Thursday, November 24, 2016

Swiss Chalet Sauce Lay’s Potato Chips

I’m usually not a fan of new chip flavours, but this time I couldn’t refuse to try this new flavour; Chalet sauce from Swiss Chalet.  In case you don’t know what Chalet sauce is, well it’s the dipping sauce (gravy) you get on the side when you order rotisserie chicken from Swiss Chalet; a Canadian restaurant.  Their dipping sauce has a unique flavour that is tangy and delicious with their chicken.
While gravy flavour chips have been around for years, Lay’s Canada has done an amazing job in capturing the flavour of Chalet sauce in this chip flavour.   They even included the green spices/herds that are also in the dipping sauce; great attention to detail.  While the chips are savory I suggest you try them before their gone because they are limited edition.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Survivor Series 2016

OMG that Goldberg vs. Lesnar match was amazing.  As much as I think wrestling has sucked the last few years; everyone once in a while I get the pleasure of watching a match that is pure GOLD(berg).  Seriously I was left speechless and fired up by that classic match.  That’s the way Goldberg handled his business back in the day and that’s the way he should always be remembered.  Who's Next!

Oh yeah, Randy Orton took it for the team and Won it.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Loot Crate: Dream Crate

Loot Crate:

One of the best websites for pop culture (nerd, geeks) collectors is Loot Crate; a monthly subscription service that sends you a box full of geek-approved merchandise.  They not only make cool collectables but also unique ones that are usually one of a kind.  I like how every box makes me feel like a kid again, opening up a present full of goodies.  I also like the fact that they are always listening to their fans, so in light of this, I decided to create a list of what would be my dream crate.  To start with, my dream create from Loot Crate would be one for collectors.  They would not only be items that were cool, but also helpful in our never-ending collection.  It would include:
1. A deck of cards; similar to baseball cards, but instead of players, it would be consoles, sneakers, and toys.  For example using video games, imagine opening up a pack of cards, and each card would have a picture of the game box cover, and on the back it would have important information like the year it came out, the designers and other facts.

2.  A journal or book that contains ever single game made.  That way, as I collect them I can just check them off in my journal.  This could also include a journal for Transformers, WWE figures, etc.

3.  Blind bag of mini video game consoles.  Similar to Japanese miniature food.  I would love to display a whole set from Nintendo.
4. A giant puzzle; one for every game console.  For example a picture of every SNES game released in one puzzle picture.
5.  A whole magnetic level from Super Mario Bros. that I could attach to my refrigerator and play with when I’m bored.   I would also include levels from SMB 3, MegaMan and Metroid.

6.  Place mats, or dinner mats with maps from various The Legend of Zelda games.

7.  Last, and probably my most wanted wish of all are adult size pajamas with retro video game and 80’s cartoon images.  I remember Cousin Balki (Perfect Strangers) and Uncle Joey (Full House) both wore some back in the day, now I want to be as nerdy as they were.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nintendo Classic Mini Game Manuals

Need a manual for a game on your NES classic mini, no worries here’s a link for all the games and console.

NES Classic Edition manuals:

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Playstation VR

A few days ago I had the chance to try out Playstation VR.  While I do think virtual reality is fascinating, I have also been disappointed by past horrendous and expensive VR hardware.  There have been way too many let downs along the years that I wasn’t too optimistic about a Playstation release.  What tickled my interest in this new PSVR, was during E3 2016 when Sony released a trailer for Batman.  I’m a huge fan of Batman, especially of the Arkham games, so to be able to play a game like that in VR got me excited.  However I wasn’t about to drop $700 plus on a new console without first trying it out.

I’m not the biggest Playstation fan, so I wasn’t going to be the first to line up for a Playstaion experience tour.  I thought I would let time go by and wait until the hype had gone so I could try PSVR relaxed and without time pressure.  Thankfully I didn’t have to wait very long because the tour came to a city near me and it so happens hardly anyone was lining up to experience Sony’s VR.

For anyone that hasn’t tried it out yet, the tour staff asks you which game you would like to try out from the menu.  I of course asked for Batman.  They then ask you to put on the headpiece, some earphones, and to hold on to the PlayStation Move controllers (all of which have been sanitized).  The headset is adjustable and the display resolution is clean and impressive.  Once the game started it felt as natural as playing a game on TV.  After Batman I “played” The Deep, an underwater game.  I was totally immersed by that world, and felt like I was somewhere else.

My final thoughts of PSVR is that it’s an incredibly amazing console.  It’s as easy to use as an Apple product, which makes technology seem natural; i.e. you don’t need to read a manual to figure out how to do things.  The graphics are great, but the gameplay is what really absorbs you into the world of the video game.  My only complaint of PSVR is that the lens kept fogging up on me; though I’m sure the solution to that is easy to solve.  I now hope to get PSVR one day, and I hope Sony keeps releasing games and doesn’t abandon it like they did with the PS Vita.

Friday, November 11, 2016

NES Classic Edition

My most anticipated console of the year released today, the NES classic edition; a.k.a. the Nintendo Mini.  Since stores in Canada weren’t taking any pre-orders and shipments would be limited, I knew I had to wake up early to get one.  I decided to go to a store that is a little drives away from where I live, that not many people know about.  I made it there at 6:30 in the morning.  Thankfully I was the only one, but unfortunately it was also the coldest morning of the season.  No big deal I thought because I was guaranteed a console.  By 7:00 another person arrived and shortly after that the line got bigger.  I know lining up sucks, but I really enjoyed this one because everyone was over 30, and was very friendly; talking about old NES memories.  Time flew after that, and by the time the store opened I was almost sad to part ways with the people I had spoken with.
The NES Mini design packaging is a throwback to the original NES box.  You can tell Nintendo wanted to please their fans by touching as many nostalgic memories as possible, which is something that I love.  The console comes neatly packaged in the box, and comes with very little included besides the console, cords, controller and poster/manual.  While the hype for the NES Mini is large, I feel like only those people who grew up on the NES will truly appreciate this little throwback device.  I love the NES Mini, and I can’t wait to bring back Saturday mornings of Nintendo gaming and cereal.