Posts Tagged ‘hi-rez studios’

F2P Friday: Blue Bashing in HotS & Getting Scary in DI:E

31 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_f2p_friday_Dead-Island-EpidemicF2P 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.

There’s plenty going on in the realm of MMOGs tomorrow, but we’re not going to focus on Halloween events for this week’s F2P Friday. The early hour will be filled with blue, because, like, uh, fine, I’ll come clean. Blizzard Entertainment is hosting a Heroes of the Storm event were, potentially, they could play against other blues (that’d be community manager types). It kicks off at 1:00 PM EST, the same exact time that we kick off F2P Friday. As such, it was kind of a no brainer to give it a shot. That and our need to reup our gold collection and experience cache.

Alright, that first line is not entirely true. Scary is a theme in the second hour of F2P Friday. I’m not even sure if an event is going on, but considering our target is Dead Island: Epidemic I kind of expect something to be happening. Even if it’s simply as basic as a map reskin. I haven’t been back in the world of Dead Island in quite some time. That ain’t stopping me. I’ll be all up in Dead Island: Epidemic slapping my paddle around like there’s no tomorrow.

Also, Ebola. Score one for SEO!

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 EST and continue through the 3:00 PM hour. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Nox

30 October 2014 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_demigods_gods_deities_nox_DefaultSMITE: 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: Nox has a preponderance for stalking around the darkness. She’s at the beginning and the end of creation where there was nothingness as far as the eye could see. Wielding the extraordinary power of darkness itself she became the Goddess of Night. Her power was so great and beauty to enchanting it was said that even Zeus himself feared her wrath, staying his hand when one of her kind upset the God of the Sky.

Being an originator, perhaps that of Chaos itself depending on the source, Nox is responsible for the creation of much of the early Roman pantheon. Naturally, the majority of her offspring dealt in her realm of darkness, such as Hypnos bringing mortals to bed or Thanatos offering an eternal nap. Other children, like Hemera, the goddess of day, is never seen with her mother again. Continuously cycling their appearances to create the circadian cycle we live by today. Continue Reading

How To Score a Nu Wa Water Dancer Skin

30 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_free_code_nu-wa-water-dancer-skinI mentioned on a recent stream that SMITE has a large collection of partners. These SMITE partners allow players to earn free gems, favor, skins, what have you. Raptr, Curse, ad partners, Twitch. Now they’ve added Daily rewards, giving players yet another avenue to secure some free favor, and even gems in the later days simply by logging in. Early on, Hi-Rez Studios gave away free skins to attract players to social media, from Solar Eclipse Ra to Stalker Artemis (both now dead). It’s been awhile, but now it’s Nu Wa’s turn.

Players have a limited time to unlocked Water Dancer Nu Wa. It’s once again coming by way of some social media pandering. This time players will have to subscribe to the official SMITE YouTube channel and then verify the account. Once they do, the company’s plug-in will spit out a code that players can redeem in game from the Gem icon in the upper left. An easy peasy, two-step process for a free Nu Wa non-recolor skin.

Be sure to follow us on Twitch for additional chances to win SMITE god and skin codes – including the elusive Convention skin codes – and stay tuned for our upcoming on-site coverage of the SMITE Regional and National Tournaments. As always, we’ve a massive repository of SMITE coverage by way of our long-running SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained column. Heck, it’s about to reach its 59th entry courtesy of Nox!

Nox is the 59th God of SMITE (Video)

29 October 2014 | 2 Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_patch_water_dancer_Nox_Default_CardThe Goddess of Night is upon the. Hi-Rez Studios patched SMITE, its third-person god-based multiplayer online battle arena that’s been tearing up the eSports scene. The latest addition is from the growing Roman pantheon, one which is no longer meant to deliver the lawlz, and fulfills the role of a magical ranged mage with ludicrous area damage. Opposing players should check their casting around Nox, as when any other god casts an ability in her vicinity she lights a candle. Upon the fourth, her next ability costs no mana. Some clutch no mana situations easily avoided!

Naturally, Nox is not all Hi-Rez has been working on for today’s patch. In addition, there’s a pair of Odyssey additions, including a new badass skin for Rama, Orbital Bombardment, a new daily login promotion – gain Favor, then Gems – associated voice packs and the addition of lobby emotes. Things are about to get noisy!

The combatants of SMITE continue to morph as the community of pro players hones in on their design. Geb has been nerfed, seeing his Stone Shield no longer provide knockback immunity, Hel has been buffed to stance dance even fiercer, Sun Wukong is buffed for better laning capabilities, Tyr is being closely watched, but has been given a single-target heal buff, Ra saw his escapist abilities crushed and Ah Muzen Cab is now more difficult to pronounce. I mean AHC saw his ultimated buffed for fluidity and a tad of damage.

Full notes, the official God Reveal, details to promotions and more after the cut. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Heroes of the SMITE (Giveaways)

27 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_heroes_storm_moba_mondayMOBA 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.

Blizzard’s answer to the MOBA craze is leading off this week’s MOBA Monday. Heroes of the Storm received a massive patch early this month, which focused predominantly on user interface tweaks. One large enough to force Blizzard to reset everyone’s account. This means that I’m now back to square one, but the experience bonus for having friends in your group should expedite the ordeal. Of course, it would have been more efficient to simply earn 100% more experience during the double XP week. Oh well.

Hi-Rez Studios is stealing the second time slot. I won’t be starting from scratch in SMITE, but considering how long I’ve been farming Worshipper for my squad it seems that way. Thankfully, the end is near. Not a moment too soon, since I’ve only two or three more tanks to grind! I’m going to stick with Arena for the stream, but at least this will get me prepared for the upcoming SMITE Regional Championship, which Lore Hound will be attending in late November.

MOBA Monday will kick off around 1:00 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, including this week’s SMITE god and skin codes! Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Sylvanus

7 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_dieties_demigods_gods_explained_smite_Sylvanus_Default_CardSMITE: 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: Sylvanus – not to be confused with Sylvanas – may very well be the first true tutelary deity to make the cut for SMITE. He’s not a born bloodthirsty warrior or a hungry demon. Sylvanus was a protector of nature and what it offers humanity. Lording over his realm, the woods and fields, Sylvanus ensured that his followers could provide for those. The woodland deity kept livestock safe, healthy and procreating while warding off hungry packs of wolves.

It’s said that Sylvanus, an old wise man, began the craft of demarking the boundaries of fields. This lead to his legend continuing to modern times; three stones mark various points of entry into estates. Fond of music, the Keeper of the Woods and Fields was often depicted with his sacred syrinx. The only object he doted on more was Cyparissus. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Smoting in SMITE & Tidings of TOME (Giveaway)

6 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_smite_tome_moba_monday_Sylvanus_Default_CardMOBA 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 inour weekly Twitch channel staple.

TOME: Immortal Arena soaked up all of this past friday’s show. A full two plus hours of F2P Friday were dedicated to the closed beta browser-based MOBA. Sure, we had some unexpectedly long queues, but the wait paid off with four giveaways, a string of victories, including an epic comeback and viewer matches. Our let’s play recap of Kixeye’s first MOBA since PAX Prime’s interview was entertaining to say the least, so we’re giving it another go. Not to mention we’ve a ton of Diesel Orlon codes in our hands. That means today will be much the same, if only for the opening half of MOBA Monday for we’ve long-neglected one of the early entries into the genre.

Naturally, I’m referring to the third-person MOBA created by Hi-Rez Studios. That of godly pantheons from across the globe. The one they call SMITE. I’m still farming Worshippers to make a valiant attempt at Arena League play. So little have a focused on the game lately that what could have taken me a few series weeks of grinding has turned into a two season affair. Knowing the community I’ll probably have all the tanks at level two by the time I’ve enough followers to fill a church. Here’s to hoping I can experiment with Sylvanus the magical Keeper of the Wild. Zug, zug.

MOBA Monday will return to its famed 1:00 PM EST timeslot. 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. This is a double dip week. We’ll have skin codes for TOME and SMITE! Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Something New and Something Old (Giveaway)

15 September 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_TOME_immortal_arena_moba_monday_smite_orlonMOBA 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 know what I’m not doing right now? Downloading the MOBA that’s going to be one half of today’s presentation. That’s because Kixeye has managed to make a seamless experience in your browser thanks to its ingenuity with the popular Unity engine. TOME: Immortal Arena is one of those rare gems that can take you completely by surprise at a convention. Focusing on accessibility and challenging numerous MOBA tropes, the designers are heading in an interesting, if somewhat uncharted, direction.

And the old, well that’s me going back to farming up Worshippers for Arena play in SMITE. It’s been a few months and unlock TOME, Hi-Rez Studios was not part of the festivities in Seattle the other weekend. That’s not a knock by any means. It’s actually an excuse. I haven’t had any time to play SMITE in that long because of the convention and all the post production it requires. Time’s of the essence.

Oh, and more SMITE god and skin codes to give away!

Today’s MOBA Monday returns to its normal 1:00 PM EST timeslot. 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. This is especially important for TOME: Immortal Arena players as we’ve a nice collection of Diesel Orlon codes that will be given away over the next few weeks. Continue Reading