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By on Mar 13, 2014 at 9:16 am, in Breaking, MMORPG, News, WildStar  |  Comments: No comments yet

Well, okay, before you jump to pre-order now, let us clarify: Pre-orders begin soon! March 19th soon! We’ve all been anxiously awaiting a release date, and bam– now we have one! Carbine performed a double whammy yesterday with this announcement along with the dropping of the NDA for beta testers. And suddenly, there was much rejoicing as we all scrambled to show off our beta characters.

Carbine also released the details of the WildStar pre-order goodies and digital deluxe version goodies, which are intended to, well, land with a bang. Literally. In the form of a rocket house. What’s a rocket house, you ask? Watch the video and find out:

Interestingly enough, there isn’t a physical Collector’s Edition of the game. Still, a rocket house is pretty cool.

By on Feb 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm, in News, WildStar  |  Comments: No comments yet

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Wildstar has been receiving some unwanted attention lately with an influx of unscrupulous individuals to their fan-base. Be aware of several tactics used by scammers:

By on Feb 6, 2014 at 10:00 am, in Article, News, RIFT  |  Comments: 5 comments

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Yep, as promised during last Friday’s live stream, it’s Budgie Madness! And Chicken Week. And Budgie Week. And hey-look-it’s-another-lockbox week. Whatever you wish to call it. It’s all rolled into one new RIFT promotion that started yesterday. The adorable budgie mounts are the main attraction of the week-long promotion that will run until February 12th.

Players can take part in up to three daily quests a day that involve short race courses in Freemarch/Silverwood, Cape Jule, and Pelladane. Completing the three dailies for the first time will reward each character with a Budgie Trove, which is this promotion’s unique lockbox that has a chance of containing the Frosty Budgie as well as various Tier 1 raid goodies. By completing the dailies, you can also collect Bird Seed. 850 Bird Seed can be turned in for the Ashen Budgie mount from the vendors near the race courses.

Unfortunately, with the length of the event, we won’t be able to pick up the Ashen Budgie just from the dailies (each rewards 10 seed, so 30 a day x 7 days = only 210 seed). Bird Seed can also be obtained inside the Budgie Troves, but generally seems to be rewarded in rather small amounts. Bird Seed isn’t tradeable between characters/alts, either. The good news is that we do get a free Budgie Trove or two, depending on how many Storm Legion-accessible alts we have.

By on Jan 26, 2014 at 10:26 am, in News  |  Comments: No comments yet

So there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that SOE is lowering the price of their all-access pass to just $15 a month, and they’ve fixed a lot of the complaints from their first purposed changes. However, with the recent news also came the announcement that several games are being shuttered before the end of the year, including Free Realms, which is enjoyed by Smedley’s 12 year old daughter. It’s probably a rough house to live in now, but at least she didn’t also play Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, Vanguard, or Wizardry Online, which are also shutting down. You can read more about this and other SOE goodness on Smed’s recent Ask Me Anything on Reddit.

By on Dec 21, 2013 at 7:00 am, in News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Still have some Christmas shopping to do for your favorite Nintendo fan, but no idea what to get them? Well, it may be a good idea to hit up your local Best Buy starting December 22, though the offer ends on the 28th in case you, ya know, sleep through Christmas or something. The cards will be 20% off, though no details on whether or not the offer applies to online purchases.

By on Dec 14, 2013 at 9:30 am, in News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Telltale has been busy this week, releasing a few announcements on its popular The Walking Dead series. To start with, Season Two’s first episode has been given a name: All That Remains. It’s set to come to us soon, but only those who play on XBLA or Steam know exactly when. The title is set to be available for download on Steam on December 17th and XBLA on December 18th. Telltale has said that All That Remains will be available before the end of the year, but it’s not clear whether they meant that it will be available for all platforms.

We learned earlier this year that not only will Clementine be in Season Two,  she’s our playable character (at least for All That Remains, but if it follows the first season then we can assume we will play as Clem for the entirely of Season Two). The longer trailer shows that the character also looks a bit older than she did in Season One, so we can assume that a significant period of time has passed since we left her outside of Savannah.

The company also released a full trailer for Season Two, Episode One on Thursday, which can be watched below:

By on Nov 25, 2013 at 4:00 pm, in News  |  Comments: No comments yet

With American Thanksgiving coming up, Nintendo’s rounded up some deals from retailers that are sure to inspire you to rebutton your pants and go out. Non-Nintendo fans can scroll past the press release, but for rest, here’s the list:

  • A Deal So Great It’s Scary: A Cobalt Blue Nintendo 3DS system that comes installed with the well-received Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon game will sell at a suggested retail price of $169.99. (Nov. 28)
  • Walmart Black Friday Deal: Walmart will be offering a deal on the new Nintendo 2DS hand-held system at only $99.96. (Nov. 28)
  • Target Black Friday Deal: At Target, shoppers can pick up a Nintendo 3DS XL system for just $149.99. (Nov. 29)
  • Wii U and 3DS eShop Discounts: Character-themed sales have been running in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U throughout the month of November. Over Thanksgiving weekend, a large selection of games starring some of Nintendo’s most beloved characters will be on sale. Visithttp://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more information.
  • Multiplayer Fun Over the Long Thanksgiving Weekend: The uproariously fun multiplayer gameNintendo Land for Wii U comes packaged with a fun, green Luigi-themed Wii Remote Plus controller at a suggested retail price of $59.99. (Dec. 2)

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  • A Mario and Luigi Thanksgiving: A new Mario and Luigi Wii U Deluxe Set that comes packaged with both New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U games on one disc is now available at the low suggested retail price of $299.99.
  • Burn Off Those Thanksgiving Calories for Free: Running through the end of January, Wii U owners who also own a Wii Balance Board accessory can download a monthlong trial version of the full Wii Fit U game for free on Nintendo eShop. Users can keep Wii Fit U for as long as they like by purchasing and syncing a Fit Meter accessory. A Fit Meter has many features of modern activity meters and is available at a suggested retail price of only $19.99.
  • Compete with Wii Sports ClubThere is nothing more fun than playing a round of tennis or bowling with family and friends in Wii Sports Club, now available as individual downloads exclusively in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. In the coming months, Wii Sports Club will include three other sports from the original Wii Sports – baseball, boxing and golf. All sports feature HD graphics, enhanced controls and new features, such as community clubs. With a broadband Internet connection, players can be registered to state or regional clubs and will be able to send messages to one another via Miiverse during matches. With the addition of online multiplayer, users can even play Wii Sports Club with family members that can’t make it home for the holidays. Wii U owners who download Wii Sports Club will get a free trial pass that will let them play any available sports for a 24-hour period from when the Wii Sports Club game was started. Once the trial period ends, players can purchase a Day Pass for $1.99 in the Nintendo eShop to play all available sports for a 24-hour period, or can buy permanent access to individual sports for $9.99 each.

For other deals, IGN has a great list for Black Friday deals and is already preparing a section for Cyber Monday deals. For those still wanting to pick up a PS3 or Xbox360 after their new baby brothers are taking over the news, now’s your time to buy them!

By on Nov 20, 2013 at 7:30 am, in News  |  Comments: 1 comment

New research from the University of Glasgow seems to indicate that there is a positive correlation between the amount of television watched and social/behavioral problems, but playing video games could not be used to predict the same problems. This was not a small study either, using over 11,000 children monitored over the course of several years. The children came from several backgrounds, investigating differences between income, family, ethnicity, and gender, but the most important thing to note was this was an investigation into the different results caused by television and games. In fact, it was predicted that due to their interactive nature, games would be the one to cause problems, but this was not the case.

Truthfully, the difference was small, and the researchers themselves admit that their study isn’t the final word on the matter, but as someone who’s personally done some long term research, I have a small idea of the amount of work that goes into something like this. No research is perfect, especially when a study asks the mothers to report about their children, but with a sample size this large, the general idea is that the problem people, who we’d like to think are a severe minority of the population, will get lost in the data compared to accessing more “normal” individuals. The correlation between the childhood issues and watching TV is also small, less than a full percent, so it’s not something to worry about too much, but it is there. The researchers themselves feel that it isn’t so much how much time children are spending with the screens that may or may not account for most of the differences, but how the families use and monitor them. Any college students looking for a thesis topic might want to take that hint as their starting point.

By on Nov 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm, in News, TV  |  Comments: 1 comment

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary episode premieres this weekend, which means that the BBC has kicked its promotional team into hyperdrive. We’ve seen mini-episodes, clips, new stills, and behind-the-scenes videos. There’s enough here that even a dedicated Whovian may have missed something. Luckily, you have us to gather all the material into one place. Here is your ultimate list of the components of the celebration that you may have missed, and those yet to come.

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  • Check out our article on the long and short trailers for The Day of the Doctor. [link]
  • BBC has released a mini-episode called The Night of the Doctor which takes place between the TV movie featuring Paul McGann’s Eighth Doctor and the new series, with Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor. [link]
  • They have also released a clip from the 50th Anniversary episode, in which we see how the Tenth and Eleventh Doctor meet up. Spoilers: there’s a fez, which automatically makes it awesome. [link]
  • Strax the Sontaran gives a field report to his species on the topic of Queen Elizabeth in this teaser clip. [link]
  • The BBC also wrangled David Tennant into giving an introduction to The Day of the Doctor. [link]
  • While I’m at it, you should really just check out the whole Doctor Who 50th Anniversary playlist on YouTube. [link]
  • Comingsoon.net has a great photo album of the fifty recently-released stills from The Day of the Doctor. [link]
  • While The Science of Doctor Who special aired on Monday night, you can see the entertainingly informative special on the BBC website. [link]
  • BBC and BBC America will be showing marathons of episodes featuring the three most recent Doctors. Catch Nine on Tuesday, Ten on Wednesday, and Eleven on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Check out the schedule here
  • BBC and BBC America will be showing An Adventure in Space and Time, the TV Movie about the creation of Doctor Who, on Friday, November 22 at 9pm ET.
  • Matt Smith and David Tennant will be guests on the Graham Norton show at 10pm ET on Saturday, November 23rd.
  • Edit: The BBC released a second minisode, The Last Day. [link]
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Of course, The Day of the Doctor is premiering in Global Simulcast at 2:50pm ET/11:50pm PT on BBC America. There will also be a primetime encore showing at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT, which will have exclusive interviews with Matt Smith and David Tennant during breaks.

By on Nov 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm, in News  |  Comments: 1 comment

The popularity of League of Legends grows day by day, but this year the World Championship game drew an amazing 32 million viewers. Just last year, in Season 2, viewership has climbed from 8.2 million viewers. From Riot’s announcement today:

Over 32 million fans watched SK Telecom T1 earn the Summoner’s Cup in front of a sold-out Staples Center. At peak, more than 8.5 million fans were watching at the same time. To put those numbers in context, the Season 2 World Championship was watched by 8.2 million fans, with 1.1 million watching at the same time. In short, we’re beyond humbled by your passion for and commitment to League of Legends.

The most popular sporting event in the world was the 2013 Superbowl in February which garnered approximately 164 million viewers worldwide. When your e-sport is only less popular than the biggist sporting event in history by a factor of five you’ve accomplished something amazing.

Season four is just around the corner and the 2014 World Championships will be hosted in Korea.

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