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Events
X14
Lovers In a Dangerous Spacetime

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 17th, 2014

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Jamie Tucker and Matt Hammill from Asteroid Base.

There were a lot of AAA games on the floor at X14 (Microsoft’s holiday preview event); however, there were also a lot of indie games on display as well. ID@Xbox allows developers of all sizes to self-publish their games digitally, opening up a world of awesome on the Xbox platforms. One of the developers at X14 was Asteroid Base, a cool little Toronto-based outfit that is working on a really great couch-coop game called Lovers In a Dangerous Spacetime. Evan and I had a brief discussion about our experience this week. We figured that you might want to take a gander at what we said in our brief conversation.

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X14
Fable Legends – First Impressions

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 16th, 2014

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The Fable series has always been a lot like Madonna – constantly reinventing itself. I was never the biggest fan of the original games, but I enjoyed playing them when I could get my hands on them and I really enjoyed the departure that was Fable: The Journey. Lionhead Studios is changing the game yet again with the upcoming Fable Legends. I got a chance to hang out with some of the Devs from Lionhead at X14 to learn more about this interesting new twist as well as take part in what was a very fun role.

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rePLAY
Symphony of Heroes
Date Night

By Seán O'Sullivan - September 11th, 2014

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Photo Credit: Jane Dempster (Sydney Opera House)

As videogames have evolved over the past few decades, soundtracks have morphed from a handful of looping chiptune medleys into recorded orchestrated music that matches the best of what film has to offer in terms of quality, and surpasses it in its dynamism as it adapts to the player’s individual actions within the game world. Considering how much of a game’s texture and emotion is delivered or amplified by its musical accompaniment, it should come as no surprise that there are a number of touring productions built around showcasing these compositions.

Recently, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes played in Toronto’s Sony Centre (September 6th). After opening with a few stirring bars from The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, the conductor introduced the show, explaining that the setlist was curated to reflect the various stages of the hero’s journey; the start of the adventure, the trials and tribulations, and eventually triumph and freedom. Each song was preceded by narration from Nigel Carrington, most notable to gamers as the narrator in Dear Esther, and while the writing was somewhat overwrought, it’s easy to put nitpicks aside and be swept along by the emotions being cued by the orchestra.

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Events
X14

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 10th, 2014

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Today a few of us were invited to check out the media portion of Microsoft’s console gaming holiday show, X14. There were a ton of games to play and lots of people to talk to about games. Did I mention games? Anyhoo, the three of us busied ourselves checking things out and conducting interviews. There was a lot of stuff to process (and some of the things are still under wraps) so we will be slowly pushing out articles about X14 over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

Big hugs to Microsoft for the invitation!

All available X14 articles can be found by clicking this link.


Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
Nerd Noise Night

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 9th, 2014

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For the last few years, one of the most fun aspects of Fan Expo is what happens in the evening: Nerd Noise Night. If you haven’t heard of Nerd Noise Night, you have been missing out on an amazing evening of incredible music, awesome people, and great prizes. Spearheaded by former Toronto Thumbs Editor-in-Cheese Shaun Hatton, this event had been so successful that it has expanded to become a two-night show.

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Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
LEGO

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 8th, 2014

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Fan Expo is always chock-full of interesting displays; as usual LEGO’s booth was a force to be reckoned with. When it comes to interactivity, LEGO really pulls out all of the stops. Wonderfully crafted LEGO tributes to popular movie and cartoon characters dotted the space while various construction areas were available for people to get their build on.

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Events
Fan Expo Canada 2014
Cosplay

By Jorge Figueiredo - September 7th, 2014

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Click the pic to see a short cosplay gallery.

Every year, droves of people attend Fan Expo, and many of them pay tribute to their favourite fictional (and sometimes non-fictional) characters in the form of cosplay. Even on a Thursday, cosplayers were out in full force, showing off their amazing disguises. I love having a camera for this event, because I get to capture some truly magnificent work. Some of the costumes in the gallery above are actually part of official displays – but they are no less worthy of admiration. Click the pic above to check out some of the costumes!

Other articles from Fan Expo Canada 2014 can be found by clicking this link.