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Developers Embrace the Festive Season with Holiday-Themed Add-ons

It’s the season of giving, and many game developers have embraced it by giving their fans holiday-themed add-ons.  The Christmas/winter themes range from simple backgrounds (in-game and menu options) to full-blown makeovers of gameplay and storylines.  Here are some of’s favourites:

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posted December 24, 2011 - 8:30 am in Gaming, News by

Child’s Play Raises Spirits This Holiday Season

Most of us can say we’ve been in a hospital at least once in our lives; whether as a patient or visitor of family or friends.  You may remember the smell of the sterile environment, the harsh glare of bright lights, and the pleasant voice occasionally blaring over the P.A. System paging a doctor, nurse, or someone.  Even though hospitals are places of healing and recovery, you never want to stay for an extended period of time – if you can help it.  As a child, a hospital is the last place you want to be in.  Locked up and not being able to run around, with just a TV and some old toys to keep you company can be extremely difficult on a kid – or at least that’s the way it was before the inception of the Child’s Play Charity’s in 2003. Read On »


posted November 4, 2011 - 9:00 am in Charities, Gaming Life by

Crimson Alliance DLC Slashing its Way to XBLA this October!

Certain Affinity is releasing a new DLC pack for their Summer of Arcade’s finale dungeon-crawler, Crimson Alliance, on October 12th! 
According to Max Hoberman, President of Certain Affinity, “From the start we wanted to keep the adventure going by giving players new places to explore with their friends. When we finished the game back in May we had a few months to wait before the Summer of Arcade was over. So we devoted ourselves to building the kind of maps that we wanted to play: fiendishly difficult ones that are perfect for co-op.”

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posted September 26, 2011 - 2:22 pm in Gaming, News by

FanExpo 2011: A Weekend in Review

Sunday, August 28th marked the closing of Toronto’s FanExpo 2011. had a huge presence at FanExpo this year, with 5 of our staff attending at least 3 days out of the 4.  It was a fun, exhilarating and exhausting weekend, and thankfully we have pictures documenting the highlights! Read On »


posted August 30, 2011 - 10:30 am in Feature, Gaming Life by

Let the Fun Begin at FanExpo 2011!

Toronto’s FanExpo 2011 is fast upon us!  Read On »


posted August 24, 2011 - 9:30 am in Feature, Gaming Life by

How Hello Kitty Led the Way to Gamer Chic Accessories

“Attention everyone.  Attention please.”  A pleasant (but loud) woman’s voice announced the end of 2011’s E3.  Ah the relief that we felt!  As exhilarating as E3 was, it was equally exhausting.  As our group made our way to the West Hall’s exit, the guys decided to do some last minute networking.  Looking around, I saw a huge kitty head peeking over a counter.  Delighted, I dragged my friend Karin over to the R.D.S. Industries Inc. booth to take a picture with the giant stuffed Hello Kitty.

Mission accomplished, we looked around the booth at the various gamer bags and accessories.  What really grabbed my attention were the cute plaid purses being displayed on a shelf.   They turned out to be R.D.S’s Game Traveler Hand Bags for the Nintendo DS and all of its various versions.

The R.D.S booth’s personnel were extremely nice,  asking questions about what sites we were representing and where we hailed from.  Of course,  once they learned we were Canadians, we got the usual jokes about our usage of “Eh”!   When it became evident that they weren’t in any rush to shoo us from the booth, I asked how much the handbags were, and the gentleman replied, “I’m sorry, but we’re not allowed to sell them as they’re display only”.  I had a moment of feeling (and looking) downcast, before he followed up by taking the purple bag off its stand and offering it to me with a “but I can give it to you”.  Without a moment’s hesitation, he casually handed the pink bag that Karin had been eyeing to her as well.  Awesome!

Now, being an X-Box and PC girl, you’d think I wouldn’t really have a use for a Nintendo DS hand bag.  But seriously, take a look at it!  The size and shape makes for a perfect makeup bag to be toted around.  Similarly, as plaid is ‘in’, a non-gamer girl could even use this as a purse for parties and clubbing.  Girls can easily fit a wallet, cellphone, and makeup into this bag!

Obviously, the more conventional gamer girls will find this nifty bag to be quite useful for their Nintendo DS systems.  The padded bag is roomy enough to fit the DS system, as well as an adapter and other DS accessories.  The bag`s cushioned interior guarantees a safe home for the DS.  Additionally, the front pocket can be used to store some of your DS games and styluses, so you‘re not stuck with just one or two games on the go.

All in all, the Game Traveler handbag is amazingly multi-functional and is an absolute must for the chic gamer girl, no matter her age.


posted June 17, 2011 - 1:07 am in Accessories by