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XBox One Is Almost Here.. Do We Even Care?

Posted by Yogizilla on November 20, 2013

XBox One and Playstation 4 backstage E3 2013.

XBox One and Playstation 4 share space backstage at E3.

People have asked me this question quite a bit:

Which console are you/should I get: XBox One or PS4?

I say neither.. at least for now. I am unimpressed by the launch titles and, really, I barely touch my console these days. Those of you that follow me on Twitch.tv know I prefer streaming a wide variety of PC games, especially bargain bin deals and sweet bundles. As such, I see no need to upgrade any time soon.

The one thing we can agree on is that the Nintendo Wii-U is in a class of it’s own and certainly does not compete directly (it’s like that by design).  I am sure we can also agree that the PC offers more for less, too.  Thank you, Humble Bundle and Steam.

As far as console gaming goes, I am happy to revive old games and stick to my mainstays such as Black Ops 2, Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, and now GTA V.  There are tons of games I can dust off, as well as countless impulse buys in my XBox LIVE arcade library.  Speaking of which, add Yogizilla on XBox LIVE and maybe we can stream together.  That might just motivate me to get excited about console gaming again.

XBox One VS. PS4 Facts & Assumptions

What cracks me up about this whole next generation is how people are all flocking to PS4 still, citing marked improvements to resolution and gameplay.  They also say that Microsoft is invading our privacy and limiting how we access content.  I hate to break it to you, fanboys, but Microsoft and Sony are both doing the same stupid things.  There is a lot of misinformation, silly emotion, bias, and assumptions, even in the above image..  Shame.

I mean, the PS4 will not even play audio CDs or MP4s.  WTF?  If I had to choose one, I would go with the XBox One, simply because Microsoft has the better online experience hands-down.  This is a fact, not an opinion.  Several people have analyzed the infrastructure and come to the same conclusion…  Regardless, I will stick to PC gaming for now and recycling old console games.

While people are camping out to get their new so-called next-gen consoles, the rest of us will be playing the next-gen games right now as we have all along.  I feel like we’d all be more excited if Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo alike could do subsidized sales much like Steam and Humble Bundle.  They just can’t keep up on price and technology, really.  Speaking of which, Steam Winter Sale 2013 is coming and it will pwn Black Friday deals without the insanity!  Also, SteamOS is bringing the PC to the living room in a big way..  GG.

Moving on, I will be streaming more League of Legends and random assorted flavors on Twitch.  In fact, I am about to showcase Guardians of Middle-Earth for Steam.  I love the XBox 360 version so this should be a treat.  For those still stuck on the whole console business, read my article about Why The Next-Gen Gaming Consoles Are Unimpressive at yomar.me, y0.

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XBox LIVE 10th Anniversary – FREE Stuff and Limited Edition Console Bundle!

Posted by Yogizilla on November 17, 2012

We’re a little late to the party but don’t forget to download your FREE gamer pic and avatar item today!

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XBox LIVE turned 10 years old officially on November 15th.  This is a pretty big deal so Microsoft has several awesome (and some random) games available for 50% OFF for two days.  That means tonight is it! Peggle, Castle Crashers, and other great games are up for grabs on the cheap now.

We’re disappointed that they’re no celebrating for longer but there is an opportunity to enter the sweepstakes/giveaway and possibly win one of the VERY limited edition XBox 360 console bundles.  We reckon they may be similar to the bundles we saw in Europe back in February 2012.

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For me, this is a positive social signal that Microsoft is not abandoning the XBox 360 just yet.  Really, I’m not ready to commit to new hardware unless it’s new upgrades for my gaming PC..   Or a new laptop.  LOL

In any case, here is a link to help ya out:

http://majornelson.com/2012/11/15/happy-anniversary-to-xbox-live/

BTW, I met Major Nelson at the Halo 3 launch in NYC a few years back. Really cool guy and as down-to-earth as they come! Keep an eye on his blog and podcast. I’m sure more goodies are bound to come!

Yogizilla signing out for now!

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Games Yogizilla And NoF Are Playing: Shadow Era And League Of Legends

Posted by Yogizilla on October 29, 2012

Greetings duelists, strategists, geeks, and gamers – LTNS!

UPDATE:  Shadow Era still has double XP going.  May be a glitch but better rank up now.  Don’t miss the gold giveaways on Meltdown matchups!

It’s been several months since our last major update here on DPO.  I attribute it to my diligent work for Social Prize, where you can score free stuff and awesome deals, and a few choice games on the PC (Steam FTW), Android, and XBox 360.  I haven’t had as much time for gaming between projects, work and family but there are a few go-to games I can share with you.  There’s League of Legends, Shadow Era, Bad Blood, Air Mech, Hero Academy, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and Minecraft, just to name a few.

Today, we’ll briefly discuss the foremost: League of Legends and Shadow Era.  These are two games that I feel will provide tons of replay value without ending your marriage, getting you fired from work, or anything of the sort.  And if you like strategic gaming, these games both have plenty of depth yet they are easy to get into (Shadow Era more than LoL, though).

Morgana the Wicked (and Sexy) Witch from League of Legends

If you haven’t tried out League of Legends yet, this may entice you.

League Of Legends: A Less Elitist MOBA For Newbies And DotA Veterans Alike

I won’t go too deep into LoL right now because this game has become more popular than World of Warcraft – so you’ve probably heard of it!  Studies show that more people are playing LoL now than Warcrack/WoW.  This is the new form of digital crack for gamers on the PC (and I think Mac – get a PC).  It’s action-packed and can be enjoyed in long marathon sessions or small doses.  That’s enough to sell me on any game…  And it’s FREE.

League of Legends is one of the newer MOBA out there but it recently hit it’s stride in the past year or so.  This is a game of the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre.  If you are unfamiliar with RTS, RPG, or Hero Combat game mechanics, I would best describe a MOBA as a game where you control one champion or character while leading computer-controlled armies (creeps) into battle.

The object of the game is to establish land control or lane dominance, while collecting resources by killing enemy and neutral creeps and champions.  These resources allow you to buy items that give you more of an edge in solo or team battles (or help you escae from ambushes and base raids).  A team wins by destroying the enemy base/Nexus (Classic rules) or holding the most capture point (Domination.  Either way, controlling lanes ad keep areas is a sure-fire way to win.

League of Legends is a freemium game, which means it is free to play but, really, to get the full experiene you must purchase premium items (with Riot Points) or earn enough points to use in-game currency (Influence Points) to get champions you are better-suited for.  If you’d like to join me, sign up on the North American or EU-West servers, then look up Alizher or Yogizilla, respectively.  You can use my referral links below to earn us both some extra goodies:

http://signup.leagueoflegends.com/?ref=4fe0cabfb54fe161808978

I will warn you: LoL is a highly-competitive game so expect plenty of trolling and trash-talking.  It’s not for the faint of heart.

Once you get past the elitism, poor sportsmanship, lack of peer support, and flaming, the game is really fun.  I highly recommend using the “/ignore” command link liberally.  It also helps to play some private or AI/bot games before you jump into random pubs (public games).  Some players would say just jump right into real matches but it’s hard to learn the core mechanics, recipes, items, and champions of the game when you’re in 5v5 matches.  There’s just too much going on!

Katarina the Assassin from League of Legends

Katarina is one of my personal favorite champions.. She is as deadly as she is sexy, IMHO.

Shadow Era: A Fresh-New TCG Alternative For Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, And Other Strategists

Shadow Era is a free TCG (tradeable card game) for the Android platform. It’s also on the PC but I haven’t played it there ye.  I’m sure there is an iOS version too (the Shadow Era web site says it’s available for iPhone)  but who REALLY games on an Apple platform?  Just saying.

This game offers a refreshing, unique experience for Magic The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and new TCG players alike.  Being a card game, decks are built around a unique champion and a minimum of 39 supporting cards.  There seems to be no deck limit but I recommend staying under 60 cards as a beginner.  Veteran players can build deck between 70 and 100 cards if they balance and tune their decks properly (though be ready for players to offer you advice about trimming down your deck LOL).  Remember: the more cards you have, the harder it becomes to predict your draws and establish strategies/combos that will help you win consistently.  This holds true for Yu-Gi-Oh!, MTG, Naruto, and just about any TCG.

In my opinion, this game is balanced very well because there are no over-powered or “broken” deck builds, though there are certainly some favorites.  Each turn, you are limited on what you can play by the amount of available resources you have.  Like Magic the Gathering and other TCGs, your resources are like mana or stamina, so they help keep the pace steady with little possibility of early wins or OTKs (one-turn kills).  Resources are stocked by discarding one card each turn so you have to choose carefully and think several moves ahead (yes, just like in chess).

The beauty of Shadow Era is that you heroes have special abilities powered by Shadow Energy.  Each turn, you earn one point of Shadow Energy, unless there is a special card in play modifying Shadow Energy build-up.  Saving your abilities for the right times is a critical skill you will develop.

My main hero is a female human mage.  I call her the frost mage because she can freeze and damage enemy allies.  She’s not as popular as it seems most are going human hunter or wolf anything right now.   I have noticed more frost mages lately, though, so she may be earning some respect now – w00t!

This game is around a year old and has a physical-card counterpart.  I recommend starting with the video game first to get a feel for what you like most.  You have the option of playing against AI or human opponents, both of which earn you experience points and gold (if you win).

I highly-recommend you download this game today.  There is an event running that gives you double XP and gold through Halloween.  This is the perfect opportunity to power level and earn enough cash to buy your favorite cards.  Speaking of which, one of the most brilliant features of the game is the merchant.  This marketplace allows players to sell cards they don’t need or want (you can only have four of each card in a deck) and buy the ones you DO want.  If you want to fast-track your deck-building and win more games early on, you can also buy theme decks and booster packs for Crystal Points.  Yes, like League of Legends and any freemium game, real money can be converted into non-refundable, play money. LOL

Now, there’s tons that I love about Shadow Era, especially after the recent October 2012 update (which was very much needed). There is now a friends list so be sure to add me – Alizher – I may change my name to Yogizilla there, if possible.. People keep thinking I’m German. ROFL

Here’s what I DON’T like about Shadow Era.  First and foremost, the game has terrible session management.  Sync issues can get so bad that you’ll lose half of your games just because you got disconnected.  Sometimes, you’ll click on cards and you’re not able to attack or anything.  I’ve lost most of my matches this way but there are also some REALLY good players out there, to be fair to them.

Another thing I don’t like is that the new Meltdown mode is mostly unplayable.  It’s a great concept and winners can earn part of weekly jackpots, which is awesome, but the mechanics need to be worked out a bit.  My biggest gripe is that you are not given nearly enough time to build you deck before matches so you essentially risk 200 gold with little odds of winning.

On a similar note, there’s currently no way of saving recipes.  Recipes would be a great way to build decks on-the-fly, especially when facing up against familiar foes in password-protected private games or doing the “sealed booster pack” duels in Meltdown.  If you’re one of the developers reading this, check out what Yu-Gi-Oh! has done in their 5D’s games on the DS and XBox 360: very clean an easy-to-use.

I also find that messaging is either lacking or really buggy. In general, interaction is minimal and I think the folks behind Shadow Era would be smart to integrate social media in some way, creating new opportunities to earn in-game currencies via referrals, reviews, sweepstakes, and contests.

With all this in mind, I still wholeheartedly recommend this game to anyone, even if you are not much for TCGs.  I’ve been trying to get my best friend Andy to get over his disdain for TCG and supposed lack of “real action” and animation.  I get that but there’s something to be said for simplicity and a greater focus on gameplay over fluff like visuals and sounds.

Shadow Era has tons of replay value and the game rewards their most active players with the promise of more events and the risk of losing your ratings thanks to the new decay game mechanic.  I applaud their coding work on matchmaking as you’ll rarely face up against someone much better than you.  This makes Shadow Era VERY newbie-friendly.

One last wishlist item: fixing sync/lag/drop is an absolute MUST but I know many of us Shadow Era aficionados are hoping for new support items and allies, especially ones to counter wolf/wulven decks.  While I stand by the fact that the game is very well-balanced, there’s no doubt that wolf packs are preferred and there’s less incentive to try out new deck builds.

UPDATE:  Another thing that really gets me is that, when playing on Android, the game goes to sleep or will even close when you quickly tab to another app.  This results in instant losses and severe rating dings.  I once dropped from close to a 200 rating to a 67 rating.  WTF??

I find that Lone Wolf builds are so effective, that one in four matches (and that’s generous) will pit you against one.  There are many unique deck builds out there but most of what we see is tried-and-true, hard-to-counter stuff. Some food for thought there!

Here are some screenshots, though they do not really communicate how awesome this game is:

Aldon The Brave from Shadow Era

Aldon The Brave increases the attack of all friendly allies by 1, which can be really effective when swarming.. Sucks to be on the receiving end.

Jasmine Rosecult from Shadow Era

Jasmine Rosecult rocks.. She charms enemy allies and keeps them from attacking.. And she has a nice arse.

Download Shadow Era For PC/Mac, Android, or iOS Herehttp://www.shadowera.com/download.php

As the developers, Wulven Game Studios, describe the game…

Shadow Era is a free to play, online collectible trading card game. It features deep strategy, easy gameplay, and gorgeous card art. Create your account now to play on the web right in your browser, or on the iPhone, iPad or Android devices and take your progress with you wherever you go!

It’s a pretty spot-on assessment!

My favorite thing here is that cross-platform really means you can access the same account on any device that is supported!

Help Me Out By Supporting Social Prize, My New Site And Startup

Social Prize is a new kind of site that combines social networking, game mechanics, and sweepstakes/contests to give our community a place to have fun, save money, and WIN!  If you like winning free stuff, discovering new products and brands, and saving money, come check us out:

http://socialprize.com/sweepstakes

Right now, our focus is on #sweepstakes but we have plans for minigames, contests, easter egg hunts, and more fun activities.  Let us know what you think and connect with us on Twitter!

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Box Buster, Shonen Jump, and Shenanigans

Posted by Yogizilla on February 18, 2012

Yo gamers and geeks!

So I finally buckled down and decided to start recording videos since most don’t have the patience to read my long-winded posts (understandable).  I have a great webcam but my lighting stinks.  There’s going to be lots of editing before those hit the interwebz.

Until I get those videos out, I wanted to share my recent spree of Yu-Gi-Oh! purchases.  There’s quite a bit so I’ll just focus on the following purchases:

  • 4 Order Of Chaos booster packs
  • 1 Generation Force Special Edition box set

Before I dig into some of the goodies I got, there are three things you need to know before buying Yu-Gi-Oh! cards:

  1. Yu-Gi-Oh! Special Edition box sets are often cheaper than buying booster packs and come with guaranteed super/ultra rare cards.
  2. Being a Shonen Jump subscriber means you get access to awesome duel strategies and core deck builds..  Plus FREE Yu-Gi-Oh! cards – w00t!!
  3. While buying single cards will guarantee you get exactly what you need, it’s often more cost-effective to go with structure/starter decks, lots, tins, or box sets.

Speaking of Shonen Jump, I am still disappointed they are going 100% digital but it seems they’ll still send out the occasional freebies, primarily for new subscribers and renewals.  Oh well..  At least I got this card in the second to last issue (EVER??) of Shonen Jump:

Shonen Jump LIMITED EDITION X-Saber Souza

Thanks to this Shonen Jump Yu-Gi-Oh! freebie, I'm actually rebuilding and playing my X-Saber deck again!

 

Read on for Yu-Gi-Oh! box buster fun and other shenanigans!

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Guardian Heroes HD Remix (XBox 360): A Classic Sega Saturn Beat-Em-Up Reborn!

Posted by Yogizilla on October 15, 2011

Guardian Heroes FTW!

Guardian Heroes FTW!

Looking for a Guardian Heroes co-op pard? Add Yogizilla on XBox LIVE! We can help each other out and squash tons of baddies together!! I’ll be removing some friends, especially those that think “Guardian Heroes is wack”. *wink*

Samuel Han of Guardian Heroes HD

Samuel Han of Guardian Heroes HD

When I saw Sega re-releasing classic games from the Dreamcast and Saturn eras, I got excited.. But I never expected Guardian Heroes to come back. After the initial announcement (and being teased by the undownloadable game in the marketplace), I waited patiently for Guardian Heroes HD to drop.

Guardian Heroes HD is now officially out on the XBox LIVE Marketplace – REJOICE!

Guardian Heroes For Newbies

If you’re new to the game, think of it as Castle Crashers with more epic battles, arena combat (hordes of enemies provided for your power leveling needs), deeper RPG elements, an insane combo system rivaling the Street Fighter and Marvel Vs. Capcom series, and multi-branching storylines. This game is multiplayer bliss, whether you play locally or online. What the game foregoes in terms of a deep story it makes up for with a fluid battle system, unlockable characters, and tons of replay value.

What makes Guardian Heroes special is gameplay, not story.. Though I find the story suitable for this type of game (it’s worth getting the seven different endings). When people ask what the game’s about, I ask them if they’re looking for a story or tons of fun. Guardian Heroes is in the latter camp.

I’d put this game ahead of the Streets of Rage, Gauntlet, and Golden Axe series (each of which I loved greatly – I particularly loved Guantlet IV on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive), mainly because there are so many more moves and combos to unleash, adding much more depth to go alongside the rich co-op gameplay and arcade feel. Guardian Heroes may appear to be a mere button masher but the battle system is quite refined. In the remix, they’ve added air dashes to make aerial assaults even easier to chain. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Box Buster Preview PLUS Throwback Booster Unveiled

Posted by Yogizilla on August 6, 2011

I’ve been promising a HUGE Box Buster so here’s a preview.  I just opened up the

  • 1 Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste Tin (1 Stardust Overdrive Booster Pack, 2 Absolute Powerforce Booster Packs, 2 Shining Darkness Booster Packs, 1 Secret Rare “Dragon Knight Draco-Equiste” Card, And 4 Super Rare Cards: “Archfiend of Gilfer”, “The Wicked Dreadroot”, “Dragonic Knight”, and “Dark Armed Dragon”)
  • 2 Storm of Ragnarok Booster Packs
  • 2 Hidden Arsenal 3 Booster Packs
  • 2 Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time Movie Pack
  • 1 Rise of Destiny Booster Pack

…The throwback here is the Rise of Destiny booster pack.  Now, you may know that I love old-school Yu-Gi-Oh! so coming across a 1st Edition booster pack at a neighborhood store was a pleasant surprise.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Rise Of Destiny SPECIAL EDITION

Rise Of Destiny SPECIAL EDITION - Available at Yugiohmint.com for an AWESOME price - WHILE SUPPLIES LAST (yeah, there's always a catch)!!

 

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Discussion: What Is YOUR Favorite Yu-Gi-Oh! Online TCG?

Posted by Yogizilla on May 16, 2011

Let’s shift gears and come back to the heart of the Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Pass Online (DPO) blog: Yu-Gi-Oh!

First and foremost, I want to share an awesome deal for anyone looking for cheap Yu-Gi-Oh! Online DP (Duel Passes). Thanks to our new partnership with DuelPasses.com, we now offer 5% off on anything. Just use the Duel Pass promo code “dponline” to get 5% on your Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Duel Pass order. All codes are delivered via e-mail, for your convenience. You must have PayPal to complete orders, which is standard for e-commerce sites these days. DuelPasses.com is the #1 Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Pass supplier, with the best customer service and the most Facebook fans, if you ask this Yu-Gi-Oh! geek.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Version 2 - Duel Evolution - Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Generation

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online Version 2 – Duel Evolution – Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Generation

Yu-Gi-Oh! Online (YGOO) for the PC is still one of the biggest and most active communities for hardcore and casual Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG duelists alike. If you’re serious about improving your Yu-Gi-Oh! skills, YGOO is the way to go. As you can see here on DPO, some have a love-hate relationship with Konami’s flagship Yu-Gi-Oh! Game but, love it or hate it, there are few other ways to duel on a global scale. I miss taking part in the Yu-Gi-Oh! events myself so, if you play, let me know. I’m hoping to take a break from project work and catch up with fellow Yu-Gi-Oh! fans, online gamers, and duelists alike. w00t! Read the rest of this entry »

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