GAME AND MULTIPLAY TEAM UP FOR UK’S BIGGEST GAMING FESTIVAL
AUGUST 1, 2013 2:14 PM
The UK’s leading video games retailer, Game Retail Ltd, is teaming up with global games service provider Multiplay to support the UK’s gaming community at Multiplay’s Insomnia UK Gaming events.
Whether it’s huge eSports Tournaments on PC and Consoles with thousands of pounds to be won, an Exhibition Hall bursting at the seams with the latest games & technology, or simply a group of friends coming together to enjoy the games they love; the Insomnia “iSeries” festival has long been a social hub for the UK gaming community.
Commencing with Insomnia 49, which takes places over the August Bank Holiday weekend (23-26 August), GAME will be the official retail partner for Insomnia for the following year, providing expert staff and a whole range of stock to give Insomnia attendees a destination for all their gaming needs throughout the weekend.
Whether gamers want to enjoy earning GAME Reward points on Steam Credit top-ups, grab a new console game or PC game code for GAME’s PC Download store, or pick up high-spec accessories for a competitive advantage, attendees won’t need to leave the event, or look further than the GAME stand at Insomnia.
Craig Ting, Community Manager, Game Retail Ltd, said:
“We’re delighted to be working with Multiplay to support the UK gaming community at the gamer’s equivalent of Glastonbury this August and beyond. Multiplay has a long heritage in working closely with the UK gaming community, listening to its needs and delivering on community ideas and feedback. Coupled with GAME’s ambition to grow and support the UK’s most valuable community of gamers, we can’t wait to get started in supporting Insomnia in both a retail and community capacity.”
“We’re thrilled to be working with GAME and are excited about what this partnership means for our attendees for Insomnia 49 and beyond. Teaming up with the UK’s number one gaming retailer allows us to engage our loyal community with some fantastic show offers. Having them on-site means that attendees can play even more games and take part in high stakes tournaments.”
Tickets for Insomnia 49 from 23 rd-26 th August are available at:http://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.
“Prove your skills in combat with the 2013 World of Warcraft Arena Pass! Compete with the best players in 3v3 Arena matches for rewards, glory and a place at the top of the leaderboard.”
The 2013 World of Warcraft Arena Pass gives players a dedicated competitive environment based on the World of Warcraft Arena system. Players will be able create up to 11 level 90 characters per registered World of Warcraft account, each character will be based on one of a set of template characters with the ability to choose from some of the best items available in the game. You can set up your Arena team just like you would a normal PvP group in World of Warcraft, once created, you can compete with your fellow teammates in the special Arena Pass Battlegroup.
What you can earn for your in-game characters:
Participating in at least 50 rated Arena Pass games on one character and with the same team will be eligible to receive the Armored Murloc pet.
If you are a member of one of the top 1000 teams at the end of the rated phase and have participated in at least 100 rated Arena Pass games on a character on a qualifying team, you will receive the “Vanquisher” title for live characters level 71 and over.
To sign-up for the Arena pass you must:
Have an active subscription to World of Warcraft with an account in good standing, e.g., not flagged or banned for any reason.
Have a World of Warcraft account that has been upgraded to Mists of Pandaria.
Have a valid credit card to pay the registration fee for the Arena Pass, which is $20 in North America and €15/£12 in Europe.
Reside in a country or territory that allows participation (you will see the full list when registering).
Complete the required information on the registration page to register for the Arena Pass.
May has been an extremely busy month, but there is always time of course for some warcraft and I’ve been smiting my way to 90 with my priest, not far to go now 88 and counting. Also in a bold move, our 5-man dungeon team have decided to strike out on our own and set-up a brand new guild! Never ones to be afraid of a bit of hard work we realise we’ve got quite a way to go to make level 25 but we’re going to have fun trying, it gives us a chance to do the things we always wanted: to make a guild that is fun and social attracting like-minded people, using our professions to help our fellow guildmates and stocking our guild bank and especially knowing who to go to by actually having a guild website as well as plenty of officers who are online regularly. We acknowledge that we’re not epic, we’re all about the learning experience, and encourage others to come learn with us and not feel that they’ll be letting anyone down… we do that for ourselves mosts instances! So, it’s time for us to run some of those classic dungeons, grab a tabard and grind that rep, I see good times ahead. So it’s great news that Blizzard have released their in-game events page to the World of Warcraft Game Guide, the page lists all the different types of regular contests and celebrations in one place.
Also on my radar is the new Elder Scrolls Online developed by ZeniMax Online Studios which is currently scheduled for a 2013 release, but you can now sign-up for beta access here: http://elderscrollsonline.com/en/. If you loved Skyrim and you love MMO’s then this is one not to be missed. Set 1000 years before the events of Skyrim, Tamriel is in the midst of a struggle for the emperorís seat. The world has broken off into three alliances, each alliance contains in itself a triumvirate of races. There is the Daggerfall Covenant in the west (Breton, Redguard and Orc), the Ebonheart Pact of the north and eest (Nord, Argonian and Dark Elf), and the Aldmeri Dominion of the south and south-west (High Elf, Wood Elf and Khajit).
You’ll see that it shares it’s fighting style in part with World of Warcraft in that there is an action bar with six abilities and the associated cooldown timers but this is combined with swordplay which means you’ll be doing a lot of left and right clicking for certain abilities. But unlike Warcraft you weapons will also gain XP, level up and be granted skills. In lots of ways I compare the Elder Scrolls Online to the best parts of my favourite MMOs, World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2, as with GW2 Zenimax are emphasising that sense of exploration which is something that I know will be a big bonus to a lot of players.
Confirmed features to pique your interest:
Player vs Player (available after Level 10)
Available in three different languages: English, French, and German.
Time-travel will be featured in the game.
Mundus Stones will be used to give characters special abilities.
Fast Traveling will be available through unlocked Wayshrines.
Mounts will be included.
Classes will be used, including Dragonknight, Templar, Sorcerer, Warden, and Nightblade. Classes will only define the special abilities of the characters, not the weapon choices.
Synergy abilities are those that naturally blend players’ abilities together to bring down tougher enemies.
Players will be rewarded for successfully attacking, blocking and dodging through the “Finesse” system. Once significant finesse points are earned, players are able to use a designated Finesse attack, called Ultimate Abilities, which level up the more it is used.
Ultimate Abilities are Class-based, meaning that each class will have different Ultimate Abilities.
Crafting elements can be done in cities as well as in the wilderness.
Players will be able to own a pet, which they can use in combat.
Daedric Artifacts will exist in the game, and will be tied to the Fighters Guild storyline.
Only 5 Abilities will be available at once, however these can be changed.
Abilities can be leveled up to become more powerful the more they are used.
6 Skills can be used at any one time: The first two are weapons skills. The next three are class skills. The final skill is the Ultimate Ability.
PVP: In Cyrodiil, combat will revolve around the capturing of Keeps and its surrounding buildings. It is designed for 10-15 players to take a keep, 10 for an Outpost, and 4-6 for a support structure such as a farm or Lumber Mill.
Fast Travel in Cyrodiil will be different from the rest of the game. Instead of the Wayshrines, players will travel to the Keeps that they control (Other than those currently under attack).
Siege Weapons will not only be in the game, but will be craftable and customisable.
Alliance Points: An Alternative advancement system, with 23 ranks at launch. A “lifetime alliance point tally”, each rank will give a new title and alliance icon. (Similar to faction ranks in Morrowind and Oblivion).
Guilds will exist in the game.
Guilds will be specific to a Faction’s campaign.
Public Dungeons will be instanced. That is to say, once you reach Level 50, new areas of the dungeon will open up, and you will be able to see the results of your actions previously in that dungeon. These are known as Adventure Zones.
Morality and Criminality will be added to the game after launch.
Emotes will be available, as will flags for the Megaserver to group players in.
Dragon Shrines will be in the game.
A list of wieldable abilities so far includes: Two-Handed, One-Hand and Shield, Dual Wield, Bow, Fire Staff, Ice Staff, Lightning Staff, Heal Staff, or One-Hand and Rune.
There are a total of eight ranks for increased character weapon proficiency.
Daedric Ruins are confirmed to be appearing in the game.
Crouching (Sneaking) will use Stamina, as will sprinting and blocking.
“One hundred years have passed since the Spellplague forever changed the magical and mysterious lands of Faerûn. Mighty empires fell and great cities toppled, leaving only monster-haunted ruins and survivors struggling to rebuild.” http://nw.perfectworld.com
The game actually looks quite interesting and I’m always ready to try something new to the MMO market. You have nothing to lose so why not watch the game trailer and take it for a spin? I’ve added this one to my Twitter feed so I can keep up-to-date as the game progresses.
As most of you know, WoW patch 5.3 is now available for you to test on the Public Test Realms (PTR), the patch includes a host of new content and bug fixes. All you have to do is copy your character and download the PTR client. You can visit battle.net to see the full 5.3 inventory which includes class, profession and PvP changes, but in this post I wanted to share my top 5 that I’m most looking forward to seeing.
1. Transmogrification available from bank and void storage
Are you a fan of transmogging? Then it’s good news for you, instead of having to carry round the items you want to transmog in your bag you will be able to transmog items that are sitting in the bank or in void storage. No more accidentally selling an item in your bag or carrying around items and taking up valuable bag space.
2. Pet battles come to dungeons and raids
You can now duel with your pets in dungeons and raids, there is sometimes a little downtime in a dungeon or raid… toilet breaks, someone wants to get a drink, you’ll be missing a member or two so what better time than to pet battle while you wait.
3. Changes to the hit rate in Pet Battles
Patch 5.3 removes the base 5% to dodge. This means that without making any additional changes some pet abilities would have had a 100% chance to hit. This has been fixed by giving some abilities a base chance to miss – but in return the damage has been increased when they do hit, this should even out the playing field.
4. Pick your loot specialisation
You can now pick a loot specalisation that is different than your current spec for Raid Finder, Bonus Rolls, and Pandarian quests.
5. New battleground, Arena and Scenarios
Deepwind Gorge: the new Battleground situated in the Valley of the Four Winds; The Tiger’s Peak: the new Arena where gladiator hopefuls have a new location to test their mettle in the Kun-Lai mountain tops; and new scenarios: Battle on the High Seas, Blood in the Snow, Dark Heart of Pandaria and The Secrets of Ragefire.
“We love having the opportunity to hang out with our players at BlizzCon, and it’s always awesome to see the greatest gaming community on earth swarm Anaheim. We look forward to delivering two full days of gaming, activities, and other entertainment, and we can’t wait to show some of the exciting projects we’ve been working on.” Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment.
Are you planning on attending this year’s BlizzCon? If the answer is yes then you need to know that BlizzCon 2013 tickets will be going on sale in two batches this year:
First Batch: Wednesday 24th April at 7pm PT Second Batch: Saturday 27th April at 10am PT
Tickets will be priced at $175.00 and are available from www.blizzcon.com. In addition there will also be a small number of tickets to the pre-BlizzCon dinner in aid of the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, which not only allows you to rub shoulders with the Blizzard Staff but also gives you full access to the main two-day event – these tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 1st May at 7pm PT, also available from www.blizzcon.com. The event will be held this year at the Anaheim Convention Center on the 8th and 9th of November.
If like me you’re not fortunate enough to be able to attend in person, Blizzard haven’t forgotten you, there is also going to be the option to purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket which will give you full live coverage of the event. Details of this virtual ticket have not yet been announced, but we’ll be posting more information as it becomes available.
Although on a much smaller scale than any of the big name gaming conventions, The Gadget Show Live, held this year at the Birmingham NEC (3-7 April 2013) does have some exiting attractions for gamers and techies alike. The show is based around the popular TV programme the Gadget Show and gives you the opportunity to try and buy the very best in cutting edge technology. The Game Zone is where some of the biggest names in the gaming industry will be (Capcom, Nintendo, Epic Games and EA to name a few and you can find the full exhibitor list here), you can try out the latest games including: Remember Me, Resident Evil, Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3, and take part in mass gaming competitions, whether you are a pro gamer or a complete beginner. Igloo will be bringing a unique 360 degree gaming dome and this year’s event sees the set-up of the Battlefield Live arena quoted on the event website as “An authentic combat experience using sophisticated gaming guns, is it the most realistic simulation short of joining the military”. And, what could be better than a bit of ESports action, there will be a CS:GO tournament with a £10,000 cash prize. The tournament will feature top teams from across Europe, not to be missed between the 5-7 April 2013. You want to play yourself, no problem, there will be a 1-day session where anyone can just turn up and play.
If you are in the area or you want to go and check this event out it’s on now 3-7 April 2013 and you can book tickets via the website. Additionally, as a little added extra, Game are giving you a 10% discount off any games bought at the event too.
Local Area Network (LAN) parties are where like-minded people get together to play games in the same location. The largest LAN is in the UK is the Insomnia Gaming Festival, or Iseries as it’s known. Fundamentally Insomnia is a gaming event for all ages, where gamers and industry leaders alike come together to celebrate games in all their forms. “Insomnia LAN Guide“
There are just 144 days left to go until the biggest UK gaming event this Summer, i49, hosted by Multiplay. I’ll be there along with some of the guys from computer club where we’ll be kicking back at the International Centre, located in Telford, Shropshire. The event hosts some of the biggest eSports tournaments in Europe and each year hosts the UK qualifiers for the World Cyber Games (WCG). As well as all that, you can team up for MMO or co-op gaming and generally play what you want when you want. I’m planning on positioning myself in the MMO area – I’ll be perfectly at home there! Alongside the gaming areas and competative tournaments, there are also exhibitions from industry specialists as well and Multiplay have put together a really good LAN guide to help you know what to expect when you arrive: http://static.multiplayuk.com/images/content/LAN_guide.pdf. You can also look forward to the Opening Ceremony and the famous Insomnia Pub Quiz. When you need to crash you have three options for hotels; two on-site (The Holiday Inn and The International) and one which is a five minute walk away (Grays Hotel), all of which are offering discounts for attendees. Alternatively you can camp – there is plenty of space available.
The event officially starts on Friday 23rd August and runs until Monday 26th August 2013, but for an additional £15.00 on your ticket price you can get early access to the venue so that you can get set-up in advance. This is what most people choose to do and so it’s quite busy on the Thursday when doors open at about 6pm, so you might consider leaving your arrival till a bit later to miss the initial rush. There are a number of different ticket types you can get to take part in the action depending on what you are after:
BYOC (Bring your own computer)
Tickets cost £64.40 for the entire weekend, game how you want when you want.
TUP (Turn up and play)
Tickets cost £55.00. This gets you entry for the entire weekend, just turn up, get ready for the tournaments and jump into your matches on one of the event machines.
Group BYOC or Group TUP tickets
If you’re booking for a community or a team.
Weekend, day entry and press passes
Super versatile to fit anyone’s needs.
You should check the website to see in detail what each of the passes confers to the holder, especially when it comes to the weekend and day passes. You may also want to note that if you want to play with your friends, but don’t have a rig of your own, you can purchase a BYOC ticket and then opt to hire one of the hire rigs available for the event – a standard rig will set you back £65.00 on top of the ticket price for the weekend, while a pro gamer package will cost you £75.00. You can also opt to hire a monitor, if you don’t fancy lugging your’s all the way to the event!
Multiplay have an amazing website that is dedicated to their gaming events and it literally has everything you need to know, check out the site at: http://iseries.multiplay.co.uk/i49. If you are planning to be there let us know, it would be great to meet up. Why not keep up-to-date with the latest news on this event via our Twitter feed @gamersblogbytes.
March 29, 2013
MMORPG Update: The WoW and Hearthstone Mini Edition
March has been a super busy month, I’ve dedicated much of my free time to levelling my Worgen Priest, Lursaduras, through the available WoW dungeons and practicing healing on my 5-man group. Our group is pretty laid back when it comes to running dungeons but we must be doing something that works because wipes are pretty rare. This week has been great and I’ve only been finding totally amazing gamers on my WoW server, I’m just drinking it the good vibes and help instead of the abuse and it’s been great to share the good experiences with you all on Twitter, if you want to check out our streams you can find me @cat792k and all our blog posts @gamersblogbytes!
In addition to playing WoW, I’ve now become a total Warcraft fiction addict. I’ve recently posted about Richard A. Knaak’s most recent series on the blog, Dawn of the Aspects (http://www.thegamersblog.com/mmorpg-update-dawn-of-the-aspects) and the good news is that the second part of the series is now available for download. In the first part we saw how the former dragon aspects are on the brink of going their separate ways to find new destinies since their original purpose as the protectors of Azeroth seem to be no more. Kalecgos has uncovered a mysterious artifact that allows him to see through the eyes of his late predecessor, Malygos, and he has been sucked into the past, literally sharing Malygos’ body, where dragons must fight for survival and he encounters the terrifying alpha dragon, Galakrond. We left Kalecgos in the clinches of Galakrond at the end of the first part – will he and Malygos share the same fate? The answer is, of course not, but what he finds next leaves him more troubled, enter the undead. Alongside this new discovery a stranger from the past begins to appear in the present and Kalecgos fears for his own sanity. Part 3 of the series will be available for download on the 22nd April 2013. At the moment you can discuss this series and also The War of the Ancients series with @WowWellRead on Good Reads at http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/88038-warcraft-well-read.
Also on my radar since it was announced at PAX East is Hearthstone, the new Blizzard digital strategy card game (http://www.thegamersblog.com/hearthstone-heroes-of-warcraft). Fans of the amazing podcast, The Instance, will be excited to know that they’ve got an interview lined up for next with with the Hearthstone team, you can keep up-to-date with what’s going on with the game and the team @PlayHearthstone. Although the initial beta testing will only be available on the US servers according to the current plans, it’s possible this might change so stay tuned. If you do want to get signed up for the beta test just visit www.playhearthstone.com to opt-in with your Battle.net account.