Posts Tagged ‘hi-rez studios’

LAN Livestream & Giveaways This Weekend (Video)

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

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. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Nu Wa

3 June 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Janus

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

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. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Ah Muzen Cab

20 May 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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: Ah Muzen Cab is revered as the Maya God of Bees, but this declaration wasn’t his alone as it is believed different areas of the empire held their own bee gods and veneration for honey. So revered was the sticky substance and the small creatures that created it during crop pollination that Ah Muzen Cab, and those like him, were worshipped in temples for their contributions to everyday life.

The very mythology that bore Ah Muzen Cab allowed his legend to largely vanish to the annuls of history. Or, perhaps, that was the result of their oral history being destroyed so swiftly by Old World microbes that the language barrier between the forgone Maya civilization didn’t have time to pass to the conquerors and absorbed. Regardless of the reason, little knowledge of Ah Muzen Cab’s history, lineage or deeds survives. What we do know is that bees and their honey sustained life, and as a honey brew would attest, happiness. Thus, this forgotten god did not disappear with the civilization that raised temples to him. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Mercury

13 May 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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: Mercury is a god of many declarations, giving the definition to mercurial, or one that is erratic, volatile or unstable. A later addition to Roman religion, Mercury is primarily aligned with with commerce and trade, communication and boundaries. A member of the Dii Consentes, the twelve major Roman gods, his primary role was as the guide of souls between the mortal and underworld. He and nymph Larunda are the parental units to the Lares, two household gods.

Winged shoes and hat aside, Mercury was among the most popular of the Roman pantheon. Heralded in most of its conquered lands, Mercury’s most famous story is entwined with that of the blacksmith god Vulcan. After Vulcan created his unbreakable steel net to catch Venus and Mars in the act of adultery, Mercury stole the net for his own purposes, ensnaring Chloris. Charged with spreading lilies and roses after the rising sun, Chloris was captured during a daily flower shower over an Ethiopian river. Continue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day with Geb gameplay and code(s)!

11 May 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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iTZKooPA celebrates Mother’s Day like only he can with gameplay of Geb, the Egyptian God of Earth complete with giveaways!

SMITE Introduces a New Game Mode, God and Skins

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

Hi-Rez Studios has not sat on it laurels since the company’s successful launch tournament for SMITE. Actually, it’s never sat on its laurels for SMITE. In one of the largest patches in SMITE’s history, the developers of the god-based MOBA have unleashed a new god, game mode, league system and skins on the community all at once.

First up is the addition of Osiris, Broken God of the Afterlife. Son of Geb, the Egyptian god had the kingdom on his platter. His reign was prosperous, until his brother Set deemed to go all Game of Thrones and usurp the throne. Now he looks to settle the score with his brother as a physical melee warrior.

The new Siege mode is a spin on the original Conquest mode. Currently in beta, the Mayan-based mode features siege weapons, teleportation portals and a new Silver Fury. The fast-paced 5v5 battles are waged on a new two-lane map where players can unleash the siege weapons on the opposing team.

Most interesting to the hardcore players out there is the new League system. While iTZKooPA is still working his way there, largely while streaming, the rest of the community will jump right in as a Bronze player. Traversing the 6-tier system to reach the Master, featuring the top 2%, will take some time as each tier is comprised of 5 divisions. Wins earn Tribute Points, allowing players to rank up every 100 points. Be quick, seasons are anticipated to only last 2 months.

Full notes after the cut. Continue Reading

SMITE: Demigods, Deities and Gods Explained – Thanatos

1 May 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

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: Living in the realm of the Underworld, Thanatos is the Greek daemon personification of Death. Relegated to a minor role in Greek mythology, Thanatos was mostly spoken about, yet rarely seen. Twin to Hypnos, God of Sleep, and the offspring of Nyx and Erebos, Goddess of Night and God of Darkness respectively, Thanatos didn’t experience much light. Feared among men and deathless gods alike, Thanatos was a sibling to numerous other negative gods, from Nemesis to Charon, the ferryman of Hades.

Despite being viewed as the peaceful god of death – Keres being the violent counterpart – Thanatos is no less merciless or indiscriminate. But he’s not infallible. The best known story of the Hand of Death describes him being outwitted by King Sisyphus. Twice. First, upon having his number called by Zeus, Sisyphus duped Thanatos into his own chains on Tartarus. No mortals died while he was shackled. This lack of bloodshed during battles encited by Ares enraged him, forcing the God of War to unshackle Thanatos from his folly. Continue Reading