tehflakes @ Pax East – Day 3

Sunday marks the last day of PAX where tired legs roam the show floor for the last time. Queue’s are generally the shortest on Sunday as well. It’s the last chance for 60 thousand people to see the games, play a tabletop game and most importantly the single reason we all go to PAX is to see our friends.
My Sunday plan off attack was to give the show floor a final walking and checkout Trails Evolution, Gunnar Optiks, The Witcher 2, Minecraft. I also watched people play Max Payne, Borderlands 2, Ghost Recon Future Solider which looked really good but I really didn’t want to spend my last day queuing for hours.

The first game I played was Trails and if you played the original Trails you’ll love this. The demo I got was a 3 player verus race on the same screen. The race consisted of 7 heats with points associated for winning each race but you lose points for crashes. If you somehow manage to crash which you will you’ll be automatically placed at the next checkpoint. You’ll respawn and start driving as soon as the last player goes through the checkpoint.

Next up I wandered to the Gunnar Optiks booth where I booked up a pair of the MLG Phantom Neptune glasses.

I left the show around 3pm, wandered around Boston for a bit, went bowling and called it a night.

See my Photo’s here: http://tehflakes.ca/2012/04/10/pax-photos/

tehflakes @ Pax East – Day 2

The day started with a long brisk walk from our hotel to the convention centre in which we were fueled by Dunkin Donuts.

Shortly after arriving at the convention centre I got in line for the Epic Games: Past, Present and Future panel hosted by Epic Games Design Director Cliff Bleszinski – President Mike Capps. Epic and Mike answered 10 questions from the community as well as a question and answer period at the end of the panel. The best part of this panel was this young lady asked a question when we will we see Gears of War on the Playstation. Cliff immediately said, Should I troll this? in which he did by going on to say when the Dual Shock controller doesn’t suck.

Next up we hit the show floor as we had a few hours to kill and we over to the Robot Entertainment booth to see @Six Okay – Justin Korthof and get a hands on demo of Orcs must Die 2 which was recently announced for the PC. There was a single player and co-op demo going on. Courtney and I got a chance to team up and kill some Orcs in the new co-op mode. The maps are two or three times the size of the original game and feature a new character. Our tactic was simple she would kill everyone and I would manage the tower defense portion by laying all the traps and such. After 7 waves of enemies and a few good laughs this was easily my favorite game of the show.

We had to queue up about a good 2 hours before the Major Nelson Podcast since Felica Day was guest staring on the show but I was excited to see Stepto join the show but there was no mention of puppy talk. If you’ve listened to the show before you know what to expect from this panel which is a lot of laughs. It was good to see the cast I listen too every week.

After the show was over the exhibit floor was closed we headed back to our hotel relax, eat dinner, find @ubersully some clothes at the mall and I went back to try and get into the Giant Bomb podcast but failed which kind of bummed me out a lot.

tehflakes @ Pax East – Day 1

Man I didn’t eat to get out of bed today, this damn hotel bad was super comfy. Anyways, why is it so hard to find a breakfast joint in Boston. Where do the locals eat breakfast? What do Boston folk each breakfast? This adventurous journey lead us through various parts of Boston like Chinatown. Finally, we arrived at the convention centre ready to set it and make new memories with my best friend, friends and new friends. After getting I’m we headed right to the show floor and I bolted for the Astro Gaming booth where I finally purchased the wireless mix amp for my A40′s. Next up we walked over to the official PAX merchandise booth to pick up some t shirts, an hour later we were finally done a d ready to explore the show floor.

Our plan of attack for today was to walk around and figure out what was at the show and figure out what we wanted to see. We walked around for hours.

The first panel we decided to check out was an An Uncharted 3 Story: The Chateau, Creation to Ashes which went through the process on how Naughty Dog created the level. The panel was hosted by Justin Richmondc, Game Director, Eric Schatz, Game Designer, and Arne Meyers Community Strategist. The concept for this panel was to walk us through from concept to final product how they created the level. It was very interesting to see how they’ll place a headless drake (more later on this) in a level with cubes and objects to see how there initial concept pans out once in the Uncharted universe. Often times a really cool idea will be made into the game at this stage and get cut because it just isn’t working. They do this they don’t want to invest art assets into something that just isn’t going to work. For example the sequence where you climb down a well actually started as the player climbing out of the well. Another interesting tie bit was when Sully and Drake were running up the stairs that’s actually the same set of stairs used but with the scripting in place it allows each stair case to fire a different mechanic thus providing the player with one hell of an adventure. After the designed the level they didn’t know how to end it and they walked us through the various prototypes they came up with. One was a sequence they Drake and Sully climb up a tower, fight some badass’s and jump into a helicopter and escape. The art assets and time they had didn’t allow for this kind of ending so what they decided to do was have the roof of château collapse and have the player escape it by jumping off and not a pole, slide down and escape it.

That was it for the day just a lot of relaxing after that.

Video Games Live Announces 2012 Canadian Tour


In October 2012, Video Games Live will return to Canada with a new show. All new segments will include music from Final Fantasy, Zelda, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Pokemon, Warcraft, Diablo III, Earthworm Jim, Mass Effect and more. The Canadian tour dates for 2012 are as follows:

Date City Venue
October 25 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
October 26 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
October 28 Kitchener, ON Centre In The Square
October 29 Ottawa, ON National Arts Centre
October 31 Winnipeg, MB Centennial Concert Hall
November 1 Saskatoon, SK TCU Place – Sid Buckwold Theatre
November 2 Regina, SK Conexus Arts Centre
November 3 Calgary, AB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
November 4 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
November 6 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre

Talk about a killer line up of new songs to compliment the already stellar line up.

Pre-sales start April 25, more details available here: http://www.videogameslive.com/

Here is a sample of what you can expect if you have never seem VGL:

Meet Mario on his Cross-Canada Tour!

Nintendo is inviting fans to meet the one and only Mario as he makes his way across Canada to showcase his latest games. Be among the first to play the new Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 games on the Nintendo 3DS system. While your there enjoying the 3D Gaming don’t miss out on your very own souvenir photo with Mario himself!

Schedule (subject to change – confirm dates here):

Vancouver:

  • November 13 – Comic Con* at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver from 1:00pm-3:00pm PST
  • November 13 – Vancouver Giants* at Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver from 6:15pm-10:00pm PST
  • December 2 – Bright Nights in Stanley Park from 5:00pm-9:00pm PST
  • December 3 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Metropolis at Metrotown from 11:00am-2:00pm PST
  • December 3 – Best Buy Metrotown, 4805 Kingsway Street, Burnaby from 3:00pm-5:30pm PST
  • December 4 – Rogers Santa Claus Parade from 10:00am-12:00pm PST (pre-parade appearance)
  • December 17 – Breakfast with Santa at the Vancouver Convention Centre* from 8:30am-11:30am PST
  • December 18 – Breakfast with Santa at the Vancouver Convention Centre* from 8:30am-11:30am PST

Whistler Blackcomb:

  • December 17 – Roundhouse Lodge*, Whistler Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb from 10:00am-3:00pm PST
  • December 18 – Rendezvous Lodge*, Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb from 10:00am-3:00pm PST

Calgary:

  • December 9 – Calgary Hit Men* at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary from 6:15pm-10:00pm MST
  • December 10 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Cross Iron Mills from 11:00am-6:00pm MST
  • December 11 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Cross Iron Mills from 11:00am-6:00pm MST

Edmonton:

  • November 25 – Best Buy Edmonton South, 9931 19th Avenue NW, Edmonton from 3:00pm-5:30pm MST
  • November 25 – Future Shop South Edmonton Common, 1320 99th Street NW, Edmonton from 11:00am-1:30pm MST
  • November 26 – Edmonton Oil Kings* at Rexall Place, Edmonton from 6:15pm-10:00pm MST
  • November 27 – West Edmonton Mall from 11:30am-4:00pm MST

Toronto:

  • November 20 – Toronto Santa Claus Parade from 10:00am-12:00pm EST (pre-parade appearance)
  • November 27 – Future Shop, Trinity Common, 149-70 Great Lakes Drive, Brampton from 11:00am-1:30pm EST
  • November 27 – Best Buy Downsview, 695 Wilson Avenue, North York from 3:00pm-5:30pm EST
  • December 10 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Square One Shopping Centre from 11:00am-5:00pm EST

Montreal:

  • November 18 – Best Buy Marche Central, 8871 De L’Acadie Boulevard, Montreal from 11:00am-1:30pm EST
  • November 18 – Future Shop Montreal-Centreville, St. Catherine Street, Montreal from 3:00pm-5:30pm EST
  • November 19 – La Récréathèque*, Laval from 11:00am-6:00pm EST
  • November 20 – La Récréathèque*, Laval from 11:00am-6:00pm EST

*These events may charge a fee for entry

Zelda and Link are Coming to Toronto

Nintendo fans don’t think we’ve abandoned you, I’m sorry it’s been a while since we talked but it’s just been a busy summer with the other consoles… But fear not we haven’t forgotten about you!

Here is the make good on our absence…

ZELDA AND LINK ARE COMING TO TORONTO and you can get your hands on the game early if you show up over the weekend to see them (details below).

The first 150 attendees present at the event on Friday, November 18th and the first 150 attendees at the event on Saturday, November 19th will obtain a wrist band (limit one per person) for the opportunity to buy The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword bundle on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00pm-10:00pm at Future Shop Yonge and Dundas.

PlayStation Canada Launches Lounge Downtown Toronto

Last Friday Sony Computer Entertainment Canada (SCEC) announced the launch of the PlayStation Lounge in downtown Toronto location.

Designed from the ground up, the lounge will be located on the upper level of the EB Games’ downtown location at 267 Yonge Street in Toronto, Ontario (Yonge and Dundas area). The goal of the PlayStation lounge is to provide customers with a one-stop shop for all their PlayStation needs.

This weekend marks the official PlayStation Lounge Grand Opening event, and we are all invited, details below:

      Sunday, November 13, 2011
      2-5 PM
      267 Yonge Street, Toronto
      Luke Schenn signing 2-3:30 PM / Naughty Dog signing 3:30-5 PM

Special guests will include Luke Schenn from the Toronto Maple Leafs and Robert Cogburn, Game Designer from Naughty Dog, the creators of the Uncharted® franchise.

The first 100 fans to line up will receive autographed hockey pucks from Schenn and autographed Nathan Drake scarves from Cogburn.

So join PlayStation Canada for the grand opening of the lounge, have your picture taken with Ratchet from the award-winning Insomniac franchise, and pick up some autographed swag too!

Will You Answer Today’s Call?

It’s Call of Duty Day 2011 and things are getting crazy around here. From $1 Million dollar heists of today’s Blockbuster release in France, our Review of the Game and all the news for the major launch parties all over the country.

GameStop‘s flag ship location at 267 Yonge St, Toronto is promising to be a major blowout with COD Prizes and giveaways ranging from Consoles and games, to hoodies and Touques, and a special appearance by Call of Duty Modern Warfare Developers. Tonight’s events run from 6 pm to 1 am.

Can’t make it to Toronto? Fear not, GameStop is running events at 274 of their stores, find your nearest location here (Quebec residents go here).

BestBuy will also be hosting Major events in the Toronto and Vancouver areas tonight: Launch parties at Cambie and Bay & Dundas:

  • First to play opportunity with Xbox Street Teams
  • Green Screen photo opportunity embedding you into the game
  • Meet two of the game developers (only at Cambie)
  • Line up to be entered to win a Hardened Edition copy of the game
  • Dress up for your chance to win an additional Hardened Edition copy

Launch Parties:

  • Toronto – 65 Dundas St. West (Bay and Dundas) – being at 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov 7
  • Vancouver – 2220 Cambie St. (Cambie and 6th Ave) – being at 9 p.m. on Monday, Nov 7
  • Doors open at all midnight opening stores* on Tuesday, Nov 8 at 12:01 a.m.

Other BestBuy Promotion/notes tied to CoD:MW3 –

  • Pre-order Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in advance and get 800 Reward Zone bonus points ($10 value)
  • Trade 3 games and get credit for the full value of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Free t-shirt for the first 100 customers in line at each store
  • Guaranteed 15 Hardened Edition copies at every store

*stores in Quebec and Sudbury will open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8

And not to be out done Future Shop will be kicking out the jams at THREE locations (it’s only fitting for MW3).

Future Shop’s midnight release and release day offers include:

  • Opportunity to win a grand-prize draw for a LG 47” Cinema 3D home theatre package (a $2,099 value) at above locations
  • Trade-in two used games from qualifying list for a new copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  • Receive $10 credit for any future gaming purchase in December with purchase from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. (Games must be priced $19.99 and over.)
  • The first 75 customers purchasing the game at each store location will receive a free Modern Warfare Collection SteelBook case (Shown Right), exclusive to Future Shop.
  • Line up early for your chance to get cool MW3 stuff!

Advance Modern Warfare 3 gameplay from 9:00 p.m. – midnight (local time) at the following three downtown locations:

  • Toronto, ON, 325 Yonge St. (at Dundas)
  • Edmonton, AB, 10304-109th St. N.W. (at 103 Ave. N.W.)
  • Vancouver, BC, 798 Granville St. (at Robson)

* Stores in Sudbury, ON and Quebec open earlier on November 8, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. local time.)

Have Fun and Game on!

We Got Game’s International Gaming Championship

UPDATE: A few minor misunderstandings were originally published in this article – we have clarified the following with Zack Cooper. Affiliation to Fan 590 is only via Zack – this is not an official Rogers Communication event, the Name is also just a coincidence. Prizes will be dependant on the number of registered players. Early Bird registration may be closed but you should still register online.

Toronto’s local Radio Gaming and sports Voice Zack Cooper, from the Fan 590’s* “Got Game” radio show/podcast brings you “We Got Game!“, which is one step closer to your dreams of being a semi-pro gamer, this upcoming weekend (November 5th and 6th, 2011 from 10am – 7pm) tournament, at The E-Zone.

We Got Game will be running team matches for all those FPS fans out there consisting of: Black Ops, Gears 3 and Halo, but not to forget you sports fans out there (after all Zack’s into sport, he is a sports talk radio personality) FIFA 12 will also be running competitive team matches on the Saturday, with the possible addition of Madden 12 and NHL 12 (as side games while your waiting your tournament rounds to start).

So pick your game, pick you team and try not to come home empty handed.**

Details:

      Saturday:

      • Call of Duty: Black Ops (4 vs. 4 – $40 each player)
      • FIFA 12 – (1 vs. 1 – $25 each)
      Sunday:

      • Gears of War 3 (2 vs. 2 – $30 each)
      • Halo: Reach (2 vs. 2 – $40 each)

Location:

      Ezone
      120 North Queen Street
      Toronto, Ontario
      M8Z 2E2

The promise of games while you wait, the added possibility of NHL 12 or Madden 12 (if enough people request it), on site laser-tag and a bit of food and drink (including adult beverages for those old enough to enjoy responsibly), and free parking.

Early bird registration is now closed, but if you need more details or really want NHL/Madden to be made available click over here and ask the event organizers.

* The Fan 590 and Got Game are not affiliated with this even as previously published, Zack and the similar names are the only connections between the too and thus my confusion.
**No idea what the prizes are – sorry – trying to find out.

FIFA and Virgin Gaming Team up

GameStop FIFA12
Starting Today, September 27, 2011, players who purchase their copy of FIFA Soccer 12 at GameStop can register to compete in the GameStop FIFA Soccer 12 “Qualifier Cup” powered by Virgin Gaming.

Players better learn quickly as you will have just over a week to train before taking the pitch on October 7 as you attempt to run over your competition and win the ultimate contest.

The winner of the tournament will receive a trip to London, England in May 2012 to compete against the best in the world in the FIFA 12 Challenge Series.

The trip includes:

  • Round trip transportation for winner and one guest
  • 5 night stay in a hotel
  • Entry fee into the FIFA 12 Challenge Series
  • 2 tickets to a soccer game

To register for the GameStop FIFA Soccer 12 “Qualifier Cup” tournament powered by Virgin Gaming, visit http://virgingaming.com/tournaments/qualifier-cup/

*Conditions and restrictions apply.