Swordsman Heading to Open Beta in July (Video)

Posted by on June 27, 2014 - No Comments »

Perfect World Entertainment announced that Swordsman, the latest title to grace its Arc gaming platform, will be moving its way to Open Beta after remaining in Closed Beta testing for only a short while. For one thing, players can expect a wipe ahead of the transfer on July 3. Another means that our Swordsman Closed Beta keys, complete with exclusive items, will become rather useless in about a week’s time.

Grab them before they run out!

PWE isn’t putting the early testing phase to rest simply by turning off the servers. The company will have none of that. In fact, the end of CB testing will be met with celebration. Beginning later today, June 27, all players are invited to Fu Giu for in-game fun with GMs. Activities will include trivia, PvP and hide-and-seek. Hero’s packs and other prizes will be awarded. The fun begins at 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST.

Have a job or something? PWE will be streaming the festivities. Need early access to Swordsman and a bunch of exclusive items? The only way to obtain such a right is to secure a Hero pack before the perk is nullified after June 29.

In celebration of the approaching Open Beta testing, PWE has released a new trailer, which exists after the cut. Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Ullr

Posted by on June 27, 2014 - No Comments »

SMITE: 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: The ancient Norse word for Ullr translates to “glory” giving the man behind the legend his current term. Unlike many of the other gods of the pantheon Ullr doesn’t have a very defined history. In fact, some scholars do not even consider him a god in the All-Father Odin of the Æsir sense. Nonetheless, he has been depicted in contemporary art and Viking Age art such as the famous Böksta Runestone.

Even the famous epic Norse poems from Sturlson rarely mention the figure. He may not be immensely popular or revered today, but the tales of old do gives us some indication as to his importance. He was in fact a part of the Æsir and not the warring faction of Vanir. His role was primarily that of a bow-god, a favored weapon of the Norse people, and a ski god. Ullr is also closely associated with shields and sleds, a connection likely resulting from shields being early sleds. Read more…

Marvel Heroes Joins LoreHound Cares Charity Event (Giveaway)

Posted by on June 26, 2014 - 11 Comments »

[UPDATE] Lore Hound is aware of the issues pertaining to duplicate keys being delivered to certain email addresses and the Resource limit error received when the post originally went online. Gazillion and Lore Hound are attempting to pinpoint the issue and hope to give all of those that had issues a working key in short order. Please bare with us while we continue to diagnose the issue with the free giveaway.

[UPDATE2] The tech team has confirmed that the Resource errors caused issues with the way the keys are removed from the pool after being distributed. This is why shorty after the giveaway went live – after it hit Reddit – keys went out to multiple people. Gazillion has confirmed that nearly all 50 of the keys from that batch have been consumed. Blank keys went out if you filled out the form after all keys had been consumed.

If you received a key send it to supplies are gone and I will replace it as supplies last.

[UPDATE3]

We’ve given away over 120 keys for the original 50 keys that were posted for the giveaway. For those that are still looking for one you can win that and much more by donating to our Summer Charity drive.

[END UPDATE]

The fine folks over at Gazillion Entertainment are the charitable bunch. Not only did the company immediately offer it largest purchasable item for Marvel Heroes immediately after the MS150 City to Shore post went live, but the company is supporting the charity further. The marketing team for the free-to-play dungeon crawler is well known for its email-based giveaways. Now Lore Hound has a cache of those sought after Random Costume Box keys.

Those sexy boxes that imbue their owner with costume items normally reserved for real-money transactions. Hotness!

Before you go nuts and attempt to consume all 50 keys please be aware that you can only utilize one of these codes per account. That means unless you’re debating twinking 50 accounts you’re simply wasting your time sourcing them.

This batch of keys is free, requires no registration and no entry into the charity event. Simply head over to the Marvel Heroes page and follow the on-screen instructions. Donate and share the charity event details for more chances to win, and more chances to win bigger prizes!

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Rama

Posted by on June 24, 2014 - No Comments »

SMITE: 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: Rama, like Vamana, is an avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu. Considered by those that worship Hinduism to be the personification of a perfect man, Rama is one of the most famous of the ten avatars rivaled only by Krishna. Sita, Rama’s wife and an avatar of Lakshmi, is equally revered as the embodiment of perfect womanhood.

Born to Kausalya and Dasharatha, king of Ayodhya, Rama was set to take the throne after his father. Following the teachings of Dharma, Rama understood that he must fight through life, its trials, tribulations, pains and losses like those he’d eventually lead. To that end, he abandoned the claim to the throne and went into exile to serve a fourteen year sentence. Rama was not without company joined by his wife and brother, Lakshmana. And their time wasn’t without tragedy. Read more…

Nickel-and-Diming – A Rant About Microtransactions

Posted by on June 24, 2014 - No Comments »

I’d like to preface this rant with a disclaimer: Don’t misunderstand me – I’m craving the mount; the hoarder in me begs that I get this for myself.

I would impulsively do so, if it wasn’t for the price tag.

You know what truly grinds my gears bothers me?

When a company sells  merchandise for double the price of their base subscription to their MMO – especially when there’s no in-game alternative to acquire it.

Blizzard’s release of the Warforged Nightmare is not only thrilling and adds something to the aesthetic of World of Warcraft, it is completely overpriced.

Granted, when it comes to the core feature involving this mount, it definitely deserves a little respect. Unlike every other mount found in WoW, the Warforged Nightmare gives the owner the ability to drop the “Hitching Post” to offer other players the chance to summon their own horse to ride on – for 20 minutes. Read more…

SMITE Gains Another Hunter – Rama, the 7th Avatar of Vishnu

Posted by on June 23, 2014 - No Comments »

It seems Hi-Rez feels there’s not enough Hindu love in SMITE, as they are releasing a second Hindu god back-to-back with this first Hindu Hunter (Greek, Egyptian, and Mayan have two each!).

He seems, upon first watch of his reveal video, that he is heavily reliant on auto-attacks, more so than Artemis or any other hunter. This will make for some interesting early lane phases.

Things of note this patch:

  • An in-game UI customization tool has been added
  • Scylla and Kumbhakarna received conservative nerfs
  • Bacchus, Zeus, and Fenrir were given seemingly appropriate buffs
  • Ra-merica, a(n) ridiculous amazing skin, is released just in time for July 4th.
  • Polynomicon was given another nerf. I still maintain that it isn’t enough…
  • Golden Bow is 150 gold cheaper to buy

After the cut, watch the God Reveal video for Rama. Then check out the rest of the details in this patch. Read more…

SMITE Gets Even More Free with Ra-merica

Posted by on June 23, 2014 - 1 Comment »

USA! USA! USA!

That’s right – just in time for Independence Day season (July 4th), Hi-Rez Studios adds the “Ra-merica” skin for Americans, and anyone who wants to have a riotous laugh at the over-the-top democratic pride Ra brings.

This is a new seasonal skin, available as soon as the patch goes live until July 14th.

For 500 gems (current Playtest Server value) you can purchase this skin that also has a skin-specific voice pack as well!

Check out the video after the cut for some great American fanfare music. Read more…

WildStar Receiving Promised Content Patch Soon (Video)

Posted by on June 20, 2014 - No Comments »

Weeks after the successful, if expectantly rocky, launch of WildStar Carbine Studios has detailed plans for its first major content patch. The Strain content patch looks to deliver on a promise Chad Moore made to me during our open beta livestream interview. In said interview Chad mentioned that Carbine is sitting on an entire expansion worth of content that it’ll trickle out as the community’s appetite consumes it.

The Nexus is about to get a little roomier, deadlier and more interesting thanks to the first major content patch. Brighthaven is a massive new zone featuring ridiculous mobs from Globellum (Mario & Luigi reference?). New solo content includes a tower-defense style game, Guardians of the Grove, and additional dungeon-like encounters. There will also be Strain themed loot and housing items to get your customization on and modifications to existing areas, such as the Northern Wilds becoming a crash site rechristening it as the Northern Wastes.

Hit the jump for the latest absurd trailer from the mad genius’ in Carbine’s cinematics department, new screens and the timeline for The Strain’s rollout. Read more…