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6 Things To Get Your Gamer For Christmas


Well, it’s that most wonderful time of year again! Don’t know about you folks, but Christmas seems to have snuck up on us at Gamer Living.  For those of you who are in the same boat and completely at a loss for what to get the gamers on your list, we’ve compiled a handy guide of items that gamers or collectors would love to have. Take a look!


posted December 13, 2013 - 7:17 pm in Gaming Life, Gift Guides by

Places to Do: Toronto’s Xbox One HQ

Places To Do - XboxOne Feature

Tucked amidst the chic and ritzy stores on Bloor Street West in Toronto is a simple black storefront.   Welcome to the Toronto Xbox One Headquarters, where visitors can check out the next generation’s Xbox, with its sleek black lines (which the store is very obviously mimics), bold features, and redesigned controller.  Not only that, but people can also get some hands-on time with a few highly-anticipated Xbox One titles.


posted November 6, 2013 - 5:13 pm in Gaming Life, Places To Do by

Microsoft 2013 E3 Media Briefing – Innovation Abound With Familiar Faces and New Games


On Monday, June 10, 2013 in beautiful Los Angeles, we at Gamer Living were up at the crack of dawn to join the ranks of early-bird journalists in a lineup outside of the Galen Centre for Microsoft’s 2013 E3 Media Briefing. Friendly Microsoft staff in black and green who were eagerly greeting people directed us through the maze of gates. Despite the early hour (we were within the first 100 people there at 6:30a.m.), there… Read On »


posted June 12, 2013 - 12:30 pm in Feature, Opinion by

War of the Cute – Disney Infinity vs. Skylanders


Just over two years ago, a fierce purple dragon and his friends rushed onto the gaming scene in what was perhaps the one of the most underestimated franchises of this generation: Activision and Toys For Bob’s Skylanders.  Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures, which officially released in October 2011, introduced a unique gameplay mechanism that saw real-world toy figures being ‘teleported’ into the virtual world of the video game through a peripheral called the Portal (connected to the consoles… Read On »


posted February 18, 2013 - 8:25 am in Gaming, Opinion by

Gamer Living’s Top Picks and 2012 Game of the Year

With 2012 firmly behind us, we at Gamer Living decided to throw in our votes for the 2012 Game of the Year.  Whether it’s the story that grips your heart and tugs you along for a long epic journey, the dazzlingly realistic visuals, mind-boggling gameplay, we all have different ideas of what makes a game The Best.  Read more to see if any of our staff agreed on which game should take home the Game of the Year award. Read On »


posted January 22, 2013 - 8:00 am in Game of the Year, Gaming by

Just Dance 4’s Toronto Launch Party and Hands-On

With less than a week to go before the American launch of Just Dance 4, Ubisoft showed us Torontonians just how to party on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.  Ubisoft Canada’s launch party was held at Maison Mercer, a chic nightclub situated in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District.   The event coordinators definitely knew what they were doing when they picked the venue—with its multilevel floors, central stage, leather couches, fully supplied bars, and professional dancers showing off their Just Dance moves, the party was hopping right from the start! Read On »


posted October 5, 2012 - 8:00 am in Events, Gaming Life by

Book Report – Cinder: Throwing a Monkeywrench into Fairy Tales

Adding to a long line of fairy tale retellings is Marissa Meyer with Cinder, the first title of The Lunar Chronicles series. Although we’ve seen and heard the story of Cinderella many times in different forms and styles of creativity, Meyer’s may be the freshest idea yet. If you’ve come across the simple cover art of a woman’s lower leg adorned by a cherry-red, spike-heeled shoe, you may already have an inkling as to why Cinder isn’t your typical tale of a kind, beautiful maiden who eventually gets a happily-ever-after ending with her prince. For those of you looking for a romantic read filled with cute animals, mild adversity, and a straight-shot to a predictable ending, Cinder is most likely not for you. However, if you want a story with depth, filled with political intrigue, mystery, in-your-face realism, and an underlying hint of romance, read on… and mind the mild spoilers! Read On »


posted February 28, 2012 - 8:30 am in Books/Novels, Gaming Life by

Have Yourselves a (Non)Geeky Valentine!

Ah love is in the air… or at least that’s what the stores want you to believe – and with the red, pink, hearts galore, who wouldn’t be in the mood for some romance?   Once Christmas and New Years are over, inevitably you’ll see the winter decorations shoved to the For Sale shelves, making way for the cuddly toys hugging hearts, proclaiming undying love and ownership.

Valentine’s Day – a much disputed holiday: It’s a Hallmark marketing scheme!  It originated from a jailed martyr that happened to write a few ‘love’ notes, but we see it as the one day to shower your loved ones with gifts, to show them that no, you don’t take them for granted… see, here, have a gift!

But gripe all you want, Valentine’s Day continues to happen every February 14, with people young and old celebrating love and friendship.  Kids continue to buy little Valentines to give to their friends, while adults scope out jewellery, expensive chocolates, and classy restaurants.   After a while, chocolates and romantic dinners become a given… so why not try something outside the box? Read On »


posted February 13, 2012 - 8:30 am in Gaming Life by

Sony’s Cross-Play Capability Will Connect Gamers Everywhere

In less than a month, Sony’s PlayStation Vita will be hitting the Western markets, much to the gaming populous’ anticipation.  Sony’s next generation handheld has received a lot of hype about its added features over the existing PSP, such as the rear touch pad, dual analog sticks, front and rear cameras, and the Six-Axis Motion Sensor.  These are all very exciting additions indeed, but there’s one that truly places Sony above its competition in the innovation department, and has received far less emphasis than it should have.  And what is this understated aspect?  The cross-platform capability, of course! Read On »


posted January 29, 2012 - 9:13 am in Gaming, Opinion by

2011 A Year Of Videogames in Review

Having heralded in the New Year with new games, consoles, and adventures to look forward to, decided it was high time to look at what this past year brought to the world of gaming and technology.  Even a cursory glance would remind us that 2011 was a bit of a rollercoaster ride, providing a myriad of emotions ranging from excitement and anticipation (announcements of next generation consoles and handhelds) to outrage and disgust (major game services being hacked), a sense of loss (at Steve Jobs death), or even incredulous hilarity (the recent Ocean Marketing debacle).   Here are some of the more noteworthy items, in our most humble opinion: Read On »


posted January 1, 2012 - 8:30 am in Gaming, News by