Posts Tagged ‘mmorpg’

Star Wars Celebration: TOR My Heart Out

22 April 2015 | No Comments » | wedgeantilles

lh_star_wars_celebration_tauntaun_fawnAfter a long day pouring over toys, getting force choked by Vader, and drooling over Slave Leias, it was time for the Star Wars: The Old Republic after party. Drinks, photo ops, and a panel discussing some of the future plans for The Old Republic were in the cards. We fought our way through the sea of raving Jedi and Sith lords squaring off in the Celebration plaza breakdancing to EDM with lightsabers blazing. Once inside the Hilton’s upstairs ballroom where the TOR gathering was happening, I was bounced from person to person asking questions about the game. Finally I was brought behind the panel stage to speak with TOR creative director, Jesse Sky.

I was told I had exactly 1 minute before he had to go on stage for the panel and livestream.

I asked if his team had recognized the potential of Galactic Starfighter, and if so, did they have any plans to expand on its current state. He was quick to reassure me that there is a strong understanding with their creative team that GSF has a lot of potential, and they would love to do something more with it. Sadly, he ended the statement with a big but; that there are no immediate plans to expand on that platform. For the foreseeable future we will have to enjoy GSF for what it is, and most likely, what it will be for a while.

Hit the jump for the full scoop and stay tuned for more from Star Wars Celebration!

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Instance Gratification 25: Rogueing it up in Draenor

14 April 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
I love this helm and spaulders set.

I love this helm and spaulders set.

Instance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

I haven’t returned to the struggle against the time-altered Warlords of Draenor in weeks. In fact, it was way back in our Tuesday stream annals of history, Instance Gratification 22. Alright, you got me, that’s only like a month of shows ago, but we’re talking World of Warcraft here. That old time sink of an elephant in the MMORPG genre. Still, it has been long enough to warrant a quick peak at my patch readiness – patched, thanks Blizzard Launcher – and my subscriptions status – paid for, thanks autobilling!

I was concerned at the time of that day’s writing that WoW may finally be losing me. I gave any number of potential reasons, and, to be fair, couldn’t come up with a front runner. At the time, it made sense to peg it on a collection. A compounding mix of competition, genre shifts, design choices and life adding up to less and less time for Azeroth. Monday quarterbacking it, the truth was I was supremely bored with my priest and her playstyle. Perhaps I should roll her to a discipline priest to see if that’s more enjoyable.

That realization hit me like a piano from the sky. Hard. It wouldn’t have happened had I not returned to my original main, a little rogue by the name of Solidsamm. So thoroughly I enjoyed his Stabbiness that I seriously expected to have him at level cap by the next time WoW came up on the Instance Gratification rotation. That hasn’t happened but tomorrow will be spent heading in that direction.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off by 7:30 PM EST and run for an eventful two hours. Oh, and don’t forget that BlizzCon tickets go on sale this Wednesday. Good luck, you’ll need it!

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Instance Gratification 24: Crossing Community Streams with MMOReporter

6 April 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
Go for the eyes!

Go for the eyes!

Instance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

When you travel in the same circles for long enough you’ll begin to remember faces from the crowd. What may have been a casual glance and subtle “how do I know that guy” can quickly turn into “holy crap, that guy is totally stalking me!” That’s exactly what has happened between Lore Hound and MMOReporter, a Canuck based MMOG blog. Focusing on the same genre, one that, despite the money being made by some, remains rather small means we’ve crossed paths for years.

It’s become comical in recent years. We’ve not only run into each other in halls between interviews or after hours parties, but we’ve been booked for the same demo session. Repeatedly. In a row. Unbeknownst to us we’d shake hands and say “Have a good rest of the show” only to meet each other at the next appointment down the hall. Absurd. Hilariously absurd.

Maybe it’s because the market that we follow continuing to contract. Maybe the companies book us together because we’re both dedicated blogs with repeated followers. Maybe it is fate. It could be all of those, but to us it’s far more simple. We’ve the same passion and we’re dedicated. It was bound to see us repeatedly come together. Now, for the first time, we’ll be bringing the communities together for an epic Neverwinter stream.

Oh, and giveaways are totally in the works. Here’s to seeing Cryptic pull through with some codes or any type of Neverwinter goodie to get us psyched for Elemental Evil.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. This super special show will kick off at a special late time of 11:00 PM EST. Yes, that means it’ll run to 1:00 AM EST on Wednesday. Sorry to our European viewers! Continue Reading

Instance Gratification 22: Technology Woes Meet Gameplay Woes

3 March 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_instance_gratification_disenfranchised-world_of_warcraft_dungeons_garrisonInstance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

This week’s technology battle had nothing to do with my arch nemesis. Nope, Comcast deserve none of the credit for hampering my gameplay, for driving me nuts with random crashes, freezes and the unpleasant mid-game lock up. That, my fine readers, goes unequivocally to dust. Yeah, a nasty collection of human skin, human hair and Psylocke fur created a massive superstructure inside my AMD Radeon HD card’s fan cooling system. Of course the realization came after much time was spent looking at the software side.

Being able to play tonight unlocks a gameplay woe. That being my continued disenfranchisement with World of Warcraft, the game that crystallized my addiction to the MMORPG genre which has never let up. It’s not any one feature or lack thereof or replacement that’s caused me to slowly detract from WoW. Rather it’s a collection of game design decisions, competition, industry innovation – or at least, industry shift – and naturally, real life. Blizzard Entertainment has altered the direction of WoW a few times. Sometimes for the better, Wrath of the Lich King, and sometimes for the worse, Mists of Pandaria. Neverwinter has eaten into my quick fix for dungeons. MOBAs indoctrinated not just myself, but millions upon millions of competitive gamers. And, well, life.

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Instance Gratification 21: Spider-man is Coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe! (Giveaway)

17 February 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_instance_gratification_marvel_heroes_spider-manInstance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

There’s really nothing to it. Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment have announced that the pair will be working to bring Spider-man to life as part of the extensive Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ve known that particular piece of juicy information for some time. Today, it was crystallized. The Marvel Twitter account announced that the two companies have hashed out the details, which includes delaying some of the old timeline’s announcement. That makes way for a Marvel/Sony Spider-man on July 28, 2017. Yeah, 2017 is further out than most of today’s stock holdings, but we nerds have the patience.

To celebrate we’re, of course, heading back into Marvel Heroes. Last seen during community manager Ryan Collins’ appearance, complete with giveaways, I continue pushing through the main story in hopes of actually completing it someday. Black Panther is fun and all, but I’m sick of abusing his AoE. Time to wrap it up and begin developing some new character I can dramatically break. Oh, and learn some of those sexy endgame systems, like the Omega dealie.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. The show will kick off around at its new time, 7:00 PM EST, and continue until approximately 9:00 PM! The fan of knives spamming will continue until the Story Mode is wrapped! Continue Reading

Instance Gratification 20: February is Full of Events

3 February 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
lh_wow_instance_gratification_massively_highmaul

Those mitts could snatch a ball at the goal line too. Even without thumbs!

Instance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

After running around in last week’s episode with essentially no idea what I was doing I’ve decided to return to a universe that I can at least fake my way through thanks to years of reading. That’s right gnomes and goblins, we’re heading back into the World of Warcraft. It’s partly to enjoy and prepare for a smorgasbord of upcoming in-game events. Then there’s a dash of leaving Draenor and my guild neglected as I did a little WoW tourism the past few weeks. Solidsagart is in much need of preparing for the big bad patch 6.1 and Blackrock Foundry, the new raid which I am wholly unprepared for. Lastly, it gives me a final excuse to link to Massively, a sad, sad fact of reality.

Now getting back to the original anecdote, let’s see exactly how well I can fake healing in Highmaul with little understand of the true mechanics, no connection to any of the other players and an unimaginable lack of healing practice in general. Here’s to a wipe-free night. Yeah, right!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. The show will kick off around at its new time, 7:00 PM EST, and continue until approximately 9:00 PM! The floggings will continue until the ilvl has improved! Continue Reading

Instance Gratification 19: Guild Wars 2: Acorns & Hearts

27 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_guild_wars_expansion_instance_gratification_heart-of-thornsInstance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

For whatever reason, that’s what I thought the title of the expansion was the moment of the reveal. To be fair, my head was down in a notebook jotting some thoughts to paper. An expansion for Guild Wars 2 wasn’t unexpected, but PAX South, the fledgling latest edition to the growing ReedPOP franchise, didn’t appear to be the predictable outlet. Caught me by surprise. Digesting that information for a few microseconds and stifling a bit of laughter I decided to look at the screen for confirmation. In actuality the first expansion for GW2 is going to be Heart of Thorns.

Not to be confused with Heart of the Swarm. Similar maybe, but oh so different in actuality. As perusal, the attendance of PAX South has my brain being pulled in all sorts of directions. Mostly away from anything but playing videos games. As such, tonight’s Instance Gratification will feature Guild Wars 2 for the first time! I haven’t played the ArenaNet product since early launch. Truthfully, I didn’t put much time into the MMORPG mostly due to having no immediate friends being a part of the scene. That means I’m going to be on an ancient character that hasn’t been touched since late 2012.

One being played by someone who barely remembers how to play the pudgy beast.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. The show will kick off around at its new time, 7:00 PM EST, and its new day, Tuesday! Holy crap, what’s going on?! Continue Reading

Instance Gratification 18: The Forgotten Realms Returneth

21 January 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

NW_PaladinScreenshot_010715Instance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

Being completely honest with everyone there have only been two MMORPGs that have fully grasped by cerebral cortex and sucked me in for any lengthy time in 2014. And while I’ve documentedplenty of my return to World of Warcraft lately, the other has seen less op-ed attention (but plenty of on-air play, interviews and news pieces). That being the world of Dungeons & Dragons, the Forgotten Realms section specifically and, to be even more specific, Neverwinter.  It certainly doesn’t hurt that Cryptic Studios has been in the news quite a bit lately. What with the upcoming Xbox One version of the action MMORPG and the next module hitting the newswire yesterday.

Neverwinter hasn’t ever been dropped, steadfastly soaking up precious space on my small SSD main drive that La Juega contains. Yes, my computer has a first name. Its action combat is thoroughly enjoyable. The gameplay is perfectly designed for my lizard brain; getting in, getting something done and getting out. Let’s not kid ourselves, Cryptic Studios (and Perfect World Entertainment behind them) know how to keep us hooked. The development studio consistently pushes new content patches or teases the next as soon as the general community begins to hunger. Oh, to be a fly on the wall during the marketing/product meetings as they review metrics and come to those decisions.

At any rate, it’s out with the new Warlords of Draenor and WildStar and in with the old. At least for this week on Instance Gratification.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream. The show will kick off around at its new time, 7:00 PM EST, and continue until approximately 9:00 PM! The floggings will continue until the level has improved! Continue Reading