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Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore

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lotrlore
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June 2021
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AVerMedia Live Streamer Nexus Review

AverMedia is out to challenge both the Elgato Streamdeck and the GoXLR all in one compact device: the AverMedia Live Streamer NEXUS. At $349, does it offer enough to compete? Find out in our review!


Report: Starfield Will Not Appear On PlayStation 5, Exclusive Only To Xbox And PC

Per a new report, Starfield, the upcoming franchise from Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda Game Studios, will not be released on Sony's PlayStation. Instead, the new IP from the studio will release exclusively on Microsoft's Xbox console, as well as PC.


Valheim Player Recreates The Hornburg In Helm's Deep From Lord Of The Rings

Valheim players have astounded the internet with their builds ever since the critically acclaimed survival game launched in early access earlier this year. This time, a new build is making the rounds with a Valheim player recreating the fortress of the Hornburg in Helm's Deep from The Lord of the Rings.


Final Fantasy 14's Patch 5.55, Official PS5 Launch On May 25th

It was a very busy weekend if you are a Final Fantasy XIV fan, with the Digital FanFest taking place on Friday and Saturday nights. While we now know the official launch date for Endwalker, there is a lot of time between now and November 23rd. Thankfully, Square Enix announced the dates players can dive into the continuing story of FFXIV: May 25th.


New World Addresses Cash Shop Concerns, Stresses Launch Shop Will Only Have Cosmetics, States AGS Is Looking At A Battle Pass-Style System

New World's cash shop is still a concern for players who were hoping for a shopless MMO to hit the market. The team at Amazon Game Studios released a statement Friday evening addressing the concerns as well as broadening on their plans for microtransactions in New World.


Final Fantasy 14's FanFest Keynote Drops Full Endwalker Trailer, Talks New Jobs, Endwalker Coming November 23

Final Fantasy 14's upcoming Endwalker expansion got a full trailer tonight to kick off FFXIV's Digital FanFestival. The team also dove into the content of the upcoming expansion in the Keynote, touching on the second of the new jobs coming to the expansion: the Reaper.


ESO's Game Director Talks MMO's Success And Future In New Interview

In an interview with The Washington Posts' Teddy Amenabar, Matt Firor of ZeniMax Online Studios talked a bit about the current success of their MMO, The Elder Scrolls Online. While the MMO gears up to launch their next chapter, Blackwood, Firor talked about its foundation, as well as how long it plans to continue to create ESO into the future.


Mass Effect Legendary Edition Is Officially Out Today

Mass Effect Legendary Edition, the remastered version of BioWare's space epics, is finally out today across PC and consoles. The sci-fi trilogy has been given a fresh coat of paint, as well as support for 4K on consoles and HDR.


PSA: Final Fantasy 14's Digital FanFest Starts Tonight - What Are You Hoping To See?

Tonight marks the beginning of this year's digital Final Fantasy 14 FanFestival, seeing the Square Enix team bring players around the globe more information about their upcoming expansion, Endwalker, as well as art, music and contests throughout the weekend.


Swords Of Legends Online's Beta Test Starts On May 21st

Coming off the recent media preview alpha, Gameforge announced today the dates for Swords of Legends Online's upcoming beta tests. Preoder players will get access to these tests, with two periods planned in the coming weeks, the first starting on May 21st.


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Not So MMO: Hood: Outlaws & Legends Review

Hood Outlaws & Legends can be a fun game. Can be is the operative phrase here, as the "fun factor" is heavily dependent on a number of variables, most important being simply who you are playing with. A fantastic concept on paper, Hood stumbles a bit with its execution. Couple this with a subpar PC port and Hood feels just a little half baked in the end.


Blizzard Changes Course On WoW Classic Clone Pricing, Lowers Cost To $15

Blizzard's upcoming Burning Crusade expansion for WoW Classic will be here on June 1st, though that hasn't stopped the company from taking in feedback about the packages and costs surrounding the upcoming launch. One such area has been the cost of cloning your character on both Classic and Burning Crusade servers. Blizzard today announced they would be lowering the cost of the cloning service, thanking players for their feedback and passion.


Bungie Accidentally Enables Cross Play Early With Destiny 2's Latest Season Launch

This week saw the launch of Destiny 2's latest season, Season of the Splicer. While many were expecting the grind that comes with Destiny content, many didn't expect another feature being turned on by Bungie on accident: cross play.


Rumor: New World's Cash Shop Alpha Testing Leaked, Talks Boosts For Trade Skills, Cosmetics And More [UPDATE]

In a new rumored leak from the under-NDA portion of Amazon's New World, it's being reported that there will be testing on the premium currency which will be in the upcoming MMORPG. The note mentions cosmetics as being purchaseable, but makes mention too of convenience boosts, raising the question of whether New World will be pay to win.


Elder Scrolls Online Team Talks Oblivion Portals In Latest Update

Elder Scrolls Online's next chapter release, Blackwood, is right around the corner, and the dev team is taking the chance to set the stage for players eager to jump into the world of south-eastern Cyrodiil. Today, the team at ZeniMax Online Studios talked about their world events in this year's Chapter, Oblivion Portals.