Monthly Archives: April 2015

GUILD WARS 2: HEART OF THORNS SPECIALISATIONS ARE A GAME-CHANGER

In a lengthy blog post, designer Jon Peters has revealed how Traits, Skills and more have now been streamlined into a single panel, while Elite Specialisations serve as the basis through which even more diverse professions may be introduced.

“Each profession will have five core specializations corresponding to the old trait lines,” he writes. “The first step in customization will be to select three of the five core specs. These determine the basis for your other build choices: For example, an Elementalist may choose to specialize in Fire, Earth and Water magic. The ability to select one, two and finally three core specializations will unlock as you level your character from 1-80.

“Each core specialization will have three minor traits associated with the specialization. These are automatically equipped along with the specialization itself and help define the playstyle of that particular specialization.

“In addition, there will be nine major traits tied to each specialization. There are three different tiers of traits: Adept, Master, and Grandmaster. Once a specialization has been equipped, a character will be able to select a single trait for each tier to help customize that specialization. By locking traits to tiers and reducing the overall number of traits, we have been able to make each choice much more compelling.”

Alongside this change, packages of skills, traits, specialisations and items are available through the new Profession Reward Tracks, unlocked by spending Hero Points earned through what are currently known as Hero Points.

“Making a character previously was fairly complicated,” Peters told IGN. “The trait system was overly complicated and filled with uninspired choices. This system puts all of making a build, your skills and traits, you specialisation, into a single panel. So now when you want to make a character you go to this one page and you pick your skills, your line and your traits. The choices are clearer and more defined. It lets you understand the connections between these systems as they’re next to each other, and I feel that’s what was missing before.”

Most exciting, however, are the new Elite Specialisations: level 80 Specialisations that allow characters to access new weapons, mechanics, skills and traits not usually usable by a specific Profession. The only example given thus far is the ability for Rangers to become Druids, wielding staffs and utilising nature magic, though it’s been revealed Necromancers will be able to use greatswords.

World of Warcraft News and Updates: Left Shark is Now a World of Warcraft Battle Pet

Not anyone could easily take the SuperBowl XLIX Halftime Show crowd’s attention, especially not when you’re competing against Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliott. Unless you’re “Left Shark,” the adorably cute back up dancer for Katy Perry’s ‘Teenage Dream’ performance, who seemed to have forgotten the choreography so he made up his own.

Here’s the latest on World of Warcraft news and updates.

After a designer tried to make a few bucks by selling Left Shark merchandise, Katy Perry had tried to trademark Left Shark, but recently, the U.S. Trademark Office has rejected her request.

What does this have to do with World of Warcraft? It seems as if Left Shark had needed other sources of employment and Blizzard was just more than happy to offer him one.

From Katy Perry’s backup dancer, Left Shark is now a collectible battle pet in the World of Warcraft universe. Oh, how times have changed. One minute you’re performing in the SuperBowl Halftime, the next you’re a battle pet.

Do not despair, since Left Shark will not be leaving his true calling. As a battle pet, he is still able to use his amazing dancing skills to battle against pets of other players, with his highest level dancing abilities the Rain Dance and Dazzling Dance a support ability instead of an attack.

Using the Public Test Realm server, Blizzard is able to test up and coming changes to the World of Warcraft game to see if there are any fixes that needs to be done before deployment. Since it seems that Left Shark needs to prove his skills to his new employers, this is where Left Shark was first discovered (pun intended). This is most probably because Blizzard wants to be sure his dancing abilities and performance are as brilliant as his SuperBowl appearance.

According to his profile in Wowhead, Left Shark was added in the 6.2 patch, though Blizzard still has not released any news on when the next World of Warcraft patch will be released. For now, at least we can console ourselves that we can have an account in the Beta Patch Public Test Realm and have the chance of having our very own Left Shark following us around, or possibly dancing on your left side.

FIFA Women’s World Cup and adidas celebrate National Volunteer Week

Volunteers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ celebrated National Volunteer Week at adidas locations in Montreal and Vancouver marking the 50-day countdown to the Opening Match between Canada and China PR in Edmonton on 6 June.

Over 2,000 volunteers will sport the adidas uniform this summer, contributing over 80,000 volunteer hours, as Canada has the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of welcoming the world from coast to coast. The competition’s volunteers comprise over 100 nationalities representing the diversity of Canada’s multi-cultural country. Volunteers will play an important role in establishing a meaningful legacy for sport and women’s soccer in Canada. As the primary point of contact with fans, friendly, helpful, and engaging volunteers will have a lasting positive impression on spectators, media, the general public and visitors coming to Canada.

Several FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ volunteers were the stars of the fashion shows, modeling the uniforms and sharing their personal stories and commitment in giving back to the sport community.

“I look forward to participating in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, especially since I stayed several weeks in three of the four countries that will be playing in Montréal in Group E – Spain, Costa Rica and Brazil,” said Amélie Cloutier, a volunteer in Montréal. “Soccer is a unifying and lively sport in which we can experience the cultural differences and the recognition of women’s soccer on the international stage.”

The adidas volunteer uniform takes its inspiration from the official look for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, incorporating the key maple leaf pattern called Pride & Honour which shows abstract interpretations of important Canadian natural elements. The track top is vibrant red and incorporates cascading yellow and orange maple leaves. The t-shirt is also red and features a simple layout on the front with a burst of colour is visible on the back of the t-shirt near the bottom which shows a portion of the Pride & Honour motif. Volunteers will also be provided with black adidas shorts and pants.

To complete the look, volunteers will be provided with a bold, red and white rain jacket, ball cap with a full-colour emblem embroidered on the front, and red and charcoal grey adidas shoes with the emblem featured on the tongue.

“These volunteer uniforms really capture the excitement and significance of this event – I can’t wait to put one on and be around the stadium,” said Janice Birch, FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Vancouver volunteer. “I am so proud to be part of the Canada 2015 team and I look forward to the experience.”

Volunteers in the six host cities will help ensure the success of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ by giving their time in 14 different roles, from accreditation to transport to media services – to name a few. A comprehensive training program will be delivered to all volunteers to prepare them for their role in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ adidas volunteer uniform will not only be visible from coast to coast this summer as volunteers nationwide join in the action, but it will also serve as a souvenir for volunteers and a reminder of this once-in-a-lifetime experience for years to come.

“We are incredibly proud of our amazing volunteers who have generously given their time and efforts in preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™,” said Peter Montopoli, Chief Executive Officer for the National Organising Committee of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. “In just 50 days, our volunteer team will expand to over 2,000 persons as we welcome the world to Canada. We are confident that their volunteer experiences will serve as a great legacy from the competition being played coast to coast across our country.”

PLAY SNOOP DOGG IN FIFA 15 THROUGH PLAYSTATION HEROES

Through its PlayStation Heroes charity app, Sony is offering one lucky PlayStation owner the chance to play a match of FIFA 15 against Snoop. To enter, all you have to do is purchase a set of themes through the app before April 21. The winner will then be selected at random and flown to Los Angeles, where you’ll play against the self-proclaimed FIFA “boss.”

Purchasing themes this month will also help support the Make-a-Wish Foundation. To date, the PlayStation Heroes app has generated over $300,000 USD for its charity partners.

Other celebrities involved with the program include NBA superstar Stephen Curry, MLB 15: The Show cover star Yasiel Puig, and Olympic athlete Shaun White.

Clint Dempsey to appear on cover of FIFA 15

Soccer fans picking up a copy of video game FIFA 15 will spot a familiar face from the U.S. Mens National Team.

Electronic Arts announced Clint Dempsey will grace the cover of FIFA 15 in North America, joining Argentinian star Lionel Messi.

Its pretty cool, especially to be on the cover of a game that I played growing up, and also in the company of one of the best players in the world, said Dempsey in an interview. Its exciting.

Dempsey is captain for the U.S. Mens National Team, which finished a strong run at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, losing in the knockout stage to Belgium. Dempsey also plays midfielder for Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer.

FIFA 15 will launch on multiple platforms on September 23, including PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Interest in soccer in the U.S. has grown over recent years, peaking with the U.S. run at the World Cup. Dempsey says games like FIFA have played a role in growing the fan base.

You start figuring out the rules, so when you watch the games on TV, youre able to understand it more, said Dempsey. It only helps the popularity of the game in the U.S.