Obsessive Comics Disorder #43: "It's Technology At The Intersection of Dick Tracy and Knight Rider"

In this episode, we jump all over the place; like talking about new wearable technology like Dick Tracy had.  Speaking of Dick Tracy, who came first: Dick Tracy or Batman?  Will Warlords of Draenor suck us back into WoW (Spoiler: Probably)?  Will either of us buy the new PS4 or Xbox One?  And what the heck are we going to do for a Christmas Show?!  All that and more this week!

Originally Recorded on November 17th, 2013

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Obsessive Comics Disorder #41: "We're In The Hearthstone Beta!"

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In case you didn't know, Blizzard is working on an online collectible card game based on World of Warcraft called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.  Well, this past week Philip and I both got into the closed beta and had a chance to try out the game for ourselves.  In addition, we have a few comics to discuss, more X-wing talk, and Diablo III?  All that and more this week!

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Relative Dimensions #34: "Forget The Shotgun, Hand Me That Rocket Launcher"

Lots of news this week, unlike our last show, as the gaming industry is storming into E3.  We talk about the WoW film, Diablo 3 on consoles, and BlizzSteam....I mean the Battle.net game launcher.

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News Stories

World of Warcraft's Stormwind Keep gets a price tag http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/06/05/world-of-warcrafts-stormwind-keep-gets-a-price-tag/

New Battle.net desktop client datamined http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/06/04/new-battle-net-desktop-client-datamined/

World of Warcraft film set to shoot in 2014 http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/06/03/world-of-warcraft-film-set-to-shoot-in-2014/

Flexible Raids come to World of Warcraft with patch 5.4 http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/06/07/flexible-raids-come-to-world-of-warcraft-with-patch-5-4/

Diablo 3 coming to Xbox 360 as well, dated worldwide Sept. 3 [update] http://www.joystiq.com/2013/06/06/diablo-3-coming-to-360-as-well-dated-worldwide-sept-3/

Halo: Spartan Assault breaks off peace for Windows 8 PCs, tablets and phones http://www.joystiq.com/2013/06/04/halo-spartan-assault-breaks-off-peace-for-windows-8-pcs-tablet/

Marvel Heroes launch-day roundup and opening cinematic http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/06/04/marvel-heroes-launch-day-roundup/

Captain's Log: June's Ask Cryptic hints at more changes for STO http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/06/03/captains-log-junes-ask-cryptic-hints-at-more-changes-for-sto/

Neverwinter officially goes live on June 20 http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/06/06/neverwinter-officially-goes-live-on-june-20/

DC Universe Online and PlanetSide 2 confirmed for PlayStation 4 http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/06/05/dc-universe-online-and-planetside-2-confirmed-for-playstation-4/

Xbox One requires online connection every 24 hours, at least http://www.joystiq.com/2013/06/06/xbox-one-requires-online-connection-every-24-hours-at-least/

Relative Dimensions #33: "Achievement Unlocked - Two Shows In A Row!"

That's right, we are on a roll towards having a regular show each week.  Don't be too impressed though, as its a short show - not that much news worth talking about this week, plus Chris' computer did not want to capture any video so the second half of the show that was supposed to be dedicated to showing off Star Trek Online was thrown out.  We'll get the kinks worked out though.

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News Stories

Rumor: Blizzard's Titan has fallen, won't be getting up until 2016 [Updated] http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/05/28/rumor-blizzards-titan-has-fallen-wont-be-getting-up-until-20/

Relative Dimensions #32: "Remembering Our Troops....And How To Podcast"

Like trying to restart any good habit, Philip and I were struggling to start podcasting again - but we recorded one this week! Being Memorial Day, we remember our troops, and then move right in to talk about the awesome things that we've done over the past month or so. I've tried a couple of new MMO's, restarted playing others, while Philip's been enjoying him some Romulans in Star Trek Online. Oh, and Xbox One?

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News Stories

Star Trek Online: An introduction to Romulan Warbirds http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/04/05/star-trek-online-an-introduction-to-romulan-warbirds/

Star Trek Online's Crystalline Entity strikes back http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/04/08/star-trek-onlines-crystalline-entity-strikes-back/

New reputation in Star Trek Online takes the fight to the Tholians http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/04/12/new-reputation-in-star-trek-online-takes-the-fight-to-the-tholia/

Star Trek Online showcases Romulan uniforms http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/04/30/star-trek-online-showcases-romulan-uniforms/

Star Trek Online dev diary details new species: The Remans http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/05/03/star-trek-online-dev-diary-details-new-species-the-remans/

DCUO's Origin Crisis to release on May 14th http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/05/07/dcuos-origin-crisis-to-release-may-14/

RIFT goes free-to-play, promises 'no tricks, no traps' http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/05/14/rift-goes-free-to-play-promises-no-tricks-no-traps/

Massively's DUST 514 launch impressions http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/05/15/massivelys-dust-514-launch-impressions/

'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic' Might Come to the iPad http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/21/star-wars-knights-of-the-old-republic-might-come-to-the-ipad/

ArenaNet permanently lowers Guild Wars 2's price point http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/arenanet-permanently-lowers-guild-wars-2s-price-point/

Captain's Log: What to expect in Star Trek Online's Legacy of Romulus expansion http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/05/20/captains-log-stos-legacy-of-romulus-expansion-launches-tomorr/

STO's Legacy of Romulus expansion adding Nimbus adventure zone http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/05/15/stos-legacy-of-romulus-expansion-adding-nimbus-adventure-zone/

Microsoft: 'Only Xbox One controllers, accessories will work with the new console.' http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/22/microsoft-only-xbox-one-controllers-accessories-will-work-wit/

Xbox One incorporates 'Smart Match' matchmaking, 'Living Game' tech http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-incorporates-smart-match-matchmaking-living-game-t/

Xbox One lets you play 'immediately' during installs, suspend and resume games [update] http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-lets-you-play-immediately-during-installs-suspend-an/

Xbox One may require game installs, close out used game market [Update] http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-may-require-game-installs-close-out-used-game-market/

First shots of Xbox One http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/first-shots-of-xbox-one/

Microsoft, Steven Spielberg working on Halo: The Television Series http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/microsoft-steven-spielberg-working-on-halo-the-television-seri/

Xbox One due 'later this year' http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-coming-later-this-year/

SmartGlass evolves on Xbox One http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/smartglass-evolves-on-xbox-one/

Xbox One specs include Blu-ray drive, 500 GB hard drive http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-specs-include-blu-ray-drive-500-gb-hard-drive/

Xbox One allows group Skype video calls http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-allows-group-skype-video-calls/

Xbox One revealed http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-revealed/

Relative Dimensions #31: "The Romulans Need To Reset Their Hearthstones"

We're back!  It has officially been a month, but we finally are back to recording podcasts - and just in time too; as not one but TWO of our favorite games have had BIG announcements in the past week.  We also kick off a brand new segment and talk about what we've been up to in the meantime.

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Phat Loots

Arm your computer with Mega Buster USB drive

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/03/01/arm-your-computer-with-mega-buster-usb-drive/

News Stories

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers summoned this summer

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/03/21/magic-2014-duels-of-the-planeswalkers-gets-summoned-on-most-pla/

Navy Field 2 entering closed beta on March 27th

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/02/27/navy-field-2-entering-closed-beta-on-march-27th/

Bungie considered fantasy, modern settings for Destiny

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/03/18/bungie-considered-fantasy-modern-settings-for-destiny/

In the year 20XX, Mega Man Online is cancelled

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/03/14/in-the-year-20xx-mega-man-online-is-cancelled/

Star Trek Online's Legacy of Romulus expansion coming May 21 [Updated]

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/03/21/star-trek-onlines-legacy-of-romulus-expansion-coming-may-21/

Hands-on with Marvel Heroes' combat, events, and crafting http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/03/14/hands-on-with-marvel-heroes-combat-events-and-crafting/

PAX East 2013: Marvel Heroes releases June 4th, will have PvP on launch

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/03/22/pax-east-2013-marvel-heroes-releases-june-4th-will-have-pvp-on/

What we know so far about HearthStone: Heroes of Warcraft

http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/03/22/hearthstone-what-we-know-so-far/

PAX East 2013: Blizzard announces Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft CCG

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/03/22/pax-east-2013-blizzard-announces-hearthstone-heroes-of-warcraf/

Relative Dimensions #30: "A Replay Of Sony's Destiny"

That's right, we've got a lot of big stories to talk about this week: Playstation 4 news, Bungie's new title "Destiny", some Starcraft 2 updates and there's stories about Star Trek Online?  Buhwhat?

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News Stories

Captain's Log: Ruminating on Star Trek Online's future story

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/02/11/captains-log-ruminating-on-star-trek-onlines-future-story/

NCsoft using Epic's Unreal Engine 4 for two new MMOs

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/02/14/ncsoft-using-epics-unreal-engine-4-for-two-new-mmos/

Star Trek Online introduces the Majestic Construction project

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/02/13/star-trek-online-introduces-the-majestic-construction-project/

Recapping Bungie's 'Destiny' reveal

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/17/recapping-bungies-destiny-reveal/

Destiny in the stars: Exploring Bungie's 10-year plan

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/17/destiny-in-the-stars-exploring-bungies-10-year-plan/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter

StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm lets you recover lost games, take command during replays

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/21/starcraft-2-heart-of-the-swarm-lets-you-recover-lost-games-tak/

Star Trek Online spotlights ships for players

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/02/22/star-trek-online-spotlights-ships-for-players/

Take a closer look at the DualShock 4 and PS4 Eye

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/20/take-a-closer-look-at-the-dual-shock-4-and-ps4-eye/

PlayStation 4's Dual Shock 4, Eye camera detailed

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/20/playstation-4s-dual-shock-4-eye-camera-detailed/

What we learned at the PlayStation 4 event

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/20/what-we-learned-at-the-playstation-4-event/

Stahl: Star Trek Online is Perfect World's 'best-performing game'

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/02/21/stahl-star-trek-online-is-perfect-worlds-best-performing-game/

PlayStation 4 announced

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February's Star Trek Online Ask Cryptic is all about May

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/02/16/februarys-answers-for-star-trek-online-are-all-about-may/

Relative Dimensions #29: "Apparently Xbox Is Killing Gamestop & Apple's Killing Steambox"

Yep that's right, everyone's going around killing each other's businesses.  Philip and I break down these and other news stories and talk about why these people are just blowing smoke.

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News Stories

Blizzard releases excerpt from upcoming Dawn of the Aspects http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/02/07/blizzard-releases-excerpt-from-upcoming-dawn-of-the-aspects/

WoW Insider's Guide to Warcraft Novels/Manga/Comics/etc http://wow.joystiq.com/2011/08/04/wow-insiders-chronological-guide-to-warcraft-novels-manga-com/

Rumor: Next Xbox always online, uses Blu-ray http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/06/rumor-next-xbox-always-online-uses-blu-ray/

Skylanders Swap Force Unveils Pick and Mix Skylanders http://feeds.wired.com/~r/wiredgeekdad/~3/wxlHqD4LKrQ/

Gabe Newell: Steam Box's biggest threat isn't consoles, it's Apple http://www.polygon.com/2013/1/30/3934112/gabe-newell-steam-boxs-biggest-threat-isnt-consoles-its-apple

Trion to launch Defiance on April 2, full live-action trailer revealed http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/01/30/trion-to-launch-defiance-on-april-2-full-live-action-trailer-re/

Star Trek Online celebrates two million 'captains' http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/01/28/star-trek-online-celebrates-two-million-players/

Star Trek Online posts third anniversary details http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/01/29/star-trek-online-posts-third-anniversary-details/

4 Things I've Learned So Far In Mists of Pandaria

Last Tuesday, the latest expansion to World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria, was released!  Those of you that keep track of Relative Dimensions, you know that Philip and I have planned to spend the past weekend diving head first into the new content.  Yet, during the short time that it's been out, I've learned a thing or two that I'd like to share with y'all.  You'll just have to click on to find out what they are.

1) Blizzard has stepped up their storytelling.

More than any other expansion, I have really been drawn into the storyline behind Pandaria.  I have seen many people downplay this expansion as just "Kung Fu Pandas", but Blizzard has gone above and beyond to deliver an awesome story.  The first quests that send you towards Pandaria consist of cinematics that grabbed me immediately and wouldn't let me know.  The quests are designed to lead you around the various landscapes, revealing more and more of the storyline(s) that Blizzard has scattered throughout the different zones.  I can't wait to see what happens next in the storyline, and I'm only level 87!

2) The Battle Pets system is familiar, yet still awesome.

There's no doubt about it, this new Battle Pets system is Pokemon.  From the over the shoulder viewpoint that happens when you enter into a battle to the cheesy battle music in the background.  Yet, like many things that Blizzard does, they have taken this system and tweaked it into a great product.  I love the aspects that they have added, such as constant reminders of what is weak/strong against what in both the pet descriptions and on the individual actions themselves.  I can quickly glance down and know what attacks are going to be strong/weak/normal against my opponent.  With the random PvP matching system, its really easy to jump into a match quickly when you have a moment to spare.

Which leads me to:

3) I suck at Battle Pets

Either that, or the logic that Blizzard uses to pair you up with people for PvP pet battles does not match people as close to your level as it claims.  I think the only random Pet Battle I've won is the very first one I participated in, when all my pets were level 3 or below.  Ever since then, I've lost every single match, typically because the people I fight have 3 pets that are all the same level.  Conveniently, that always happens to be the level of my highest pet.  I'm hoping that I need more experience with the system and that eventually I'll get some sort of strategy together.

Finally:

4) So much to do, so little time

WoW is far from dead.  This expansion brought a wealth of content to the game (something that many people claim Cataclysm failed to do).  Between the Battle Pets, farming, questing, new dungeons, and new aspects like Scenarios and the monk class, the problem you face when you log in is which path to venture down.  Where as in Cataclysm, Philip and I were quickly leveling through the content and got to 85 in no time, we have spent most of this weekend playing Pandaria and have only just hit 87.  I believe that I will be enjoying this expansion for a good long while.

Are you playing the game?  Why or why not?  If so, what have been your thoughts?

 

Relative Dimensions #10: "Forget April Fools, Let's Call It Bazinga Day"

Sorry on the delay on this episode - was extremely sick last week and wasn't able to post this episode.  We don't let April Fools get the best of us; as we go through some top companies known for their April Fools pranks: Blizzard, Google, and ThinkGeek. Also, as always we throw in some gaming talk.

Big News

April Fools Jokes! Google http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Google's_hoaxes_and_easter_eggs#2012 Blizzard http://tagn.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/april-fools-at-blizzard-2012/ Anchorman 2!

Main Topics

World of Warcraft Minecraft Star Trek Online

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