Sunday
Jan252015

Elder Scrolls Online Drops Subscription

Now this is something that I have been waiting to hear since the very first time I played the demo. Personally this was a game that was never going to live up to the expectations of those who fell in love with the Elder Scrolls series. When you put real people into the amazingly vast worlds of Elder Scrolls, what once was a smooth running ship was going to crash and have scars. Not that the game isn't playable it just never looked like they were going to be able to come close to what everyone wanted. Now of course it has been a little bit of time since I last played so perhaps they ironed out some of the wrinkles, but if it is going to no subscription model, perhaps it didn't iron out enough. 

Now of course like most MMOs out there without a subscription fee, there is a subscription that you can do that will allow premium services. So if you are looking to get a slight leg up and pay the fees, here is what you get:

  • a monthly deposit of Tamriel Unlimited's new virtual currency
  • access to downloadable content
  • faster accumulation of experience points
  • faster accumulation of gold
  • faster accumulation of crafting research.

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Sunday
Jan252015

Guild Wars 2 Expansion Announced

I know for many out there that this news is quickly followed by, "It's about time", and it is. This new expansion does some overhauling, opens up some new masteries, and reveals a new profession.  Now of course this is just an announcement, they haven't released it to the public, but the developers are promising that when it gets close to the beta we will get a whole lot more information to sink our teeth into.

Oh I should probably mention that the name of the expansion is Heart of Thorns, and for all the goodies I give you the following:

 

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ is the first expansion for Guild Wars 2. Founded on the idea that the journey is the goal, the Heart of Thorns expansion continues the Guild Wars 2 tradition of challenging the conventions of MMOs to fulfill the promise of what online worlds should be.
Journey deeper into the Heart of Thorns.
The Mastery System
We're reimagining progression with our new Mastery system. Explore new training opportunities for your character beyond level 80 and master abilities like hang gliding in the jungle, tearing the bark off of heavily armored Mordrem, or building new collections that earn precursors to a legendary weapon.
The Heart of Maguuma
New adventures await you in the heart of the Maguuma Jungle. Confront the growing hordes of Mordremoth's minions, discover allies from ancient civilizations, and battle new enemies.
  • Tackle challenging group content.
  • Explore new open world jungle maps.
  • Experience new events and storylines.
  • Test your mettle in new boss battles.
Specializations
Evolve your gameplay. With profession specializations, you'll unlock access to a weapon previously unavailable to your profession as well as new traits, skills, and unique mechanics - all of which will transform your profession into something new.
New Profession: Revenant
Channel legendary powers to slaughter foes and unleash chaos on the battlefield with our brand new profession: the revenant. Enter the field of battle heavily armored and equipped with the otherworldly powers of the Mists.
Guild Halls
Your guild has roamed the world together. Now, it's time to claim a piece of it. Work with fellow guild members to claim and grow your own guild hall in the heart of Maguuma.
PvP: New Stronghold Game Mode
Gather supply to hire soldiers. Battle for control of heroes. Man the trebuchet to defend your stronghold, and storm the enemy gates to defeat the guild lord! Use our new guild team feature to team up and battle to the top of the leaderboards. Stronghold offers an entirely new way to play competitive PvP in Guild Wars 2!
WvW: New Borderland
Experience epic battlefield combat like never before in World vs. World's latest core addition, the new Borderlands map. Navigate treacherous heights with traps that blow your foes to the depths below and ferocious defenders to help keep the enemy at bay. Map objectives will be more important than ever before, as they'll unlock new strategies, tactics, and play mechanics that you'll want to use to your world's advantage!

So as you can tell there's going to be a lot of potentially awesome stuff that is coming to those out there who are playing Guild Wars 2. If you haven't played, or perhaps you played in the past, now might be a good time to get your character up and running and see what the world holds for you while you wait for the Heart of Thorns expansion.

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Sunday
Jan252015

Tragedy Strikes Georgia Game Community

It is unfortunate that I have to write this, but one of the people who has worked so hard to make sure that future developers/programmers/etc at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) has suddenly passed away. Tony Tseng passed just as the Global Game Jam was set to occur. Though there aren't many public details coming out about his passing, it was definitely unexpected, and so the community grieves his loss. There has been a Memorial Fund setup, and if you can donate I would highly recommend that you do so. 

Here is the blurb that is posted on the Fund Website:

Last evening we lost a dear friend in our gaming community. Tony Tseng was a mentor, a co-worker, a teacher, a loving father, a husband, and to many of us a friend as well as a colleague. He left us far too soon, and we grieve not just for his loss but also for what his family lost.

The Georgia Game Developers Association and the IGDA-Atlanta chapter are raising funds to help Tony's wife and son through this trying time. All funds raised will go to them (other than what we pay GoFundMe).
 
If you have any thoughts, wisdom, or memories of Tony you would like to share, please use ‪#‎GGJ15‬ and ‪#‎tonytseng‬ and help us to spread Tony's spirit with the rest of the world.

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Thursday
Jan222015

The Witcher MOBA is Now Out for iOS and Android

In a world where MOBAs have started to reign supreme it comes as no surprise when a company decides to take on a MOBA version of their franchise. This time it is The Witcher, and it is now available for you to play and enjoy on your mobile and more possible tablet devices. That's right folks it is time to jump in as your favorite characters from The Witcher series. Unfortunately for some I don't think the romantic experiences are going to make it into this form of the game. For more information I give you the official press release:

 

CD PROJEKT REDand Fuero Games announce the global release of The Witcher Battle Arena—a fast, fun and accessible Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game designed exclusively for smartphones and tablets! 

In Battle Arena, two three-hero teams fight against each other, trying to capture and hold conquest points in short, intense and action-packed battles. Designed with mobile devices in mind, Battle Arena combines intuitive controls with skill-based strategies and fast-paced action. Dive into a rich fantasy universe as you rain fire from afar as a sorceress or cleave your enemies’ knees as a dwarf—all with the flick of a finger. 

Featuring elements known from role-playing games and a fair, player-friendly monetization system, the game features no pay to win elements and allows every item and functionality to be unlocked entirely via gameplay.

The Witcher Battle Arena ships with two maps—the Nilfgaardian Arena and the Korath Desert (both available in conquest mode)—and 9 playable heroes taken straight from the Witcher universe.

Play as the witcher Geralt of Rivia, the elven rebel Iorveth or the powerful sorceress Philippa Eilhart; earn experience points to develop your player profile; win rare and valuable pieces of equipment; and customize your favorite characters using our deep upgrade system. Modify any hero to cater to your playstyle and be the first to dominate the arena!

With The Witcher Battle Arena’s launch, the development team will now focus on providing ongoing support for the game—which will include making it even richer with new heroes, maps and gameplay modes.

Oh and I probably should point this out too, for all of those out there who want to jump in on this action, here are the requirements:

Android
Minimum System Requirements:
CPU dual core 2x 1.0
1 GB RAM
Adreno 220 
Mali 400
600 MB free disk space 

Example devices:
- Galaxy S3
- Nexus 7 (2012)
- Nexus 10
- HTC One S
- Galaxy Tab 3 8"
- Galaxy Tab 4 8"
- Galaxy Tab Note 10.1"
- Galaxy Tab Note 8"

Recommended System Requirements
Tegra K1
Adreno 420
Mali T760
>= 2GB RAM
700 MB free disk space

Example devices:
- Nvidia Shield
- Nvidia Shield Tab
- Nexus 9
- Nexus 6
- Amazon Fire Phone
- Xiaomi Mi Pad
- Samsung Galaxy S5 PLUS
- Motorola Droid Turbo

The game will work on current and previous generation devices from most major manufacturers.


iOS 
Minimum System Requirements:
iPhone 5 and above 
iPad 3 and above 
iPad Mini 2 and above 

The game is NOT supported on earlier generations or iPod Touch.

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Tuesday
Jan202015

Phoenix Online Introduces Us to Supreme League of Patriots

This is definitely something that we should have given you a heads up on earlier, but we've just got our hands on the next episodic adventure thanks in part of Phoenix Online and No Bull Intentions. You will be helping Kyle Keever get on the hit reality show America's Got Superpowers. In this comedic adventure there will be plenty for you to do while poking fun at the world of reality shows and more. These episodes will be start to be available starting January 29th. So there is still time to pre-order.

For more information I give you the full press release:

HILARIOUS SUPERHERO COMEDY ADVENTURE SUPREME LEAGUE OF PATRIOTSTM COMING JANUARY 29TH

 Newest Game in Phoenix Online Publishing’s Line-Up of All-Star Story-Driven Outings is Now Available for Pre-order for PC, Mac and Linux

St. Louis, MO – January 13, 2015 – Phoenix Online Publishing and No Bull Intentions invite you to don your cape and mask and join the Supreme League of Patriots in this hilarious and irreverent superhero comedy adventure! The first game from developer No Bull Intentions, all three issues of Supreme League will be releasing on January 29th for PC, Mac and Linux on Steam, and the Phoenix Online Store for $14.99 as a season pass, and $5.99 individually, and pre-orders of the game are available now at a 10% discount. The new trailer can be seen here: http://youtu.be/yTadcMfsYkE.

Poking fun at pop culture, politics, reality TV and more, Supreme League of Patriots invites players to join Kyle Keever in his politically incorrect quest to win a spot on the newest hit reality TV show, America's Got Superpowers. When a freak accident turns Kyle's alter-ego, the Purple Patriot, into his main ego and triggers real superpowers at the cost of his sanity (and good taste), Kyle's got a new mission to become the hero New York deserves, and definitely not the one it wants. Navigating a twisted world of vigilantes and villains with his cheeky and sarcastic sidekick Mel, Kyle's got a lot to learn about the world of superheroes!

 Key Features:

  • Three episodes of fully-voiced satirical superhero antics
  • Discover, befriend and declare your enemies from the city’s zany and colorful cast of superheroes and archenemies
  • Two playable characters: Kyle Keever aka The Purple Patriot and his sarcastic sidekick Mel
  • Tiered hint system to make the game as challenging as you want it to be
  • Fantastic original soundtrack composed by Jake "Virt" Kaufman
  • Fight for something resembling justice from the sewers of New York to the theatres of Broadway!

"I'm a huge fan of classic point-and-click adventures. I wanted to take that classic gameplay and fuse it with the satirical, subversive humor you expect from Family Guy or South Park, and the high production values you associate with modern adventures," said Creative Director Philip Ings. "The Purple Patriot is such a thoroughly obnoxious, yet hopelessly inept, character. I can't wait to see how people react to him.”

For more information, visit www.POStudios.com.

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