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The Sky is Falling on the Heroes of the Storm Hype Train

The sky is falling on the Heroes of the Storm hype train… or so one would think reading the Heroes subreddit or even the official forums.

The basic argument is that the subreddit has little discussion compared to a couple weeks ago, the game has fallen off Twitch’s games list from the top 5 or so down to the top 70 or so… therefor the hype must be dying and people are losing interest in the game. The conclusion then is that the game is possibly doomed to failure if Blizzard doesn’t do something soon. Of course they say that as if the game showed up on their account tomorrow they wouldn’t play it to death.

Here’s the thing. The game is very early alpha. Yes, it is perhaps more stable and feature complete then many games that are in beta, but it is still early and Blizzard really isn’t trying to hype the game a lot yet. The same doom and gloom predictions came in the Hearthstone subreddit when Hearthstone was in early beta. They were saying how the ability to sell Hearthstone keys and Blizzard’s way of handing out keys was going to doom the game. As if a subreddit and Twitch community represent the whole of gaming. Continue reading The Sky is Falling on the Heroes of the Storm Hype Train

Keeping Up With Heroes of the Storm

My open letter to Blizzard about Heroes of the Storm done, it is perhaps time to tell my regular readers and casual people stopping by, exactly what is Heroes of the Storm (Heroes) and places to keep up to date with all the news as this game develops. (I’m just making this a quick post right now, but I’ll update it as I go along.)

Okay, first Heroes of the Storm is a new video game coming from Blizzard, the company that made World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Hearthstone and a few others. It is a multiplayer game in that you play with others against a team of other players. It is typically thought of as a MOBA, though Blizzard calls it more of a multiplayer hero brawler. The game pulls its hero selection from various heroes/villains in the various Blizzard universes. On 13 March 2014, the game entered Technical Alpha, and unlike most games in early alpha/beta there is no NDA (non-disclosure agreement, which prevents the participants from talking about the game they are playing, for example while in the Wildstar beta I couldn’t discuss the game)… The best way to understand is to watch some Heroes of the Storm games on Twitch.

Reddit is a great source for information, and the Heroes of the Storm sub-reddit is no exception. Lots of great information there and generally distills it quickly for you.

There is an Official YouTube Channel.

HeroeNexus is a Curse related site relating to the game and a good general news site for it.

Heroes Gamer is a news site dedicated to Heroes of the Storm.

Stormable is another fan news site dedicated to Heroes of the Storm.

EDIT: Some of the key things I like about Heroes over other MOBAs.
No last hitting. Other MOBAs have started doing that as well.
No Item shop. You don’t need to learn what items to buy in a million and one different situations. Some really hate that, but I think it’s great.
Leveling is across the team, not just player. So a good player can help the whole team while a bad player doesn’t overly drag the team down with feeding.

EDIT 2: Apparently HotS refers to Heart of the Swarm in Blizzard speak, so the proper abbreviation for Heroes of the Storm is just Heroes, so I changed the abbreviations.

Dear Blizzard, Please Get Me Into Heroes of the Storm

Update. As of 25 November 2014, I’m in!! Now to get into Overwatch.

My dearest Blizzard,

How are you my old friend? I know I’m not the oldest of your customers, I came into World of Warcraft after Wrath of the Litch King and commited to the game until a few months after Cataclysm. I just recently got Mists of Pandaria after a long wait and jumped in for another month or so of gaming… I’ve still got my old Warcraft 3 here. I got into the Hearthstone closed beta a couple months before you stopped sending invites and opening it to everyone. I got Diablo III at or near launch (possibly even pre-ordered it, can’t recall now, but I’ll likely pick up the expansion as well). My 10 year old son, loves Starcraft and I’ll be picking that up Starcraft II for him (trying to decide if I should make his own account for that so he can play at his house, or if I should just put it on my account so he plays here). I’m not the most overt Blizzard fanatic, but I’m a reliable fan and customer.

You recently put out Heroes of the Storm, a MOBA (or at least MOBA like Hero Brawler) into Technical Alpha that I’d very much like to feature on this webpage, my YouTube channel, and on occasions even on my Twitch channel or my Hitbox channel. I know at first glance that I may seem too small time to really give my account access, but I’d argue that many of those you’ve granted access to, especially via the random invites, are much smaller.

Beyond providing promotion for your game and company, I can provide valuable feedback for the development team. I’ve noted before my noted past in gaming, where I’ve helped some other developers with games, and look forward to providing your dev team with valuable feedback. That post doesn’t go into details about tests that I was on NDA on either. I always strive to provide fast and accurate information to the devs when I get into alphas and betas in order to make the game the best the devs can make it. Continue reading Dear Blizzard, Please Get Me Into Heroes of the Storm

I Suck at MOBAs – Video Proof

I managed to get a beta key for the upcoming MOBA game, Smite. I typically suck at MOBA games. I played League of Legends (LoL), and I have DOTA 2. I gave up on LoL because I felt bad. I knew I was doing bad and being of no use to the team. DOTA 2 I do occasional bot matches until the training/teacher area opens up where I might do more… I was, still sort of do, hoping that since Smite is 3rd person rather than isometric, and a bit easier controls overall, that I wold be better at Smite. So far not so much. Then again I only did one match so far without any training. I then did one training match did somewhat okay and the did the one I recorded, please excuse the breathing into the mic. This will be in three parts:

Part 1:

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