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Event Gallery

By Toronto Thumbs Staff - September 28th, 2014

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Click the pic to see the gallery. There are a lot of photos.

For those who missed out on the X14 event (or for those who wish to relive it), please feel free to peruse this gallery. Thumber Evan took all of these fantastic photos, so if you see him, be sure to give him two Toronto Thumbs up!

This is our final entry for our X14 series. All available X14 articles can be found by clicking this link.


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Interview With Nicole Fawcette

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 25th, 2014

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Shortly after speaking with Jeff Rivait at X14, I had a chat with Nicole Fawcette from Microsoft. Like Jeff, Nicole is a pretty avid gamer, and I had a great chat with her about what upcoming titles she is looking forward to playing.

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Sunset Overdrive – Initial Impressions

By Evan Bergstra - September 24th, 2014

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You know how action movies and comedies tend to be pretty formulaic, but consumers keep going to see the same recycled content anyway? People like to stick with what they know, and studios like placing safe bets. Generally speaking, games are often designed with the same approach. The aesthetic and story will try to be sufficiently distinguishable to have a hook, but the overall experience will mirror many games that preceded it. It’s especially nice, then, when a studio takes more of a risk and builds something that taps into several genres rather than one, and here is where we get to my subject. At this year’s Xbox Media Showcase I was treated to the first 40 minutes of Sunset Overdrive and then chatted a bit with Marcus Smith from Insomniac Games. Both experiences were quite pleasant.

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Interview With Jeff Rivait

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 22nd, 2014

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At X14 there was no shortage of people to talk to. Between the various developers, public relations folks and Microsoft reps, there were many great conversations to be had. I was lucky enough to hang out with Jeff Rivait from Microsoft Canada for a few minutes to chat a little bit about upcoming Microsoft goodness.

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Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved

By Seán O'Sullivan - September 20th, 2014

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Events like X14 aren’t ideal for Kinect music games – the attendees are generally a bunch of awkward, uncoordinated games journalists, and it’s generally difficult to not feel goofy when flailing in front of a TV – let alone when the ambient racket makes it impossible to hear what exactly you’re supposed to be gyrating along to. Somehow, Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved rose above these elements to impress upon me that this is a musical toy box that provides a more intense ‘hit’ of Disney Magic™ than any piece of media in recent memory.

I got a quick hands-off tour of the Xbox One version.

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Interview With Jon Knoles

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 19th, 2014

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I really loved Forza Horizon when it came out almost 2 years ago. At X14, the Xbox media preview event, along with the normal stand-up game stations, there was a nice living room-like setup with some gaming stations loaded up with Forza Horizon 2. I sat down and played it for a while, and had even more fun than I did when I tried it at Fan Expo last month. Later on, I got to hang out with Jon Knoles from Turn 10 Studios and chat a little bit about the game.

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Evan’s Recap

By Evan Bergstra - September 18th, 2014

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I’m always pretty happy to be invited somewhere and be fed snacks and beer while being treated to something I would have paid for. You can imagine, then, that the X14 Xbox Media Showcase wasn’t exactly a chore for me. On September 10th I showed up to what is usually a meat-market type of nightclub that had been delightfully transformed into a slick, dark, Xbox-branded playground for gamers. At least 50 consoles were set up around the space and there were dozens of games to play. I only had a couple of hours to soak it all up so there were plenty of great titles I missed, but this was my overall takeaway.

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