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Episode 3: Crisis on Infinite BioshocksWe Got Opinions
Episode 3: Crisis on Infinite Bioshocks
In which we recap PAX, discuss Bioshock Infinite, and Annie delivers a crash course on the three-act structure. Enormous spoilers for Bioshock Infinite.
(Note: we use the word “crazy” pretty liberally in this episode as shorthand for the way most fiction portrays mental illness. And as we all know, popular fiction’s portrayal of mental illness is, at best, unenlightened.)
Our mailbag is also open. We need something to do at the end of the podcast. Send us questions.
Blizzard annuncia il suo primo titolo free-to-play
Il primo progetto free-to-play dei creatore di World of Warcraft sarà un gioco di carte collezionabili ambientato nello stesso universo http://newsmg.it/36z0fC
Take a Closer Look at 'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' in this New Developer Hands-on Video
Blizzard surprised everyone at PAX East last month when they announced that they’re working on a new, free-to-play competitive card game based in the World of Warcraft universe called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and that following its Mac and PC release the game was set to hit the iPad as well. A Blizzard game on […] http://goo.gl/BAuFC #Playistic
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - Panel let down, lack luster user feed back but reviewers giving the thumbs up?
Heathstone: Heroes of Warcraft made a debut at PAX East 2013 this year to a fairly disappointing fanfare by all accounts. Lack luster response in the panel and disinterest roamed the halls of PAX to many I talked with, including a few of our very own DJ’s on Split Infinity Radio
Accounts on the problem vary from person to person and within groups of like minded friends. Some have said that the mechanics, are a copy paste of MTG style. Others, have issue with the general the general simplicity of the design. Some people, many of whom were in the panel during the reveal, felt simply that a computer card game and not something substantial from the studio/publisher like their mystery game TITAN.
After viewing the game myself (not getting a chance to play) and talking with some recent players, the comments I heard most often were “It felt like I was playing Magic the Gathering Demo from PAX East….3 years ago” or “I don’t get why they made a card game” and the always popular “Oh look, more chaff from Blizzard to waste our time”.
Not everything about this game is bad. It looks very polished, everything is slick and easy to see, although the health system doesn’t seem to appear unless you get damaged which seems weird. A video appeared online giving you a game, which has actually been going around for a bit it seems showing what a battle looks like. I was impressed by the following small nods to the series
- ambient noises from Warcraft
- Peasant “jobs done” when you end your turn randomly
- Quality of the audio pieces
- Overall adherence to the look/feel of Warcraft.
Something some people might not know, especially if you didn’t know the physical card game but the cards themselves bear a very striking resemblance to the old World of Warcraft TCG cards. Many of the icons are the same and the overall feel of the game seems to be quite similar.
The mechanics also seem to be based heavily off of the original TCG and while this isn’t a bad thing, you have to question why a Digital version of this game was created. Are they filling a spot in their checklist? Maybe they have actually been wanting to make a game in this vein for some time. Personally, I think its a quick cash grab to capitalize on the popularity of games like LoL, Dota2 and other free-to-play games which garner large supporters and will try to use the micro-transactions to their advantage.
The most perplexing part of this entire process though, is the game journalist reaction. Many are showing positive reviews of the game, or talking about how excited they are to finally have a game like this. Could gamer’s be jaded on the free-to-play titles already? With Blizzard other lack luster announcement, Diablo III on PS3/PS4, they have not been garnering any good will or excitement lately, so could there be some just looking to be excited for Blizzard products?. In the end, we will not know until the game is out, but giving the video game play, and the general internet traffic/comments, what do you think, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft something to level up in, or are you just going to bubble-portal your way to a new game, one you have actually been looking forward to.
Minecraft developer chipping away at April release for Scrolls beta
Mojang is nearly ready to start letting everyone play its Scrolls collectible card game.