Ex-IndyCar blogger. The biggest hyperbole addict ever. The best mediocre MechWarrior Online pilot. Human paraquat.
It has not been a bed of roses for Piranha Games since launching “MechWarrior Online” last September. A volatile community, lack of development, persistent bugs (from said lack of development), missed deadlines, the long promised “Community Warfare” game-mode absent, cash grabs…the list goes on. Also the recent announcement of their new game “Transverse” with MechWarrior still developing caused a stir in their community and there has been a complete lack of crowd-funding for the new project as a result.
Since recently ending their publishing deal with Infinite Games Publishing (for MechWarrior Online) there has been an about-face to almost everything. More sales, way more communication with the community, long awaited new mechs, COMMUNITY WARFARE, and…
Check them out:
Active Player Reward
Our 1 year Active Player Reward is for any player that has played more than 100 matches since September 17th 2013. Eligible players will receive 2,000,000 C-bills, a Mechbay, and a fun standing Cockpit item.
Players with less than 100 matches still have the potential to earn this reward, as you have until Sept 23rd at 10:00 am PDT to hit the mark! The Active Player Reward will be injected into eligible accounts on September 23rd.
Free cash, a free Mechbay, free stuff, and time to get it if you have not hit the 100 mark. Good shit.
MechWarrior Credits Reward
This reward is for anyone who has ever purchased MechWarrior Credits. Eligible players will receive an exclusive new Centurion variant - the CN9-AH - decked out with a custom paint job, along with a 30% C-bill Bonus and a free Mechbay. This custom CN9-AH variant will only be available through our MechWarrior Credits Reward program and will be injected into eligible accounts on October 21st. You have until Sept 23rd at 10:00 am PDT to earn the MechWarrior Credits Reward. Founders packages that included MechWarrior Credits qualify for this reward. Standard versions of this new variant will be available for C-Bills at a future date to be determined.
THE RESURRECTION OF THE CN9-AH?! WITH A 30%-BONUS?!
This reward is for players who have purchased any pre-sale program package. This includes any level of Founders, Phoenix, Clan Invasion Wave1 and 2 packages, or a la carte mechs. Eligible players will receive an exclusive new Atlas variant - the AS7-S - decked out with a custom paint job, along with a 30% C-bill Bonus and a free Mechbay. This custom AS7-S variant will only be available through our Pre-Sale Reward program and will be injected into eligible accounts on October 21st. You have until Sept 23rd at 10:00 am PDT to earn the Pre-Sale Reward. Standard versions of this new variant will be available for C-Bills at a future date to be determined.
That is right…A FREE DAMN ATLAS.
Top Tier Reward
This reward is for anyone who purchased a Top Tier Package in any of our pre-order programs. Eligible players will receive an exclusive new King Crab Assault Mech decked out with a custom paint job, along with a 30% C-bill Bonus and a free Mechbay. This custom King Crab variant will only be available through our Top Tier Reward program and will be injected into eligible accounts on December 16th. You have until December 16th at 10:00 am PDT to earn the Top Tier Reward. All Standard variants of this chassis will be available for MC December 16th and C-bills January 20th.
As an additional thanks to all Founders, the C-bill bonus on all original Founders Mechs will be permanently raised from 25% to 30% starting September 17th.
Founders Mechs will no longer be quite so rare and useless that they are now. Nice.
Ultimate Clan Reward
This reward is for players who purchased a Masakari Clan Invasion package and the Wave 2 Man-o-War package. Eligible players will receive an exclusive new Invasion Mad Dog Mech with custom Invasion paint job and unique geometry, along with a 30% C-bill Bonus, 2 additional Mad Dog standard variants and 3 Mechbays .The Invasion version of this Mech will only be available through the Ultimate Clan Reward program. This Invasion Mad Dog Mech and the 2 standard variants will be available starting September 23rd for daily 4 pm injection. All Standard variants of this chassis will be available for MC December 16th and C-bills January 20th. Check out our Clan Invasion Wave 2 page for details (coming soon). The Ultimate Clan Reward program will be available for as long as the Clan Invasion Programs remain active.
Yes, another pricey Clan Invasion package…but this time those prices seem slightly more reasonable. Oh, and MAD DOG.
From the onset, the community seems nearly collectively pleased. For once. I have no idea who you even are anymore, PGI. Keep it up.
I’m back in grade school.
From Sebring to Fiorano…
Album review by Nathan Gruenholz
Originally posted on Wasted Years METAL
My first ever album review for this metal site wasn’t quite a metal album. The second album review? Not at all, either. Metal cred now officially gone, before I even had any. But hear me out, it’s another Nightwish member going solo…
Nightwish’s founder Tuomas Holopainen for the first time (and perhaps only time) has decided to do a solo project. It’s odd considering Nightwish fulfills all of his vast musical ambitions. But one idea he’s had for the better part of two decades is something that wouldn’t sound quite right for Nightwish: a “soundtrack” to his favorite…book? Not just any book, but the graphic novel “The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck”.
Sure, a soundtrack to a comic book. About a Disney duck. No metal band in the history of ever would touch that with a 10-foot Lemmy Kilmister signature Rickenbacker bass…not even a symphonic-metal band as diverse as Nightwish. So with that in mind Tuomas did this project with his name stamped to it without the band.
Also in doing a “book soundtrack” Tuomas would be creating possibly a musical first. Soundtracks are created for movies, videos and similar mediums. I don’t think a soundtrack to a book exist. Nobody would have original music in their minds when reading. But this is Tuomas Holopainen we’re talking about. So, a soundtrack to a book about Scrooge McDuck it is.
Now my knowledge of Scrooge is based on “DuckTales”, which has musical ties to it already. Name me a greater theme song to a cartoon. Guaranteed it will be running on a loop 80 times in your head in the next 24 hours. Also another example of ol’ Scrooge having epic music about him is in the “DuckTales” 8-bit NES game. The Moon level theme is one of the greatest video game musical themes of all time, only topped by Super Mario Bros. level 1-1 and the main theme to The Legend of Zelda. Even the “remastered” DuckTales game released recently has an excellent new take on it. Remixes of the track done by people on the internet are incredible. The bar has been set quite high for Tuomas already.
Reviewing a “soundtrack” shouldn’t be to foreign to me; I’m a big fan of the soundtracks to the “MechWarrior 2” video games (and the cut-scenes from those games). Tuomas is a big fan of soundtracks himself, but prefers those that have been written for movies (see: Hans Zimmer). So let’s see if this “book soundtrack” can measure up to such examples.
(read the complete review after the jump)