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E3 2016: Nintendo Trailers Roundup

Nintendo was the last company to do their E3 presentation. This year, they eschewed from using their Nintendo Direct presentation format and instead did a Nintendo Treehouse let’s stream type of format. The change in format seems to be a result of Nintendo not having too much to show at the moment apart from new Legend of Zelda and Pokemon games.

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eSports Weekend Calendar: March 3 – 6, 2016

Big, big weekend in eSports this week. It’s an IEM weekend which is usually a big deal but this weekend is the annual IEM World Championships from Katowice, Poland. It’s the one eSports event that I would strongly consider hopping on a plane for. Well, mostly because I’ve never been to Eastern Europe and I understand Poland is a lovely part of the world.

Anyway, the annual IEM World Championship features League of Legends and CS:GO events along with supporting mini-tournaments for Hearthstone and HOTS. They’ve also partnered with Blizzard to bring the WCS Winter Championship to Katowice which marks the first major stop on the road to BlizzCon.

If none of that strikes your fancy, the second Dota 2 Major Championship, the Shanghai Major, is currently going through its playoffs with the grand final on Sunday. I would assume that the winner of this tournament will spent July in Seattle for The International so there’s more than the $1.1 million winner’s purse on the line.

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WB Games Montreal is Working on Two DC Comics Games

wb-games-logoSometimes, you don’t need an insider leak to tell you what a developer and publisher are up to. You might just want to look at the job listings. On the front page of their website, Warner Bros Games Montreal announced that they starting work on two new games that are “focused on expanding the DC Comics universe in the interactive space.”

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America’s Supernatural Claims to Fame (Infographic)

Welcome to et geekera’s 31 Days of Halloween! If you read my Haven reviews, you’ll get that joke. If not, you should read them and watch the older episodes. It’s actually a fun show.

Anyway, since we’ve reached the month of October which means that everyone wants to talk about ghosts, monsters, the occult and other things that go bump in the night. So let’s kick-off our on and off look the frightening with an infographic from the folks at Movoto looking at the most famous supernatural creature or story in each US state. What can I say? I’m a fan of a good ghost story.

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Why I’m Boycotting the Sochi Olympics

sochi-olympic-boycott-headerThere was seldom a moment during the London Olympics that I was tuned away from live broadcasts, especially during handball. I was one of the two-thirds of Canadians who watched Sidney Crosby end the Vancouver Olympics with an overtime goal to win the men’s hockey gold medal.

This time, I won’t be watching. I don’t care if Patrick Chan sets another world record in figure skating or Canada plays Russia for the gold medal in a game that goes to overtime. I won’t be watching my Winter X-Games favourites, slopestyle and halfpipe, or the curlers from my hometown battle for gold.

While the Olympics are supposed to be about coming together, the spirit of unity, and a celebration of sport and national pride, none of that is on display in Sochi. The Russian government, Sochi Olympic organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have created an Olympic games that does none of that and I want no part of these Olympics.

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Batkid Saves San Francisco

While a good number of us were focused on the PlayStation 4 launch last Friday, in San Francisco, there was a little bit of good news to cheer us all up. The folks at the Make-a-Wish Foundation turned downtown San Francisco into Gotham City so five-year-old leukemia survivor Miles Scott could live out his dream of being Batkid.

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Best and Worst of Fan Expo 2013

fan-expo-canada-headerI promised a recap of my first ever convention / Fan Expo experience and here it is. I spent the blog’s downtime in downtown Toronto attending the 2013 edition of Fan Expo in downtown Toronto along with over 100,000 of my closest friends. I was just completely overwhelmed by the number of people there and I’ve been to a NASCAR race with 110,000 people and thought this place was packed.

So let’s look back at Fan Expo with a little bit of Best and Worst.

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Is There Anything Jennifer Hale Can’t Do?

If you’ve play a video game anytime over the last 15 years or watched an animated TV show or movie over the last 20, you’re more than likely to have heard Jennifer Hale’s voice. The Canadian voice actress is one of the preeminent voice-over talents in the business today. She was even named “the most prolific videogame voice actor (female)” by Guinness World Records. I think that award might have to do with the 140+ games she’s been in during her career. In the last month alone, you could have heard her in Gods of War: Ascension, BioShock Infinite and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Not only is Hale a video game voice actress, her voice has also appeared in over 60 TV series and over 25 movies.

Since this week is Canadian Gaming Week, I felt it was only appropriate to pay tribute to one of Canada’s greatest contributors to gaming and the queen of video game voices, Jennifer Hale.

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The 2013 Worst Company in America Tournament is Underway

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With the start of the NCAA Men’s Basketball championship tournament, also known as March Madness, comes a deluge of bracket tournaments to determine the winner of every competition imaginable. One of the more noteworthy is The Consumerist’s bracket to determine the Worst Company in America.

We gamers might have heard of this because the Mass Effect 3 ending and day-one DLC controversies powered EA to victory last year. Well, the tournament is underway for 2013 and EA is in with another chance to repeat.

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Canada Will Be Ready for The Zombie Apocalypse

Today’s update on zombie apocalypse preparation comes from the Canadian Parliament (which I visited last week, coincidentally). During the Members’ Statements portion of the day in the House of Commons, Pat Martin, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg, asked Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird if a plan was in place to protect against a zombie invasion/apocalypse.

I love having a good bit of fun with zombies and the like but why is government time being wasted addressing this?

(You’ll probably have to turn up your volume. The video is very quiet.)

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