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Too Many Games!
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On today’s episode we’re joined by Carlos Gomez from EarthSlice Creative!  Go check him out on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/earthslicecreative/

This week the Gamer Heroes crew try and come to terms with how many quality games are releasing lately!  We’ve got thoughts on Untitled Goose Game, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Control, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and much more!

Big shout-out to our hero of the week for this week: House House!

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A Heroes Podcast Network Production

Produced by GGKC

Hosts Kam Konek & Thomas Egan

Guest Carlos Gomez

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music by Lifeformed

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The Dark Souls of Urination

We’re back for Episode 101!  We talk about the hype leading up to World of Warcraft Classic, the Solstice of Heroes event in Destiny 2, and what games we’re looking forward to over the next year or so! Gamescom 2019 and Nintendo Indie World announcements, too!  Shout-out to the urination mechanic in Death Stranding, I guess?

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Hosts Kam Konek & Thomas Egan

Editor Kam Konek

Executive Producer Derreck Mayer

Music by Lifeformed

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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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Jon Czerwinski
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Derreck Mayer

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Derreck Mayer

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GH39 – BlizzCon 2017 Recap

In Defense of…Warcraft

In my latest column, I’ll be defending movies that were not received well, did lousy at the box office, critically panned, or altogether forgotten about. Most of them will, probably, be fairy tale movies. You’ve been forewarned.

The first film I plan on tackling is one that is still in theaters. You may have heard of Warcraft by now. But you may have not.  The current film is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon) and stars Travis Fimmel as Lothar, Paula Patton as Garona, and Ben Foster as Medivh.  The budget was an estimated $160M and has since made only $38M back domestically. However, international box office numbers take the total gross to over $308M, making it the most profitable video game film to date.  It has received the following ratings:

IMDB: 7.6 out of 10
Rotten Tomatoes: 29%
Metacritic: 32 (out of 100)

Why Warcraft is failing (at least in the US)?

Warcraft and it’s numerous successors, including industry giant World of Warcraft have been pinnacle in PC gaming.  Over the years, they have transformed gaming into what it is today, creating rich characters, backgrounds, and mythologies as well as stunning visuals.  That’s not what American cinema is used to, though.  It’s not always looking for a bigger picture, which is just what Warcraft is doing.  If Blizzard was interested in making only one film, the story would have been much more concise and linear. Certain characters would have fallen in love while others would have lived to see the end.  Since Warcraft is trying to build a cinematic world and not a one-time cinematic experience, they’re thinking of movies 2-6 here instead. American cinema is often short sighted and the universe building doesn’t plan for the future past the next film (Marvel is guilty of this).

Warcraft - Garona

That’s not the only reason why the film isn’t doing exactly well, either. While sitting in the movie, I had no idea what was going on. The movie assumes that you either already know the backstory to Warcraft or that you’ll pick it up eventually. For me, it was latter. It took awhile to figure out certain characters or be invested in the plot, but it got me there.  I don’t feel like it’s such a stretch if American audiences didn’t immediately cling on to it because of the aforementioned reasons.

Where Warcraft Succeeded

Warcraft - Lothar and Khadgar

Warcraft is visually stunning if nothing else. The technology used to portray the world of Azeroth is absolutely incredible. At no point does something look “off” or as if they cut corners at any time.  Because of this, it’s easy to get sucked in. If you’re not worried about why this effect didn’t match this one from earlier, you’re more willing to grab on to the rest of the story and Warcraft’s consistency assists in this.

The acting was outstanding as well. With fantasy films that have a niche following, it can be difficult to bring in outsiders who care and understand the world as much as the original creators do and the fans that have grown it. Yet Warcraft did a superb job of bringing in actors who would care just as much about the subject matter as the others involved. Ben Foster was perfectly cast as Medivh, slipping seamlessly into the role so that I hardly recognized him. Paula Patton was a beautifully tragic Garona, successfully splitting her character between two worlds. Considering most of the time the actors were talking to tennis balls and MOKAP suits, I’m pleased with how much depth each person was able to bring into their stories.

Why You Should Give it A Chance

The movie is fun. It’s a great beginning to, what I hope, will be a continuous adventure. Within a few minutes, I felt captivated to learn more, and by the end, all I wanted was for the story to continue.  I was never into Warcraft before, but now I have no choice but to continue to feed that new interest of mine. I want to know the stories of Lothar, Garona, and Khadgar.  I want to read the books, play the games, and see more stories on the big screen. And that, is the point of any new series: draw in new fans to love what so many others do already.

Catch the latest TV spot below and find out more at WarcraftMovie.com.

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In Defense of…Warcraft

Warcraft – Blizzard’s First Feature Film & Fan First Event

(Updated: May 7th, 2016 to include Fan First Even details)

Warcraft. For those in the gaming world, the name has stood the test of time. The MMO World of Warcraft set the bar for the genre and now, Blizzard Entertainment along with Legendary and Universal are bringing the world to the live action big screen.

“From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes Warcraft, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment’s global phenomenon.

The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another.  As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction.  From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home.

So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.”

Warcraft Movie Poster

The film is directed by Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and stars Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Deja Vu), and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, Lone Survivor).

Many, myself included, are excited to see an epic such as this from Blizzard. The company is internationally known for their incredible in-game cut scenes from games like Diablo III and even the animated short for the announcement of Overwatch, the company’s first FPS (first-person shooter) set to release on May 24th.

Warcraft is slated for a June 10th release which is good news since it was originally slated for March. The move to the summer puts it right in the spotlight of major blockbusters, especially with Independence Day: Resurgence and Star Trek Beyond set to hit shortly after.

AMC Theaters announced this week that there will be a special Wednesday, June 8th 7PM showing in IMAX 3D for their “Fan First Event”. This event will allow people to see the movie a full day before anyone else in the States. It includes about 10 minutes of behind the scenes footage plus red carpet premiere footage. In additional to extra footage, viewers will also receive a special lanyard and mini one sheet in celebration of the special event. It’s only playing in a handful of AMC’s around the country and prices do vary. My theater, for example, is $27.20 per ticket. Get details here.

Are you a WoW fan? Are you excited to see Warcraft on the big screen? Will you be attending the Fan First Event? Comment below with your thoughts.

Oh and FOR THE HORDE!

Warcraft – Blizzard’s First Feature Film & Fan First Event

Hearthstone’s Tavern Brawl is Live

Blizzard Entertainment’s digital card game, Hearthstone, launched its newest game mode this week, “Tavern Brawl”. For those of you who speculated what that final empty space was on the main page of the game, the tile has been flipped. Here’s how their website describes the new mode:

“Each week, a different Tavern Brawl will pit you head to head versus another player using exciting and unique rules. One week might feature preset decks, while another week could have you crafting a brand new Tavern Brawl deck following specific guidelines, while others might offer buffs to specific minion types—who knows!

Tavern Brawl can be found below the Play, Solo Adventures, and the Arena buttons on the main Hearthstone screen. You may have to toughen up before entering the fray—Tavern Brawl is unlocked once a player has a level 20 Hero.”

The first go, which ends in two days, will also give you a free pack of basic cards for winning. I’ve added a small gallery of screenshots so you can see how I did. It was a fun deck to play, especially since I don’t currently leverage dragons all that much. For reference, Sauron started with 60 health and a weapon, while I started with 30 plus 30 armor and no weapon.

This mode is also playable with friends by selecting Challenge next to their names in your friend’s list. Tavern Brawl is FREE, so if you’re looking for something that doesn’t cost gold, I’d definitely check it out.

For those wondering, I played this game on my Android phone.

Have you played Tavern Brawl yet? What do you think of Hearthstone’s latest mode? Is it a keeper? Comment below!

Hearthstone’s Tavern Brawl is Live