Category Archives: Gaming

Heroes of the Storm

Playing MMORPG’s over the years has made me friends and racked up skills to become a real pro. At least this is what I thought at first. After playing for years in virtual worlds it became clear sometimes an actual challenge doesn’t need to have lots of time invested in it to be worth it’s weight in entertainment.

I beat Witcher 3 but it has no major multiplayer component. Dark Souls 3 is as frustrating and clunky as ever. I have both games just no vast challenge – I plan to install the new Witcher3 DLC with the vampires.

Current rankings of MMORPG population – thanks Scoobersss!

SUPER POPULATED(The its dying but holy crap its still healthy tier)

-World of Warcraft

LARGE POPULATION(The its not WoW but there are still a ton of players tier)

-Final Fantasy XIV

-Guild Wars 2

-Lineage 2(I have been told that a ton of people still play this is Asian countries)

-Runescape

-Dungeon Fighter Online

HEALTHY POPULATION(Not booming but plenty of people are playing)

-TERA

-Elder Scrolls Online

-Star Wars:The Old Republic

-Wildstar

-ArcheAge

-Eve

-Trove

DECENT POPULATION(Not thriving, but there are enough players to keep the game from feeling dead)

-Neverwinter

-Secret World

-Echo of Soul

-Aion

-Rift

-Skyforge

-Age of Wushu

-EverQuest

-MapleStory

-DC Universe Online

-Vindictus

LIFE SUPPORT(A few people still play, but these games are barely alive)

-Age of Conan

-Lord of the Rings Online

-Allods

NEW/UPCOMING GAMES THAT ARE HARD TO PLACE

-Blade and Soul(see this being quite popular)

-Black Desert(seems to get fair hype)

-Devilian(I know very little about this one)

-Albion(Appears to have been overhyped)

After seeing this long list, it boggles the mind of how many people are in virtual worlds – and the numbers are staggering!

Currently I am playing Heroes of the Storm on a regular basis, and very much enjoy it!

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If you like DOTA2 or Starcraft multiplayer strategy – then you must jump in and play, it’s free and each time you play you win gold to buy more characters, skins, and mounts.

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Worth a glance if you work hard, but play harder.

Amazon Buys Twitch $970 million

twitchAmazon is stepping up their GAME in the gaming community. Wow.

Amazon said on Monday it would pay $970 million in cash for Twitch, a live video-game-streaming site with more than 55 million users that’s like YouTube for video games.

As of July, Twitch had over 15 billion minutes of content, and users were spending more than 100 minutes a day on the site, on average. Twitch users can host live streams of their gaming sessions and broadcast them to the world. They can also chop up their sessions into segments for streaming later.

It’s also a resource for gamers who like to show off their unique skills. For example, there’s an entire community on Twitch dedicated to doing weird stuff like beating Zelda games in under 20 minutes or playing massively collaborative games of Pokemon.

Twitch is a huge part of the internet, and it accounts for nearly 2% of all traffic in the U.S. during peak hours, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. Only Netflix, Google, and Apple account for more traffic. In that respect, Twitch even streams more video than Hulu.

Twitch also accounts for 40% of all live-streamed internet content, according to Business Insider Intelligence:

What’s really impressive is that Twitch was able to become so big after just three years.

You can see Amazon’s purchase of Twitch as a play to take over the future of TV. More and more content is being streamed online, and more and more hours of video watching are being done on sites like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu. Amazon has its own streaming video service called Amazon Instant that comes with Amazon Prime memberships. Amazon Instant includes thousands of streaming movies and TV shows, including original shows like “Alpha House.”

Earlier Monday, multiple reports indicated Amazon was in late-stage talks to acquire Twitch. The news came as a big surprise because just last month it was reported that Google had agreed to acquire Twitch for about $1 billion. That deal, however, was never officially confirmed.

The Google-Twitch deal felt like a natural fit, since it would’ve been a good way for YouTube to expand its video offerings. Yahoo also tried to buy Twitch for $970 million, but Amazon swooped in and got it instead.

It’s unclear what had caused the Google-Twitch deal to fall through, but one possible reason is over antitrust issues. Since Google already owns YouTube, the world’s largest video streaming site, acquiring another massive video streaming site like Twitch could raise antitrust issues.According to Forbes, the two sides couldn’t agree on the potential break up fee.

Here’s the official announcement from Amazon:

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, Inc., the leading live video platform for gamers. In July, more than 55 million unique visitors viewed more than 15 billion minutes of content on Twitch produced by more than 1 million broadcasters, including individual gamers, pro players, publishers, developers, media outlets, conventions and stadium-filling esports organizations.

“Broadcasting and watching gameplay is a global phenomenon and Twitch has built a platform that brings together tens of millions of people who watch billions of minutes of games each month – from The International, to breaking the world record for Mario, to gaming conferences like E3. And, amazingly, Twitch is only three years old,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com. “Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”

“Amazon and Twitch optimize for our customers first and are both believers in the future of gaming,” said Twitch CEO Emmett Shear. “Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”

Twitch launched in June 2011 to focus exclusively on live video for gamers. Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by Twitch’s shareholders, Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Twitch for approximately $970 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of options and other items. Subject to customary closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in the second half of 2014.

Here’s a letter from Twitch’s CEO:

Dear Twitch Community,

It’s almost unbelievable that slightly more than 3 years ago, Twitch didn’t exist. The moment we launched, we knew we had stumbled across something special. But what followed surprised us as much as anyone else, and the impact it’s had on both the community and us has been truly profound. Your talent, your passion, your dedication to gaming, your memes, your brilliance – these have made Twitch what it is today. Every day, we strive to live up to the standard set by you, the community. We want to create the very best place to share your gaming and life online, and that mission continues to guide us. Together with you, we’ve found new ways of connecting developers and publishers with their fans. We’ve created a whole new kind of career that lets people make a living sharing their love of games. We’ve brought billions of hours of entertainment, laughter, joy and the occasional ragequit. I think we can all call that a pretty good start. Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch. I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you’ve created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they’d get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much. It’s dangerous to go alone. On behalf of myself and everyone else at Twitch, thank you for coming with us. Emmett Shear, CEO

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E3 2015 – The Aftermath Part 1

Hey all, I love gaming conventions. The new VR gear, hardware, and product titles are gaining heavy ground. More on this later. First piece of news I want to fire up is about Kingdom Hearts 3!

This Kingdom Hearts 3 trailer from E3 2015 proves the never-ending key war is still continuing and our favorite characters Sora, Donald, and Goofy – are in the depths of the action!

Square Enix’s long-awaited action RPG pixel dripping cartoon action, making graphics that look better than ever.

That’s thanks to the fact the game is making it’s way to the PS4, and Xbox On. It is using the Unreal Engine 4. Check out this trailer!

Final Fantasy 7 Remake

I remember playing a few hours on this game thinking wow, it never bored me. A rare thing in any game. It simply was a masterpiece.

Just ask anyone in their 20s what was the most favorite Final Fantasy game of all time, and 98% of the time the response will be Final Fantasy 7.

I have seen online for many years how gamers have been raging, pleading and yes even threatening for an ultimate HD remake of the timeless classic RPG. Finally, after 20 years later – they’ll finally get their wish.

Sony showed the audience their first look at the new graphics with a one-minute, fifty-three-second trailer (found below) that depicts Cloud with his massively large blade clouding through the sky, walking along through a the industrial city streets.

PS4 will get this title first, then other consoles shortly after. I am extremely excited for this title, it is worth a look !

More news on E3 in part 2!

Dual-Core getting weaker

Gaming so far has been good to those on a budget. Intel’s Pentium G3220 and the Pentium G3258 Anniversary editions provided light for many gamers out there. But according to several posts on blog sites and social media, these days might be coming to an end.
Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4 does not run on straight dual core PCs and ends up displaying a black screen and a failure to launch bug. In all fairness, Far Cry 4 does have the Intel Core i5-750 or AMD’s Phenom II X4 955 listed in its minimum requirements section.
Far Cry 4 however is not the only game which has moved past dual core CPUs. EA’s Dragon Age: Inquisition is another game that does not support dual-core processors.
While EA is encouraging demands for a refund for Inquisition and Ubisoft is expected to release a bug fixing the failure to launch bug, by the looks of things, it might be a good time to start saving for a quad core upgrade.
You all know that the new consoles Xbox One and the PS4 pack eight cores coupled with 8 GB of RAM? Even more games such as Watch Dogs show poor performance on dual core CPUs. On mine it would skip and act bogged down. Truely poor when other games run amazingly 60 FPS. They are using programming assigning tasks for multi-cores. Without that extra cores the instructions just halt, even if your dual could handle it at a slower latency.
Looks like times are getting to the last stop folks.
Though not for AMD it would seem, with its low-budget CPUs looking to be the next best alternative for low budget gamers. They have 90$ chips with actual quad cores – where the best 4x core I have listed below.

High Performance Gamer’s Pick

Intel’s Core i5 processors are well-known for their high-end gaming prowess at reasonable prices. We look to the new i5-4460 for its balance between price and performance at $190. Although this CPU’s multiplier is locked, you don’t need aggressive overclocking to achieve excellent frame rates with it.

Architecture Haswell
Frequency (Turbo) 3.2 (3.4) GHz
Cores (Threads) 4 (4)
Cache (L1, L2, L3) 4x 64KB, 4x 256KB, 6MB
Integrated GPU HD Graphics 4600 (530MHz, 1.15GHz Turbo)
Memory Support DDR3-1333/1600, dual-channel, up to 32GB
TDP 84W
Process 22nm
Socket LGA 1150

We shall see what intel can do for us now.

Tropico 5 – Released!

YES! Finally Tropico 5 was releasted on May 23rd, 2014! This was just 5 days ago, and it will be reviewed on this site!

The last 4 were my personal favorites. I remember the first and second, very fondly. They released the 3rd, and an expansion. Then down the road was the 4th, and its expansion if memory serves me right.

I assumed that they wouldn’t bother making another, that rarely happens anymore unless its a blockbuster of a game, maybe like resident evil or final fantasy.

I will post my review once I really jive my teeth into this new work of art! DX11 anyone?

And yes – YES – two posts on the 28th!

Hearthstone Launch Day

Greetings all!

From time to time we all need a little entertainment – after toying with our packets, routers, and switches oh my!

This is one of those gems that come around once in a blue moon.

Not only is it actually a real fun piece of software, it is also free!

This game is from Blizzard Entertainment. They seem to use all the heroes and characters from the successful World of Warcraft series.

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