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GH69: Mobile Madness

GH69: Mobile Madness
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In this episode, our heroes discuss the goings-on at blizzcon and their Diablo Immortals mobile announcement, they shower Stardew Valley with praise, talk a little bit more about Red Dead Redemtption 2, and give an update on the world of eSports.  Join our heroes to hear the latest in gaming news, hear about what they’re playing, and find out what this weeks question is!

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GH69: Mobile Madness

GH51: BlizzCon, PUBG Mobile, and Nine Parchments

We’re back! And it’s time to talk games. We kick things off talking a bit about the Twitch streaming we’ve been doing and plan to do. Then it’s off to the news when we discuss the new Spider-Man game landing exclusively on PS4, God of War 4 getting an earlier release date, plus details on BlizzCon 2018. After our  news segment, we talk about the games we’ve been playing recently including Player Unknowns Battlegrounds (PUBG) on mobile and Stardew Valley and Nine Parchments on Nintendo Switch.

03:15 – BlizzCon 2018 Details

10:10 – God of War 4 & Collector’s Editions

20:05 – Spider-Man’s Exclusive PS4 Release & Details

25:40 – PUBG on Mobile Impressions

35:20  – Stardew Valley on Nintendo Switch

38:30 – Nine Parchments on Nintendo Switch

46:40 – Closing Statements & Upcoming Details

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GH51: BlizzCon, PUBG Mobile, and Nine Parchments

GH39 – BlizzCon 2017 Recap

BlizzCon 2017 has happened and it brought news for Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Starcraft II! We discuss the biggest announcements for the Blizzard games but first, news! Assassin’s Creeds gets something historically right, details on Resident Evil coming to Switch, plus a new Chess game that is worth a look.

00:50 – Assassin’s Creed: Literal History

03:10 – Resident Evil on Switch

06:05 – Ripstone’s Chess Ultra

10:20 – BlizzCon Recap: Overwatch, Hearthstone, WoW, HOTS, and more!

54:50 – Kansas City Comic Con & Show Details

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GH39 – BlizzCon 2017 Recap

GH35 – PS4 Updates & SNES Glitches

PS4 gets a big update, FIFA18 has some weird graphics, SNES Classic glitches, Stardew Valley releases, and BlizzCon sets the schedule all this week on Gamer Heroes! Plus, we’re moving to a new day! Starting next week, we’ll be premiering new episodes every Tuesday! So make sure you keep with us on our new day.

02:50 – Big Schedule Announcement!

05:55 – PS4 5.0 Update & Andrew House Leaves Sony

12:30 – Halo goes Augmented Reality

19:30 – Blizzard Releases BlizzCon Schedule

25:30 – FIFA18 and Nintendo Switch Graphics Issues

31:15 – Stardew Valley Lands on Switch

37:10 – SNES Classic First Impressions and Glitches

48:30 – Game Contest & Show Details

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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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GH35 – PS4 Updates & SNES Glitches

GH21: Minecraft Story Time

Minecraft can be a dangerous place, corporate challenge can be a freeing experience, Mario Odyssey gets 2-player, and the Necromancer returns to the world of Diablo. We talk these topics, plus a few more across the gaming universe including the Steam Summer Sale, BlizzCon, and the Xbox One X!

2:00 – Story time with Derreck: Minecraft Happenings

11:15 – Steam Summer Sales has Landed

15:50 – Xbox One X held back by S and PS4

23:40 – Blizzard Stuff: BlizzCon expansion, Overwatch Prime Loot, and Necromancer’s return

36:00 – Super Mario Odyssey and weird Nintendo Switch online chat

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Starcraft II – Legacy of the Void

It’s been over five years since Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty was released, where we followed Jim Raynor through a series of events that led to finally freeing Sarah Kerrigan from the Zerg.

It’s been two-and-a-half years since Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm showed us Sarah returning to the Zerg, but retaining control over herself in order to seek justice against the forces that had manipulated her.

Now we have a release date for the final installment of the saga, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void.  The game will release on November 10, 2015.

And based on the cinematic trailer that accompanied the announcement of the release date, at least part of the story for the game will revolve around the Protoss attempting to retake their homeworld, Aiur, from the Zerg.  I can’t wait.

Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void Trailer

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Starcraft II – Legacy of the Void

DragonCon – From a First-Timer

DragonCon, the cosplay convention of the year, or certainly one of the biggest cosplay-centric conventions in the USA. For those who don’t know what it is, DragonCon is a massive, 70,000+ people comic convention held in Atlanta, Georgia with a heavy focus on two things: cosplay and partying. This year’s DragonCon, held last weekend, was the biggest to date, breaking ticket sales records from previous years plus who knows how many other people joined in on the non-official happenings. Now, I’m no noobie to comic conventions. I’ve attended several including my local Planet Comic Con and Blizzard’s BlizzCon in California. With that said, I’m certainly no veteran of the country’s largest shows, having never been to SDCC, New York Comic Con, or C2E2. So please, keep this all in mind as you read my take on DragonCon 2015.

Thor and Star Lord at DragonCon

 

My Expectations for DragonCon

I’m a cosplayer and a nerd. I love Star Trek, Star Wars, Futurama, Tron, and DC Comics. So, my hopes were to spend most of the convention cosplaying. I had three cosplays lined up: Green Lantern, Rocketeer, and I was debuting Star Lord. I also wanted to check out the creators, artists, and vendors. I love getting things signed, purchasing prints, supporting small, Indie, or local publishers, and I’m big on swag and collectibles. If time and money allowed, I wanted to meet a few celebrities, specifically those from Star Trek and The CW’s various DC Comics universe shows. I also wanted to check out the parade which features tons, probably hundreds of cosplays, among other exciting features. Finally, there were a couple of parties I was excited to check out in the evenings, especially one at the Georgia Aquarium after hours.

DragonCon Positives

Wasp and Black Widow at DragonConThis convention has so many talented and dedicated cosplayers, truly. I saw some amazing builds including sewing jobs, armor crafting, and unique ways of creating the illusion of a character’s power… like floating on a cloud, for example. It was great seeing so many characters, so many incarnations, and so many unique concepts. DragonCon also hosted some amazingly talented artists and creators. I was lucky enough to meet Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti. Such fantastic people, and incredibly talented. I was pumped to get my books signed by both of them, plus a couple cool prints. Then, there’s the vendor area, which takes up two floors in America’s Mart. So. Many. Vendors. Seriously, it took hours to walk through it all and all of my willpower to not max out my credit card. You could get everything from action figures and statues, to prints, bookmarks, buttons, pins, replica weapons, clothing, and, of course, Funko POP Vinyls.

Outside of the convention itself, I was able to attend the DragonCon Georgia Aquarium night. Imagine a massive cosplay party with a costume contest, all held in a cool aquarium after hours. Ya-Ya Han hosted the costume contest which was display on a big screen for all to see. Meanwhile, all of the exhibits were open so we were able to see the penguins, dolphins, and even the octopus came out to play, which is apparently rare. Atlanta also has some great food. We hit up the Hardrock Cafe, of course, along with Ted’s Montana Grill (since the one out in KC closed), and Pacific Rim… just in case my sushi was going to be delivered by giant Jaegers. It was not. But still, fantastic food.

Convention aside, being in Atlanta means some sight seeing. We took a ride on their big Ferris Wheel called SkyView and also took the self-guided tour of the World of Coca Cola museum. It was a decent tour that ended with a lot of soda tasting. My personal favorite was Inca Cola from Peru.

DragonCon Negatives

Some Lanterns at DragonConAlright, so I had fun. Truly. It was a good weekend and I’m glad I attended. With that said, I doubt I’ll be back. Why? I just don’t think it’s my scene. My issues break down into the following categories: physical size, population size, primary attendee focus.

Let’s talk about the physical size of this convention. It takes place across half a dozen different hotels. We spent time in the Marriott, the Hyatt, the Hilton, America’s Mart, and didn’t even make it to the others like the Winston. Ever have trouble finding a vendor or panel in a giant convention hall? Try hunting something down when you don’t know which hotel hosts which things or where the hotels are in relation to each other. In retrospect, I should have done a lot more research from a mapping perspective and memorized locations. On top of that, I would not have used the skywalks to get around. Too complicated. City streets are much easier. But due to the straight size of the convention, I never saw the Walk of Fame nor any panels. Additionally, so many guests, creators, vendors, artists, etc. were there that I missed tons of people I would have loved to see or I didn’t realize they were there and didn’t bring things to have them sign.

Black Widow with Mr. DNA at DragonConThen there’s the population size. Yes, I get that this convention does not have a cap on tickets and, yes, I get that’s kind of the point but I’m not sure that’s a good thing. Many places are impossible to walk due to too much traffic. People are literally walking into each other. No one wants to bend or move. I was strong armed on multiple occasions because people were just rude or frustrated. The patron to convention official or security ratio also seemed way off. Except when entering a badge-specific area, convention officials were no where to be seen and it’s tough to ask them questions at entrances when they are constantly telling you to keep moving, don’t stop… even when you are clearly walking. There were lines wrapped around buildings with people waiting to get into who knows what. I would cross streets out of my way because entire blocks were completely filled with people in line.

Finally, the convention focus. Now, this does not go for everyone, honestly, but the majority of people at DragonCon are there to party more than anything. Thousands of people were just standing, drinking, in areas that don’t even require a badge. Every night was party after party, people walking back to their rooms to replenish their alcohol, etc. In fact, you could do almost everything I did without a badge. The only times my badge was required was to see the creators and the vendors. The hotel lobbies, streets, and parties don’t require a badge. So how many people were there without a badge just to party and cosplay? Who knows but I’d estimate in the multiple thousands.

DragonCon Conclusion

At the end of the day, I had a good time. I bought tons of art and collectibles, got some stuff signed, and cosplayed. With that said, DragonCon is just not for me. I’m not a party-er. I don’t like to drink, especially while in costume, and definitely not in an atmosphere that warned me on several occasions about badge and wallet thieves. I’m not a fan of the multiple hotel situation where I spend more time walking place to place than I do actually being in those places. I think I’ll focus on attending some more Comic Con-focused conventions like C2E2 or Emerald City Comic Con. With that all said, if you love to cosplay, if you love to party, if you love the absolutely massive crowd, and don’t wish to stick to a schedule to get certain things done, then DragonCon might just be the convention for you. If so, you might want to book your room now. Oh, one bright side to driving from Kansas City meant a quick stop in Metropolis, IL to see the home of Superman. They’ve got some great Man of Steel stuff there including a giant statue and a museum.

Have you ever been to DragonCon? Tell us your thoughts below.

DragonCon – From a First-Timer