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Thursday
Apr142016

ASU Crowned Heroes of the Dorm Champs

 

Congratulations to the Arizona State University's "Real Dream Team". The last year runners-up successfully navigated their way through the Heroes of the Dorm tournament and won one hell of a prize. Now you might be just dying to know, what is this prize? Well its paid tuition, for the rest of their time at Arizona State University. That's right folks these guys can now remove that burden off their shoulders or their parents' shoulders depending on who is footing the bill.

This has to be one of the smartest damn moves that could have been made. Not only are taking a popular MOBA game and putting it on ESPN2 (well the end of the tournament the rest was on ESPN3) but there's a real world prize that high education schools can definitely stand behind. This might be the start of many universities trying to see if they can form a team to gain the publicity, the national spotlight, and of course give themselves one more thing that they can brag about to their rivals.

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Thursday
Apr142016

Thursday Night Hangout 04/07/2016

Wednesday
Apr132016

Private Vanilla WoW Server Goes Offline

For over 150,000 players who wanted the authentic, not expanded, World of Warcraft experience the Nostalrius servers was their savior. Well it turns out that Blizzard has decided to get those servers to close. Since these were private servers this version of the game was not linked into the WoW subscription model, which is probably why there were so many people still active in this version of the game.

As with any MMO in it's last waking minutes there were MANY players standing around casting spells, dancing, and just celebrating their time together, and then poof the servers were gone, and so was the experience. There is/was a petition with 60,000 signatures to it that requested that the Vanilla WoW servers be allowed to stay operational, but it would appear that Blizzard is not interested in doing so. Sadly they do have full rights to do whatever they want to with anything and everything WoW related.

I would be interested to see if there aren't any super secret, have to know the secret handshake, servers that have sent out a call for all of these displaced players. If so I wonder how many moles were planted in the game to try to curb any attempt at having access to the WoW universe without Blizzard's permission. You have to remember that no matter the size, any competition that contains a Blizzard product has to have Blizzard's 100% ok on, and before you ask, "well what about my buddy's weekly LAN tournament of Starcraft?", to which I say, just don't publicise about it.

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Thursday
Apr072016

An Educational Game with an RPG Twist, Sign Me Up

It's always interesting to hear about games that are trying to be entertaining while going through the path of education. Many companies will try this from time to time, but it is a very difficult road to take. Noizoo Games has taken on this task and have created Dungenious a turn-based dungeon crawler RPG, that utilizes a flashcard mechanism to give you real world facts that you will later use during a quiz. Now I know that there are several people out there who will be turned off by the fact that you'll get to learn something, but I'm going to be honest, I'm very interested to see where this game can go from here.

This game is coming out for iOS and Android devices on April 14th for $2.99. Seriously this game needs to be picked up and played, and utilized as a basis of where to start when it comes to finding ways to make entertaining educational games.

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Thursday
Apr072016

Ghost Theory is Still in the Works

Many of you might remember the amount of support I put behind Ghost Theory and sadly the KickStarter had to be cancelled. Well the craziest thing happened, the developers kept at it and with the positive feedback from the Steam Greenlight community, they are going to bring it back to KickStarter in the next couple of days.

So here's the deal, when the game comes back to KickStarter we as a gaming community need to step up and make sure that this game gets the love and support as it needs so that this amazing game can see the light of day in a form that is fitting for this.

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