GameStart 2015: twice as big with more hot new games

Following the success of its inaugural show last year, GameStart 2015 will be taking place this weekend from 13 to 15 November at Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401 and 402. This is doubling the floor space from last year at almost 4,000 square metres.


More than 12,000 game enthusiasts from Singapore and around the region attended last year’s GameStart, trying their hands at over 45 games, cheering players at tournaments and competitions, and getting the insider view on everything to do with gaming.

This year, visitors can expect to see numerous trial stands and demo booths across PC, console and mobile platform with over 60 hot new games including several that have yet to be launched. There will also be meet-the-producer session, show matches, eSports tournaments, cosplay runway showcase and exclusive promotions for game bundles and show merchandise.


Visitors to GameStart 2015 will be the first in Southeast Asia to try the PlayStation VR headset peripheral.

Bandai Namco Entertainment will showcase upcoming games Dark Souls III and Gundam Extreme vs. Force.


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be presenting Lego Marvel’s Avengers, which is expected to launch in January.

GameStart 2015 attendees will also be the first in Singapore to experience the Star Wars: Battle Pod, an experiential arcade game that features a dome-shaped screen, transporting players into heated battles in a galaxy far, far away.


The retro gaming section “Retro DNA”, where gamers can check out vintage game consoles, games and arcade machines from the 1980s to early 2000s is back.

Celebrity cosplayers Johnny (Junkers Cosplay) and Karin (Acanthastar Cosplay) from the United States and TUNA from South Korea will be in town to meet their fans and be judges for the Game On! Cosplay Runway Showcase organised by Neo Tokyo Project on Sunday.


GameStart 2015 will also include an industry-focused Business Day and conference session on 13 November, Friday. Themed “Gaming in Asia: Trends & Insights”, the inaugural business day aims to promote career opportunities in the gaming industry.

Ubisoft Singapore Senior Producer Hugues Ricour will be the keynote speaker for the conference and will share his views on how AAA HD game titles put Singapore on the map. Attendees will also get the inside scoop from experts from Facebook, Mad Catz and Twitch, among others.

GameStart 2015 is happening from 13 to 15 November 2015 at Suntec Convention Centre Halls 401 and 402. Standard priced tickets can be purchased at GameStart Asia’s website, Saint Games (The Cathay), GameScore (Funan outlet), and all GameXtreme outlets.

Twitter replacing Favorites with Likes

Some of you might have noticed that the Favorites button (that Star icon below every tweet) has been replaced by a Heart icon. Twitter is killing the Favorites feature and replacing it with Likes. Yes, just like Facebook.


According to Twitter, the heart is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling users to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people.

What do you think about the new Like feature? Will it make you Like more tweets compared to Favorites?

Star Wars Battlefront: The Biggest Beta in EA History

Electronic Arts recently concluded the beta for the highly anticipated Star Wars Battlefront. Over 9.5 million players on the PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One created a great disturbance in the Force as they battle it out on Hoth, Sullust and Tatooine.

Here are some impressive stats from the biggest beta in EA history.

SWB beta infographic

Star Wars Battlefront will be available in Asia on 17 November 2015 on PS4, PC and Xbox One.

Starbucks Toffeenut Latte is back!!!

OK, I know I’m a couple of days late. But if you have been following my Instagram account, you’ll know that the Starbucks Toffeenut Latte is back!!! Yes, Christmas is coming. It’s great to see the Starbucks Red Cups again.

Christmas drinks

Besides Toffeenut Latte, there is also Christmas Panettone Latte, Gingerbread Latte and Peppermint Mocha.


To kick-start the season of joy and celebration, Starbucks is introducing the very first promotion of the Gift of the Week series. From now till 5th November between 3 to 7pm, buy a Venti Starbucks Christmas Beverage and get another one free.

Time to stop the STOMP culture

If you were active on social media few days ago, I’m sure you’ll stumble upon a Facebook posting about a guy who refuse to give up his seat even though he was sitting on the reserved seat.

When I first saw that post, I didn’t comment or shared it. I knew that there must be another side to that story. And I was right. The guy later wrote on his Facebook that he has a heart condition and wasn’t feeling well that day.

I don’t want to go into detail of who is right and who is wrong. Maybe the guy was lying. Maybe he was being rude. End of the day, it is his words vs her words. But whatever it is, I think one lesson that we should all learn from this is that we need to stop the STOMP culture. Stop taking photo of people and shaming them on Social Media.

In a way, post like these border line on cyberbullying. The Facebook post begin by shaming the guy for being inconsiderate and not giving up his seat to a mother and a baby boy. Then as more and more people commented on the post, it slowly become a body shaming post with people criticising him for being fat and not exercising. How unfortunate.

There is nothing wrong with being fat. What if the guy had a medical condition that prevented him from keeping fit? And how do you think other overweight people will feel when they read the post?

There is no need to take a photo of someone and post it on Social Media. This public shaming culture needs to stop. If that person doesn’t give up his seat then let it be. I’m sure there are many other people who are willing to give up their seats. Maybe he is tired and need the seat too. You never know until you put yourself in his shoes.

It’s time to stop the STOMP culture. Social Media is meant for bigger things. Stop using it as a public shaming platform. End of the day, it does nothing good to the society. All these are border lining on cyberbullying. Stop doing it. If you see someone doing it, do not share or comment on it. Do not encourage this ugly behaviour.