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First Gaming Hour » http://firstgaminghour.com First hour of gaming reviews Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:47:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.22 M.I.A. update http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1366 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1366#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 04:42:25 +0000 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1366 Yes we have been M.I.A. (missing in action). Some would say we have moved away to another planet, some will say we don’t care anymore about games. Some might even say we have grown up. The simple reply to all the above is, “NO”, we are still here, hard working in the back ground. Busy playing games, reading gaming news, film news and even something even more stranger, working at out daily jobs and some are working on their educations. Yes there have be promises of more reviews and news etc. So I won’t promise that, but I will promise that we haven’t moved away and we haven’t grown up.

While I was away I found a great health supplement that I have been taking lately. It works great, a lot better than what I was expecting actually. It’s natural, it’s safe, and I just thought I’d take the time to give it a shoutout to recommend it to you guys. You can find it at Kratommasters.com if you’re interested.

So a quick question to all of you that have read the above. Is there anything you would like to see covered here by FGH? Leave a reply below.

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Interstellar Marines http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1333 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1333#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 21:21:11 +0000 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1333 A quick heads up. At the moment over on Steam you can try over the next four days, Interstellar Marines from Danish Zero Point Software

Get instant access and start playing; get involved with this game as it develops.
Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development.

At the moment you can buy the game for 5.78 € until the 16th of Feb. Working a review, should have it ready before the 16th.

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Want to write about games? DO IT? http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1329 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1329#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:16:30 +0000 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1329 The site is growing and we need more people who like to write about games. Theres no budget, but who cares!
If we get free games to write about, we distribute them among us. Be part of our cool writing staff 😉

Write me 😉
mariusbruus@gmail.com

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Steam Client Update Released, changes here. http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1318 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1318#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:49:18 +0000 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1318 Steam Client Update Released

An update has been released for the Steam Client and will be automatically downloaded.

Steam Music Player

  • The Steam Music Player feature is now available for everyone, making it easy to listen to your music collection while you play games on Steam. For more information, visit Steam News. For product support, visit Steam Support.

General

  • Added display of friends’ nicknames to notifications
  • Added support for Family View recovery email address in Big Picture mode
  • Added “I forgot my PIN” link to Family View unlock dialogs if a recovery email has been set
  • Simplified the user interface of the main window
  • Reduced energy usage when running in the background
  • Fixed installing games using “-applaunch” or “steam://install” commands
  • Fixed some cases where invalid URL strings would be parsed as URLs in chats
  • Fixed some issues with Unicode handling inside links in chat
  • Fixed regression that prevented public sharing of screenshots of non-Steam games
  • Fixed install from retail disk for games with more than 4 DVDs, to use the data from all disks
  • Fixed game banners not appearing in grid view while in offline mode
  • Fixed hang in grid view when hitting enter with no game selected
  • Fixed warning sound playing when unlocking Family View in desktop mode
  • Fixed permissions issue preventing developers from uploading Workshop items to an app using the ISteamUGC interface, if they only had an auto-grant license for the app

In-Home Streaming

  • Improved AMD hardware encoding quality
  • Updated Streaming audio from Linux to use the default pulse audio sink if none is running at the time streaming starts
  • Fixed rare crash with windowed game capture
  • Fixed regression preventing Big Picture mode from responding after streaming a game
  • Fixed regression preventing streaming to NVIDIA Shield

Windows

  • Added support for additional caching of proxy auto-discovery results and better background detection of broken networks where auto-discovery fails and takes a long time to timeout
  • Fixed failing to draw Web views into games that run as the elevated user when Steam wasn’t also elevated

Mac OS X

  • Updated some common user interface elements for Retina displays

Linux

  • Fixed keyboard input for non-Latin languages in the Web view
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Introducing the Steam Music Player http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1314 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1314#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 05:31:14 +0000 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1314 Now it’s easy to listen to your music collection while you play games on Steam.

Point Steam to the MP3s on your computer, then browse your collection of albums and artists. You’ll also find your Steam Soundtracks DLC in your Steam Music library when the associated base game is installed. Listen to albums, queue up mixes, and create playlists you love, right in your Steam library. Best of all, it’s all available right within the Steam Overlay, so you can control playback without leaving your game. The Steam Music library and player consist of all the basics you need to enjoy your music without switching tasks.

To celebrate the release of the Steam Music, the following Valve soundtracks DLC are now available for free to those who own the related base games and documentary. In addition, the following Valve games are on sale for 75%

75% off Half-Life | Free Soundtrack DLC
75% off Half-Life Two | Free Soundtrack DLC
75% off Half-Life Two: Episode One | Free Soundtrack DLC
75% off Half-Life Two: Episode Two | Free Soundtrack DLC
75% off Portal | Free Soundtrack DLC
75% off Portal 2 | Free Soundtrack DLC
Free to Play | Free Soundtrack DLC

Check the Steam Store for additional soundtracks to your favorite games.
*Offer ends October 1st at 10AM Pacific Time

 

 

off.*SMP

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Triad Wars – Welcome to the Triad http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1303 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1303#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:39:02 +0000 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1303 Set in the vibrant city of Hong Kong & Sleeping Dogs universe, Triad Wars is an online open-world action adventure PC game where you rise to power as a criminal kingpin of the Triad underworld. Experience the unrivaled combination of fighting, shooting & driving or succeed through strategy via extortion, hacking & money laundering – It’s your city to claim & how you do it is entirely up to you. Register now for the Closed Beta at www.triadwars.com

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Is GTA 5 getting a first-person mode? http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1299 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1299#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:03:59 +0000 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1299 A leaked post on Rockstars site might have some more info on that. Has since been pulled from the net. But luckily enough the internet, got  ahold of some of the improvements.

Increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic, and enhanced resolutions all work together to bring new life to the cities, towns, deserts and oceans of Rockstar North’s epic reimagining of Southern California.

All new content and gameplay created since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online, including an extensive array of new Jobs, an arsenal of new weapons, scores of new vehicles, new properties and player customizations will also be available for the PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One and PC with much more to come. In addition, the current community of players will have the ability to transfer their Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to their choice of PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC.

Grand Theft Auto V for PC will also feature a video editor designed for advanced movie-making.

A brand new first person mode for vehicles that shows the interior of the vehicle, including working speedometers, tachometers, dash lights, and more

A brand new first person mode while on foot

A wealth of new easter eggs and random events for Story Mode
New animals roaming Los Santos
Animals in GTA Online?

Players that transfer characters from Xbox 360 or PS3 will receive free new weapons and a free garage in GTA Online.

Newly overhauled character selection screen
We will have to wait until the 18th November for the Xbox One and PS4 versions to find out. PC version out January next year.

 

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League of Legends: World Championship Predictions http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1279 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1279#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:07:45 +0000 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1279 Written by Vale

 

The League of Legends World Championship has started and day 2 is underway. We know the groups of course, but we also know how the knockout stage bracket looks like, so I wanted to give you my predictions on how the groups will turn out and how the knockout stage will go.

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Group stage:

These are the groups and I have moved the teams around to show how I think they will turn out. Group A is really simple, there is no doubt Samsung White will finish 1st and EDG 2nd, how the other two will finish I don’t know, but it doesn’t matter. Group B is more complicated, I think SHRC is the strongest team but who else will get out of the group is not clear. I picked TSM because I think they are good overall and Bjergsen can hard carry that team, whereas I am very uncertain about TPA since I don’t watch GPL, so I don’t know how good they are, but after watching the first day of group stage. I can see them overtake TSM, but I stick to my choice. Group C, once again no doubt the Samsung team will finish 1st unless they decide to throw on purpose (more on that later). I picked Fnatic to also make it out, because they always show up when it really matters and OMG looked bad a couple of weeks ago at the Chinese regionals. I don’t think LMQ stand a chance in this group. Finally group D where I for the 3rd time see the Korean team winning the group, but this is probably the group where the top three teams are most evenly matched. I think all three teams have a chance at finishing 1-3, but I base my decision on recent performance and NaJin White Shield dominated Korean regionals, Alliance played very well at the EULCS playoffs and Cloud 9 lost to TSM at NALCS.

 

Knockout stage:

You can see which seed meets who and where in the knockout stage here:

http://lol.gamepedia.com/Riot_-_World_Championship_2014

But with my predictions, this is how it will look:

 

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Two things to mention about this: First Samsung White have a very bad record against Samsung Blue, which makes no sense, because White is a lot better, but strange things happen when teams from the same organisation face each other and so far Blue has come out on top, but I think this is the time White manage to defeat them and get to the finals. Second I am not sure if EDG can actually win vs NaJin, but I think either team will lose the final to Samsung, with them having a better chance if they face Blue than if they face White.

Ok, so now to the issue of whether Samsung Blue decide to throw in group stage. As you can see above, if Samsung Blue win their group and White does the same they have to face eachother in the semi finals, but if Blue decide to throw group games and get the 2nd seed they go to the other side of the bracket, which would give White an insanely easy run to the finals and make a White vs Blue final possible. This is how I see it turn out of Blue throws in group stage:

 

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Of course there is the possibility of someone upsetting one of the Samsung teams, but I if so then it will probably be Blue and I don’t see anyone but NaJin with a very small chance at defeating White.

I am very excited about this year World Championship with the best teams from all regions and I think it will be the best one yet. Feel free to post your own predictions and enjoy a whole lot of awesome LoL matches!

 

-Vale-

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League of Legends: NA’s chances at the World Championship http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1277 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1277#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:07:27 +0000 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1277 written by Vale

This week we look at North American teams attending Worlds, and what their chances are. Unlike last week, we now know the groups. Therefore, it’s easier to judge whether the three teams can make it to the knockout stage of the tournament. You can find the groups here:

http://eune.lolesports.com/articles/worlds-2014-group-stage-selection-results

Predictions on which teams will make it out of each group will come later, but let us look at each NA team’s chance at advancing:

TSM, Winner of the group draw: TSM won the group draw by not just getting the group with no Korean team, but having an overall good matchup. They got the 2nd best Chinese team (which poses the biggest challenge), the best Southeast Asian team, and the 3rd best team from EULCS. The teams in this group hit at TSM’s greatest weakness though, their bot lane. Lustboy will have to be on top of his game, to help a struggling WildTurtle through the laning phase against three teams that all have very strong bot lanes. But if he can manage this, TSMs chances look fairly good. Bjergsen is the best midlaner in the group, and Dyrus should be fine against the other toplaners as well.

Prediction: If TSM can get WildTurtle through the laning phase and team fight the way they did during the NA regionals, I see them landing 2nd place in the group and advancing, but that is probably where it will end for TSM.

 

Cloud 9, the hope of NA? Cloud 9 have long been NA’s hope in international tournaments, but even when they dominated the competition in NA, they struggled against foreign teams. This will be a crucial time for them to reverse that trend. For Cloud 9 to advance, they have to fix the uncharacteristic tactical mistakes that plagued them in the NA final against TSM. They will lose in straight up skill matchups against Alliance and NaJin White Shield, and will have to rely on tactical prowess to advance. Their goal should be to beat Alliance for 2nd place in the group, but it will be very difficult for Cloud 9, because the player who has struggled most is Hai and he faces off against Froggen, who carried his team to first place in Europe, and dominated the opposition in the midlane.

Prediction: I think C9 will end up 3rd in the group, and narrowly miss the knockout stage.

 

LMQ, the 7th best Chinese team: When LMQ left china for NA, they were a below average Chinese team. Eeven though they upgraded their roster and finished 3rd in NA (which speaks to the other NA teams inability to beat teams with strong players, but weak tactics), they will struggle against the other teams in the group. Compared to other NA teams LMQ have superior players, but very weak tactics, and their ability to team fight well was sufficient to qualify for Worlds. If you compare them to the international competition, and more specifically the other teams in the group, their players are at best average or below average and their team fighting is also average. LMQ have to hope Fnatic and OMG are still slumping, and that they have not fixed their problems. But even then, it will be hard for them to make it out of the group.

Prediction: I do not see LMQ making it out of this group, and they will probably finish 4th.

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League of Legends: Europe’s chances at the World Championships http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1272 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1272#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 14:40:23 +0000 http://firstgaminghour.com/?p=1272 League of Legends Season 4 World Championships (Worlds) is drawing close, and in preparation I will be going over the NA, EU and Korean regions. I will also look at how the teams attending match up against each other and, what their chances are. This article will cover the European teams, the rest will come later.

So do the European teams have a chance at Worlds? Or are they doomed against the “Korean Overlords”, and have to make do with being the best of the western regions?

Europe have three teams at Worlds. Each has different strengths and play styles, and will probably have very different results, so let us look at the teams:

Alliance, the Best Bet: Alliance dominated the EULCS Summer Split, including the playoffs, with solid play and good tactics. Compared to the other European teams Alliance had good team fighting, good map control and very strong lanes. The superstar of the team is their midlaner Froggen, who is the best midlaner in the West, and has shown he can hard carry his team when it is most needed. He has a lot of international experience, and Alliance will need him at the top of his game if they are to achieve a good result. So compared to the other LCS teams, Alliance is a really strong solid team, but how are they compared to the rest of the world? I don’t see Alliance having any trouble dealing with NA teams. Their tactics are good enough and their lanes are probably stronger across the board, maybe with the exception of Wickd against TSM Dyrus, two players who will not face each other in the group stage, as both teams have the number 1 seed in their region. Alliance does not have the best tactics and map control of the western teams, relying mostly on their strong laning phase and team fighting, but they will have to focus all their energy into tactics if they are to beat the Chinese teams. The Chinese teams rely heavily on team fighting and are the best in the world at it, but they are very vulnerable when it comes to objective control, map control and warding. The Koreans will be extremely difficult for Alliance. Especially the 1st and 2nd seed from Korea (Samsung Blue and White respectively) are very strong in almost all aspects of the game (more on that in a later article). It is unknown how the groups at Worlds will be, but one thing is certain: due to Alliance being the 1st seed from Europe, they will not face the 1st seed from either NA, Korea or China. And because three teams go from each region, and there are four groups, there is a chance there won’t be a Korean team in their group.

Prediction: Alliance will make it to the quarterfinals, and from there it depends who they face. If they don’t face the 1st or 2nd seed from Korea or 1st seed from China, then they have a good chance of reaching the semi-finals. Alliance is bootcamping in Korea and that could prove the key to the finals, but I see them reaching the semi-finals as the most likely end result.

 

Fnatic, the Wild Card: Fnatic were fairly inconsistent during LCS, but as always, theystepped up when it mattered, and finished 2nd in the playoffs. Fnatic have very strong laners, boasting the best toplaner in Europe sOAZ and one of the best botlanes with Rekkles as adcarry and YellOwStaR as support. They have a great, but very meta dependent, midlaner, xPeke. This means the meta will have a great influence on his performance. Last year Fnatic reached the semi-finals at Worlds partly because Assassin champions were strong at the time, and for Fnatic to repeat that result they need xPeke on an Assassin. Fnatic have proven themselves against NA teams before, but when they faced SKT T1 K, a Korean team that could not qualify for Worlds, they were stomped. Fnatic is not a bad team, they have talented players, but their weakness is their jungler and their overall tactics. Unlike in LCS Fnatic can’t rely on their players mechanics to get far at Worlds.

Prediction: I see Fnatic with a good chance of reaching the quarterfinals, but even if the meta favours xPeke at worlds I see it as unlikely they will reach the semi-finals.

 

SK Gaming, the Lost:Throughout LCS, SK were known for their highly tactical approach to the game. They won by planning better, and by playing the map better than their opponent. Their players are average compared to the other LCS teams, and poor when compared to the foreign teams attending Worlds, and will probably be too much of a weakness. SK’s tactical play was actually worse during the playoffs compared to the regular season, and unless they can find their form they will be very hard pressed against most opponents. Being the 3rd seed, SK will probably end up in a very difficult group. While SK at their best have a chance against NA teams, their tactics will not be enough to overcome the higher player skill of the Chinese teams. Additionaly, the Koreans can match their tactics, and their players are superior in skill in every position.

Prediction: It will be a very big upset if SK make it out of the group stage, and I think they should be satisfied if they win against any of the Chinese, Korean or NA teams.

Final note: The groups for Worlds were announced when I finished this article, so I will quickly give my 2 cents on it. Alliance have an acceptable group and SK got perhaps the best they could have wished for, but it will be hard for them go get past the group stage. Fnatic is in a very difficult group and they will have to play extremely well if they are to have a chance.

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