A New Monthly Crate Appears: Hero Crate



U.S. Army Combat Veteran Launches Mystery Box Service That Celebrates Favorite Heroes in Video Games, Comics, TV, Movies and Pop Culture

October 15, 2014 - Phoenix, AZ – HeroCrate – a new “mystery package” service themed around beloved heroes, from video games, comic books, television, movies and pop culture— today announces its fourth mystery box, shipping in early November and featuring a classic video game hero, with orders closing October 21, 2014.

After returning from combat duty in Iraq, U.S. Army infantry veteran Jacob McShea struggled to adjust back to civilian life. Trying at first to simply keep busy, always drawn to pop-culture heroes, Jacob and his brother Zachary launched HeroCrate in June 2014 with little fanfare and even less marketing know-how. Despite this, their first two HeroCrates, themed around Marvel Comic’s The Incredible Hulk and DC Comic’s Batman, sold out almost instantly. The third and most recently shipped HeroCrate was themed after Yoda fromStar Wars.

“My brother and I came up with the idea and wanted to do something different. We wanted to focus an entire box on one character rather than a general theme for each month,” said Jacob McShea, Founder and CEO of HeroCrate. “We have always been drawn to hero characters and wanted something to highlight our favorites while encouraging our community with the message that we ALL have the potential to be heroes. Using our motto ‘Defend Your Inner Hero,’ we moved forward on the idea and took to social media to build awareness. The results and positive response have been humbling.”

HeroCrate sets itself apart from other mystery package services by offering a subscription-free monthly package themed around a new popular heroic icon, with a hint given out every month prior to shipment. Every HeroCrate is sold for a flat $29.99 with free two-day shipping and includes 4-6 pieces of merchandise. It is also the only crate of its kind that guarantees a T-Shirt with every package. Each month, one lucky HeroCrate buyer will be the receiver of a “golden ticket” that wins them The Super HeroCrate, a crate so epic that its contents are valued over $400!

HeroCrate has teamed up with some of the hottest gaming brands, ThinkGeek and military charity Operation Supply Drop, to include the following items in the current Super HeroCrate:

  • NVIDIA SHIELD Gaming Portable
  • Elgato Game Capture HD
  • Console Wars (Hardcover Edition) - by Blake J. Harris
  • Build-On Brick Mug (A ThinkGeek Creation)
  • HeroCrate Mystery Gift
  • Alterna Originals Trading Card Packs

For more information on HeroCrate, please visit You can also follow HeroCrate on Twitter at @HeroCrate or on Facebook at


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Gabriel Knight Re-Make is Now Available

Alright folks its time to get back into piece of a point and click series that was one of the jugernauts back in the day. Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Father, 20th Anniversary Edition, is now ready for you to play. We, at Altered Confusion, are already deep into the mysteries and twists of the game, and you need to experience them as well. Here's the official press release for the release:


Hi-Res Remake of Adventure Game Masterpiece Comes to PC & Mac Today with New Puzzles, Scenes, and Remastered Soundtrack

 “Few games are more beloved.” – TIME Magazine
“The darkest and most intense adventure game ever…” –


Mount Joy, Penn. – October 15th, 2014 – Pinkerton Road Studio today announced that Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers® 20th Anniversary Edition ( has shipped for PC and Mac, and is now available for purchase online for $19.99 from major online retailers such as Steam, and the Phoenix Online Store. Gorgeous high-res 3D graphics, new playable puzzles/scenes, a remastered soundtrack, and exclusive behind-the-scenes bonuses from concept art and storyboards to making-of interviews are just a few of many captivating new features to be found in this brand-new edition of the award-winning classic, which critics consistently rank among the best games of all time.

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition builds upon and greatly enhances one of gaming’s most storied adventures, reimagining the groundbreaking voodoo murder mystery, first released in 1993, for an entirely new generation of fans. Allowing players to experience the award-winning tale through the lens of a stunning visual makeover, and adding entirely new backgrounds and puzzles, it offers a must-see mix of new and familiar challenges alike.

Key Features: 
  • Relive one of gaming’s greatest adventures of all-time
  • Experience the award-winning voodoo murder-mystery in stunning high-res 3D
  • Adds new puzzles and scenes to familiar challenges
  • Includes remastered soundtrack by original composer Robert Holmes
  • Enjoy special extras and bonus edition content

As struggling author and bookstore owner Gabriel Knight, players will investigate a series of savage ritual killings in New Orleans and their connection to voodoo’s sinister mysteries. The deeper they dive into master storyteller Jane Jensen’s tale of terror and suspense, the closer they’ll come to discovering the secrets of Gabriel’s family history–and unfolding his destiny.

As part of a special launch celebration, publisher Pinkerton Road Studios and developer Phoenix Online are hosting a Launch Day Google Hangout at today at 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific/7 PM GMT. More information can be found

Now I do want to point out that they are having a launch day hangout, and if I was able to attend I would probably be one of those individuals who is constantly refreshing the youtube url waiting for it to go down.

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Zealeb: A New Beginning

If there is one thing in life I cannot stand, it is my given name, Zealeb.  My psychotic mother, Zealem, saw fit to give me a name “in her image.”  Her words, not mine.  That, alone, is enough to make sure we are currently not on speaking terms.  One thing we have in common, though, it is our love of credits.

Being a Bounty Hunter is something instilled from youth.  Not because Zealem necessarily tried to steer me down that path, but rather because she would kill anybody for any reason whatsoever, and for the money.  But, you see, she is a Sith, and thus adheres to some kind of moral code of the strong rule the weak.  It would be a lie to say that I don’t live by that code; I do so not because I subscribe to some outdated belief system or because the next Darth tells me to.  It would also be a lie to say I don’t live by this code because of my mother.  It is something she’s instilled in me since I came out of her womb.  The difference between her and I is she lived by the code because she is Sith.  I live by the code because it is simply the natural course of things.  Nobody needs to tell me the reality of the world - it is evident in the power of my blaster!

I knew that as a bounty hunter, I would have certain advantages in getting contracts with my surname, Stiegl.  While I used this to my advantage during my formative years, I knew a time would come when my name wouldn’t mean anything.  Only blaster skills and the strength would protect me.  This day come sooner than I expected when I met Braden on the planet Hutt.



Toco Games Brings Us a Unique Jousting Game

The name of the game is Last Knight, and as stated before its by Toco Games. In this game you will be taking on the role of a squire who is going to go on one hell of adventure as he tries to go through a randomly generated world, and claim his knighthood. This game is an interesting combination of platforming, jousting, and what appears to be running (riding on your horse). I'm going to be honest, I'm not sure what we are in for but if the trailer is an indication, we are going to need twitch like reflexes, and the ability to get back up on the horse when we get knocked down. Now I know I can't completely give this game justice without a little help from the press release, so have at it:

Last Knight is a unique genre mix that combines platforming, action-packed riding and ragdoll physics driven jousting! It is fast-paced action in a never ending randomly generated Unreal Engine powered fantasy world! The story mode put it's player in control of a squire on its way of becoming a knight. But before he can prove himself, events of epic proportions make him the last hope for the kingdom! On his heroic adventure he will have to fight the horned bucket heads and oversized hungry creatures. He will have to get through a wide range of dangerous environments as well as his own Knightmares. But beside the story there is much more. Various game modes let you adventure through always different never ending generated worlds filled with riches and dangers. On your journeys you will also find quests that will take each of the characters on different missions in the hunt for fame and glory as well as gold and chivalry. Gold can be spent on fancy power ups, while chivalry can unlock world bending mutators and different view modes like the intense first person view. Cutting-edge features like a fully dynamic randomized weather system and a collision system that can alter basically everything of the world geometry make this game even more over the top.


  • A full-fledged adventure in the story mode
  • Randomly generated world in the different infinity modes
  • Your own adventure in a generated kingdom in the Rogue Rider Adventure mode
  • Wide range of different fantasy environments
  • Quests and rewards system
  • Beautiful graphics archived with the Unreal Engine
  • Unique Power ups and other special unlock-ables
  • Customization with different characters
  • Dynamic weather system
  • Ragdoll physics feedback
  • Impacts alter and deform the world
  • 3rd Person, First Person and Bird's Eye view modes
  • World Mutators, Body Mutators and randomly generated hats

Now you can't tell me that this doesn't at the very least cause you want to find out a little bit more, and hopefully in the near future you will get a look into the game from the Altered Confusion perspective.

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SMITE Prize Pool Breaks $1 Million


As some of you might know one of the top MOBAs out there, SMITE, which of course is created just down the road from Altered Confusion at the Hi Rez Studios, has been creating a lot of waves as of late. This has been especially true when it comes to the professional tournaments. I've personally seen some truly amazing teams take on each other, and its only gotten better since the Official Launch Tournament. Now of course there's going to be a World Championship going on in January, and I have to recommend that if you can make it to it either digitally or in person, you need to see the awesomeness that will definitely be going on. Now of course with such a milestone, Hi-Rez has released a press release, and so I think to do full justice, and of course give you all the information about all that is going to happen between now and the World Tournament, I give you the press release to look over:

SMITE World Championship prize pool reaches $1,000,000

Tickets are now on sale for the World Championship, held in Atlanta on January 9 - 11, 2015.

ATLANTA, OCTOBER 7, 2014. Hi­-Rez Studios today announced that the SMITE World Championship (SWC) prize-pool reached $1,000,000 USD, making SMITE only the fourth video game franchise in history to offer a single-event prize pool of $1 million or more, according to data tracked by

SMITE is the online Battleground of the Gods, a mythology-themed action game for the PC and, soon, XBox One.

Watch the $1 million video

The SWC prize pool increases each time SMITE players purchase special exclusive content from the Odyssey, a special mythology-themed promotion inside of the game. Over $400,000 USD in community contributions have been made to the prize pool in 7 weeks. Another 14 weeks remain in the Odyssey before the prize pool amount is finalized. Additional Odyssey items will continue to be revealed weekly until the SMITE World Championship, which will be held January 9-11, 2015, at Atlanta’s 2,750-seat Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

“As SMITE continues to grow, we are continuously humbled by how awesome and generous the SMITE Community of gamers is,” said Todd Harris, Chief Operating Officer of Hi-Rez Studios. “The community has really rallied to support SMITE eSports, and we look forward to seeing the prize pool continue to grow over the coming months leading up to the SMITE World Championship.”

To celebrate reaching the $1 million mark, Hi-Rez has released a video and a new website. Tickets are also now for sale for the World Championship event in January.

For more, visit

The SMITE World Championship will feature the top two teams each from North America, Europe and China, joined by the top team from Brazil, and the top team from Spanish-speaking Latin America.

Participants in the World Championships will be determined by the winners of various Regional Championships happening around the globe during November and December:

  • The SMITE European Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 15 to 16, 2014, at the ESL Studio in Cologne, Germany. Tickets for this event are currently sold out but you can watch live via
  • The SMITE North American Championship will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 22 to 23, 2014, at Kessel D. Stelling Ballroom in Atlanta, within the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Complex. Tickets are available here.
  • The SMITE Brazil Championship will be held December 6 at ComicCon Experience in São Paulo, Brazil. Further details to be released soon.
  • The SMITE Hispanoamérica Championship will be held November 29 in Bogota, Colombia. Further details to be released soon.
  • The SMITE China Championship will be held in Shanghai in late November. Further details to be released soon

Oh and if anyone from Hi Rez reads this, Altered Confusion would love to be there in any capacity to capture all the awesomeness that will go down. I can already predict that what happened during the Launch Tournament will be turned up to 11 for this next round.

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