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

((I realize the past few episodes have had some funky volume issues on the audio - trying to work them out slowly))

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 #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

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/02/20/playstation-4/?a_dgi=aolshare_twitter

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 #28: "Too Many MMO's Out There"

Originally recorded on January 27th, 2013

That's right, there are far too many games out there, and not enough time to play!  We sit down and discuss what's been going on the past few weeks and then go into a couple of news stories that have been brewing for the past few weeks.

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News Stories

Defiance show set for a two-hour premiere in April

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/01/07/defiance-show-set-for-a-two-hour-premiere-in-april/

The Defiance MMO gets a trailer, too

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/01/09/the-defiance-mmo-gets-a-trailer-too/

First Defiance beta event coming January 18 for PC players

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/01/03/first-defiance-beta-event-coming-january-18-for-pc-players/

Trion compiles pre-order FAQ for Defiance

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/01/24/trion-compiles-preorder-faq-for-defiance/

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm cinematic revealed

http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/01/22/starcraft-ii-heart-of-the-swarm-cinematic-revealed/

Patch 5.2: Work orders allow reputation gain through your farm

http://wow.joystiq.com/2013/01/25/patch-5-2-work-orders-allow-reputation-gain-through-your-farm/

Blizzard 'actively working' on All-Stars MOBA

http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/01/23/blizzard-all-stars-moba-reappears-on-radar/

Elder Scrolls Online beta signups now live, six-minute cinematic released [Updated] http://massively.joystiq.com/2013/01/22/elder-scrolls-online-beta-signups-now-live-six-minute-cinematic/

Logitech to phase out production of console gaming accessories

http://www.joystiq.com/20ii13/01/26/logitech-to-phase-out-production-of-console-gaming-accessories/

Relative Dimensions #26: "A Fitness MMO? Isn't That Called A Gym?"

Yes, that's right, a CCP exec talked about creating a fitness MMO, what Diablo III would be like on consoles and A REAL LIFE TRICORDER?!?!  All of this and much more in this week's episode.

NOTE - we will be going on break until the beginning of the new year.  We wish you all a Merry Christmas and we hope that you survive the Mayan Apocalypse.

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News Stories

Patch 5.2: Changes to farming possible, including rest area 

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Darkmoon Carousel increases XP and reputation gains 

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Diablo III running on consoles at Blizzard 

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Former CCP exec aims to create a fitness MMO

http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/12/03/former-ccp-exec-aims-to-create-a-fitness-mmo/

Star Trek Online reveals holiday rewards

http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/12/04/star-trek-online-reveals-holiday-rewards/

December's Ask Cryptic covers Season 8 and the third anniversary of Star Tr

http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/12/14/decembers-ask-cryptic-covers-season-8-and-the-third-anniversary/

The Secret World officially abolishes subscriptions! 

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Scientist create real life #StarTrek tricorder for $150, detects health vit

http://gizmo.do/8kFUtyg

Report: G4 to become the Esquire channel

http://www.joystiq.com/2012/12/08/report-g4-to-become-the-esquire-channel/

“@DualShockers: Valve Announces a Steam Console For Your Living Room #gamin

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This looks pretty awesome! - 'Walking Dead' to be rebroadcast in black and

http://vrge.co/ThXTDz

RD Aftershow - 6/24/12: "World of Warcraft"

Trying something out different this week, as we recorded both the video AND the audio of the Aftershow this week, and I'm putting it out on the feed for you guys.  So now you can hear or see us get schooled in some World of Warcraft PvP (was going to be SWTOR, but couldn't get a free trial for Philip).

Relative Dimensions #17: "Your Sunday Night GAMER Talk Show"

We're back again, with a few new things to throw at you -- first of all, we are rebranding the show as "Your Sunday Night GAMER Talk Show", as we both realized that we are both Gamers in all sense of the word and those are the things that appeal to us.  Secondly, I bought a house!  Hear what that means to me, and what it means to the show before we go into talking about the standard games/news -- plus a few things we wish we could have but could never afford! News Items

New ship in STO! http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/06/18/captains-log-stos-loaded-for-bear/ MechWarrior Online Founder's Packages http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/06/19/mechwarrior-online-founders-packages-detailed/ SWTOR going Free to Play? http://kotaku.com/5918670/bioware-is-looking-at-free+to+play-for-star-wars-the-old-republic

Other Topics Discussed

House Diablo III World of Warcraft Star Trek Online Star Trek Themed Home http://www.geekologie.com/2012/06/im-on-a-spaceship-star-trek-themed-home.php Cool gamer chair http://www.mwelab.com/index.php/en/products Star Trek Tricorder http://www.geekologie.com/2012/03/engineering-student-builds-functional-st.php Sins of a Solar Empire Duels of the Plainswalkers 2013

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Relative Dimensions #16: "And So Another MMO Downloads To My Computer"

Got a lot of news this week from E3, plus - I got Star Wars: The Old Republic!  All of that, and much more on this week's episode.

News

Halo 4 weekly episodic content? http://i.joystiq.com/2012/06/06/halo-4s-spartan-ops-content-could-span-more-than-one-season/ A Look at STO Starbases http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/06/04/captains-log-an-exclusive-look-at-stos-season-six-starbases/ MechWarrior Online Controller by Razer http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/06/05/e3-2012-razer-reveals-concept-controller-for-mechwarrior-online/ SWTOR goes Free to Play? http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/06/04/e3-2012-swtors-limited-f2p-trial-and-content-plans/

Other Topics

House Diablo III World of Warcraft Star Trek Online

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Relative Dimensions #15: "There's No Memorial Day In Sanctuary"

I'm back from my work travelling!  That means Philip and I actually manage to sit down and record an episode on this festive holiday weekend.  By the way, thank yous go out to all the men and women (like my Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, RIP) who have fought for our freedoms!

News:

MechWarrior Online announces beta, founder's program http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/05/22/mechwarrior-online-announces-closed-beta-and-founders-program/ Marvel MMO - first trailer http://massively.joystiq.com/2012/05/22/marvel-heroes-unveils-its-first-official-trailer/ Prometheus www.projectprometheus.com Star Trek Online Season #6 http://www.startrekonline.com/node/3181

Other Topics:

Diablo III House Light Strike Zombie Dice Sanctum World of Warcraft Star Trek Online Mechwarrior Online

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5/6/12 RD Aftershow (Full) - DC Universe Online

Originally Recorded live on 5/6/12.

Philip and I got a big superhero buzz this weekend going to see the Avengers, so we decided to load up DC Universe Online and play some of our heroes! Watch us try (repeatedly) to take out the Ultra-Humanite in one of DCUO's instances.

Relative Dimensions #5: “Where Chris Eats His Words About Star Trek Online”

Originally Recorded on February 19th, 2012

This week, Chris and Philip forget all those "other sections", because they have their plates full with other things to talk about!  TV Shows, video games, and for some reason Chris wants to take back a few things he said about Star Trek Online!  How can this be?  You'll just have to find out!

Main Topics

The Walking Dead Comic Book Men Eureka Stargate SG-1

Minecraft World of Warcraft Star Trek Online

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"On The EVE of An Online Journey"

Wow, its really been a long time since I posted a blog post--and by that I mean a post that wasn't a podcast or promoting something I'm doing.  However, you are going to see this blog start to show more and more of the stuff I'm doing on a daily/weekly basis.  Normally that stuff was reserved for "The Nerd is the Word", but even with Ashley's new job we still have a lot of stuff to catch up on around the house.  Anyways, recently I've had sort of a dilemma in regards to my video gaming--particularly World of Warcraft and its latest expansion, Cataclysm.  I was really excited and looking forward to this expansion and all the stuff that it promised.  Yet at this point, I really feel like I may have over-hyped this a bit too much.  I'm not saying that it was bad; everything about it is so awesome--I just feel like there's not much to it.  I got to 85 in no time flat (like 2-3 weeks), so I tried to level up some new characters.  And though they "changed the world" with this latest expansion, the 1-60 content is still relatively the same.  Granted, the 1-15ish content for the Worgen and the Goblins is great and very vivid, there's just not enough of it.  So I filled in the gaps by PvP-ing with Ashley and leveling up some of my alts and professions as this time around I really don't feel the desire to raid/run dungeons.

This could only carry me along so far, however, and with this year bringing a bunch of new MMO's like DC Universe Online and Rift, I was interested in trying something new.  I thought about trying out Rift and even signed up for the beta; only to find out that there was no Mac client.  So after talking with a friend, and with my WoW guild expanding into other games such as it, I gave EVE Online a go, using a fellow AIE-er's 21 day trial code.

I've been interested in EVE for a long time now, given my love for science fiction, I've just never gotten around to it.  Given that, EVE is everything that I could have wanted in such a genre.  There is so much to do and so many things you can do that WoW couldn't even dream of, such as players actively affecting the world by taking over planets and regions of space and having to fight off people trying to take those areas back.  Instead of leveling up professions, you can queue up all the skills and abilities you need, and you can train those skills no matter if you're on or offline.

On the other hand, am I still playing the game?  No.  While I enjoyed the game, and had I started playing before getting hooked on WoW, I might have stayed with it.  But EVE's expansive gameplay requires so much time that I wouldn't have any time for anything else gaming wise (as Ashley has no interest in EVE, I am still playing WoW when I can).  Not only that, but with how open world it is, if I'm in the middle of something and have to get up to get/do something, I run the risk of getting destroyed without a fight.  I rarely have an un-interrupted period of time in which to play, which is what I feel like I would need.

So in conclusion, EVE is a great game, just not the MMO that fits my lifestyle at the moment.  I let my trial expire, and ventured back to WoW, thinking my journey into other games was complete.  Oh, how I was wrong, and I'll explain what I mean next time......