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Marvel Heroes Joins LoreHound Cares Charity Event (Giveaway)

26 June 2014 | 11 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

[UPDATE] Lore Hound is aware of the issues pertaining to duplicate keys being delivered to certain email addresses and the Resource limit error received when the post originally went online. Gazillion and Lore Hound are attempting to pinpoint the issue and hope to give all of those that had issues a working key in short order. Please bare with us while we continue to diagnose the issue with the free giveaway.

[UPDATE2] The tech team has confirmed that the Resource errors caused issues with the way the keys are removed from the pool after being distributed. This is why shorty after the giveaway went live – after it hit Reddit – keys went out to multiple people. Gazillion has confirmed that nearly all 50 of the keys from that batch have been consumed. Blank keys went out if you filled out the form after all keys had been consumed.

If you received a key send it to supplies are gone and I will replace it as supplies last.

[UPDATE3]

We’ve given away over 120 keys for the original 50 keys that were posted for the giveaway. For those that are still looking for one you can win that and much more by donating to our Summer Charity drive.

[END UPDATE]

The fine folks over at Gazillion Entertainment are the charitable bunch. Not only did the company immediately offer it largest purchasable item for Marvel Heroes immediately after the MS150 City to Shore post went live, but the company is supporting the charity further. The marketing team for the free-to-play dungeon crawler is well known for its email-based giveaways. Now Lore Hound has a cache of those sought after Random Costume Box keys.

Those sexy boxes that imbue their owner with costume items normally reserved for real-money transactions. Hotness!

Before you go nuts and attempt to consume all 50 keys please be aware that you can only utilize one of these codes per account. That means unless you’re debating twinking 50 accounts you’re simply wasting your time sourcing them.

This batch of keys is free, requires no registration and no entry into the charity event. Simply head over to the Marvel Heroes page and follow the on-screen instructions. Donate and share the charity event details for more chances to win, and more chances to win bigger prizes!

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Rama

24 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive back story 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: Rama, like Vamana, is an avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu. Considered by those that worship Hinduism to be the personification of a perfect man, Rama is one of the most famous of the ten avatars rivaled only by Krishna. Sita, Rama’s wife and an avatar of Lakshmi, is equally revered as the embodiment of perfect womanhood.

Born to Kausalya and Dasharatha, king of Ayodhya, Rama was set to take the throne after his father. Following the teachings of Dharma, Rama understood that he must fight through life, its trials, tribulations, pains and losses like those he’d eventually lead. To that end, he abandoned the claim to the throne and went into exile to serve a fourteen year sentence. Rama was not without company joined by his wife and brother, Lakshmana. And their time wasn’t without tragedy. Continue Reading

Nickel-and-Diming – A Rant About Microtransactions

24 June 2014 | No Comments » | LHStaff

I’d like to preface this rant with a disclaimer: Don’t misunderstand me – I’m craving the mount; the hoarder in me begs that I get this for myself.

I would impulsively do so, if it wasn’t for the price tag.

You know what truly grinds my gears bothers me?

When a company sells  merchandise for double the price of their base subscription to their MMO – especially when there’s no in-game alternative to acquire it.

Blizzard’s release of the Warforged Nightmare is not only thrilling and adds something to the aesthetic of World of Warcraft, it is completely overpriced.

Granted, when it comes to the core feature involving this mount, it definitely deserves a little respect. Unlike every other mount found in WoW, the Warforged Nightmare gives the owner the ability to drop the “Hitching Post” to offer other players the chance to summon their own horse to ride on – for 20 minutes. Continue Reading

SMITE Gains Another Hunter – Rama, the 7th Avatar of Vishnu

23 June 2014 | No Comments » | Mordil

It seems Hi-Rez feels there’s not enough Hindu love in SMITE, as they are releasing a second Hindu god back-to-back with this first Hindu Hunter (Greek, Egyptian, and Mayan have two each!).

He seems, upon first watch of his reveal video, that he is heavily reliant on auto-attacks, more so than Artemis or any other hunter. This will make for some interesting early lane phases.

Things of note this patch:

  • An in-game UI customization tool has been added
  • Scylla and Kumbhakarna received conservative nerfs
  • Bacchus, Zeus, and Fenrir were given seemingly appropriate buffs
  • Ra-merica, a(n) ridiculous amazing skin, is released just in time for July 4th.
  • Polynomicon was given another nerf. I still maintain that it isn’t enough…
  • Golden Bow is 150 gold cheaper to buy

After the cut, watch the God Reveal video for Rama. Then check out the rest of the details in this patch. Continue Reading

WildStar Receiving Promised Content Patch Soon (Video)

20 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Weeks after the successful, if expectantly rocky, launch of WildStar Carbine Studios has detailed plans for its first major content patch. The Strain content patch looks to deliver on a promise Chad Moore made to me during our open beta livestream interview. In said interview Chad mentioned that Carbine is sitting on an entire expansion worth of content that it’ll trickle out as the community’s appetite consumes it.

The Nexus is about to get a little roomier, deadlier and more interesting thanks to the first major content patch. Brighthaven is a massive new zone featuring ridiculous mobs from Globellum (Mario & Luigi reference?). New solo content includes a tower-defense style game, Guardians of the Grove, and additional dungeon-like encounters. There will also be Strain themed loot and housing items to get your customization on and modifications to existing areas, such as the Northern Wilds becoming a crash site rechristening it as the Northern Wastes.

Hit the jump for the latest absurd trailer from the mad genius’ in Carbine’s cinematics department, new screens and the timeline for The Strain’s rollout. Continue Reading

Neverwinter Birthday Shenanigans Begin

19 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Yeah, he's resplendent.

Today marks the first anniversary for Neverwinter, the action-oriented MMORPG from Cryptic Studios. To celebrate, the developer and its publishing partner Perfect World Entertainment are having cake. Probably. I don’t know. What I do know is that in the world of Neverwinter there is a party going on. And we’re all invited!

Starting today, June 19 and running until June 25 players of Neverwinter can celebrate with the developers in the Protector’s Jubilee event. The main city of Neverwinter will be transformed with golden decorations and the most powerful wizard of the Forgotten Realms is in attendance. Rewards for participating are far and wide, from a “resplendent” companion to new fashion items and a motionless “mount” that acts as a portable throne.

Last but not least, be sure to earn your way into the Protector’s Garden. A new permanent portion of the city featuring lush vegetation that can by special key. A special key that only drops during the Protector’s Jubilee.

Hit the jump examples of the Throne of the Lion “mount”, the glorious decorations and fire. Continue Reading

Supergirl Joins the Struggle of the Infinite Crisis (Video)

19 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

Time to succumb to my Y chromosome, that’s quite a sexy piece of art for Supergirl, ain’t it? Musculature and curves aside, I’m excited for the latest champion for Infinite Crisis. Turbine Entertainment hasn’t been added champions at an incredible rate – another good move in my opinion – but when it has it’s mostly been from the Batman universe. Seriously, like every other god seemed to have been from my most favorite of the DC properties.

Supergirl aka Kara Zo-el managed to survive the destruction of Krypton in a spacecraft of her father’s design. Sound similar to the origin of Superman? Makes sense, they’re cousins. However, her ship wasn’t as fast as a speeding bullet causing the well-toned heroine to take decades to arrive on Earth. No longer an adolescent, Kara’s powers immediately manifested, enabling her to take on the role of a bruiser immediately.

Supergirl deals with opponents with a fiery disposition and a swarm of attacks. As an agile heroine, it’ll be important to keep her attacking to maximize her passive and the ability Worldbreaker. Combined with numerous movement abilities, additional basic damage will make her a melee-based forced to be reckoned with. Supergirl will be available after the July 2 patch.

Champion reveal and additional screenshots of Her Hotness after the cut. And I don’t even fancy blondes!

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SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Scylla

18 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive back story 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: Scylla’s history has never been agreed upon by historians or folk writers of antiquity. Those of today haven’t fared any better in all their historical readings and arguments. Her origin tales have her born of Ceto or Lamia. In another, she’s a naiad possessed by Poseidon, God of the Sea, before a jealous Amphitrite poisoned the waters were Scylla bathed turning her into the monster that haunts the seas.

In a similar, and more popular story, Scylla was born from the seed of the River God Crataeis. She fell in love with Glaucus whom already had a lover, a sorceress by the name of Circe. Ravaged by jealousy, Circe used her spells to create a potion that would make Scylla a repugnant monster. She delivered the potion in Scylla’s sea bath, transforming her into a beast with four eyes, six long necks and 12 tentacle-like likes that acted as her body. Her waist was rung with the heads of six dogs hungry for passing sailors, boats or any other kind of flotsam. Continue Reading