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PAX South 2016: Lore Trivia Contest – Mass Effect Edition

30 January 2016 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lore_trivia_banner_pax-southIn addition to our normal convention coverage we’re once again running a convention-specific contest. In our best Lore Hound fashion, it’s entirely geared towards picking that mushy pink stuff you keep in that odd container on top of your torso. That’s right, it’s all about lore. Lore that resides in the deep recesses of your brain. If you’re lucky enough to be attending the annual trade show in San Antonio then you may get picked to be on camera, so keep a look out for the crew. Fear not, you can play remotely too! Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Amaterasu

21 January 2016 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_deities_demigods_gods_smite_amaterasu_Default_CardSMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive backstory of lore. From the Greek to Hindu, each week we’ll look at two characters from a major pantheon and provide a quick recap of their history and in what capacity their digital incarnation will represent on the field of Hi-Rez Studios’ new MOBA.

Allow us to introduce you to a whole new pantheon. One that has been teased by Hi-Rez Studios for months. That’s right lore junkies, the Japanese pantheon is now live and playable with the recent release of Amaterasu (not to be confused with Amatera)! Continue Reading

What Trash the Heart of the Swarm Campaign Was

17 January 2016 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

starcraft_swarm_campaign_reviewBlizzCon 2015 got me pumped for a Blizzard Entertainment product. Shocking, right? I mean, it’s not like it’s ever done that before. However, it’s normally a World of Warcraft expansion. Not this go around. The celebratory event was only days ahead of the impending launch to the conclusion to StarCraft II. Sadly, I hadn’t finished the Heart of the Swarm campaign yet. Ahead of Legacy of the Void’s launch I vowed to wrap that campaign before revisiting Zeratul and the rest of my favorite interstellar telepaths. There’s was one major hurdle to overcome.

The reason I hadn’t finished the Zerg campaign was because it’s terrible. Wings of Liberty spoilers ahead (do I even need to warn you of that years after release?). Continue Reading

Video Games in Cuba: Development

7 January 2016 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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Rebuild a controller? Sure why not! Build a game? Why, there’s so many to chose from!

In December 2014, Barack Obama and Raul Castro gave simultaneous speeches to their countries announcing that the United States of America and Cuba would, after decades, finally be normalizing relations. We jumped at the chance to see how video games exist, if at all, in the island nation that’s been, at least legally, so cut off from American cultural influence. We bring you LoreSabueso.

There’s absolutely no doubt about the core aspect of my childhood that led me into the world of software development, information systems and project management. It was the  subject of this here very community, video games. Growing up in an age of pre-Steam world of .INI edits (aka modding), massive retail boxes and computers that cost a small fortune meant that PC gamers had to either know a fair amount about hardware and software or have a friendship they could abuse. My older brother had little interest in learning and friends tended to stick with consoles. The activity fell to me. It put me into the tech industry right in adulthood eventually leading to actually contributing to successful video games. Sweet, right? Continue Reading

Top Five Posts of 2015

24 December 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

case17_2It’s always interesting as bloggers to see what the community most connects with. Sometimes you spend hours articulating a post, or weeks developing a column idea only to see them fall flat. Maybe initially, possibly forever. Occasionally, that same disappointment will magically be resurrected weeks or years later. Such as our ultimate necropost. Then there’s the left hand. When you throw together something little more than a rant, love note or news piece and it explodes in popularity. To be honest, it can be a little enraging. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: 2015 SMITE Giveaway

21 December 2015 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern


MOBA Monday is a weekly showcase of how to perform, eh, let’s go with adequately – we hope – in a massive online battle arena. The streaming squad features the hottest, upcoming or most interesting titles of their and the communities fancy for a few rounds of PvP shenanigans in our weekly Twitch channel staple.

Alright, folks the time is upon us. The first round of the Lore Hound 2015 SMITE Giveaway is here. Thanks to you and others of the SMITE community spreading the word of our gratifying wares we’ve breached not one, but two milestones that’ll be celebrated on tonight’s stream. The first, and easily the most poignant, is that we’re now greenlight to join the masses on YouTube Gaming after having finally coming out of subscriber stagnation to surpass the 500 sub requirement. Thanks for that. And to thank you for that, we’ll be dishing out a quad of Tyr 2015 Convention skins. Some live (to chat or to camera) and some to random YouTube subscribers*. Continue Reading

Video Games in Cuba: Games

21 December 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_videogames_in_cuba_game_stackIn December 2014, Barack Obama and Raul Castro gave simultaneous speeches to their countries announcing that the United States of America and Cuba would, after decades, finally be normalizing relations. We jumped at the chance to see how video games exist, if at all, in the island nation that’s been, at least legally, so cut off from American cultural influence. We bring you LoreSabueso.

After wrapping up last week’s Piracy focus we had to reconvene on the rest of the column. What should follow up an article on the illegal ways the citizens of Cuba obtain their entertainment. The discussion was rather short. It went something like this:

“Why do you pirate?” writer one posited. “To get the items I can’t find or afford” the second responds. “Okay, well, what is that stuff?” Continue Reading

Lore Hound & Juvty Worlds Look to Bring You Early Wild Terra Access

17 December 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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Hunters go pew, pew.

If you’re looking for a new experience you may want to check out our latest giveaway. We’ve teamed up with Juvty Worlds, the team behind the upcoming medieval sandbox title Wild Terra. We Lore Hounds are just getting into the survival title ourselves, so by all means, let us know how you like it.

Oh, and allow us to reiterate that the package you’ve a shot at is the early access package. Snag a key and play forever! Hurry, for there’s only a few handfuls of keys! You’ll always find something fresh on our MMO Game List.