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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.

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Hands-on at The Evolution of Gaming

by Blogger on ‎08-31-2014 02:09 PM

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This year is a little different for me: the last weekend in August is PAX - the Penny Arcade Expo. I’ve been there without fail for the last six years, but this year? This year I’m home playing games instead. Earlier in August I had a chance to visit the Centre for Digital Media here in Vancouver, to check out the Evolution of Gaming exhibit. It’s amazing just how far gaming has evolved, and where it’s going next. Let’s take a look.

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Video Game Figures: a look at this growing trend

by Blogger on ‎08-25-2014 08:46 PM - last edited on ‎08-28-2014 12:36 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Interactive video game figures have, in a matter of only three years, taken the games industry by storm. This craze began with Activision's Skylanders series, and kicked into high-gear with the emergence of Disney Infinity last summer. Now, as we approach the crucial holiday season, Nintendo has thrown its hat into the ring with their upcoming Amiibo line of interactive figures. It's going to be an exciting next few months as new video games and figures for all three of these series come to market. To help you prepare, here's an overview of what each toy figure line has to offer!

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Plan your studies to have time for these Fall game releases

by Blogger on ‎08-22-2014 03:48 PM - last edited on ‎08-25-2014 01:41 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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The upcoming school year is guaranteed to be a busy time, so if you're thinking of picking up a video game or two this fall to play during your down time, you'll need to make sure you plan accordingly. To help you out, I've conveniently compiled a list of blockbuster games that are releasing this fall so you can mark important dates on your calendar and begin your planning early!

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Pre-Order Hyrule Warriors for exclusive Skyward Sword Costume Set

by Blogger on ‎08-17-2014 01:44 PM - last edited on ‎08-17-2014 10:01 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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We're less than six weeks away from the launch of Hyrule Warriors, a unique Wii U-exclusive crossover game featuring iconic characters and locations from The Legend of Zelda series combined with Dynasty Warriors' flashy, action-packed gameplay. As a special bonus for pre-ordering the game online at FutureShop.ca, you'll gain access to the Skyward Sword Costume Set downloadable content. Better hurry though, as quantities are limited!

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Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes

by Blogger on ‎07-30-2014 11:54 PM - last edited on ‎07-31-2014 01:44 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes, the next version of Disney's best-selling gaming platform that combines real-world figurines and virtual game worlds, will be welcoming the Guardians of the Galaxy come this fall. Inspired by the upcoming Marvel summer blockbuster film, coming to theatres on August 1, the Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set will send you on an intergalactic adventure featuring team leader Star-Lord, and many other characters from the Marvel Universe and the film. I was already very excited to check out Disney Infinity 2.0, but with this news my anticipation is even higher. Come see what's waiting for you in the Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set!

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Nintendo offering Free Digital Game with Mario Kart 8 purchase

by Blogger ‎05-09-2014 02:24 PM - edited ‎05-09-2014 02:39 PM

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Get strapped in for a wild ride because anti-gravity racing is coming to Mario Kart 8, Nintendo’s next big game coming exclusively to Wii U on May 30th. This latest entry in the hugely successful Mario Kart franchise will be bringing crazy new gravity-defying ways to race, including zipping along the sides of buildings, down a cascading waterfall, and even upside down on the underside of course. This is Mario Kart like we’ve never seen before!

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Most Anticipated Games for May 2014

by Blogger on ‎04-28-2014 07:43 PM - last edited on ‎04-30-2014 09:46 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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It’s my favourite time of the month again – the moment when I look ahead at all the great games we can expect to be playing very soon!  This month, the world’s most famous Italian plumber bookends the gaming release schedule with Mario Golf World Tour (May 2) and Mario Kart 8 (May 30). That’s not all though, as Ubisoft is readying its highly anticipated next-generation gaming title, Watch Dogs (May 27). PS Vita owners are also getting lots of love this month from Sony with the upcoming high-definition God of War and Sly Cooper collections.

 

It’s going to be another great month for gaming, let’s see what’s in store!

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Most Anticipated Games for April 2014

by Blogger on ‎04-09-2014 10:01 AM - last edited on ‎04-10-2014 04:22 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Interested in knowing the hottest video games coming out this month? Here's a look at the games releasing in April that I’m sure will be on many gamers’ most wanted lists!

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The 12 Best Video Games of 2014 (so far)

by Blogger on ‎04-07-2014 06:58 PM - last edited on ‎04-08-2014 04:57 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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We're only a quarter of the way through the year and already the video game industry has been unloading with superb AAA titles month after month. Thus far, 2014 has given us so many games worth playing it's not a matter of are there great games to play, but rather which of the great games are the best of the best?

 

After pouring hundreds of hours into the finest video games so far this year, I've attempted to answer this question by coming up with a list, ranked in order, of my Top 12 favourites. It was a challenging undertaking - let's see if you agree!

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Disney Infinity: Lots of Fun New Figurines and Play Sets Available

by Blogger ‎03-16-2014 01:10 PM - edited ‎03-16-2014 01:10 PM

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If you’re among the millions of gamers enjoying the Disney Infinity Starter Pack on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, or Nintendo Wii/Wii U, first off – good choice! Disney Infinity is such a fun gaming platform (as you can read in my review) and I enjoyed immensely both the collectible Disney character figurines and their virtual Disney play environments. Now that you’ve spent quite a bit of time enjoying the initial batch of characters and Play Sets in the Starter Pack you might looking for new figurines and adventures to keep the fun going.

 

The good news is there's a lot to choose from. Come take a look at some of the fun, new figurines and Play Sets that are available now!

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Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games - Wii U Review

by Blogger ‎02-22-2014 03:47 PM - edited ‎03-11-2014 09:50 PM

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While the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will soon be winding down, if you're a sports fan and a gamer, the spirit of competition can live on in the Wii U-exclusive Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. This dream crossover game pits fan-favourite characters from the Mario and Sonic universes against one another in a series of real Olympic sports and events -- from figure skating, to ice hockey, to downhill skiing, and more.

 

Is Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games worthy of a gold medal podium position, or does it falter before the finish line? Let's take a look and find out!

 

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The LEGO Movie Videogame - Great game for PlayStation 3 & Xbox 360

by Blogger ‎02-18-2014 12:42 AM - edited ‎03-11-2014 09:52 PM

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The LEGO Movie Videogame might just have the distinction of being Warner Bros.'s first video game based on a movie based on a children's toy. Adapted from the highly successful full-length theatrical release, the video game lets players step into the world of Emmet Brickowski, a completely ordinary LEGO minifigure swept into an extraordinary adventure to stop an evil tyrant bent on destroying the LEGO universe.

 

If you and your family enjoyed the film (my view: it's fantastic!) and want to extend the adventure, then The LEGO Movie Videogame will surely delight.

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Most Anticipated Games for February 2014

by Blogger on ‎01-31-2014 11:24 PM - last edited on ‎02-03-2014 11:40 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Coming off the heels of one of the busiest holiday seasons ever for gaming, February is shaping up to be one of the most well-rounded months for gaming in a while with major titles releasing for current-gen, next-gen, and handheld platforms, and with genres spanning from action, to role-playing, to platforming, to stealth, and even a visual novel. This is going to be one crazy awesome month for gaming, so let's take a closer look at what's coming to Future Shop and futureshop.ca in February!

 

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Super Mario 3D World - Review

by Blogger on ‎12-28-2013 02:35 PM - last edited on ‎12-30-2013 10:02 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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After nearly 30 years of making Super Mario games, Nintendo still has that magic touch. Arriving exclusively on Wii U this holiday season, Super Mario 3D World is the system-selling software title that Nintendo has been waiting for. The game is fantastic on every level: it has stunning graphics, absorbing gameplay, imaginative level design, a catchy orchestral/jazz soundtrack, and for the first time ever in a 3D Super Mario game -- four-player co-operative action.

 

What's truly impressive about this game is how, after so many Super Mario games, Nintendo has managed to introduce so many fresh ideas into Super Mario 3D World. From the ridiculously cute new Cat Suits, to the vast new Sprixie Kingdom offering a constant flow of new enemies, puzzles, and challenges, this game never ceases to throw fresh experiences at you. This is the best game I've played in months, and if you don't own a Wii U, this is the strongest reason yet to get one.

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