F2P Friday: Neverwinter Module Mop-up and Marvel Heroes Story Time (Giveaway)

Posted by on September 26, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_neverwinter_rise_of_tiamat_f2p_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.

What the heck, let’s do an unprecedented triple dose of Marvel Heroes 2015 this week. Featured in a very special MOBA Monday Instance Gratification crossover and then its own Instance Gratification installment my Black Panther and his Fan of Knives build are keeping the entire metalworker brotherhood employed and well paid. We managed to sneak away with a trove of Random Costume Box codes after our interview with Ryan Collins. The codes are burning a hole on my harddrive so why not give a few more away during tomorrow’s stream?

Rolling around the streets of New York will only be half the fun. The other half will be spent attacking from the shadows in the dungeons of Neverwinter. Module fever has taken hold of me between the summer release of Tyranny of Dragons and this week’s announcement of Module 5, Rise of Tiamat. Too bad I don’t have a cache of experience boosts for my trickster rogue to blast through content like I have in Gazillion’s action combat title. Slow and steady it is.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 PM and run until 3:00 PM EST. Read more…

Can Your Machine Run Warlords of Draenor?

Posted by on September 25, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_warlords_of_draenor_system_requirementsI partly got into the computer industry because of video games. Back in the 90s it was almost a requirement to be a PC gamer. From hacking INI files to dealing with the archaic networking protocols being able to deal with technology was part of the fun! That’s all behind me now. In the 10s I’ve moved on up to pimping out my computers with the latest GPUs and CPUs in LED light cases as tall as a desk. Fresh off a purchase of a gaming laptop, I haven’t made one of these disposable income draining creations in at least a year. That hasn’t mattered much due to a lack of taxing releases from the gaming industry.

Fortunately, World of Warcraft is an old relic. One that can’t crush a system like the latest FPS, but Blizzard Entertainment is certainly giving it a whirl. The bump in system requirements for Warlords of Draenor should make all those new models look sexy. My relative beast can handle it all, but I think I can make a good case to myself to upgrade anyways.

What about you? Check the new specifications after the cut. Read more…

City of Heroes: A Ray of Hope?

Posted by on September 25, 2014 - 1 Comment »

2007-07-14 22:07:58City of Heroes was a much beloved game for many. Roleplayers, superhero fans, comic fans.. well, it was a game that was, and still is, dear to the hearts of many. I preferred City of Villains to City of Heroes (thus the image!), but I myself still count my characters there as some of my nearest and dearest characters across the years and many games that I’ve played. When NCSoft announced its closure in 2012, a great cry resounded across the MMOspace, and there were many attempts to save it, with support from celebrities like Mercedes Lackey, John Kovalic and Neil Gaiman. NCSoft refused all entreaties, and the game was shut down.

There have been several spiritual successors started out there, although none of them have managed anything playable yet, despite one of them running a very successful kickstarter.

But a ray of hope has been kindled in the darkness.  Read more…

This Topic of This Article Should Be Obvious

Posted by on September 25, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_hearthstone_community_rankYou’re playing a competitive activity. It doesn’t matter what it is, a sport, a video game or a board game. There’s a ranking system that groups players or teams together. This system is largely responsible for keeping the activity competitive by moving opponents between ranks depending on performance. Naturally, there can only be a relative handful of people at the top of the foodchain. After all, there can only be one champion.

To me this is simply logical. Maybe I’ve setup too many tournaments and coached too many softballs teams in my life, because it is odd that Blizzard felt the need to do an entire blog post on the topic. Perhaps, like with the chosen title, the developer wanted to fluff up your opinion of deck-building and card-playing skills. Breaking Rank 20 is feel good what with securing a seasonal card back and all. You still reside with over 75% of the community. You’ll need to break below Rank 15 to enter into any area of a postseason run.

I knew when I began my Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft career that I stunk. There’s video evidence of this on the Twitch channel. Now with over 100 wins under my belt, an understanding of most of the cards and many common strategies I feel far more competent. Ideally, additional packs and experience will enable me to bust into the top quartile of players. Once that’s secure I think I will put “Top 5,000,000 Hearthstone player” on my resume.

Instance Gratification 7: Marvel Heroes Gets its Just Desserts (Giveaway)

Posted by on September 24, 2014 - No Comments »

My day was ruined when I found out this famous cobra didn't make the patch...

My day was ruined when I found out this famous cobra didn’t make the patch…

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.

An amazing chat was had between myself and Ryan Collins, aka Ryolnir, of Gazillion Entertainment. The community manager of Marvel Heroes 2014 and I geeked out over a parade of topics during our in-house livestream interview. It was just the introduction of Rogue or the Bronx Zoo to the dungeon crawling action combat title, but the latest movies, upcoming storyarcs for Marvel and Marvel Heroes and a ton more. Two old, nerdy souls just having at it answering questions and taking queues off the audience really.

No wonder why I’ve such an insatiable itch to get back on my Black Panther character and return to spamming Fan of Knives and rolling around picking up vast swaths of loot. Seeing as I get to select what I play for the Lore Hound Twitch that is exactly what is going to happen in this week’s episode of Instance Gratification. Thank heavens for semi autonomy!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. The show will kick off around 1:00 PM EST and continue until one of my boosters runs out. See you there! Read more…

Cryptic Unveils Neverwinter Module 5: Rise of Tiamat

Posted by on September 23, 2014 - No Comments »

cd6703271852105d26241860d7ba5c2f1411458772Perfect World has done it again. Scarcely has the one expansion gone by when another is announced. Who doesn’t love Tiamat?

Module 5: Rise of Tiamat brings an epic adventure revolving around the resurrection of the five-headed draconic goddess Tiamat.  The storylines in this new module complement the new adventure module of the same name for tabletop play.  This new module continues the battle between players and the Cult of the Dragon, with a climatic clash with one of Neverwinter’s most powerful dragons.

This module brings more than new quests, however. The teaser page mentions a new scourge warlock paragon class, new items, bigger battles… and the ever delightful much more. Read more…

MOBA Monday: A Very Special Instance Gratification (Video)

Posted by on September 22, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_marvel_heroes_rogueMOBA 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.

Today’s MOBA Monday is going off the rails to present you with the seventh episode of Instance Gratification. You see Gazillion Entertainment unleashed Rogue upon the players of Marvel Heroes and, after getting ahold of us, we simply can’t deny her. It probably wasn’t the smartest move considering we happen to be at the development office. At any rate, we’re going to be chumming it up with Ryan Collins, the community manager behind the loot spewing dungeon crawler from David Brevik.

General shenanigans will certainly ensure. So ridiculous was our last interview that we had all had Captain America garb, saw a rainbow of items drops for Collins and dissed Moon Knight more time than a licensing company should be allowed to do on live “tv”. Which useless Marvel superhero should be poke fun at until an inferiority complex sets in this week?!

Today’s A Very Special MOBA Monday will kick off around 3:00 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. Read more…

F2P Friday: Naxxramas to Go Down Before SolForge Kicks Off (Giveaway)

Posted by on September 19, 2014 - No Comments »

lh_f2p_friday_solforge_hearthstone_flameblade_championF2P 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.

Last week’s F2P Friday was once again tarnished due to my continued Comcast connection issues. In an odd way, it’s a good thing that I’m on the road as my Internet, ironically, has been far more stable. That should enable me to complete the third assault on Naxxramas. Who knows if I’ll down the icy dragon before heading to Kel’Thuzad in the allotted time for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Valeria is more dangerous than ever after picking up some great new cards.

We’re sticking with digital card games through the entire stream today. After the expected defeat of Naxxramas it’s time to check out a Kickstarter success from Stone Blade Entertainment. SolForge nearly doubled its $250,000 goal stretching to include a promo playset, extra hard currency and card animations. Unfortunately, the funding fell just short of co-op raid style bosses. This’ll be a Let’s Play open beta experience complete with giveaways. Come learn the game with me!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which will be replaced later with the recorded edition of the show. The stream will appear at its normal time, sans my face, at 1:00 PM EST to about 3:00 PM EST. Read more…