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The Elder Scrolls Online Has Arrived, Here's What to Expect

by Blogger on ‎04-15-2014 10:04 PM - last edited on ‎04-16-2014 08:55 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Bethesda Softworks' much talked about next entry in The Elder Scrolls video game series is heading online with its most ambitious, game-changing project to date. Available now on PC and Mac, The Elder Scrolls Online is the first-ever massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) for the franchise, which has historically focused on expansive, richly-detailed single player experiences.

 

The Elder Scrolls Online lets fans began their own heroic quest online with their friends, and join hundreds of other players from around the world in massive Player vs Player (PvP) battles. Interested in learning more? Let’s check out what this new Elder Scrolls game has to offer!

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Behold the cutting edge of PC gaming; the Razer Blade gaming laptop.

by Blogger on ‎04-14-2014 03:40 PM - last edited on ‎04-15-2014 09:06 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

razer-blade-gallery-v3-05.pngIf you’re a PC gamer, you really owe it to yourself to check out the new Razer Blade gaming laptop. Razer has a history of making great PC gaming accessories and peripherals so they certainly know gamers well. A lot of their PC gaming accessories, like the BlackWidow keyboard are favorites with many PC gamers out there. Now they’ve taken all of that PC gaming know-how and applied it to making their very own PC, made specifically for gamers. This gadget is a serious piece of hardware, design to provide no-compromise PC-gaming in a truly mobile form-factor.

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Does the New Thief Game Live up to its Strong Legacy? - Review

by Guest Blogger on ‎04-12-2014 11:45 AM - last edited on ‎04-14-2014 02:37 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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After a ten year hiatus, the much-lauded Thief series returns with a brand new game on PlayStation and Xbox game consoles, and PC. There's a lot riding on this reboot of the PC classic, with a lot of people wondering: will this new game stay true to the roots of the franchise or will it fall short of its strong legacy?  Let's find out!

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The Crew Available This Fall, Preorder for Exclusive Bonuses!

by Blogger on ‎04-11-2014 04:39 PM - last edited on ‎04-11-2014 05:55 PM by Moderator

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Ubisoft has announced that their upcoming open world racing game, The Crew, will be available this fall for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. This ambitious next generation action driving game takes place in a massive recreated United States, from the bustling streets of New York all the way over to the sunny beaches of San Francisco. Along with the announcement of a fall release window, Ubisoft also unveiled a new gameplay trailer showing this beautiful-looking racing game in motion. Take a look after the jump!

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Eurocom M3: a mobile PC gamer's dream machine.

by Blogger on ‎04-05-2014 01:26 PM - last edited on ‎04-07-2014 11:03 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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These days I’ve been spending a lot of time playing around on a Eurocom M3 notebook. Let me tell you, this thing is a fierce machine. I often get to play around with notebooks in every category, from mobile business machines, to budget every day machines. The Eurocom is clearly a gaming machine, but goes beyond that to really stand out amongst all the other gaming notebooks out there today.

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Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket - Review

by Blogger on ‎03-18-2014 02:27 PM - last edited on ‎04-01-2014 12:53 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

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Looking for a portable, all-in-one HD game recorder that you can take on the go anywhere to record those epic gaming moments? How about a stand-alone game recorder that doesn’t need to connect to a PC to record crisp, 1080p visuals mixed with your own audio commentary? The Hauppauge HD PVR Rocket (available on futureshop.ca soon) solves both these needs and is one of the slickest and easy-to-use game recorders I’ve ever used. It’s also compatible with all the latest video game consoles including PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, as well as PC, so no matter what system you game on, the Rocket has you covered. Want to know more?  Click through to discover what this great recording gizmo has to offer!

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Picking out a gaming laptop

by Blogger ‎03-16-2014 10:14 AM - edited ‎03-16-2014 12:30 PM

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Many PC gamers tend to get chained to their desks with high powered gaming rigs, regarding laptops as weak system suitable only for work and browsing the web. The truth is that there are a lot of great high end gaming laptops available that let you take advantage of the mobility a laptop provides without having to compromise when it comes to playing your PC games.

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Titanfall on Xbox One Launches in Canada with High Energy and Excitement!

by Blogger ‎03-13-2014 07:08 PM - edited ‎03-14-2014 05:30 AM

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The atmosphere was electric inside Toronto’s Tattoo Rock Parlour on Monday night as hundreds of Xbox fans packed into the nightclub location to celebrate the big launch of Respawn Entertainment’s debut game, the PC- and Xbox-exclusive Titanfall. As soon as I was ushered into the Titanfall-branded “briefing room” and greeted by a personalized video introduction from Steve Fukuda, Game Designer for Titanfall at Respawn, I knew I was about to experience something special. My mission for the night, according to Fukuda, was to be among the first in Canada to experience first-hand their genre-defining first-person action title.

 

It was a mission I readily and enthusiastically accepted.

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Diablo III's Huge Patch Optimizes Game in Advance of 'Reaper of Souls'

by Blogger ‎03-09-2014 01:52 PM - edited ‎03-09-2014 02:02 PM

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Let's face it: when Diablo III released on PC nearly two years ago, it was a game with great ambition, yet mired by horrendous technical issues and one really awful design choice. While the server problems were remedied within a few week after launch, the fact remained that Diablo III's loot system and Auction House both served to undermine the main reason for playing a Diablo game in the first place -- the incredible satisfaction that comes with slaying foul demons and being rewarded with ridiculously awesome loot.

 

In the years since, Blizzard Entertainment have taken fan complaints seriously and promised to remedy them with a game patch called version 2.0.1. Well, that patch has now been released and the changes are nothing short of monumental. So much has been overhauled, the 2.0.1 patch notes alone span a whopping 98 pages (seriously, I counted how many "Page Dn" key tabs it took to reach the bottom!)

 

Everything from the loot system, to character classes, to the game's difficulty, and much more, have been completely revamped with the single focus of improving the overall gameplay experience. If you're a Diablo fan, you simply have to come see what's new!

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Plantronics RIG Gaming Headset + Mixer - Review

by Blogger on ‎03-05-2014 08:27 PM - last edited on ‎03-07-2014 09:34 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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When researching over-the-ear headphones, the first aspect I always pay attention to is what device(s) it’s designed for, be it PC, smartphones/tablets, or gaming consoles.  I want to make sure first and foremost that the headphones are compatible with the devices I have in mind, but moreover, I want the assurance that they’re also optimized for those same devices.  So, for example, it’s vitally important that over-the-ear headphones for my iPhone have a sturdy headband to keep them firmly in place while listening on-the-go. Conversely, for a PC or gaming headphones, having crystal clear mic audio is definitely a must-have, but I also want to make sure the headphones remain comfortable for long gaming sessions.

 

I was very pleasantly surprised, then, when I realized that the Plantronics RIG stereo Headset + Mixer made my preliminary research easy – as it was designed to be a true all-in-one stereo headset. Not only is the headset created with the comfort and quality needed for intense PC or console gaming, but it is also designed to quickly and easily convert into portable headphones for listening to music on-the-go. As I looked further into the product, I got even more excited because of the included mixer – the system's central component that allows you to seamlessly switch between, or mix, your game and phone audio. Recently, I was lucky enough to get my hands on sample Plantronics RIG unit, and I have to say, it really is as great as it seems.

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Most Anticipated Games for March 2014

by Blogger ‎02-25-2014 10:36 PM - edited ‎02-27-2014 05:58 PM

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Get ready to pick up your controllers because March is kicking things off right with the much-anticipated release of South Park: The Stick of Truth. From thereon in it's more big titles one after another, starting with Dark Souls II and the Microsoft-exclusive Titanfall (March 11), with Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes and Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z landing the following week. Later in the month we've got the PlayStation 4-exclusive inFAMOUS: Second Son and Diablo III is receiving it's first major expansion pack with Reaper of Souls. Handheld gamers can also get in on the action with Yoshi's New Island on Nintendo 3DS, and for PS Vita fans there are games like Putty Squad, Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD Remaster, and Deception IV: Blood Ties.

 

Let's take a look at the games!

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When and why you need to upgrade your video card

by Blogger on ‎02-02-2014 09:33 AM - last edited on ‎02-03-2014 11:37 AM by Blog Editor in Chief

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If you’re into PC gaming you’ll understand just how important a good graphics card can be to the experience. It can be such a crucial component to your PC gaming rig that often gamers will spend as much on a new video card upgrade as they spent on the rest of the components they use combined. With video cards playing such a crucial role, it can be tough knowing when it is just the right time to upgrade and how exactly to make that decision. Today we’ll take a look at some of the factors involved in that decision, and some options for your new GPU.

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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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SteamOS and Steam Controller - Everything You Need To Know

by Blogger ‎01-19-2014 08:35 PM - edited ‎01-19-2014 08:45 PM

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When Valve revealed their ambitious SteamOS plan last September at LinuxCon 2013, many of us in the gaming press weren't quite sure what to make of the announcement. This wasn't simply another game maker looking to enter the heated console wars dominated by names like Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft, but rather an attempt to bring PC gaming, oft the realm of bedrooms and game rooms, into the living room. In the following months, Valve has slowly trickled out more information on SteamOS, and the revolutionary Steam Controller that was designed to be used with it. While there are still some unanswered questions, Valve's vision for the future of PC gaming is becoming clearer, particularly with the big unveiling of their new Steam Machines (which we covered in detail here) earlier this month at CES.

 

If you've been wondering what exactly SteamOS is, and how the Steam Controllers work it, read on and I'll do my best to explain everything we know!

 

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CES 2014: Valve Unveils the first Steam Machines

by Blogger ‎01-09-2014 10:51 PM - edited ‎01-09-2014 11:08 PM

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Back in September, entertainment software developer Valve Corporation announced their intentions of bringing PC gaming to the living room with their revolutionary new Steam Machines. At CES this week, Valve co-founder and managing director, Gabe Newell, held a press conference to reveal the first 13 models that are expected to arrive on store shelves and online by the end of this year. These Steam Machine models come from a wide spectrum of custom PC builders including names like Alienware, CyberPowerPC, Origin, Falcon Northwest, Gigabyte and more.

 

With prices ranging from $499 all the way up to $6,000, there is a huge selection of choice available, much like the current PC gaming market. Having so many custom PC hardware partners isn't a big surprise since Valve promised in its original press material that the ecosystem for Steam Machines would be vast. The idea is that Steam Machines should be just as accessible to entry-level buyers as they are to those who prefer the priciest high-end gaming rigs. 

 

There's a lot of information to digest, and at the same time, a lot to be excited about, so to get started I thought I'd highlight the top five Steam Machines that have piqued my interest. Let's take a look!

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