Das Tal: Improved AI and Public Test

Posted by on August 19, 2015 - No Comments »

PressReleaseTitleImageWere you curious about Das Tal? The devs at Fairytale Distillery have brought large improvements to the game in the form of enemy AI; monsters will now use abilities and actively patrol the map as well as guard key locations. With this milestone, they have decided to open the game to another public test run, so anyone wanting to see what Das Tal is about can play on August 29th. This event will culminate in a large boss battle! Read more…

Otherland – Early Access?!

Posted by on August 17, 2015 - 1 Comment »

ss_71cb5792b316dd5f6ea52faa4fc8446488fed45fOtherland … quite some time ago, I wrote this intriguing looking game off. Otherland … Vaporland … it seemed like it had been abandoned. But apparently I was wrong! Otherland has made a reappearance, and will be opening its doors for Early Access next week!  Based on the novels by Tad Williams, this MMO boasts extreme character customization, extensive crafting, personal and clan based housing, and one thing that has my ears perked up – cloning! That’s right, another game where I can run around stealing DNA and creating clones! Mua hahaha. Where do I sign up? Read more…

What’ll Get Me to Pay in Free-to-Play Games?

Posted by on August 14, 2015 - No Comments »

lh_wildstar_f2p_purchaseIn general, I’m a major purchaser of everything video games. I’ve kickstarted a fair share of titles, the latest being Bloodstained. I grab magazines, retro titles and items, Collector’s Editions and far too many versions of 3DS. Yet F2P games have made little dent on my budget. Comparatively, that group of purchase may not register higher than rounding over the course of a year. Perhaps most shocking is that I truly don’t know why F2P games take ~<1% of my gaming budget. An obscene inverse relative to how much I play them. This general lack of interest flies in the face of my former role as a Community Manager where I helped get millions of other players to purchase in-game currency.

I can count on one hand the amount of free-to-play purchases I have performed this year. Or I could use a goose egg. It’s that bad. Over the years the genre has flourished, it may be two hands. What has made me pull the trigger? That’s secondary to the important question; why haven’t I been pulling the trigger? Read more…

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…