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Trophy Whores 407 – A Brewing Storm Rushes Blizzard

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Doom Eternal, Marvel’s Avengers, and Activision Blizzard.  More specifically, Blizzard, and a slight — but not really slight — PR mess that they’ve foolishly fumbled into.

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle! The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations. You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news that would make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proud, iHeartRadio and Spotify host episodes of Trophy Whores.  It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of two massive and respected entertainment communities, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to soaring heights. The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

If you want to support the show via Patreon, then check out our page, which shares the tiers for all of our Patrons!

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 407 – A Brewing Storm Rushes Blizzard

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Trophy Whores 401 – World Wide Studios Diagnosed with Insomnia

Join Alex and Yield, as they discuss, among other things, Activision, Quantic Dream and Insomniac Games.

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle! The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations. You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news that would make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proud, iHeartRadio and Spotify host episodes of Trophy Whores.  It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of two massive and respected entertainment communities, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to soaring heights. The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

If you want to support the show via Patreon, then check out our page, which shares the tiers for all of our Patrons!

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, IHeartRadio, Stitcher, or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

You can find us on Twitter: @TrophyWhores and @ProvenGamer

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 401 – World Wide Studios Diagnosed with Insomnia

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Trophy Whores 381 – Interview with Bombfest Lead Dev Zac Pierce

This week the Trophy Whores welcome a special guest: Zac Pierce, the lead developer of critically acclaimed and praised indie party game Bombfest.  Zac shares insights on the latest goings-on in the video game industry, and he goes in-depth about his dynamite smash-hit, which he describes as “sumo wrestling with bombs.” To be honest, it’s the perfect description.  For more information on Bombfest, check out the official web site.  Zac and Bombfest will be presenting at the Indie Megabooth at PAX East, so if you’re at the convention, be sure to give Bombfest a spin.

Join the Trophy Whores — and super awesome guest and game developer Zac — as they discuss, among other things, God of War, Activision, Death Stranding and The Division 2.  We also promise groan-worthy bomb puns.

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle! The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations. You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news that would make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proud, iHeartRadio and Spotify host episodes of Trophy Whores.  It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of two massive and respected entertainment communities, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to soaring heights. The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

If you want to support the show via Patreon, then check out our page, which shares the tiers for all of our Patrons!

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, IHeartRadio, Stitcher, or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

You can find us on Twitter: @TrophyWhores and @ProvenGamer

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 381 – Interview with Bombfest Lead Dev Zac Pierce

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Trophy Whores 373 – Welcome Back, Tricky

Tricky returns after an extended hiatus, and, alongside Alex and Yield, discusses rumors surrounding Amazon and big news on the split between Bungie and Activision.  Even though Bungie has benefited from high-profile partnerships, you know that they are excited about their newfound autonomy.  Say goodbye to those early bedtimes!

Join the Trophy Whores as they catch up with Tricky and dive into the icy waters of pertinent topics.  It’s cold outside, but the banter is as warm as a steamy cup of cocoa. Cocoa, more than a prop that sits atop your Rocket League car!

We are happy and proud to share that Proven Gamer has partnered with the Humble Bundle! The Humble Bundle is a fantastic initiative and program that allows games to score a litany of games on the cheap — all while making charitable donations to various groups and organizations. You can click here for the details on Proven Gamer’s Humble Bundle partnership.

In a bit of big news that would make the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proud, iHeartRadio and Spotify host episodes of Trophy Whores.  It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of two massive and respected entertainment communities, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to soaring heights. The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes, Google Play, TuneIn, IHeartRadio, Stitcher, or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 373 – Welcome Back, Tricky

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Game Stuff 13 – WTF Developers??

On this episode join Kalai, Kory, Joe, and Tricky as they discuss the craziness that happened this week. Sony making Nintendo games? Activision patented what? Find out on this episode of Game Stuff

Special thanks to the shows contributors, you can find the band of our intro music, Take Away The Ugly here and find Isaac Sagoeii (the shows artist) at https://isaacsagoeiii.carbonmade.com/

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Trophy Whores 310 – Mega Man in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

We should call this the Double Dragon podcast, because Alex and Yield are tearing it up in the streets and spreading the gospel of Trophy Whores: Platinum trophies.  If we changed the name, confusion could ensue, as as people might expect a podcast about the video game series Double Dragon.  Billy and Jimmy don’t want any of Alex and Yield.  They can’t bring the awesome quite like this pair of warriors.  Do you even have the Platinum in Split/Second, bro?

This week, Alex and Yield travel to a far off place and discuss Electronic Arts’ Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, as well as the Blue Bomber, Mega Man, and his collection of Wily-thwarting adventures.  We’ve got a show packed with goodness, so holster your lightsaber — or blaster — and tune in from some beefy discussions.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Crash Bandicoot, Split/Second, MotorStorm, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 310 – Mega Man in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

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Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer Review

Kill, loot, boss battle, repeat. This is the formula that makes Diablo, and games like it, shine so brightly.  In the years since the launch of Diablo 3 launch, Blizzard has added only one new character. For $14.99, you can take control of a brooding Necromancer as you journey through the game’s five chapters. Unfortunately there is not much to this expansion other than the addition of the new character, which doesn’t add much to the overall experience.

Rise from your grave…

The Rise of the Necromancer DLC comes with the new class and a few little extras, which makes it a hard pill to swallow for the price. With that being said,  it is fun — but not mind blowing in any way. The Necromancer is a good mix of range and pet attacks. The character controls much like the demon-summoning, ugly baby of a Wizard and a Witch-doctor.  Blizzard has made the Necromancer fit very well within the frantic energy and darkness of Diablo, as you spill nasty blood and guts with spikes, bones, and spears, as well as summoned undead who do your bidding. Blizzard has given as much detail and polish to the voice acting and animations as they have to the characters that have been around for years.

You feel like a true bad-ass when tearing monsters limb from limb. You can even explode the corpses you left behind to do incredible splash damage. Unfortunately, the Necromancer’s skills don’t mesh well, as in other classes. I found it hard to focus on one style of play; Blizzard wanted me, as I saw it, to pick one focus over another.

I liked using skeletons to help fight, but it was at the expense of my ability to do massive damage.  I found myself summoning bodies to do the fighting while I sat back and sniped from a distance. The class made me feel like there was no defined “role” for it, as the Monk is for DPS and the Witch-doctor is for control.

The seemingly real point of the Necromancer: look cool while killing stuff.

All other classes do this too.

The Ultimate Price

This pack is more like an add-on, and much less of an expansion, but Blizzard has released a meaty patch to go along with it. There are a few added zones and bounties to do in adventure mode, as well as a new rift challenge. That is a nice touch, but it has nothing to do with the actual content you pay $14.99 for. That is the true issue. You are paying $14.99 to play a new character class. While other games, like Marvel Heroes Omega, do this, too, Marvel Heroes provides many characters for you to buy. Here, you are spending — at this point — 50% of the retail price just to add a new available character.  It is fun to play as the Necromancer, but you can pass on the class and not feel bad.

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Trophy Whores 309 – Crash into the Frozen Wilds

This week, you’re listening to the world’s greatest tag team: Alex and Yield.  Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas?  As good as they were, they weren’t even the best tag team in WWE during their run.  It’s true.  While they have shown their prowess in a wrestling ring, I doubt that either Benjamin or Haas have the Platinum trophies in BioShock Infinite and Split/Second.

I’m lost.  Is this a summary for a Smart Marks episode?

This show might as well be called “Alex’s Dream,” because it’s loaded with some of his favorite games: Twisted Metal 2, Warhawk, Spider-Man and Mega Man X4.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Dangerous Golf, Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy and Horizon Zero Dawn.

In a bit of big news, iHeartRadio streams episodes of Trophy Whores, which greatly expands the show’s footprint and reach. It’s a tremendous honor for the show to be part of iHeartRadio’s massive and respected community, and Proven Gamer have only the fans to thank for pushing the podcast to this point.  The Trophy Whores work hard to put out a quality weekly show, but they owe so much love to their listeners, who keep the show strong and growing.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

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If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 309 – Crash into the Frozen Wilds

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Skylanders Imaginators coming in October

The newest installment for the Skylanders franchise is set to release October 16th of this year on PS4, Xbox ONE, Wii U, Xbox 360, and PS3. This will be the first Skylanders game where you can create your own Skylander. The Dark Edition is available for pre order exclusively at Gamestop.

Kaos has discovered the ancient power of Mind Magic and is using it to create an unstoppable army of Doomlanders! Eon is calling upon all Portal Masters and Skylands’ greatest mystic warriors, the Senseis, to stop Kaos and his minions. Now, you must use the power of your imagination to create your own Skylanders to battle in the ultimate adventure alongside the almighty Senseis to save Skylands.

Who are the Dark Skylanders? While on a special mission, a team of Skylanders discovered a secret lair where Kaos was experimenting with a new discovery – Petrified Darkness – which he intended to use to take over all of Skylands!  In the fight to stop Kaos, the lair exploded, releasing a cloud of pure Darkness!  The Skylanders knew they could not let it escape, so they absorbed the dark energy, transforming them into dark versions of themselves.  Fortunately, Spyro had learned to tame the darkness within him long ago.  So with his help, these Skylanders now have also learned to control it – combining its power with their own to fight Kaos and the forces of evil.

  • Embark on an Epic New Adventure
  • Use the Imaginite Creation Crystals to Create Your Own Skylanders
  • Sensei Skylanders are the Ultimate Masters of the Almighty Sky-Chi Powers
  • Battle to Save Skylands with the Sensei and Imaginator Skylanders
  • Use 10 Different Battle Class Types to Defeat Kaos and his Minions
  • Play With Friends in COOP and Head-to-Head Racing
  • Conquer All-New Side quests & Mini-games

Infinite Possibilities to Create with the Skylanders Imaginators Starter Pack:

  • Skylanders Imaginators Video Game
  • Portal of Power®
  • 3 Skylanders Sensei Figures – Master King Pen, Golden Queen & Wolfgang
  • 3 Imaginite Creation Crystals – Fire, Life & Dark
  • 2-Sided Collection Poster featuring the complete set of Skylanders Imaginators Figures
  • And more…

Bring the Skylanders to Life!® and build the ultimate team with over 30 Skylanders to collect and infinite possibilities to create. All Skylanders® Spryo’s Adventure, Skylanders® Giants and Skylanders® SWAP Force, Skylanders® Trap Team, Skylanders ® SuperChargers toys work in the Skylanders ® Imaginators video game.

 

Skylanders Imaginators official reveal trailer:

 

 

 

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III Preview

With less than a week to the release of the much anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops III, now is as good a time as ever to look at what players can expect from the newest entry in the series. Every year developer Activision’s highly successful franchise adds both new features and gameplay tweaks to continue to keep the long running series fun and exciting. This year’s entry seems no different.

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Black Ops III seems to be continuing the series trend of taking place in futuristic environments, much like every title since Black Ops II, which is great in my opinion. Advanced Warfare and Black Ops II’s futuristic settings were the most appealing story-wise since the original Modern Warfare. The sci-fi aspects of these future battlefields allow for storytelling that is hard to accomplish with modern day settings. It allows the developers to develop new weapons and technology, that isn’t present in a modern day setting, to enhance gameplay. In this title the characters are even augmented, in a way reminiscent of Deus Ex, which should allow for interesting twists to gameplay.

One of the most interesting new features of Treyarch’s upcoming shooter is the campaign being designed for co-op play. Some of the fondest memories I have of the Call of Duty series are of the spec ops missions in Modern Warfare 2. Sitting on the couch with my wife playing the game split-screen, running through these missions, was extremely fun. I hope the co-op campaign structure of Black Ops III delivers the same level of joy.

Interestingly, there are two changes in the campaign that I find odd (though I can see purpose within the first of the two). All campaign missions will be unlocked from the get go this time around. Since multiplayer is the main aspect of Call of Duty games that most players enjoy, this new feature allows players to experience campaign missions that friends may brag about being great without having to play through the whole game. The second of the two changes is the exclusion of a campaign in last-gen versions of the game. Though this seems to be an odd design choice, it may be due to time restrictions.

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After playing the beta for Black Ops III, I can say that the game boasts the same tight gameplay experience that fans have come to enjoy with the series. Black Ops III‘s gameplay felt similar to Black Ops II in my opinion, though it was much smoother and had a Titanfall-esque flare to it. Black Ops III allows for players to utilize jumping abilities similar to what we received in last years Advanced Warfare. Player opinion continues to be a split among fans of the series; some players loved the jump mechanics whereas others hated them. To me, the mechanic adds a new layer of strategy to the game and I am glad that it is returning.

There are also happens to be a lot more customization options available for players this time around. Among these options are super soldier classes, such as “Call Sign: Prophet” and “Call Sign: Nomad.” These two new classes offer special abilities outside of the regular gun customization or killstreak perks. It reminds me of the way your characters can have different abilities in titles like Borderlands or even Destiny—a welcomed addition should this new gameplay mechanic be balanced correctly.

The multiplayer experience of Call of Duty continues to evolve to keep the game fresh. Where some players may feel that old titles off the pristine version of the multiplayer experience, I enjoy the new experience offered every year with the various changes made to the series. As long as Activision keeps the experience fresh, Call of Duty will remain at the top.

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Call of Duty‘s beloved zombie mode, Treyarch’s bread and butter, returns in Black Ops III as well. Every iteration of the series has offered some type of horde or mission mode since World at War was released and zombies is the king of these modes. Zombie mode is thrilling and nail biting, but remains fun. The teamwork involved has continually kept me coming back to Black Ops II three years since it was released and I hope that this version delivers as well.

This year’s iteration includes a progression system, which allows players to build up their characters and not have to start from scratch on every play through. This could be a welcoming addition, though half of the fun is earning power-ups throughout each match of zombies mode. Abilities this time are served to players through a bubble gum machine—which is campy, but so is zombie mode, so it fits. Like previous versions of this staple game mode, new celebrity vocal talents like Ron Pearlman and Jeff Goldblum are joining the fight agains the undead. Zombies looks destined to deliver.

All in all, the package looks well worth the wait, especially on current-gen platforms. The campaign is darker than ever, the multiplayer is fast and tight, and zombie mode looks like a blast. The Black Ops series has been a fan favorite since Treyarch established it, and this one seem like it will continue that tradition. November 6th is just around the corner, so we will see if they live up to the standards that have been set. But, as of this moment, all signs point to yes.

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Guitar Hero Live Reveals Its First Setlist

On the official Guitar Hero Live Facebook Page, Activision revealed the first ten tracks for Guitar Hero Live. “Hundreds” will be available when it launches this Fall, but for right now let’s focus on the first ten.

The songs are:

  • Ed Sheeran – Sing
  • American Authors – Best Day of My Life
  • Jake Bugg – What Doesn’t Kill You
  • Gary Clark Jr. – Don’t Owe You A Thang
  • Band of Skulls – Asleep At The Wheel
  • Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks
  • Alter Bridge – Cry of Achilles
  • Biffy Clyro – Sounds Like Balloons
  • Blitz Kids – Sometimes
  • The War on Drugs – Under The Pressure

Personally, I love this setlist. I know it’s not going to be called that, but that’s what this sounds like to me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some music to listen to off Spotify, because Spotify rules.

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