I play League of Legends…very occasionally. Normally it is when my better half wants to play, and I spend the entire match trying not to embarrass myself around all the level 30′s I am playing with (I am only level 17). I only know a small portion of the characters, and I really don’t get why on a conceptual level, you only get gold for delivering the last hit on a minion. Really, it seems like weird design to me that we’re supposed to actively throttle ourselves. Well it seems Blizzard agrees, as that is something the Blizzard MOBA, Heroes of the Storm has done away with. Couple other streamlining elements like that with my innate familiarity of Blizzard characters, and I am set up to finally find a MOBA I really want to get into. This video…also helps. A lot. Looks so good.
Even though I didn’t buy it, I feel like Arkham Origins came out very recently. To that end, it almost surprising to see the trailer for a new Batman game already. However, I had to sit down and actually remember Rocksteady didn’t make the last one, WB Montreal did. The difference really shows as Rocksteady seems to have what makes Batman great on lockdown. This may be one of the best trailers I have ever seen for a video game, even though it shows absolutely no actual gameplay. Despite the fact this is coming out only for the newer systems out there, I am pretty certain the gameplay aspect will be very similar to what we have seen before, which is not a bad thing at all. If the stuff that comes out between now and release keeps up the level of quality shown in the trailer, I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a big system seller.
It finally happened. What started as an idea for a whole TV channel devoted to WWE and its assorted libraries, has finally come out into the wild as an online pay by the month on demand application. Now a few days removed from buying it and going through some of the archived footage, it is safe to say that this is a very solid service that I am actually quite happy to make the commitment to. It’s obviously not perfect, and there are things that can use improvement, but for now let’s go into what I think of it in its current state.
I actually managed to snag my subscription about an hour after the service came out, which was apparently hard to do. WWE didn’t seem to adequately prepare itself for the rush of people wanting to purchase their access to the service at launch. The servers were slow, when they even worked at all, and I had to refresh and enter my information in several times. Even when I finally did manage to purchase my sub, the confirmation crashed. So I was not really sure at first if I had access. On top of all of this, my confirmation email did not come to me for several hours after the purchase did indeed go through, forcing me to worry if I was going to be charged more than once. Continue Reading
What the hell. After 16 days of straight walking into walls, and taking the extremely long way to the Elite Four, and failing to cut a bush, Twitch Plays Pokemon is finally complete. The bizarre social experiment, which garnered according to Twitch some 36 million views, is seemingly the most socially-pervasive thing to ever come to Twitch. Sure, people may watch the tournaments, or even stream their games themselves. But the number of people who flocked to this silly stream is truly impressive. I wish I watched more of it, and the stream is now currently playing some other, random games while hosting a countdown to what seems to be the next Pokemon adventure. Also for those of you who wish to waste the time of lawmakers everywhere, there is a petition up on the White House site to make March 1 Helix Day. In honor of the people who typed things into a chatbox.
Let’s look at some of the stats Twitch released.
Time from start to finish: 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes and 30 seconds
People who participated: 1,165,140
Commands issued: Over 122 million
Onlookers: Over 9 million
Total views: Over 36 million
I say it again. What the hell.
Infinite Crisis, the DC MOBA being developed by Turbine is coming to open beta on March 14, 2014. That really is not far away. To celebrate the announcement, DC and Turbine released three new Champion Profiles, one of which is…I dunno. I just didn’t know such a character existed. And the back story…wow. Green Arrow looks really cool though. Here are the YouTube videos, as well as a link to the site if you want to sign up for the open beta.
Mecha Superman (What?):
Source: Infinite Crisis Website
In anticipation of the expansion Reaper of Souls, Blizzard has put out patch 2.0.1, which is a huge update that basically overhauls the entire game. Remember how Blizzard announced the Diablo 3 Auction Houses were closing, and a new loot system was being put in place? This is that patch. While the Auction Houses are still open for now, they will hopefully be pointless as items enemies drop from here on out will be more useful to your character as you’re playing, as opposed to just vendor trash. Also helping that along is the fact the difficulty system has been revamped, and enemies now dynamically level up with you, and have an adjustable slider so you can customize how you want to play at that moment.
It seems like every class also got looked at, with various abilities tweaked across the board. Stats have also been changed on weapons, re-classifying them in a fashion that really seems to mirror World of Warcraft more than anything. There’s even some new, tertiary stats, much like one would see in Warlords of Draenor. Other quality of life changes have also been included, most promising is that the crafting system got an overhaul, presumably to make it even halfway useful. That would really be nice. To a degree, this seems almost a shame, this looks like the Diablo 3 Blizzard should have set out to make from the start. It seems a lot easier to understand, and doesn’t muddle up the tried-and-true loot system by adding an annoying middle man in the form of the Auction House.
I finished Torchlight 2 recently, and thought I was kind of done with this sort of game for a bit, but reading the frankly extensive patch notes has me thinking it may be time to go back and do more of this game. Before you download this patch though, just know it is a big one, and it actually has to reconfigure the game files. So not only will it take a while to complete, but it will actually slow down your computer while it is all being put in. You may want to start this process right before you have to leave the house, or before going to bed. But in any case, if you already have the game, it seems this patch gives you the game you really wanted from the start. If you don’t already own Diablo 3, the upcoming expansion seemingly just gives you another reason to question your choices in life.
Source and Image Source: Battle Net
Diablo 3 has an expansion coming out next month, titled Reaper of Souls, but I am sure many of you knew that. There have already been some pre-order bonuses announced, which follow the standard of going across Blizzard’s myriad properties, and as such, really rewarding the Blizzard devotee. A pair of new rewards has been announced, which will be available to anyone purchasing the expansion before March 31, 2014, nearly a week after the release of the game itself. Leading this pair is an item actually meant for Diablo 3, The Wings of Valor artifact. This appears to give your character glowing wings. It looks nice, and cosmetic items tend to be very good giveaways, as they don’t change anything in the gameplay.
However, the real big deal here is the other thing being offered. Valla the Demon Hunter. Looking like a normal Demon Hunter from Diablo 3, this isn’t a reward affecting Diablo 3 itself. What it is though, is a reward for the upcoming Blizzard MOBA, Heroes of the Storm. That’s right, with the pre-purchase, or opening week purchase of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, you get a free character for Heroes of the Storm. I would not be surprised if that alone drove more than a few pre-orders. You can head over to Battle Net to pre-order the expansion at any time.