If you listen to our podcasts, play games with us, or watch our streams enough, it’s probably no secret that we really, REALLY love Smite (except for Obi, because he’s weird and doesn’t really play games). Hi-Rez Studios has been wonderfully supportive of the GeekyAntics Network and gaming community as a whole. In fact, 2016 has been a banner year for Hi-Rez as they have risen to the top as a competitive game and preferred MOBA alike.
To celebrate the awesome year that has been 2016, the folks at Hi-Rez Studios have gems discounted and the Ultimate God Pack at 50% OFF! Even better, you still have a few days to take advantage of the Odyssey 2017 event, which runs through January 4th 2017. This is an opportunity to earn free skins, portrait frames, icons, and more.
Gems will be on sale for a limited time at the following prices (USD):
- 200 Gems: 3.34 USD
- 400 Gems: 5.35 USD
- 800 Gems: 10.04 USD
- 1500 Gems: 16.74 USD
- 2500 Gems: 23.44 USD
- 35000 Gems: 33.49 USD
- 8000 Gems: 66.99 USD
That’s a 33% markdown – NOICE! I just bought some gems not too long ago and I think I’m gonna stock up on some more. You can’t beat it at this price! The way I see it, this is a nice way to throw a smaller studio a tip for a job well done.
Smite has been one of the top games for celebrating Christmas and keeping the holiday spirit going. My only lamentation is that the event period is just too short. I really want some more stabs at the brutally hard Fanrir’s Wonderland, a 15-round test of might. It’s a chance at Christmas-themed goodies and exclusive Odyssey content.. Plus it’s a great way to sharpen your skills (or just rage REALLY hard)!
Personally, I think we need longer event periods. There are too many games running weekend-long events. At best, they’ll do it for a couple of weeks. Why not a month or two? Make it a big celebration! We need more Christmas cheer beyond the materialistic thing it’s become thanks to retail!
Some of the community has taken to Reddit to complain about the in-game events but I’d say that they are some of the best around. Of course, you got to expect negativity and trolling on Reddit so take it with a grain of salt. I will admit that I am a bit biased because Hi-Rez is based in my home state of Georgia and they’re just good people overall. That aside, Smite is just a really good game.
Admittedly, I still prefer Heroes Of The Storm due to the focus on team performance over individual performance but Smite is the game that has caught on and DAMN is it good. It takes everything we love about MOBAs and makes it far more accessible and sexy (seriously). The beautiful 3D graphics and T&A sure don’t hurt – there’s definitely lots of fan service in Smite and I’m okay with that! Heck, if you want to make man bulges a thing in games, go for it.. People should stop being uptight over a little exposed skin.
Those of you who played during the closed alpha/beta on PC remember how janky the game used to be. It’s come a loooooong way and it’s thanks to the commitment of the devs and community alike! Sure, you could say the same about League Of Legends but I feel Smite has more of a finger on the gaming community pulse (and they’re not flipping us that finger). There, I said it.
What’s nice about Smite is that it’s easy to learn and hard to master, which is the mark of a great competitive game, if you ask me. You can set your skills and purchases on automatic so all you have to do is focus on the action. This is great because let’s face it: item building and skill progression are two areas where too much time is wasted.. It’s also where toxicity is introduced as everyone swears they know THE “best” build. SMH… Also, if you ever introduce a friend to a MOBA, you’ll find they waste half of the game in the shop while their lanes get pushed and bases get destroyed. LOL! Good times.
It’s been an amazing journey watching Smite grow. In spite of the controversy surrounding the scantily-clad characters and so-called “blasphemous” themes, Smite continues to attract new and returning players alike. The trolls have tried to stop it but this game is taking off. In a space where we have alternatives like Gigantic, Overwatch, Battleborn, Paladins, and more available on consoles, Smite does A LOT to stay fresh and fun (so fresh and so clean-clean-clean)!
BTW, January 5th through 8th is the Hi-Rez Expo IHRX). You may not know this but Hi-Rez has other great games like Tribes Ascend and the new-ish Paladins. There’s also Smite Tactics and Jetpack Fighter. HRX will celebrate these games, cosplay (see Neith cosplay by Jennyan above), and the Smite World Championship. I really need to make it to Atlanta but the timing is kinda rough for me. If you go, let us know and share pics with us, plox!