Blog Archives

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A Straightforward Introduction To Cryptocurrencies For Eager Newcomers

Despite their omnipresence in the news, there is a lot of misinformation surrounding cryptocurrencies; here are a few essential concepts you need to know.

10 Little Things You Can Do Daily To Make The World A Better Place

The world can be overly negative at times; so I compiled a list of little things anyone can do to make our world a better place to live in for everyone.

Ode To My Beloved Lady Of Paris, The Immortal Notre Dame Cathedral

The recent fire of Notre Dame gave me the desire to reminisce about the magnificence of the place I used to spend hours in reflecting on life and reading.

My Interest For The Capcom Home Arcade Vanished Once I Saw Its Price

When Capcom revealed its first micro console, I was excited about it until I took a look at the price and compared it to what's available in that market.

5 Reasons Why Canadian Broadcasters Should Invest In eSports

To Canadians, eSports teams and tournaments have transcended into household names and lifestyle brands; yet broadcasters are still treating them as novelty. So here are 5 reasons why Canadian broadcasters should capitalize on this growing phenomenon.

What Collecting Games For The Original Xbox Taught Me About Its Library

A few years ago, I found out original xbox games had become quite affordable and some I had kept since university were pretty rare, so I started collecting.

YouTube's Identity Crisis: A Series of Unfortunate Decisions

Google's video platform, which once upon a time was an Eldorado for content creators, finds itself in a precarious position due to a poor corporate vision.

Taking a Trip Around the World with Music Videos from Every Continent

Music is an universal language and in the words of the great Ella Fitzgerald: "It brings people closer together;" so here is a musical world tour for you.

All The Games In The Assassin's Creed Series Ranked!

I'm a big fan of Ubisoft series which is regarded by many as the evolution of the beloved Prince of Persia series. There are many games in this series and here is a list of them from the very best to the worst (which is still a pretty good game).

Happy Canada D'eh! My Guide To The Strong & Free True North

To celebrate Canada's birthday, I thought I would share with my friends from all around the world what makes my country so amazing to the Canadian I am.

My Quest For Finding A Great Retro Handheld Console Is Finally Over!

For the last few years, I've been searching for my dream handheld device. Looking for a modern portable Super Nintendo was just the beginning of the journey.

All The Games In Ubisoft's Far Cry Series Ranked!

Open-world and first-person shooters are two of my favorite video game genres, so it comes to no surprise that I tremendously enjoy Ubisoft's Far Cry series.

Some Of The Recently Released Lego Sets That Have Joined My Toy Box

It's not a secret that I'm quite a fan of Lego bricks and have enjoyed quite a few sets in recent years; however, as prices rise and the StarWars line is getting more and more repetitive, what are the best sets on a budget that one can get and enjoy in Spring 2018.

A Basic Introduction To Arcade & Fight Sticks Modding

Being an old school gamer, I do enjoy using an arcade joystick when playing retro MAME games and modern fighting games featured at EVO events; unlike gamepads, they are very easy to mod and personalize. If that sounds interesting to you, here are what you need to know.

Spring Is The Perfect Time To Go Kite Surfing In Tofino & Ucluelet

Storm season is over, whales have just started to migrate North, it is the perfect time of the year to get to the west coast Vancouver Island, and enjoy its sandy beaches, the beautiful nature, and the waves! Here are my favorite things to do in Tofino and Ucluelet.

Why Did I Accept The Invitation to Speak At Winspiration Day Vancouver?

On May 6th 2018, I will have the humbling honor to speak at Winspiration Day Vancouver. I don't really like to talk about myself in public so here are the few reasons that convinced me to share how and why I keep chasing my ludicrous dreams.

Who Would Defend Me If I Was On Trial For Murder In A TV Show?

Something terribly wrong happened in the TV show I've been trapped in: I have been wrongfully accused of murder!  Which characters from what TV series are going to take my defense so I'm found innocent of the crime I've been framed  for.

Planning A Trek Through The Sonoran and Mojave Deserts

Sometimes, it's good to get away from the city and go for a road trip through the deserts that spread along the California/Arizona border; there are plenty of exquisite vistas to gaze upon.

My Gear For Photography, Video Shooting & Streaming

A few people have asked me what necessary equipment I would have in a kit for taking photos, shooting videos, and streaming online while on a budget; so here is what gear is in my personal one.

Real Life Loot Boxes Opening Christmas Edition

Christmas is a good reminded that the best part of opening gifts is knowing that you're getting something you want a get; something video game publishers are having a difficult time understanding.

5 Trends The Gaming Industry Needs to Stop In 2018

Despite 2017 being one of the best years in gaming, several trends that took the spotlight in last 12 months need to get a game over as soon as possible.

My 5 Favorite Games of 2017 In No Particular Order

As the year is slowly coming to close, here are five video games that I've really enjoyed in 2017 which, to me, is one of the best years in gaming with 1998 and 2007.

My 5 Favorite Movies of 2017 In No Particular Order

As the year is slowly coming to close, here are five movies that I've really enjoyed in 2017; from comedy to science-fiction, several genres make the list.

50 Movies Embodying My Cinematic Guilty Pleasures

Just looking at my film collection and thinking about which are my go-to ones when it comes to enjoy a good movie night with guilty pleasures.

6 Times In Recent Memory Meme Magic Made The World A Better Place

In a way too serious world, here are five times in the last few weeks, the internet using the power of meme magic brought levity into our daily lives.

Exclusives Are Making The PlayStation 4 This Year's Winner In The Console War

2017 is shaping up to be a great year in gaming with amazing experiences and new consoles being released; in this console war the PS4 seems to have the edge.

Have A Blast Flinging Foam In A Tacticool Way With Nerf Guns

One of the coolest things about being an adult is being able to channel your inner child and play with toys you didn't get to growing up like Nerf blasters.

The Very Sad And Slow Death Of Toys 2 Life Video Games

With the imminent cancellation of LEGO Dimensions, it is time to take a look at Toys 2 Life franchises (Skylanders, Disney Infinity) and figurines (Amiibos).

Five TV Series That Were Cancelled Before They Jumped The Shark

Not every tv show has the fortune to run for as long as The Simpsons have; many are cancelled in their prime before they get to jump the proverbial shark.

Remembering All The Awesome MP3 Players That Were Not Apple's iPod

Before we all carried miniaturized computers in our pockets, we all used to have a portable audio player; here are some of favorite old school MP3 players.

Throwback To My Favorite Childhood GI Joe Action Figures

A late night Twitter conversation jolted my memory of some of my favorite GI Joe action figures I used to play when I was a kid; here are my favorites.

Taking a Look at Outstanding Artworks for Movies, Games, and Albums

A long time ago before the internet, the first interaction between people and a movie, a video game, or an album was its cover; here are some of the bests.

The Best Recent Sci-Fi Movies You Haven't Seen

Here's a list of recent sci-fi movies that haven't met a popular success despite being absolutely enthralling and worth watching.

My Favorite TV Series, Movies, and Games of 2016

Now that we are well into 2017, it's a good time to take a look back at last year and see which tv series, movies, and video games graced our screens.

Our Absolutely Stunning Trip To Fraser Island

It is a heritage-listed island located along the south-eastern coast of Queensland; North of Brisbane towards Hervey Bay and a ferry is needed to the island.

The 10 Classes Every Aspiring Learner Should Take In College

High school graduates are told that their college classes will define their future; it isn't true. Universities are a great place to forge a healthy mind.

A Very Geeky Christmas

Time to take a look back at some of the really cool presents, the geek I am received for Christmas, the best time of the year to be a kid.

Rogue One Is Another Mediocre Star Wars Prequel

Rogue One is everything you'd expect from a Star Wars prequel; this isn't a compliment as its flaws and monotony outweigh the good things it has to offer.

Looking Back At Trailers That Made Us Watch Movies And Play Games

Trailers are like popcorn; at their best you cannot stop devouring until it's over and can't wait to have more. Here's a taste of the cream of the crop.

The 10 Most Disappointing Games Of 2016

Despite great games like Overwatch and Pokémon GO being released, 2016 might be remembered as a year full of disappointments when it comes to video games.

Reasons Why I Still Love the PlayStation Vita

A few months ago, I've written about the PlayStation Vita and why it failed but this time, I'd like to talk about the reasons making Sony's console a neat gaming system.

The Most Underrated Actor In Sci-Fi

When asked for an A-lister who's been in a half dozen sci-fi movies, considered for playing Neo in the Matrix, he's not the actor people are thinking about.

Bon Appétit: An Ode To My Favorite Dishes From French Bistro Cuisine

It's time to take a look at some of the most iconic, beloved, and tasteful delights brought to us by the very French, Bistro Cuisine.

#SpoilerAlert: Predictions For The End Of Game Of Thrones

As there is only a handful of Game of Thrones episodes left, I'm presenting you my conjectures and theories on how the George RR Martin series will end.

The Very Mundane Weekends Of Internet Cats

What do internet cats do on the weekend? The same things we do... except with an increased lunacy level.

Having Fun With Lego Bricks!

A few months ago, I re-discovered the joy of playing with Lego bricks and the fun of building sets. Here's a list of my favorite sets.

Anatomy Of My Old School Magic: The Gathering Deck

I've stopped playing Magic: The Gathering years ago and despite parting with most of them, I still have a deck which features cards from Beta to Visions.

Reasons Why The Third Console In My Living Room Isn't a Nintendo Wii U

The unexpected and refreshing Nvidia Shield is a featureful box with gaming and media streaming capabilities that overcome Nintendo's console shortcomings.

Nature's Wonders We Saw In The Kootenays

Located an hour and a half away from Vancouver is the hidden treasure known as Harrison Hot Springs, an amazing place to replenish your energy.

Things That Made Us Love Osoyoos

Located an hour and a half away from Vancouver is the hidden treasure known as Harrison Hot Springs, an amazing place to replenish your energy.

10 Outstanding Live Performances Spinning on My Playlist

A live performance is what separate a heavily manufactured product from a true artist; here are a few songs that are spinning non-stop on my playlist.

The 5 Florida Keys We Stopped By On Our Road Trip

Located an hour and a half away from Vancouver is the hidden treasure known as Harrison Hot Springs, an amazing place to replenish your energy.

Looking Back At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Located an hour and a half away from Vancouver is the hidden treasure known as Harrison Hot Springs, an amazing place to replenish your energy.

The 5 Video Game Remasters You Shouldn't Be Missing!

Here is a very short list of video games that have been remastered for the current generation of consoles; despite being great games these five haven't received the commercial success they deserved the first time around.

Taking a Look at Couch Co-Op Gaming Ecosystems

For those interested in what is the best gaming ecosystem for playing couch co-op, here's a summary, the good, and the bad about PC, Xbox and PlayStation.

Spending The Weekend In Harrison Hot Springs

Located an hour and a half away from Vancouver is the hidden treasure known as Harrison Hot Springs, an amazing place to replenish your energy.

10 Video Game Series In Dire Need of A Sequel Or A Reboot

Here is a list of video game series that either need to come back from a very long hiatus or take a little brake to start fresh.

Understanding The US Women’s Soccer Pay Dispute

Why are the women from the US soccer team absolutely entitled to complain about the US soccer federation paying them less than their men counterparts?

The Life Lessons We Can Learn From Cats

Dog might be man's best friend but cats are undoubtedly what man should aspire to be; here are life lessons we can learn from our friends with velvet paws.

Enjoying an Oregon Coast Getaway

Once in a while we need to take a break from the city in order to catch our breath so we planned to take a few days off and spend a couple of nights, here and there, in Cannon Beach, Otter Rock, and Florence on the Oregon coast.

Gaming Trends That Should Be Game Over

Here is a list of unwelcome gaming trends. If some of them can legitimately be excused; none of them should get a continue and all should be game over.

The Mood Boards Project

The mood boards project is a work in progress; an introspection designed to bring together masterpieces, people, places, and many other things inspiring me.

10 Ways To Identify Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are communications that attempt to acquire personal and sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, often for malevolent reasons, by masquerading as trustworthy and often familiar brands.

Ode to the Microsoft Zune: the Most Innovative Media Player

The underrated Microsoft Zune is often mocked by people who've never seen the device; yet the music lovers, lucky enough to have experienced the media player, fondly remember it for its groundbreaking ecosystem which was way ahead of its time.

TED Talks Praising The Positive Effects Of Video Games

Video games have a bad reputation: in the 80s, video games were supposed to make kids Satanists; in the 90s, mass killers; in the 2000s, sexists. A lot of people know about these pervasive and debunked myths yet very few know about all the ways video games engage with people and can make the world a better place.

The Most Innovative Third-Person Shooters You Haven't Played

Some games are simply unforgettable as they elevate and revolutionize the genre; the ones on this list are not. The third-person shooters listed below are games that had a lot of ideas ahead of their time but couldn't find mass appeal when released.

Understanding Why the PlayStation Vita Failed

When Sony teased a successor to its successful PlayStation Portable, no one could foresee that the Vita would end being unable to replicate the commercial success of its predecessor. As a happy owner of both a Vita and a Vita TV, here are some of the reasons why I believe Sony's handheld console couldn't make a place for itself in a portable gaming market in transition.

My Favorite Video Games of the Xbox 360 / PS3 Era

With the 7th generation of consoles coming to the end of its lifecycle, I am taking a look back at some of my favorite games for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. These are personal and quite short lists therefore some of your favorite games might be omitted; the last consoles generation was very prolific and there were so many good games

5 Reasons Why Poor Marketing Cost #Peeple $7.8 Million

#Peeple is a social app, scheduled to launch in November 2015, which met its doom a month prior to its release due to an internet outrage resulting from Peeple's PR push which was riddled with marketing flaws.

Embrace Your Geek Nostalgia by Getting Into Retro Gaming

Many old school gamers like me have fond memories of the games we grew up with. Retro gaming lets us experience some of them with friends who didn't get to. My interest for vintage games has been recently renewed and, to my surprise, the retro gaming scene has seen a remarkable growth; with it comes with a lot of good but also some bad. Here are some of the things I've recently experienced dwelling into it.

A Reflection on Art and Video Games

With the recent passing of Nintendo's Satoru Iwata, many mourners found solace contemplating his lifelong philosophy on game making, which is a gleaming allegory of the relationship between art, artists, and art lovers.

Tips & Tricks to Have a Lovely Weekend

Being creative is a 24/7 lifestyle that can often lead to burnouts. It requires a certain way of life that compels you to make the most of your weekends; to re-energize and keep that creative spark alive. Here are some of my tips and tricks to have a lovely weekend:

Cat Marketing Doesn't Need Clickbaiting to Go Viral!

One of marketing's greatest struggle has been identifying trends early on, in order to produce campaigns relevant to a time sensitive market; which can incredibly difficult in the breakneck speed of the internet era. Which can seems paradoxical when one of the longest lasting trends online is also one of the most beloved: lolcats!

5 People Who Make The Internet A Better Place

We tend to put a spotlight on the worst the internet has to offer; so here's a list highlighting positive people who make the world wide web a better place.

DigiBC's Panel Brings A Lot Of Ideas Forward To #LevelUp The Gaming Industry But Forgot One Tiny Little Thing...

This week, I've been privileged to witness a very enthralling panel about the gaming industry organized by DigiBC, during which a few very thoughtful industry members discussed how the next billion dollar gaming phenomenon could be started in British Columbia.

Buzzword Trends Roundup

Every year has its share of new buzzwords; a few smart ones are encompassing very relevant complex concepts in a catchy way but the vast majority of them are pompous, inefficient and usually used by questionable marketers trying to impress and confuse clients and prospects alike.

A Few Reasons Why You Should Consider Hiring A Gamer

According to Symantec's chief operating officer and level 70 paladin, Stephen Gillett, being a World of Warcraft guild master is an exercise in leadership as his duties and responsibilities include: organizing dungeon raids, which requires mobilization of hundreds of guild members, managing the guild's virtual finances, as well as recruiting key talents the guild needs in order to prosper.

Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens an Allegory of #GamerGate?

Every popular cultural phenomenon tends to be appropriated by ideologues; The Force Awakens is no different but its unique tale of resistance by a diverse group of quirky characters against an almighty authoritarian empire is what sets the space saga apart.

In The Middle Of The Crossfire‏

On August 28th 2014, over a dozen articles were published by gaming magazines with titles that can be summarized as “Gamers Are Dead.” On that same evening, I sent an email to Ben Kuchera, the Senior Editor of Polygon, one of the magazines that attacked gamers the most vehemently, hoping that a journalist that I didn’t know too much about, but liked his articles, could voice the concerns of gamers who were caught in the crossfire of trolls harassing people on one side and a group of radical ideologues on the other.

How to Run a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

Crowdfunding has grown into a phenomenon over the past few years…

Why Marketers Love To Hate Google

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Make No Mistake (A Typo Can Increase Leads!)

When optimizing a website for organic search there are several…

How Analyzing Big Data Can Lead To A Big Payoff

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How OUYA Created a Trending Brand in Less than a Day

UPDATE The day after the crowdfounded Ouya hit retail; the…

The Super Heroes Approach to Social Engagement

When comic book legend Stan Lee wrote, “With great power comes…

3 Reasons Why Pinterest is a Female Marketing Dream

Pinterest describes itself as a simple "Virtual Pinboard." But…