World of Warcraft: Blizzcon Tickets go on Sale in June

Posted by on May 18, 2010 - No Comments »

Blizzcon will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on October 22 and 23 of this year. Blizzcon tickets go on sale June 2nd, 2010 at 7PM Pacific and June 5th, 2010 at 10AM Pacific. Tickets are $150 a piece.

For those of you who can’t be there you’ll be able to catch it on Pay Per View (DIRECTV only) for $39.95 in full HD. Both days of the show will be broadcast, and the PPV event will include exclusive interviews, demos and more. Just like the previous year, World of Warcraft players who order the DIRECTV pay-per-view will get an exclusive in-game item which will be revealed at a later date.

Tickets can be purchased through the Blizzcon website.

Check out the official announcement from Blizzard here.

Perfect World Entertainment Loves Torchlight

Posted by on May 18, 2010 - No Comments »

Torchlight, the freshman entry from Runic Games, excited many PC gamers.  Developed by the minds behind Diablo, Diablo II, Fate and Mythos, the game caters to the dungeon crawler, loot collector in all of us.  Featuring the best aspects of the past gems, and numerous tweaks and refinements, a pet that sells your loot for you, the budget title has sold like hotcakes.

From day one, Runic Games stated its intention to expand Torchlight from a then upcoming single-player title to an MMOG.  Perfect World Entertainment, a free-to-play publisher we’ve discussed previously, believed in the company’s idea and agreed to publish the MMOG.  After the rapid success, numerous awards and over 500,000 sales of Torchlight, Perfect World Entertainment has upped the ante.  The publisher is now a majority stakeholder in Runic Games after sinking $8.4 million into the company.

Interested in seeing what the company may produce?  You can grab Torchlight for the budget price of $19.99 from Amazon (tag team with Fate for free shipping), or hope it goes on sale on Steam again.

Fists of Fu – New MMORPG from Outspark

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Outspark, a publisher best known for hit MMORPG’s like Fiesta Online and Project Powder, has announced Fist of Fu, a 2.5D martial arts MMORPG with stylish graphics. The game will offer you light gameplay, great anime style, 0 skills to master for each of the three classes (Fighter, Archer, Mage), and over 4000 items to acquire. Outspark is also accepting Closed Beta registration right now, and the game’s official release is scheduled for later this summer.

MLB Dugout Heroes Launches Pre-Season Update

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Baseball season is approaching fast, and MLB Dugout Heroes is launching its pre-season content update. The update will include the full 2010 MLB roster for all 30 Major League Baseball teams, as well as archived players from the 1990s. A new Home Run Derby contest has also been added for players testing their new roster. Additionally, a lot of the older cash shop items from the last season are now available for NUTs(in-game currency), and new and fresh items will take their place.

Digimon Battle Announces Major Update

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Digimon Battle has been in open beta for a few weeks now and it looks like the game is ready to hit commercial release. To celebrate that, the team has prepared a major update to Digimon Battle, which is set for release tomorrow, May 19, 2010. The new content will include additional maps, Digimon to catch, a whole new Card Digivolution system, and an increase in the level cap. Trainer will be able to achieve the rank of ‘Robust Tamer’ at level 100 and will be able to train their Digimon to level 99.

Final Fantasy XI: Vision of Abyssea Site Live

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Square Enix has launched the official website for the first of the three upcoming add-ons for Final Fantasy XI, Vision of Abyssea. The site is pretty empty in terms of content, though Square Enix has told fans to bookmark the page as it will be updated with ‘promotional trailers and other exciting features’.

The website does contain two new images and states that the following add-on will be accessible upon the arrival of the next Final Fantasy XI update, scheduled for mid-June.

For more information on Final Fantasy XI: Vision of Abyssea, head on over to its official website.

Pocket Hound: Doodle Jump — Incredibly Addicting and Still Fun a Year Later

Posted by on May 17, 2010 - No Comments »

Pocket Hound is a new regular blog/video feature on that aims to point our readers to the best handheld games out there. Be they for iPhone, iPad, other mobile devices, Nintendo DS, PSP, whatever — if they fit in your pocket and can hold our attention, we’ll be letting you know. Drop us a note for any games you’d like to see featured.

For this inaugural edition of Pocket Hound, I have chosen to write about a game that is very near and dear to my heart. Although it’s been around for more than a year, Doodle Jump by Lima Sky continues to dominate my attention anytime I have a short interval to kill. Whether waiting in line at the grocery store or to get seated at a restaurant,  riding in the car (passenger side, of course), or waiting out the time that I’ve been put on hold during a phone call, it continues to be my micro-game of choice.

So just what is Doodle Jump? Well, many of you who either have an iPhone or regularly play a friend or loved one’s iPhone probably already know. As of a couple months ago, the game has been downloaded more than 3 million times and has dominated the top ranks of the app store in the US and throughout Europe.  The price certainly isn’t bad, though it isn’t free — $0.99 (£0.59) on iPhone. In March, it was introduced on the Android for $3.99 (£2.75).

But here’s the gist for the uninitiated. In this action game, you play the role of the Doodler — a short, green, four-legged creature who is jumping his way up, up, up through a maze of  platforms, aliens, power-ups and clever obstacles.

Read on for more on game challenges, features and updates.

Read more…’s Incredibly Short Story Contest

Posted by on May 17, 2010 - 17 Comments »

Voting is underway! Go choose the winner!

With the Celestial Steed Contest coming to a close shortly, we here at realized the need for a new contest. We wanted to select something that may perk the dwindling interest in World of Warcraft, but we also wanted to open your eyes to new frontiers, new experiences, new stories. Thanks to a helping handful from Tokyopop we’d like to introduce the Incredibly Short Story Contest.

The contest is quite simple, create a short story – 150 to 300 words – about why you believe the manga packages should be sent to you. The tales can be humorous, a sob story, an emo-filled introspective, a catchy tune, a soliloquy, a two-man comedy routine, whatever. Submissions must be in by Monday, May 24 at 11:59 PM PST, and they must be in English.  Please submit entries via e-mail to admin_at_lorehound_dot_com with Subject: Incredibly Short Story Contest. You can also leave a comment, but be sure to use a legitimate email address so that we can contact you should you win something.

After the submissions are in, we will create a post containing a slightly-pruned list of the selections. The community will then be tasked with voting for their favorite piece. Voting will continue until Friday, May 28. Winners will be announced May 31, the day before TOKYOPOP releases World of Warcraft: Mage and World of Warcraft Dragons of Outland Volume 1: Shadow Wing. If all goes well with mail, the prizes will be at your doorstep the day of release.

Third PrizeWarcraft: Death Knight, Mage, Dragons of Outland Volume 1: Shadow Wing and StarCraft: Ghost Academy (review)
Second Prize: Warcraft: Death Knight, Mage, Dragons of Outland Volume 1: Shadow Wing, StarCraft: Ghost Academy and all of Warcraft: Legends (5 volumes
A Winner Is You Prize: The entire TOKYOPOP Blizzard library (eleven Warcraft books and five StarCraft books)

And for the love of god, submit your story with a legitimate e-mail address to this post or we won’t be able to contact you!

Good luck!