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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

Black Desert: CB1 Preview Part 2

29 December 2015 | 1 Comment » | Pherephassa

BDO34My salty tears continue to fall.. the servers are still dark and will be for some time. Last time I talked about quests, contribution and knowledge, so today I’ll begin in that vein and discuss building friendships with the NPCs of Black Desert. I love systems that let you interact with NPCs of a world. Very strange for someone who doesn’t like quests, I know! And yet if there is any such system, I immediately spend time with it. Even if there isn’t a fleshed out system, I can get compulsive with my need to max out factions in games, and will happily sit for hours and hours slaughtering mobs just to raise faction. In fact the one game I rage quit was over factionish farming – remember the original language quests in EQ2? I turned off my XP gain and spent 2 weeks farming for gnoll and orc drops … only to have those drops patched to drop even from grey monsters within the next month. 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

Black Desert: CB1 Preview Part 1

22 December 2015 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

BDO8Let the salty tears begin – the first closed beta of Black Desert is over. The servers are shut down and dark … and I cannot play any more. It’s the season of gift giving, Daum! Turn them back on! :)

In case you haven’t guessed it, I am in love with this game. I spent a large part of it in ferret shock, running around from one shiny thing to the next. Fishing, trading, cooking, alchemy, hiring workers and building a manufacturing/trading empire, farming, hunting, making friends with the NPCs … and don’t forget standard monster killing, questing and PvP. There are sieges, guild warfare … have I forgotten anything? I’m sure I have.

Read on for the details! 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.