Music With Wings

Ever since I was a wee lad, soundtracks have held a special place in my heart. I love them so much that there are even some films that I know entirely by their scores. Videogame soundtracks are no exception, and there are a number of great composers that I admire (Sarah Schachner, Jesper Kid, and Jeremy Soule, to name a few).

Sometimes, these videogme soundtracks receive the royal treatment of being played live by an orchestra, which is a treat for fans. One of my favourite‎ pieces of music, namely the title track from The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, was performed on stage by the Swedish choir Orphei Drängar and Grammy winner Myrra Malmberg (performing Skyrim’s Dragonborn). This recent event was put on for the release of The Greatest Video Game Music: Choral Edition,”.

Click on the above link to check it out if you haven’t done so already. Click here for the iTunes link.

Holiday Gift Idea – Super Mario Maker

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Toronto Thumbs has not been updated since the end of March, but people still have questions about gift ideas – especially around the holidays. For those of you who have a Wii U, it’s a safe bet to say that Super Mario Maker should be on your Christmas gift list (unless you already own it). The kiddo and I hadn’t played it until only recently, which is funny, considering she was on the Super Mario Maker float during the 2015 Santa Claus Parade in Toronto (and yes, I marched with the float while wearing a fish costume). However, Nintendo saw fit to send us a copy to play with, and I can say without hesitation that it is a great deal of fun for those who love video games – specifically Mario-based ones.
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Mobile Game Review: Good Fences

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I enjoy puzzle games because of how they help me to exercise my mind – with different types of puzzles expanding the boundaries of my consciousness in different ways. Sometimes, the simplest ideas make for some of the most challenging puzzles, especially in today’s world of smartphones, where games can be played anytime and anywhere. Craig Kaplan, creator of the Rocket Cup, has come up with an easy-to-play game (iOS and Android) that is both addictive and challenging. The concept is basic, and to play through the game just to complete the main requirements takes a reasonable amount of time – but the difficulty of some of the extended objectives will keep you entertained and thinking.
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Thumbs Up – The Poet

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For the next entry in my Toronto Thumbs writing feature, I would like to talk about a gent that lives half a world away.
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Thumbs Up – The Librarian

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It has been a while since I wrote a new entry for my current writing feature. Today’s subject is someone who thought she was not going to be able to help out as much this year – and then suddenly exploded into writing mania.
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Thumbs Up – The Strategist

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Today’s entry, for my current writing feature, is someone who I have known for quite a long time. I consider him a good friend and would trust him with a great deal. A lot of praise for someone that I have never physically met.
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Thumbs Up – Bright-Eyes and Bushy-Tailed

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The first victim, I mean subject of my writing feature is someone who was as green as Kermit the Frog; but this person had the heart to become one of our key members.
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