Sunday, November 30, 2014

Ask Gauss

Sunday! Also the last day of November so you really have to start think about Christmas fast approaching. There has been more questions sent in this week then I ever remember not sure why exactly, but I think it has something to do with the insane amount of great games out currently. So why don't we just get right to it.

Are you interested in the Game of Thrones game?

Why yes! I am actually a huge Game of Thrones fan, which probably doesn't surprise any of you since I enjoy the fantasy style of game so much. I am also a huge fan of the Walking Dead game series and I really think Telltale will do the series justice. I also like how it will go well and blend in nicely with the show. So parts that the show can not get into in the 10 episodes the game will have some extras just for that. I think this also makes perfect sense in the episode style that the Telltale has really made their own. So in my eyes cannot come out soon enough.

Do you find they are killing too many people off in Warlords?

Truthfully? No. Remember some of the characters they have killed off have good reason too. I won't go into specifics as to not be spoilerish but if you have seen them die then you know what I mean. Also you have to think of having double characters in both timelines. There is minimal doubles in existence and really off the top of my head only 1 "true" double comes to mind. At this moment as I have said before there is nothing bad I have to say about Warlords. It really is odd as I always find things to complain about.

Why didn't you do a not my turkey day post?

Well I wasn't trying to raid on Thursday didn't really apply,

There you have it questions all answered for the week. Thanks to everyone who sent something in I will try my best to get to all of them in a reasonable amount of time. Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Whose Fault?

Friday! All this weke veryone has been asking me or telling me their opinions on the whole Garrosh thing. Now this is a Reader Post, but keep in mind there are spoilers ahead so you really should stop reading if you are worried about Nagrand being spoiled. With all of that taken care of here is Wolf's thoughts on Garrosh and Thrall.

I see people blaming this on both Garrosh and Thrall, but, why don't we look at all the facts? Garrosh became Thrall's close friend when they met in Nagrand and Thrall was like a father to him, since Grom was never around. Then, when Thrall left to save the world he left Garrosh in charge, even though Garrosh thought he'd be terrible, Thrall had faith in him. Then, shit went down. Innocent druids were murdered by Twilight's Hammer orcs, and Cairne, who had no idea it was the TH, challenged Garrosh, who thought he was simply disagreeing with how he was leading the Horde. And, well I think we know what happened there. Sylvannas completely ignored Garrosh's orders not to use the plague on Gilneans, which made him seem even worse of a leader. Vol'Jin then turned on Garrosh after things got really bad, even after Thrall, who didn't come back even after everyone told him he made a terrible decision making Garrosh warchief, promised he would help him.

Now, here's my theory, Thrall was never given the full story. Think about it, Sylvannas was using an outlawed weapon, despite DIRECT orders from the warchief not to do so. Vol'Jin insulted the Hellscream family, with both Grom and Garrosh being very close friends to Thrall, Baine's father was killed dishonorably, even though he knew Garrosh was not to blame, he most likely had some sort of disdain for him. Do you think they would tell the full story? That they would openly tell Thrall that they had such hate and disrespect for Hellscream? No, they needed a scapegoat because the Horde was falling apart, and a new warchief was the perfect choice. 

My theory is that Thrall simply believed that Garrosh needed some more time adjusting to the new position, hence why he didn't come back until after his wedding on Hyjal (And yes, I realize there's some blame on him for taking the time to do this but, considering he just saved the world I think the last thing he wanted to deal with was politics). That the leaders of the Horde pinned their poor decisions on Garrosh, and Thrall was never told the truth, hence him saying "You failed the Horde" and "You chose your own destiny." So, Thrall didn't fail Garrosh or the Horde, and Garrosh didn't fail Thrall or the Horde, the Horde failed Thrall and Garrosh.

Once again thank you to everyone who send something in. I always enjoy reading the submissions, and as you know none of this would be possible without them. Lastly if you haven't seen it, and want to see what it is all about here it is.

Have a good weekend.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Legacy Of Garrosh Hellscream

First of all I just want to say there will be massive spoilers in this post so if you have not played through Nagrand in Warlords or don't want to know anything about it just stop reading now. I don't want to deal with complaints so again stop reading.

Now since we got that out of the way. All I have to say is damn. Did that happen? Now I don't want to talk about if Thrall cheated or whatever I really want to deal with the line Garrosh says just before Garrosh was grounded...

"You made me what I am"

Now all through when I was reading War Crimes I was thinking the same thing. How much of all this is Garrosh's fault? Just have to look at what he said earlier in the battle to realized exactly what has been going on in Garrosh's head this whole time.

"You made me warchief! You left me to pick up your pieces! You failed me!"

I actually sympathize with Garrosh here. Not that he didn't get what was coming to him, but he actually knew he was not fit for the job of Warchief. He even told Thrall that it was bad idea. He knew no one would respect the choice after all Garrosh is what he is a great warrior. He he had Thrall by his side look what was accomplished. The success in Northrend speaks volumes.Yes he did have great moments by himself before all the people Thrall promised would be there turned there backs on him. He was left really only trusting Orcs and that really is what caused him to go down the path he was on.

I will miss him. I always thought he was a great character and appreciate the time Blizzard put into developing him into what he was. Just wish it didn't have to end the way it did.

Lok'tar Ogar

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

They Were Friends And Colleagues, And They Were Idiots

So after my post yesterday about Heroes of the Storm i was asked what champions I would like to see be a part of Heroes of the Storm even which are not yet there. Instead of throwing that into a question to ask on Ask Gauss for the week I thought I would take care of that in this week's list.

5. Artanis

Besides Tassadar and Zeratul there isn't another Protoss who comes to mind is there? He is not the stealthy Zeratul or the support of Tassadar. So he isn't similar and different enough to have people engaged and wanting to play him.

4. Deckard Cain

I know everyone wants this in some way or another. I am not sure how it would work other than a specialist in some way, but Blizzard really needs to make it happen. Give us the man who screams Diablo

3. Amon

I am pretty sure this is almost a sure thing once Legacy of the Void comes out but I will say it anyway. Without even knowing too much about him or what he can do there still is plenty of reason to be excited is there not?

2. Rexxar

There currently is no one like Rexxar in game and really I am quite surprised he has yet to make an appearence. Would be not only fun to have his melee abilities but also having Misha by your side is always a plus.

1. Medivh

I know they are adding Jaina which is the mage you may all think Medivh would be but he is no ordinary mage. He is after all the last guardian where as Jaina really is a "frost" mage really he could be something completely different.

There they are! What do you think? Have an opinion? as always let me know one way or another.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

You Fail At Heroes Of The Storm If...

Fail Day! Yes it is Tuesday and yes that is a Heroes of the Storm icon. If you weren't around when I said I did finally get into the Alpha and I must say I am enjoying it. Not that I ever thought I wouldn't I just was beginning to think I wouldn't get a shot at it before Open Beta came around. With all of that in mind I did promise once I got in I would do a fail day for it. So here we are better late then never.

You Fail At Heroes of the Storm If...

  • You have no clue where the heroes from the game are coming from
  • You try to do your own thing during games
  • You don't turn in your coins and then die
  • You waste all your mana killing minions
  • You queue for a versus with a hero you have at level 1
  • You queue for versus with a hero you have never played before
  • You die to turrets
  • Whenever you are killed it is because such and such is OP and my hero sucks
  • You would rather die then hearth
  • You don't use your mount
  • You are the victim of first blood
  • You haven't /danced
  • You haven't purchased a specialist with gold or otherwise
  • You aren't excited since the Lost Vikings announcement
  • You don't get pumped up by the music

and finally

  • The entire you talk about this is not like LoL
There you have it this week's edition of Fail. Hope you all enjoy it, and good luck to all of those still waiting to get their hands on everything to test it out.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Just Warlord Things

Here we are on Monday the last week of November before the Christmas Season takes full on hold on everything we say and do. Even if you want it to be true or not it is going to happen. With that in mind everyone is going to be enjoying the simple things. Now I don't normally showcase gaming companies own videos, but I felt this one released by Blizzard has the perfectly feel for this week. About enjoying the simple things and just doing what we do. So sit back and enjoy Just Warlord Things

Now you can get on with your Monday

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ask Gauss

Here we are the end of the weekend is coming and we can all be glad we don't live in Buffalo. Unless you do live in Buffalo then I am sorry. All kidding aside it is Sunday and we have some questions to answer so let's get right to it.

So WoW is back to over 10 Million subscribers, what do you think?

Well it might even be closer to 11 since I believe that was done on the 13 and it didn't launch in Asia the same day. I could be wrong though. Regardless jumping 3 million subs for the expansion is quite amazing. Now from playing the expansion and how well it has been put together I am not surprised. It has been a great experience thus far and it has that sort of comeback feeling to the older Warcraft fan that they just have to see what is going on. Now I am interested to see in how it holds the numbers, but only time will tell with that.

Did you hear Unity has been denounced in France?

Now if you are talking about a certain article. Which you can read by clicking here. It is far from being denounced by an entire country. It was one person who does have some issues about the way certain people within the revolution are portrayed in the game. Like any game people can have their opinion but from playing the actual game and reading his comments I tend to think he really didn't play the game and is just reacting in some way to get some sort of publicity. Maybe I am wrong though and if I am be sure to let me know.

How is Inquisition?

Great so far. Will be more on it to come from me for sure though!

There they are the questions for the week. Thanks to everyone who sent something in as always this would not be possible without all of you taking part in it. Keep sending those questions in and answered on here or not I will get to them. Enjoy what is left of your weekend!

Friday, November 21, 2014

There Is Still No Flying In Draenor

So I know I have talked about this before but I never really allowed a Reader Post on the subject. I have always thought during the leveling process you see more of the world created when flying isn't a factor. When you can enjoy the environments and just be part of everything. When flying is involved because of the speed at which you can travel leveling becomes so much more about efficiency, So with all of that in mind here is this week's post submitted by Rawri

Recently I read a forum post regarding the touchy subject of flying vs no flying in Draenor. The poster was pro flight. Their argument is that it amounts to taking away the choice of flight for pro-flight players the way things are, where if flight were allowed, everyone would have a choice. While this is true, as an anti flight proponent, let me say I don't want flight to be a choice. It's not because I would feel forced to fly to remain competitive if given the option. It's because I play on a pvp server. Imagine flying mounts inside a bg. Not a pretty sight right? It would in fact, ruin the content. Not just trivialize, but ruin it. I'm not the best at pvp. And I've been ganked by better players who surpassed me with better skill, gear, or a situational advantage. But I still like that the combat happens, even if I lose, I learn a little. Typical world pvp encounters usually begin and end with flying mounts anymore. One player, in flight, is able to scope out their opponents completely before deciding if they want to engage. Everyone is a rogue, everyone can choose their fights. If you no longer want to fight, it's pretty easy to get away. Ever been right at the end of a challenging battle, only to find yourself ganked? Yes you have, assuming you play on a pvp server. Did you want revenge? Did you know you could pay them back if you got the chance? How many times have you gotten that chance after the addition of flying mounts? It's like being punched in the mouth and then being told your assailant has called time out. 

My example has been largely pvp centric. But what I'm getting at is consequence, and interaction between players, and interacting with their environment isn't nearly as good as it was before it was introduced. Up until now that is. Warlords put some more war back into warcraft, and part of that comes from removing those flying mounts. When would I like to see flying in Draenor? maybe the final major content patch, or after the next expansion.

And with that enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Gamer Problems

Right now I am having some a a slight problem gaming wise. I can't remember the last time I had some many games all new that I just want to play. Sure there is times when one game is out and then another the next week, but right now is something else entirely. Now I know most of you will say well you can just play them all at once. I could do that, but that is not really my style. When I get a game I always want to play it want to experience it and want it really be the game I am into at that moment.

I think everyone is that way. You have the game you open it you look at the book you will probably never look at again while something is installing or loading and wondering who in the hell ever reads this book. Then you come to the conclusion that they are only ever read in this exact moment you are reading it.

Having that is just part of the gaming experience it is what makes it what it is. There really is nothing like a new game, and really only gamers understand when you say there is nothing like it. Getting multiple games at one time makes things confusing. There is overlap and insanity ensues and you really are overwhelmed and have no idea what to do.

Right now I have Warlords, Assassin's Creed Unity, Heroes of the Storm, FarCry 4, and Dragon Age Inquisition all wanting their piece of the pie. I have actually sat there during a time I set aside for gaming doing nothing because I have no clue what I should be doing. It really is madness to the next level.

I know I should just pick one stick with it till it is completed then go from there. Then keep a rotation going, and this will probably eventually happen, but it doesn't make this time any easier. Gamer problems how horrible.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Did You Think We Had Forgotten?

Wednesday! Yes here we are in the middle of the week wondering what it is we will be doing. Or maybe not. Now I as many of you know have been playing the new Warcraft Expansion Warlords of Draenor. I have been taking my time leveling and enjoying the story. With that I noticed it has become much more of a "thing" to have in game cinematics. Something which started back in Wrath. Now it is something I have always enjoyed and this expansion so far is no different. So I thought for today's list I would rank my top 5. Now I wouldsay be careful as there are 2 of them from the WoD thus far. So slight spoilers.

5. Ga'nar's Sacrifice

The opening Horde zone Frostridge has an epic finale. I don't want to say too much about it other than the fact that when you see it you will really understand why it would make the list.

4. Arthas' Death

I remember this loading the first time after defeating the Lich King. Still gives me chills and really put a great end to the Arthas story and let us really know what the Lich King means to the rest of Azeroth

3. Fight For Shattrath

Again don't want to say too much beside. Holy crap this was amazing! I have been searching for a place to re-watch it. Really if you have seen this you completely understand if you haven't well you are in for quite a treat.

2. Mists of Pandaria Ending Horde

I have gone over this right when I saw it. This is the point when Vol'jin is named Warchief of the Horde and how could you not get dem feels and be pumped up at the same time. Extremely well done and you feel fulfilled when it is completed

1. Wrathgate

What can I say? Th first was the best wasn't it? You have to kill it to really come close to something as epic as this one.

There you have it the list all done for this week. What do you think? As always let me know!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

You Fail At Warlords Of Draenor If...

Happy Fail day everyone, and before anyone else asking I am giving you all what you want. Although it might seem a little early, but I have more than enough material to get it done. So with that there doesn't need much intro for this week's edition of Fail so here we go

You Fail At Warlords of Draenor If...

  • You are confused where this screen shot came from
  • You have yet to start your garrison
  • You are wondering where you go to train your profs to 700
  • You computer can't take the upgraded models
  • You didn't give Mulverick a smirk when you heard him talking
  • You are still playing Alliance
  • You didn't wonder why Khadgar just didn't blow everyone up
  • You didn't understand Thrall's jokes to his parents and Drek'thar
  • You wanted to save Gul'dan
  • You have been wondering where you train flying
  • You kept trying to get into your Garrison when it was buggy
  • You have posted on the forums complaining about bugs and demanding a refund, but yet you have still kept playing 

and finally

  • You have yet to play it
There it is probably the most requested Fail Day I have had in awhile. Makes me think people want to know if they are failing. Anyways happy leveling if you are playing WoD or if you are picking up Dragon Age or FarCry today have a blast.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Escort Abort

Happy Monday all! I know you all are busy leveling and maybe don't have that much time to come check out the blog today. So I figured for this week video I would leave it to Carbot to give us a little fun with leveling in WoW to make us all feel better. So have a look at the latest WoW Craft episode

And now you may go back to leveling!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Ask Gauss

Sunday! Yes it is here and that means the weekend is almost over. It has been a crazy week so far hasn't it? If you were like me you did a lot of gaming the past week and actually had a pretty damn good time with it. With that in mind seems like the perfect opportunity to do today's duty and answer some questions.

Did you stay up for the Warlords launch?

You know originally I didn't have plans to do so, then but I thought why not. I was glad I did also. Now I didn't go completely sleep deprived but I did plan for 5 hours into the morning when I might have actually been getting up. There was a lot of others there too, but I really like how the starting zone was designed and really gave you the sense that everyone wasn't massed together. Besides the point where the garrison quest was glitched for about an hour everything was smooth. So as far as day 1s go it was a pretty good day.

Are you not doing an Assassin's Creed Unity Review?

I am this week has just been so busy with Assassin's Creed and Warlords releasing I wanted to get content for both of them out. No worries I will post as per the normal the non spoiler review first and let you exactly know what I am thinking about the game. As a quick review I really like the game and the story is progressing nicely, but I am near the start and just doing the collections as first as I like to get that out of the way and enjoy the story in bunches.

Funny how you get into Heroes of the Storm when you have other things to play.

You know I was thinking this exactly.

There you have it questions all answered for the week. Hope your gaming week was as good as my own. Enjoy what is left of your weekend everyone! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

What Is In A Review

Here we are on Friday and a Reader Post to go with it. I know all of you are either playing Assassin's Creed Unity or Rogue, or Warlords of Draenor. So I will make this right to the point. So far if you haven't seen Unity hasn't got the best reviews and really I don't understand why since so far I think the game is great and everything I expected it to be. This is the same idea from Fatalfeit the writer of this week's Reader Post. Have a look!

Okay, so after locking Rogue within a metal case and giving the key to my older brother, I was able to finally sit down and play about 5-6 more hours of Unity (joking, of course). 

All I can say is, wow. ...What a game. Like, what a DAMN GOOD SEQUEL. I know I've said it in a few others threads, but those were only my first impressions. This time I truly mean it. 

What the hell happened with the reviews? Why are they so poor? Were they extremely fatigued on the franchise? Do these people even know what Assassin's Creed is? I know what's a good Assassin's Creed and that's mother-flipping Unity. It's probably the best Assassin's Creed yet, I'm serious. Everything have been improved (except, maybe not the story in comparison to the last few games). The story and characters are good, the gameplay is fantastic, and the graphics are great. Stealth, navigation, and combat are the best they've ever been!

The only real complaint I have are the glitches and performance. But put those aside and Unity is the sequel we've all been waiting for. I mean, how the hell does an Assassin's Creed game like Unity get such poor reception? Especially from Kotaku. It's ridiculous! 

And this isn't coming from personal bias, I wasn't looking forward to Unity. You all know my eyes were dead set on Rogue. 

For me, Unity takes the top spot of the franchise. This game is the definitive Assassin's Creed experience. Good job, Alex Amancio. I always knew you could deliver the best Assassin's Creed. Now all Ubisoft has to do is pair you up with Darby McDevitt. The reviewers can suck it.

Couldn't have said it better myself! Happy gaming today with whatever you may be up to.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Happy Leveling

Well for those of you who don't know Warlords of Draenor launched today. As you are reading this I am in all likelihood leveling up or taking a nap in preparation for more leveling. I have always enjoyed leveling up in each expansion in a multitude of ways. All of them have had there own unique moments, which I will always tell anyone when looking back on specific times throughout WoWs history. I will though on this day share my favourite day 1 story with all of you.

It was Cataclysm launch day. This was the first launch day which the launch time was 3am for those of us in the eastern time zone. I of course planned to stay up and get ahead of the leveling curve. I was leveling up with Safiree and we started in Hyjal. This was her first "real" expansion leveling experience, and I say that because the way I level on day 1 is probably not the norm, Sure I love to enjoy the zone and want to know the quests and the questlines, but I am still in go go go mode.

We are going through the zone fine getting ahead of everyone when I believe it was around 7am and Safiree asked me if when were going to sleep. I said "no" we have to keep leveling when she assumed I was joking. This went on for about an hour and she was asking me what seemed every 5 minutes and she got to the point where she couldn't actually continue and her was walking into trees and flying into cliffs. Yes this was actually happening. It was quite amusing to me not so much to her. I told her she could sleep for a couple hours and then we would get back to it.

She did end up sleeping for about 4 hours until the "leveling nazi" made her come to and level some more. I know she appreciated my craziness in the long run and it caused the day itself to be full of some amazingly hilarious moments which I will always remember. Silly deaths due to exhaustion or being in a frame of mind where you were actually unable to read the quests. Even the moment when my Shadowmourne was replaced.

This was the only time I level day 1 in a party and sure it might have been slightly lower because sometimes slackers have to sleep, but it was pretty awesome as well. So I would say no matter how you choose to level enjoy it in your own way and make sure it is something you can remember and tell stories about later on.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Maybe You Will Answer All The Questions I Have Asked

So with Assassin's Creed Unity coming out yesterday I figured it would make perfect sense to do this week's list with an Assassin's Creed them. I know right? What could it be though? Well why not make it pretty simple and jsut do my favourite Assassin's Creed moments from throughout the series. And here we go!

5. Altair vs Al Mualim - Assassin's Creed

When you play a series you never forget those moments which got you to love the series in the first place. If it wasn't for this fight at the end I don't think I would have kept playing this series

4. Blackbeards Death - Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag

Black Flag was a great game. When thinking about it there wasn't that many huge moments like other games that stood out so much more than others. Blackbeard's death though was one such moment which did happen though. You were sad and man tears were shed.

3. Connor Kills Haytham - Assassin's Creed III

The moment you knew was going to happen through the entire game once you started playing as Connor. Even so this moment was sad and then not nearly as satisfying as killing of any other Templar. You felt with Haytham. Everything he said you wanted to know and believe you wasn't like the rest of them.

2. Ezio's Speech - Assassin's Creed II

I have mentioned this moment in Assassin's Creed history many times. So many times you all are probably sick of hearing about it. The speech not only rings true in everything we say and do, but it is so well presented that it just makes you nod in agreement. 

1. Revelation - Assassin's Creed Revelations

Whoever wrote this part to the game really deserves some sort on an award. It was the connection of distant past, to past to the present and was done so magnificently. I have watched the ending to this game more times then I can remember and every time it doesn't get any less amazing. This is the reason to this day this is in my mind the best Assassin's Creed game.

There they are my favourite Assassin's Creed moments. Are any of these yours? Or do you think there are some others which deserve a mention? As always tell me one way or another.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

You Fail At This Week If...

Fail Day! Not just nay fail day but a Fail day that sees an epic week of gaming ahead! You didn't know? Well that hints towards the point that you fail don't you then? That is why it was so easy to come up with this week's Fail Day topic. so here it goes!

You Fail At This Week If...

  • You didn't know the Iron Horde is coming
  • You didn't know today is the release date for Assassin's Creed Unity
  • You don't know the name Arno
  • You will not be up and ready to log into Warlords on Launch day
  • You aren't excited to see revolutionary Paris in all its glory
  • You are not excited to step foot on Draenor
  • You are not intrigued how Unity's multiplayer plays
  • You haven't thought about what is going to happen in your garrison
  • You are not in the least bit interested in seeing the Unity next gen expierence
  • You aren't getting your bro-fist ready for Durotan
  • You won't have family this week wondering where you have been
  • You haven't stalked up on gaming food

and finally

  • You don't plan on gaming at all this week

There it is this week's edition of Fail all wrapped up for you. Are you ready for this week?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Assassin's Creed The Musical

So here we are the Monday after Blizzcon and with all of that happened there it really isn't that bad of a Monday. Also keep in mind that on Tuesday we get to play Assassin's Creed Unity and then Thursday we get to try and stop the Iron Horde with the release of Warlords of Draenor. With that in mind it is also Machinima Monday but this week I have a live action and hilarious video for you where Assassin's Creed Story is turned into a musical. Yes you heard that correctly a musical. Enjoy!

A LEAP OF FAITH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Ask Gauss

Sunday! And the day after Blizzcon. Did you tune into anything? Really was a great show as always. I am always amazed at not only how much the fans go all out, but how the creators embrace it all. Really is something special. Even with all of that though we have some questions to answer so we really should get to that.

What did you think of the Blizzcon opening ceremony?

By far and away the best opening ceremony they have ever done they included all of their games and gave them each their time in the spotlight. Even with it being should a huge year for Warcraft and Warlords coming out this week they didn't let that take away from anything else. With all that then announcing a new game, which was expected, but when I saw everything for it not really anything that I expect. I am still wowed and in shock with everything that transpired.

What reveal this year was the best in your opinion?

Now I lvoed seeing them finally say that Legacy of the void will be on its way. I thought that would be the announcement of the weekend. That was until Overwatch made its entrance and then how can you argue about that. Metzen saying how long it has been since Blizzard has created a new world really jsut is something special. Myself not really even being a shooter fan thought the game looked interesting and enough so that I signed up for the beta pretty much instantly.

Did I see you playing Heroes of the Storm the other day?

Yes I was. Finally got into the alph

There you have it this week's questions all answered. Hope you all got something out of them and hope you all enjoyed Blizzcon as much as I did. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Blizzcon Fun

So today Blizzcon kicks off and by the time you read this it may have already started. Sure Blizzcon is abotu Blizzard games, but it also is a time about connecting with people you play the games with. With that in mind for this week's Reader Post I have decided to share a story from Falos who has his own story about his first Blizzcon.

Since this week if your Blizzcon week I figured I would share a story of mine from my first blizzcon in 2008, where i met a certain group of people who threw an awesome party on at the pool deck of the Hilton... This is kind of a long read, but its called The legend of Backpack Boy aka BpB

My first year at the con, was the year the pool party started, i had just turned 21 and got super wasted on all kinda of booze, mistake 1 was mixing drinks... I got asked to hold this huge bottle of jack from the guy who set up the party. We eventually got kicked out of the hilton pool area and took our party down to the lobby and we had those crappy Styrofoam coolers and i went to move them to sit in the chairs and both the bottoms broke out leaving ice all over the floor!

Eventually we all went back to this girls Suite with a ton of booze and beer left over from the pool party and everyone was told to drink up if you wanted too. There was prob 20-30 people in the room, and there was no balcony to smoke on, so every time i wanted to smoke, id grab a beer or 2 put them in my backpack and go downstairs smoke and drink my beer, come back up for a while, and do the same thing...

Well people thought i was taking the booze to my hotel room and coming back and just getting more there for "ninjaing" the booze, eventually the guy came back and got his Jack Daniels bottle and left for the night, i grabbed another beer went down to smoke.... then when i came back up they wouldn't let me in anymore cause like i said they thought i was just stealing it and stock piling it and went back down to smoke... by this time the booze was catching up to me quick and i tried to go back up stairs to the room again, but i was so drunk i couldn't remember the room number, so i wound up just banging on peoples doors hoping id get the right room.

It was at this point, the Hilton was going to call the cops for me just walking around wasted and banging on peoples doors at like 3-4am... and eventually i blacked out and 2 guys from the pool group had to take me back to my hotel room at the clarion... where i wound up getting so sick the puke wound up ON THE CEILING of the bath room >.< (we have no idea how this was accomplished) (( we felt so bad we left the cleaning lady a huge tip))

I wound up drinking more in my hotel room and eventually passed out.... when i work up the next day i had the worlds worst hang over and it took me 2 days to feel better PLUS at some point in the night i some how i had chipped my front tooth, and never found out how and i had put it in my pocket for safe keeping...

I had checked the fourms when got home and people were saying "i hope the kid with the backpack got home alright" hence my nickname Backpack Boy was born, now every year i come to the con with a huge backpack full of beer and share it with those who felt i stole beer and even just give free beer away to people who need a drink... (obviously people over 21)

I also redeemed myself by coming back the next few years and being the bar tender for the rest of the parties we ever had and i also made some of the best friends who i love seeing every year! Plus it shows BpB can party hard!!!!! The good news it taught my my drinking limit and i dont get that messed up anymore.

Blizzcon is as fun as you make it! So get out there and party hard and have a good time this year, make some new friends and memories that you will never forget!!

To everyone who will be there or won't have an epic Blizzcon!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

He Survived

For those of you who don't know that is the "Red Shirt Guy" who really made his mark in Blizzcon history but putting Chris Metzen in his place for really not knowing something he should of. Since you know Blizzard Lore is his baby. At the time it has not only amusing but it really highlighted the part  I love about the question periods of the panels.

Why you may ask? Well, of course, there are these funny moments which we will never forget, but then there are moments where we learn so many things about the games. We learn the types of stories the designers and writers like and what they want to get into. Things they would like to see in the game. We see that they are fans of the games just as much as we are and that they want to have things wrapped up just like we do.

There are also times when things are said which weren't really meant to be said, which always sends the internet into a frenzy and is something years from that point we can look back to and say "THERE!" that was the moment they gave that away.

So yes the lore panels may not get as much attention this weekend as the opening ceremonies, the design, expansion reveals, or even the contest, but realize there are a great part of the weekend where everyone fan and design alike geeks out about the story of all of these games we love.

If you are going or watching at home or even catching up on youtube afterwards just keep that in mind. These games wouldn't have got to where they are if it wasn't for the story which brought them to this point.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Deathwing Has Returned

Here we are only 2 days from Blizzcon and we are all sitting back wondering what is going to happen. What are they going to reveal to us this year? What about all those things we are hoping for will we be getting them? Well for this week's list I thought I would be a great time to look back at my Favourite Blizzcon Reveals so here we go.

5. The Black Soulstone

We knew Diablo III was in the works we, of course, had no clue when we were actually going to get our hands on it. Seeing this cinematic though really got us to the point where we knew it was getting closer.

4. Heart of the Swarm Reveal

This trailer showed off the campaign while giving us a peek at some new units we would be getting to use. Now some of these units never made it into the game, but no matter at the time I was pretty pumped about it and probably watched the trailer quite a few times.

3. Blizzard DOTA

A game which has changed names twice since then and is now just know as Heroes of the Storm gave us a look at a game we were not expecting. Gave us a look at a game we then became pretty exciting for. A game we are all still waiting to be released. I guess they really meant "soonis" when they said it.

2. Demon Hunter Reveal and Trailer

I remember how pumped I was after I saw this trailer the first time. It really gave me a good look at not only how they were developing the Diablo classes but how the game would feel. Not to mention how angry the demon hunter was at the world.

1. Cataclysm Announcement

For a couple weeks before this was announced there was rumors all over the internet. There was talk about how this couldn't be and how this couldn't be and how an expansion like this could never happen. The thing is though it didn't happen and I will never forget the roar of the crowd when it did.

There you have it. My favourite reveals from Blizzcons over the years. Do you have a favourite you think deserves a mention? As always let me know.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

You Fail At Blizzcon If...

Happy Fail Day everyone! On case you live under a rock or you know nothing about the larger gaming companies Blizzcon is this coming weekend. With Blizzcon comes tons of information from all of Blizzcon games Universes, and with that comes tons of excitement. There will be time to talk about all that later in the week, because today we are just going to talk about how you may fail concerning at Blizzcon this year.

You Fail At Blizzcon If...
  • You had no idea it was this coming weekend
  • You don`t think they will say anything about Warlords of Draenor
  • You are not hoping for a Legacy of the Void annoucement
  • You don't think a Hearthstone expansion will be revealed
  • You could careless about a Heroes of the Storm open beta announcement
  • You don't believe anything Diablo will be discussed
  • You are not curious as to the large unannounced time slot
  • You believe the expansion after Warlords will be announced
  • You are not excited to watch any of the Starcraft World Championships
  • You are not in the least bit interested in how they will be marketing Heroes as an Esport
  • You didn't know Metallica will be playing
  • You are not looking forward to this years question from Red Shirt Guy

and finally
  • Your favourite Blizzcon was in 2012
There you have it this years edition of Fail. Hope you enjoyed it and are excited and ready for Blizzcon to start already.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Carbot Halloween

Now before anyone says anything I know last week was all about Halloween. This I know what I also know is that Carbot didn't release his Halloween Special till the 28th and I did not get a chance to showcase it for all of you. FOr those of you who don't know Carbot does a series of animated cartoons based on Blizzard games which are not only funny, but extremely well done and put together. If you have never had the opportunity who should really check out his youtube channel and see why he is so amazing. With that in mind here was his Halloween Starcrafts Special.

I know!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Ask Gauss

Here we are the first Sunday in November and the day we got an extra hour of sleep. Well that is if where you live does the whole daylight savings time thing. If not then it is just the first Sunday in November. This Sunday really isn't much different than most we still answer some questions.

Less than 2 weeks till Warlords. Has excited set in yet?

I have been pretty pumped for it since they released the cinematic. It just made the whole thing seem so close and that was back in August. I am excited to see where the story is going and how I will progress through it. Interacting with characters and places you never thought you would see again really is going to be something else. Especially for lore buffs like myself. So bring it.

What are your thoughts on Beyond Earth?

Now being a fan of the Civilization games I was excited for this. Now it looks amazing and it plays like a civilization game, which is a good thing. One thing though which I always thought has been great about the Civ games was how you were taking a part of history and being part of it. This doesn't have that as this is futuristic. Now that is not a completely bad thing but it is just different. I will say this game has a much higher learning curve than previous Civ games because you can do everything the tech trees are also unknown to you because the worlds themselves are. It takes a few games to get used to the feel and how to play it. I think I will have a more extensive review after I have played it more.

Blizzcon this week.

Thank you captain obvious!

There you have it some questions answered for the week. Thanks to everyone who sent one in and hopefully my responses are somewhat helpful. Enjoy what is left of your weekend!