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Instance Gratification 34: Wakanda Shall Level Cap (Giveaway)

30 June 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_instance_gratification_marvel_heroes_black_pantherInstance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Tuesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

That’s not to say that the level capping will happen during today’s stream but you better believe my Black Panther, whichever sex I stick with, will be hitting the proverbial wall in the near future. My Marvel Heroes play has almost been entirely presented online via Instance Gratification and F2P Friday. This means you can check out almost every twist and turn in the original story from Bendis before diving into the Norse pantheons twisted by Marvel for their own purpose.

After sending a few flurry of knives at Dr. Doom I’ve made my way to the numerous other challenges presented by Gazillion. It’s really quite insane how much the company offers us gamers. Not simply content to group up and defeat, but hard modes, alternate crafting mechanics and ridiculous options for character, team and team-up customization. I’ve plenty of challenges and even a one-shot or two remaining, which’ll be tonight’s focus.

Frankly, I still don’t understand a lot of what’s still on offer. But that’s okay with me, in some scenarios, these days. As much as being the best is enjoyable, it’s also fun to find things out by mistake. Or from a group members, the community or a complete stranger. More recently I’ve realized that freaking out on a stream only to determine, for instance, that there’s a loot vacuum button and auto vacuum options. Doing so in this capacity ensures that I’ll likely never forget that feature. Because, well, it kinda made me feel like a jackass.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off by 7:00 PM EST and run for an eventful two hours. And yes, Random Hero Boxes will be on the line! Continue Reading

Blizzard’s Monetization of its F2P Games

26 June 2015 | 5 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern


If there was any doubt in the F2P model the success of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has made it perfectly clear that it’s not a niche and isn’t going anywhere any time soon. It’s here to stay, simple as that. While World of Warcraft likely won’t ever be making a full transition it’s quite clear that Blizzard Entertainment is at least analyzing the model for its future titles, constructing Heroes of the Storm in this realm. Recently, Blizzard has touted some new content, even features for its two F2P universes.

The ~$10 price point for the hero portraits in Hearthstone, and skins and heroes in Heroes of the Storm come off as high. Begging the question is Blizzard over pricing these items, is Blizzard producing more “up market” items or, like Nintendo, does Blizzard believe the price points of many F2P shops are simply too low to be sustainable long term? Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: A Squirrel God You Say? (Giveaway)

22 June 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_moba_monday_smote_founders_pack_xbox_one_release_launchMOBA 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.

We’ve been plugging along in SMITE for ages. Years actually. Unlike some titles, getting in on the ground floor is fairly inexpensive. Snag a Founders Pack and you’re in the game with full access. Naturally, that’s if you want to pay at all. Of course, I’ve found quite a bit of value in that pack. Years played and all. Conquest, the since-retired Domination, ages of Arena. That’s given me some skill in the game. Not much mind you. I’m stuck being a Bronze League scrub. Probably should practice more.

That’s exactly what’s going to happen later tonight. In addition to a collection of Conquest battles, likely seeing me rolling around as a guardian, we’ll be slipping in a little giveaway, or two, or three. We caught up with Hi-Rez Studios during this past week at E3. The team was camped in the Microsoft booth for a very good reason. SMITE will be dropping on Xbox One this August.

Oh, and the game has a freaking squirrel god from Norse mythology. Yeah, I can play as a screaming, gossiping squirrel. You thought bees was crazy.

All this and more shall begin around 9:00 PM EST. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. We’ll be giving away a god and recolor skin during the SMITE portion of the stream. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Continue Reading

E3 2015: The Tech Download (Oculus, Morpheus and HoloLens)

20 June 2015 | 2 Comments » | Jonathon Whittington

RiftVirtual reality in recent years is more than whispers, people are waiting with baited breath to get our hands on the final consumer virtual reality products with good control systems, user experience and supported games. This E3 shows how close we are to that reality. Not only that but we see that the market appeal doesn’t even just extend to gamers… It includes all ages, genders, and in the case of Microsoft’s HoloLens: all professional disciplines. Finally, development of these products are on the home-stretch and we’re very excited dive into it – literally I hope.

Starting with the near and dear Oculus Rift, they’ve made some useful bounds that felt necessary. They expect a early 2016 release date and hopefully we see that magnificent light at the end of the tunnel come around that time. They’ll finally have hit the specs they set up in their 2012 Kickstarter campaign. And despite the embarrassing hiccup from Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe “misrepresenting” the pricing for Rift putting it at $1500 when that ALSO includes the price of the massive to run it. Thankfully though, the Rift will hit it’s expected price point at between 200-400$.

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E3 2015: PC Gaming Must-Sees!

18 June 2015 | No Comments » | Jonathon Whittington


Another E3, another great line-up of games. Though with a reoccurring theme of sequels it’s anyone’s best guess if these will live up to their originals. Needless to say, I’m still beyond excited at all this titles, seeing the new things the industry has been up to, and for that reason I’ve rounded up the ten MUST sees of PC Gaming at E3 2015:

Mass Effect Andromeda
While some fans of the Mass Effect series are cautious at its next installment, there is a handful of interesting information released based on the setting…far into the future and away in another galaxy! Though I’m cautious too, I can’t wait to see how the team does in designing the future of Mass Effect, you know, in the future.

Falling in a similar category to Blizzard’s work-in-progress Overwatch, I’m incredibly excited for Bethesda’s Battlecry! Set in a neo-Industrial world (think Steam Punk or Industrial Punk) you must fight, team vs. team, in arena style combat with swords, fists, bows or rudimentary guns. The fast meaningful combat and team-oriented gameplay has a eSports vibe to it, and we can only hope. This, along with Overwatch, has me bouncing in my chair. Continue Reading

E3 2015: Gigantic News for Xbox One

18 June 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_gigantic_e32015_releasedate_launchdate_xboxoneThis week we secured additional time with Gigantic, the freshman entry from Motiga. This is the first MOBA designed by James Phinney but the man has contributed heavily to quite a pedigree over the years in other genres. The likes of StarCraft, Guild Wars; original intellectual properties that have established themselves as juggernauts envied by entire companies. The last time we spoke to the Motiga crew was during the reveal that the third-person shooter MOBA would be heading to Xbox alongside the likes of SMITE.

E3 2015 hasn’t provided those earth shattering revelations. There’s a very good reason for that. You see, finally, after years of development, the fine folks over at Motiga are circling the beta status. Conversations we had with PR state that the team is struggling with exactly when to drop that NDA that’s stopped us from adding Gigantic to the #MOBA Monday roster. This is all thanks to that aforementioned Gigantic news. It’s coming to the public this August!

In today’s day that means beta access. It won’t be fully released to the masses then, closed beta protocols and all but we’ll let MO_Thor take the explanation from here. Don’t worry, you know we’ll have some codes for the Lore Hound community as soon as they’re available! Continue Reading

E3 2015: The Top 10 Items that Bring Excitement!

16 June 2015 | No Comments » | Pherephassa


It’s that time of year again … when I wish I had something resembling an immune system so I could hop on over to E3 and see the new video games being announced. All of my social feeds are buzzing with excitement as information is revealed, and while I’m not much of a single player player, I’ll admit to watching the various unveilings with interest. There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of a good game.

Top Ten Reasons I’m Digging E3 This Year: Continue Reading

The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn Review

15 June 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

the_novel_post_warcraft_bloodswornThis review of the World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn novel by Christie Golden is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

Bloodsworn is an odd duck in the massive, ever-growing extended universe of Blizzard Entertainment. What is being read was originally the opening story arc for the proposed Horde comic line from WildStorm. After years of missteps, restarts and C’thun knows what else it all fell apart. That collapse wasn’t fruitless. It delivered Bloodsworn, a graphic novel from Doug Wagner and Jheremy Raapack that focused on the dastardly Horde.

The graphic novel was set in the immediate aftermath of the Cataclysm despite being released towards the end of that expansion’s lifetime in late August 2013. Especially late considering it was initially conceived in mid 2011. As expected, Bloodsworn is a Horde tale through and through. A Horde of Garrosh through and through. In fighting, lack of trust, disrespect, heck, racist remarks are thrown about the core group comprised of orcs, tauren, troll, forsaken and blood elf repeatedly. These disagreeable, at best, individuals are selected by Horde decree of Garrosh Hellscream from each faction to fill the ranks of the Garand’kra, a militia organized to defend Horde interests from the pesky centaur tribes. Continue Reading