As you may (or may not) know, I have recently jumped back into the World of Warcraft! So far I have been controlling my addiction to the game by limiting how long I am allowing myself to play. Alright, I am really more limited by the fact that I have far too much going on outside of the game world, but Blizzcon got me completely excited for the next expansion! Anyway, I have been trying to do one level per day.
So last night, while Emprius was torching his way across the frozen wastelands of Draenor, he was asked by Khadgar to take a peak in on good old Gul'dan. Needless to say, Emprius was quite displeased that there was a Warlock convention going on and he was not invited. As you can imagine (or may know from doing the quest yourself), things do not end well for one of these individuals.
I am currently sitting at level 95 and have been really enjoying my time back in the game. While I am missing the old days of running with the crew, it has been a refreshing experience doing a solo grind. I even hit up a random dungeon with a strange group of Forsaken, and minus a few singe marks to the others, things went splendidly. I even managed to pick up a present for Lunk!
Good Monday... er Tuesday morning! Don't worry, I know it's not Monday, but I spent an hour or so working in my world last night and I felt it only fair to do a little update post. Now I know it is not a whole lot to look at currently, but just you wait and see. I guarantee that in a month or so from now, it will have either been burned to the ground in a freak accident involving lava, or it will have grown into something way bigger than it currently is.
Right now though, I am just trying to survive. I got dumped in a hill biome and spent most of my time running around the hillside hunting food. So far I have killed a few rabbits and found some pigs. Off to the right of the screenshot is a little pond where I have planted some seeds and am hoping to grow some wheat in order to allow me to actually live! Yay for living!
It's been far too long since we had a new adventure in Minecraft! So today marks the creation of a new world for Monday Mean Minecraft! Every time I have sat down to play Minecraft, I always think to myself, I should have taken some screenshots of what the world looked like before I begin changing it all around. So here is that series, with those screenshots I have always wanted to do. I know I should probably have some sort of goal for the series and all of that other stuff, but honestly, I just like to get in and do whatever strikes my fancy. So make sure and check back every Monday to see the progress that has been made each day!
Happy hump day everyone! Hope your day is going great! Mine has been pretty good so far. Yesterday I had this strange urge to play WoW, so I logged on my account and looked over all of my characters and debated on whether I should just start fresh or jump back into the fight with an established character. I cannot stand the thought of starting all over again, so I chose to log into my Warlock, Emprius! It was not long before death and destruction was raining down all around Azeroth! I am having a massive urge to get back into WoW on a more consistent basis lately, which should translate into a lot of activity happening around here. For now, be warned, something wicked is out there and he might be closer than you think.
Hey there everyone, hope you are all having a great Monday! Well, as the title says, it's time for a build update! In the last MMM, I shared a little bit about what we were up to in the world. Well, as I was beginning to build the ultimate Netherworld temple, I ran out of materials! So this lead to the rampant destruction of this hill region that you see above!
I honestly do not think this will provide me with enough raw material and so I am going to finish flattening most of the area you see above and then begin working on another phase of the project. I figure since I have to move beyond this initial area, I can probably go ahead and begin to build the first series of walls around what will be known as the initial phase of construction, or phase 1!
I wish I could give dimensions and what not, but if it helps, this temple is 100 blocks by 100 blocks at it's base. I have absolutely no clue how high that will go, but I can tell you that the phase one area dwarfs the temple. So yeah, naturally I am going to need a ton of material for both the structures in phase 1 and the wall which will surround it! Fortunately, for most of the structures, I can create cobblestone and thus will not be slowed down on that front. It might be boring though, but what else can I do?
Well, hopefully by next week, I will have an actual structure to show you! See you next time!
Yup, Demon Hunters are a thing now in the game...
I am not quite sure how I feel about the announcement of Legion, World of Warcraft's next expansion. One part of me is extremely excited because the announcement video took me back to when the game felt new and extremely fresh; however, the other part of me is constantly whispering into my ear to remember the disappointments of recent expansions. So with that said, let's take a look at what we know for sure shall we?
"The tomb of Sargeras has been reopened, and the demons of the Burning Legion pour into our world. Their full, terrifying might is fixed on summoning the Dark Titan to Azeroth - and they've already located the key to his return.
With the Alliance and the Horde devastated, only you can take up Warcraft's most legendary artifcats, scour the ancient Broken Isles for relics of the Titans, and challenge the Legion before Azeroth's last hope dies.
Steel yourself, champion. Extinction is imminent."
Well, that is not exactly a whole lot to go off of is it? Fortunately, there was a large presentation from Gamescom that we can dive into and then there is the expansion website itself, which does have quite a bit of information up on it. With so much information to digest, I am going to be breaking it into several different posts to discuss my take on the various aspects of the expansion. So meet me back here next time for my thoughts on all things Legion!
If you haven't noticed lately, things have been changing around Holy Shock. When the site first started out, it was strictly devoted to World of Warcraft, with a heavy emphasis on the Holy Paladin. Over time it has grown to include various other video games such as Diablo, Minecraft, and a few others. In the past, we have had other bloggers join our ranks and provide various thoughts on what was going on in their gaming life. We have highlighted different services and/or products that we found to be useful, Within the last month, we just launched a brand new series that focuses on what we are watching through the various streaming services.
So what is my point? Well, change is inevitable in our lives. Whether it is a change in how we view things, the relationships we have, or the career path in life we choose. Everything changes and that is the driving force behind my thought for today's topic. I was watching videos over on YouTube and I came across one that was just released for an update to Wargaming.net's next patch for World of Tanks Blitz. It got me thinking about how much the gaming industry has changed in my lifetime.
When I was a little kid, the very first video game system I had was an old Atari system that had switches to turn the game on and off and adjust other various settings. Now we have games like World of Tanks Blitz that we can play on our cell phones! It blows my mind away with how far our technology has come in such a short period of time.
So it is my intent, in the near future, to begin covering the mobile and social games that are out there. I am not 100% sure on exactly how we will accomplish this, but I feel like these games deserve the same respect and attention that we give to their console and PC brethren. So in the near future, look forward to seeing that here at Holy Shock, and in the interim enjoy the announcement video for World of Tanks Blitz patch 2.0!
Everyone knows what happens on Mondays, right? Here at Holy Shock, Minecraft happens every Monday. Actually, it happens just about every day; however, Mondays are the designated day for talking about Minecraft. As I briefly mentioned last Tuesday, this series was one that I had done for a very brief time over on my YouTube channel. The thing with YouTube is that it takes an enormous amount of time to actually create content and with my time being so limited at the moment, I just felt that the renewal of the series would fit better here at the site. Perhaps in the future we will add in streaming Minecraft on Monday, but that will require us to do some computer upgrades.
My single player game started me in quite an odd area. It actually had three different biomes meeting. The first biome is just the wooded hillside with the spruce trees. The second biome was the more swamp type biome with the vines growing off the trees. The third biome was one that I had actually never really come across and it is one where there are really large dark oak trees growing and mixed in among them are the giant mushrooms. You can see a red one in one of the screenshots from above.
As a rule of survival, whenever I start a new world, I focus on creating pens for animals and creating areas to grow wheat and trees. The first three images above are of my cow and sheep pens, and then also a broad shot of where I grow my trees and also wheat. I haven't put a ton of effort into creating a house just yet, but I do have plans later on down the line. The fourth image is of my covered quarry and Miner's Guild hall. I will share more of those once I finish them off completely. In the distance was a huge mountain, but as I am known for doing, I have already begun tearing it down. In its place, I intend to build a giant temple with Nether portals at the top.
I had originally not intended to build this so soon, but I need to be able to get the nether quarts in order to begin construction of another project I have slated to go in next to the Miner's Guild hall. It may take quite some time to complete both of these projects, so look for more information about them in future posts.
Well, I know it is not the most exciting post, but when you spend four to six hours in a day just digging... excitement is not always there. If you have any recommendations or thoughts on what I should build next, then please feel free to leave them in the comments section. See you all next time!
I hope you all are having a great Saturday so far! Here at Holy Shock, Saturdays mean that we get to talk about what we have been watching! Now remember that I am in no way a professional film critic. I prefer to simply rate a movie on two things! The first being did I find the movie entertaining? Yes, this is extremely subjective as we all have different viewpoints, but that is what conversations are for, and in the case of a blog, what the comment section is for! The second thing I rate something on would be if it made me want to watch it to the very end. Now in the case of a television show, that could even be phrased as it made me excited to see the next episode!
Alright, now that we have all that boring stuff out of the way, let's talk about, From The Dark! I have included its trailer at the very bottom. This one is from 2014 and it was directed by Connor McMahon. It stars Niamh Algar, Stephen Cromwell, Ged Murray, and Gerry O'Brien. The company behind it is Dark Sky Films and here is how they describe their movie:
"When a young couple embark on a road trip through the Irish countryside, car trouble lands them in an place that few people would choose to visit. When something sinister is awakened from a thousand year slumber, deep within the dark bog, the couple is faced with an unimaginable evil. They soon realize that light is their only protector, but as the sun sets and light sources dwindle, the creature becomes more powerful, and they are in a fight for their lives. There is nothing to prepare you for the terror that will emerge from the dark."
The movie does play out very similar to how it is described, save I would say that the couple doesn't really know they are in a "fight for their lives" until after the sun goes down. I am going to leave it at that, as I don't want to spoil (too much of) the movie for those who haven't seen it and might decide to check it out. Alright, at this point, if you don't want to know any spoilers, then I would suggest go watching the movie and then returning to see how I answer the two questions!
Question numero uno! Did I find the movie entertaining? You know, in this case I did actually find it entertaining. While the movie didn't give us any real background on what the monster actually was, we can pretty much assume it is a take on some form of vampire with an Irish twist. I think that the twist is what made the movie actually slightly more entertaining. While the young couple did make the usual mistakes that we see in these sorts of movies, they attempted (key word there) to recover from them in what I would consider to be a slightly more logical way. A great example of this is when the girl realized that if you are attacked by one of the creatures, then there is a chance that you will turn into one. So what does she do when she gets bit on the finger? She cuts off her finger! Does it work? Well, watch the movie to find out! My point is that they tried to make a movie where the victims actually used their logic once they realized that they were in some trouble.
Question number two! Did it make me want to watch the movie until the end? Honestly, this movie almost got turned off. It was really boring and somewhat slow at the beginning in my opinion. Now this may have been because I was also playing Minecraft, but that's the trick for me. You have to catch my attention and make me focus solely on you. This can be accomplished in various ways like making me actually have to think about what is going on, having something that is so graphically appealing or disgusting that I cannot help but stare, or straight up just being a non-stop thrill ride. In this movie's case, I would say it was border line on making me actually have to think about what was going on, but just barely. It was however enough to make me watch it through to the very end. So job well done From The Dark, job well done.
So I think I would have to rate this movie three lightning bolts out of a possible five. It had just enough of a twist to catch my attention. Then once it had my attention, it managed to keep it and make me think a little bit about what was going on. So if you are looking for an interesting film and don't mind the fact that there are literally just four actors in this entire small budget film, then give this one a shot. You might actually find something you really like. So what did you all think of the movie? Like it, hate it, agree, disagree? Make sure and drop a comment and share your opinions! See you all next time!
I hope everyone is having an awesome Thursday! When I logged on yesterday and switched over to Twitch to check out who was streaming, I noticed a few WoW Streamers who had phrases like "Expansion Hype" as their stream titles. Naturally this made me curious and so I headed over to the WoW website to check and there was the above image.
In the past, an announcement of a new WoW expansion would have gotten me excited. I would have been on the edge of my seat, searching for any clues on what the next expansion would be. I would have dove head first into the forums to read what others were saying. However, this time around I really could care less.
You see, I had hoped that WoW:WoD would reignite my love of this game. Sadly, it did not. I wish I could point to one thing or another that was wrong, but I cannot. The whole expansion just felt boring. I suppose if I were required to point my finger to one thing, it would be that this expansion further isolated me as a player. What I mean is that I use to love to log in and run content with my friends and guild mates. With the introduction of the random queues, most everyone just logs in and does their thing and logs out. That feeling of running with a group has for the most part died. Now I suppose this is more of an individual feeling, in this case mine, versus the whole of those left playing WoW, but never the less, it is the reason that my love for WoW has dropped so low.
Will I buy the new expansion? Yes, I will because I have a lot invested in my characters and I truly love the lore and the core game. What I will not be doing is spending countless hours that I now devote to games such as Hearthstone and Minecraft, playing WoW. At least if it remains as it currently is. So what about you all? What is your initial thoughts on the pending announcement? Leave them in the comments section and I will see you guys next time!