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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Nov, 2017 At 11:59 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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BlizzCon 2017 has just ended, but fans still want more from Blizzard Entertainment.

Hearthstone senior game designer Peter Whalen was asked at BlizzCon about the possibility of the game coming to Switch.

Whalen responded with:
‘I dunno, I don’t think anyone is working on it, but I wouldn’t rule it out either.’
‘Moving to tablets and phones was awesome. It made Hearthstone way more accessible for way, way more people, which is fantastic,’

 

 

Whelan then noted that ‘if there are other consoles or platforms that are good for us then that’s absolutely something we’d explore in time.’ While this doesn’t seem to say much, it is rather telling that Blizzard is using very specific wording when talking about the possibility of Hearthstone coming to Switch.

 

Would you want to play Hearthstone on Switch?

 

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 2 Apr, 2017 At 11:11 AM | Categorized As News, NINTENDO, Nintendo Switch, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe Nintendo Switch is on a roll, and more games are announced every day. The system has attracted a lot of attention and it seems a big name is interested.

The day before Switch was first revealed, Blizzard responded to Nintendo’s announcement tweet with this tweet from their Hearthstone twitter account.

Obviously this was just a joke at the time, but it seems something might be coming of it.

In an interview, Hearthstone senior game designers Mike Donais and Matt Place were asked about the possibility of the game coming to the Nintendo Switch. They responded by saying  that considering the game is on tablets and phones, it would make sense that a Nintendo Switch version of the game would work well. As a result, it is something they are thinking about but cannot comment further on right now.

We don’t have any announcement yet, but it seems that Blizzard is indeed interested. Would you get the game on Switch?

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By Wade Hinkle On 30 Sep, 2016 At 09:11 PM | Categorized As ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarAmazon purchased Twitch for $970 million in cash just over two years ago, and since then we have been waiting to hear what would happen to the a live video-game-streaming site. Today, during the first day of TwitchCon 2016 the companies unveiled Twitch Prime among other features.

Twitch Prime goes hand-in-hand with Amazon Prime, costing $10.99 a month or $99 for the entire year. A subscriber will get all the benefits of Amazon Prime along with the benefits listed below:

  • Free Digital Games and Game LootTwitch Prime members will receive a consistently updated selection of free digital video games and in-game loot like skins, characters, and boosts from the most popular games on Twitch
  • Premium Twitch + Monthly Twitch Channel Subscription: Twitch Prime builds on the benefits of Twitch Turbo, Twitch’s original monthly subscription program, including ad-free Twitch viewing, custom emotes, special chat badges, and expanded chat colors. Plus, members receive one free Twitch channel subscription each month which is normally $4.99, to support their favorite streamer. When Twitch Prime members use these free channel subscriptions, the streamer is paid the same as if the member purchased the subscription separately.
  • Member Savings on New Release Games: Prime members will receive exclusive discounts on new-release physical games sold by Amazon during the pre-order period and for the first two weeks after launch. Members will also enjoy free Release Day Delivery on pre-order games, ensuring they get to play the latest games immediately at launch, without waiting in line.

 

Twitch Prime is currently available to all Amazon Prime members in the United States, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, including Prime Student members. Those who are already Amazon Prime subscriber, head over to http://twitchprime.com and subscribers can link the two accounts together to obtain the free items. For those who are not sure, Twitch is offering a free 30-day trial that can be signed up for here.

Other new features were also announced for Twitch channels, streamers and subscribers. Until now the only items that could be hosted on a channel was either the currently live streaming and stuff that were streamed previously through Twitch. As of today, now the channel owner will be able to upload their own gaming videos. Channel owners will also be able to award their loyal viewers through a special “tenure”-based badges. They can be rewarded for watching for 3, 6, 12, or 24 months. The stream channel owner can design their own badges, though this feature is not immediately available and will launch in three weeks.

 

Twitch also revealed that HTML5 support is rolling out today, this had been in beta testing for the last several months. Currently the video quality options is offered to revenue-sharing partners only, but the company hopes to open it to 3x as many non-partners within the next few months. Last but not least, as of today viewers will be able to clip, create and/or share clips from Twitch streams on iOS/Android devices, and a new clip-trimming feature will be arriving coming in mid-October.

To celebrate the launch of Twitch Prime, starting today through November 6, Twitch Prime members can receive Hearthstone’s new hero, Tyrande Whisperwind, along with a custom card pack. In October, a Twitch Prime branded skin from Smite, and a free copy of Streamline, a new game from Proletariat Studios.

Twitch has also partnered with the GameChanger Charity, an independent non-profit that raises money and creates life-changing experiences for children with terminal illnesses. Starting today, Friday, Sept. 30 through Wednesday, Oct. 5, Twitch will donate $100,000 to the GameChanger Charity for every 100,000 channel subscriptions made by Twitch viewers up to $1 million total. All subscriptions count, including those using the free channel subscription that comes with Twitch Prime.

By Will On 28 Jan, 2014 At 06:05 PM | Categorized As Featured, PC Games, Reviews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

The Good:

IT’S COMPLETELY FREE!! You don’t have to pay a dime to download it, which is the best type of game for me, but there’s a HUGE draw back when it has a optional paid service where one could buy packs and arena entries. How is this a good thing? You have the option to either buy with in game gold, or real life currency. (Packs are $1US  or 100 gold,with the more you buy the cheaper they are, where arena is $1.99US for a entry where it’s Blizzards idea of drafting.)

The HUD is insanely beautiful with all four corners of the play area intractable there’s a very low chance to be bored as your opponent smashes face. There are “Gold” versions of cards that you can get through playing the game, (Not sure if they are obtainable through crafting or opening packs.) and as of late they have added animation on all of the gold versions of cards.

HeartStone-Heroes-Of-WarcraftThe ability to disenchant cards to get what you want is a HUGE bonus in my book, as this is technically the only way to trade. There is not, and will never be, player to player trading, so this is the best as we can get!

If you happen to be a TCG freak like I am, or a Blizzard nut, you don’t have to be both to get into this game.  I have played many matches where I’ve thought “Who the hell is this?” but still enjoyed it to the fullest. With the past 10 years of playing TCG’s under my belt, it was insanely easy to pick up even with the easy to learn tutorial.

The arena is the easiest way to get a better experience out of the game. When you pick your random deck of 30 cards, you have a 12 game win cap. People who have achieved this awesome winning streak get things like crafting dust, gold, and packs. I personally am unable to achieve this feat but there’s players like Trump who have always gotten that far. I always recommend watching other players before you get into their games. (Don’t watch me play arena, I suck.)
The Bad:

The only bad thing is that when you collect packs and open them, you have a high chance of getting extra cards. The collection tab at the main menu will direct you to disenchant ALL extra cards because the max you can have of any one card is 2. Yes 2 copies of cards is also the most you can have in any one deck as well. (I’ve been spoiled for 4 copies of cards for years and was legitimately disappointed when I noticed this for the first time.)

After playing the game for a month, they started nerfing.

Hearthstone-Heroes-of-Warcraft-betaThe Ugly:

The idea of putting out a game with a optional paid service boggles my mind. I understand that it’s a optional service, but why put it in to begin with? The “Dailies” are there to assist you in acquiring gold but why couldn’t you just use that as the major currency of the game? The ability to “Pay To Win” is the only thing that would make this game a complete turn off to anyone.

Overall, the game is pretty solid now after a few patch updates after nerfing of the Mage, and Warlock classes. Even though I haven’t played in a while due to these patches it is a complete FREE package that can appeal to anyone.
Here’s a video of me playing through ranked mode! Enjoy!