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Instance Gratification 35: Draenor Dagger Distribution

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

lh_instance_gratification_hellfire_draenor_daggersInstance 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.

Solidsamm was created with one express purpose, to introduce the world to the wonderfully sharp edges of his daggers. Backstab, Fan of Knives, Eviscerate, as any true rogue knows these abilities are best handled with a small, easily concealable blade. It should not be the size of an entire character. Nor even a measurable portion of one. If that were the case it’d be difficult to slip them in betwixt someone’s ribs, Forsaken aside. Furthermore, it’d be nigh impossible to Kidney Shot an adversary with the hilt the size of your thigh.

I digress.

Solidsamm was meant for one thing, DPS. He hasn’t performed his sole purpose for existing in far too long. One could argue he’s in the past right. A past where he didn’t even exist yet, so distributing any daggers would be ahead of his time but we’re not getting into time paradoxes today. Or ever, since the current state of lore – among other “features” – in the World of Warcraft simply makes me sad. Instead we’ll be getting our questing on, then, ideally, our dungeoning on to head towards raiding as a rogue. Because healing has become oh, so boring! To think I was so excited to heal again once upon a time…

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.
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E3 2015: Where Cosplay & Booth Babes Mix

6 July 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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MOBA Monday: An Infinite Crisis Giveaway Before it Goes Away

6 July 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 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.

In mid May hot on the heels of PAX East, we did a MOBA Monday to celebrate the recent launch of Infinite Crisis, a MOBA from Turbine Entertainment that we’ve covered since it was announced years earlier. During the show and its associated post I discussed some gripes I had with the title. They were mostly minor, UI issues, concerns with team comp and the flow of gameplay, but after the about face the summer before the general gameplay seemed to have come together. Even Cardell Kerr, the title’s creative director, acknowledged and agreed with that major issue. Fast forward a scant few weeks later and we’re not only a few weeks away from the DC Universe inspired MOBAs ultimate shutdown.

We rarely enjoy adding a title to our dedicated game closing column. It’s even more sorrowful when we’ve spent so much time interviewing the team and enjoying the title ourselves. Perhaps we’ll have a chance to discuss what went wrong with Turbine. Or, perhaps, what didn’t go right. Maybe it was the drum we’ve been beating for some years now, that the MOBA market is the new MMOG; everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon and only a few heavy hitters can ride it.

That being said, until that Another One Bites the Dust post goes live in August we hope you’ll enjoy the title for what it is. And we’ve got a few Silver Champion Pack codes left to deal out before the unfortunate date.

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: New Modes & Skins for Brawlhalla (Interview)

2 July 2015 | 2 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_e3_2015_bombsketball_catch_brawlhallaFrenetic beat-em ups and fighting games have always intrigued me. I put far too much time into the Marvel vs. Capcom, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter franchises. My attention has made its way from these core fighters to those of the Super Smash Bros. ilk, which incorporate environments and items into the mix while doing away with static health bars in favor of dangerous edges. Enter Brawlhalla, a title that’s been repeatedly featured on F2P Friday for its excellent gameplay, giveaways and getting me overly excited. Not to mention playing Ranked once again.

Walking up to the PDP booth full of third-party gaming options I was surprised to see some new skins on Brawlhalla characters having played just a few days before. Executive Producer Zeke Sparkes saw my jaw drop and promptly filled me in on the details. Sure, some of these were actually available but many of these were works in progress. Naturally, Zeke spilled the beans on plenty of the goings on at developer Blue Mammoth Games. From the wackiness of the brawler’s two sports-themed game modes to user interface aspects, it’s all covered in our interview after the cut. Continue Reading

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

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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 nice 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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