SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Nu Wa

Posted by on June 3, 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: Nu Wa, one of the gods of antiquity in China, is a being of considerable power. Born of the loins of the Jade Emperor himself, she is one of the few female gods of any pantheon to be credited with creation, albeit only of humanity. Her very age has led to scholars producing numerous folk tales for the guardian of heaven. From creator to wife, Nu Wa is most commonly known for protecting and repairing the heavens after catastrophes.

That story is oft retold with slight variations. In short, the Four Pillars that held up the Universe crumble, leaving both realms in chaos. Floods, fires and death reign. As the creator of humanity, Nu Wa takes it upon herself to protect her creation. To do so, she tempered five-colored stones to mend the heavens and sacrificed the feet of Ao, the Great Turtle, to support the pillars holding the heavens. Read more…

WildStar Launches Today! Lore Hound Has You Covered Again (Video)

Posted by on June 3, 2014 - No Comments »

Fear not, Nexians! This isn’t a repost of our open beta announcement. While that content is all well and good, we’ve provided a collection of additional coverage of our most anticipated MMORPG of 2014 (and possibly since it was first announced). The Nexus has seen many characters created, launch queue jokes made and a few hours of Twitch coverage since re-opening on Saturday, but today was the true-to-life big day; the full unadulterated launch.

We may have a hit a few snags, but nothing unexpected in the launch of a AAA MMORPG. In fact, we even bit it and did a server transfer to prevent further wipes in the queue raid. You’ll now find us on the PvP server Rowsdower after breaking up with the jealous girlfriend Pergo. Enjoy looking at our coverage from Rowsdower as we move on with our lives, Pergo!

The official trailer is as whiz bang as some of the others Carbine has put out, but it summarizes why we’re heading to Nexus through the eyes of the famous NPCs we’ll be rubbing shoulders with. Lore aside, for most of you the fact that everything on Nexus is filled with troves of loot may be enough!

Beyond the cut you’ll see the final, no seriously, final launch trailer for WildStar. In addition, Jeremy Gaffney, a Carbine Studios executive producer, took to the forums to express gratitude and reflect on the company’s first release. Read more…

Gazillion Re-retools Marvel Heroes (Video)

Posted by on June 2, 2014 - No Comments »

Shortly after PAX Prime 2013 Gazillion Entertainment dramatically altered its dungeon crawling online title Marvel Heroes. David Brevik explained the changes and what the community could expect in the future (which is now!) to us in an exclusive interview. What no one expected was the amount of change the title will continue to go through.

Gazillion announced Marvel Heroes 2015 and its launch date of June 4, 2014. The rebrand will mark the first anniversary of Marvel Heroes, complete with an open beta of a Mac client. Opening a new platform for the free-to-play title isn’t all MH2015 will bring. Gamers can expect new end-game raid content, horizontal progression systems, the continuing increase in the all-star cast to select from and more of the excellent storylines from the Marvel universe. Surtur, master of demons, raiding anyone?

Official Surtur teaser trailer behind the cut. Read more…

WildStar Launch Livestream Begins Tomorrow at 3:00 AM EST

Posted by on May 30, 2014 - No Comments »

That’s right folks, we’ll be kicking our livestream off for the Head Start access of WildStar early Saturday morning, May 31. That means it’s going to happen just shy of 12 hours from this posting! Are you ready?

If you’re not, we’ve the Open Beta launch round-up of coverage. In addition, you can follow everything we contribute to the WildStar continuum at the main game page. If you’re going to be playing, be it head start or not, be sure to add the Google Authenticator to your account for extra rewards, including a (seemingly permanent) 2% Experience boost.

It’s easy to join in on the launch event. Simply head over to our Twitch.TV channel and follow us for a heads up or swing on back around 3:00 AM EST (12:00 AM PST) to see us take it to the Nexus. Alternatively, head back to this post and watch the stream, which will be available after the cut.

My goal during the event is no less than 10 levels. Ambitious, I know! Ideally, I want to progress to the first dungeon. Sleep may call before that. Read more…

WildStar Rewards for Using Two-step Google Authentication

Posted by on May 29, 2014 - No Comments »

It’s always irked me that my World of Warcraft account is more secure than my banking account, retirement account and credit card accounts. Heck, the two-step authentication present in my email and some social networks accounts makes them more secure, at least up front, than where my identity could be stolen. A bit sad, right? Well, those “important” accounts must be Mario, because they just got 1-upped. Again.

Carbine Studios has announced that it’s freshman entry to the MMORPG genre, WildStar, will support Google Authenticator at launch. Yes, that includes the Head Start option we’ve been rambling about. That means that the security conscious gamer will be able to rest assured that two-step authentication will render their account quite secure from the nefarious people that enjoy MMOG launches or popular ones in general. has an easy-to-follow guide on setting it up. Read more…

The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: War Crimes Review

Posted by on May 29, 2014 - No Comments »

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

Steeped in the immediate lore of Mists of Pandaria, Blizzard Entertainment tasked long-time Warcraft writer Christie Golden to articulate how the entire continent of Azeroth would come together after the events of the Siege of Orgrimmar. The amount of pain, death and destruction spread throughout the continents of Azeroth by one orc, former Warchief Garrosh Hellscream, is unimaginable. No member of any race in World of Warcraft would be looked upon crossly for wishing the death of the perturbed warrior, and yet, it was Varian Wrynn who stayed Go’el’s hand setting in motion the most important trial in the long history of Warcraft.

The dastardly acts perpetrated by Garrosh leave little doubt to his innocence. In fact, the plot of War Crimes never broaches this possibility. The story crafted by Golden is one of potential redemption. Could Hellscream have been simply misguided, like his father? Was he working to perfect his idea of the Horde while putting moral and ethics aside because these ideas couldn’t coexist, like some argue Stalin did with Communism? Or, have Varian, and later Jaina, been right all along in believing the son of Grom Hellscream is simply a monster? It’s these deep moral, heavy topics that Golden sets the reader to. Read more…

How WildStar is a New Frontier for MMORPGs (Video)

Posted by on May 27, 2014 - No Comments »

The Head Start program for WildStar begins this Saturday, May 31. In our recent Open Beta livestream interview with Chad Moore we gave your numerous reasons as to why WildStar may be the exact adventure you’ve been craving. Hardcore raids, dungeons, PvP, Warplots, a unique story complete with zanny humor were all discussed. And now it’s almost upon us.

But not before one more amazing cinematic from the team at Carbine Studios.

In today’s Feature video, likely the final trailer before the early June launch, the marketing team focused on exploring everything unique the game has to offer. You’ve still time to secure Head Start access for weekend gaming. Grab the Standard or Digital Deluxe edition now to be prepared for June 3! Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Janus

Posted by on May 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 two-faced god Janus is the Roman god with the power over beginnings and transitions. This puts gates, doors, passages and time under his reign. Like Thursday, Janus also lended his name to the month of January, which made the transition from the Julian calendar of the Roman period (and well beyond) to the Gregorian reform that’s in use today. The title is likely to please the one that looks forward and backwards, marking the transition from one year and one month to the next. This transitional oversight is nearly omnipresent, from birth to death, war to peace and journeys to destination. Janus oversaw it all.

Uncommon to the Roman pantheon, Janus, the God of Beginnings and Transitions, had no equal in the predecessor pantheon of ancient Greece. Read more…