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?
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…
Vikings, in case you’re unfamiliar with the program, is a rare example of delightfully high-profile Canadian content (Canadian-Irish if you’re splitting hairs, but it still counts). The series is a compelling bit of stylized historical fiction following the adventures, struggles and glory of a Viking farmer-warrior named Ragnar Lothbrok. Though it airs on History, it has all the sharpness, grit and production values you might expect from AMC or Showtime. I confess I’m only half-way through the first season, but so far it’s got me hooked.
The show is looking forward to a third season in 2015, but the current promotion is for the Season 2 launch on DVD and Blu-ray, which hit shelves on October 14. In celebration of the launch, the show’s marketing folks have teamed up with Firkin Pubs to dish out hearty meats in hefty servings. Last week they brought a few writers in to try the spread and I was lucky to enough to join in. I hope the photos do it justice.
The following article was written rather unprofessionally in the tipsy haze following Evan’s return from a consumer tech trade show at the Westin Harbour Castle. In his defense, though, his week was packed and he had to get this out or risk letting it slip through the cracks. His drink was red wine and his soundtrack was The Naked and Famous. He recommends both for most occasions.
Trade shows are a bit of an odd place for journalists. The events are set up so that salespeople from consumer product companies can rendezvous with buyers from all manner of retail outfits. The salesfolk make their pitches and the buyers buy wares. It makes sense, sure, that critics should attend to have a look at the next big thing to make its way to the shelves – except the brand booths are often staffed by people trained on pitching products to retail buyers rather than media or consumers. I felt a wee bit out of place, but I still saw some really cool stuff and I’ll give you the breakdown from each company that I was brought to.
Two days ago, we posted a bit about Gamercamp. As we mentioned, this is the final Gamercamp – ever. Are you thinking that you want to take part in an awesome weekend of fun and videogame nerdery? Well, the awesome folks at Gamercamp have decided to make it easy for some of you – by allowing us to give away some passes!
Well, folks? This year is Gamercamp’s final year (you can check out our coverage of previous years here. For those not in the know, Gamercamp is a celebration of videogame culture. For three days, Gamercamp hosts talks, presentations, gaming sessions and much more, all in the name of showcasing the talent of the North American games community.If you have never been to a Gamercamp before, you need to go check it out; if you have gone to at least one of these, then you know how special it is – and you need to go check it out.
Many have heard tell the tales of Vikings, History Canada’s Vikings series. This series takes a look at the Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, and his rise from farmer to not-so-farmer/bad-ass. Well, Vikings Season Two DVD and Blu-Ray will launch on October 14 in Canada, to many raised mugs of whatever Vikings drank in the old days. Phase 4 films, in a partnership with the Firkin Group of Pubs and Inside Fitness have some fun things in store for fans.
From October 1 to November 30 of this year, The Firkin pubs will be offering customers a special Vikings menu (at all 30 locations across Ontario). Giant smoked turkey drumsticks and chipotle and beer Barbecue beef ribs will be some of the food offered on their menu – and there will be prizes to be won, too (you can find the nearest location here). On the other hand, Inside Fitness is offering its readers a chance to “Get Fit Like a Viking” (which might be tougher to do if you eat like a Viking every day at Firkin pubs). Inside Fitness’ prize pack includes a pair of Marley Liberate on-ear headphones, Universal Nutrition Animal Pack supplements, a Titin Force compression weighted system, a copy of both seasons of Vikings on DVD and a limited edition Vikings letter opener and shield pin. You can check out Inside Fitness’ page on how to win this interesting prize pack.