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    Overwatch: First Impressions

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    On May 24th Blizzard released Overwatch, a multiplayer first person shooter.  If you’ve known me for more than a minute you’ll know that first person shooter games aren’t my thing.  I’ve never logged much time with them, and when I have tried I’ve gotten so frustrated that I flat out gave up.  So far I’ve logged more than fourty hours of Overwatch and have no plan to stop playing anytime soon.  With 21 different characters, there is one for pretty much every type of player…even self-proclaimed FPS haters such as myself.  Check out the video footage of my first Twitch stream with this game that I cannot seem to stop playing:

    So the big question many of my friends have had is what exactly is it about Overwatch that got me to check out the game.  For those who don’t know, I am a HUGE fan of Blizzard games.  I’ve logged more hours than I will ever admit on World of Warcraft, played through Diablo III once or twice, dabbled a bit with Heroes of the Storm, and attempted to get through the tutorial of Hearthstone.  Basically if it’s something Blizzard put out, I’m going to try it because they consistently put out games that I enjoy.  The release date also happened to align with summer break, and my fourteen year old son is a major FPS lover.  At the very least, I hoped Overwatch would be a game we could play together and have some fun with over the summer.

    What has kept me playing every single day is a little more difficult to explain.  I’m not GREAT at the game, but every time I play I feel like I’m getting a better grasp on the maps, my favorite characters abilites, and in all honesty…it’s just a fun game to play with friends.  I’ve logged the bulk of my playtime with Mei, a hero who uses ice walls, blizzards and frosty blasts to defeat the opposing team.  You can read her full story on the Blizzard site here.  While I’m sure that I could probably get better with some other characters after playing them for nearly forty hours, I like being able to hop in a game and feel confident and comfortable with one character for now.  Each of the characters have their own special abilites and stories and it’s fun even just listening to their interactions that hint at what seems to be a fairly vague and ever expanding story line.

    I’d love to talk more about Overwatch, but right now I’d really like to get back to playing.  The obsession is strong. Have you played Overwatch? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.  If you’d like to hop in and play sometime on XboxOne make sure to follow TheMommyGamers Twitch channel at www.Twitch.Tv/TheMommyGamers for when the stream goes live.

    You can also check out our other game content on our YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/themommygamers 

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    Episode 130: Can’t Vegan

    The Mommy Gamers, Podcast, 130

     

    For The Mommy Gamers podcast episode 130 the ladies get into a passionate debate about post-interview thank you notes.  Do you send them after a job interview? We’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below.  Marcia, Desira and Carrie also discuss hamsters, the new game from Niantic Labs: Pokemon Go, Blizzard’s new first person shooter Overwatch, Captain America, Chewbacca mom, and lots more.

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    Episode 122: Ring My Bell

    Episode 122 Ring My Bell TMG

     

    This week the ladies talk about The Division, Microsoft’s GDC party, Cinder, The Little Prince update, and Nashville while Marcia rings her new bell and struggles with… words.

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    Episode 114: Incorrectly Pronounced

    Pronunciation Unit

    This week the ladies are joined by game journalist and friend Robert Workman. They chat about Amplitude, the latest lipsynch battle, game length, Garden Warfare 2 beta, and much much more.

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    Episode 106: Ode to Fromage

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    Photo Credit: Fête du Pain via photopin (license)

    This week the ladies talk about FLBlogCon, Carrie’s cheese mistake, the fall TV line up, Paper Towns (movie), water on Mars, Heroes Reborn, Cinderella, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, Desirai’s gaming dry spell and Marcia’s feelings about it.

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    The Elder Scrolls Online Cast Announced

    the_elder_scrolls_wallpaper_thumbBethesda has announced some of the actors lending their amazing talents to The Elder Scrolls Online .  The ensemble case will include such greats as John Cleese (“A Fish Called Wanda,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail“), Bill Nighy (“Pirates of the Caribbean“, “Shaun of the Dead”), Kate Beckinsale (“Underworld“, “Much Ado About Nothing”), Alfred Molina (“Raiders of the Lost Ark“), Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter“), Malcolm McDowell (“A Clockwork Orange“, “Fallout 3”), and Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”).

    The Elder Scrolls Online is the first time that player will be able to explore the world of Tamriel in a multiplayer setting.  Every player will be able to choose how they want to play, whether that will be to quest on their own, join with a few friends, or participate in massive PvP world events.  The Elder Scrolls Online is bringing MMORPG game play to the world of Tamriel and if you ask me it is going to be awesome.

    Bethesda is not new to casting top talent in their games.  For Fallout 3 it was Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson (“Schindler’s List”, Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace”) and Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman (“Hellboy”) in key roles.  Clearly Bethesda understands how talented actors can really help in making a game a truly engrossing experience.

    TESO_cast John Cleese will play Cadwell, the “cheerful and endearingly mad lost soul who is not afraid of anyone, even a Daedric Prince”.  Bill Nighy has been cast as the High King Emeric.  Kate Beckinsale takes on the role of Queen Ayrenn, leader of the Aldmeri Dominion and Queen of the High Elves.  Alfred Molina takes on the role of Abnur Tharn, the head of the Empire’s Elder Council, and the power behind the Ruby Throne.  Lynda Carter returns to reprise her role of Azura, the Daedric Princess of Dusk and Dawn from Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.  Michael Gambon will voice The Prophet, the blind man who acts a guide for the player on his/her quest to retrieve his/her soul; and Malcolm McDowell will play Molag Bal, an evil Daedric god that has played a role in other Elder Scrolls games and whose main goal is to enslave mortal souls.

    Quoted from the press release:

    “The Elder Scrolls Online cast also includes:
    • Peter Stormare (“Fargo”) plays Jorunn the Skald King, an unexpected monarch who led his people into an unlikely alliance.

    • Jim Ward (“WALL•E,” “Despicable Me 2“) voices Mannimarco, a renegade High Elf wizard exiled from the realm for raising the dead and the world’s most powerful necromancer.

    • Jennifer Hale appears in the role of Lyris Titanborn, a Nord half-giant, who, along with the Prophet, aids the player on their journey..

    • Kevin Michael Richardson rounds out the cast as Sai Sahan a noble martial artist and master swordsman.”

    Seriously, though, how much talent can one game have?  I am ridiculously excited by all this.  The gameplay and story already had me sucked in, but knowing that my some of my favorite actors are on board really seals this for me as my most anticipated game of 2014.

    *The Elder Scrolls Online is set to release April 4, 2014 for PC and Mac and June 2014 for Playstation 4 and Xbox One*

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