Xbox Canada Brings Chicken Dinners to PUBG Players in Toronto

After crossing the threshold of three million players on Xbox Live, Xbox Canada is celebrating PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds‘ success by inviting fans of the game across Toronto to dinner — a chicken dinner, of course.

Winner’s Dinners has set up shop in Toronto at 38 Ossington Avenue, and if you head on over between the hours of 6pm to 11pm from Friday, February 16th through Sunday, February 18th, you’ll be treated to a pleasant experience — provided you survive it.

Upon entering, you’ll find a regular, run-of-the-mill chicken restaurant.

Each table features a trio of bottles containing a variety of flavored special sauces with which you can enhance the flavour of that juicy chicken. Plus, there’s a phone number for you to call to find out more about Winner’s Dinners!

A friendly, well-dressed staff is there and ready to take your order.

But there’s something odd about this menu…

Indeed, this is no ordinary restaurant. (Duh, I’d probably be writing about it under Fast Food Culture on PoisonMushroom.Org if it was.) For you see, this establishment caters to a rather… exclusive clientele. Before you can get to the goods, they will ask you — and you must also ask yourself:

Are you a winner?

If you do indeed fancy yourself as one who wins, then you’ll be led to a back room:

Thirteen stations will be available for winners of all shapes and sizes to prove themselves at PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (or PUBG, if you prefer). Two are set up for squads of four players each, and another two for duos, two more for singles, and one final station in the very back at a picnic table, set up to stream through the Xbox Mixr Channel all throughout the weekend (or during operating hours, at the very least).

But that’s not all!

This fully-armed and operational bar is equipped to serve a variety of drinks, be they celebratory or merely recreational (though you’ll be asked to provide the proper ID if you decide to go for anything alcoholic). You’re allowed one free drink, but any more will be on your dime.

And then there’s what you’ve all been waiting for:

Feast your eyes on this feast of chicken dinners!

And better still, everyone is a winner at Winner’s Dinners! That means everyone who attends will get to partake in a dinner of succulent, juicy, expertly-seasoned chicken — plus, a side of coleslaw and a biscuit (which even the Colonel’s Canadian operations have seen fit to deny us for decades, but I don’t want to get off on a rant).

Now, I know what you might be thinking: “Wait, if the chicken’s free, then I don’t need to fight anyone for it. I’ll just take my chicken and be on my way — how’s that for being a winner, suckers?!”

If you are thinking that, then 1) you’re kind of a jerk, and 2) you’re going to take your eye off the even bigger prize.

Provided you manage to prove you’re a winner among winners and earn your rightful place and the chicken dinner winner, then you’ll receive a t-shirt which declares as much for all the world to see:

Take it in: You just know anyone who sports that around town isn’t going to be dining alone tonight. On the other hand, they might have to share.

If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, then there’s an even bigger (yes, really!) prize at stake:

Each day, Winner’s Dinners (courtesy of Xbox Canada, of course) will be giving away one (1) Xbox One S PUBG bundle, which contains (per Xbox Wire):

  • An Xbox One S with a 1TB hard drive, Xbox Wireless Controller, built-in 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, support for 4K video streaming, premium audio with Dolby Atmos and access to a games library of over 1,300 games like Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead.
  • Full-game download of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Join the battle playing solo, or team up with friends in duos or squads. With the Xbox One S PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bundle, you’re one step closer to earning your first chicken dinner.
  • 1-month Xbox Live Gold trial so you can experience the most advanced multiplayer network.
  • 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial so you can discover over 100 Xbox One games across three generations of games. Xbox Game Pass members will also receive access to new games from Microsoft Studios like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3 on the same date as at their global launch.

This whole package is valued at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $379.00, and won’t be available in stores until February 20th — meaning not only will you be loaded, but you’ll be loaded early. Who can resist that?

So head on down, it won’t even cost you a tenner, and enjoy the taste of victory at Winner’s Dinner!

Oh, and make sure you’re cool with all this before you go. I don’t want to hear about anyone wasting bus fare because they’re camera-shy:

Have you gotten your hands on the recently-released Xbox One X yet?

If you’re the owner of a 4K television, then my review admittedly didn’t tell you a lot (what can I say? I work with what I’ve got). But if you’d like to go hands-on and feel the power of X for yourself, then there’s good news — at least, if you can be in Toronto sometime over the next three days.

Beginning today, Saturday, November 18th, Xbox Canada is hosting the House of X, a series of events where you can experience Microsoft’s newest console in all its glory. Through Monday, November 20th, the doors will be open at 11am for you to swing by 202 Queen Street West (M5V 1Z2) and strap in. But from 8 to 11pm each night, there will be an exclusive game night event to partake in.

For Saturday, this will be “A Game Night Far Far Away,” which will pit good versus evil in huge online battles in some game or another. With a name like that, it could be anything. Regardless, will you be the star of this war? Sunday, November 19th is “Hockey Night in Toronto,” as players hit the ice in 4K, and Monday, November 20th, “Slam Dunx” will bring a bit of B-ball action to the streets of the 6ix. Boom shakalaka!

While you can drop by at any time during the day, the attendance for the nighttime events is limited, so be sure to RSVP on the event’s Facebook page to ensure you’ve got a spot.

And for those of you not in Toronto? Worry not, as this would appear to be only the first of several House of X “activations” to come soon. I’ll try to keep you up on any more details if I hear them here, but following Xbox Canada on Facebook and Twitter would be a great way to hedge your bets.

Today marks the official release of the Xbox One X console from Microsoft — were you able to get one?

If not (or perhaps even if so), then this opportunity may be of particular interest to you if you’re in Toronto: Visitors to the south end of Trinity Bellwoods Park (located at 790 Queen St. West) at 4pm on Tuesday, November 7th will have the chance to claim one of five free Xbox One X consoles by using the Frenzy app.

But these aren’t just any Xbox One X consoles, oh no. Each is a one-of-a-kind custom design by Legends League founder Bryan Espiritu, who has taken inspiration from each of Toronto’s four main neighbourhoods (Westend, Eastend, Uptown, and Downtown), as well as his own signature pattern featuring most major areas from the Greater Toronto Area. Check ’em out:

Best of luck to those who participate!

News Source: Sidewalk Hustle, Xbox Canada

On the night of Wednesday, May 10th, 2017, Warner Bros. Interactive held a special Canadian launch party for the release of Injustice 2, which arrives in stores digital and physical alike next week. To my sheer delight, I was invited to partake in the event, and as such, you can now see what I got to see.


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Photograph by Evan Bergstra

The event took place at The Gallery at 99 Sudbury Street, and if that seems familiar to you, you’ve got a sharp mind — that’s the same location where Nintendo of Canada held their Yo-Kai Watch 2 preview event last September. Be sure to take an extra candy from the dish if you managed to make it out to both.


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Upon entering the building, guests were greeted by three enormous banners displaying rivals Superman and Batman, as well as a newcomer to the series in Supergirl.


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And just to your left was one of the main attractions: Four demo stations set up to run the PlayStation 4 version of Injustice 2. I managed to be one of the first ones to land a spot to try the game out, and that wound up being just a little more eventful than I realized, but more on that later.

I’ll save full thoughts on the game for when I get to review it, but I will say that as a newcomer to the series, I was expecting something a little more akin to Mortal Kombat, given that Injustice is a product of MK developer NetherRealm Studios. That turned out not to be the case, however, as it felt a bit different to not only that, but the likes of Street Fighter and Killer Instinct as well. Even though I was caught off-guard, I’m happy to say that I found it rather easy to adapt to.


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On the back wall behind the banners, there was a demo station for the mobile version of the game, which is a free-to-play app for iOS and Android that is available starting today. It expands upon the swipe and card-based gameplay of the original Injustice: Gods Among Us app, and once again allows you to unlock bonuses in the console versions of the game.


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To the left of the mobile game station, a trailer for the game ran via projection. Given you can see Batman himself looking at a series of holographic projections, it added an almost meta feeling to watching it. Nice touch.


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Further to the left on that same wall, the large “Shattered Alliances Mural” was prominently displayed, and would provide the backdrop for several pictures and interviews taken throughout the evening.


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Rounding the corner to the left wall, one would see that two local DC Comics artists from the Royal Academy of Illustration and Design, Marcus To and Francis Manapul, were in attendance. While they did not work on the game itself, they nonetheless brought with them a number of pieces which were inspired by the Injustice universe.


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As it turns out, the event was well-catered with a number of unique dishes and an open bar. While I happily partook of the latter (albeit only for a can of Coca-Cola), I didn’t know food would be provided, or else I’d have gladly skipped lunch in favor of this.

That said, I at least made a point to try out the Food Dudes Mac & Cheese dish (seen in the two bottom-center pics), which was made on the spot and quite good. It tasted pretty much how you might expect from reading the ingredients: the mac and cheese had a relatively mild flavor, with the smoked tomato ketchup providing a contrasting balance and a bit of pop and the panko providing a bit of a satisfying crunchy texture.

Unfortunately, it’s a difficult dish to recommend; not on account of quality, but availability. I can’t seem to find it on any of their food truck or restaurant menus, only catering. So with that said, if you’re at or hosting an event catered by this company, I say it’s definitely worth a shot.

Oh, right, I’m supposed to be talking about the game.

Besides the opportunity to try the game out ahead of launch (though there has also been beta playtesting), the highlight of the night was none other than the legendary video game designer, co-creator of Mortal Kombat, and director of Injustice 2 himself, NetherRealm Studios’ Ed Boon.

In addition to talking to and taking pictures/selfies with the fans in attendance, Boon took part in a Q&A session on stage, hosted by Ajay Fry from Space:

First, apologies for the slight swaying of the camera, my arms weren’t holding up well for steadiness by this point in the evening.

I have to admit, I had no idea he worked on the likes of Defender, Missile Command, or Asteroids — and at age 16, no less. Maybe his Wikipedia page just needs updating? That, or I’m terrible at reading jokes, either is entirely possible.

At 4:35, I couldn’t help but wonder if Ajay was referencing a certain former creative for a comic book starring another world-famous video game character. Naaaah (but maybe?).

Moving to 7:56, remember how I said earlier that when I was playing, I’d have an unknowing impact on the evening? Yeah, this is it right here: I’m pretty sure I was that Flash, because I definitely beat a Swamp Thing at the start of the night. I’m not even joking. It would have been a real nervous collar-tugging moment for me, had I not been using both hands to try to steady the camera (actually, I think I might have done that anyway).

There was a brief opportunity to ask some questions with the special microphone-cube they had there, but I ended up passing — partly for the integrity of the video (watching other guys fumble to catch it was kind of fun, though; maybe I should have recorded that), but also because I have enough questions I could ask Ed Boon to fill out an entire feature-length article, so narrowing it down to just one was nigh-impossible in that time frame.

Incidentally, it’s worth noting that I did get to talk to Mr. Boon earlier in the evening, and even got my picture taken with him!


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Photograph by Evan Bergstra. There are some pics on my camera, too, but this one just looks better.

I did get to briefly ask him if he’d be interested in participating in a project I’m only just laying the groundwork for, and he seemed interested. However, that’s a way into the future, if it ever happens, but it’s a good step!

It also sounds like I might have had the biggest smile of the evening for one of these pictures, or so I was told. I guess I was more excited to meet Mr. Boon than I realized, but I am a pretty big fan of Midway, so I shouldn’t be too surprised.

As for Injustice 2, I’ll wrap things up here with this recent trailer which — as the title says — basically tells you everything you need to know about the game in just under five and a half minutes:




Injustice 2 will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017. And as noted above, the mobile version is available today on iOS and Android devices, and is free-to-play.

Finally, a big thanks to Warner Bros. Interactive for having me out to the event; it was a great time!

All photos by David Oxford unless otherwise noted.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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Following the big announcement of the Nintendo Switch just over a week ago, Nintendo of Canada has released some additional details about the lone Canadian preview event for their latest creation in Toronto.

If you missed it before, the event takes place on Sunday, January 29th in Hall A of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which is located at 255 Front Street West. Lineup begins at 7am EST (they ask that you don’t arrive before that, as lines won’t be forming yet), and wristbands will begin to be distributed at 8am. From that point, there will be three different two-hour sessions over the course of the day: 10am to 12pm, 1pm to 3pm, and finally 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

With that said, space is going to be very limited, with wristbands being provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. As such, they highly recommend an early arrival (but not too early, I guess, but people are probably going to line up somewhere before 7am). Also be aware that minors — that’s anyone age 17 or under — must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, so if that’s you, make sure they bring lots of coffee and are where they need to be when it’s showtime.

And that’s pretty much it! If you want more details about the Nintendo Switch, click the link to my previous story above or head to www.nintendo.com/en_CA/switch!

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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Oh, how I wish I’d heard of this sooner!

If you follow my work over on PoisonMushroom.Org (you can always see what’s going on over there by glimpsing the sidebar here), then you know that it’s no secret that I’m a lover of fast food (taken in moderation, of course). So finding out that Microsoft had set up a “Quantum Burger” restaurant in downtown Toronto to promote the release of Quantum Break that was set to close before I even knew about it was a shot to the heart.

Fortunately, there’s still time to visit the revamped Queen Street West-Spadina Avenue Hero Burger location, as it will be open until 9pm on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th. You can’t order any food there, unfortunately (there are apparently McDonald’s and A&W nearby if you’re left with a craving, though), but you can see what it’s like to have time break around you — just like in the game — by visiting the location and seeing the chaos frozen in mid-frame.

I’m aiming to head there myself on Saturday if all goes well, but for those who can’t make it, you can check it out on YouTube with a special 360 degree video (or should that be “Xbox 360 degree video”? No, no it should not… if only because the game is only available on Xbox One and Windows 10). Here’s the latest such video from the Xbox Canada YouTube channel:

By viewing the videos, you’ll not only get a taste of the experience the developers at Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft Studios are trying to deliver in Quantum Break, but you can also participate in a contest for a chance to win one of two prize packages featuring a custom Quantum Break Xbox One console, controller, and game.

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Pretty snazzy, huh? But can you find the hidden clues while time remains frozen? The third video will be posted on Sunday, April 10th, and the contest runs until 11:59pm EST on April 20th, 2016. Full rules are provided in the link above.

Images via @XboxCanada on Twitter.

David Oxford is a freelance writer of many varied interests. If you’re interested in hiring him, please drop him a line at david.oxford (at) nyteworks.net.

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On Monday night, Microsoft celebrated the launch of 2K Games’ newest title, Evolve, which is now available for the PlayStation 4, Steam, and Xbox One (the latter of which was the focus of this particular event, of course).

In addition to getting to play the game hours before its official Tuesday release date, those in attendance were able to partake in a “hunt” of their own, with six different marked stations spread throughout The Burroughes Building in Toronto, each manned by a representative sporting hats, bandoliers, and other fun hunting costuming (I actually kind of fit in for a change). Some stations simply involved playing the game, whereas others involved getting your picture taken and having a monster added to it for you to show off online or even getting snacks at the bar serving Pepsi and Doritos products.

Doritos make a fine catch, but they're vicious when wounded.

Doritos make a fine prey, but they’re vicious when wounded.

Participating in each station would also earn you a bit of swag, save for the latter two mentioned, which were basically swag in themselves. Other items to pick up included headbands, stickers, wristbands, and toques.

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“Let’s get ready to engage in non-trademark infringing confliiiiiiiiiict~!”

Gameplay stations consisted of some basic training for both hunters and monsters alike, followed by some single player fun. The big event, however, took place up on the stage as four players each took up a different role as members of a team to hunt down the fifth player, who controlled the monster in a Battle Royale.

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Long line is long…

Those worried about the four-on-one odds stacking things in the hunters’ favor should know that the monster had a nice victory streak going for a while there, with a nice, long line of potential victims to come, as you can see above.

For a bigger look at the whole event, here are two galleries. Mine is up first, taken amateurishly on my phone without the benefit of better lighting.

Then we have the official photos Microsoft had taken at the event, which look a far cry better than mine.

From what I can tell, it was a fun time for everyone involved, and I thank Microsoft and 2K Games for having me out to check out their latest! Plus, I hope that if you were wondering what one of their launch events is like, this gives you a better idea and perhaps inspires you to join in as well!

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Evolve does not come out for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam until Tuesday, February 10th. However, if you’re 17 years of age or older, you’ll have an opportunity to play it first. That is, if you live in Toronto and you’re free this Monday night (lucky thing SportsNet replays Monday Night Raw, right?).

The place to be at 9pm this Monday is The Burroughes Building at 639 Queen Street West in T Dot. Nothing too fancy, just an opportunity to chill out and play 2K’s M-rated squad-based shooter (presumably just the Xbox One version, seeing as it’s their event) a few hours before its official release. Maybe if you’re on the fence about it, this will be just the thing to sway you?

Just know that space is limited, so you’ll probably want to line up early to be sure you can get in.

If you want to know more about Evolve, just click right here.


order1886thumbPlayStation Canada announced today that those who can’t wait until February 20th to get their hands on The Order: 1886 won’t have to. At least, if they’re going to be in Toronto this weekend.

From 11am to 4pm on February 7th, the EB Games PlayStation Lounge at 267 Yonge Street (right across from the Eaton Centre) will be hosting an event which allows gamers to get their hands on the PlayStation 4-exclusive Victorian era shooter two weeks before its release.

The Order brings players into an alternate history world where you, as Galahad, battle in a centuries-old war that will determine the course of history forever. In this cinematic 3rd-person action-adventure shooter, fight otherworldly threats like the “half-breeds” with advanced technological weapons.

What’s more, those who come sporting mustaches– be they fake or the genuine article– will have the opportunity to win one of a number of The Order-themed prizes: A PlayStation 4, The Order 1886: Premium Edition Statues, copies of The Order, PS Plus memberships, The Order t-shirts, and more.

Hmm, I wonder if beards count? That guy on the right has one…

Incidentally, PlayStation Canada encourages RSVPing on this Facebook event page, though I honestly don’t know if that’s really required for anything.

On Saturday, October 18th, Nintendo of Canada played host to the first of their Super Smash Club events in Toronto, Ontario (with another running concurrently in London and Vancouver, British Columbia). As you might expect, we did not allow the opportunity to attend pass us by as we delved into the sea of Super Smash Bros. fans who were lining up, their Nintendo 3DSes in tow.

You can check out the highlights of the event in the video below.

In addition, I had a chance to speak with Nintendo of Canada’s Matt Ryan about the event and its turnout, as well as trying to press for them to release a Canadian-themed exclusive Mario amiibo:

Finally, here are some pictures from the event, courtesy of Nintendo of Canada:

You can find more photos in their Facebook album.

Have you had the chance to play Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS yet? If not, you might like to check out my review, and you can even see it at one of the upcoming Super Smash Club events, of which you can find if there is one near your location here.


Titanfall from Electronic Arts is looking to be one of the biggest Xbox One-exclusive titles of the year. After all, how many other third-party games can you imagine that would single-handedly motivate Microsoft to update their controllers and system in anticipation of its launch? (This and an update to Xbox One’s multiplayer framework are both available now, by the way.)

Those eager to get their hands on the multiplayer mech-driving first person shooter don’t have much longer to wait, as the game arrives in stores on Tuesday, March 11th, and will even be included in a special $499.99 Titanfall Xbox One console bundle (available at select retailers, including MicrosoftStore.ca. But for those who can’t even wait that long, there’s a chance to play it early– if you’re in Toronto, at least.

On Monday, March 10th, Microsoft is bringing the “revolutionary” FPS to an exclusive gaming lounge set up at the Tattoo Rock Parlour, located at 567 Queen Street West in Toronto. Doors open at 8pm and the party lasts until midnight.

While there, participants will have the opportunity to test-drive three different game modes, as well as go head-to-head with celebrity gamers and Xbox MVP players. There will also be other launch-night exclusives, including Titanfall swag and even a message from Game Designer Steve Fukuda of Respawn Entertainment, the developer of Titanfall.

After the event, fans will be able to continue to experience the game at the Titanfall “pop-up” space at the same location. You’ll want to note that you won’t be able to actually purchase Titanfall at the pop-up space, but you can still give it a spin through Sunday, March 30th during the following operating hours:

  • Monday – Thursday, 12 noon – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 12 noon – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12 noon – 6 p.m.

As of this writing, it’s less than three days until the Titanfall; will you be there to catch it?

Console launches always seem to bring out the worst. Not in people, necessarily, but in the weather.

While as of this writing, the Xbox One is not due to be released until midnight tonight, that didn’t stop grey skies, harsh winds, and eventually some precipitation of the snow-like variety from descending upon Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto, where a colossal Xbox One unit had appeared, waiting for just the right moment to reveal to a crowd of onlookers what surprises were in store within.

Upon collecting a certain number of Xbox Live GamerTags, each of which was displayed proudly on a large screen and entered into tonight’s drawing for a chance to win one of the shiny new next generation Microsoft consoles, the time was set to reveal what the oversized structure contained. Similar Xbox One Source events had taken place in Vancouver and Montreal, revealing live reenactments of the action to be found in Xbox One exclusives Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5, respectively.

While there was an air of mystery about which title would be shown off in Toronto, their hand was slightly tipped early by workers setting up props which included singed American flags, wooden barrels, and a skeleton wearing a suit of armor which appeared straight out of ancient Rome. This would be further reinforced by the passing out of gold-leaf “crowns” and rose petals just before showtime, as one of Microsoft’s newest franchises prepared to enter the spotlight.

Once the clock struck 4pm EST, the following unfolded within a gated-off area:

Truth be told, unless you were right up front, it was difficult to see what was going on through the crowd as Roman soldiers (and one brave civilian) circled the enclosure, spilling fake blood and ripping mock-intestines from their foes, leaving plenty for workers to clean up later. In addition to a scattering of plastic golden coins, the heat of some impressive pyrotechnics would cut through the cold while ash from the explosions rode through the air and into the crowd (fortunately, it came off with little fuss).

This was Ryse: Son of Rome.

Admittedly, my fingers were crossed for Killer Instinct early on. Though we were denied a live-action martial arts spectacle to usher in the resurrected Rare classic, we were informed that it was lying in wait among the demo units inside of the giant Xbox One console, which also contained demos for Ryse: Son of Rome and the two previously-shown titles, Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5.

The first 30 of those who arrived early on were able to procure black wristbands which allowed them to engage in Ryse-themed activities, such as posing in front of the box, learning to sword-fight from one of the soldiers on hand, and even enter into a specially-set dining area where, from what I could tell, they were given a most welcome gift of warm food and drink. Incidentally, though I arrived pretty early to be on-hand for the event, I somehow completely missed the wristband thing.

Oh well, Killer Instinct and McDonald’s across the street would suffice well enough for my liking. And after waiting for a bit in a moderately swift-moving line, I would soon have my chance. Luckily for me, it seemed that the group of fans ahead of me were more interested in other titles, so I was ushered in even more quickly than I expected.

As near as I can tell, the version of Killer Instinct being presented here was– or at least was based on– the free version that will be released as a download. This is insomuch as that Jago was the only playable character, though several others could be chosen as opponents. Fine by me– Jago and Fulgore were my mains back in the day, so he would make a fine gauge upon which to tell how the new game feels, and Sabrewulf would be my test subject.

Here’s the thing: After standing out in the cold and wind for a while, I cannot say my hands were in optimal game-playing condition (yes, I even had gloves). But even despite this handicap… well, what can I say? The game just really felt right. I moved right into performing all of the old moves I remembered, from his Hadoken-esque fireball to his flying kick, his Shoryuken-esque uppercut (I’m starting to remember why I used him so much), and one of my favorites: Repeatedly slashing opponents with his sword.

Just don’t ask about finishing moves– my memory isn’t that good, I’m afraid. Even so, based on what I played, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if I could have broken out one of the old moves and had it work flawlessly.

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One thing which stuck out to me as different was how long the match seemed to last. Even while chaining combos together to more quickly whittle down Sabrewulf’s health, the matches felt a bit more drawn out– not to a negative degree, mind, but in that they didn’t feel like they were over too quickly. Admittedly, my mind might be playing tricks on me with regards to how long a classic KI match would last, but this just felt more substantial, like there was a greater opportunity for both sides to get their licks in as needed. Or perhaps that was just for the demo, to better match how long the other game samples were running?

Even though the match felt longer than I remembered, it was still over quickly enough, and I was on my way. The staff invited me to join the line again to play another demo, but I declined, having enjoyed the experience I came for– perhaps if I can ever get to afford an Xbox One, I’ll get to try the others out. For now, I’m just eager to play more Killer Instinct.

Upon leaving, some swag was offered as a souvenir of the experience: A drawstring tote bag adorned with the Xbox One logo, a discount voucher for Xbox Live, and a black Xbox One toque, which still fails to cover my ears (this is a long-running problem I seem to have with promotional toques; I guess my head is just that big).

Here are some more pictures from the Toronto event, and if you would like to see more pics and videos from this and the previous Xbox One Source events, check out the official website and Xbox Canada’s Facebook page.

Nintendo of Canada has announced a one-two punch of events to look forward to this week. First up, there will be a Nintendo Direct at 8am PT on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013:

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Details about this edition of Nintendo Direct are sparse, with the only hint being that they will discuss “new details and information about previously announced Nintendo 3DS software launching through early 2014.” So there may not be any big reveals of new games, but at least we should find out some cool stuff about games we’re already looking forward to.

Then, for those of you in Toronto, there will be a special preview event for The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds on Saturday, November 16th, 2013 between noon and 4pm at The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON, M6J 1H3). Fans in Montreal will have their own the following day on Sunday, November 17th, 2013 between 13:00 and 17:00 at the Square de l’église St-James, 463 Sainte-Catherine Ouest (for French, check out the event page).

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This is a free event, and fans are welcome to drop by and attend in their full Zelda cosplay regalia as they try out the latest game in the series before its official release for Nintendo 3DS (and Nintendo 2DS, of course) on November 22nd. Additionally, there will be giveaways for those who attend while supplies last, plus an appearance by professional costumer/model Pikmin Link and an artist who will render Link as a wall drawing right before your eyes.

If you’re in Toronto and not doing anything else at noon on November 18th, then you might want to head down to the EBGames flagship store and PlayStation Lounge at 267 Yonge Street to take part in the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Tournament.

“This is your chance to try-out the game before its official launch on 11/20,” states the event page on Facebook. “Plus you could win awesome prizes! How awesome does that sound?”

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