Mobile Monday Review: Hearthstone!

Ladies and Gents, Welcome to this week’s edition of Mobile Monday Review: Hearthstone! Ever wonder what the brave Adventure folk of World of Warcraft do when they are resting at the local inn, not adventuring? They play a hearty game of cards called Hearthstone! You can also check out the first glance that Sorg did right over here. http://insertcointobegin.com/2015/04/15/mini-awesomecast-hearthstone-on-iphoneandroid/

titleGame: Hearthstone
Developer: Blizzard
Platforms: Android, iOS

Object:

Skillfully use your deck to deplete your enemy’s health counter.

classesGame play:

Battle other players or npc’s in this battle of the cards to 30. You start by unlocking the 9 different hero classes in practice games to earn gold coins and unlock stronger cards. Then you have the options of playing in general matches against other people to build up your deck. You can also play in ranked games to rise through the ranks and prove your dominance against other players. There are also solo adventures and arena games which cost gold or real money to play and in return you can unlock powerful cards to use against the weaklings. The game also connects to Battle.net which allows you to play with your friends or even watch them as they play a match.

Each game starts with the game choosing who goes first. The winner of the coin toss gets to go first, the loser receives an extra card and the coin which can be used in place of a gem. You start the game with 1 gem, or 1 point to use to put cards in play. As your turns go on the gems increase, maxing out at 10.

gp1The cards like the other card games of this type, range in type, cost to put in play, damage strength and health. There are minions, weapons, health, and spells each with bonuses or minuses that ultimately help you win the battle over your challenger and go up in strength and increase you deck.

I find the game extremely challenging overall and fun to play, I can’t decide if I continue you playing it because it’s a graphic chess match or because it’s a card game that I enjoy that isn’t Munchkin or Cards against Humanity, either way I’ve played it enough to know that you should keep your charger handy.

Sound and Graphics:

For a card game the graphics and sounds in this game are fantastic. Although you really don’t need the sound, the effects and character comments are entertaining nonetheless. The graphics are also enjoyable. Ultimately, none of this is surprising considering the source. Never one to slack when it comes to gaming, Blizzard comes through again.

gp2Overall:

Overall, the combination of Gameplay, Game theme, sounds and graphics make this an entertaining game to play. As usual Blizzard released a game and it is great. It came together nicely as a game that you all should play if card games are your thing. I give this game a full 5 out of 5 coins.

5outof5

Thanks for tuning in to this week’s Mobile Monday Review: Hearthstone! Have a game you think I should review? Email me at chachisays@gmail.com, hit me up on twitter @chachisays, or leave a comment below! Tune in again next week for another Mobile Monday Review!

Video game themed things from around the Internet…net…net!

Dudes and Dudettes, major league buttkicking is back in town! Just kidding but points to you if you get reference (Answer will be below the runners up)! This is Video game themed things from around the Internet…net…net! The post in which I show you things you may or may not have seen that I found on my journeys through the series of tubes that we surf every day! Lets get it started!

First up! Gotta eat them all! Pancakemon!

So many noms!

Next up! MLG Streaming gamer BrowithaFro lets his mom play Dark Souls!

Some moms got skillz! Mad skillz!

Last but not least Happy Birthday World of Warcraft! Watch this documentary that Blizzard released called Looking for Group!

That’s all I have for you this week on Video game themed things from around the Internet…net…net! Remember kids, lots of money doesn’t make you a super hero, steel balls does.

Runners up!

ADHD games presents Sympathy for Slender man song:

Los Santos Comes To Life In These Painstakingly-Made GTA V Dioaramas http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2014/11/06/los-santos-comes-to-life-in-these-painstakingly-made-gta-v-dioaramas.aspx

 

(Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the movie)

Iranians no longer able to play Blizzard’s online games.


Lets start with this statement from Blizzard themselves:

“What we can tell you is that United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran. Several of you have seen and cited the text in the Terms of Use which relates to these government-imposed sanctions. This week, Blizzard tightened up its procedures to ensure compliance with these laws, and players connecting from the affected nations are restricted from access to
Blizzard games and services.

This also prevents us from providing any refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in these countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.”

Now, not to get all political but this is completely normal. Trade embargos happen all the time across the world. The issue is what lies ahead. Blizzard pulls out the a-hole card. You know that card you pull out when you are being a complete and utter a-hole.

According to Blizzards terms of service this was supposed to happen from the beginning but due to them not enforcing it people have been playing it. However, now that the government is forcing them to follow the trade guidelines Blizzard said pfffffffffffffft and went back to their own terms and said that “Blizzard is unable to provide refunds, credits, transfers, or other service options to accounts in Iran and will happily lift these restrictions as soon as US law allows.” Dick Move.

In case you are curious here’s the rest of the list of countries that can’t play these games:

– Colombia
– Côte d’Ivoire/Ivory Coast
– Cuba
– Democratic Republic of the Congo
– Libya
– Republic of the Congo
– Somalia
– Myanmar
– North Korea
– Sudan
– Syria

Now, without a doubt this is all because of the government pushing for compliance from all companies operation within the US. However, to not refund the 238,761 rials per person per month is a dick move.

League of Legends style Mobile game?

Mobile gaming mogul Gameloft announced that they will be releasing a League of Legends style game. The Multiplayer online Battle arena game called Heroes of order and Chaos pit teams of 3-5 against one another in attempts to destroy the others base. This is mainly a multiplayer game but Gameloft stated that there will be single player bots available to battle as well.

As it is with the mobile gaming arena the keys for the game are virtual. On screen joystick and action button on the left and right respectfully. However you can assign hotkeys to the right side of the screen for ease of access and other modifications to the genre will help the player cope with the fact that there is no mouse and keyboard. The roster will include 30 playable characters from the Order & Chaos universe with a roster of 6 free each week or the player can spend money on out of season characters.

Normally, I would think that this is a little ambitious of a game to be releasing on a mobile platform however with the work that Gameloft has been doing as a company with releases such as Batman I think that if anyone could pull this off and be hugely successful with it, It is Gameloft. My judgement however will be reserved once I get my hands on it and find out what they are using for in game purchases in this one. The game will available on October 11th on both Android and iOS.

And Speaking of League of Legends we will be back next hour with a story of a battle of their own! Tune in.

Hop on the OnLive Rollercoaster!

So Friday, while you were at work, or sleeping, or just out I don’t know, riding a roller coaster at some amusement park…. like I was. A news story with very little details containing “rumors” of a major cloud gaming service going bankrupt. Even today the stories and updates detailing what is happening with the company keep rolling out.

Friday morning reports started coming out that OnLive had entered “Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors” meaning that someone takes over the assets so that everyone gets paid off. Perlman(CEO) announced that the guy taking over is an accomplished venture captailist and thinks that cloud gaming is the future to everything. At the meeting there were very few details given in regards to the new owners. Only that until the company had a positive cash flow Only a few employees would be joining the new company. Perlman wen on to state that those consultants that helped with the transfer would be given stock options that if and when the company went public would be worth money. Until then, those stock options and the stock that they held in OnLive would be completely worthless.

So, Most of the employees had worthless stock, and no jobs going into the weekend. However the subscribers in the service would notice no interruption what so ever. As well as that OnLive was doing everything in its power to make sure that Gaikai did not get its hands on any of its property(Gaikai being the only major competitor).

That’s what it was friday. Saturday, this statement was released.

“OnLive, the pioneer of instant-action cloud computing, announced today that on August 17th all of its assets were acquired by a newly formed company that will continue to operate under the OnLive name. The OnLive® Game and Desktop Services, all OnLive Devices and Apps, as well as all OnLive partnerships, are expected to continue without interruption and all customer purchases will remain intact; users are not expected to notice any change whatsoever. OnLive’s current initiatives will continue as well, with major announcements of new products and services planned in the coming weeks and months. An affiliate of Lauder Partners was the first investor in the newly-structured company, holding the view that OnLive is the future of computing and entertainment, and a passion to see OnLive’s breakthrough technology continue to grow and evolve. The new company structure enables OnLive to do so.

OnLive, Inc.’s board of directors, faced with difficult financial decisions for OnLive, Inc., determined that the best course of action was a restructuring under an “Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors.” The assignee of the company’s assets then sold all of OnLive, Inc.’s assets (including its technology, intellectual property, etc.) to the new company. Unfortunately neither OnLive, Inc. shares nor OnLive staff could transfer under this type of transaction, but almost half of OnLive’s staff were given employment offers by the new company at their current salaries immediately upon the transfer, and the non-hired staff will be given offers to do consulting in return for options in the new company. Upon closing additional funding, the company plans to hire more staff, both former OnLive employees as well as new employees.

The OnLive Service has been in operation 24/7 without interruption since its launch over two years ago, and is expected to continue to operate smoothly under the new company. All games, products and services remain available, and the company has new product and partnership announcements on the way.

OnLive’s breakthrough instant-action cloud computing technology has been in development for over a decade and, despite immense skepticism, OnLive successfully deployed this highly disruptive technology as a polished consumer offering with commercial-grade reliability across a vast range of devices, including TVs, tablets, phones, PCs and Macs, connected over almost any Internet connection, including wireless and cellular. Only a few major corporations have ever developed and deployed products and services across such a broad spectrum. OnLive is rare among startups in both the depth and scope of its offerings.

The asset acquisition, although a heartbreaking transition for everyone involved with OnLive, allows the company’s core innovation and ongoing offerings–the product of over a decade of hard work transforming the OnLive vision into reality–to survive-and continue to evolve.”

Along with this FAQ:

Q. Will users see any change in the OnLive Game or Desktop Services? What about their purchases?

A. Users should see no change in the OnLive Game or Desktop Services. All of their purchases remain intact and available. OnLive has been up 24/7 since launch over two years ago and expects to remain so. OnLive has over 2.5 million subscribers, with an active base of over 1.5 million subscribers, connecting from a vast range of devices and networks, with many sessions running for hours. The user base is growing rapidly with OnLive’s addition into recently announced devices and TVs from major manufacturers. We expect this growth to continue under the new company.

Q. Is there any cash or stock in the new company provided for any OnLive, Inc. shares?

A. Unfortunately not. The nature of the transaction is such that only assets, not shares, were purchased. This is true for all shares of OnLive, Inc., whether held by investors, employees or executives.

Q. Did Steve Perlman receive stock or compensation in this transaction?

A. Like all shareholders, neither Steve nor any of his companies
received any stock in the new company or compensation in this transaction at all. Steve is receiving no compensation whatsoever and most execs are receiving reduced compensation to allow the company to hire as many employees as possible within the current budget.

Q. Did all OnLive, Inc. assets transfer into the new company? Are any assets held by any other party?

A. All of OnLive, Inc.’s assets (e.g. technology, patents, trademarks, etc.) were transferred to an assignee, which then sold the assets to the new company. There was no transfer to any other party.

Q. Have OnLive, Inc. employees been offered positions in the new company?

A. Almost half of OnLive’s staff were offered employment at their current salaries in the new company immediately upon the transfer, and the non-hired staff will be given offers to do consulting in return for options in the new company. Upon closing additional funding, the company plans to hire more staff, both former OnLive employees as well as new employees.

So lets sum up this whirlwind happening…. OnLive is under new management, Half the staff is gone, The service is still the same. Rumors suck but have a way of being true. So Service will not be interrupted for those subscribers they have.

They in fact could improve. It sounds like the new owners are pushing this as the legitimate future of the gaming industry. If this guy can walk the walk that he is talking I may just subscribe. Not that Perlman didn’t take it seriously but from the sounds of it he just didn’t have the man power or the money to take this to the level that it needs to go to. What are your thoughts?

Think this is the first step in a downward spiral or is it the direction it needed to go? Let us know in the comments below!

Release dates….uh…Well released!

1. Baldurs Gate Enhanced: A magical countdown appeared at baldursgate.com. Ticking away. With the only text being “What is Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition? When can I get it? What does it cost?” This can only mean that finally the release details for this redux are finally going to be released at 3 pm today. So stay tuned and get the info!

2. World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria date and packages announced. Blizzard reported that Pandaria will be released on September 25th, 2012. As per usual there are 39.99, 59.99 and 79.99 prices for both digital and physical mediums.

The game itself is available for 39.99.

59.99 will net you an Imperial Quilen flying mount and a Lucky Quilen Cub pet as in-game items along with StarCraft 2 portraits for Battle.net and a Pandaria-related banner sigil and accent for Diablo 3. So, to recap if you buy the 60 dollar package you get stuff for games you may not have! WOOOOHOOOO!

At the 70 dollar level you receive The physical Collector’s Edition includes all of the digital bonuses, plus a behind-the-scenes DVD/Blu-ray, a soundtrack CD, an 208-page art book, and a mouse pad featuring the legendary Pandaren brewmaster, Chen Stormstout. The cool thing is if you preorder you receive the content in advanced of the release and the second its officially out its unlocked. Ready for you to play. Set your Alarms!

3. Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 has been delayed…..yet again! Namco keeps insisting that the game needs more polish stating that “polish is… key to the title’s success.” So after 2 delays the release date has been pushed back to January 15th, 2013. This better be a shiny shiny game.

4. Kinect Sesame Street, Nat Geo, and Nike+ Training releases announced! Interactive tv from Xbox is coming soon. The Street and Nat Geo will run you 29.99 each and contain 8 30 min episodes to engage, interact and learn like never before. with. Additional episodes will be available at 400 ms points a piece. The Nike+ will cost you 49.99. Nike+ Kinect Training can see how the body moves, assess physical strength and athleticism, identify areas for improvement, and create a personalized workout plan tailored to each person. As well as a monthly workout update aand phone reminder to work out.

Some interesting stuffs coming out in the gaming world. I can’t wait to see more of the future.

Dark Knight Rises Mobile Game Trailer.

There isn’t many details announced about the mobile Batman game, but looks to stay true to the franchise thus far in the trailer. Nice dark, violent game. Take a look!

So far all there is for the game is a release date and look at that, it’s coming out with the movie! July 20th. More details as they develop. However, here is my question. Games that are released to go with a movie are typically bad games. Short, not that entertaining and predictable espescially at a console price point.

Now that this is being released for the mobile devices and is probably going to be around 10 dollars to download does that make it different? Do you think that itll make the game easier to swallow if it does in fact bite? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Open World Lego Batman 2?

Well here is a preview video for the upcoming Lego Batman 2!

So let’s see +1 for open world. -1 for talking lego(?) However, if you take away the talking you take away the ability for witty banter between not only the heroes but also the awesome 1 liners from the villains. Say what you want, I welcome the chatter. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Birthday, you little pellet popper!

32 years old and you are still one of the most popular characters of all time. Countless games on every platform imaginable. Cartoons, Fan fictions, fake movie trailers that should be real movies, a hit song, world records, You even got married and had kids you sly little ghostbuster you!

Pac-Man Fever

Pac-Man Movie Trailer

Pac-Man Cartoon

So for gamers every where Happy Birthday Pac-Man, The original Ghost buster. How are you celebrating The Pac guys birthday?