Marvel Heroes In-house Livestream June 16 (Video)

Posted by on June 16, 2014 - 2 Comments »

Earlier this week Gazillion Entertainment and the Marvel Heroes community celebrated the first anniversary of the dungeon crawler. Dubbed Marvel Heroes 2015, the anniversary event marks the release of its latest content patch, featuring the demon lord Surtur’s storyline, and, perhaps more importantly, recapping the dramatic changes to the gameplay, systems and itemization of Marvel Heroes.

To celebrate, we’re going to be joining the developers at Secret Identity Studios. Like, in their base, killing their mans. What’s more is we’ll be doing this in a capacity that you, the Lore Hound community, will be fully enveloped in the coverage thanks to the glory of Twitch.TV! The timing of the stream won’t be known until the day of, so be sure to follow us on Twitter in addition to Twitch to be kept in the loop.

What’s on the docket you ask? Why simply the past, present and future of Marvel Heroes. Ya know, no big deal. This includes development options, listening to the community and learning from mistakes. Any questions, changes or tweaks you wish to pick their brains about? If so, leave it in the comments of this post.

Naturally, we’ll be giving away item codes during the livestream and expect to have more after. Read more…

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Nemesis

Posted by on June 13, 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: Nemesis strikes fear into the hearts of mortals and gods alike. The Goddess of Revenge makes no distinction between status for acts of hubris, the frowned-upon Greek term for what is known today as arrogance and/or pride. Even if such personal pride is well deserved from the field of battle, business or the arts, the Goddess of Revenge, again, makes no distinction. For hubris is a crime against the realm and must be punished with unfettered justice.

A more contemporary folk hero articulates her style of justice very well, the tales and deeds of Robin Hood. Her philosophy is to equalize the benefits and needs of all. The ultimate in social justice. The best known depiction of her societal revenge is that against the mortal known as Narcissus. Consumed by his abhorrent male perfection the man was lured to a pool of water that perfectly reflected his own grace. Enraptured by his image he died of starvation at the hands of the justice of revenge; Nemesis. Read more…

LoreHound Cares: MS 150 City to Shore Community Drive & Massive Giveaway

Posted by on June 11, 2014 - No Comments »

I’ve been drumming up donations for charities or directly volunteering for as long as I can remember. I may not know what I had for breakfast yesterday, but I know I’ve been at soup kitchens, barking out raffle deals and greeting guests since before I hit the awkward pizza face voice cracking combo. Now that I’m over exactly none of those embarrassing “growing pains” – yet stopped growing because genetics – I’ve only increased my charitable actions.

Why’s this matter to you, the Lore Hound community? Simple, as my latest and most ambitious drive for MS 150 City to Shore Lore Hound is allowing me to make it a giveaway event for the blog! This means you’ll receive many opportunities to win awesome skins, beta access and card packs for everything from Hearthstone to SMITE.

Donating is simple, even my Mom can do it. Simply head over to the dedicated iTZKooPA donation page and follow the instructions. It’s exactly like purchasing something from Amazon. Be sure to add ‘LH’ or ‘Lore Hound’ in the name field so we know you came from the site!

Now if altruism isn’t enough for you then allow me to get on with the prizes. Head to the other side of the cut for the expected giveaway package. There’s even proof that they’re already in my possession! Read more…

Hi-Rez Studios Partners with Level Up to bring SMITE to Latin America and Stirs Up Controversy Doing So

Posted by on June 11, 2014 - 1 Comment »

As SMITE continues to grow almost on a weekly basis, Hi-Rez pushes to expand their market reach into other regions of the world such as Asia. Similar to their partnership with Tencent August of last year, Hi-Rez announced last week that they will partner up with the Brazilian publishing company, Level Up Gaming, to bring SMITE to Latin America.

However, if that name sounds familiar to you, that’s because Level Up also helped publish Ragnarok Online and Perfect World. Well, you’re not alone, as the SMITE community quickly took to both the official forums and Reddit to exclaim their worries about the new deal. You can see what it was like for a few days:

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SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Geb

Posted by on June 10, 2014 - No Comments »

Dear crits. You've been negated. <3 Geb

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’ upcoming MOBA.

Lore: Geb is a middle generation of the Egyptian royal family known as the Ennead. Comprising of his grandfather Atum, his parents, wife/sister Nut and their offspring Osiris, Set, Isis and Nephthys, the collection reigned over the most important aspects of Egyptian life. Geb and wife Nut represented the Earth and Sky respectively. The domain of the Earth in such a fickle ecological system meant Geb was highly regarded, feared and worshiped.

Geb, like most of his counterparts, saw his lore modified during the reign of Egyptian society. It wasn’t until more recent times that Geb become a deity depicted as one with Earth and vegetation. Previous to the bearded, plant-bearing anthropomorphic model scene in later periods, the God of Earth could be seen as a crocodile, ram or bull. More famous was his depiction as humanoid in body with the head of a snake. The serpents being regarded as sons of the Earth. Earthquakes, the barren desert and vital Nile crops were all at his behest. Read more…

E3 2014: MMOGs Don’t Show Well At Conventions

Posted by on June 9, 2014 - No Comments »

This article has been in my head for ages. Massive multiplayer online games, any subgenre from sandbox to themepark, do not show well at conventions. I’m not one to make blanket statements, but I’m fully confident with this one after traversing the convention circuit for half a decade. MMOFPS titles combat the notion, but ultimately falter with the rest of the genre.

Let’s set the stage of your general show and showgoer. There’s an insane amount of visual and audio noise when you hit the floor. There are options left, right, upside down and in every nook. Most of the offerings are visceral experiences that focus on the hook, something in the game that you’ll remember, ideally, when the game approaches release a few months down the road. Perfect for single- or normal multiplayer games.

The most disciplined of showgoers will get to their target games early and camp the line, assuming there is one. Finally, the moment comes where showgoer gets to jump on the open desktop. For most MMOGs the machine is set to offer some combination of: grind a few mobs, kill other showgoers, play with some new abilities or a character class or roam a new area. Before showgoer knows it time is up and the flabbergasted gamer is ushered out the back door. Maybe showgoer had 30 minutes. Probably less than 15 minutes. Read more…

Warp Zone Uploads New Episode of “The Office of SMITE”: Casual Friday

Posted by on June 7, 2014 - No Comments »

Now, I’ve never been one to find The Office particularly funny. In fact, I’ve only watched 15 minutes of one episode.

However, given the internet likes to make memes about shows and post spoilers, I’ve learned the basics of the shows premise and methods.

The Warp Zone has been semi-regularly recreating that same cinematography but with a dash of SMITE.

Their latest episode, Casual Friday, pokes fun at all the in-game premium skins Hi-Rez Studios offers for their MOBA that is currently #3 on the market (according to MMOHuts).

Check it out below, or on YouTube directly. Read more…

LAN Livestream & Giveaways This Weekend (Video)

Posted by on June 6, 2014 - No Comments »

No need for much introduction on this one. That’s mainly because I drove a solid 8 hours to get to this destination. Starting a few moments after this posting, we’ll be firing up the Twitch channel and streaming a variety of video games through the weekend. The stream will go up and down over the course of the next 36 hours as I attempt to indoctrinate others into SMITE, play my first matches of Titanfall since last year’s convention season – hint, I’ll be terrible – showcase WildStar and whatever else suits my fancy.

Furthermore, codes will be given out for a variety of MOBAs, from Heroes of Newerth to Dawngate. Come join the shenanigans. Viewer matches are strongly encouraged! Hit the jump to get started.

Caution: We’re in the wild, so there’s a solid chance at overhearing some poor language or nasty comments. You’ve been warned. Read more…