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A Guide to Backwards Compatibility in Gaming

by Blogger on ‎11-16-2014 01:35 PM - last edited on ‎11-17-2014 04:53 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, one of the most common questions I get asked is about game compatibility. This is the season where many families upgrade their gaming consoles, and most are likely wondering if their existing game collection, controllers, and accessories will work on the newer consoles. If you've been wondering about this, read on and I'll explain all there is to know about gaming backwards compatibility!


Last Gen VS. Next Gen Consoles To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade?

by Guest Blogger ‎08-31-2014 04:56 PM - edited ‎08-31-2014 04:57 PM

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If you are like me, a console gamer, every 5 or so years, you will be faced with a tough decision. When should you upgrade to the next generation of gaming consoles? Back in the earlier days of console gaming this was pretty obvious especially with the huge jumps in graphics and other related tech. Going from 8-bit machines(like the Nintendo Entertainment System) to 16-bit machine (like the SEGA Genesis and the Super Nintendo) was like a dream come true everything was such a huge change, graphics, sounds and games all had major upgrades. These days however, the reasons to upgrade aren’t quite as straight forward.


Nintendo 2DS and Wii U Price Cut Announced, + More!

by Blogger ‎08-31-2013 10:08 PM - edited ‎08-31-2013 10:16 PM

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This week Nintendo made some big announcements in a surprisingly low-key manner, casually sending out a press release containing news about a brand new portable video game console, a Wii U Deluxe model price drop, a new Wii U Zelda bundle, and firmed up the release dates for their holiday game line-up.


LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey - Review

by Blogger ‎08-12-2013 09:42 PM - edited ‎08-12-2013 09:49 PM



TT Fusion, makers of LEGO City Undercover, are back with their second original LEGO adventure this year with LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey.  This new entry in the series was designed for portable gaming with the game releasing first on Nintendo 3DS and PS Vita, and expected to come out this fall on Nintendo DS.


Hottest Games For August 2013

by Blogger ‎08-11-2013 10:03 AM - edited ‎08-11-2013 11:23 AM

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Back-to-school always marks the beginning of gaming's biggest season and one look at August's release schedule will show that the flood of great games has begun.  There are some heavy-hitting sequels to popular game franchises such as Lost Planet, Saints Row, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell and Madden NFL Football, along with the launch of Disney Infinity, the next big franchise from Disney Interactive Studios.  Of course there's also Pikmin 3, which Nintendo hopes will breathe new life into their Wii U console, and spearheads a string of major upcoming releases from Nintendo.


Without any further wait, let's bring on the games!


Nintendo Announces Release Dates for First Half of 2013

by Blogger ‎01-20-2013 10:19 PM - edited ‎01-20-2013 10:37 PM



Nintendo has unveiled their release schedule for early 2013, including firm dates for much anticipated games such as LEGO City Undercover, Fire Emblem: Awakening, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon.  Release windows were also given for many games first shown at last year's E3, including Game & Wario, The Wonderful 101, Pikmin 3, and Wii Fit U


Additionally, Nintendo has compiled a list of upcoming third-party game releases, which includes many games fans have been waiting for such as Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Rayman Legends, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow -- Mirror of Fate.


The launch date schedule includes Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DS.  Let's take a look at what to expect in early 2013!


Review: LEGO Lord of the Rings

by Blogger ‎01-11-2013 08:39 PM - edited ‎01-12-2013 01:32 PM



The LEGO video game franchise never ceases to entertain me.  It’s one of the few game franchises that delivers consistent quality with every iteration, and while critics often cite the lack of innovation, all you have to do is go back to 2005’s LEGO Star Wars to see just how far this franchise has come.  Lord of the Rings is the latest movie license to get the LEGO treatment, bringing with it all the wit and charm that is synonymous with this franchise.  LEGO Lord of the Rings is the most daring LEGO adventure yet, delivering hours of action and excitement the whole family will enjoy.


mophie’s trio of Powerstations keep your mobile devices topped up

by Blogger on ‎12-30-2012 11:14 AM - last edited on ‎12-31-2012 09:40 AM by Retired Administrator

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One of the challenges with mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, is keeping them powered for a longer period of time. Battery life naturally varies between them, but for those moments where you need extra juice and aren’t close to a charger, one of these portable Powerstation chargers from mophie should be just what you’re looking for.




Today is a big day for many Pokémon fans out there, and for good reason.  Nintendo is proud to announce the release of two much-anticipated games: Pokémon Black/White Version 2 and Dream Radar


Pro Evolution Soccer 2013

by Blogger on ‎10-06-2012 12:53 PM



Its a great year to be a fan of soccer video games. This year looks like we’re getting one of the best annual crops ever with everyone stepping up their game (no pun intended) and giving us something dramatically better than before. One of the titles to keep an eye on this year is Pro Evolution Soccer 2013, also known as PES’13. Lately the FIFA series has been battling them for dominance, but this isn’t the highlander. There can be more than one. Often this sort of game franchise competition can muddy the waters, resulting in several games that seem more or less the same. Not this time. PES is distinct from FIFA in its particular brand of depth.


10 Reasons to Buy Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2

by Blogger ‎09-23-2012 09:53 AM - edited ‎09-23-2012 09:58 AM



With Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 only a few weeks away, I'm sure there are many of you counting down the days for this new release.  At the same time I can see how there may be some of you a little reluctant to make the purchase -- with this being developer Game Freaks' first sequel in the longtime series, what changes could there possibly be in the Unova region?  Actually, there's plenty!  Aside from the whole new story, there's lots to look forward to.  


Earlier this week, I offered you a teaser of what's to come, but today I want to offer you with something more substantial. To pump you up for the new release, below is a list of all the big new changes any Pokémon enthusiast needs to check out!




This weekend I had the privilege of attending The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, a complete four-movement concert event featuring music from the renowned video game franchise.  The concert tour made a stop Toronto, my hometown, as part of a North America tour which includes four Canadian dates. 

Fans may remember Nintendo announcing a worldwide Zelda symphony tour during the company's E3 2011 press conference, as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations for The Legend of Zelda franchise, which we've covered extensively here on the Tech Blog.


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Since the release of Pokémon Red and Blue back in 1998, the Pokémon video game series has won hearts with its unusual, yet immersive gameplay and vast array of creatures.  The series has had several spin-offs including the popular Pokémon Stadium, Snap, Ranger and Rumble, but nothing has been quite as successful as the original series. With the success of their most recent iteration, Pokémon Black and White, Nintendo is releasing their first ever sequels, Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2 on the Nintendo DS and 3DS.


Nintendo Reveals Launch Dates For Professor Layton & More 3DS Games

by Blogger ‎08-28-2012 09:09 PM - edited ‎08-28-2012 09:14 PM



Much like how every puzzle has an answer, every video game has a release date, and for Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for the Nintendo 3DS, that date has now officially been set by Nintendo for October 28.  What's more, the company has revealed the release schedule their 3D portable gaming system for the remainder of 2012.  With a line-up that includes Professor Layton, Skylanders, Paper Mario, Rayman, Epic Mickey, and much, much more, the Nintendo 3DS truly has something for everyone. 


Are We There Yet? 5 Tips for Traveling with Babies & Children!

by Blogger on ‎08-13-2012 10:45 AM - last edited on ‎01-16-2013 03:02 PM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

"Are we there yet?" It's a saying most parents get used to hearing when traveling with babies and children! Getting away is fun, but, let's face it, the 'getting there' can be plain ol' stressful with young children in tow! Since there's only a few weeks of summer left to get away with family before the fall school routine begins (eek!), I thought I'd share a few of my tried and true tips on how to travel with children (without losing your mind ;-)).


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