June 1st, 2017

June 2017 New Game Releases

Summer is here and it looks like it’s going to be a hot one! What better time to sit inside with the air conditioning on and play some new games! There are eleven new titles landing in in June across the PlayStation, XBOX, Switch, and Windows platforms. Let’s take a closer look at them now!

 

Tekken 7


Tekken is back! Tekken 7 is the ninth entry (because video games) in the hit fighting franchise. The game has been making the rounds on the arcade scene since last year and now finally arrives on PlayStation 4 and XBOX One. All your favourite characters return plus an additional 10 characters are added to the cast. There are also two new fighting mechanics to master: Rage Art, which allows you to land a critical blow at the expense of other power ups, and which allows you to attack your opponent even while they are attacking you.

Tekken 7 is out this Friday, June 2nd, and you can pre-order your copy today at LondonDrugs.com

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April 24th, 2017

Bring Back the Pack with Certified Data

London Drugs and Certified Data want you to Bring Back The Pack! As part of our What’s the Green Deal program you can already bring back the packaging from almost anything you purchase from London Drugs. Computers, Televisions, Appliances, Printers, you name it. Bring it back to your local London Drugs and we’ll make sure that it gets handled responsibly, and that includes Styrofoam!

Certified Data has a special offer for everyone buying our desktop computers.

If you bring back the pack from a Certified Data desktop computer in reusable condition we will give you a $10 gift card! The packaging must be in clean, reusable condition. That means no damage and no writing or any other defacements on the box, but as long as it meets that criteria a $10 gift card is yours!

Not only do you get a $10 gift card, you get the satisfaction of knowing that the box you returned will be re-used to protect another Certified Data computer!

This promotion is on now so if you have a Certified Data box in good condition, bring it back to your local London Drugs and be a part of the Green Deal!

Learn more about our Bring Back the Pack! Program and Certified Data towers from these two youtube videos:

Bring Back the Pack

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April 3rd, 2017

April 2017 New Game Releases

Greeting Gamers and welcome to April! They say that April showers bring May flowers, but they also provide a perfect excuse to stay in and play video games! This month sees the release of nine new games across PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and Nintendo Switch. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

Persona 5


It’s a new school year at Shujin Academy in Tokyo where you have been transferred after you assaulted a stalker. Through the course of the year you are granted access to the palace realm where you can interact and do battle with the psyches of others and help them rehabilitate their personas. Yes, this is a Japanese Role Playing Game and it’s super weird and critically acclaimed. Released in Japan back in September, the North American release date is slated for April 4th exclusively on PlayStation 4.

Pre-order your copy now at LondonDrugs.com!

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March 2nd, 2017

March 2017 New Game Releases

Greetings gamers!  It’s March 2017 which means it’s time to celebrate!  Not only do we have ten new games released this month, we have a whole new platform! The Nintendo Switch debuts this week on Friday, March 3rd!

Let’s take a closer look!

Nintendo Switch

The Switch is Nintendo’s seventh home console and is a clear successor to the Wii and Wii U.  It’s a hybrid of ideas, featuring both a docked TV connected use mode and a portable, touchscreen enhanced use mode.  What does that mean?

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February 1st, 2017

2017 February New Game Releases

February is upon us! This month brings us a couple of sequels and re-releases, but also two brand new games! Let’s take a closer look at this months new game releases!

Road to Boruto


The Road to Boruto is the latest, and the last, expansion to Naruto Shippuden 4, and fans of the series should know that it will be the last title in the franchise for the foreseeable future as Bandai Namco have decided to retire the series after this release.

Naruto Shippuden 4: Road to Boruto was built from the ground up for PlayStation 4 and XBOX One, and will be released on both platforms on February 3rd!

Order your copy now at LondonDrugs.com!

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January 10th, 2017

CES 2017, Day Two

It’s day two of press conferences here at Ces2017. It’s been a heckuva day with Samsung, LG, Intel, Toyota and other presenters. The three of us can only fit so much in a day and cover so much but I think we did well.

So… amazingly beautiful huge televisions, appliances that talk to you and recognize you, and extremely good virtual reality goggles, and automated cars really fueled the day.

I think one of the partnerships that really opened my eyes today was that between Nvidia and Audi. Who would’ve thought all those years ago when Nvidia was formed in 1994 that they would be making the computers that will run the autonomous cars of the future? But video cards have to perform thousands or hundreds of thousands of functions in a very short period of time so they are experts at handling large amounts of data and responding very quickly when needed. In a way, it’s a natural combination of skill sets and manufacturing expertise.

I was privileged to be in a group of only 260 reporters that got to sit in on an Intel virtual reality demonstration that had never been done before. We went flying in squirrel flying suits, then sat on the side court at a live basketball game and watched it in virtual reality, totally feeling like we were right there, and then we were in a video game called “Arizona sunshine” in a very scary and precarious predicament.

We also had a unique demonstration that had never been attempted before on this scale.  All 260 of us could just stand or sit and watch a river flow by us, see animals and farmers in the distance and be able to look all around you like you were transported there magically. This was all real film not created artificial reality. It was like being in the middle of it in real life, not like watching a film, it was almost indescribable. The amount of data required? It takes 3 TB per frame of film to create this illusion. At 60 frames per second that means 180 TB of data per minute are required to create this illusion of being in the middle of a real film.

To top it all off we had another demonstration wearing our VR goggles that had us flying over a 250 acre solar power farm in India in real time…. it was actually happening as we were seeing it and we acted as inspectors for the solar panels. The applications for business are obvious and huge cost savings can be realized.  Very dangerous situations like search and rescue can absolutely benefit from this technology.

Tomorrow we will be taking a closer look at some of the autonomous vehicles.

Talk to you soon!

 

Ron Fraser
London Drugs Yates Street
Computer Manager
Victoria, BC

 

CFAX Tech Talk airs each Saturday on CFAX 1070 radio in Victoria from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



January 6th, 2017

2017 January New Game Releases

Happy new year all! 2017 has a whole crop of new games coming your way, so let’s take a closer look at what is out in January!

Jan 20th

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King


Another classic is back! Originally released on PlayStation 2 in 2005, you went on an epic quest to Save the Kingdom of Trodain, and now you can relive that adventure. Dragon Quest VIII is being released for Nintendo 3DS, and you can make sure you get your copy by ordering it from LondonDrugs.com

Jan 24th

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

The long running franchise is back! It’s been 4 years since the events of Resident Evil 6, and you will play as new character Ethan Winters who is looking for his lost wife in Louisiana. As Ethan you will have to solve puzzles, manage your resources, and fight against mutant creatures using a variety of weapons.

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be out for XBOX One and PlayStation 4, and feature support for the PlayStation VR headset. Order your copy now!

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