My Biggest Moment in Gaming for 2019… (Brandon)

Every year there are some amazing moments in gaming. It could be reaching a new rank in a competitive game, a long-awaited release finally dropping, or an amazing moment with your friends. To start the year if I had to guess what would have been my favorite moment of the year, I would have easily guessed the release of Borderlands 3. I even would have guessed getting to champ in Rocket League or reaching gold in League of Legends before what happened. I could not believe when City of Heroes made its return.

     Growing up my favorite game was City of Heroes. It was my first PC game and MMO experience. I remember when my dad got into the beta and watching him play the introduction to the game, and I remember thinking that was the coolest game I have ever seen. After watching him play for hours and days, I took all of my saved money from the last two years to buy my first computer. I got to the point where I got lost in this game. I created so many bonds over the game with the community, and so many memories with my friends. It even got to the point during double experience weekends my dad would take me out of school early to play the whole weekend. Sadly back in 2012, the game closed out of nowhere. The game seemed to be doing better than any point. The game just went free to play, and the game resurged. People were spending so much money in the online shop since there was no more monthly subscription. There was no explanation as to why the game closed down other than the company was done working on the game. 

     2019 was an emotional year for City of Heroes fans. In early 2019 there was a rumor going around that there were private servers that were never closed because people kept them private. It slowly started to leak out thanks to a youtube video about the servers. The community freaked out when they released the servers to the public. The creators of the game caught wind of this pretty quick, and there was a bit of a scare. The admins had to close down the servers to discuss what they could legally do with the servers. At this point, I remember being at work when I found out the servers were closed down, and I was heartbroken. Thankfully after some heroes that were running the servers, they got the right to keep the servers open. I have never seen so many people so emotional over a game’s return. I even took off two weeks of work to completely dive into this game again with friends and family. Thanks to some amazing people fighting for this game, we got to walk the streets of Paragon City to fight crime again. 

     Not only was this my favorite memory of the year it may have been my favorite of the decade. It is crazy to see what can happen when a community bands together to get what they love back. I would have never guessed this game would have returned. What was your favorite moment of the year for gaming? Was it a major accomplishment or a hilarious moment with friends? Let us know in the comments below!

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-Brandon Maj (TNC Penguin)

Black Ops 4 Beta Dates

The dates have finally been announced when the beta will drop for Black Ops 4, the upcoming installment for the Call of Duty franchise. It has been a sigh of relief the last few years when the developers have allowed us to indulge on early gameplay for multiple reasons. The biggest of course is for the not so hardcore fans to know if they will be interested in the newest Call of Duty. Then another benefit for the hardcore fans is they will be able to express their opinions of different gun balances pre launch. Even though some people may view the Call of Duty as a second evil to EA with their microtransactions, it really has been much appreciated that we have been getting betas for the past few games. Yes, for most part the franchise has become stale, but I will argue that the recent Call of Duty installment betas have lead to a much more polished game release.

Multiplayer Beta Dates:

Playstation 4 (First Weekend):

Start: August 3rd 10am PT / 1pm ET

End: August 6th 10am PT / 1pm ET

Playstation 4 and Xbox One (Second Weekend):

Start: August 10th 10am PT / 1pm ET

End: August 13th 10am PT / 1pm ET

PC:

Start: August 10th 10am PT / 1pm ET

End: August 13th 10am PT / 1pm ET

Black Ops 4 Blackout Beta: Classified

There are a plethora of different elements the community is eager to get their hands on in the beta. Black Ops 4 is trying it’s best to make Call of Duty feel innovated again, but this could be its ultimate downfall. As much as the community complains about Call of Duty being stale by not taking risks, these same people lash out when the game does change (jet packs). There is potential for a pivotal year for Call of Duty with the addition of new combat changes such as self healing, medics, five man matches, and BATTLE ROYALE… this could be a huge turning point for the franchise. If pulled off correctly, fans will find their love for the game again. But if the additions lack, it could be the final dagger to the heart for the franchise. As a long time Call of Duty lover… I really hope this could be the change we are needing.

Let us know what you think about the upcoming Call of Duty game, Black Ops 4. Are you interested with the changes? Are you buying in on a AAA title making a battle royale game mode? Are you excited for a possibly new tactical game play with self healing? Or do you just want Call of Duty to die already?

-Brandon Maj

Don’t Let Your Dreams Be Dreams with Dreams

So in the past couple episodes of the podcast you guys have heard me going crazy about Media Molecules current project Dreams, but I wanted to take some time here to sort of expand on why I am so excited to get my hands on this game. Since the game was announced back in 2013 everyone has been curious as to what this project entails. Now with E3 in the rear view mirror we finally have a pretty good grasp of what we will be getting from Dreams and that is literally whatever we want.

This is the first reason I am so excited about this game. It gives you the tools to do whatever you want. If you want to play a unique story, it has three different stories to play through. Have you always dreamed of making your own game? Have you ever felt you could make a good narrative with a phenomenal story idea? You can actually make a game from scratch. You design the levels, the characters, the items/weapons, the animations, create the voices, and even make the music all yourself.

The music creation tool is another thing that has me all sorts of excited. One of our news stories on the podcast was about the show that the Molecules put on to wrap up E3 and it was incredible. It did a tremendous job of showing off the extent of detail in the music creation tool reflecting well on the entire game. Just thinking about being able to perform a concert with friends on a PS4 is mind blowing. Whether you want to be the next Skrillex or Metallica, the video game allows you to create any style of music. Music is just a small piece of the puzzle within Dreams.

The beauty of it all is that the puzzle can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. If you just want to make a fun platforming single level you have all the tools to do that. If you want to make the next Witcher game with a full score and set of voiced characters you can do that too. Dreams truly gives you the freedom to innovate and create how you would want. To top it all off, it streamlines all of these features for ease of use. In their E3 showcase, the presenter of the demo explained how quick and easy it is to animate an object you create in the game. He completes the whole process in less than a minute which would take an actual game animator a full thirty minutes. The fact that they have managed to make this game creation tool so user friendly is astounding.

I know many people who have watched how the game creation tool works and have said “that looks cool and all but I don’t have interest in making a game so it’s just not for me.” Well, for those people consider this; even if someone doesn’t want to make games in Dreams, they still have the opportunity to play other people’s creations. So you can have a shooter, platformer, and RPG all in one experience with Dreams.

Just from the demos shown on it this far, I can tell that Dreams is going to be an incredible experience not only for creative types, but for everyone. I for one, cannot wait to see what things I can dream up with this ambitious project. There is no word on a release date for Dreams sadly, but Media Molecule has already stated that they are going to be releasing a beta for the game before the year’s end. Be on the lookout for that, and be sure to share your awesome creations with us when Dreams does come around!

TNCP is Back Again!

Hey all, we know it’s been a while since we posted on here but we wanted to let you guys know we have still been working on the podcast and it’s finally back! This time around we are on a podcast hosting site called AudioBoom in hopes that we can get the podcast submitted to Apple Podcast and Spotify! The link to Episode 1 is here. Feel free to leave us any sort of feedback and let us know what you want to see from us in future episodes!

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Overwatch Insurrection Event…

Today is the start of another Overwatch event… So grab your mountain dew and Cheetos, and get grinding! This will being so many new exciting skins for all your loved characters in Overwatch! Not only will new skins drop a new 4 player PvE game mode will be available! The new game mode is a very Gears of War Horde look alike. Take on waves and waves of enemies untill you are overwhelmed. 

If you haven’t seen the incredible new trailer here it is!

Overwatch: Insurrection Trailer
The event will be running from April 11th to May 1st! So make sure to get all the skins possible​, and have a blast taking on a new wave of fun! Let us know what you think @TheNerdChambers on Twitter! Also don’t forget to like us on Facebook! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Overwatch Teaser???

Today on the Australian and New Zealand Blizzard Twitter posted a short video that teases some upcoming Overwatch details! We already got Orisa early this competitive season, so what else could they be bringing to us? The only real information we got from the teaser is April 12 is when we will know what is happening. Are we getting a new map? Why was Kings Row the focal point of the video? Possibly a new event? Are we getting a new character? What do you think is happening April 12th!? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @TheNerdChambers. 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Destiny 2 Rally the Troops!!!

The trailer has finally hit the public, and it has made a boom! In less than an hour the trailer had already totaled over 138K views, and is sitting at a solid 16K likes. Not only did the trailer bring some excitement for combat and adventure… It also brought a sense of humor. The trailer has two characters explaining why we need to join together and help the cause for Destiny 2.

One commander takes a very serious approach explaining the sad defeated warriors, and why they need to take back their home. The commander does a very good job at getting the troops excited for the vengeful crusade. So they are ready to take on the Red Legion and take on Ghaul…

On the other hand… We see the same fun loving drunken guardian from the teaser trailer Cayde giving a not as heroic speech. He goes on to explain that we need everyone, but you might die in the adventure. He then can’t remember the name of the evil villain’s name… “Starts with a g? Gary?! No…” No one seems to be buying his speech, and he changes the reasoning to loot. That everyone should get all the loot they possibly can, and this hypes up the guardians!

Bungie did a very good job in the trailer explaining why you’ll be starting over in the sequel. The fact that Ghaul and his legion came through and destroyed the tower with all of your loot inside. You’ll have to begin a new story in a new part of the world. Hopefully Destiny 2 will have more sustained success then it’s first game had. All together the first game did well it just didn’t hold all of its gamers from the start.

Watch the Destiny 2 Trailer here!

What do you think about the trailer for Destiny 2? Will you be jumping on board and rallying with the troops on September 8th? Let us know on Twitter @TheNerdChambers or in the comments below!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)