You thought we had a good summer for games? We did! But the fall is going to be even bigger! Let’s take a look at the new titles releasing in September.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Release Date: September 1st Platforms: XBOX360, XBOX One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
In the latest game in the long running series players will take on the role of Venom Snake (aka Big Boss) as he ventures into 1984 Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan war in order to find those who nearly killed him in the previous game Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes.
A number of new features are coming this time around but perhaps most exciting is the ability to approach missions in many different ways. Previous Metal Gear games would set you on a specific path for during missions while Phantom Pain will let you decide how you want to get them done. Add to that an even more massive open world, home base building, a pet dog, rock climbing, and a host of other new things to explore and you have the makings of a classic.
Release Date: September 1st Platforms: XBOX One, PlayStation 4
Explore the world of Max Rockatansky! Your car, the iconic Interceptor, is stolen and you’re left for dead in the wasteland. You go on a quest to reclaim it and build the ultimate car, the Magnum Opus, and then go on to take revenge on those that left you to rot in the sun, all the while scrounging for scarce supplies..
This game is not a direct tie in the this summer’s amazing Mad Max film Fury Road but you will get to visit many places in from the films including Gas Town and Thunderdome and the big bad is the son of Fury Road’s Immortan Joe, Scaborous Scrotus.
Students heading to college or university this fall are starting to stock up on the must-have tech tools to help them get through school. From noise isolating headphones to help with study to health tech devices to help with sleep, our London Drugs tech experts have assembled the top 10 gadgets that are great for any student gearing up for dorm life.
3D printing technology is now more accessible and affordable than ever before. Great for art or engineering students, the Tiertime UP Mini 35 Printer is as easy to use as a traditional inkjet. The printer’s best resolution at 0.2 mm gives great details at a great speed. The enclosed design protects children from hot parts. The UP software allows users to start their 3D printing adventures immediately.
Having a personal printer is an affordable luxury or a cheap necessity. For about $50, a student can have his/her own Canon PIXMA MX492 compact printer right in the dorm, which can print, scan, fax, all without wires and cables (except the power cable).
Good news everyone! It’s August and that means we have a whole new month of games to look forward to! This months biggest releases are all coming at the end of the month but lets take a look now and start to get excited!
Madden NFL 16
Release Date: August 25th Platforms: XBOX 360, XBOX One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
The blockbuster franchise is back! Odell Beckham Jr. is on the cover and a slew of new features are inside. EA has re-tooled the quarterback controls, added new on field cameras to get you closer to the action than ever before, and extended the franchise options putting you in control of every decision your team could make: from what city you play in to how much concessions cost.
Then build your ultimate NFL team, with stars of past and present, and play online head to head with your friends!
MSI Canada and London Drugs present the 2nd Dragon Cup Hearthstone Tournament! Hearthstone is the fast paced card game based on Blizzards popular Warcraft universe. It’s a game that is easy to get into but proves hard to master.
The Dragon Cup is open to all North American players and is free to register for! The opening rounds will be held on August 22nd with the quarter finals, semi finals, and finals on Sunday the 23rd.
The game format will be Conquest, and each match will be single elimination, best of five competitions. There are some great prizes to be had too.
The 1st place player will receive $300 cash and an MSI GTX980ti Graphics Card and the highest ranked Canadian player will receive a $500 London Drugs gift card and an MSI Swag Pack including a headset, gaming mouse, and MSI Dragon doll.
There are lots more prizes for players and also for viewers! The tournament will be streamed on Twitch by user coL_noxious and viewers can win one of 20 Steel Series Kinzu V2 gaming mice and 20 SteelSeries Flux Headsets!
There’s something for every gamer in this tournament!
The arrival of 3D printing has created an opportunity for people to create items for everyday use. Looking beyond the novelty of 3D printing, noted expert and enthusiast John Biehler will be visiting three London Drugs locations for talks and demonstrations and everyone is welcome to attend.
During the 20 minute sessions, John will provide a hands-on look into the new Tiertime UP Mini 3D printer, showing how everyday items can be easily created and interesting new ideas brought to life, in three dimensional.
WHERE: London Drugs at 710 Granville St, Vancouver, BC
WHEN: Friday, August 14, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: London Drugs at 911 Yates Street, Victoria, BC
WHEN: Saturday, August 15, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: London Drugs at 130th Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
WHEN: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
About John Biehler: An avid photographer and generally curious geek, John Biehler first discovered 3D printing in 2009 and built his first 3D printer shortly thereafter. Since then, he has been actively sharing his knowledge about the technology with thousands of people at various events, workshops and conferences, on television and radio, as well as online through his website. He cofounded a Vancouver-area group of 3D printer builders and enthusiasts. He has been listed among the top 10 3D Printing innovators & influencers in the 3D printing industry. His first book, “3D Printing with Autodesk” was published in 2014 by Pearson.
The era of 3D printing is upon us, where anything you imagine can be created with the click of a button. So what is 3D printing? In simple terms, 3DP – also known as additive manufacturing – is the process of creating a three-dimensional object from a digital file.
While the majority of 3D-printed objects are made with plastic, the technology has evolved so that objects can now be created with fabric, metal, even food.
In only a few years, 3D printing has gone from a technology with unlimited possibilities but few practical applications to a product that is finally living up to its potential. Below, we take a look at a handful of extremely inventive ways people are using this burgeoning technology. Becoming Batman
If you’ve ever dreamed of donning the cape and cowl, but lacked Bruce Wayne’s billions and access to military equipment, Julian Checkley and the team at Order 66 Creatures and effects have got you covered. Checkley and co. were able to create the majority of the suit using 3D printing technology, and the costume, which is shockingly realistic looking, was a major hit with cosplay fans. While the suit isn’t crime-fighting ready (the foam and rubber materials won’t stop a punch, let alone a bullet), it is lightweight and comfortable, and can be yours for a little over $8,000.
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Buzz Aldrin’s Spacesuit
In honour of the 50th anniversary of the moon walk in 2019, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is aiming to “Reboot the Suit” and bring back Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit. The Smithsonian’s very first Kickstarter project aims to “conserve, digitize, and display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit in time for this milestone anniversary,” using 3D printing technology. Part of the conservation process will be a complete 3D scan of the suit and if the project is successful, the Smithsonian plans to share the data from that scan so that non-space travellers can build their very own space suits and recreate the moon landing in the comfort of their living rooms.
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In keeping with the space theme, mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor won a $125,000 grant to create a 3D printer that could create food for astronauts. In space. And because it is the greatest food known to mankind, Contractor opted to create a printer that makes pizza. The printer uses food “materials” to create the cheese, crust and a protein base, and is able to cook the pizza as it is being made.
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A 3D Printed ear
Kai Sherwood was born without a right ear, but, thanks to this new technology, the four-year-old has been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Doctors scanned his left earlobe and created a mirror copy from plaster. They then took that mold and crafted a silicone ear that, when attached with a special adhesive, looks almost indistinguishable from the real thing. This is one of the first steps in creating 3D-printed body parts and organs.
Consumers now have easy access to be able to see first-hand the capabilities of 3D printing at their local London Drugs store. The Tiertime UP Mini 3D printer will be on display at 50 stores across Western Canada, marking a turning point where customers can see how these devices can be used in everyday life and not just for the professional user.
“You’ve likely learned about 3D printing from industry publications and seen the plastic-like output on display on your computer screens, now London Drugs is making it easy for customers to see first-hand if this technology is right for them,” said Cedric Tetzel, London Drugs Computers Merchandise Manager.