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Game of Thrones Ascent Has New Content, We’ve a New Giveaway!

7 May 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_game_of_thrones_ascent_fire_blood_expansionFULLSIZWSince the beginning of its life Game of Thrones: Ascent, the formerly Facebook-only now multi-platform story-driven RPG, has received content updates at a good clip. Sanctioned by George R. R. Martin himself, Disruptor Beam took the title a step further when it began unlocking weekly content during previous seasons of the hit HBO show. As we found out at PAX East 2015 earlier this year, this has not changed.

The recently released Fire and Blood expansion focuses on the increasing power of the fallen Targaryen Great House. No longer relegated to the status of helpless eggs the dragons have breached the world and are now available as Young Dragons. Two new buildings and a successor to previous season’s World Events, dubbed Tales of Ice and Fire, have entered the frey.

If you’ve resisted the call to arms until now or were busy whispering into your cups recently there’s no better time to return to your banners. In fact, as you’ll see off to the right in out Item & Beta Key Giveaway sidebar Lore Hound and Disruptor Beam have a treat for you. The finest in Lannister borrowed Gold. Don’t worry, you won’t have to repay the debt. At least not with your life.

Star Wars Celebration: Cosplay Gallery

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

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MOBA Monday: There’s a Storm on the Horizon

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

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MOBA 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.

Two weeks ago I was chilling on my couch doing nothing in particular. Your basic night in on the weekend to recharge by relaxing. I’m pretty sure that the NBA playoffs were on the boobtube and this here laptop rested on its namesake. It was somewhere during this undirected evening that I received a text. Nothing unusual, right? Well, it came from an unknown number but read something to the effect of “What video game am I watching on ESPN2 right now?”

Naturally, you likely realize what that game was. Heroes of the Storm, of course, and the event that precipitated the (seemingly) random text was the Heroes of the Dorm collegiate tournament. It was a bit of a big deal on Twitter and well discussed around the net. And sports talk shows, etc. Some of it was awesome, sparks of interest or shock at how different games are since the last time a person may have viewed the medium. Some of that discussion was the sad referencing of age-old gamer stereotypes. A blatant fear of change. Overall really tiresome

But the saying goes that no press is bad press. At the very least the showing of the tournament on ESPN2 brought the title, which heads to open beta this month and launches June 2, to a much wider audience. Very likely one that would never have seen the game. Potentially ever.

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. The packs are similar in design to the Founder pack meaning I’m personally not that enthused. Continue Reading

F2P Friday: A New Challenger Enters

1 May 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_f2p_friday_shaktaji_hearthstone_challengerF2P 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.

Ages ago you were introduced to Shaktaji by way of a recent stream. In that endless torrent of banter she weighed in on the matches, but more importantly on the value of the various cards I was earning. It was quite a lot of information considering I had over 60 packs to open up. Having not seen many of the upper tier cards before the information was invaluable. Heck, the simple fact of having a second brain is a valuable commodity when devising tactics and strategy. Let alone the fact that she’s very much a casually hardcore Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft player.

Case in point, I didn’t realize that Blade Fury was aided by spell damage. Sure, I knew the graphic changed when an Azure Drake, for example, was out, but the text wasn’t altered like every other spell card. I assumed that the card had the graphical highlight when a +Spell Damage was played simply because it was a spell. I was wrong. Shaktaji wasted a Blade Fury in a ranked game to prove her point.

I really think she wanted me to eat that crow after all those Legendaries I opened in front of her.

Now you’ll get to absorb her knowledge too as she flies solo in this week’s edition of F2P Friday. Pour a glass of wine, mix a gin and tonic or crack open a beer as you chat with the rest of the community while your host experiments with new decks, tackles parts of Blackrock Mountain that she hasn’t finished yet, quickly spends any gold earned and fights her way to 2,000 wins!

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

Instance Gratification 26: We’ll Avenge with Product Placement

28 April 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_instance_gratification_avengers_assemble_event_marvel_heroesInstance 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 Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

Few things in this world get a marketers motor running like a well executed product placement. Perhaps an expertly design intellectual property tie-in? Hopefully I never fall over myself enough to attempt to figure it out. Whatever the case the fine folks over at Gazillion Entertainment have managed a mix up of such activities in a new mash up. Leveraging the incredible power of the Marvel brand for the very universe of Marvel Heroes 2015 the company is taking the opportunity to launch a new multi-phased event that ties in the upcoming release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The news was dropped on us in the midst of the Mondays. Perhaps most applicable to such an important time for the game and universe at large is the ability to play as any of the starring Avengers in the dungeon crawler for free. Doesn’t matter if you’re deep into the Omega system or a fresh-faced account, Captain America through Hawkeye (and more) are available immediately. You can even farm one up to level 60 before having to worry about any restrictions. Oh, and doing so earns you a 50% XP Boost. Because if there’s one thing about Marvel Heroes I’ve learned its that level caps are easily ignored through new game modes and systems that extend the very notion of end game.

That and the fact that loot rains down from the heavens as if the very Sun caused armor and weapons to be created when absorbed by Black Panther’s sex-changing skin options.

Whatever shall Gazillion due for the upcoming Sony/Marvel Spider-man project?! Time will tell.

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. Pretty sure we’ll have some codes to giveaway!

[UPDATE]

The stream is delayed an hour until the 8:00 PM hour. Still working on sourcing some codes. Continue Reading

Star Wars Celebration: Battlefront – The Good & the Bad

24 April 2015 | No Comments » | wedgeantilles

lh_star_wars_battlefront_celebration_previewHaving sat in on the 30 minute press0only presentation of Battlefront, the hour long panel discussion, chatting with other media about rumor and speculation, and a chance run in with the DICE dev team all during Star Wars Celebration, I feel pretty confident that I have some solid answers for those of you who still have questions about EA’s Star Wars: Battlefront. There is good news, and there is bad news. Let’s go bad first, as to get it out of the way so we can revel in the good, shall we?

SPACE BATTLES; there won’t be any. As strange as it sounds, we will be getting a Star Wars game where we will be looking at the stars from in-atmosphere. This revelation really bummed me out personally, although I will say I’m still stoked that we are being promised intense dog fighting even if not in the void of space.

Following the omission of space battles, the fact that GALACTIC CONQUEST will not be an option is one that seems to be the major letdown of DICE’s take on the franchise. This was a popular mode in the 2 previous Battlefront games, but will be missing from the November 17th launch this time around.

No, as of now you can not control the AT-ATs. Though you will certainly be able to manipulate AT-STs and other vehicles/tech, for now the AT-AT walkers we know so well from Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back will not be something we are able to wreak havoc with.

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Star Wars Celebration: TOR My Heart Out

22 April 2015 | No Comments » | wedgeantilles

lh_star_wars_celebration_tauntaun_fawnAfter a long day pouring over toys, getting force choked by Vader, and drooling over Slave Leias, it was time for the Star Wars: The Old Republic after party. Drinks, photo ops, and a panel discussing some of the future plans for The Old Republic were in the cards. We fought our way through the sea of raving Jedi and Sith lords squaring off in the Celebration plaza breakdancing to EDM with lightsabers blazing. Once inside the Hilton’s upstairs ballroom where the TOR gathering was happening, I was bounced from person to person asking questions about the game. Finally I was brought behind the panel stage to speak with TOR creative director, Jesse Sky.

I was told I had exactly 1 minute before he had to go on stage for the panel and livestream.

I asked if his team had recognized the potential of Galactic Starfighter, and if so, did they have any plans to expand on its current state. He was quick to reassure me that there is a strong understanding with their creative team that GSF has a lot of potential, and they would love to do something more with it. Sadly, he ended the statement with a big but; that there are no immediate plans to expand on that platform. For the foreseeable future we will have to enjoy GSF for what it is, and most likely, what it will be for a while.

Hit the jump for the full scoop and stay tuned for more from Star Wars Celebration!

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MOBA Monday: Medusa’s Gaze Grants Giveaways

20 April 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_moba_monday_smite_medusaMOBA 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.

Medusa is perhaps one of the best known antagonists in Greek mythology. The hair, the stunning gaze, the ability to die through intellectual murder. She had many angles that intrigued and continue to intrigue. It’s a bit of a wonder that the team of Hi-Rez Studios took so long to introduce her to the Battleground of the Gods. Sure, SMITE has a lopsided amount of Greek combatants, but Todd Harris has repeatedly stated that isn’t a detail that concerns the outfit (or the community) much. What does is the roles of said gladiators. And in that, Medusa stands out.

The most famous third of the Gorgon sisters was built to exemplify high burst damage in SMITE. Mercury didn’t cut the mustard apparently. I can sadly confirm that she’s quite good at dishing it out. Thankfully, if you can avoid or live through that burst then you could be perfectly fine. Which means that putting Medusa in my hands for tonight’s MOBA Monday could go hilariously poorly considering I’ve only been on the receiving end so far.

Either way, we’ll be giving out some god and recolor skin codes during the attempt.

Don’t forget that all Lore Hound Twitch shows have been moved to their new time at 7:00 PM EST. We may be adding a new show for the weekend warriors out there. Be on the lookout for upcoming details. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. Follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. Continue Reading