Channel Update – PvZ Heroes & More!

Welp, after neglecting my poor blog for most of the year, I figure it’s about time I update you all on what’s been going on with me lately. It’s been mostly gaming-related stuff, and things are looking up for the most part.

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First off, I got a new job! Well, it’s actually the job I did earlier in the year, only now I’m with a different company. A couple months ago, I signed on with Greenlit Content as a Senior Writer, where I basically write about video games all day long. As easy as you may think that sounds, it’s actually quite a lot of work. As a result, I’ve had to slow down on my YouTube uploads because I simply don’t have adequate time or energy after work to record/edit videos for the week. I’m still plugging away at YouTube, just much more slowly these days.

PvZ Heroes & EA Funzies

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In other news, I was invited by EA to their HQ here in California to preview their latest mobile game, Plants vs Zombies Heroes, about a month ago. Several other content creators were invited as well, including ZeroxFusionz and MoonLiteWolf. It was awesome finally meeting Zero for the first time after all these years of internet-friendship. We all learned how to become better content creators while having fun with this addicting CCG. The three of us had a blast, and I just wish that they lived closer to me so we could all collaborate on videos and partake in more karaoke shenanigans. 😋

I have since bought a tablet and adapter setup to start recording PvZ Heroes, so hopefully I will get that going sooner than later. I’m still sticking with Garden Warfare for now, at least while PopCap regularly posts updates for it.

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Lastly, I’ve been mulling over a video series for a while now that involves casual reviews of indie games. My current obsession with Planet Coaster has reignited my interest in doing such a series, so we’ll see if I can make it happen before the month is over. If you have suggestions for some indie games you’d like to see me cover on my channel, please let me know!

What is L.E.A.F.? – Plants vs Zombies Teaser

Today, the Plants vs Zombies YouTube channel was infiltrated by a transmission from “L.E.A.F”. So who or what is L.E.A.F.? A covert team of undercover plant agents? Or is it something more deceptive?

A lot of people are speculating that this info has something to do with new DLC for Garden Warfare. However, the PvZ dev team clarified that the Legends of the Lawn DLC was the last major content update for GW, so these transmissions likely pertain to some greater PvZ project.

Hopefully we will get more clues to help us PvZ fans figure out the mystery of L.E.A.F very soon. Leave me a comment with your thoughts!

New PvZ:Garden Warfare Montage!

Hey guys! Long time no blog. I figured I should update my site before you started to think I gave up on it or something. It really just comes down to me being a lazy poster. But no more! This is actually my first post of the new year (mid-February, yikes!), but I promise to update my blog site more often to keep you all up to date on what I’ve been doing.

A lot of the articles on this blog ended up being more news-like in nature, but that wasn’t ever the direction I wanted to take this site. It is a blog, after all…I feel my posts can still be informative without sounding so formal. So, hopefully a more casual approach to blog posts will not only make it easier for me to post regularly, but also will make them more readable for all of you.

Anyway, the reason for this post is that I’ve put together a little montage of some fun moments I’ve had in PvZ: Garden Warfare over the past year, and I wanted to share the video with you. If you haven’t seen the video yet, feel free to check it out below! I appreciate feedback, so don’t be shy about leaving a comment.

Extra Life Charity Stream: Help Raise Money #ForTheKids!

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UPDATE: Our Extra Life game day was a success! The PvZ team managed to raise over $1700 for kids in need. As of this post, I’ve raised 78% of my personal goal of $200, so I’m still taking donations if you haven’t had a chance to make a contribution yet. Extra Life will be accepting donations through the holidays until December 31st.

A massive THANK YOU to everyone who donated or came out to support the livestream. Extra Life has helped raise a total of over $5 million for children in CMN hospitals! That’s CRAAAZY! And, speaking of craaazy, the community has also unlocked the two rare sticker packs for Garden Warfare to celebrate our efforts. Hooray!

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Hey everyone! I’m trying to raise money in support of the Children’s Hospital in Oakland, and I need your help!

On Saturday, October 25, the Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare developers will be hosting a 24 hour livestream on Twitch to raise money for children across various communities. Several PvZ community members, including myself, will also be streaming that day in an effort to meet our fundraising goal.

I’ll be streaming during the late shift in the evening at around 10pm PST on my Twitch channel, and I would love if you could make a donation to help me meet my goal! Every little bit adds up. Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids. You can support a good cause for the price of a trip to Starbucks. 😉  Plus, your donation to me also gets added to the PvZ: Garden Warfare team goal for Extra Life. Awesomeness all around!

I initially set my goal at $100, but you guys have already knocked that out of the park this week. So, for the main event I’ve doubled my goal and raised it to $200. Please help me make it happen!

Even if you can’t make it to the main event on Saturday, you can still drop a donation anytime. Just click the “Support Me” button on my Extra Life fundraiser page, or click here.  Thanks in advance for supporting my efforts, and I hope to see you at the livestream!

BTW, if we get 1000-3000 concurrent viewers in the PvZ livestream between 12pm and 1pm on Saturday, all Garden Warfare players will unlock a super rare sticker pack! LET’S DO DIS!

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PvZ: Garden Warfare – New “Legends of the Lawn” DLC!

Hey Garden Warfare fans! I just wanted to let you know that we’ll be getting another new Garden Warfare DLC on Tuesday! The “Legends of the Lawn” DLC will be available for free on Tuesday, Sept. 30th for all platforms.

Also, the Plants vs Zombies team was awesome enough to let me put together this trailer for the new DLC!  I’ve been bursting at the seams all weekend, waiting to share the great news with all of you.  Please show your support by leaving a ‘like’ on the video, if you enjoyed it. 🙂

The Legends of the Lawn DLC features the brand new Taco Bandits mode, which is basically the PopCap version of CTF with a Garden Warfare twist. Plus, players will receive 7 new characters, as well as new consumables, customization items & gestures. This is also the debut of the new customization sets–themed item sets that are designed to fit together to create a unique ‘outfit’ for your characters. For example, the Plasma Pea has been outfitted with new Mass Effect inspired attire:

PVZGW - Mass Effect Plasma Pea The update will also feature a level cap increase, new challenges for Garden Ops, new achievements, and various gameplay tuning & bug fixes.

I’m so stoked to get my virtual-hands on these new characters, especially the Alien Flower & Chomp Thing (a perfect name choice, btw). And once again, this DLC update is FREE! I really wish more game companies would adopt this model.

P.S. I received NO payment from PopCap to make my trailer. PopCap supplied me with the gameplay and gave me the freedom to edit it as I wished, and it was my pleasure to do so. They are simply one of the few game developers who understand the value of cross-promotion, and that community involvement is often the lifeblood of a game. 😉

PvZ:GW – Cheetos Characters Now FREE for Everyone!

If you are one of the many people who have been scouring every Cheetos bag in every Target store for the Chester character promo stickers, then you’ll be relieved to hear the good news! PopCap announced on the PvZ facebook page that the highly coveted Cheetos characters, Dr. Chester & Chester Chomper, are now available for FREE on all platforms!

The promo itself was set to run until the end of September, but it seems to me that there was some sort of miscommunication between Target and Frito-Lay, because TONS of people who tried to find these sticker codes at Target came up empty handed (myself included).  Luckily, PopCap was nice enough to say “screw the campaign” and decided to appease the many fans who did not have access to the promotion.

So, if you haven’t tried the new characters yet, then I suggest you fire up your copy of Garden Warfare and start gettin’ cheesy. 😉

Also, I did a video review of these characters in my rare character showcase series, which you can find HERE.

PvZ: Garden Warfare – NEW CHARACTERS!

Hey PvZ fans! The latest “Suburbination” DLC update for Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare has brought with it a whole list of new additions to the game, which you can read about in their patch notes here. Among the new additions was the highly anticipated peashooter variant, the Plasma Pea. I actually really enjoy this new character. I have put together a showcase for the Plasma Pea, which you can check out below:

Soon after the Suburbination DLC was released, PopCap announced their partnership with Cheetos to bring us two new Chester Cheetah inspired characters: Dr. Chester & Chester Chomper. However, unlike the previous new characters, these Cheetos characters are only available through sticker codes found on specially marked bags from Target stores. Needless to say, this is a very limiting promotion. Not only is Target not available everywhere, but neither are Cheetos. Plus, it seems that there are not enough sticker codes in circulation. I’ve even checked 5 different stores since the promo started, and have yet to see any sticker codes.

Fortunately, a couple of fellow PvZ YouTuber friends of mine have helped me out with some codes to give away. I am running a giveaway on Twitter until Monday 8/25. To enter, simply follow me on Twitter and retweet the status post I’ve linked below. Good luck!
I’ve also linked my character showcase for the two new cheesy characters, so go check ’em out!

UPDATE: My Cheetos code giveaway is now over, so please don’t retweet the post below. However, you can still have a chance to win a code during my livestreams on Twitch over the next few days, so feel free to stop by the livestream and hang out! I hope you enjoy your stay. 😉

“Zomboss Down” DLC Brings New Characters to PvZ

This week Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare released their second FREE DLC, called “Zomboss Down”. The DLC includes eight new rare characters, as well as the new Gardens & Graveyards map “Cactus Canyon”, and a slew of new customizations and consumables.

You can check out the showcase episodes for each of the new Zomboss Down rare characters below!

↓ Rare Character Showcases – Zomboss Down DLC ↓

Sky Trooper & Landscaper:

Law Pea & Bandit Cactus:

Archaeologist & Wrestling Star:

Sun Pharaoh & Armor Chomper:

Outset Island & Slender Man in PvZ: Garden Warfare!

So, it turns out that the PopCap crew must be bigger fans of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker than I thought. They make two huge references to the Zelda title in the same area on the Driftwood Shores map in PvZ: Garden Warfare. Plus, a wild Slender Man appears?! You can check out both of these hidden references in my video below!

Also, Game Informer was awesome enough to mention my easter egg video in a recent article, which pretty much made my day. 🙂

I had made a PvZ:GW easter egg video prior to this one, mentioning only the first half of the Wind Waker reference. Unfortunately, I had missed the other half of the easter egg and had to put it in a separate video, above. But to get the full easter egg experience, you can watch the first one HERE.

Also, feel free to check out my Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare rare character showcase!

PvZ Garden Warfare: New FREE “Garden Variety” DLC!

Last week, our beloved botanical shooter Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare cropped up with the Garden Variety Pack, a FREE DLC that features various new additions, including: a new objective-based game mode called “Gnome Bomb”, the medium-sized map “Chomp Town”, new character abilities, and a handful of character customizations. Check out my recent video for my impressions of the Gnome Bomb game mode, and be sure to sub to my YouTube channel for more PvZ: Garden Warfare content!

Also, a special thanks goes out to Machinima Insider for tweeting my video. Thanks for watching! 🙂