Saturday, April 6, 2013

Geeking Out - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

The original Pikachu card.
Nothing is more nerdy about me than my love for trading card games. I've always been a fan of them. It started way back when Pokemon was all we talked about during recess in elementary school. No one really knew how to play the Pokemon card game. We just collected them, and we had fun doing it. We would bug our parents every day, asking them to pick up a pack of cards from their way home from work. Everyone brought in their collection to school to show off their holographic cards. We even counted all our Pikachus to see who had the most. I had more binders of Pokemon cards in my backpack than actual school books. Don't kid yourself, you know you did it too. It was such a big distraction that my elementary school made attempts to ban Pokemon cards from school property. No big deal, we just brought our Game Boys instead.

The iconic Dark Magician Card from Yu-Gi-Oh.
A few years later, we stuffed our collection of Pokemon cards underneath our beds and started using our earnings from chores to buy Yu-Gi-Oh cards. Now this is a card game we actually played. We were all addicted to the anime, and we bought starter packs to match our favorite characters from the show. The anime taught us all the basics to get us started as duelists. Yes, duelists. We weren't playing a game. No, no. We were dueling. It was serious business.
The famous Magic: The Gathering

As we began to understand the game a bit more, we ventured away from the starter packs and threw in cards from booster packs. I can remember how much fun I had assembling decks and playing practice duels with friends.

When I reached high school literacy, I slowly got into Magic: The Gathering. Now THIS was a very elaborate trading card game. Unfortunately for me, I was a teen with no job, so I couldn't afford to collect Magic cards. So I had to settle by freeloading off the cards that my friends didn't want to use and trying to piece together a decent deck with the hand-me-downs. Regardless, it was still a very fun experience. In 2009, Magic: The Gathering became available on Xbox Live under the title Duels of the Planeswalkers. I've been playing the hell out of that game, and its subsequent updates for 2012 and 2013.

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The upcoming trading card game from Blizzard.

Now comes Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. The announcement of this game was a bit of a surprise for me since they had just released Heart of the Swarm, and they've been releasing new content for Mists of Pandaria like a machine. I didn't think they'd be able to find time to work on a side project like this. I'm glad they decided to work on a TCG video game. It's another thing to be excited about in an already great year for gaming.

If only they'd implement the trading card game INTO World of Warcraft, so we'd have something to do in the numerous inns and pubs around Azeroth. That would be pretty awesome.

Also, I'd like to have this for my iPhone, Blizzard. I don't have enough money for an iPad. Kthx.

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