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Warcraft: Breaking Into New Mediums

Greetings One and All!

If you haven’t been living under too large of a rock, you know that Blizzard and Legendary Pictures are releasing a Warcraft movie very soon. As a long time Blizzard fan, I am extremely excited to see what Duncan Jones can bring to Azeroth. Today’s trailer, and a follow up tweet by Jones, has resolved any doubts I have about the movie.

What I Liked

The character that spoke in the trailer all seem to have personality in their voices. The mixture of CGI and real actors is the best I’ve seen so far in an action/fantasy movie. The spell effects look amazing. DWARVES! THE DWARVES LOOK LIKE DWARVES FOR ONCE!

What I’m Concerned About

Garona. How is her character going to be handled? Will she be the bad ass she is in from the lore of the RTS or will they retcon the hell out of her? Why does it appear she and Lothar have a thing going when in lore she and Medivh have a child together in lore?

The music in the trailer is pretty epic, but it isn’t Warcraft. Duncan Jones has an answer for us though!

What I Hope For

The baddest ass fantasy movie I’ve seen in years. I deeply hope that this movie is a movie for the fans that invites the public into the world of Azeroth. Lets face it, declining subs and 14 months of Hellfire Citadel until Legion are stressing even the most faithful to stick things out.

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Greetings! I am an avid MMORPG player currently playing World of Warcraft as an Unholy Deathknight but plan to swap to a Demon Hunter in Legion. I love playing most RPG's, both video games and pen & paper, but I am willing to give any game a shot. In my spare time I am an amateur blacksmith currently relearning to make high quality knives.

Real Things Video Games Teach You: Starcraft

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 Making large scale decisions under rapidly changing conditions, working under extreme pressure, understanding terrain advantages and disadvantages, resource management. ~StarCraft

 

Real Things Video Games Teach You was a series of Tumblr posts started by Oliver in May 2013 where he posted a bunch of posts in a short period of time. He’s recently added posts to the Tumblr account this year.  He has given VGS permission to re-post these under his name as part of  a series posting twice a week.  If you want to see all of his posts, check out his Tumblr account: http://realthingsvideogamesteachyou.tumblr.com/archive

Gaming News Weekly Recap – March 9 – 15, 2014

vgs-weekly-news-march-9-15We can’t easily cover all the news each week with our small team, so instead, we’ll bring you a Gaming News Weekly Recap for the previous week each Sunday  – sometimes earlier, sometimes later on Sunday or early Monday morning, depending on what I’ve got going on.  Obviously, this week is coming out on Monday, because I got delayed while writing.  No…I wasn’t distracted playing Hearthstone.  Okay…maybe I was.

A lot of things happened this week and some of these will link to other articles on other sites in addition to our quick rundown or comments on them.  Most of the articles will link to official websites where you can find more information on the game; only a few articles will link to original sources that are not official sites.

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World of Warcraft announces pre-order for Warlords of Draenor, purchase of Boost to 90

Ahh yes, it comes as no surprise that Blizzard announces that Pre-Orders are now available for $49.99 or $69.99 for their next expansion, Warlords of Draenor.  Expected to be released on or before Dec. 20, players now have an incentive to order early.  When you pre-order your copy of the expansion, you get the boost to 90 code automatically, so you can boost any character you want to 90.  Are you ready for an influx of people who don’t know how to play certain classes?  It’s bound to happen.

Not only that, for $60 you can boost any character, even level 1, to 90 now.  While the price seems a bit steep, I don’t think it’s too steep and may prevent people from doing a mass leveling of characters – unless they have a ton of money to waste on it.

As for myself?  I think I’m going to make a 90 Horde Lock or Druid as i already have that Alliance side.

For full details:  http://us.battle.net/en/int?r=wow

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Hearthstone Open Beta Release – Hearthsteed if you win 3 play-mode games

We first covered Hearthstone back in April 2013 when the game was initially announced at PAX East and once I got into closed beta, I found that I thoroughly enjoyed the game – perhaps even better than Magic: The Gathering on the PC.  The game is easy to learn through the forced tutorial play through, but once you complete it, it’s all about playing and leveling classes, completing quests to earn gold so you can earn or buy new cards for your decks.

While Hearthstone allows you to buy cards with real life funds, it does have a way for you to earn gold to regularly buy packages and there doesn’t’ seem to be a true advantage to buying cards unless you’re just wanting to create your best decks faster.

With open beta, you can now challenge friends to games and see how you stack up against them.  In addition to this, once you pass the tutorial stages and can compete in Play and Arena modes, you have the chance to earn a Hearthsteed for your World of Warcraft account.  This is probably the easiest steed to acquire – all you have to do is win 3 rounds in Casual or Ranked mode.

Hearthstone is a free game.  Now that it’s in Open Beta, download it and check it out.  You might find it to be a lot of fun.  Seeing that e-sports is getting bigger, I expect this to be a title in future e-sports tournaments.

For more information on Hearthstone: http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/

Titanfall_wallpaper2560x1440Titanfall Releases

Titanfall, released March 11, had the biggest launch of 2014 across all platforms – not really surprising considering it was one of the most anticipated games for both PC and Xbox.  But the launch also increased Xbox One sales by 96% according to Digital Spy.

As I’m not big into first-person shooters/mech warrior games, this isn’t a game I’ve purchased, but I can’t deny the popularity of it.  If you haven’t checked out Prod1gy’s tutorial we featured a few weeks back and just purchased the game you might want to check it out.

Speaking of Prod1gy, he attempted a world record marathon on Titanfall, but was unfortunately ended due to his ISP cutting out on him.  We hope he plans to try again and that the internet doesn’t stop him.

For more information on Titanfall, check out the official website: http://www.titanfall.com/

dark-souls-2Dark Souls 2 releases

Also released this past week, Dark Souls 2 ranked second in sales compared to Titanfall.  This game, I’ve heard from one of our reporters who’s playing it – is extremely hard, especially if you don’t patch the game.  Patch the game and things aren’t quite as hard, but don’t let it fool you.  It’s a difficult game.

While Darks Souls 2 is the sequel to Dark Souls, the creator says other than it being set in the same world, there is no storyline tie together.  If you enjoyed either Dark Souls or Demon Souls, you may want to consider picking up Dark Souls 2 as it seems to be well worth it.

For more information: http://www.darksoulsii.com/us/

sxsw-2014SXSW Marred by Tragedy

South by Southwest (SXSW) ran March 7 through March 16 and was full of panels and events, including our friends at AbleGamers Foundation and Kerbal Space Program having a presentation there.

The annual event draws more than 70,000 attendees, artists and demonstrators to the city of Austin and features game demonstrations, panels, concerts, film screenings and much more.

Sadly, this year’s event was marred by a drunk driver, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder for an accident which occurred while he was driving under the influence.  The accident killed two, injured more than 20 others. For more information: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/13/us/texas-sxsw-crash/ 

league-of-legendsLoL South Korean Player Attempts Suicide

On the heels of the SXSW tragedy, news came across of a League of Legends player who recently attempted suicide and is in critical condition at a South Korean Hospital.  Cheon “Promise” Min-Ki jumped from the 12th floor after learning their team’s manager lied to them over sponsorship, was selling off equipment meant for the team and was rigging matches.

If you’ve watched FRAG, you know that sponsorships don’t always come through as promised and sponsors often go back on their promises.  It sounds like “Promise” got the bad end of the stick on this, but do remember suicide should never be an option as it’s a very permanent end to a temporary problem.

Riot’s Korean Division of League of Legends are investigating the match fixing accusations.

“Promise” has a long road for recovery ahead of him as well as high medical costs.  People have initiated fundraising campaigns on Reddit and YouCaring.com for him.  If you are inclined to help, click those links for more information.

For more information on this story, check these articles out:

the-witcher-3-logo-wallpaperWitcher 3 Delayed till 2015

The much anticipated finale to The Witcher series slated to be out this year, has been delayed.  It was announced this past week the game won’t be released until February 2015.

CD ProjektRED has published an open letter to fans of the Witcher series to let them know that the final game in the trilogy, Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, indicating the team feels that the few extra months will allow them to “achieve the quality that will satisfy” them.

Original source:  http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/03/11/the-witcher-3-delayed-now-due-february-2015/?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=emp.

wildstarWildstar Online Release Date Announced, Pre-Orders available

Official news, too good not to re-share.

Pre-orders for WildStar begin on March 19th. To get all the details of the awesome pre-order bonuses you get, including headstart, beta access, and A FREAKING ROCKET HOUSE, check out our pre-order page!

NDA LIFT

As of today, the NDA for WildStar has officially lifted! Anyone in the beta is free to talk about their experiences, share screenshots, video, livestream, blog, tweet, vine, haiku, and more!

It’s been an amazingly epic ride from the start of beta a year ago to today, and we couldn’t be happier to have you with us. Look forward to more streams, more content, and more excitement as we get closer to the release date, and join us on March 19th to pre-order WildStar!

Why is it all the good games are being released around the same time?  Preorders will begin on March 19th with the Standard Edition running $59.99 and the Digital Deluxe Edition running $74.99. Each edition of the game includes 30-days of game time and several perks.  Game is set to release June 3.

Wildstar is perhaps one of my most anticipated games of 2014.  I can’t wait till it’s out – and now that NDA is lifted, I can talk more about it.  Whoohoo.

For more information on this MMO, check it out here: http://www.wildstar-online.com/en/#page1

heroes-of-the-stormHeroes of the Storm is NDA free

If you’re one of the lucky players to get into Heroes of the Storm beta, there is good news.  You can stream, talk about it, post screenshots, etc. about the game as it is NDA free.

If you aren’t familiar with Heroes of the Storm, it’s the upcoming MOBA by Blizzard.

For more information, visit: http://www.heroesofthestorm.com/en-us

shards-onlineShards Announced

This one came out of the blue and is quite surprising.  For fans of Ultima Online, you may want to take a close look at the names you see associated with this upcoming MMORPG.

Citadel Studios, founded in July 2013 by CEO Derek “Supreem” Brinkmann, Creative Director Tim “Draconi” Cotten, Art Director Chris “Lord Fairfax” Ondrus, announced they were working on Shards.  Shards is promised to be “an online, 3D top-down isometric send-up of all the love we have for sandbox games of yesteryear, especially Ultima Online.”

While there is not a lot of information out, their team is made up of a lot of names fans of Ultima Online know, so it should be an interesting endeavor to follow.

For information on Citadel Studios: http://citadelstudios.net/

For information Shards: http://shardsonline.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shardsonline

humble-bundle-weekly-march17Humble Bundle Awesome Deals

If you don’t follow Humble Bundle closely, you might miss out on some amazing deals.  Between their regularly Humble Bundles and Weekly Humble Bundles and other specials, you can get a lot of games (which you won’t have time to play) for cheap.

The weekly deal has more than 10 games available for $14.99.  If you don’t want Total War: SHOGUN 2, you can get the games for even cheaper than that.  Check out the deal here:  https://www.humblebundle.com/weekly

And of course, you have the Android Humble Bundle 4 going on where you can get CATAN and other great games.  Pay more than the minimum and you unlock even more games.  With mobile gaming becoming more popular, it sounds like something to check out – especially if you have an android tablet or mobile device.  Check it out here:  https://www.humblebundle.com/ 

And if you really want to make your wallet hurt, check out the Devovler Digital Debut, which includes Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition.  https://www.humblebundle.com/devolver

We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of the weekly recap.  If you see something in the next week you think we should include, leave a message here or in the forums.

About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game Scoreboard.com, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.

Blizzard Announces Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft During PAX East Stream

ss1-fullThousands tuned in Friday morning – more than 20,000 viewers via stream – to find out what Blizzard’s teased announcement was going to be.  Speculation ran rampant despite Blizzard saying it had nothing to do with current IPs, people still were saying it was going to be an announcement about Titan or Blizzard’s All Star.  Some hopefuls even suggested it might be Warcraft 4 or the next World of Warcraft expansion.

It was none of those.

Blizzard already has a physical card game for World of Warcraft, where people bought cards not only to play the game, but for the chance to get one of the rare vanity pets.  It only made sense that they’d take the card game and turn it digital.  Enter the new, free-to-play game that was announced Friday:  Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

If you have played Magic the Gathering: Planewalkers 2012 or 2013, you have a general idea what this game is going to be like.  Just switch MtG for Warcraft and you have the general idea.

Hearthstone will be available for the PC and Macintosh systems, with plans to have an iOS version in the future.

You can learn more about Hearthstone by watching this video:

More information on Hearthstone can be found here:  http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/  You can also sign up for beta at the bottom of the page.

Written by Grace “Kayhynn” Snoke

About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game Scoreboard.com, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.

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