Ark is here!

By Coxxorz - Posted on 29 August 2017

After two years in "Early Access" status, Studio Wildcard has finally officially released Ark: Survival Evolved with all new content and servers. Unfortunately they have also retired many existing low-population servers to do so, resulting in much table flipping. Luckily the smarter gamers among us play on more than one. Read more

Catching up with Monster Hunter: World

By Blackwalt - Posted on 26 August 2017

I realized I am posting hand-ons before we even talked about the game

    Monster Hunter: World™ introduces a living, breathing ecosystem in which players strive to become the ultimate hunter. Explore a vast new continent and slay terrifying monsters in heart-pounding co-op battles for up to four players. The first worldwide launch in the series on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One in early 2018.

So it is possible, although unlikely, that I occasionally go off on tangents about different games. Sometimes this works out (Borderlands, Dead Island) and sometimes it doesn't (Operation Raccoon City). Sometimes the games are only of interest to certain Clan Members (The Crew, Ark Survival Involved, Fortnite). If nothing else, it does provide us with content.

Monster Hunter: World appears to be one of those tangents. It will probably land in the third category edging toward the first. It is a four player cooperative game, it is open world, and it targets giant monsters which appear to be a cross between dinosaurs and dragons. No zombies that I can tell but it still hits many of the HoC Points of Interest.
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I keep hearing about Monster Hunter: World

By Blackwalt - Posted on 24 August 2017

It's been on my radar since it was announced at E3

I have always heard about Monster Hunter games but they have always been on 3DS or other platforms I did not own.

Now coming as an Open World cooperative game, Monster Hunter: World has captured my interest and will be available on Xbox One.

    From Polygon: Watch 12 minutes of hands-on gameplay

    in the video above, you can watch just over 12 minutes from our recent hands-on session with the game. We join a group of hunters from Capcom to take on the Anjanath, a large, fire-breathing dinosaur that really doesn’t like being hunted.

      No vampires or zombies. Instead you equip your hunters and cooperatively take down gigantic lizards and similar monsters.

HoC Random Batman of the Day - 08232017

By Blackwalt - Posted on 23 August 2017

This is exactly the kind of Batman that I would be...

Via 9GAG

The Crew. 2.

By Blackwalt - Posted on 22 August 2017

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles... and boats.

I know most of you didn't enjoy the original The Crew as much as I did but number two is coming...

This is the Gamescom 2017 Fast Fav Multi-Vehicle Gameplay Trailer

    The Crew® 2 is about empowering you to explore America and dominate your rivals in a near limitless world built for motorsports. There are no menus or loading screens. Seamlessly shift from your favorite cars to boats or even planes with just a push of a button using the Fast Fav feature, and experience the full potential and thrill of Motornation. Cruise through LA in your dream hypercar, switch to the swiftest aerobatic plane to rise above the skyscrapers, and enjoy stunning perspectives over Hollywood. Then swap to a slick powerboat as you reach the coastline, landing smoothly on the Pacific Ocean – opportunities for fun and challenges are limitless.

    Release Date: March 16, 2018. Available on XBox One, PS4 and PC.

HoC Random Mobile Game of the Day - 08212017

By Blackwalt - Posted on 21 August 2017

It is the perfect HoC game as it involves yelling at each other

RollyC discovered this game at his Game Changers Summer Camp and forced his parental units to download and play it. Fun was had.

2-4 players. Cooperative. In the same room only (well... within yelling range).

More info at the Official Game Page and a trailer is provided after the break.

HoC Random Comic of the Day - 08202017

By Blackwalt - Posted on 20 August 2017

That is an extremely accurate description

Via 9GAG

IKEA instructions for Game of Thrones Night Watch cloaks

By Blackwalt - Posted on 17 August 2017

Official instructions!

Once the Game of Thrones costume designers let leak that they had used IKEA carpets for the Night Watch cloaks it was only a matter of time before IKEA noticed. IKEA Norway was first, releasing the above IKEA instructions for makiing your own Game of Thrones Night Watch cloak. Just like Jon Snow wears on the show.

You can read more details at the Daily Mail.

They have the IKEA name listed as Vinter which doesn't exist on the site. I did find two alternatives which match in different ways.

Fortnite... In real life?

By Coxxorz - Posted on 16 August 2017

The fine folks at Rooster Teeth bring us another episode of their "In Real Life" series. Would a Fortnite style wooden fort hold up against the zombie horde?

Watch and find out...

For our Tenth #3: Dr. Seuss

By Blackwalt - Posted on 14 August 2017

I can't help but think that yes is the wrong answer here

Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?

From the classic One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

For our Tenth #2: Ten Hours of Nyan Cat

By Blackwalt - Posted on 14 August 2017

Only the strong can watch it all

I am not one of the strong...

So... for our Tenth... Ten Cats

By Blackwalt - Posted on 14 August 2017

It's an (unrelated) comic strip...

It's also video game related as they mention Call of Duty right there in the last panel between shrimp and chicken.

Via Ten Cats by Graham Harrop

HoC Random Cat of the Day - 08142017

By Blackwalt - Posted on 14 August 2017

So, Stormblade, I don't think you are going to make it...

Anyway, happy tenth HoC.

Via theCHIVE.

HoC Random Upcoming Anniversary of the Decade - 08132017

By Blackwalt - Posted on 13 August 2017

August 14, 2007 was an ignominious day

So tomorrow is August 14. 2017. And at some point last week I remembered that it will be the Tenth Anniversary of This did not spur me into planning anything. I guess this means I will be counting on you guys for content tomorrow.

Hello? Anyone? Damn crickets.

So yeah, anyway... I haven't done or planned anything other than remembering that it is tomorrow. Seems almost appropriate somehow.

Windows Central: First look at the new Xbox Avatars

By Blackwalt - Posted on 13 August 2017

Whoot! Yay! I guess...

    Microsoft has been working on new Xbox avatars for quite a while, having teased them several months ago. They're nearly ready for prime time as part of the Fall Creators Update for Xbox One, and we got an early look.

Video after the break.


Titanfall 2 is on sale pretty much everywhere for $19.99. Reviewed well and is supposed to have a good single player campaign.


Are you going to need a tinfoil hat? We can always borrow a design from Stormblade.


To Rolly C during an odd
conversation outside IKEA

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