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By on Jul 30, 2014 at 7:30 am, in MMORPG, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Perfect World Entertainment announced this morning that Neverwinter, their flagship Dungeons & Dragons MMORPG, will be brought to next-gen consoles by Cryptic Studios. The game will first be available on the Xbox One in the first half of 2015 for NA and EU gamers. Like the PC version, the Xbox One version will be completely free-to-play with an optional cash shop.

Perfect World Entertainment CEO, Alan Chen, had this to say regarding the announcement: “Consoles are a perfect fit for action-oriented MMORPGs like Neverwinter, and we are thrilled to be one of the first publishers to bring premium free-to-play titles to leading next-gen platforms. Being able to bring Neverwinter to the Xbox One is a critical achievement for Perfect World. It is our first step taking our games beyond the PC market.”

Released in 2013, Neverwinter is now entering its fourth module in August 2014 with the upcoming release of Tyranny of Dragons, Neverwinter. For more info, check out the official site.

By on Jul 30, 2014 at 5:37 am, in Gaming, Guides, News, Review  |  Comments: No comments yet

So here we are at week two of Hearthstone‘s Naxxramas release. This week we have the Plague Wing, and Hearthhead once again had guides out in record time. Those who wanted to use Alexstraza for easy wins will be saddened to that her power’s been disabled for these battles, but I’m fine with that. I always liked the “dance” mechanic for Mr. Unclean, so I’ve actually been looking forward to that match since his hero power was first revealed. However, after last week, there was one thing I wasn’t looking forward to: destroying one of my decks again.

By on Jul 30, 2014 at 5:23 am, in Comics, Geek Culture, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

For those of you who don’t know Mark McKenna, he’s a Inkwell Awards Hall of Famer and a veteran in the comic book industry with over 29 years of experience. Mark has worked with both Marvel and DC Comics on some of the largest names including X-Men, Spider-Man, Batman, and The Justice League. His name is forever showcased on the credits of over 500 comics with over 8,000 pages inked by his hands.

Over the past year I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Mark twice– once at a local comic-con and again at my hometown comic book store on Free Comic Book Day. I was impressed with his work so much that I have 6 of his prints hanging in my downstairs bathroom (is that weird?) and have picked up comics from his other project called Combat Jacks.

Mark recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the printing of the latest installment of the Banana Tail comic, the BOOnana Tail Halloween Special. So far there have been 3 Banana Tail books printed and this would be the first comic. It’s planned to be a 32-page comic book that will be catered to readers of all ages. He’s set a goal of only $3,000 for the campaign with the majority of the proceeds going to the printing of the comic. Mark is no noob when it comes to the crowdfunding arena. He’s successfully raised funds for 5 other projects.

Update: The BOOnana Tail Halloween Special Kickstarter campaign has been full funded!

By on Jul 29, 2014 at 8:00 am, in Geek Culture, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

The first teaser trailer for the upcoming (and final) installment was released at 2:00pm central time on Monday afternoon–and yes, I did wait for the clock to tick down. It was well worth the wait, too. The trailer does a great job of setting the stage for the next movie, mixing action and drama well. It also shows those who haven’t read the book that, yes, there is more to this movie than Smaug burning things. We do, though, still get to see some delightful dragonfire action. Another great part of the trailer is the use of the song sung by Pippin (Billy Boyd) in The Return of the King–even though the song was much more dramatic and successful in the film. Overall, the trailer works really well. Watch it below:

By on Jul 29, 2014 at 6:00 am, in News, WildStar  |  Comments: No comments yet

If you haven’t had a chance to try out WildStar and would like to, Carbine’s teamed up with a whole bunch of partner sites this week to give away free trial codes. The free trial grants 7 days of free access from the time you enter the code. There are some limitations with the trial accounts, but it’s a great way to test the waters of Nexus and figure out what all the cupcake-loving fuss is about.

To get started, you’ll need to head on over to any of the partner sites Carbine’s teamed up with. The code can be redeemed here. You’ll also need an NCSoft account to redeem the code and download the game, of course.

For more info on all things WildStar, check out the official site. You can also read my recent editorial about risk-taking in MMORPG development and why WildStar made some great moves here. Don’t take my word for it, though. Try out the game yourself!

By on Jul 24, 2014 at 5:38 pm, in Gaming, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

The folks over at MineThon are running a pretty cool charity event for AbleGamers starting tomorrow. AbleGamers is a non-profit organization that provides news, reviews, and support for disabled gamers. Participants will take part in a 72-hour Minecraft marathon to raise money for AbleGamers.

The event will be streamed on Twitch and there are a variety of ways to participate through donating, taking part in the Minecraft action, or by simply getting involved in the community. There will also be raffles, auctions, and guest appearances from Minecraft celebrities during the charity event. It’s a good weekend to be a Minecraft fan.

For more information, head on over to the MineThon site or find out more about AbleGamers.

By on Jul 24, 2014 at 7:17 am, in MMORPG, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Transparent seems to be the trend of gaming developers mid 2014 and it is exciting to see.

Trion Worlds is no exception to this rule as they bring us the next closed beta testing  announcement for next week including the “meat and bones” of any game testing with back-end and server load information.

During the first beta event weekend, it took players 18 minutes to fill servers and it was a load of fun enjoying watching everyone pile on the Eastern Continent Harani. In anticipation of the next event, here are some thoughts from the last beta event, alpha, and the current development stage of the game:

By on Jul 23, 2014 at 7:00 am, in MOBA, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Darius, Ahri, Graves, Leona, Nautilus, Rengar, Katarina, Jax, and a few other LoL champions go head to head like never seen before in Riot’s latest cinematic called “A New Dawn” which was released yesterday. Much in the vein of “A Twist of Fate”, “A New Dawn” showcases some awesome champ abilities and even an ultimate or two in 1 vs. 1 fights. With an added twist, the champions get involved in a bit of team fight action this time. Here’s a spoiler: Nautilus, Leona, and Graves are kind of awesome.

Riot also released a behind-the-scenes video that goes into the magic behind the making of “A New Dawn”. This video can be viewed here.

League of Legends movie, anyone? Come on, Riot. You know you want to.

By on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:00 am, in Comics, Geek Culture, News  |  Comments: 1 comment

Grab your bat-phone, bat-wallet, and jump in your Batmobile on Wednesday, July 23rd, since DC Entertainment has declared the day to be Batman Day! The event in in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #23. To celebrate, participating comic book retailers will provide a free, special edition re-print of that book. DC is also providing other collectibles, such as book marks, capes, and four Batman masks.

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If you can’t make it your local comic book store, Detective Comics #23 will be available for free download on www.readdcentertainment.com, comiXology, and all other digital platforms.

By on Jul 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm, in MMORPG, News, TESO  |  Comments: No comments yet

Despite still being in its first year of launch, Elder Scrolls Online has already seen its share of rough times. How large that share actually is will depend on who you ask, of course. According to recent information from Superdata, ESO has over 770,000 subscribers as of June which is a fairly impressive number given some of the comments seen in MMORPG communities about the game’s comparative success, but there’s also the fact that console/PC gamers– and not just MMO fans– love Elder Scrolls.

The rough times in question primarily have to do with ESO‘s endgame content. Veteran content as it’s called is currently wrapped in veteran ranks that are obtained by either grinding out content that was unexplored by leveling your particular faction to level 50 or by tagging alongside a few friends in Craglorn.

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