Repopulation: 15.7.2 Going Live – Holy Entertainers!

Posted by on August 11, 2015 - No Comments »

2015-08-07_00001The guys behind the Repopulation have been making me gaga lately. The game is amazing. And the work they’ve put into it, are putting into it, is just astonishing. They put triple A budget titles to absolute shame. Don’t get me wrong, there are things that drive me absolutely insane about the game (and I will have more in depth previews coming up discussing them!), but overall it is nothing short of remarkable what they’re doing.

And the patch that is currently being put into place looks like another notch on the bedpost. An amazing – I know I keep committing the sin of repeating that word, but I just can’t help it! – looking update for entertainers, some good stuff for medics and action mode players, as well as the first implementation of the siege system. Entertainers will no longer be a passive profession, instead there will be player involved in a series of minigames. Read more…

MOBA Monday: Baseball

Posted by on August 10, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_cuban_baseball-on-the-streetMOBA 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.

You may have read some tweets from early this month that detailed a well-needed vacation. Lore Hound granted me the month of August off. It’s not that I didn’t want to play video games anymore or that they didn’t require my services. It’s simply that I’ve put in 10+ hours of time per week for, I dunno, let’s go with quite some time, a break was needed.  There’s one game that’ll forever hold my fascination. Regardless of time spent. That’s the game of Baseball, America’s Pastime. A game I’m still enjoying 10+ hours a week right now.

That ball and stick combat has been a part of my life since time immemorial. Little League is some of the fondest memories of my young life. Only topped by playing catch, field and fail with my grandfather, father and brother. Not in that order. Literally no game has been more enjoyable, more sharable, more intergenerational than baseball.

America’s Pastime will forever be my game of choice. Regardless of the amazing items of computers, which provide my living.

All this and more shall begin around 9:00 PM EST. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. PS Casey at the Bat.

QuakeCon 2015: Shenanigans & Party Elevator

Posted by on August 7, 2015 - No Comments »

With the “20th” anniversary of QuakeCon coming to an end we wanted to take a quick look back.

Master pancake theater was in full effect featuring Jurassic Park. @elkmating, @JoelGHodgson, and @MrAndrewRosas were back but oddly missing @Owen_Egerton. They saved the best for last with Owen coming out, already heavily intoxicated, in a barney suit. The only way to give him alcohol was to shove the bottle into the mouth, which ended up causing him to get alcohol in his eyes. In the end Owen busts out of the barney suit almost completely naked wearing the Fallout 4 face mask to cover his junk.

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Repopulation: Complexity

Posted by on August 5, 2015 - 1 Comment »

2015-07-31_00007My house is a mess. Dishes are scattered across the counter, laundry is undone, the carpets need vacuuming … but my genetic engineering, chemistry, culinary arts and diplomacy are all nearing or above 200. My entertainment skills are coming along decently, I am well stocked with DNA and tissue samples, and I have finally found sources for sugar, chocolate and milk. It’s a win, right? I think a /played would make me cry … even my friends on Steam are starting to inquire about the Repopulation as they have never seen me log so many hours in a game before. And the most bewildering thing of all is that I still feel as though don’t have nearly enough knowledge to write a decent preview of the game.

It is really great to have found a game that doesn’t have every iota of information written up in a wiki somewhere, and where I can log this many hours and still feel as though I have an entire world to learn and explore. One of the many things that have been lost in games over the years is the sense of exploration – most of them are so simple that they are fully mapped out by players before the alpha has even gotten midway. But there that is not the case with the Repopulation. I am exploring every step of the way, even when I spend hours at a time standing in front of the crafting station.


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SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Khepri

Posted by on August 4, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_deities_demigods_gods_smite_khepri_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: There are a few animals that you absolutely have to expect when talking about the Egyptian pantheon. Sobek covers perhaps the obvious of the reptilian class. Bastet covers mammals. What of the ever pervasive insects? That falls to Khepri, the god of Rebirth and the Sunrise. It’s fair if you’re asking yourself “What, I thought Ra covered the sun.” That’s fair. Khepri is Ra’s aspect of the morning.

Furthermore, you are safe asking yourself “Why the heck is Ra, one of the most revered gods of the Egyptian pantheon, connected with a scarab beetle. A creature known for rolling balls of dung across the ground?” That one’s even easier! The Egyptian people saw symbolism in the small, strong beetle rolling his load across the sands as Ra moved across the sky. Continuing the trend, a scarab beetle walks out of its dung birth place fully formed granting Khepri the realm of rebirth. Read more…

QuakeCon 2015: Let’s Get Meta with a Conference Review

Posted by on August 3, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_quakecon_2015_reviewQuakeCon 2015 featured all the usual fixings of the now 20-year old conference. Sure, faces are older and new. The games have changed, as have the versions of DirectX and OpenGL required and applicable case mods. Heck, there’s now even a corporate overlord in ZeniMax (owner of Bethesda Softworks, etc.). The camaraderie remains in spades. The BYOC remains massive, lengthy, incredibly well organized (despite some momentary bandwidth spikes) and without event. Aside from a little tiff during Master Pancake the human masses caused no issues. The legions of gamers, the community that’s made QuakeCon what it is isn’t what’s at stake. It’s only become more creative, more accepting over time. The gender gap is slowly equalizing – far faster for the younger group – as is the digital divide. While that’s only a subset of gamedom it’s encouraging.

What isn’t encouraging is the rest of the convention.

QuakeCon hasn’t been breaking news for years. This is largely due to id Software’s lack of innovative gameplay over the last decade and change. That’s why some were hopeful that QuakeCon would improve as a flagship conference for a developer/publisher. This did not happen in 2015. Fallout 4, absent in the conference space. Elder Scrolls Online, squat. BattleCry wasn’t even mentioned. Numerous panels severely lacked interesting details. Furthermore, Fallout ‘s didn’t focus on the conference’s base community at all. Aside from the Doom multiplayer only Fallout Shelter offered any new content, which, revealed as part of the Fallou 4 panel, wasn’t overwhelming. Even Master Pancake was uncharacteristically mute, likely do to seemingly arbitrary alcohol policies randomly enforced. Or not. No one could figure it out.

Who knows what the future holds. Perhaps Bethesda felt its resources were best spent, like, finishing the game. We’ll be there for QuakeCon 2016 naturally, but there was an internal discussion about it. Thank god for that amazing BYOC.

Repopulation: A New Addiction

Posted by on July 31, 2015 - 1 Comment »

2015-07-31_00007I woke up at 4:30 this morning. I was tired, it was dark, but my bad leg was on fire due to the weather so I just got up. I’d caught up with J.C. Smith last night, so I thought I would spend a few minutes with the Repopulation before breakfast. I patched up the game, made my character, and tumbled into the tutorial and newbie zone.

The next thing I knew, my husband was prodding me about lunch and my starving cats. Yup. 12:30. I’d immediately lost 8 hours immersed in the game. Read more…

Cabal 2: First Impressions

Posted by on July 30, 2015 - No Comments »

0730-125625_0730-105707_0730-175710_F2C8I missed the first Cabal. I’m not sure why, but it just never crossed my gaming vision. From what I’ve been seeing said in Cabal 2, I wish I’d given it a try, it sounds like something I would have enjoyed.  Cabal 2 is an action oriented MMO, with fabulous visual effects, and a variety of things to do as you level up. Dungeon running, pvp, questing, grinding, portal hunting, it has something for nearly any action preferences. I recently spent some time giving it a spin, and came away with a pretty positive impression.

And I have made the Coolest. Character. Ever. I love how she looks. But you can probably guess that based on  how many of the screenshots here are focused shots on her.. Mea culpa – I was too busy admiring her to take many other screenshots!

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