Poki Review: Minecraft and Lego Games

Posted by on May 12, 2015 - No Comments »

Minecraft POki gamesThere are many unique and fun ways to explore the world of Minecraft. Spawning as a very basic sandbox title, Minecraft and its variations have transformed into delightful MMO experiences. Thanks to gaming portal Poki, young and old fans from across the globe can interact throughout a vast array of wild adventures.

Games like Worldcraft and Block Story give players the chance to explore, build, and interact. One of the most addicting facets of MMO gameplay is leveling up and accessing new features. Minecraft is no exception, as players must gather resources for literally everything – tools and weapons alike. The more you find, the more you can do. This is the reason so many gamers are happily glued to their PC or tablet. Complete a quest, earn a reward, and benefit. Does that sound like an RPG to you? Well, you might be onto the secret that the popular Kogama series has discovered: the most successful Minecraft games are actually MMORPGs.

You create a character and begin a new life in a virtual world. Face obstacles, overcome them, and gain power. Create a home for yourself, make friends, and socialize in between quests. The true joy of Minecraft lies within the all-encompassing gameplay. And luckily, the treasure trove of MMO and RPG fun doesn’t end with Minecraft. Read more…

Instance Gratification 28: Where Am I in the Forgotten Realms? (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 12, 2015 - No Comments »

This isn't Module 7.

This isn’t Module 7.

Instance 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.

The last time that Instance Gratification was featured here there was an unprecedented crossover with MMOReporter. The likes that had only been seen on the internet in passing YouTube fashion. After such a…memorable night we’re clearly going to get the band back together for runs in the Forgotten Realms and other universes in the near future. That tag team won’t return later today, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying time in the world of Dungeons & Dragons.

I mean, obviously you should realize that Cryptic Studios recently announced the latest in the company’s drive to be the most timely MMORPG developer in recent memory. If not general memory. The D&D community is receiving new, major content patches every few months. The modules have been varied and expansive. Bringing adventurers beyond the safe zones of the Protector’s Enclave and into the grasps of, well, to save spoilers, various bad people.

Rise of Tiamat was a high point. Elemental Evil took the idea of bad to a new level. What’ll Module 7 have for us? I’m not sure. But I bet it’ll be awesome. And if the recent history is of any clue. It’ll be something evil.
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Game of Thrones Ascent Has New Content, We’ve a New Giveaway!

Posted by on May 7, 2015 - No Comments »

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

Posted by on May 5, 2015 - No Comments »

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Instance Gratification 27: What’s This Korean MMO with No Healer? (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 5, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_instance_gratification_echo_of_soul_holy_trinityInstance 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.

Aeria Games isn’t a new publisher to my ears. Despite repeated introductions and multiple demo sessions for various products over the years nothing the publisher has brought to my shore has piqued my interest. Not exactly true, but certainly not enough for me to abandon other avenues of escapism. This is changing thanks to a little ditty called Echo of Soul from South Korean developer Nvius.

It’s certainly not the eastern style that’s of interest. Or the mix of PvP options from small scale battle to Guild vs. Guild open world brawls. Cool that Echo of Soul has many PvP options. Perhaps open world PvP may be a distraction. What really interests me, especially on the heels of being bored with my World of Warcraft priest, is that EoS lacks the holy trinity. There’s no priest, paladin or any other dedicated support. Instead the game is holy tanks and DPS with healing being a party responsibility through strategy.

We’ll see just how realistic this is while we take the game for a spin. There’s another reason to watch outside putting our toes in the Aeria Games water. That is we’re giving away a few Founder’s Packs during the stream. Valued at $50 it includes a Golden Tiger Mount, a Brown Baby Llama pet, a 10 slot bag, and numerous buff potions. Naturally, during my journey as a Soulkeeper we’ll investigate other areas of the free to play MMORPG from monetization to character customization.

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MOBA Monday: There’s a Storm on the Horizon

Posted by on May 4, 2015 - No Comments »

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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. Read more…

F2P Friday: A New Challenger Enters

Posted by on May 1, 2015 - No Comments »

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!

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Instance Gratification 26: We’ll Avenge with Product Placement

Posted by on April 28, 2015 - No Comments »

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.

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[UPDATE]

The stream is delayed an hour until the 8:00 PM hour. Still working on sourcing some codes. Read more…