E3 2015: The Tech Download (Oculus, Morpheus and HoloLens)

Posted by on June 20, 2015 - 2 Comments »

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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F2P Friday: How Does One Forge a Sol?

Posted by on June 19, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_solforge_game_mechanic_f2p_friday_upgrade_letsplayF2P 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.

I’m not looking to fire up a game that demands incredible brain power or focus to enjoy hot on the heels of E3 2015 and the cross country travel it demands of me. That generally rules out any fast-paced competitive game. Titles in the realm of FPS or RTS are strictly forbidden given such stress-free requirements. You could argue that card games featuring deck building and in-the-moment decisions may fall into this territory, but I wouldn’t. In these confrontations we’re given ample time to think through a decision no matter how difficult it may be. That’s what makes them so enjoyable to stream in all honesty.

This is exactly why you’ll be joining me in SolForge later tonight. Why a new card game you ask? Well, unlike some people I find new challenges not as stressful as old ones. Being away from SolForge for the better part of six months allows my brain to absorb losses. The time away gives it pause. It rationalizes loses as an expected outcomes and wins as a surprise. After all, the combatants I’m challenging likely have been playing, theorycrafting and farming high end cards. That puts me at a substantial disadvantage. One that I understand and accept.

If there was a few million dollars on the line I probably wouldn’t be viewing this form of competition as so easy going.

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E3 2015: PC Gaming Must-Sees!

Posted by on June 18, 2015 - No Comments »

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Another E3, another great line-up of games. Though with a reoccurring theme of sequels it’s anyone’s best guess if these will live up to their originals. Needless to say, I’m still beyond excited at all this titles, seeing the new things the industry has been up to, and for that reason I’ve rounded up the ten MUST sees of PC Gaming at E3 2015:

Mass Effect Andromeda
While some fans of the Mass Effect series are cautious at its next installment, there is a handful of interesting information released based on the setting…far into the future and away in another galaxy! Though I’m cautious too, I can’t wait to see how the team does in designing the future of Mass Effect, you know, in the future.

BattleCry
Falling in a similar category to Blizzard’s work-in-progress Overwatch, I’m incredibly excited for Bethesda’s Battlecry! Set in a neo-Industrial world (think Steam Punk or Industrial Punk) you must fight, team vs. team, in arena style combat with swords, fists, bows or rudimentary guns. The fast meaningful combat and team-oriented gameplay has a eSports vibe to it, and we can only hope. This, along with Overwatch, has me bouncing in my chair. Read more…

E3 2015: Gigantic News for Xbox One

Posted by on June 18, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_gigantic_e32015_releasedate_launchdate_xboxoneThis week we secured additional time with Gigantic, the freshman entry from Motiga. This is the first MOBA designed by James Phinney but the man has contributed heavily to quite a pedigree over the years in other genres. The likes of StarCraft, Guild Wars; original intellectual properties that have established themselves as juggernauts envied by entire companies. The last time we spoke to the Motiga crew was during the reveal that the third-person shooter MOBA would be heading to Xbox alongside the likes of SMITE.

E3 2015 hasn’t provided those earth shattering revelations. There’s a very good reason for that. You see, finally, after years of development, the fine folks over at Motiga are circling the beta status. Conversations we had with PR state that the team is struggling with exactly when to drop that NDA that’s stopped us from adding Gigantic to the #MOBA Monday roster. This is all thanks to that aforementioned Gigantic news. It’s coming to the public this August!

In today’s day that means beta access. It won’t be fully released to the masses then, closed beta protocols and all but we’ll let MO_Thor take the explanation from here. Don’t worry, you know we’ll have some codes for the Lore Hound community as soon as they’re available! Read more…

E3 2015: The Top 10 Items that Bring Excitement!

Posted by on June 16, 2015 - No Comments »

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It’s that time of year again … when I wish I had something resembling an immune system so I could hop on over to E3 and see the new video games being announced. All of my social feeds are buzzing with excitement as information is revealed, and while I’m not much of a single player player, I’ll admit to watching the various unveilings with interest. There’s nothing quite like the anticipation of a good game.

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The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn Review

Posted by on June 15, 2015 - No Comments »

the_novel_post_warcraft_bloodswornThis review of the World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn novel by Christie Golden is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

Bloodsworn is an odd duck in the massive, ever-growing extended universe of Blizzard Entertainment. What is being read was originally the opening story arc for the proposed Horde comic line from WildStorm. After years of missteps, restarts and C’thun knows what else it all fell apart. That collapse wasn’t fruitless. It delivered Bloodsworn, a graphic novel from Doug Wagner and Jheremy Raapack that focused on the dastardly Horde.

The graphic novel was set in the immediate aftermath of the Cataclysm despite being released towards the end of that expansion’s lifetime in late August 2013. Especially late considering it was initially conceived in mid 2011. As expected, Bloodsworn is a Horde tale through and through. A Horde of Garrosh through and through. In fighting, lack of trust, disrespect, heck, racist remarks are thrown about the core group comprised of orcs, tauren, troll, forsaken and blood elf repeatedly. These disagreeable, at best, individuals are selected by Horde decree of Garrosh Hellscream from each faction to fill the ranks of the Garand’kra, a militia organized to defend Horde interests from the pesky centaur tribes. Read more…

F2P Friday: Giveaway Random Hero Box Mayhaps? (Giveaway)

Posted by on June 12, 2015 - No Comments »

f2p_Wolverine_old_man_logan_fridayF2P 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.

Friday nights are a great time to unwind. Not necessarily go out and go nuts or anything. Just come home and veg out after a week of a brain drain. I often take this opportunity to browse the local comic shop catching up on what’s going on in the industry with the shop owner. Chewing the fat as it were. That’s exactly what happened earlier this evening. Of course this means my wallet was a bit lighter after I left the shop.

I stuck with my Marvel slant snapping up a few oldies that I somehow missed upon their original publication. That’d be Old Man Logan and a bit of background for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy by way of The Infinity Gauntlet. Naturally, this leads me directly a desire for even more Marvel storytelling. As such I’ll be heading into the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe by way of Marvel Heroes. Come join me won’t you? I’ll sweeten the deal with some Random Hero Box codes!

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SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Ratatoskr

Posted by on June 9, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_deities_demigods_gods_smite_Ratatoskr_Default_CardSMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained is a column dedicated to introducing prospective players of SMITE to its massive backstory 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: Squirrels, squirrels all types of squirrels. They’re beasts that cover the world finding their niche in the canopies from the deciduous to coniferous. In Norse mythology there was one tree to rule them all, the World Tree known as Yggdrasil. Even the epitome of regrowth couldn’t escape the clingy critters. Ratatoskr traversed the ash day and night spreading the word of those in the massive ecological environment supported by the tree that reached to the heavens.

Specific mentions in the Norse poetics focus on his conversations with a nameless eagle atop Yggdrasil, which are then relayed to Níðhöggr, a wyrm that makes its living within the three roots of the World Tree. Ratatoskr represents our penchant for embellishment and talking behind someone’s back. An assumed trait of the local red squirrel that screams in alarm upon spotting danger. Read more…