Assassin’s Creed: Revelations X-11 Impressions

Alexandre Breault, Ubisoft's lead game designer for Assassin's Creed: Revelations, gave Dork Shelf a rundown of the game's latest preview build at Microsoft's X-11 holiday preview event last week. A beardy, burly Ezio Auditore is on his way to Masyaf, former stomping grounds of his predecessor Altair.

Batman: Arkham City X-11 Impressions

Rocksteady Studios showed off a preview build of Batman: Arkham City at Microsoft's X-11 event last week, and we had a chance to romp through a wrecked of Gotham's biggest prison yard ever. Unsurprisingly, we left as excited as the previews and trailers have been making us over the past year, and then some.

August Monthly Music

August is clearly trying to make sure summer ends on a hot note. Toronto’s so jam-packed with concerts and music-type events that there’s got to be something in this heap of sweat for everyone. Here are some choice methods to get hot before September.

Toronto Indie Game Tuesday: Ponycorns, Pixels & Grids

Toronto Indie Game Tuesday is a new weekly feature on the site. Every Tuesday, we will endeavour to encapsulate all the latest and greatest goings on in the local indie game scene, from news and trailers, to playable demos, download codes, events and more!

July Monthly Music

Around this time of year, I start to crave something. Besides the usual cravings like ice cream, cold beer and not witnessing gross old men or even egotistical jocks shirtless (sup, dorks?), I yearn for some really good summer music. You know, the kind that you can blast at BBQs? The kind of music that make your steps a little more energetic while you walk to work and anthems you can sing along to. I think we all experience a form of this craving, so here are my local ideas for how to keep satisfied this July.

North by Northeast 2011 Preview

Apologies; long time, no music advice, Dork Shelf-ers. But I have returned to these parts for the mighty occasion that is the North by Northeast festival! I’ve got a handful of acts – here, take a few – you should check out if you’re planning on perusing the festival market for the rest of the week. Here goes.

June Films to See

With the passing of Memorial Day here in the States, the unofficial start to summer is upon us. We're getting into the meat and potatoes of the big budget special effects laden flicks. Sprinkled throughout are a few indie gems to keep you honest.

May Films To See

I realize I'm about a week late for the start of the month, but I just bought a baby bulldog, so when you have your own poop factory to take care of, feel free to criticize. Lots to like this month: a summer tentpole, a B movie starring Roy Batty; even a Terrence Malick sighting. Perhaps even more incredible is that someone hired Mel Gibson for something.

Hot Docs 2011 Preview Part Two

This year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival kicks off today and runs through May 8. Featuring over 200 films in total, picking which films are worth seeing is a tall order for even the most seasoned fest-vet. With that in mind, allow us to present the second part of our Hot Docs coverage – A selection of documentaries that may just pique your interest.

Andrew’s Hot Docs 2011 Picks

The 2011 Hot Docs Film Festival is bigger than ever this year with over 200 movies being screened of the course of 11 days. I understand that the choices are overwhelming this year, but here I am to briefly give all you fine Dork Shelf readers my top five picks of the festival and five other films that are in smaller categories of competition that you shouldn't overlook.

Hot Docs 2011 Preview Part One

This year's Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through May 8. Featuring over 200 films in total, picking which films are worth seeing is a tall order for even the most seasoned fest-vet. With that in mind, allow us to present the first part of our Hot Docs coverage - A selection of documentaries that may just pique your interest.

New DMZ Covers Emerge

Two new covers for upcoming issues of Brian Wood's series DMZ were thrown online via the writer's Tumblr. The series, which is set in the near future during a second US civil war, is nearing its end with issue #70. These covers for #65 and #66 paint two very different pictures.

Being Human Preview

So a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost walk into a bar... No, that's not the beginning of a lame dad joke, that's the premise of SPACE's supernatural dramedy Being Human. Okay, more like a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost move into a house together and hilarity/shenanigans/brutal killings ensue.

Big Love Returns Tonight

Everyone's favourite polygamist family is back y'all! The fifth and final season of Big Love starts tonight at 9pm on HBO and it promises to be bigger than ever. It's like TLC's Sister Wives, except more dramatic and everyone is better looking.

Todd & the Book of Pure Evil Season Finale

If you’re one of the many people who think Canadian TV is crappy, maybe it’s time you stop tuning in to Little Mosque on the Prairie and start watching SPACE network’s Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. This home-grown Canuck series finishes off tonight with an hour long bound to be epic season finale and believe us, this show is worth watching.