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Hands on with Rival Wings

FFXIV patch 4.15 took off on Tuesday, bringing the game’s first all-new PVP mode since The Feast. Rival Wings pits two teams of 24 players against each other, along with a host of highly stylised ‘machina’ — vehicles that look like the mechs from the Alexander raid series. I’ve had time to play a few games, and I have to say, in terms of XIV, there’s really nothing like it.

Kinesis FreeStyle Edge Gaming Keyboard - Bringing Ergonomics to Gaming

Keyboard innovation is not a term you hear thrown around a whole lot but that’s exactly what the new Kinesis FreeStyle Edge Gaming Keyboard brings to the table. Boasting authentic Cherry MX switches, eight fully programmable macro keys, onboard memory and software, and an ergonomic split down the middle, Kinesis makes a splash into the gaming market with this beautiful backlit keyboard. Check out our hands-on review!

How the Bloodline Champions Team Found New Life in Battlerite

We caught up with Battlerite marketing director Johan Ilves to learn more about the team arena brawler now that it's launched on Steam.

It's Black Friday, Y'All! Here Are Some of the Deals We've Found

Ah, yes. It's Black Friday, the once American-only phenomenon that sends people out at midnight still languishing in a turkey stupor from mere hours before. Retailers around the world push out some of the best deals of the year as folks' minds turn to the upcoming Christmas holidays. We've collects SOME of the deals out there. We know you'll fill in even more, so let's get crackin'!

The Business Side: Live Q&A and Developer Blog

This week’s live Q&A had special guest Gordon Walton, co-founder of ArtCraft, on the stream to answer questions about the business side of Crowfall’s development. I’ll paraphrase the more interesting notes from the live stream since most questions aren’t all that interesting. But if you’re interested in jokes about EA loot boxes and a behind the scenes look at bug fixing, you can watch the video below.

Credible Sources Saying MHO Closing Friday, Not December 31st After All

Massively is reporting that they have received a tip from a "credible former Gazillion employee" that told them that most, if not all, Gazillion developers have been let go, that the company has shuttered completely and that the game will cease operations on Friday, November 24th, not on December 31st as indicated in last week's announcement.

Official Release Date Set for January 26, 2018

The Darkfall: New Dawn team has released a brief new trailer to inform fans and players that the overhauled Aventurine title will be released on January 26, 2018. The game server will be located in Europe when the game launches.

Kakao Details Compensation to NA / EU Players for Recent Server Issues

The Black Desert Online team has posted a lengthy article to address recent server issues experienced by both North American and European players. As a result of the weeks' long problems, Kakao will be compensating players for with in-game items. In addition, the team has detailed steps it will be taking to improve communication with the community.

High Elves & Mordor Expansion Now Available for Points

If you've been waiting for Standing Stone to offer the Lord of the Rings Mordor expansion and / or the High Elf race for points, today's your lucky day. You can grab Mordor for 2,495 points and High Elves for 1,000. There are also a number of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals as well, including big discounts on Virtual bundles and much more.

UPDATE: Belgian Minister Wants EU Ban on Loot Boxes, Speaks Before Committee Ruling

UPDATE: In our original story, it was said that the Belgian Gaming Commission had ruled that loot boxes such as those found in Star Wars: Battlefront II and Overwatch are considered a form of gambling. However, the story has been updated that the committee has not issued a final ruling, though they are investigating. It appears a Belgian Justice Minister spoke ahead of the ruling stating that he wished to see loot boxes banned altogether in the EU.

World of Warcraft Classic – Quality of Life

Blizzard has announced Word of Warcraft Classic for all of us old timers. The questions came up at Blizzcon of keeping Classic true to its nature but adding in some quality of life changes for the better. Here are a list of ideas which might help all of us down the line.

The Conundrum of Balance Part Deux

I’m going to be taking a different direction with this post, I want to continue talking about class balance and at the end I will talk about weapon and armor balance. I mean, we could debate about balance all day whether or not one class is better than another. I think we can all agree on one thing though, Warden sucks. Just kidding. They have gotten some much needed love, but what about the other classes?