U.Gamers Podcast #104: Heroes of the Storm closed beta, MOBA recap

March 12, 2015

Jon has been playing the Heroes of the Storm closed beta, and he has a lot to say about it. Plus: tune in for a MOBA 101 recap, and hear how Jon thinks it’ll fare against other popular MOBAs like League of Legends and Dota 2!

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Photo credit: Marco Verch via Flickr

Photo credit: Marco Verch via Flickr

Show Notes:

  • Cody and Jon discuss what they’re hoping to accomplish on the show
  • Minnesota is a tundra where nobody lives, and that is why the WiiU works better there than it does in Chicago; also, Cody is radioactive
  • Daylight Saving is stupid, and is comparable only in practice to a dry handjob on your birthday
  • Jon took his son on a walk because the weather is nice, which organically leads to Cody asking Jon how hard it is to produce breast milk
  • Now that Cody’s girlfriend is listening to podcasts and she has identified the worst part of terrible podcasts, Cody finds this episode getting caught up in the same pitfalls
  • Jon nearly died of a sinus infection, which he compared to that one time he was stabbed in the face
  • Cody went to a pretentious but incredibly delicious and amazing bar in Wicker Park called Violet Hour, and then he talks about pharmacists and basically the best whiskey ever
  • KFC’s secret recipe is kept in a vault and guarded by a sorcerer
  • Cody and Jon debut “Qualifying Round,” a segment where they explain a gaming term before delving deeper into a related subject. This week: learn about the MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre of video games (also a very popular type of e-sport)
  • Jon explains League of Legends’ drafting system and how it contributes to making games take around an hour to play
  • Jon explains how Heroes of the Storm features shorter games than League of Legends and Dota 2, has multiple maps, and has other traits that make it distinctly different than its peers in the MOBA genre
  • Jon also talks about the Heroes of the Storm community is more inviting/forgiving than the community he experienced when playing League of Legends, and Cody compares it to other e-sports
  • Cody goes on an inane tangent about unlocking stuff in video games, using Batman: Arkham City and Hyrule Warriors as examples
  • Getting back to the main point, Jon gets to some listener Q&A, answering a question about micro-transactions within Heroes of the Storm
  • Another question asks if we at Unqualified Gamers actually show game play, which Cody tackles before giving an overview of their YouTube content
  • Cody incidentally mentions #GamerGate for the first time ever on the podcast, but only to tell the story of how he got really drunk one time and talked about it on a one-man episode
  • Check out Cody’s video on “flipping,” especially as it applies to consoles, and find out why he doesn’t own a Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Sony Playstation 4
  • Jon has been playing Adventure Mode in Hyrule Warriors, even though he continues to insist that it’s not a “good” game, and he can’t seem to stop himself from playing more of it
  • Cody posits that Hyrule Warriors, at this point, may have surpassed Final Fantasy XIII-2 as the most often discussed game in the history of Unqualified Gamers
  • Cody made a guest appearance on Episode #149 of All Things Good and Nerdy, a podcast member of the Gonna Geek Network

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