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Premier League Ponderings: What's in store for the Premier League
It’s that sad time of the year again. That time when my yearlong coverage of England’s top flight of football comes to an end with plenty of drama left to unfold. Each team in the league has at least seven remaining matches to play,... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Uncharted to unearth one last treasure
May 10 is going to be a bittersweet day for long-time PlayStation gamers, promising a day of triumph with the melancholy feeling of something wonderful coming to an end. That’s the day that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is set to see a... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Twists and turns in week 31
As we inch closer to the conclusion of this most unpredictable of Premier League seasons, clubs are finding themselves more and more desperate to claim what is left of the points available. Some are fighting for the title, some for Europe and ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Daredevil season 2 review
Minor spoilers ahead When Netflix announced that they were partnering with Marvel to take on a set of series based on some of their grittier, lesser known properties, comic fans everywhere took notice. The streaming service had just come... Read this article

LARP: Pick up your sword and hit the ground swingin'
The drums are beating and the ground shakes beneath the footsteps of 100 charging soldiers. War has begun and the battlefield has moved to London. Live-action role playing, or LARPing as it’s more commonly called, gives fantasy enth... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Newcastle appoint Benitez
In one of the least surprising staffing decisions made by a Premier League club in recent memory, Newcastle United have parted company with noted failure and all around schmuck Steve McClaren. Column inches have already been devoted to just ho... Read this article

G33K LYFE: What is hype may never die!
The return of Bran! Zombie Mountain! ‘I choose violence’! Ahhhhh! The long anticipated trailer for season six of Game of Thrones dropped a few weeks ago and blew the collective pants off the Internet with a marvellous bombardmen... Read this article

Premier League highlights: Week 29
McClaren out of time With the club sitting in 19th place, second to the bottom of the Premier League table, Newcastle United look to be preparing to part ways with their manager Steve Mc- Claren. The former Derby County and Middlesbrough... Read this article

Gamer: The toxicity of fanboyism
For a long time there was a stigma around gamers. They were thought of as weird, uneducated and generally disrespectful towards their peers or anyone else who dares to have a differing opinion. Fortunately for those who love games, the ever-growin... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: The fall of a Premier League historic giant
Another week of Premier League football down and it is starting to look inevitable. Aston Villa, one of England's most historic clubs are currently sitting in 20th position in the league, their 16 points leaving them eight points from safet... Read this article

G33K LYFE: A f**king good movie
Adapting a well-known comic character to the big screen is an imperfect art. Despite the successes of the recent glut of comic book films, there have been a few outliers that have simply failed to capture what makes that character special. Of a... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Leicester continue to defy expectations
This is starting to get serious. With only 13 rounds left in this season’s Premier League, Leicester City is not only still in title contention but have pulled five points clear of their nearest challengers. Despite the educated opinions ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Flash vs. Flash - The DC cinematic multiverse
With the March release of Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice drawing closer, DC’s answer to the Marvel cinematic universe will have officially kicked off. While watching the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel duke it out on the big sc... Read this article

Palentine's Day
So it's Valentine's Day, and you find yourself without one of those girlfriends you've heard so much about. It's not a big deal though, because there is a new holiday on Feb. 14, one devoted to hanging with your buddies and having a ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Most sought after manager heads to Manchester City
We all saw this coming. In what has got to be one of the worst kept secrets in a sport widely known for not keeping secrets well, Bayern Munich manager Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola will be taking over the reins at Manchester City at the co... Read this article

Gifting yourself a breakup on Valentine's
If you find yourself in the unenviable position of having a significant other that you're not so fond of anymore, and Valentine's Day is looming, there is a simple method to both tell your significant other (SO) how you feel and not be ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: It's dangerous to go alone. Take us!
Ever since Nintendo’s iconic Legend of Zelda franchise made the move to three dimensions with Ocarina of Time in 1998, Link, and by extension the player, has never been left to undertake their adventure on their own. That title, and the ... Read this article

Resumés: Writing yourself into a job
Your resumé is the most important tool in your search for a job, but it’s important that it doesn’t get lost in the pool of applications that the employer will inevitably be receiving. However, with proper organization, a well-cr... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Look who's laughing now - the top five Jokers over the decades
Since his first appearance in Batman 76 years ago, the Joker has risen in popularity to the point where he is not just the most famous comic book villain, but arguably the most infamous antagonist of any medium. With more than 250 appearances ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Goals, goals, goals
If there is one argument that keeps cropping up from non-football fans about the sport that actually holds a little water, is that it really isn’t the highest scoring sport on the planet. Sure, there are always outliers; European powe... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Arsenal looks to end trophy drought
With 16 rounds left to play, the final half of the 2015–2016 Premier League season could be a definitive period of time for Arsenal Football Club. Written off at the beginning of the season due to a lack of transfer acquisition and not sh... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Comic favourites on the horizon for season six
Major comic spoilers/minor show speculation For over 10 years, The Walking Dead has been at the forefront of the zombie genre’s catapult to mainstream success. The landmark 150th issue of the comic book printed last week and the fi... Read this article

G33K LYFE: The galaxy's greatest ladies
Star Wars is full of heroes. From Luke and Anakin Skywalker to Han Solo and Lando Calrissian, multitudes of great men have risen high and commanded great influence throughout the galaxy. But what about the women of the galaxy? Traditionally, a... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: The cost of relegation
Relegation is a bit of a weird concept for sports fans to get their heads around, especially when their knowledge is primarily based in the North American sports league structure. In this structure, there is only a single level of professional ... Read this article

Weird Christmas traditions around the world
We've all grown up with holiday traditions, and for those of us who grew up in Canada, those traditions revolved around Santa Clause and his elves, the giving of presents and for the varied religious celebrations that coincide with the season.... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Klopp masterminds city flop
The biggest game of the Premier League weekend, in which top of the table Manchester City hosted a resurgent Liverpool, served up some of the best entertainment that the season has seen so far. Both teams set up to attack, with the hosts n... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Fantastic aliens and where to find them
There is perhaps no universe in cinema that feels as alive and populated as the one that has been created in the Star Wars series. Every film is jam packed with interesting looking characters, with a huge number of different species that never... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Playoffs see Euro 2016 field finalized
That’s it folks. The final playoff matches have been played and we finally know the complete list of 24 teams that will be contesting next summers’ final tournament in France. This will be the first tournament since the Union o... Read this article

G33K LYFE: The history of lightsabers
With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens less than a month away on Dec. 18, the hype is starting to grow in the minds of geeks and film lovers alike, and I’m amongst them. Because the movie is just around the corner, welcome to S... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Jamie Vardy, top scorer in the Premier League
On Nov. 7, a remarkable football landmark was achieved by the most unlikely of suspects. Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy scored a penalty against Watford to become the first player in Premier League history to score in nine consecutive games... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Sizing up the Premier League a third of the way in
Eleven matches have been played in the Premier League to date, which means the opening third of the season has come to a close and the table has begun taking shape. Clubs have now had time to settle, new players have gelled, and managers have ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Villa sacks Sherwood
Another week, another managerial dismissal in the Premier League as basement club Aston Villa let go of manager Tim Sherwood after a miserable run that has seen them take a solitary win from their opening 10 games. What does this mean for ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Assassin's Creed Syndicate review
There is perhaps no game this year that had as much to prove upon its release as Assassins Creed: Syndicate, the ninth game in Ubisoft’s storied franchise. Since becoming annualized in 2010 the quality of the main titles have fluctua... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Differing fortunes for debut managers
There are few things that can raise the expectations surrounding a new club, such as the appointment of a new manager. A new manager can bring new ideas, new tactics and new vision to a club in trouble. After all, managers don’t usually ... Read this article

Back from the dead: rise of the horror game
The feeling of empowerment has long been a traditional aspect of video gaming. Players take control of a hyper-strong, ultra-powerful protagonist in order to solve a problem that no one else can, standing tall and triumphant at the end of a ha... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Euro 2016 welcomes new contenders
With the Premier League taking a break for the final leg of the qualifying rounds for Euro 2016, the only news coming out of England is the ongoing party surrounding Jürgen Klopp’s appointment as Liverpool manager. As a result, this ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Uncharted Trilogy is Still a Treasure
This console generation, the PlayStation 4 in particular, has seen a large number of remasters come to the system as developers seek to use the increased power of the new console to boost the appeal of some of their best titles. Many of these ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Rodgers sacked as Liverpool manager
After three and a half seasons in charge, Brendan Rodgers was relieved of his duties as the Liverpool manager in the wake of a 1-1 draw with Everton on Oct. 4, bringing to an end what was the second longest management tenure in the Premier Lea... Read this article

Conservation in Z building
As the ever-growing global warming issue looms over society, new and more effective methods of energy conservation have moved to the forefront of architectural design. Spearheading the energy conservation efforts at Fanshawe College is the... Read this article

G33K LYFE: A decade of the colossus
What is art? Ask a passer-by this question and you will likely hear the same recycled answers. Art is a painting, music, a poem, or film; even the dictionary definition suggests what the ‘typical’ art mediums should be. Others will ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Doctor Who season nine premiere
Old foes return in the newest season Warning: Spoilers to follow “Question. Where did I get the cup of tea? Answer. I’m The Doctor, just accept it.” Doctor Who kicked off the ninth season of the revived series ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Pre-season Premier predictions
Another round of Premier League play has passed by, and while there wasn’t a big event to discuss, it brought another set of observations, talking points and general football chatter for us to mull over this week. Officiating E... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Everything sucks
Usually I take this column space to catch readers up on the latest news coming out of England’s top flight of football. In the absence of news, I like to fill it with statistics, player profiles, or any other opportunity to express my lov... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Get excited for PokéNews
It takes a lot for something to become timeless, but there is no denying that Nintendo’s Pokémon franchise is fast approaching that highly sought after status, with over 20 game titles and millions of worldwide players. After ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Everything sucks
A Negative Review of Premier League Teams (Pt. 1) Usually I take this column space to catch readers up on the latest news coming out of England’s top flight of football. In the absence of news, I like to fill it with statis... Read this article

Gender roles in media
There has been a marked, positive change in the way that characters of differing gender identities are portrayed in media. For a long time, these characters were relegated to minor roles, at best as a supporting protagonist, and at worst as a ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Destiny done right
Just over a year ago Destiny was released on consoles worldwide, kicking off Bungie’s ambitious 10- year plan to merge the Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) and the ever-present First-Person Shooter (FPS) genres and create a huge, share... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Mourinho's third season blues
Less than four weeks into the Premier League season and already the predictions I made in the last edition of this column appear to be way off the mark. Diego Costa has yet to find the net, three of the top four positions are held by clubs... Read this article

G33K LYFE: The Force Awakens - Top Five Facts (So Far)
On Dec. 8 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is going to open in theatres and is poised to send box office records tumbling. One would be hard pressed to find more hype surrounding an upcoming movie, as every inch of the internet is ... Read this article

Coaches' corner: A sneak peek into varsity sports this year
As the start to another school year draws closer, the Fanshawe Athletics department gears up for another exciting season of sports. With high hopes in all the varsity teams, head coaches spoke up to let the school know what the goals are for t... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Pre-season Premier predictions
The dawn of a new Premier League season can be summed up in one word: promise; the promise of exciting competition and the promise of superstars at the top of their game. Specifically for supporters of England’s top 20 teams, the pro... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Batman and Rocket League rack up summer support
The summer of 2015 was no different than any other summer geekwise, gracing us with a handful of top-quality indies, a few remasters and a singular AAA release. The main event of the summer was Batman: Arkham Knight, the conclusion to Rock... Read this article

Emergency responders tested in mock chemical attack
A residence room lies torn to shreds. Bloodstains, plants and assorted debris lie scattered, marking the location that Will Johnston began to formulate his plan to ‘get even' with the rest of the student population. After his plan has been ... Read this article

7 crazy nights
London offers a wide variety of bars and pubs for students to quench their thirst, socialize and do what it is they came to college for. It can be difficult to plan exactly where it is you want to go. Here is your map to the booziest London week ... Read this article

StopGap stepping up local accessibility
Founded in 2011, the StopGap Foundation began with the goal of providing ramps to businesses with a single step storefront – a seemingly simple barrier to accessibility that is pandemic in Canadian communities and around the worl... Read this article

Premier League Pondering: Chelsea crowned, Burnley and QPR Down
As another season of English football comes to an end, it's time to look back, reflect and take stock of the performances of the 20 clubs that made up the 2014/15 season if the Premier League. To the surprise of absolutely nobody, ther... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: The case of Manchester City - The struggle is real, but whose fault is it?
It was only seven years ago that Manchester City was on the verge of financial collapse under the precarious ownership of disgraced former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Stuck firmly in midtable and less than a decade in the Premier L... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Warning: New challengers approaching
On April 1, Nintendo hosted a live-streamed Nintendo Direct on YouTube, another one of the company’s digital press conferences that have replaced its yearly E3 stage event in recent years. After repeated assurances that the upcoming ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Stars out for Liverpool charity match
With the Premier League taking the weekend off for the international break, Liverpool Football Club, in association with the LFC Foundation and a number of local charities, hosted a one-off all-star match at Anfield. Featuring sides captained ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Where were we: A Westerosi recap
The longest wait in television is finally coming to an end. After what seems like an eternity for fans, HBO’s Game of Thrones is finally coming back to screens for another season of boobs, blood and feudal deception. With the promise of ... Read this article

Blackheart Burleque comes to London
Grab your friends, grab your lovers and leave your prudish inhibitions at the door, because the most popular burlesque performance in North American history is making a return to London. The SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque show is a ste... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings - Sacked: Poyet pays the price
There is a lot to be admired in the modern day soccer climate when a club is seen to stick with its manager even as results are going against the team in question. Far too often, the club ownership will drop the knife on a manager at the drop o... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Patching over problems
I found myself belatedly sitting down to play Assassin’s Creed: Unity, the next-gen incarnation of Ubisoft’s long-running historical fiction series, and almost immediately found myself joyfully lost as I jumped around the rooftops i... Read this article

Top selling video game franchises
1. Mario (490.75 million) No surprise here, Nintendo’s mascot and everybody’s favourite Italian plumber has sold more video games with his name on it than anything that has come before or since. Contributing to the success is th... Read this article

Best Catchphrases
1. D’OH (Homer Simpson, The Simpsons) The sound of stupidity that is iconic as the character who says it, Homer Simpson has uttered this phrase to viewers hundreds of times, confirming his intelligence level to anyone who dares question... Read this article

Gaming morals are not black and white
Despite being a visible force in the entertainment industry for nearly 50 years, video gaming is still looked at in many circles as a potentially dangerous pastime, warping the minds of young and old alike and telling shallow stores devoid of any... Read this article

Suiting up: Cosplay
Cosplay, or kosupure, as it is known as in Japan, is far more than what it appears to be on the surface: a group of adults dressed as an assortment of video game or anime characters and descending upon a convention full of like-minded geeks. Benea... Read this article

Video game heroines
1. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) The original queen of video games, Lara Croft has spent years exploring ancient temples and abandoned islands, all while rocking a pair of short shorts and a pair of *ahem* guns. She has shot her way through pirat... Read this article

Waking up with Optimus, G.I. Joes and Pikachu
There was something magical about a Saturday morning in the mind of a child, waking up at the crack of dawn, slowly sneaking down to the basement with an entire box of chocolaty cereal and flipping on YTV, Fox Kids or the Family Channel and takin... Read this article

New kids on the comic block
UrbanDictionary.com defines a geek as someone you pick on in high school and end up working for later in life. A real dictionary defines the word as “an enthusiast or expert, especially in a technological field or activity.” A geek... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Plenty of drama left in the Prem
Ten matches remain in the Premier League. Ten games for clubs at either end of the table to either meet their goals or to fall short and head back to the drawing board, leaving the 2014/15 season to pass into mediocrity. As the season ente... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Star Wars: Rebels a charming surprise
When it was announced in 2012 that the Walt Disney Company was purchasing Lucasfilm and the rights to the entirety of the Star Wars universe, fans worldwide experienced a collective fear. Would the franchise be whitewashed into something far m... Read this article

G33K LYFE: The seeds of something special?
There is only one thing that can be written about the PlayStation 4’s newest AAA exclusive that hasn’t been written on hundreds of gaming websites and forums: I actually liked it. Announced in the early days of the PS4 – ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: The rapid rise of Harry Kane
Last season saw the Premier League debut of a 20-year-old striker in the white of Tottenham Hotspur. He made 10 appearances, mostly as a sub and scored three goals – a decent return for a young man. Fast forward to the present and Harry ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Spider-Man swings into the MCU
In an announcement that comic and movie fans alike have been waiting for, The Amazing Spider-Man is finally joining the official Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). To the uninitiated – despite being a property of Marvel Comics – the m... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Warning - The worst video games to play with your SO
With the rise of video games in popularity among mainstream audiences, the idea of sitting down with your significant other and a video game for an evening in is not a foreign concept. Especially with the female demographic becoming more domin... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: It was time - January transfer round-up
Another winter transfer period has come and gone in the Premier League, and it may have been one of the most boring January windows in recent memory. This is the period of time that saw the arrivals of Luis Suarez at Anfield three years ag... Read this article

Dress for hire
“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” has become one of the most popular Internet clichés when it comes to motivating people to dress a little more professionally in their day-to-day lives (the fact that it’s oft... Read this article

Interviewing yourself out of a job: Common interview mistakes
You’ve perfected your resume, handed out what seemed to be a hundred copies at every store, restaurant, bar and banana stand that you could find in the city and finally, just when it seems like your meals for the next year will be limited to bo... Read this article

G33K LYFE: In defense of the new lightsaber
Last November, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens made its long-awaited debut. It promptly shattered the Internet, racking up over 58 million YouTube views within a week. It generated an unprecedented amount of Internet buzz an... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: End of an era: Steven Gerrard calls time on Liverpool career
On New Year’s Day, the rumours started to trickle in: “Steven Gerrard is leaving Liverpool,” “Gerrard to join MLS at the end of the season,” read the tweets to the disbelief of myself and Reds supporters all over t... Read this article

GEEK LYFE: Amongst the rebellion lies Far Cry 4's hidden gem
It was about 20 hours into my adventure in Kyrat, the fictional country tucked into the Himalayan Mountains in Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4, that a thought crossed my mind that would usually lead me to put down the controller: “This story ma... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Gushing about Guardians
Back in March I wrote an entry in this column proclaiming Marvel the masters of comic-based cinematic fun over their rivals at DC, a claim that I was backing up primarily using the then-recently-released trailer for Marvel’s newest endeav... Read this article

What's eating Liverpool?
OK readers, this week I’m taking the international break to throw off the false shackles of non-bias and use the predicament of the club I support to talk about form. Last year was a dream for those of us who support Liverpool, the te... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Carving your own tale through Middle-earth
Recently, I completed the story mode of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, a game that ranks among the most pleasant surprises in the gaming industry this year, as Monolith Productions shook off its record of mediocrity, and proved that not all l... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: The season so far
At the time of writing, all 20 clubs in the Premier League had played 10 rounds, and for the second year running, the table is looking a little strange at this point. It’s another season so far of unexpected results, clubs punching above ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: From comic to screen: The Walking Dead
When The Walking Dead first made its season one debut, it surprised many viewers by making an immediate, and drastic switch from the original source material, the ongoing comic series penned and created by Robert Kirkman. Now, with season ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Sunderland stunned in 8-0 hiding
There’s nothing quite as painful as watching your team on the wrong end of a hiding, and I’m not simply talking about a bad loss. But the rare occasion where your team looks like it doesn’t belong at the level it is, nothing g... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Making this Halloween the geekiest
With Halloween just around the corner the last minute scramble for a Halloween costume is in full swing. If you’re anything like me, you’re only just realizing that you’re going to need one soon. Fortunately for us, the re... Read this article

Is club loyalty dead?
Into the second week of the international break, and there hasn’t been a lot to talk about in England’s top flight, there wasn’t even a major injury to complain about this time around. In lieu of the rather uneventful week I&r... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Narrative in FPS: The Modern Warfare trilogy
SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for the Call of Duty series. There is no singular genre that defines the video game industry – no more than film is only drama or music solely consists of hip-hop, but at any point in t... Read this article

Premier Ponderings: Handling young players
Nothing excites football fans quite like a wunderkind. Those magical teenagers who can take to the pitch against full-grown men and look not only undaunted, but like they’ve been doing it for years. Some of the sport’s biggest ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: A Smashing portable entry for the Nintendo 3DS
In 1999, Nintendo released a simple little title to the Nintendo 64 where the company took 12 of its historic characters and threw them into a ring with one purpose only – to beat the ever-loving crap out of each other until there is only... Read this article

The European hangover
The UEFA Champion’s League is the absolute pinnacle of club football. An annual tournament that pits the best sides from all across Europe in the pursuit of the most recognizable trophies in the entire game of football (with the exception... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Game season begins!
Rejoice gamers, for that time of year is upon us. The sun is going down earlier, the air is getting chilly and the barren game release forecast has finally come to an end. The release of Destiny a few weeks ago seems to have triggered th... Read this article

That was one weird week
Seriously what the hell just happened? Game-week five in the Barclay’s Premier League was one of those weekends where the football deities looked down upon the league, saw the script that was written, and promptly tore it up and gave the... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Two weeks of Destiny
A lot of video games release with hype: A new edition of Grand Theft Auto is a guaranteed best-seller, console flagship series’ like Halo or Uncharted usually ship millions of copie, and the yearly Call of Duty still manages to break into... Read this article

Ending porn stigmas from within
A look at Toronto’s feminist porn movement Crude, unnecessary, exploitive, sad. Artistic, relevant, liberating, beautiful. All of these words and more have been used over the years to describe the multitude of genres and su... Read this article

Be smart; stay safe
Sex is enjoyable, no two ways about it. If Hollywood is anything to go by, those who do it do it a lot, and those that haven’t done it at all, are on a constant quest to finally “get some.” However, as with anything fun, t... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Autumn of the geek on the small screen
The fall TV series season is rapidly approaching us; a time for networks to experiment with a wide variety of pilots and new series that are unlikely to last throughout the winter. This year, however, networks are looking toward a different so... Read this article

Not early days yet
Nothing is worse than the first international break of the Premier League season, after a long couple of months of waiting the opening three weeks of the season hit us like a flash, igniting the excitement and passion in the hearts of millions ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Gamer vs. 'Gamers': The Sarkeesian situation
OK geeks and gamers, your weekly update of the best and most exciting news in video games, TV and geek pop culture at Fanshawe. At least that’s how I wish I could kick off the column, but instead we’re going to kick off on a bit... Read this article

7 crazy nights
The school year has started, the students have all settled in and there is one thing on most of their minds: “It’s time to party!” London offers a wide variety of bars and pubs for students to quench their thirst, socialize and do... Read this article

Premier League ponderings: A look into the new season
And we’re back! A new Premier League Season is upon us and damn, does it have a lot to do if it’s going to live up to the spectacle that we witnessed last year. As always there have been massive changes all throughout the lea... Read this article

Where to watch the World Cup
There's a magical time upon us, that rare time every four years where Canadian soccer fans suddenly no longer find themselves alone, as the public suddenly proclaims their love for the beautiful game and become devoted fanatics for a month. The ... Read this article

Landlord vs. Company
On the surface, the choice between giving your rent cheques to an individual homeowner versus the employee of a property management company can be a seemingly arbitrary one. After all you're still handing over large, predetermined amount of money... Read this article

Summer Movie Guide 2014
May 30th - A Million Ways to Die in the West — directed by Seth MacFarlane Whether you see him as a comedy genius or an immature man-child, it's an undeniable fact that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has become a true force in Hollywo... Read this article

Walking among us: Meeting Canada's Raelians
The skies of Canada have been an increasingly active theatre for extraterrestrial activity in recent years, according to Winnipeg-based group UFOlogy's annual report, cataloging UFO sightings reported across Canada. Nearly 1,200 unidentifie... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: How's the Premiership gonna end?
There are five games remaining to play in this year's Premier League (seven if you're Manchester City), but only one more column remaining this year, that means that there's only time left for one thing, rampant speculation about h... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Westeros richer than ever before
[SPOILER ALERT] HBO's Game of Thrones made a recordsetting return to our screen last week, kicking off another 10 weeks of dragons, swordplay, and boobs (mind you it took 12 minutes for them to make an appearance in the premiere, standards... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: SAS set to smash scoring record
As it stands, Liverpool FC is on course to be the unlikeliest champions in the history of the Premier League, something that even the most optimistic supporter would never have considered at the start of the year. After all the fallen giants f... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Fickle fandoms love to complain
I can still recall the first time in my life that I came across what is commonly referred to as “fandom,” I was seven years old and they had just announced that the Transformers, my favourite cartoon, was being remade as Beast Wars... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Let's talk about diving
Throughout the year I have devoted plenty of column inches towards reflections on what it's like to be a soccer fan on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, I regularly find myself having to defend the sport in the face of the less knowledgeable... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Gamers making tough choices?
I'm Delsin Rowe, a Native American graffiti artist and minor delinquent who has just discovered that I possess superpowers, powers that will instantly label me as a dangerous “bio-terrorist,” destined to be ostracized from socie... Read this article

Tattooed bombshells kick up a storm
Grab your friends, grab your lovers and leave your prudish inhibitions at the door, because after six years away, the most popular burlesque performance in North American history is making a return to Canada, bringing a steamy celebration of p... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Power shifting in the northwest war
Don't tell a supporter of Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester City that I said this — and it's completely an opinion — but in my mind there are only two teams in England that really matter: Liverpool and Manchester United. These... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Comic vs. screen: The Walking Dead
Ever since its debut in 2010, AMC's The Walking Dead has drawn in millions of viewers with its grisly depictions of some truly horrifying situations, many of which have been deemed extreme for such a popular program. As graphic and disturb... Read this article

Video Game Heroines
1. Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) The original queen of video games, Lara Croft has spent years exploring ancient temples and abandoned islands, all while rocking a pair of short shorts and a pair of *ahem* guns. She has shot her way through pirates, mon... Read this article

Best catchphrases
1. D'OH (Homer Simpson) The sound of stupidity that is iconic as the character who says it, Homer Simpson has uttered this phrase to viewers hundreds of times, confirming his intelligence level to anyone who dares question it. 2. Bite my shiny me... Read this article

The great divide: The importance of video game narrative
One of the most understated but significant developments within the video game industry in recent years has been the way that games are used to tell a story. As the industry is more saturated with competitive titles and consoles than at any other poi... Read this article

Kids Cartoons with Adult Followings
1. Adventure Time (Cartoon Network) Set in the possibly post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, this colourful television show follows the adventure of Finn the human boy and his stretchy dog companion Jake as they fight monsters, rescue Princess Bubblegum ... Read this article

Race in the superhero world
In 2010, rising actor Donald Glover wanted a movie role, one that was so well known that it would have instantly catapulted him into the international spotlight. The role was that of a brilliant but socially outcast high schooler being raised in Quee... Read this article

Top-Selling Game Franchises
1. Mario (490.75 million) No surprise here, Nintendo's mascot and everybody's favourite Italian plumber has sold more video games with his name on it than anything that has come before or since. Contributing to the success is the many tale... Read this article

Suiting up: Cosplay
Cosplay, or kosupure, as it is known as in Japan, is far more than what it appears to be on the surface: a group of adults dressed as an assortment of video game or anime characters and descending upon a convention full of like-minded geeks. Beneath ... Read this article

Story-driven video games
1. The Last of Us (Naughty Dog Studios) One of the top-selling and highest rated titles of 2013, this PlayStation exclusive chronicles the journey of Joel and Ellie, a gruff survivor and a wide-eyed young girl, across a United States that h... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Not just a movie anymore
For reasons that have never been clear to anybody, video games based on movies and TV shows — no matter how promising the pairing may initially seem — have almost exclusively been terrible, leaving fans of numerous franchises disap... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: True heroes: The Prem's best one-club men
While the fans of football clubs in Europe are easily the most passionate and loyal supporters in any sport, the idea of club loyalty among players is one that has largely lost a lot of meaning in recent times. While players in North American... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Premier League roller coaster
The Premier League has been a busy place since my last column, but is taking a breather this weekend in order to accommodate the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, allowing a chance to catch up and take a look at what has happened over the last cou... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Television's top antiheroes
Having lost a large part of my Reading Week absorbed in season two of House of Cards, I found myself reflecting how some of the most compelling television of the last decade has followed the actions of some truly terrible people, thrusting the... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Glum DC in the shade of Marvel
NOTE: Before I begin, please note that this week's column is completely my own opinion, so please don't take this as truth, although if you agree you're probably pretty cool. In mid-February, Marvel Studios debuted the first traile... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Some bad news, some good in Premier League
Axe Swing on Seventh Manger Every week, there is one subject in the Premier League that I hope to avoid writing about, and that is another manager being relieved of his duties partway through the season. However this past week I found myself ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Does the House of Mario need to rebuild?
It is a rare occasion that one brand can become so synonymous with its product that the wider public believes that they are one in the same. It is an honour that is reserved for only the most elite companies, like Kleenex or, at least in the e... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Who's going down?
While the majority of my column has been devoted to the title race in England, the Premier League provides fans with a second race that is often much more exciting, and moreso this season than any other. A key difference in the European sports... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Five funniest British television exports
They see comedy a little differently In the United Kingdom — a fact that is most obviously reflected in their television shows. The rise of Netflix has made many of Britain's funniest programs more widely available than they were fiv... Read this article

Stay safe from employment scams
Finding a job as a student is never easy, especially in a city like London, where the unemployment rate has spent years hovering around 10 per cent overall. Thousands of students come into town each year, every one of them seeking employment so they ... Read this article

Interviewing yourself out of a job: Common interview mistakes
You've perfected your resume, handed out what seemed to be a hundred copies at every store, restaurant, bar and banana stand that you could find in the city and finally, just when it seems like your meals for the next year will be limited to boxe... Read this article

G33K LYFE: The three most unnecessary games money can buy
Most board games have remained the exact same for generations, comforting traditions that have been part of family life for years. Yet with the dawn of the Internet, the world now has an unprecedented access to the most annoying, overpriced an... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Five impactful signings revisited
In the first edition of this column, as the summer transfer window came to a close, I took a look at five new signings that I felt were going to have a big impact for their new clubs this Premier League season. Here we are at the close of the ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Spring gaming to truly bring the next generation
A problem is arising for the millions of gamers who were lucky enough to get their hands on the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4 during this past holiday season, and it's an issue that arises for the “early adopters” of any video g... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Defoe and Bradley represent TFC's future
This week I'm turning away from my usual England focus to take a look at some big moves happening a bit closer to home. Toronto FC, founded in 2007, was Major League Soccer's first expansion team when it was decided that the league was... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Sony makes a game-changing announcement at CES
The annual Consumer Electronics Show provides a location for the world's tech heads to descend upon to see the debut of the next waves in computers, televisions and more. Due to the nature of the industry, however, the products shows at th... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: The rundown
Tense season sees half the table at risk Back in October, I wrote a review of the Premier League season as it stood. I made some statements that were, at the time, bold and maybe even outlandish: this was going to be the most closely conteste... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Greendale now better than ever after facing foreclosure
In the summer of 2010, my roommate and I were sitting around when he suggested that we check out a show that he had heard of but didn't know anything about it. The show had Chevy Chase in it, so we sat down to watch Community for the first... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Savoury matchups this holiday season
The festive season is a busy time for everybody, not least for the players and managers in England's top flight. Three match rounds will be played in the span of one week, which, for the league's elite players, could mean 270 minutes of... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Geek-tacular gift guide
In this super busy time of year, somewhere in the back of everybody's mind there is a part of their brain that is focusing on one of the most important facets of the season: gift-giving. For those of you with a geek, gamer or pop culture e... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Hands on with the PlayStation 4
November 15 was a banner day for the video game industry. Sony's PlayStation 4 was released to the public, and over the weekend more than a million people sat down to enjoy the dawn of the next generation of video games, an event that only... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: The cost of friendlies is too high
As we loom ever closer to 2014, the year of the next World Cup, the list of 32 teams to compete has yet to be finalized, and many of the Premier Leagues best have jetted out to all corners of the world so they can help their country make the f... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Space, time and other things, Part 2
In last week's column, I gave readers a brief intro into the world of Doctor Who, the longest-running television program in history. On November 23, Doctor Who will be celebrating its 50th anniversary, a landmark that rarely gets the chanc... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Space, time and other things, Part 1
Deep down, somewhere inside all of us, there is a childlike attraction to adventure, a wish to leave behind everything that is regular and mundane, in order to discover something that nobody has ever seen before. This desire, which lies within... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: A fine goal isn't as easy as it looks
If there is one complaint that I hear more often than any other when I tell other people that football is my sport of choice, it is that there are not enough goals in a particular game. While this isn't exactly a valid argument (I've se... Read this article

Why we wear the poppy red
“In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses row on row.” The immortal words written by John McCrae during the First World War have become an integral part of Remembrance Day ceremonies across Canada and in many other ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Managerial merry-go-round
Another week has passed in the Premier League and everything seems to be operating as one would expect it to — big teams are winning, Luis Suárez is scoring ridiculous goals, and the black bag has gone over the head of yet another manage... Read this article

G33K Lyfe: To the rescue: How Marvel saved their film world
Way back in 2008, after the credits had rolled on the first showings of Iron Man, fans were treated to a scene that, while just over 30 seconds long, managed to catch the attention of cinema and comic book nerds alike. “I'm Nick Fury,... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Industry strong ahead of new generation
With only three weeks remaining until the launch of the PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One to follow a week later, the anticipation for the upcoming generation of video game consoles has reached an all-time high. The majority of retailers worldwi... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: The Fergie factor
As a lifelong Liverpool supporter, it pains me to write this sentence, but when Sir Alex Ferguson retired as the manager of Manchester United this past summer, world football lost the presence of a manager the likes of which will probably not ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Third dimension evolution
Previously in this column I took a look back on the history of the Pokémon series, as well as the people who have helped to turn it into a massive pop culture force over the last 16 years, and across numerous forms of media. The retrospective ... Read this article

Entertainment without breaking the piggy bank
There can be no doubt that college can mentally and financially stress out students. After paying off tuition and textbooks — in addition to the expenses that come along with lodging, food and other bills — it can be hard to find a few ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: 10 years and still Walking
Ten years ago, comic book writer Robert Kirkman released a 22-page black-and-white volume, chronicling the confusion of one man as he awoke from a coma to find that the world around him had drastically changed and his family and friends had al... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: How it stands seven rounds in
Just under a fifth of the 2013/14 Premier League season has been played, and many of the league's players are heading off to all corners of the globe to represent their home nations in the final round of qualifying for next summer's Wo... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Early runners for the Golden Boot
With the English Premier League title being seemingly monopolized in recent seasons by Manchester United, Chelsea and, more recently, Manchester City; it has been noticed that in recent seasons (the breathless excitement of the 2001/12 final d... Read this article

G33K LYFE: PokéPeople in the house!
Last week I wrote about the influence and enduring popularity of the Pokémon video game franchise, which has sold in excess of 200 million copies worldwide. In its 17-year existence, the game has maintained a remarkably consistent popularity, ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: Di Canio dismissed: Player power or player rights?
When I began to write this column, I knew that at some point not too far long down the line I would have to touch on the topic of a manager being sacked from their position due to poor results in the Premier League. Recent seasons have seen th... Read this article

G33K LYFE: Pokémon's perfect evolution
“Hello there! And welcome to the world of Pokémon, my name is Oak.” For myself and so many others over a decade ago, this badly pixelated but welcoming gentleman was our guide as we took our first steps on our journey to become the... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: A shift in the balance of power in the European league system?
Football, soccer, whatever you feel like calling it, when being considered by the average person, is invariably related to one European nation before all others: England. There is good reason for this, the sport was formally invented there, it... Read this article

G33K LYFE: One world, two stories
For as long as film and television have existed, there has always been a section of the audience who has desired to see their favourite pieces of written work come to life on the small screen. The majority of prominent adaptations, especially ... Read this article

Premier League Ponderings: The five most potentially impactful signings
With English clubs having spent a record amount of money over the summer on transferring players during the summers transfer window (more than $1 billion), this week we take a look at five signings set to make a big impact for their new club. ... Read this article

G33K LYFE: A big Fall on the small screen: What to watch this autumn
As autumn approaches, television networks are preparing for the colder season by rolling out a number of new television shows and returning favourites. With so many different series set to air this fall, the discerning television geek may feel... Read this article

LGBT-friendly bar creates safe and open environment in London
Any student taking a trip to downtown London for a night of drinking can vouch for one fact: there are a ton of places to drink, dance or socialize in this city. There are so many different options to choose from — everything from casual... Read this article

Dress to impress and get noticed at night
A guy's guide to dressing well The majority of young males out for a night downtown have an eye on finding themselves a good-looking girl for the night... or longer. However, a common sight when walking into any locations in downtown Lon... Read this article

Kicking cigs to the curb once and for all
The way I began smoking is a story heard so often that it's almost cliché. I was 19, in my first year at university, and living away from home for the first time. Like many students moving into a dorm, my roommates were my group of friends... Read this article

7 crazy nights
The school year has started, the students have all settled in and there is one thing on most of their minds: "It's time to party." London offers a wide variety of bars and pubs for students to quench their thirst, socialize and do what it is they ca... Read this article

Fanshawe grad spearheads triple award sweep
This year, Fanshawe College was awarded with triple honours from the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, a first-time occurrence for the school and further recognition toward its high standing reputation among the country's college... Read this article

This Falcon's got the skills to bring home the gold
Following up her gold medal victory at the Ontario Trade Skills Competition in May, Fanshawe College's Becky DeKleyn has added to her own personal trophy case with her biggest prize yet, a gold medal at the Skills Canada National Competiti... Read this article

Expressions in Chalk event brings art to Ribfest
Drawing on the sidewalk has been a timeless childhood activity for generations, with the summer season often going hand in hand with stepping over crude stick-figure drawings and hopscotch courses that have been drawn on the ground or in driveways al... Read this article

First shots fired in the new console war
The Electronics Entertainment Exhibition (E3) serves as an annual platform for those in the video game industry to showcase the innovations they will bring to gamers in the coming years. The ‘big three' game console developers - Sony, Mic... Read this article

A soccer pilgrimage
The final whistle has been blown and I am sitting in an old wooden seat, watching 22 men file off a soccer field which has stood where it is for over 100 years. Ninety minutes has been played, there have been zero goals scored, no highlight ree... Read this article

Renting and roommates for first-timers
For post-secondary students, looking for that perfect first place to live can be an exciting yet overwhelming task. Glenn Matthews, the housing mediator for students at both Fanshawe College and Western University, has seen the fallout of cou... Read this article

Fanshawe builds on its reputation at skills competition
A group of Fanshawe students recently returned from representing the school with distinction at the 2013 Ontario Trade Skills Competition (OTSC), in which students from all over the province converged in Waterloo to test their skills in carpen... Read this article

Sex, blood and videotape: Shock Stock returns to London
From April 12 to 14, London will be hosting fans of horror and sleaze from all over North America for the third annual Shock Stock Subculture Weekend Celebration and VHS Tape Swap. This horror convention was started in 2011 by Jake Windatt of ... Read this article

Fashion students partner with local charity for worthy cause
Every year, there are over 700 premature births that require treatment at the London Children's Hospital, and connected to each of those is a family in turmoil. Since 2008, Itsy has been providing financial support to these families, and t... Read this article

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