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Best order to read the Warcraft novels
Jul 29th 2013

One of the questions I get asked a lot, is "What order is best to read the
Warcraft Novels?" I was on the Twisting Nether Blogcast a while back when Hydra, the co-host, put this in a new light that I had not thought about before. Hydra's issue was the first book she tried to read was the War of the Ancients Archive, but with limited prior knowledge of the Warcraft lore she quickly put it down. I figured it would be a good time to share the different ways which you can read the Warcraft novels.
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World of Warcraft down to 7.7 million subscribers.  Worried?
Jul 26th 2013
In a press release that announced Activision-Blizzard's intention of buying back their stock from parent company Vivendi, Blizzard announced that the subscriber numbers for World of Warcraft have dropped to 7.7 million, down from 8.3 million last quarter.
OMG GAIS, THE GAME IS DEAD!!
No, it's not. Shut up. However I do believe it's time that Blizzard thinks about their position.
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New Assassin's Creed IV video shows off open world
Jul 24th 2013
With October 29th and the release of Assassin's Creed IV fast approaching, developer Ubisoft has been slowly releasing details about their newest game in the immensely popular franchise. With sales of the last game topping 10 million worldwide, Ubisoft is understandably trying to build excitement for the next chapter in their story. So far, most of the details and, especially, videos released have dealt with the gameplay, focusing on the naval aspects of being a pirate in the Caribbean, notably the ship to ship combat.
However, earlier today Ubisoft posted a new video, one that shows just how big a world they've been crafting. Designed to allow the player to explore and play as they wish, the game appears to have done away with loading screens between the naval and shore based worlds. In this latest gameplay demo, we can see Edward sailing around the Caribbean, pulling up near land, and hopping over the railing in order to swim ashore and conduct whatever business he may have their. In fact, the beginning of this video focuses on an assassination contract that has our good Mr. Kenley trying to kill two brothers. After killing the first outside a tavern, the other runs and hops about his own ship in order to make his escape. Unfortunately for him, the player now has the ability to hop on his own ship, the Jackdaw, and make a seamless transition from land based action to piratical combat on the high seas. In the demo, we see the player take the wheel and the ship begin moving forward, before culminating in a naval battle where the player first batters the enemy ship with gunfire before boarding her and killing the target, taking the ship in the process.
I must say that the world design in this video is gorgeous. The game's director, Ashraf Ismail, narrates the video, and shows us everything from fishing villages to Mayan ruins. While no one can say how good or bad a game will be without actually playing it, the game looks excellent so far, and if things continue in this fashion, I may just have to block out some serious gaming time at the end of October.
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A Brief Gank - You Were TSA'd
Jul 18th 2013
When revenge goes too far.
By Shriggs
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Darahas Reviews : The Legend of Zelda The Wind Waker
Jul 15th 2013
Where to even start? I remember getting a Gamecube back in Christmas of 2003. My Gamecube was bundled with "The Legend of Zelda: Collector's Edition", which was "The Legend Of Zelda", "Zelda II: The Adventure of Link", "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" (which I had my N64), "The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask" (which I also had for my N64, but could never play until May of this year because I never had an expansion pak for it), a retrospective of all the Zelda games up to that point, a trailer for all the cool stuff for the GCN, a short twenty minute demo of "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.", and a small little vignette for Wind Waker. Now, I remember my Gamecube being inside a box. Not just the packaging box, but a big brown box, because along with the Gamecube came a copy of "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker". You know the video of the two kids screaming their little heads off because of their brand-new N64? Well, I was a slightly-watered down version of that when it came to my Gamecube. I still have the thing and regularly play it. I have two Gamecubes sitting right next to me in my big TV console, one my normal Gamecube, and the other saddled with a Game Boy Player. You must be asking yourself at this point, "Yeah, yeah, nice story, but get to the friggin' review already!". The only reason why I went into such detail about the background for my playing this game, is because "The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker" is my favorite game OF ALL TIME. I love the game so much, that I took the above picture, and decided to paint it so I could have a version of it to hang on my wall. Yeah.
Hello there, I am Darahas, you are you, and today, we are going to be sailing around in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker for the Nintendo Gamecube.
Story : The story of Wind Waker is very simple, yet very involving. An intro cutscene tells us of a kingdom that held an ancient golden power. An evil man came and took the power for his own, and threatened the kingdom. At the very last second, "a young boy clothed in green" came and banished the evil with "The Blade of Evil's Bane." (REDUNDANCY AHOY!) The boy was dubbed The Hero of Time, as it seemed he had time-traveled to come save this kingdom. All was well until one day, the evil, somehow, came back and threatened the kingdom once more. The people prayed and prayed for The Hero of Time to come back and save them, but he never came. No one knows what became of the kingdom. But this legend has lived on, as the island of Outset honors this tale by making boys dress as the Hero of Time when they become of age.
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Baron's Blitz: A night in jail
Jul 14th 2013

Last friday my wife and I embarked on a journey I'd been planning since I was 12 years old. For nearly 20 years The Ohio State Reformatory has sat vacant in a field in Mansfield, Ohio. In all the building spans over 175,000 square feet including 2 cell blocks and a mansion set within the main building to house the warden, his family, and unmarried guards looking for convenient living and overtime. Although the building has long since been shut down as a state prison, the grounds itself still remain incredibly active having been the sight for feature films (Shawshank Redemption being the biggest), day tours, and night time ghosts hunts. Each year thousands of people traveling all over the country venture into what is arguably the biggest gathering of people who'd never make it to the end of a horror film.
On a night forecast for thunder storms, my wife and I, armed with a video camera, infra red illuminators, and a fishing vest with several tools of the trade ventured into one of Ohio's most haunted locations. The following is the night I spent in jail.
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A Brief Gank - Xboned
Jul 11th 2013
I literally saw it coming from miles away.
By Shriggs
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Operation Supply Drop:Games for Troops
Jul 6th 2013
Seeing as it's Fourth of July weekend, I thought I could find something to write about that was both relevant to gaming and what this weekend is all about. I was successful. Operation Supply Drop is a charity, founded by Captain Stephen Machuga (ret.), that builds care packages for the men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Cpt. Machuga was serving in Iraq when he received a care package containing used Harlequin romance novels. After his unit got done using them as targets on the range, Cpt. Machuga realized that, while they meant well, most civilians had no idea what the troops would actually like to see in care packages. After retiring, he started Operation Supply Drop, a fully registered 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, to create video game based care packages for those serving downrange, as well as the wounded warriors recovering in military hospitals back home. So far he has raised over $300,000, and shows no signs of slowing down.
In fact, this week, he has gotten some very big names in the industry to contribute to his latest campaign, which he has dubbed PIXEL FIREWORKS. Both Valve and SEGA have made large contributions in games and paraphernalia to Operation Supply Drop, and other donations have poured in as well. In fact, PIXEL FIREWORKS, a campaign that started in May, has raised $25000 for this weeks care package deliveries, which will put a lot of games in a lot of hooches out there in Afghanistan.
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A Brief Gank - Steamed
Jul 4th 2013
Don't lie to yourselves, you know this is exactly what will happen
By Shriggs
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Review of Mass Effect: Retribution
Jul 2nd 2013
Mass Effect: Retribution
Written by Drew Karpyshyn
Published on July 27, 2010