Get an Extra Free Game With Gold this month

By Blackwalt - Posted on 23 June 2017

Zoo Tycoon is available through the Japan Microsoft Store

Best of all you don't even need those Japanese lessons that SeanMCR has been slaving over. Honest, SeanMCR, the Russian Brides have less paperwork.

It is recommended that you login in to your Xbox Account on the English page before you transfer over to the Japanese Store.

Once there click on the big blue button and then Zoo Tycoon will be downloaded to your Xbox. The proper version for your region, free. Rolly C and I have been playing it in coop for the past three days and enjoying it.

Psst! It's free. Worth a try.

HoC Random "Fake DLC Poster" of the Day - 062217

By Blackwalt - Posted on 22 June 2017

But, oh, would I buy it...

Via Reddit user AlexJoky.

Oh yeah. There was Crackdown coverage at E3

By Blackwalt - Posted on 18 June 2017

With Terry Crews

    Xbox One and Windows 10 exclusive. CRACKDOWN 3 OFFICIAL E3 2017 TRAILER. Step up your BOOM! Suit up and throw down as a superpowered agent on a mission to take back the city. Terry Crews as Commander Jaxon wants you to join in on the open world mayhem, dropping November 7, 2017.

Apparently the E3 appearance Crackdown was considered a letdown by a lot of people. The massive, destructible world is for online, adversarial play only. Partly because they removed the always online requirement for single player and partly because you are theoretically playing as a hero and wholesale destruction does not befit a hero.

No wholesale destruction? That's not the kind of hero I want to be.

More Strange Brigade - Exclusive Gameplay & Commentary

By Blackwalt - Posted on 17 June 2017

Coming soon seems to have changed to 2018

    Calling all adventurers! As it's E3 week, and reveals are everywhere, we're extremely excited to finally be able to give you a first look at gameplay from Strange Brigade!

    Not only will you get to see a coffin load of explosive gameplay, but we've also got commentary from Strange Brigade's Lead Designer (Tim Jones) and Lead Artist (Andy Pattinson)!

Is is just me or are "2018" and "coming soon" two vastly different time estimates? (Obviously, which ever it is, I am still interested)

Sega Nite: Returning to Gun Game

By Blackwalt - Posted on 17 June 2017

With Zombie Chronicles not out until Thursday we had to fill our time on Sega Nite

We did this with Black Ops II. In zombie mode of course. Until I had to leave for a bit, that is...

I needed to provide brief help around the house. Right after another unsuccessful attempt at Origins. Since things hadn't been going well in Zombie Mode Coxxorz and Graybush decided to try regular multi-player. The fact that this happened the second I left was purely a coincidence.

So I came back just as they decided to play Gun Game. A mode that I had previously covered as not being one of my favourites. This may be why they got upset when I won the first round. And yes, winning was nice, but the best part of this Gun Game was the final kill...

Zombie Chronicles is out!

By Blackwalt - Posted on 15 June 2017

Right Now! Go get it!

Sadly it is $39.99 CDN. However, since it is Zombies you can find it here on or if you prefer you can find it on the Xbox Store through your XBox One (which is what I did).

18.24GB so start early...

HoC Random Error Message of the Day - 061317

By Blackwalt - Posted on 13 June 2017

As much as I am enjoying Crossout this error message surprised me

Mainly because this error message occurred immediately after a forced update.

Particularly annoying.

Coxxorz finally gets what's coming to him!

By Blackwalt - Posted on 13 June 2017

His 50th Birthday Present!

A while ago we realized there was a momentous occasion that needed to be celebrated. Coxxorz' 50th birthday which we charmingly titled You can't make me celebrate my 50th!

This turned out to be more accurate than expected. Eventually the attempt to Herd Cats was abandoned and Blackwalt and Coxxorz scheduled a weekday coop day to celebrate more privately. Being properly motivated (by Guba) to get Cozzorz' gift out of the basement may have helped. It was a big box, two feet by two feet by two feet. Big.

Everyone from HoC knows that Collector's Editions are like catnip to Coxxorz. That's why for his 50 Birthday it had to be something special. Hoc succeeded.

Slowly through out the coop day he worked his way through his gifts (a hat, a flashlight, a stick, a book) eventually culminating with the giant box and the Titanfall Collector's Edition. We have previously covered the size of this Collector's Edition.

Coxxorz was wowed by the fact that we had found a copy of this in demand, 2014, release. He immediately set it up and began playing with it.

And yes, there is video...

POW, BANG, GOODBYE! Adam West passes away at 88

By Blackwalt - Posted on 11 June 2017

The same Bat time no more...

The internet pretty much broke when it was announced yesterday that Adam West had passed away.

    West died Friday night after "a short but brave battle with leukemia," his publicist, Molly Schoneveld, said Saturday in a statement. He was 88.

    "Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight, and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives," West's children said in a statement. "He was and always will be our hero."

More available at CBC.

Rebellion announces Strange Brigade

By Blackwalt - Posted on 11 June 2017

Rebellion, of course, are the developers of Zombie Army Trilogy and are our buds

Being developed by Rebellion isn't the only reason we should be interested. Something about four player coop, set in the 1930s, fighting mystical forces...

Clearly not zombies, however. Other mystical forces.
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All the ways you can watch Microsoft's 2017 E3 presentation

By Blackwalt - Posted on 06 June 2017

Xbox Daily: Live @ E3 Announce Trailer

    Watch live beginning on Sunday, June 11 at 2:00 p.m. PDT. Watch the Xbox E3 2017 Briefing live in glorious 4K on the official Xbox Mixer Channel or on the Mixer app for Xbox One. You’ll also be able to catch a live stream of the briefing on the Xbox Twitch Channel, YouTube (also in 4K!), Twitter, and Facebook Live.

    Also on cable and satellite in the U.S. and Canada at 2:00 p.m. PDT (or 5:00 p.m. EDT for you east coast dwellers!) via multiplatform media company Fuse.

Free to Play Crossout

By Blackwalt - Posted on 05 June 2017

Highly recommended by two separate co-workers

Join CROSSOUT, the post-apocalyptic MMO Action game! Craft your unique battle machines from a myriad of interchangeable parts, ride them directly into combat and destroy your enemies in explosive online battles!

Key Features:

  • Unique vehicles, crafted by players using a wide range of available parts: from nimble buggies to heavily tracked off-road vehicles and even combat walkers.
  • Complete freedom of creativity and thousands of possible combinations: Create vehicles of any shape using a wide range of parts, with a wide variety of armour and weapons to help support your arsenal.
  • Advanced damage model: destroy any part of an enemy vehicle and it will affect the machine's performance immediately.
  • A huge arsenal of weapons: From chainsaws to power-drills, machine guns to rocket launchers, and a wide range of variety including flying drones and stealth generators.
  • Your own workshop: create new and advanced parts, and auction them at the in-game marketplace.
  • Trading options between players: every piece that you have gathered in battle can be sold to other players.
  • Choose your own battle strategy: Apart from victory, the only thing that matters is your Survival!

As I am constantly reminded (all day) from the desk beside me, it's free.

More info at the Official Crossout Website

Revisiting Zombie Chronicles: Moon

By Blackwalt - Posted on 03 June 2017

Game: Call of Duty Black Ops. Map: Moon

I read an article about a Playstation player who missed playing the original Zombie Chronicles maps once he retired his PS3. This lead me to realize how lucky we were to have backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. Compatibility that included the three Call of Duty games that included the Original zombie maps. While waiting for the Xbox release of Zombie Chronicles I decided this would be the ideal chance to revisit the original maps in their original forms. One player, one attempt... How bad could it be?

Number seven: Moon

"One of these days Blackwalt — POW! Straight to the Moon!"

I have to admit that I am trying to blank out my memories of this Revisiting Zombie Chronicles series. I had been expecting somewhat better results. I just wasn't getting them. Visiting the moon I remembered that we usually headed to the Bio-dome and set up there. I didn't make it there. I didn't get close.

Once again I found the stakeout but skipped it to try an get something useful out of the tickle trunk! However the sniper rifle proofed un-useful. I stuck with the M14 and the MPL. I didn't get far enough along to grab anything else.

Trailer: Dead Alliance

By Blackwalt - Posted on 29 May 2017

4v4 Multiplayer with zombies

    Seize the Dead. Build your squad and turn zombies against your opponents in fast-paced, 4v4 multiplayer.

    Armed with a variety of loadouts that range from guns to pheromone grenades, you'll face off against enemy armies and gruesome, human-eating killers - all while attempting to capture and control as many bases as possible. Use a variety of specialized weapons called zMods to turn zombies into undead allies that will work for the good of your troops!

    The world is a wasteland, and your only hope for survival is to use the dead...or join them.

More at

Revisiting Zombie Chronicles: Shangri-la

By Blackwalt - Posted on 29 May 2017

Game: Call of Duty Black Ops. Map: Shangri-la

In an article yesterday I read about a Playstation player who missed playing the original Zombie Chronicles maps once he retired his PS3. This lead me to realize how lucky we were to have backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. Compatibility that included the three Call of Duty games that included the Original zombie maps. While waiting for the Xbox release of Zombie Chronicles I decided this would be the ideal chance to revisit the original maps in their original forms. One player, one attempt... How bad could it be?

Number six: Shangri-la

Ohhhh Shangri-la! Once again I went in hoping for better and then got spiked twice while moving into the second room. Totally forgot about those until I got hit. Twice.

Once again I happily found and bought the stakeout! I had worked my way down to the cave and even managed to tickle trunk once. This is when I set up in the back with the geyser as an emergency escape route.

This worked for one round until I discovered that the geyser was also an entrance for the zombies and not the clear escape route I had thought it was.


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.


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conversation outside IKEA

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