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Welcome back to the second edition of Pandaren Ponderings. Last week I took a look at the Pandaren race. This week I’ll cover the new class introduced in Mists of Pandaria, the Monk.  Lets go over the basics, shall we? Monks are available to almost every race in the game. The only restrictions are no Worgen and no Goblins. For those not counting that leaves the 11 remaining races to get their Monk on.

Pandaren Chi PunchMonks are a cloth/leather wearing melee-based class. A true hybrid; they can Tank, Heal or DPS. Lorewise they follow the theme of Asian combat monks, not the stuffy old man in a brown robe stereotype. The reason for this is simple, the class is being “taught” to the other races by the Pandaren. The Monk has three specs which are as follows Brewmaster (Tank), Windwalker (DPS), and Mistweaver (Healing). I’ve always been a tank first and foremost, except for that 2 week stint of role experimentation when I first began playing, but we’re not going to talk about that. (Ed: Ahh, Brad’s college experimentation years.) So as such I’ve spent the most time on beta with a Brewmaster Pandaren Monk. It has been awhile since I played with him so I’m sure a lot has changed, but I still have a fairly accurate idea of how the core class mechanics work.

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Welcome to The Secret World

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Recently I had a chance to play Funcom’s new MMO The Secret World (TSW henceforth) during their free to play one month celebration weekend. The results were beyond my expectations to say the least. I had heard about TSW almost 2 years ago via a co-worker; I saw the video and brushed it off, after all it was just a teaser anyway. Somewhere between then and now I lost track of the title altogether, it slipped through the cracks with me I suppose. Fast forward to a week or so ago I saw a story on one of the many game news sites I follow that there was a free weekend coming up.  I was already visiting a friend to get some games (legally) that I can’t download myself because of bandwidth restrictions. I asked him to pop it on my hard drive as well to give it a test drive. Come this past Friday I created an account and jumped in.

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Welcome to the very first Pandaren Ponderings! Thats right, from now until I deem it “done” this will be a semi regular article I will be writing on World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. As of this moment the game is in a closed beta state and anything and everything I report on is subject to change. The good thing here is that I have no NDA so whatever I see or do I can talk about and show off to you fine people, so lets strap in and talk about my favorite MMO and hopefully yours too if you’re reading this!

Where to begin, this whole expansion is rather overwhelming to be honest. I’m honestly not sure if we’ve ever seen this much new content going into the game at once. But I suppose we’ll start this week with the logical and most obvious addition. The Pandaren themselves. I’m not going to bore/spoil story for those of you who don’t know or want to know how we get here so here’s the juicy bits. Continue reading

Warcraft: Pandaren Invasion Date!

9-25-12! Mark your calendars put in for your time off or plan your ‘sick’ days. Thats when the fourth expansion for World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria shall be released into the wild! But they’re not invading us oh no it’s US invading THEM! Eeep! Anyways on to the goodies. The game will be available for the first time ever in 3 flavors!:

Standard Box/Standard Digital: for 39.99 you will get the standard edition game just the content with no fluff in your choice of a digital download or a box copy if you prefer the retail route.

Digital Deluxe: New for the first time it’s basically a digital version of the collectors edition. For 59.99 you’ll get the standard game via digital download as well as the Imperial Quilen flying Mount (WoW’s version of a Fu dog + wings if you ask me), the Lucky Quilen cub vanity pet a smaller way too cute version of the mount to follow you around.  Also included are other Blizzard game bonuses a banner accent and sigil set for Diablo III and a set of profile pictures for Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, Infested Orc and Night Elf Templar.

Collectors Edition: Finally ringing in at 79.99 (and my box of choice since I started, can’t help it) the boxed collectors edition gives you everything listed above as well as : A dvd/blu-ray behind the scenes and making of info, a CD soundtrack (worth the price of admission alone here, seriously always good music on this) and a mouse mat featuring my favorite Pandaren and yours, Chen Stormstout.

Good to finally have the details on all this. Now navigate either physically or via the interwebs to your store of choice and make your preorder!

Keep tuned in for more Mists of Pandaria news here. August 16th will see the premier of the games cinematic at Gamescon!  I’ll be sure to cover that and I’m slowly working on an ongoing feature for the game as best I can with my currently gimped beta access. Hoping to have more out soon!

RTX 2012: Talking with Handelabra

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The first day of RTX arrived and with it a sense of a panic. Where do we start? Who do we talk to? Will anyone want to talk to ragtag group of non-costumed media representatives fresh out of Media Representation School*? (*Only a real place in my mind.) It’s fairly early in the day at this point and our scheduled interviews are much later in the day. Suddenly we spy from two feet in front of us the booth for Handelabra Studios and their iOS/Android app GAME.minder. Apparently I’ve been talking to Jeremy Handel about interviewing him for the last 15 seconds, but due to shock I have already forgotten this fact. This is the post-shock interview:

Jeremy was extremely friendly and great to chat with. I wholeheartedly recommend you check out the app and download it when you have time. Currently it is in use on my phone and I assure you that I’m not being paid in any way to promote or use the app. (Seriously, who pays us for anything around here?)

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“In with the new, out with the old” is a classic saying that seems very relevant with the videogame industry. We, as a community, like to have the newest, fastest games, with the cleanest graphics possible. But speaking as a self-proclaimed veteran of the gaming industry, it is nice to have the chance to climb into my closet, pull out the antiquated systems, blow the dust from the cartridge and revisit some of my old adventures.

The people at Game Over Videogames share this idea, giving gamers a chance to stomp goombas as a 2D Mario in Super Mario Bros. or defeat Ganondorf from an overhead perspective in The Legend of Zelda. The Texas based company gives gamers a chance to live in the gaming ways of yesteryear. I had a chance to speak to the North Austin Store Manager, Joshua, on the RTX convention floor. Needless to say, I barraged him with a plethora of questions about their company of the wonderful and nostalgic history of video games. A humble company, with only five brick-and-mortar locations, they truly cherish the glory of and splendor of previous generations of video games.

The only company of its kind (that I know of), they are actually thriving with a loyal fan base, who are willing to trade in their classic games for the chance to explore a whole new, yet classic game world. This trade based economy is what allows them to have such amazing low prices and an ever changing catalog. Imagine having the same amount of gameplay and adventure of a modern $60 release for ¼ the price, only sacrificing the modern splendor of updated graphics and sound. I invite everyone to take a look at their online store at www.gameovervideogames.com if for nothing more than a trip down nostalgia lane. Who knows? You may be like me and find yourself with a “new” copy of Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64 that I still have hooked up.

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You can find Gameover Videogames online at www.gameovervideogames.com or on Facebook under the name “Gameover Videogames” as well as on Twitter at @GameoverGames.