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We Need to Kill the “PC Gaming Master Race”

July 3rd, 2014

It’s a term that you may have come across during your journeys on the Internet. In short, the “PC gaming master race” or simply “PC master race” for short is a label meant to express the superiority of gaming on a personal computer compared to playing games on a console. Connections to Nazi Germany aside, […]

On the Future of Video Games

March 10th, 2014

When I was over at GottaCon 2014 in Victoria last weekend, I participated in two of the “expert” discussion panels. One of these panels was meant to focus on the future of gaming, but we ended up spending much of that time talking about the gamification of everything, as well as how game theory and […]

Back from GottaCon

March 3rd, 2014

As I mentioned the other day, I was over in Victoria for the weekend for the GottaCon Gaming Convention. It was quite the busy weekend, manning the booth with Futurelooks, MEGATechNews, Kingston Technology and NCIX, as well as helping with the PC DIY discussion panel, going around taking pictures, chatting with the attendees, and offering […]

In Victoria for GottaCon Gaming Convention

February 27th, 2014

Even though it’s only a short ferry ride away, I actually have not been to Victoria since a high school field trip I took some 15 years ago. Well, I’m hopping back on a ferry and making my way over to the province’s capital this weekend for GottaCon. Dubbed “Victoria’s gaming convention,” GottaCon encompasses quite […]

Playing Catch Up After Playing Video Games

September 3rd, 2013

As you may have heard, I spent Labour Day weekend in Seattle covering PAX Prime 2013. I had the opportunity to attend some interesting panels, revisit my classical training and play some next-generation games. Now that I’ve returned, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do with the rest of my world of work, […]

In Seattle for PAX Prime 2013

August 29th, 2013

It really is amazing what the people behind Penny Arcade have been able to do with Penny Arcade Expo. Unlike other video game events like the Tokyo Game Show and the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), PAX was never really meant to be a “trade show” in the conventional sense; it was meant to be an […]

Why I Prefer Console Games Over PC Games

July 18th, 2013

I believe it was during the expert hardware panel at LANcouver 2013 this past weekend that I got into a brief discussion with Patti from Asus. When I told her that I am a console gamer, she gave a look of disgust and said that she couldn’t be my friend anymore. It was all in […]

Save Money by Trading for New Video Games

July 4th, 2013

The “secondary” market for used video games is such a brilliant idea. While I will indulge in a brand new $60 game from time to time, it usually makes a lot more sense for me to sell or trade my old games to get new (to me) titles. The problem with many of the retailers […]