Category Archives: Gaming

So Hello from the Warp Zone

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Final Fantasy 7 – HD Remake Trailer

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I feel like gamers in general, can all remember where they were when the trailer for the Final Fantasy 7 – HD Remake Trailer dropped.  It was such a mind-blowing, accidentally-collective, experience that there seemed to a shift in the landscape of us all: the day before we saw it and the day after.

Unrelenting waves of rapturous nostalgia washed over me with such vigor that I actually had to stop the YouTube video for a second and just let it sink in.  It was THAT powerful for me.  I think this is easily the best example of the phrase: “UNF!  Right in the feels


Hearthstone’s Grand Tournament

GrandTourney1In what looks to be a battle lifted straight from World of Warcraft’s Patch 3.2: Call of the Crusade, Blizzard gives us Hearthstone’s next expansion: The Grand Tournament!

When the Lich King and his undead Scourge threatened the world, the Argent Crusade called upon Azeroth’s mightiest heroes to prove their mettle in a magnificent tournament. Knights of all races flocked to Northrend, vying for glory in epic battles against fearsome monsters. Though the Lich King’s evil has been vanquished, the Grand Tournament continues… the competitive atmosphere’s just a bit more playful than it used to be.

And why shouldn’t the show go on? Would-be champions are arriving in droves from all over the world, hankering to prove their worth and claim the honor of flying their colors in the name of victory!

Who will be the victor of The Grand Tournament? You and your friends, of course!

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I couldn’t be more excited!  We’re not just talking about something as simple as just another expansion in Hearthstone’s already amazing line-up; we’re looking at the Trial of the Crusader.  Do you realize where that’s held?  Northrend!  And do you realize which World of Warcraft expansion that was?  Wrath of the Lich King!  And do you realize what class that signifies will make its debut?  THE DEATH KNIGHT!

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Initiate Fan-Girl Squealing!!! Like, OH my total GAWD!  FINALLY!  My Hearthstone life is complete.  To be fair, it hasn’t actually been officially stated (yet) that the Death Knight will make its debut apart from seeing that brief animation in the Grand Tournament’s official cinematic, but come on!  It’s happening!  Whether or not that means the Death Knight will be featured in a bodacious new card or (oh please, oh please, oh please) be a new Hero to us, remains to be seen.  It better freaking be the latter though.  I would just keel over and die, if it wasn’t.  Besides, Hearthstone is due for a new Hero Class and this expansion couldn’t BE more of an appropriate time to debut one.

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Stoked beyond words either way.  I just hope Blizzard takes me BEYOND, beyond words and makes my wish come true.  All I want for Christmas is a Death Knight class!  Make it so!


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Mal’Ganis Massacre

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So I recently crafted the Mal’Ganis card to add to my Warlock deck in Hearthstone.

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All in all, I’d say it was an outrageous success.


99 Problems but a Twitch Ain’t 1

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Is it just me, or was I REALLY stretching that headline for the sole purpose of getting to use a pun?  Like REEEEEALLY stretching?

After a lot of pushing and prodding, I’ve decided to create a Twitch profile and stream whenever I game; which, in the case of Hearthstone, is basically at least an hour a night.  So I laced up my boots, put on my Sunday best, and got to work creating my channel: http://www.twitch.tv/xanderated/

I’ve watched a handful of streamers and really enjoy seeing how they game and their thought processes behind every move.  It helps me be a better gamer (even though I’m already pretty leet-sauce, #SorryNotSorry).  I guess my only apprehension in doing this is the fact that I don’t have a method to my madness, per se.  Just like in my personal and professional life, I tend to just feel my way through.  Granted, that usually results in me squealing at the computer screen when things don’t go my way, but from what my fellow gamers tell me, that’s kind of the best part of gaming with me on Vent, Mumble or even Google+

… did they just call me a Drama Queen?… I am both delighted and insulted by this.

N-E-WAYZ, not sure when I’ll start streaming.  I feel like there’s a lot of stuff I still have to research and figure out before I embark on my maiden voyage.  There are just questions that need to be answered.  For instance:

“What will I wear?”

“Do I have good lighting?”

“Does this game make me look fat?”

Something tells me that my priorities aren’t exactly aligned with your typical Twitch Gamer.  Hell, I spent a good hour just creating my profile banner above because I wanted it to look HAWT!  I was going for high end Classic NES chic.  What do you think?  Did it work?  Are you buying my bullspit?  No?  Damnit.

Stay tuned!


HearthPWN’ed!

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If you haven’t had the opportunity (not to mention common sense) to download and play Hearthstone, you’re missing out.  I mean, it’s free FFS, and you can play it on your mobile device or computer.  Granted, there are more than couple of advantages of purchasing some of the in-game items but I wouldn’t exactly call it a “Pay-To-Win” scenario.  You can easily build a ridiculous and powerful deck without ever giving a single penny.  But this isn’t about my championing the cause of the game.  No.  No.  No.  This is about how EPIC my game last night was!

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I freaking OWNED this guy.  My victory was made even sweeter by the fact that he had the audacity to use a douche-bag name like “ProDude”.  Really?   Who does that?  He must’ve been sh!tting his pants when he faced my warlock deck; which is LEETSAUCE, btw.  I’ve even taken the liberty to point out the ROFLWPWN wall he was up against, thanks to my hand-dandy WACOM tablet.  For the uninitiated among you, allow me to clarify the 2 cards that spelled his undoing:

Kel’Thuzad remains the most OP card in my entire deck.  With every turn that passes (my own or my opponent) he will resurrect any of my cards that died.  Knowing this, I am constantly sending in my other cards first to kill any of his that are on the board, before attacking the player himself.  Sneed’s Old Shredder, has a death rattle that will summon another random legendary card to the field, so I get more and more powerful with every turn that he dies, then gets brought back to life.  So you know what that means?

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Poor schmuck didn’t know what hit him.


Nintendo CEO, Satoru Iwata, has Passed

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Nintendo has released a statement announcing the death of President Satoru Iwata:

Nintendo Co., Ltd. deeply regrets to announce that President Satoru Iwata passed away on July 11, 2015 due to a bile duct growth.

Such a tragic loss to the gaming community.  He will be missed.

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I NEED DIS

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Miley gets it like a Wrecking Ball

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Game of Hyrule

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YES to this!  YES to this x Infinity + 1!!

What I wouldn’t give for this to be a thing.  I’ll just let the awesomesauce speak for itself.