About David

David Holloway has been involved with gaming since the early 1970′s and with virtual worlds since heavy use of a MOO in 1993 – he even admits to having owned a Vic 20 and used it heavily to play cassette-based roleplaying games. As far as Star Wars goes, he still owns his original set of Star Wars figures and can vouch for the fact that a 1978 Stormtrooper can be blown to bits by shooting it with a slug gun from a distance. He’s also played Star Wars games as far back as the Super Nintendo console and to this day is devastated by the accidental erasure of all his progress on Lego Star Wars on the Wii.



Flash Point 89: Dirk Diggler Does Dallas

flashpoint-podcastWith special guest David Carr, we tackle the Warlords of Draenor launch, a health dose of SWTOR and a whole bunch of other goodies.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Las Vegas Cantina thumb drive (link), Pretty Little Sith’s blog post on the Cantina catch-up (link), Ootini Cantina (link)

Others: Warlords of Drainer review, launch issues

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: Light Sabers!

2. General Gaming News

– Simon’s Pax Aus report (link to Bioware’s talk)

– Overwatch (cinematic, in-game footage)

– EVE Online new release format

– What the hell is going on with AAA games? (Drive Club link, Assassins Creed Unity link, Destiny link)

3. Pop Culture

Film: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Other: Excavated Atari cartridges sell for up to $1500 on Ebay (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– Simon shops for a new monitor

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Dragon Age Inquisition Trailer

So, who’s excited?

Official availability info:

Dragon Age: Inquisition will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC via Origin on November 20 in Australia and November 21 in New Zealand, 2014. The game has been rated MA15+ by The Australia Classification Board

(No) Surprise: Zero Link Between Games and Violence

kingsmouth12The evidence has been there in dribs and drabs for years, but a recently published study puts the hole issue to bed in a commanding way:

This article presents 2 studies of the association of media violence rates with societal violence rates. In the first study, movie violence and homicide rates are examined across the 20th century and into the 21st (1920–2005). Throughout the mid-20th century small-to-moderate correlational relationships can be observed between movie violence and homicide rates in the United States. This trend reversed in the early and latter 20th century, with movie violence rates inversely related to homicide rates. In the second study, videogame violence consumption is examined against youth violence rates in the previous 2 decades. Videogame consumption is associated with a decline in youth violence rates. Results suggest that societal consumption of media violence is not predictive of increased societal violence rates.

So there you have it. Those who have worked in the field aren’t likely to be surprised, but the general public will have their preconceptions pretty heavily challenged by this. What’s your take?

Flash Point 88: The Pseudo-Barrycast

flashpoint-podcastSimon and David cover off a bunch of MMO news plus plenty of other snippets. For those that get past half way you’ll understand why we’ve called this the Barrycast (although embarrassingly it appears it was an audio driver issue that I could only hear although you may hear a slight echo effect and other glitches in spots for which I apologise).

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: CantinaGate / VenueGate, the transparency dilemma (link), Character slots per server to be increased from 22, NPC limit raised in Strongholds, new Halloween gear on the Cartel Market (link), Architect’s Pack (link), Slot Machine now available for 1 credit.

Others: Warlords of Drainer pre-expansion patch, Aussie servers for WoW announced

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: back next episode!

2. General Gaming News

– Ps4 2.0 Firmware update (link)

3. Pop Culture

TV: The Walking Dead, Constantine, Borgen

Other: PaxAus

4. Tech Roundup
– iPad/iPhone sales (link)

– The death of Nokia (link)

– Promised cool link (link)

– Between Two Ferns (link)

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Flash Point 87: We Forgot Joe’s Name Edition

flashpoint-podcastWe get excited about Shadows of Revan and provide lots of semi-informed filler – what else could you want?

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Shadows of Revan (link), Disciplines (link), Class quest lines.

Others: WoW, Destiny (check out Ben McJannet’s ongoing Destiny coverage for our website)

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: Yavin 4

2. General Gaming News

– Star Citizen – the 890 Jump (link)

3. Pop Culture

TV: The Walking Dead Returns

4. Tech Roundup
– Windows 10

– New Oculus prototype – Crescent Bay (link)

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Shadows of Revan Expansion Details Announced

▶_SWTOR_Shadow_of_Revan_Expansion_Announcement_Trailer_-_YouTubeIf you’re a SWTOR and WoW player like I am, the last two months of this year are going to be insane. Warlords of Draenor is of course launching in November, and now the next big SWTOR expansion hits less than a month later on December 9th.

When I say ‘big expansion’ I mean one with lots of new story and a new level cap, which is exactly what Shadows of Revan is promising.

The short story is:

–          Level cap jumps from 55 to 60

–          Two new planets hit the severs: Rishi and Yavin 4.

–          introduction of Disciplines to replace Skill Trees (link)

–          Two new Flashpoints that will be ‘role-neutral’.

–          Addition of four Hard Mode Flashpoints and two level 60 Operations.

–          Limited time XP boost for Subscribers: you get a 12 times XP boost to allow you to get a character to 55 before the expansion hits.

There’s certainly plenty of incentives on offer to get new subscribers: the XP boost, the usual 7-day early access to the expansion, and if you didn’t follow-through to Rise of the Hutt Cartel, you get that free as well.

Have a look at the announcement vid for some shots of the new content:

December 9th is when everyone gets access to Shadows of Revan, with subscribers able to log in from December 2nd.

That gives me three weeks to get to Level 100 in WoW…. We will of course dissect the expansion announcement in this week’s podcast.

Over to you: what do you think of the announcement? If you’re a lapsed subscriber, is there enough goodies in there to lure you back?

Flash Point 86: Interview With George Lucas’ Ghost

flashpoint-podcastWe always try to provide a mixed bag and this week is no different with SWTOR, Star Citizen, Destiny, World of Warcraft and Pong (ok not the last one).

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: New York Community Cantina (link), Ootina Spoilercast coming up soon,  item missing from Constable’s Pack (link)

Others: Brief chat about laziness / getting in a rut with MMOs

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: back next episode!

2. General Gaming News

– Further Destiny thoughts (check out Ben McJannet’s ongoing Destiny coverage for our website)

– Archeage and a thanks to Darren Taylor for his article / review.

– Star Citizen’s US$350 ship on offer, the Aegis Reclaimer (link)

3. Pop Culture

TV: The Goldbergs (link), incomplete Clone Wars episodes now available (link)

Movies: Jodorowsky’s Dune (link)

Other: The potato salad Kickstarter that did good (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– The bendy iPhone 6: or is it? (link)
– ello, the new social network (link)
– Revan video we forgot to talk about at the top of the show (link)

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Flash Point 85: Less Batter, More Meat

flashpoint-podcastWe get a little bit obsessive over Destiny this week, but still manage a very healthy dose of SWTOR and a bunch of other tech / gaming and pop culture discussion. Even better – ODS-1 gives us the low-down on the legacy of the Rakata.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR:  Thank you to Hillary Nicole for her interview last episode, Forged Alliances patch, Patch 3.0 announcement (link), PAX Community Q&A thanks to Ootinicast (link)

Others: Nil

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: Legacy of the Rakata (here’s the link to ODS-1’s original Rakata coverage he mentions)

2. General Gaming News

– Microsoft to buy Minecraft? (link)

– Simon and David’s review of Destiny

3. Pop Culture

TV: The Left Overs (link), The Goldbergs (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– the week in phone launches, or ‘Is that an iPhone 6+ in your pocket or last years Galaxy Note’

– Samsung Note 4 – now with virtual reality (link)

A snippet of Meco’s take on Star Wars

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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Flash Point 84: Playing Barbies and Killing Stuff

flashpoint-podcastWe’re really pleased to have Hillary Nicole from SWTOR’s community team on for a chat, plus we cover a lot of ground on SWTOR, WoW, Dr Who and a great lore update from ODS-1 on The Hutts.

Points of discussion:

1. MMO News

SWTOR: Hillary Nicole Interview, Galactic Strongholds reaction, Gamescom Community Cantina flash drive contents (link)

Others: WoW expansion cinematic and launch (link), Elder Scrolls Online launches loyalty program (link), Star Citizen update

My Lore Is Stuck In Your Canon: The Hutts

2. General Gaming News
– Back next episode!

3. Pop Culture

TV: Dr Who new series, The Left Overs (link)

4. Tech Roundup
– Microsoft takes aim at streaming game lag (link), Steam might be getting into movies and TV (link)

– Shout outs for our Facebook page, Twitter account, Simon’s Twitter account  and ODS-1’s Twitter Account. – And don’t forget to buy an Oceanic Gamer T-Shirt or thirty!

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SWTOR 2.9: Galactic Strongholds – Full Patch Notes

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Game Update 2.9: Galactic Strongholds Early Access

Highlights

Galactic Strongholds Early Access! Subscribers can now purchase a Galactic Stronghold on Nar Shaddaa, Tatooine, Dromund Kaas, and Coruscant by visiting the Stronghold Directory on the Fleet or on the Stronghold’s planet.

Guild Flagships now available! Guilds can now purchase a Flagship and use it to compete with other guilds and conquer the galaxy! Visit the Flagship Directory on the Fleet for more information.

Battle for control with Conquest! Conquest events are now available in the Mission Log! Each week a new Conquest event will become active with new objectives. Complete your personal point target to earn special rewards – or if you’re in a guild with a Flagship, invade a planet and compete with other guilds for planetary domination. Special perks are available to those who conquer a planet by placing at the top of the Guild Leaderboard at the end of the event.

New Flashpoint: Depths of Manaan! Continue the Forged Alliances storyline with a new Level 55 Tactical Flashpoint set on the water-covered planet of Manaan.

Ranked Arena Season 2 has come to a conclusion! Congratulations to all the reward winners! In preparation for Season 3, Ranked stats have been reset and the Leaderboard for Season 2 has been archived.

General

  • The GSI Satellite Support Service is now in open beta testing on Makeb. Once registered with the GSI support satellites, GSI will track your every move and provide you with the following support services:
    • Gear is now bolstered to a 156 rating while on Makeb, increasing all stats!
    • When combat is detected, a Medical Probe will be deployed to administer long-lasting, refreshing Kolto, healing you for 2% every 3 seconds while you remain in combat.
    • There is now a 250% boost to exploration Experience while on Makeb.
  • Pets now occasionally make noises.
  • Victorious Battler Headgear now has voice modulation.
  • The Czerka Executive Speeder now tilts appropriately when turning.
  • The World Map window now blocks right-click interactions like other windows.
  • Oricon’s Galaxy Map appearance now accurately reflects that the moon is actively on fire.

Cartel Market

  • The first Stronghold Packs for Shipment Five – The Builder’s Stronghold Pack and The Gatekeeper’s Stronghold Pack – are now available in the Cartel Market!
  • Shipment Five Reputation – Binary Star Realty – available now!
  • Decorations and Decoration Bundles are now available for purchase!
  • Corrected the Rarity Icons of several Cartel Market items.

Galactic Strongholds

  • Galactic Strongholds on Nar Shaddaa, Tatooine, Dromund Kaas and Coruscant are now available to Subscribers.
  • Strongholds can be purchased by going to the Stronghold Directory on either Fleet or on the respective Stronghold planet.
  • An introductory Mission that grants a set of starter Decorations is offered by the Stronghold Commissioner, who can be found on either Fleet or on either Capital planet.
  • Mounts, pets, and companions can be placed as decorations in your Stronghold.
  • Guildmasters can purchase a Guild Headquarters at any Stronghold Directory. This purchase requires a Guild Bank with enough credits.
  • Decoration items can now be donated to your guild through the Guild Bank interface (this will consume the decoration unlock). Decorations that cannot be physically donated may be purchased for your guild through the decoration collection window (you will not lose the decoration).
  • Guildmasters can now purchase a Guild Flagship by visiting the Flagship Directory on the Fleet.
  • Flagship room expansions can be unlocked with a combination of credits and Framework items:
    • Frameworks come in three varieties: Engineering, Command, and Logistical.
    • They can be obtained either by crafting and exchanging Dark Projects at the Flagship Commissioner, by earning the guild reward in a Conquest Event, or by defeating enemy Sith and Jedi Commanders on planets across the galaxy.
  • Conquest events are now accessible in the Mission Log!
    • You can view the current Conquest event in the Conquest tab of the Mission Log.
    • Each week a new event will appear with a new set of objectives and contested planets. You can participate and earn rewards even if you aren’t in a guild.
    • If you are in a guild with a Flagship, your Guildmaster can choose to invade one of the contested planets and compete on the guild leaderboard! The top guild on each leaderboard will take control of the planet at the end of the event. Guild members who meet their point contribution target and place on the leaderboard will earn special guild-exclusive rewards. You will control the planet until your guild conquers another, or until another guild conquers it when it next becomes contested.
    • Conquering planets will earn your guild special privileges. Your guild will be advertised in a banner on the planet, your guild members will be displayed as ‘Conquerors’, your Flagship Orbital Support will have its effect doubled, and you will have access to special equipment, including the Commander Walker mount!
  • New Schematics are available on all Crew Skill trainers, under the “Strongholds & Conquests” category.
    • Industrial Prefabs can be crafted by Armormechs, Armstechs, and Cybertechs.
    • Synthetic Prefabs can be crafted by Artificers, Biochems, Synthweavers.
    • Universal Prefabs and their material components can be crafted by any crafting profession.
    • Prefabs are divided into three tiers: MK-1, MK-2, and MK-3. These schematics may be trained at skill levels 150, 300, and 450 respectively.
    • War Supplies are a new type of crafted item used to earn points in Conquest events. They may be exchanged for special decorations, Conquest equipment, and Flagship items. Each type of War Supplies may be crafted by the professions that specialize in the associated materials. All crafting professions may train the Invasion Force and Dark Project schematics.
  • Prefabs may be exchanged at the Fabricator Droids in the Strongholds & Crew Skills quadrant of either Fleet for a wide variety of Decorations.
  • Decorations now drop from every Flashpoint and Operation.
  • Many Flashpoint and Operation Achievements now provide special Trophy Decorations that can be placed on the walls of your Stronghold. You can view them in the Achievement Reward Window. These Decorations will be automatically unlocked when the Achievement is earned. You can also right-click the item icon to unlock it once the Achievement is earned.
  • Decorations may be purchased for Warzone Commendations and Fleet Commendations at the Starfighter & PvP Decorations Vendor on either Fleet.
  • Jawa scrap materials can now be obtained by earning Conquest rewards.

Flashpoints + Operations

  • Nefra, Who Bars The Way has a new “Frustrated Howl” ability, and now deals damage to all players participating in her Dread Fortress encounter if she reaches 80% health and is unable to reach a target.
  • The Achievement “Defeating Colonel Vorgath” is now properly granted when defeating him in 8-Player Story Mode Explosive Conflict.

Missions + NPCs

  • The density of enemies on Makeb has been reduced.
  • The Jedi Knight Mission “Doomsday” has had its difficulty reduced.
  • The Jedi Consular Mission “Chaos and Harmony” has had its difficulty reduced.
  • The Trooper Mission “The Battle of Corellia” has had its difficulty reduced.
  • Corrected the items that the Jawa Scrap Vendors have available, and they no longer sell unused Materials.
  • Group scaling has been removed from the following Missions, and the difficulty of the boss encounter no longer scales based on the number of players in the group:
    • Stealing Thunder (Imperial)
    • Revenge of the Archon (Imperial)
    • Hitting the Hutts (Republic)
    • Taking on Toborro (Republic)

Warzones

  • It is no longer possible to escape behind the series of pipes in the Tatooine Canyon Arena.

Warlords of Draenor Cinematic and Launch Date

Warlords_of_Draenor_Unleashed__Watch_the_Live_Stream_Now__-_World_of_Warcraft 2A big day today in World of Warcraft land, with a live stream provided by Blizzard to launch the Warlords of Draenor cinematic and to announce the launch date of the expansion, which has been set down for the 13th November 2014 - two days after Blizzcon.

There’d been some rumblings that an earlier than expected launch date would be announced, but it’s turned out to be a standard late year expansion launch. The livestream did a decent tour of the new zones:

And then unveiled the Lord of War lore mini-series and finished up with the cinematic:

Over to you: what did you think?

Location Of The Sacred Mount Lore Object

Here’s the location of the Unity At A Price lore object, which is required for the Rumbles of Thunder achievement.

First, you need to go to the Isle of Thunder, and get to the large building in the middle of The Diremoor, which is located here:

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The lore object is in the outer ring of the building. Go up the steps. turn and walk around the outer ring until you see it sitting right here:

 

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