MOBA Monday: Medusa’s Gaze Grants Giveaways

Posted by on April 20, 2015 - No Comments »

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. Read more…

Star Wars Celebration: Battlefront Early Details

Posted by on April 19, 2015 - No Comments »

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The trailer for Battlefront is now live, and as you can see, EA and DICE have seemingly pulled through in creating what could be the Star Wars game we fans have been waiting for.  The promise of being able to play as classic Star Wars heroes and villains, most notably seen in the trailer are Darth Vader and Boba Fett, has gamers in an uproar here at Celebration.  We heard from the Battlefront design director Nicklas Fegraeus and have learned that aside from expansive world maps and the addition of 3rd person POV, we will be able to utilize tech and vehicles such as imperial walkers, call Y-Wing bomber airstrikes, and even get into the various ships, hitting the skies for some intense dog fighting.  We even saw the Millenium Falcon in the trailer, so hopefully we will be able to pilot that iconic “piece of junk.”

Battlefront has a release date of November 17th, and all purchases of the game come with FREE DLC for the Battle of Jakku, available December 8th.  However, if you preorder Battlefront, you’ll be getting that DLC expansion a full week early, as I know I will be.  Keep checking back for more on Battlefront, as well as TOR and the rest of our coverage from Star Wars Celebration here in Anaheim!

Head past the cut to check out the full trailer from the show floor. Why view our version of the trailer instead of what’s available on the official YouTube channel? Simple, we’ve the crowd’s reaction to every laser blast, explosion, reveal and stormtrooper. And don’t forget our earlier Star Wars Battlefront coverage from the show.

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Star Wars Celebration: Battlefront Briefing

Posted by on April 17, 2015 - No Comments »

Star-Wars-Battlefront-2Dice and EA had their work cut out for them with Star Wars Battlefront 3, and I am happy to report that based on the trailer and the pre-alpha gameplay we saw yesterday at the behind closed doors media screening, it looks like they rose to the occasion.  The Frostbite engine delivers intense, cutting edge graphics; from smooth, imposing trooper helmets to the battle worn forest floor of Endor, to the wind swept sand-scape of Jakku.  Yes, I said Jakku, the newest planet to be explored in the Star Wars universe.  This will be a central location in The Force Awakens, and will also be a playable map in Battlefront.  EA was given a sneak peak at the new movie, along with unprecedented access to the  Lucas vaults to assist them in modeling the in game tech and characters.  Add this to the fact that they are working with John Williams’ original soundtrack and using the new Dolby Atmos sound technology, and you have one great sounding game.

I am happy to report that 3rd and 1st person POVs are available, as well as couch co-op (split screen) play, and there will be an online 40 person PVP mode as well.  We will have more coming on Battlefront tonight and tomorrow morning, stay tuned.

WoW, What a Waste of Time

Posted by on April 15, 2015 - No Comments »

wow_warcraft_frostfire_instance_gratification_Monty-Python-Complete-Waste-of-timeHave you ever had one of those nights where you walk away from the computer a bit…depressed. Where nothing you planned to do came to fruition. A night of failures. Time poorly spent. A min-maxers nightmare of experience per hour. Awhile back I wrote an article that I’ve always logged into a game with a purpose. A goal. Yesterday’s Instance Gratification had the same goal as all of the shows, to knock out some bubbles while running through dungeons and quests in a given title. I failed miserably.

It’s largely my fault. I had the false assumption that I could jump into dungeons on Solidsamm. Little did I know that his gear was too low to begin dungeoning in Warlords of Draenor. Having already run Mists of Pandaria dungeons on him recently I had little interest in returning to them. “Well, heck, let’s tackle that other starting zone, Frostfire Ridge.” Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Medusa

Posted by on April 14, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_deities_demigods_gods_smite_medusa_build_Default_CardSMITE: 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: After a recent romp through some lesser known godly beings – to some circles, of course – we’ve returned to the core group from the Greek pantheon with none other than Medusa, the snake-headed gazer. The defining being of the race of Gorgon, Medusa has a storied history with a few origin stories. One of three snake-haired sisters, it matters little if she began her terror as a fair maiden raped by Poseidon then beset by Athena or the horrific being we’ve taken from antiquity. The squabbles of Greek historians is beside the point. What is important, perhaps most important, is that she was the sole mortal of the triplets. Despite the immortality received by Stheno and Euryale pale in historical comparison. And it may be exactly because they could not perish. Read more…

Instance Gratification 25: Rogueing it up in Draenor

Posted by on April 14, 2015 - No Comments »

I love this helm and spaulders set.

I love this helm and spaulders set.

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

I haven’t returned to the struggle against the time-altered Warlords of Draenor in weeks. In fact, it was way back in our Tuesday stream annals of history, Instance Gratification 22. Alright, you got me, that’s only like a month of shows ago, but we’re talking World of Warcraft here. That old time sink of an elephant in the MMORPG genre. Still, it has been long enough to warrant a quick peak at my patch readiness – patched, thanks Blizzard Launcher – and my subscriptions status – paid for, thanks autobilling!

I was concerned at the time of that day’s writing that WoW may finally be losing me. I gave any number of potential reasons, and, to be fair, couldn’t come up with a front runner. At the time, it made sense to peg it on a collection. A compounding mix of competition, genre shifts, design choices and life adding up to less and less time for Azeroth. Monday quarterbacking it, the truth was I was supremely bored with my priest and her playstyle. Perhaps I should roll her to a discipline priest to see if that’s more enjoyable.

That realization hit me like a piano from the sky. Hard. It wouldn’t have happened had I not returned to my original main, a little rogue by the name of Solidsamm. So thoroughly I enjoyed his Stabbiness that I seriously expected to have him at level cap by the next time WoW came up on the Instance Gratification rotation. That hasn’t happened but tomorrow will be spent heading in that direction.

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 7:30 PM EST and run for an eventful two hours. Oh, and don’t forget that BlizzCon tickets go on sale this Wednesday. Good luck, you’ll need it!

[Update] The stream is delayed until an 8:15 PM EST kick off time. Thanks, Obama. Read more…

Eternal Crusade Eldar, Orks Announcements with Q&A Tomorrow

Posted by on April 9, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_eternal_crusade_warhammer_40k_stream_orks_eldarClearly, this is more of a PSA to our community than our original deep coverage. Behavious Interactive shot out an email earlier today alerting news outlets to the upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade stream kicking off tomorrow at 2:00 PM EST. The developer behind the for-the-love-of-god-won’t-it-come-out-already MMORPG from the beloved Games Workshop intellectual property is teasing “big announcements” for the stream.

Naturally, we don’t know the specifics, but we do know the 5th Eldar subfaction will be revealed. The 5th subfaction for Orks will begin its voting. And in a double dose of Orks – or orkiepoos as I call them – information we will finally meet an Ork leader. Like they actually have any true leader when the WAAAGH! begins. Giveaways and Q&A will be in the mix as well.

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Instance Gratification 24: Crossing Community Streams with MMOReporter

Posted by on April 6, 2015 - No Comments »

Go for the eyes!

Go for the eyes!

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

When you travel in the same circles for long enough you’ll begin to remember faces from the crowd. What may have been a casual glance and subtle “how do I know that guy” can quickly turn into “holy crap, that guy is totally stalking me!” That’s exactly what has happened between Lore Hound and MMOReporter, a Canuck based MMOG blog. Focusing on the same genre, one that, despite the money being made by some, remains rather small means we’ve crossed paths for years.

It’s become comical in recent years. We’ve not only run into each other in halls between interviews or after hours parties, but we’ve been booked for the same demo session. Repeatedly. In a row. Unbeknownst to us we’d shake hands and say “Have a good rest of the show” only to meet each other at the next appointment down the hall. Absurd. Hilariously absurd.

Maybe it’s because the market that we follow continuing to contract. Maybe the companies book us together because we’re both dedicated blogs with repeated followers. Maybe it is fate. It could be all of those, but to us it’s far more simple. We’ve the same passion and we’re dedicated. It was bound to see us repeatedly come together. Now, for the first time, we’ll be bringing the communities together for an epic Neverwinter stream.

Oh, and giveaways are totally in the works. Here’s to seeing Cryptic pull through with some codes or any type of Neverwinter goodie to get us psyched for Elemental Evil.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. This super special show will kick off at a special late time of 11:00 PM EST. Yes, that means it’ll run to 1:00 AM EST on Wednesday. Sorry to our European viewers! Read more…