Friday, April 11, 2014

Webseries 'Azeroth Choppers' Motorcycle Showdown

A new web-series called Azeroth Choppers starts April 17, 2014 and will pit 'The World of Warcraft' Alliance against the Horde in a motorcycle build-off.

From the Azeroth Choppers site:
Grab a front-row seat for the ultimate road showdown! Legendary custom motorcycle designer Paul Jr. has assembled two handpicked teams of bike experts to bring to life a pair of asphalt-kicking chopper designs inspired by World of Warcraft®’s two warring factions. Joining each crew on their epic quest are members of the World of Warcraft development team, on board to help to infuse the essence of the Horde and the Alliance into each bike. In the end, only one chopper will reign supreme as the undisputed king of Azeroth’s roads in a winner-takes-all showdown voted on by World of Warcraft players around the globe.

Team Alliance is led by Blizzard's chief storyteller, Chris Metzen; aided by Terran Gregory, a legendary WoW lore enthusiast and associate project director; and Monte Krol who is a writer, voice actor, and lead software engineer for WoW.

Team Horde is led by Sam Didier, who has filled various roles at Blizzard for over a decade; joined by Gary Platner, a lead environment artist for WoW; and Jason Hutchins, a senior game producer.

World of Warcraft players will get to watch as the builds unfold and vote on their favorite bike.

Friday, April 4, 2014

First Impression of 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' DLC pack 'Devastation'

The new DLC pack for CoD: Ghosts called "Devastation" got released yesterday, April 3, 2014. I played a bit last night and really early this morning and was happily surprised to recognize one of the map packs.  It was a remake inspired by one of my favorite MW3 maps.  Read my article New 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' DLC pack 'Devastation' content to find out which one!
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I always enjoy the variety of new map packs, and two of the four new maps are ones I enjoy, but the other two will take a while to grow on me.  I really like Unearthed and Collision, but Ruins and Behemoth are not my cup-of-tea.  Behemoth is long and narrow, and I actually like maps that are set up that way like Hijacked from Black Ops 2, but I think I really just don't like its setting.  Ruins reminds me a lot of Jungle from Black Ops which is why I think it'll grow on me; I originally did not like that map either.
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To me, new map packs are like meeting new people; at first I eye them suspiciously but openly, but after a little while they are like good-ol buds that I wish I had met sooner.

Monday, March 31, 2014

‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ Upcoming Release Anticipation
Bethesda The Elder Scrolls Online

I spent the morning deciding what I was going to do about ESO.  I am a HUGE fan of the Elder Scrolls series of games and I have the Collector's Editions for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and I have the Anthology.  I got accepted into the beta for ESO last August but I had tenuously decided not to purchase the game because of the difficulty I have playing online games; there is a very high cost for data via AT&T 4G where I am living now.

I had heard about a leaked Target ad for next week that promos all video games with a Buy 2, Get 1 Free sale and I was tempted to wait, but there weren't really other similarly-priced games that I wanted, so I decided to redeem some Bing Rewards Points for Amazon giftcards and pre-order the game through Amazon.

P.S. Click that link to go to Bing and sign up through my referral and we'll both get money!  I have used Bing Rewards by doing browser searches through Bing since it's inception and I have earned hundreds of dollars.  I have redeemed most of mine for Xbox points or Amazon giftcards!  I love free money and I love the Bing search anyway, so it's win-win!

I wish I had decided to get the game sooner.  Because I waited so long, the Imperial Edition is already sold out everywhere I thought to look.  I also won't get to use the early-access code because I won't get the game until release day and I'll have to head to a friend's house a few hours away to be able to install and update it. 

I'm looking forward to playing ESO this weekend though and reviewing it for you! Stay tuned ;)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Anticipation

An overview of the first Diablo 3 expansion: ‘Reaper of Souls’

I am looking forward to heading back in for more!  I did make some real-world money via the Auction House but I am not sad to see it go.  With the addition of a new Adventure Mode, a new act, and a new Crusader character, I think Diablo III is right where it should have been all along.

Do you play Diablo III?   Is "Reaper of Souls" luring you back into the fray?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

International Tabletop Day April 5th, 2014

I have recently become really interested in board games, collectible card games, and other card games because I love the social nature and friendly competition of them.  I grew up with classic games like Scrabble, Monopoly, and Uno, but I recently started learning about newer games from some of my gal-pals over at PopChix and by following one of my geek and gaming heroes, Felicia Day.

You see, Felicia Day (who played the character Codex from The Guild webseries) has shot into geek stardom in the last decade and has used her powers for GOOD.  She started a Website and You Tube channel called Geek & Sundry which produces and hosts video series' like TableTop with Will Wheaton, and Co-Optitude which is all about Felicia Day and Ryon Day hilariously playing through the retro games that their parents never let them have.  After watching a few episodes of Tabletop and seeing most of the games featured for the very first time, I realized that there was a huge segment of gaming that I was missing out on!

Will Wheaton hosting the Geek & Sundry show, TableTop
Wil Wheaton hosting the Geek & Sundry show, TableTop

TableTop games have come a long way and to celebrate and promote them and bring communities of gamers together, Felicia Day and the Geek & Sundry crew created an International TableTop Day which began last year.  This year I am in on the fun and have registered.  You can register, too!  You can search for a club or games store that is hosting an event on that day in your area and meet fellow gamers and join in on a few games.  If you aren't already active in a gaming club in your community, it's a great day to introduce yourself and check out some games you might not otherwise have played.

From the International TableTop Day "About" page:
International TableTop Day is a celebration for all the fans of tabletop gaming. A single day where the whole world is brought together in a common purpose of spending time together and having fun. We hope you find the resources you need — to connect new fans to experienced group organizers, retailers with their community, and publishers with the international community — all in one place. The interactive map hosts all of the game days and parties worldwide. If you don’t see an event near you, simply follow the free submission process to create and host your own TableTop Day event that we will promote for you. Download all the free content and collect all the exclusive promotional items made specifically to commemorate this event.
All we ask in return is that you share your experience with us by using the social media hashtag #tabletopday on all your posts, pictures, stories, and videos. This way, we can all share in the fun wordwide. You can also follow @TableTopDay and @GeekandSundry on Twitter. Let’s for one day, all come together, put down our worries and play more games. Thank you!

I encourage you to register on the site and join in a game on
International TableTop Day April 5, 2014!

Leave a comment and let me know if you've registered and what you'll be playing!