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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

F2P Friday: Giveaway Random Hero Box Mayhaps? (Giveaway)

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

f2p_Wolverine_old_man_logan_fridayF2P Friday is our weekly showcase of the growing free-to-play market, from MMORPGs to first-person shooters and beyond. The stream team will feature the latest, greatest and just plain fun games that cost you nothing to play. Ever. Granted, you should throw the developer a bone if you enjoy a title, but you don’t have to.

Friday nights are a great time to unwind. Not necessarily go out and go nuts or anything. Just come home and veg out after a week of a brain drain. I often take this opportunity to browse the local comic shop catching up on what’s going on in the industry with the shop owner. Chewing the fat as it were. That’s exactly what happened earlier this evening. Of course this means my wallet was a bit lighter after I left the shop.

I stuck with my Marvel slant snapping up a few oldies that I somehow missed upon their original publication. That’d be Old Man Logan and a bit of background for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy by way of The Infinity Gauntlet. Naturally, this leads me directly a desire for even more Marvel storytelling. As such I’ll be heading into the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe by way of Marvel Heroes. Come join me won’t you? I’ll sweeten the deal with some Random Hero Box codes!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off around 7:00 PM EST. Don’t forget to try our game of the week on Poki. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Ratatoskr

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

lh_deities_demigods_gods_smite_Ratatoskr_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.

Lore: Squirrels, squirrels all types of squirrels. They’re beasts that cover the world finding their niche in the canopies from the deciduous to coniferous. In Norse mythology there was one tree to rule them all, the World Tree known as Yggdrasil. Even the epitome of regrowth couldn’t escape the clingy critters. Ratatoskr traversed the ash day and night spreading the word of those in the massive ecological environment supported by the tree that reached to the heavens.

Specific mentions in the Norse poetics focus on his conversations with a nameless eagle atop Yggdrasil, which are then relayed to Níðhöggr, a wyrm that makes its living within the three roots of the World Tree. Ratatoskr represents our penchant for embellishment and talking behind someone’s back. An assumed trait of the local red squirrel that screams in alarm upon spotting danger. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: The Storm is Here

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

lh_moba_monday_heroes_of_the_storm_launch_releaseMOBA Monday is a weekly showcase of how to perform, eh, let’s go with adequately – we hope – in a multiplayer 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.

Last Tuesday MOBA creators everywhere took a deep breath. A moment’s pause to recognize that Blizzard Entertainment, one of the biggest, most respected developers on the planet, had officially entered their marketplace with Heroes of the Storm. Diversifying itself strongly, unlike some, via accessibility and party-minded game design the hero brawler has potential. To say the least.

We’ve documented as far back as October 2010 that the MOBA genre was getting quite crowded. There have been dozens more announced, a handful to good reviews and supportive communities. It remains to be seen if the Blizzard formula – bringing a niche genre into the mainstream – will repeat itself. That’s assuming you believe the MOBA genre as niche even applies.

With that being said come join us and the rest of the community of basement dwellers as we take part in Blizzard’s latest attempt to take over the world. Oh, and don’t forget the newly announced Heroes of the Storm Starter Pack. Actually it’s plural. There are four bundles currently undergoing “testing” by Blizzard Entertainment. Tonight’s #MOBAMonday will kick off a bit later than normal getting started at 9:00 PM EST. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. Follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Continue Reading

F2P Friday: Come with Me to Brawlhalla, Bring a Controller

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

lh_metadev_orion_brawlhalla_f2p_fridayF2P Friday is our weekly showcase of the growing free-to-play market, from MMORPGs to first-person shooters and beyond. The stream team will feature the latest, greatest and just plain fun games that cost you nothing to play. Ever. Granted, you should throw the developer a bone if you enjoy a title, but you don’t have to.

I’m generally an excitable person. I don’t really know why. The topic doesn’t even matter. I could be, say, reading a piece on the evolution of statistics. A wild assortment of topics grasp my interest. I’m sure there’s some psychological reason. Something to do with being a middle child and needing attention maybe? I don’t know, but it’s who I am. The other core tenant of my personality is that I’m a loud person. Always a loud person. Why does this matter to you, a dear Lore Hound? Simple, I’m playing Brawlhalla again tonight. Those two personality traits will mix into a super saturation emotional state tonight.

Let’s set expectations. We’ll be heading back into the frantic brawler for some free-for-all battle. I’ll lose a good amount. I’ll win some here and there. I’ll scream. I’ll miss throws. I’ll get some lucky hits and clutch dodges. I’ll scream. I’ll try new characters. I’ll work on honing my skills with some old favorites. I’ll attempt my first Ranked 1v1 matches. I’ll scream. I’ll give away some beta codes and if we get there, maybe even our last Diesel Orlon skin code.
Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off around 7:00 PM EST. Continue Reading

Balancing Solo & Pre-Made Queuers in Heroes of the Storm

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

lh_heroes_of_the_storm_matchmaking_solo_pre-made_group_queueIt is fundamental that any matchmaking system be balanced to perfection in order for both new and experienced individual players to enjoy the competitive landscape. The focus today is on Heroes of the Storm, the upcoming MOBA from Blizzard Entertainment. Based upon its popularity and ingenuity, the matchmaking system has received mixed reactions from players necessitating changes to be made, fast. After all, the title leaves open beta testing and enters the realm of launch on June 2, 2015. Have no idea about what Heroes of the Storm is all about? Take a moment to understand how you’ll be paired against foes before proceeding further.

Last week, we analyzed what issues Blizzard has tackled and will need to continue to address. This week we’re focusing on the gotchas of most matchmaking systems. That is how will Blizzard’s first MOBA handle pre-mades and solo queuers? Continue Reading

The Eternal Crusade Community Lets Me Know What’s Up

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

lh_eternal_crusade_Skarblitz_orks_dakkaLast week behaviour Entertainment released the latest newsletter for Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. The newsletter was, well, a bit shy on details relative to what we’ve seen in the past. It made me realize, at least at the moment, that it wasn’t an outlier, an anomaly, a white dwarf. It had become a trend. I hadn’t seen newsletter with much meat. The website wasn’t being updated with tantalizing details to in-game story, gameplay or faction reveals as it was for so long.

Fairly, much of the easy marketing pieces have been revealed. The company has to dig a bit further to get us as excited as we were with the first screenshots and videos, then new tech, faction reveals and details on environments we’ll be roaming. Writing last week’s post I called out to the community. I realized that perhaps it wasn’t the amount of detail coming out that had slowed but the importance. Or that items were drowned out in an odd torrent of spring game news. Whatever the reason I figured the hardcore zealots of 40k could help out. While some members of the community were concerned as well. I believed in them. I dug around. They tried. Continue Reading