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The Journey To Un'Gogo is the upcoming Hearthstone expansion that set to launch on April 6th. Featuring Elementals, Dinosaurs, class quests and some other fun new cards Un'Goro looks to be a solid expansion. Make sure to log in for daily rewards every day until the launch of the game to get packs, gold and a special golden Volcanosaur(oooh!).

As with every Hearthstone expansion i'll be recording my pack opening and dropping it on YouTube so stay tuned and let me know if you are planning to jump back in to check out Un'Goro! I've been saving up in game gold and i'll have enough to open around 75 packs, woooooooo!

Check out all the new Un'Goro cards below:

https://www.facebook.com/Hearthstone/photos/rpp.498467596862680/1425934520782645/?type=3&theater

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Gearbox is still handing out golden keys from Borderlands 2 and if you are currently on your way to taking down Handsome Jack or plan on coming back to it at some point these keys will put you well on your way. These shift codes as for PC/Mac/Linux, 360, XBone, PS3, PS4 & the Vita and expire on 4/18 so get em now!

PC / Mac: 5BW3J-C565J-F63FK-T3JBT-CJ9B3
XB360 / XBOne: 5JKJB-6HS3K-HHFRZ-KXT3B-HT6K5
PS3 / PS4 / PS Vita: CBWT3-BBRKS-93CHK-SBWT3-K9CW5

https://twitter.com/Borderlands/status/847904997539012613

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Destiny 2 will come out this September 8th on PC, PS4 and XBox One and besides the new launch trailer being pretty bad I am pretty excited about the game. There hasn't been much in the way of gameplay, features or anything like that talked about but you know... it should be good right? I went to the Destiny website to get more information on Destiny 2 and clicked the "more information" button. I got some information about the early beta you get by pre-ordering and then more information about pre-ordering. Beyond some information about the 3 playable classes in the game and some story backdrop details on Destiny 2 are a bit sparse but you CAN pre-order the game so I guess we'll always have that.

Anyways, Destiny 2 does come with a pretty crazy Collectors Edition and if you know Destiny 2 will be your jam you might want to look into that. Destiny 2 is also coming to PC which should be something hardcore PC fans should appreciate. Hopefully over the next few weeks Bungie releases some gameplay footage and more information about the game to give us a better picture because if Destiny 2 is like that trailer it will be a whole lot of cringe.

https://www.destinythegame.com/

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Blizzard is continuing to add heroes, maps and features to Heroes of the Storm and they are going even further in the upcoming 2.0 update. Firstly they are changing the way hero leveling works by removing the cap entirely and changing the absolutely crazy grind to reach higher levels. Another change is the addition of loot chests that are awarded when your Heroes level that award nearly any item in the game including voice packs, skins, banners and portraits! Blizzard is also changing up the way you can outright buy things in game with the new in game currency, gems. Gems can be purchased with real money and Blizzard will give you some at level 5 for free to "get you started". Not sure if players that have progressed beyond 5 will receive the free gems but I hope Blizzard hands them out to everyone including new and longtime players. Blizzard is also adding a new in game currency called shards that are collected when you receive a duplicate item. Spending shards you can acquire cosmetic items meaning that you can get all the in game items playing for free with a fair amount of gameplay. This change is pretty neat and is how it works in Hearthstone were you dust duplicate card and and then craft cards you want with that dust.

In combination with all this 2.0 news Blizzard has dropped details on a new Hero coming to the game called Cassia who is a Amazon from Diablo 2. If you head over to the Heroes 2.0 page you can read more on Cassia and the other 2.0 details that unlock on certain dates like another hero, new battleground and the 2.0 launch event itself. Heroes of the Storm is a fun hero brawler/moba and if you haven't played it yet when it hits 2.0 that might be a good time.

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/heroes20/

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Jack and Rich review Nintendo's latest Zelda game and they love it. Clocking in at an hour it's one of their longer reviews and as such a pretty deep dive in Zelda's gameplay.

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Hearthstone will be running special rewards for simply logging in March 29th through April 5th. This is a pretty special thing in Hearthstone as most CCGs have gold rewards for coming back every day and to date Hearthstone has been one of the biggest hold outs. That said for the next 8 days that changes so you should log in each day to get the 4 packs, 100 gold, 100 dust and a special Golden Volcanosaur card from the upcoming Ungoro expansion.

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/20567513/

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Back this on Kickstarter!
"Battle Princess Madelyn is a game that follows the journey of a young knight in training, Madelyn, and her ghostly pet dog Fritzy. They set out on a journey to save her kingdom and her family from the clutches of an evil wizard."

After playing Super Mario Brothers for the first time I wanted to be a game developer. Battle Princess Madelyn is an interesting project by developer Casual Bit Games where the main hero is his daughter. Taking a bit (highly interpreted drawings) of input from his daughter and translating that into the base game is a cute premise and as someone that has a kid now and enjoys having fun with him, I can see how this project could take shape. I don't really agree with the video entirely though... I think the all kitten level should really be in the final game.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/causalbitgames/battle-princess-madelyn/

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Elder Scrolls Legends released on iPad today and with that Bethesda also dropped a schedule for the rollout of the game on even more platforms. Elder Scrolls Legends will drop on Android tablets in April, Mac in May and phone in mid 2017. This seems to be a popular release strategy for all the new digital card games and Bethesda doesn't seem to want to be left in Skyrim on this one(get it, because Skyrim is cold.... please don't beat me up).

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If you love Meat Boy and want to have a box copy of it along with a ton of swag to go along with it you should check out IndieBox. This month they are packing up Meat Boy in the "Super Dumb Boy" collectors edition packaging alongside a DRM free copy of the game, 2 disc soundtrack and more.

https://www.theindiebox.com/

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The rumors were true and StarCraft & Broodwar are currently being remastered by Blizzard for a PC & Mac release this summer. This looks to be a full remastering of the original game with new crisp HD art and an updated engine for modern LAN and Internet gameplay. Next week Blizzard will drop an update to the original StarCraft game to get ready for the remastered version this summer:

"In preparation for StarCraft: Remastered, Blizzard Entertainment will update StarCraft: Brood War later this week to version 1.18. The update will include bug fixes and improvements, including the ability to rebind keys; observer mode; modern anti-cheat measures; compatibility improvements for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10; and more. Once the update is live, StarCraft Anthology, which includes the original game and the Brood War expansion, will be free to download and play. "

StarCraft is one of my all time favorite games and it getting this HD remastering update is incredible. To date some of the best HD remasterings of games have given them new life in a world where running them on modern systems is difficult and the old StarCraft is no exception. Blizzard updating the multiplayer means that it will be easier to play StarCraft with friends over the Internet, which up till now has been pretty difficult.

"In StarCraft Remastered, we’ve kept everything you love about StarCraft, but upgraded everything else.

Detailed visuals - Zoom out for a Battlecruiser’s view of the battlefield, or zoom in to see the veins on a Mutalisk’s wings.

Stylized Briefings - Race-themed comic book interludes tell the original story with a fresh coat of paint.

Amped Audio -The original soundtrack and dialogue, re-recorded and rejuvenated.
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I've wondered if Blizzard would use the original engine to do a possible retelling of StarCraft or use the new StarCraft II engine and it seems this is a remaking of the original game with much update love. From the many behind the scenes videos about StarCraft i've heard the codebase is hard to work with so this is a pretty large effort and I can't wait to pick it up when it drops this summer. I also hope Blizzard releases a collectors edition, that would be an incredible way to launch this retelling of the game.

https://starcraft.com/en-us/
https://blizzard.gamespress.com/

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Netflix dropped the trailer for the new season 11 of Mystery Science Theater 3000 today and it looks... bonkers incredible. As a longtime MSTie from watching it late night on Comedy Central in the 90's I can say that getting a new season is pretty magical. I bought the huge pack of episodes on Vimeo, funded the Kickstarter and bought a Tom Servo kit because... you know... it's the greatest show of all time and it all needed to be done. The work that needs to be done now though is unpacking that new trailer which you need to watch right now so stop reading and get to clicking!


  • It looks like Jonah works for Gizmonic institute as a space garbage man.

  • As he is doing his job Kinga Forrester and Son of TV's Frank trick him to responding to an SOS and make him watch bad moves on the Moon 13 research station. It looks Like Kinga is "reopening her familes most legendary experiment." I never got why they needed to run this experiment so maybe they will explain that? Or maybe it's just a show and I should relax. Seems likely.

  • The show looks glorious in HD. I was wondering if the show would feel wrong in crisp HD but it looks incredible. They balanced the right amount of old school hand made feel with the camp these terrible movies are known for.

  • One of the movies they will riff is 1961 monster film Reptilicus. Seems like a perfect fit for MST3K. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reptilicus

  • April 14th is WAY too long to wait.



So far series creator Joel Hodgson has been light on what he's revealed from the new season and this trailer seems to drop a ton of small details. Can't wait to see what else is revealed in the upcoming weeks and if we get a new trailer I will post it here for our dissected enjoyment.

If you haven't watched MST3K and are curious I recommend you checkout the classic episode they recently added to Netflix. I recommend starting with Pod People and after that hitting the rest of the Joel episodes.

https://www.netflix.com/title/80173925

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The Secret of Mana Collection is coming to the Nintendo Switch and so far it's Japan only. It features the Gameboy and two Super Nintendo entries that round out the classic collection. Stateside we got Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy Adventure only but if this collection comes to the states this will be the first time we get a proper port of Secret of Mana 2 / Seiken Densetsu 3. Because nerds can dream right?

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After spending a year in early access and a beta period Faeria has finally hit 1.0! Faeria is a free to play digital card game that is if like Magic The Gathering got together with a board game and had a kid that liked video games. It's a really fun blending of the digital card craze that seems to find a very organic flow with a hexagon board that you need to place land on strategically to win. It's kind of a hard game to describe so I've linked to a Kripparian video above where he talks about the game, it hitting 1.0 and then plays a couple games showing off how it works.

Faeria differentiates itself from other games like Hearthstone in that it is way more generous with free to play. For instance daily quests are things like "Play 10 yellow cards" that give you 200 to 600 gold. Since a pack costs 1000 gold you can open packs a bit faster than in Hearthstone and since the game is more strategic, when you lose it doesn't feel as harsh as losing to RNG. Faeria also enhances free to play by offering daily login bonuses you can get by just checking in once a day. They've also included a very nice set of single player missions that show you how to play the game and give you a lot of starting gold and packs.

You can play Faeria right now for free on Steam on PC, Mac and Linux or iPad. They plan on launching Faeria on Android tablets soon as well as iPhone and Android, which should be great to expand it's player base. I seriously recommend you create an account and check out the game and if you do let me know and i'll send you an invite to the game so I can get some free packs as you play the game.

Oh and when you play the game you can use the codes "KrippFaeria" and "FaeriaKripp" to get a couple extra packs to open too!

https://www.faeria.com/news/patch-notes/134-faeria-is-now-released

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Do you want to automate your home? Do you want to set all your home gadgets to start when you play your Ocarina? If you do then prepare to get inspired to live the dream as YouTuber Sufficiently Advanced wired his house to turn on the heater, turn on the lights, water his plants, turn on a smoke machine and more all though the mighty power of his Ocarina. Sufficiently Advanced seems to have built all this automation himself which makes this all the more impressive.

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Sometime after Diablo III Reaper of Souls I was hoping we'd get another proper expansion. It seems instead of getting a full expansion we've been getting a ton of updates that if you bundled them all up would equal a full expansion when you consider the Necromancer class coming this year. I still would love some more story to see what happens after Reaper of Souls and try and wrap up the whole thing that happened to Leia but... I have honestly no idea what the future of Diablo III is. That said, Blizzard still seems hell bent (rimshot) on updating it with really useful stuff and the latest 2.5.0 patch is icing on a cake made of... pure evil.

You should hit the blog post below for information on the full patch but the short of it is that there will be a new interface for crafting materials so they no longer take up inventory slots. That alone is worth the price of admission but 2.5.0 also contains The Armory which gives each of your characters 5 unique armor loadouts you can toggle between. On top of that they are adjusting the rate at which certain Adventure mode zones spawn making the ones that show up a bit too often less seen. There are a couple other things in 2.5.0 so hit the link below for more details.

And if Blizzard is reading this... please... Another couple acts of Diablo III please?

https://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/20597130

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