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#365 Thoughts on the PAX East Heroes of the Storm Panel

One of the Pax East Panels I got to sit on Blizzard’s Heroes of the Storm dev talk panel. Last year I missed Blizzard’s PAX panel, where they officially announced the launching of their new title, Hearthstone so this year I made sure not to miss a minute of this year’s announcements.

As a bonus treat to the few people who attended the panel you were able to hear what I sound like in real life, I was the person who asked which heroes the devs would add if balancing was not an issue.

As a bonus treat to the few people who attended the panel you were able to hear what I sound like in real life, I was the person who asked which heroes the devs would add if balancing was not an issue.

 

The panel went over a few things; first, there is no official release date on Heroes of the Storm and that there are no beta keys for the Heroes of the Storm. Two facts that everyone at the Heroes panel and booth were adamant about getting that point across to everyone at the convention. While Blizzard said that they are adding more people into the program each week, the only way to get in is opt in through their website and keep checking your Battlenet launcher to see if your gaming library has been updated.

I'm still not the beta but this new method of how Blizzard goes around handing out betas has guaranteed that at least one more person downloads and uses Blizzard's new cross-promotion gaming launcher.

I’m still not the beta but this new method of how Blizzard goes around handing out betas has guaranteed that at least one more person downloads and uses Blizzard’s new cross-promotion gaming launcher.

 

After Blizzard’s PSA about not trusting any emails that claims to have Heroes of the Storm beta key, the Developers then moved on to reveal some of the new heroes and mechanics to soon be added to the game.

While we have some heroes like Zagara and LiLi the one that stood out to me was Murky, the baby murloc. When the devs started talking about the inspiration for this hero, they said they wanted a hero that was incredibly weak, but the mechanic is that Murky lays an egg somewhere on the map and while he will be dying a lot he’s purpose is do little waves of damage to the enemy’s health over a continue waves of recently hatched Murkys. Chipping away the enemy team until they either cave from exhaustion or another teammate comes in for the assistance for the kill or the capture of the map objective.

A hero based around dying over and over again. Sounds like a perfect fit for me.

A hero based around dying over and over again. Sounds like a perfect fit for me.

 

Between that and everything else I have heard and seen about this new game I can say it looks fun. I do not take that word lightly, remember I wrote an entire blog post about why the recent Mario game was fun (Be MOP #349).

What also caught my eye was Heroes of the Storm’s approach to heroes skins. While it is a free to play game and it will have cosmetic skins of the champions and mounts for sale on the online shop Heroes will also be providing free in-game cosmetic palette swapped skins for the champions as a reward for playing with that one hero for a set amount of time and there will also be an ultimate skin that you can unlock once you max out that hero.

While Blizzard has the iconic PC gaming characters at its disposal, I think the free unlockable skins and designs will provides as the more important tool for the Heroes of the Storm marketing team when trying to advertise and the game above the other competitors that are currently on the market.

Heroes reminds me a bit of Pokemon, the creative team goes to town making monsters and creations with unique gameplay and then the Pokemon Company threw the entire project at the player base and the fans are the ones who create the competitive gaming leagues and separate the heroes into various tiers of usefulness. Which is something that Blizzard have said from the beginning.

 

My only PAX East regret is I was not able to get into the League of Legends gamplay design panel to see the different approach Blizzard and Riot have designing the character’s roles and move-sets  for their games.

 


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#364 Post PAX Decompression

PAX East is officially ended last Sunday, the three days of heading down to Boston for non-stop video game fun but now have left me totally exhausted.

It is a good thing that it only lasts for three days if it went on any longer we would have geeks collapsing from exhaustion all over the expo hall

It is a good thing that it only lasts for three days if it went on any longer we would have geeks collapsing from exhaustion all over the expo hall

 

For reference this was the first time at PAX East where I booked a hotel room in Boston and stayed in the area for all three days and two nights.  Despite all the food, expensive, shops at the expo hall and parties I still arrived under budget from the allotted amount of money I sent aside in preparation for the event.

This was one of the best thing I walked away with from the convention and as I told people on Twitter, this is what happens when I am asked to pick up a Cards Against Humanity deck for my brother (signed by the creators of the game)

This was one of the best thing I walked away with from the convention and as I told people on Twitter, this is what happens when I am asked to pick up a Cards Against Humanity deck for my brother (signed by the creators of the game)

 

While I was there I got to meet up with my family, old friends, some amazing people I met online (including Stubborn) and so many other people from gaming companies and organizations from the various panels I got to sit in on.

As I type I am still going through all the loot and literature from the event.  Trust me when I say that I will talk about all the stuff I found interesting in due time and possibly launching a few side projects for the future as well. But for now I am too physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted to go into any real depth for today

I will say that one of the best parts of PAX and any gaming event big or small is that, at least for me, it shows me that the world of video games is much bigger and expansive than I have previously thought. It is refreshing to know that no matter how or why you got into playing video games there are people out there that share your interest and will gladly start a conversation with you on the exact thing that you are passionate about.

 


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#363 Guest Post: Pax-tivities

Since I am attending PAX East this weekend I thought it would be a good idea to set up a guest post with another blogger that also going to the convention. So today Stubborn of sheepthediamond.wordpress.com will posting for Be MOP and I will have published piece about what to bring to these events on his website. Be sure check it out once you are done here.
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Dear Reader (of someone else’s blog!),

Going to conventions, particularly for the first time (or the first time in a new venue), can feel overwhelming.  Too much time during my first PAX was spent confusedly looking at the schedule and the map, trying to work out what was where.  Since PAX changed venues after that, too much of my second PAX was much the same.  However, since I’ve been a few times, I thought I’d write a handy summary of the variety of different things to do around the PAX arena.

At the top of my list is always panels.  As an educator and, as the cliché goes, a “life-long learner,” I love going to hear people speak on a variety of topics.  There’re three basic types of panels: the shill panel, the feedback panel, and the true discussion.  Each has its own merits and drawbacks; at a shill, you’ll hear a lot of very tempting information about a product.  You can often ask questions about the product, too, though the answers you get may only be in “beta” form (meaning they may never come to pass).  If you’re really interested in a game, you absolutely should go to a shill panel, but if you’re on the fence, don’t expect a fair review.

In feedback panels, developers often ask the audience for input on how to do something.  It may be how to better the community in League of Legends (been to that one) or how to further develop DayZ (my buddy went to that one), but often it’s a great chance to speak to the actual team leaders behind a game’s development and get some time to voice your ideas.

The discussion panels are often my favorite; they can cover a variety of tough issues like female representation in games and game companies or how to publish your first indie game.  These panels often have the most honest and interesting exchanges, as in last year’s Extra Credits Q&A when James Portnow, their resident game designer, basically trashed a lot of “game developer” for-profit schools but also gave some really insightful and important information about how to pick a good one.

Whatever you do with panels, try at least once to step outside your comfort zone.  Are you a dude who doesn’t think the whole female gamers thing is an issue?  Give it a try; you might have your eyes opened, as my buddy did.  Are you not particularly interested in indie games?  Go to one of their developer panels and hear their stories; you might be surprised!

Of course, at any convention, there’s going to be an Exhibition Floor.  This wildly crowded shopping mall reminds me of a carnival, with all sorts of sights and sounds to experience.  I don’t spend a ton of time on the floor, but I always go to every booth to at least look at what they have, even if I only stay a few seconds.  The floor gives you an opportunity for hands-on experiences with upcoming games.  I first heard about The Last of Us on an exhibition floor several years ago, well before the final product was nearing completion, and even then, I was intrigued.  As a result, I followed its development from there on out.

Sometimes browsing lets you find new and exciting things, but other times you may have a target in mind.  Last year I bee-lined for the League of Legends booth, having heard of free goodies being given out.  I got two free skins as well as some inside information on a secret contest that was running to find Teemo mushrooms to win a Teemo hat.  Many booths will give out freebies of some kind, whether it’s a closed beta key, a plush sunshroom, which my wife scored from the Plants vs. Zombies booth, or a kiss with a Zombie, which my buddy scored from the same!  I’d recommend you hit the floor later on Saturday, as the crowds usually die down as time passes, but doing so runs the risk of missing out on swag that they might have run out of.

A third option – and something that I consider to be really generous and unique – is the game library.  You can peruse hundreds of board, card, and pen and paper role playing games, trade in your driver’s license, and play any of these hundreds of games for as long as you’d like.  The result is always a ton of fun.  I’ve bought several of the games I first tried there.  Others I only enjoyed with my friends, then just put back.  Whether it’s controlling berserk robots, throwing Romans into a volcano, or simultaneously cooperating with while secretly plotting the downfall of your friends, every game has the potential to be a lot of fun.

If board and card games aren’t your thing, there are huge rooms dedicated to letting you try computer and console games for free, as well.  You just wait in line, then get a computer or console pre-loaded with many current games from which to choose.  The lines for those sections can be long, though, so don’t wait until late to do this!  We’ve been turned away twice due to line length and time, though both times we’d just wandered over for the heck of it, so it was no big loss.

Lastly, there’re a whole slew of activities that I’ve personally never done (since I’m an old man) but I’ve heard great things about.  Both Friday and Saturday night there are amazing concerts with some very famous performers including MC Frontalot, the Bit Brigade, and Metroid Metal (among others).  Like I said, though, I’m an old man and value my hearing too much, so I’ve skipped those in the past.  My old buddy’s younger brother (who’s my buddy, too) goes every year, though, and really enjoys them.

There’s also the Omeganaut championship, a gaming challenge for random attendees who play for some very attractive prize packages (like going to Germany for a European gaming convention).  I’ve gone to the final round the last two years, but the semi-finals are spread throughout the convention.  I haven’t been, but I’ve heard they’re a lot of fun, too.

Lastly, again, since I’m an old man, I don’t attend after parties, since I’m too sleepy, but my young buddy said some of his fondest memories come from just hanging out after the convention center closes in someone’s hotel lobby, playing games and meeting new people.  If you’re young and have an endless battery, you might want to try that, too.

All of these options only skim the surface of what’s available at PAX.  Each one is really a bundle of hundreds of other options, experiences, and memory-makers from which to choose.  I’ve never regretted a single decision I’ve made at PAX, whether it was to go to a midnight movie that got suddenly cancelled and instead had a celebrity come out and do a Q & A or to take my buddy to a mind-expanding panel and watch him grow a little, or to gush like a fool about The Secret World and get some closed beta keys and some free TSW swag.  Every year I’ve gone, I’ve loved it, and I’m excited to go again this year.  If you’re going, I hope to you enjoy it, too, and if you’re not, consider joining me next year!

Sincerely,

Stubborn (temporary Bostonite)

 


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#362 The Liebster Award

This weekend I received a notification from WordPress that I have been recognized by Growing up in Azeroth for a Liebster Award! While I usually do not like talking about just myself on this blog too much, for today I will gladly make the exception.

 

I believe in the rap world this type of thing would be called a 'cypher'

I believe in the rap world this type of thing would be called a ‘cypher’

 

1.    What is your favorite noob moment in WoW or another video game (the more embarrassing, the better  :D )?

I talked about this one before (and it is my favorite drinking story) by my biggest noob moment was the time I gave up a chance to meet Emma Watson  for a virtual dragon (Be MOP #12). If I was to reveal another major noob moment my another favorite moment was equipping an agility dagger on my undead mage while leveling through the Mulgore zone because I thought that stacking agility would make me run faster.

 

this is one of those times where, even if I had the chance to redo everything all over again I would still chose to stay inside for the night because I get more mileage telling of the story that almost happened instead of what could have happen.

this is one of those times where, even if I had the chance to redo everything all over again I would still chose to stay inside for the night because I get more mileage telling of the story that almost happened instead of what could have happen.

 

2.    You are going to be trapped in a hotel with your family for one week.  You get to choose one book, one board game, and one video game to have for that week.  What would you choose and why?

If I was trapped in a hotel with my entire family, which for reference we are talking about my two parents and five younger siblings, I would have to pack my copy of the completed works of Hitchhiker’s to the Galaxy. For games I would have to choose two co-op games with near infinite replay value that I could play with my siblings, for that I would have to bring along a pack of Uno cards and Super Smash Brawl for the Wii or if we wait a few months the Wii U.

 

I was tempted to put down one of the Mario Party games but towards the end of the week that hotel building would start to look like the set of Stephen King's The Shining. 

I was tempted to put down one of the Mario Party games but towards the end of the week that hotel building would start to look like the set of Stephen King’s The Shining.

 

3.    If you could have one WoW spell in real life, which one would you choose?

This one is easy, because I have about an hour-long commute I would have to pick one of the mage’s teleport spells so I can cut down the time and gas money I spend each week getting to a from work.

 

4.    Zombies or Unicorns?

Unicorns. If only because Unicorns do not go out of their way to hunt you down and kill you.

 

5.    What is your favorite WoW joke/pun?

“I love this planet! I come here; I see cow and chicken and ride little horsies. THIS PLANET HAS EVERYTHING!” Draenei Male.


6.    It’s the last day of WoW before the servers shut down permanently.  What do you do?

Probably take a walking tour of the world and revisit my favorite Warcraft zones (no particular order: 1000 Needles, Hellfire Peninsula, and Tirisfal Glades) and for the final hour I would end up /dance -ing on top of one of the major city’s mailbox.

 

7.    All time favorite movie?

V-for-Vendetta-movie-poster


8.    If you could kill off one WoW characters to bring another WoW character back, who would you kill and who would you bring back?

Besides Garrosh, I would kill off Malfurion Stormrage and bring back Millhouse Manastorm just so that Blizzard or the players can kill that gnome again.


9.    What was your first WoW character? (Calling it now, it was a night elf hunter!)

It was actually an Undead Mage, the same mage that took me from beginning of Burning Crusade all the way to wilds of Pandaria.

 

I still kept some of my old WoW screenshots. I think this one is the equivalent of that embarrassing childhood photo your parents still keeps around

I still kept some of my old WoW screenshots. I think this one is the equivalent of that embarrassing childhood photo your parents brings out at parties


10.    What was your first video game ever?

The first video game that I ever owned was a copy of Pokemon Red. It is actually one of my favorite memory. It started with my parents calling me down to the kitchen where they then presented me a fresh out of the box GameBoy color, Pokemon Red, and the official player guide. While my parents watched as I picked my first starter and played up to Viridian Forest and beyond throughout the school night. Playing with electronics or watching T.V on a school night was an unprecedented event back then and which probability made it so memorable.

11.    What is the one food that you want to try, but are too afraid to?

I really want to try any tropical dish that has pineapple in it, but because of my Anaphylaxis food allergy to the fruit I am  too afraid to try a bite of it. One day I might grow out of the allergy, like the rest of my family, but I certainly do not want to test that theory without proper professional medical supervision.

 

It is more funny to think that someone born in New England would have such a deadly allergy to a fruit that is grown on the other side of the world.

It is more funny to think that someone born in New England would have such a deadly allergy to a fruit that is grown on the other side of the world.

 

Now for the random facts portion of this post:

  •  I have met both Chuck Norris and Oprah Winfrey
  • I used to fence (the sport) while I was middle school and high school
  • One of my most prized possession is a mint condition, still in the box,  original Mighty Mophin Power Rangers Megazord
  • I was a member of the audience of Good Morning America during my first and only trip to NYC
  • My absolute favorite Batman movie is and always will be Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever
  •  I have previously ran for a seat of State Representative for my district. While I did lose that race, I plan to get back on the horse and try again next election cycle.
  • My voice was recorded on one of WoW Insider’s live shows. Try to guess show number, and which one I was.
  • My first MP3 file was of BareNaked Ladies’s song, One Week
  • In Highschool I went on a school organized week long spring vacation trip to London, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam….with my younger brother and my mother.
  • My family keeps a few dozen chickens as pets. Not livestock but honest to goodness pets, each with their own names and personalities.
  • You can all thank my mom for getting me to start blogging after she used my name to sign up for a WordPress account and created a blog for me to build and update as a project to help the family get a dishwasher in exchange for a few dozen eggs. But that story is for another time.

Alright this post is getting on the long side so it is time to pass the nominate a few more bloggers for this challenge, for that I choose

http://www.alternative-blog.net/

sheepthediamond.wordpress.com/

arcanewordsmith.wordpress.com/

and YOU! If you have not been formally nominated for a Liebster Award consider yourself invited to join in on the fun.

 

My questions for you are (and because some of questions that I had to answer were so good I had to pass them along):

1.What is your favorite noob moment in WoW or another video game

2. You are going to be trapped in a hotel with your family for one week. You get to choose one book, one board game, and one video game to have for that week. What would you choose and why?

3.  All time favorite movie?

4. What was your first video game ever?
5. What is the one food that you want to try, but are too afraid to?

6. What inspired you to start blogging?

7. What is your most prized possession?

8. What new game are you the most excited for?

9. What was your first music album? First MP3 file?

10. What is your favorite blog post that you have written on your site?

11. What was one question you wish people asked about you?

 

 


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#361 The Second Third eBook Bundle

This spring is a great time for video games players to get some great books to put their reading lists. In March I wrote about Humble Bundle’s third Humble eBook Bundle (Be MOP #353) and today I want to bring to light another eBook Bundle that just recently went live, the Story Bundle’s Video Game Bundle 3.0.

I would bring it up when it went live but my paycheck did not clear until this weekend, which is why I am talking about it now.

I would bring it up when the bundle went live but my paycheck did not clear until this weekend, which is why I am talking about it now.

 

The gaming book titles are behind two paywalls with the purchase of three US dollars you can get the ebook copies of; How to Do Things With Videogames by Ian Bogost, Atari Inc.: Business Is Fun by Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel, SCROLL: Collection 01-11 by Ray Barnholt, Service Games: The Rise and Fall of Sega by Sam Pettus, Ghosts in the Machine by Lana Polansky and Brendan Keogh, The Gothic Tower & Assorted Interactive Fiction by Ryan Veeder.

 

Its like reading rainbow for nerds 

Its like Reading Rainbow for nerds

 

And -in what I hope to be an internet tradition for other internet bundles websites like this-  if you pay anywhere above $12 you get three more books added to your cart. These are Boss Fight Books #1: EarthBound by Ken Baumann, Minecraft by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson, and The Final Hours of Portal 2 by Geoff Keighley.

I know that you are never to judge a book by it's cover but with a cover like that... I believe there are exceptions to the rules. InstaBuy.

I know that you are never to judge a book by its cover but with a cover like that… I believe there are exceptions to the rules. InstaBuy.

 

And at the checkout you can decide how your money is split between the Authors and the StoryBundle website plus you can also opt to donate 10% of your total to one of the three charities, Mighty Writers, Girls Write Now, or Challenger Center.

In a bit surprising of news I have never heard any of these book titles so I can give any recommendations like I did in the Humble eBook Bundle but I am going to buy it and have it downloaded to my Kindle and smartphone to serve as something to do while waiting in line for the panel talks at this year’s PAX East.


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#360 2048′s evil lure of ‘just one more game’

Last night, after work I meant to crack into some of the new games I have been meaning to get into for this month but I ended up playing a fan made Pokemon version of 2048. Pokemon 2048 is just like a normal game of 2048 but it is much better because it has Pokemon in it. (See Pokemon Snap)

It is just like a normal game of 2048 but it is much better because it has Pokemon in it. (See Pokemon Snap)

2048 is a great game of resource management because the higher scoring tiles will give you more points you don’t use them as much as the low scoring tiles and all the while the higher points take up valuable space which is something you have balance and plan around towards the end of the game.

 

I thought that I would play a quick game of 2048 while checking on my email and various other things I do after work, acting as warm up for my other more complex games.

The problem is that because this game is short, sweet, and based on random number generators I got suckered into reloading after facing the game over screen for ‘just one more game’. Then BAM! I check the time and it ends up being far too late into the night to start the game I was planning on that night.

My apologizes Assassin's Creed, you were just no match the challenge of beating my high-score in a matching tile game

My apologizes Assassin’s Creed, you were just no match the challenge of beating my high-score in a matching tile game. Next time it will be different

 

This is not the first game that robbed a night of and I would to call out the game like, Team Fortress 2, Binding of Isaac, 2048 and I am sure many other titles out there that lures you in with a quick game, and simple controls but it usually ends up sucking out of your play time, a valuable and precious resource now that I have a full-time job and responsibilities like the rest of the adult working force.

I wonder if anyone else out there has the same problem of choosing the simple and quick game as a way to start your dedicated play time and end up playing and replaying the same game into the night. If so leave a comment, I can not be the only one with this problem.

 


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#359 Games from my Backlog for the month of April

Well it is April and just like the the waning and waxing of the moon it is time to choose few more games from my backlog to focus on playing throughout the new month.

Yesterday I spent my April fools day watching and rewatching the long-awaited update to Homestarrunner.com and marathoning through all of the best Homestarrand Strongbad skits, reliving some of my favorite early internet memories.

the new skit even came with unlockable content that you have to click around and wait for after long enough.

the new skit even came with unlockable content that you have to click around and wait for after long enough.

Although I forgot to update the little box on the right hand side of the site, Last month I played Super Mario 3D Land and Serious Sam 3: BFE (Be MOP #346).  I wrote about both of them in March, one in a positive light about how much fun I had with a new Mario game, while and breaking down what exactly I found enjoyable in the game (Be MOP #346). The other post shedding light on a major gaming character flaw of mine when it comes to playing First Person Shooter games that prevented me from playing past the first ten minutes of Serious Sam (Be MOP #352). Spring cleaning is just around the corner and I am going to need to keep an eye out on those special sea sickness prevention bands because I feel like bad that I could not even get out of the tutorial level.

This month I am going back to three games for my month quota, for the AAA title is the first Assassin’s Creed. I picked up this and the sequel on steam ages ago and it was one of the gaming series that I have been wanting to get through since the release of Assassin IV and no time is like the present to get started.

"No time like the present" eh heh time joke

“No time like the present” eh heh time joke

 

 

For the two token indie games I decided to go with a game that I have heard nothing but good thing around the internet, The Swapper a 2D platformer that centers around using clones of yourself to get through the stage’s puzzles. Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams another 2d platformer that I heard is quite difficult to get through and as my long-standing relationship with Super Meat Boy, They Bleed Pixels, and Cloudberry Kingdom any game that advertise as being a super hard platforming game is almost guaranteed a on spot on my Steam library.

 


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#358 The Official Origin Story of my Steam Account

It is the end of the month of March and with this an important gaming milestone, my third anniversary of joining Steam.

A few months ago I was planning to write this post on the birthday BUT because of a touch of dyslexia I confused the 13 for a 31, which is why I am writing this post now.

A few months ago I was planning to write this post on the birthday BUT because of a touch of dyslexia I confused the 13th for a 31st, which is why I am writing this post now.

 

Since my three years of downloading Valve’s Steam 200+ games collection and hundreds and hundreds of hours of gameplay on record. With the celebration I thought now would be a good time to spin the yarn and tell all of you how I started my adventures through  Steam.

It all started with my first Pax East back in 2o11. At the time my gaming experience was limited to World of Warcraft and just that. It was also the only game I played for years and because of my barebones laptop that I could afford on my early college student’s budget.

But going into this expo for the first time with my mother and younger brother just completed their amazing story with Uber Entertainment and one of our family’s pet chickens. It is a really long and epic read that you can catch it all on my mother’s blog found HERE, HEREHERE, and HERE.

The TLDR version is: It started with my brother asking a game developer for a few gaming keys for some friends who had a series of unfortunate events and it ended with one of our chickens starring in a video game.

 I would like to see anyone else try to top that story.

I would like to see anyone else try to top that story.

 

Well that series of events happened and while I was exploring alone on the expo floor I stumbled upon Uber Entertainment’s booth. dispite knowing nothing about the game Super Monday Night combat, beyond the fact of my brother’s excitement to be a part of it, and being a good older brother I bought a digital key  for the game, and if memory served I bought the deluxe key with an exclusive Penny Arcade inspired Cardboard Tube Samurai skin for the assassin character in the game.

A common practice back in the day. Image from: http://mondaynightcombat.wikia.com/

One of my favorite skins in videogames.
Image from: http://mondaynightcombat.wikia.com/

 

After the everything was done and I was back home I followed the instructions on the card and in order for me to redeem and play this game I needed to download and install the steam client. Granted I did not play much of it because my barebones laptop started to overheat the moment the game asked it to run the game in a frame rate above single digits.

From there it is just history, I want to take this time to say thank you to PAX East, Uber Entertainment, and my little brother for opening of the gateway to a brand new world of PC gaming full of free games, charity driven bundles, and some of the biggest discounts in major AAA game titles I have ever seen.

 

Here's to many more great years of gaming

Here’s to many more years of great gaming

 


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#357 Heroes I want to see in Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard had a busy week, with the launching of their first expansion for Diablo 3, Reaper of Souls. On top of their impressive launch party but Blizzard also announced that Tyrael will be one of the playable heroes in the their newest game Heroes of the Storm.

This is great news because not only are Blizzard taking a leaf out of Nintendo’s book, Building hype for Super Smash Brawl, by announcing segments of their new game in line with a major release of one of their other gaming titles. But it also means I was completely called it two weeks ago when I  exposed Blizzard’s “No game is an Island” marketing plan (Be MOP #350)

Nothing makes a blogger happy than correctly calling out a multi million dollar entertainment company's marketing plan.

Nothing makes a blogger happy than correctly calling out a multi million dollar entertainment company’s marketing plan.

 

I could go into more marketing material but today, this Friday, I want to create a list for some of the Heroes I want to see in the game. Because the best thing about this game than say any of it’s other competition in the A.R.T.S/Moba genre is that Blizzard already has three expansive universe that they could continuously harvest from for years to come.

One (or all of the) Dragon Aspects from World of Warcraft.

These were my favorite characters from the Warcraft universe, they were there from the beginning with the creation of the Well of Eternity and they fought besides the players against Deathwing at the end of Cataclysm.

Plus how cool it would be incorporating powers like time manipulation into the game.

Plus how cool it would be incorporating powers like time manipulation into the game.

Deckard Cain from Diablo

This character has been an established character since the original Diablo and while playing through Diablo 3 for the first time I felt a bit anticlimactic killing him off in the first Act, it would be cool seeing an old fragile man going 1v1 against Diablo himself on the battlefield.

I could totally see him play as a support/specialist

I could totally see him play as a support/specialist

 

A heroes from Blizzard’s still super secret T.I.T.A.N MMO

We know this project is eventually coming and even someone with no background in marketing can tell you that the moment project T.I.T.A.N is announced or hits the beta that Blizzard will be releasing a special HotS hero from that series. We now the game is in the works, it is better just to get it out of the way now.

 

An Innkeeper from World of Warcraft

I want something like an Inn Keeper in Heroes of the Storm, because it would be hilarious to see a game full of powerful heroes and villains to see one normal NPC in the heroes roster and fighting besides aliens, demons and important world leaders.

If they really wanted to connect it to a franchise they could have it be a new Hearthstone character.

If they really wanted to connect it to a franchise they could have it be a new Hearthstone character.

 

Those are just my pick for additional heroes to add to the game, but I want to know what you think, What characters from Blizzards games do you want to see in Heroes of the Storm? Leave a comment down below I would love to hear want other people want from this game.

And Blizzard, if you are reading this, I can not wait to see you at this year’s PAX East.

 

 


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#356 Finally Finding Free Time to watch Free to Play

This weekend I found some time t0 sit down with popcorn and soda  to watch Valve’s recent documentary of the competitive side of Dota 2, Free to Play.

The few bit I will say about the documentary, coming from someone who is not  a film buff at all, is that it was a good film. As someone who had no experience with following the professional circuit of Dota 2 the filmmakers did it’s job of drawing me into the story, keeping up suspense on what will happen next in the tournament, and getting me emotionally invested in the people towards the end.

I do not know what makes a good documentary, but I can recognize a good film when I see one.

I do not know what makes a good documentary, but I can recognize a good film when I see one.

 

While watching it many thoughts several important things stood out at me while watching the film. First I liked the clever use of the document’s title and how Valve implemented the various DLC packs that features the various professional players the documentary focused on throughout the story.

It was also comforting that see the early history esports, how popular the idea of a professional gamer is in the rest of the world, although I understand that the depiction of how beloved esports are in Asia might a bit bias for the sake of the film.

More importantly it looks like this is another step towards validating the idea of professional videogame players to be considered athletes.

I mentioned before that Riot Games has been doing this with their TV segments by inviting those gamer to the commentary decks to deconstruct the previous match fight by fight and showing the behind the scenes segments of everyone’s favorite teams very similar to what Football and Basketball shows are doing. (Be MOP #276)

Just recently League teams and Tournament Coordinators putting money in their own PR YouTube videos but I wonder if this will become a norm to have these are done just to prove that these tournaments are legitimate sport to the rest of the world.

Either way I am glad that products like these videos had enough support to warrant the cost of production and editing for full length features and promotional shorts and I would not be surprised to see these video aired on proper T.V stations, or possibly seeing the birth of a TV channel all about e-sports.

 

I’m still holding out for the creation of an eESPN sister channel.

 

 


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