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Six essential tips for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo

I see a lot of articles talking about how to best prepare for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. They start listing things like binge-watch your favorite stars, get your costume ready, but I think there’s a lot more you need to be ready for…

So here’s my must-have list of how to get ready for Calgary Expo.

1. Buy a good pair of shoes.

For four days, you are going to be walking, standing in line, walking, waiting for panels and more walking. If you come in to this event with a pair of shoes that are too tight or not made for walking, you are going to have a bad time… and possibly lots of blisters.

2. Have a portable cell phone charger.

Most everybody takes photos and videos on their phone throughout the Calgary Expo. This of course drains your phone’s battery significantly. If you are travelling with a group of friends to Calgary Expo, a cell phone is essential to stay in touch because, let’s face it, you are going to split up before the event is over.

Same goes for actual cameras or video cameras. Make sure you have a pack of extra batteries at the ready.

If that cell phone dies, kiss your friends and family goodbye. Our group ran into that last year, it took half an hour to get everyone in our team back together again after a cell phone died.

3. Snack foods. Pack them!

Calgary Expo is a busy day with many lines. Would you rather wait in line for a panel or guest you want to see or a hot dog stand?

I’d suggest some easy to manage foods on hand. An apple, banana, granola bars, a sandwich, all easy stuff that you can munch on and stay satisfied until you can get a full meal.

4. Look over the schedule ahead of time and make your must see list.

Calgary Expo has tons of programming. You can make your life a lot easier by going through the schedule ahead of the event and writing out your favorite panels to see. It’ll give you a hit list of events to check out and help you manage your day much easier.

5. Have cash at the ready.

My experience with Calgary Expo is that cash is the easiest way to buy from vendors throughout the event. Not every vendor has a debit machine and more importantly, lines to use the ATM machine at the event are brutally long.

Visit the ATM machine at the cash station or hotel before you leave. Its just much simpler.

Plus, bringing in physical cash gives you a hard limit for spending. Bring what you are comfortable with and you won’t overdo it.

6. Time your shopping well.

If you are planning on spending the whole day at Calgary Expo, you might not want to buy that heavy box set or statue at the beginning of the event and have to carry it around for the rest of the day. I like saving my shopping to the end of the day, unless its something small like a video game or a book.

Of course, if you do need to buy something early, you could retreat to your car and drop off your purchase. Just make sure its not left in plain sight or you could risk your car being broken into.


That’s about it for my list. Above all, have fun and enjoy yourself. Calgary Expo is a great event and you’ll have an awesome weekend no matter what guest you are there to see.



GameOn Review – Castle of Shikigami – Steam

GameOn’s Jeff Johnson reviews Castle of Shikigami, a bullet hell shooter released on Steam.

Jeff talks about what stands out in this game, despite how bad he is at Bullet Hell shooters.

Thanks to Degica Games for providing us with a copy of this game to review. Castle of Shikigami is available to purchase now.

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Thought of the Day – How did Goat Simulator ever become popular!?

Why Goat Simulator??

Seriously, I’d love to know where the brainchild for this game come from and why it became so stupidly popular?

I’m not the biggest fan of Goat Simulator and think the game is annoying, but what do you think? Do you like the game? Or do you think Goats are evil spawns of Satan?

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Thoughts of the Day – Why Dead Island Retro Rampage is worth your time

Today, we look at a cheap, but fun game for the XBox One called Dead Island: Retro Revenge.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Dead Island series. I don’t know why, but I could never get into them, but this game is a lot of fun to play and the price was definitely right.

What are your thoughts on the Dead Island series? Do you like these retro-styled games?

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Life Long Quest – Why Mega Man Legacy is Worth Buying!

Mega Man Legacy Collection is an amazing game for the retro collector looking for another opportunity to enjoy the blue bomber.

This is a great chance for you to play Mega Man 1-6 for the Nintendo again, without pulling out your old systems and carts.

Here’s our thoughts on Mega Man’s latest collection.

GameOn Post Game Show – Episode 7: Skylanders Unite!


Skylanders, whether you love it or hate it, is a massive gaming franchise. One that I had fallen out of due to the fifth entry of the franchise, Superchargers.

But a new Netflix series, Skylanders Academy, has rekindled my interest. What do you think of Skylanders? Like it? Or leave it?