearing a shirt of that band.

Let this be a lesson to all you kids out there: Drinking and driving is stupid.

This Is Me Playing Rock Band

By Shaun Hatton - October 27th, 2009

This Is Me Playing Rock Band

On Saturday I went to a friend’s housewarming party and played Rock Band in public for the first time in, well, a few weeks. Only this time I didn’t look quite so ridiculous. This is me rocking out to “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which is a song that needs no rocking out, to tell the truth.