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By on Aug 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm, in Gaming, Geek Culture, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

While gamers and streamers alike have been expecting to hear the news that Twitch had been purchased, it came as a surprise that the purchaser was Amazon. Twitch had been in talks with Google until recently, when it’s presumed that Google backed out due to the competition between Twitch and YouTube. Once Google had stepped back, Amazon stepped in. Amazon has been trying to get a hold of the gamer market for a while (see the gaming features of the new Fire TV), so they made the strategic decision to purchase Twitch for $970 million.

While the acquisition holds a lot of potential, it’s really too soon to tell how the sale will lay out. What do you hope that Amazon will bring to Twitch? What makes your nervous about the change in ownership? Sound off in the comments!

Update: Twitch.tv was the victim of a DDoS attack only a few hours after the Amazon purchase was announced. It is widely believed that the culprit was Lizard Squad. Although the attack occurred around the time of the announcment, it is unclear whether or not it was a motivating factor as Lizard Squad also took down League of Legends and Battle.net.

By on Aug 27, 2014 at 9:00 am, in Geek Culture, News, TV  |  Comments: No comments yet
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While Twitter didn’t exactly get its wishes grated by Disney magic, it was announced on Tuesday that Donald Glover is going to voice one of the incarnations of the famed web-slinger on Disney HD’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. Glover will voice Miles Morales, the pre-teen who takes the place of Peter Parker after his death. The casting is certainly apt, since the campaign to case Donald Glover in the Spider-Man reboot inspired the creation of the character.

Of course, it doesn’t take long for things to get awkward when Parker comes face-to-face with his successor. USA Today has already published an exclusive clip of the characters’ meeting.

The season premiere of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors will air on Disney HD Sunday, August 31st at 9am ET.

By on Aug 27, 2014 at 7:00 am, in MMORPG, News, RIFT  |  Comments: No comments yet

The RIFT official forums have been a roller coaster for the past two weeks with changes occurring to the game as Trion prepares for the 3.0 expansion entitled “Nightmare Tide“. Some intrigue has sparked early this week thanks to Senior UI Artist Amber “Gingers” Alexander teasing us with a tiny bit of info regarding Minions.

By on Aug 27, 2014 at 3:29 am, in Buzz, Console, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke on the front page of the Mario Kart 8 website. In addition to the free Mercedes DLC being released tomorrow, Nintendo fans will be able to pre-order two upcoming DLC packs that grant them 16 new courses, 6 new drivers, 8 new vehicles, and 8 new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy for about $12. The course count alone increases the total courses by 50% and will be the first new cups Mario Kart has received since Mario Kart DS. More information from the official press release after the cut.

By on Aug 25, 2014 at 6:00 am, in Gaming, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

If you tried to login to the PlayStation Network yesterday morning, you may have noticed that the network was unusually slow, or may have just been unable to log in completely.  Sony confirmed the issues on the PlayStation blog with the post below:

“Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.”

By on Aug 22, 2014 at 6:00 am, in MMORPG, News, TESO  |  Comments: No comments yet

‘Tis the summer season for MMORPG incentive rewards! Zenimax Online and Bethesda announced yesterday that The Elder Scrolls Online will be getting a new loyalty rewards program beginning in September. All subscribers who have been subscribed for at least three months (including the complimentary first month as well as any extra free time) will be getting a High Hrothgar Wraith vanity pet (pictured in the header image). Kind of a cute little fellow. In that creepy, ghost-like way.

The loyalty rewards program will expand over time, much like the current programs in FFXIV: ARR and WildStar. The next milestone reward will come at six months. For more information, check out the official announcement.

By on Aug 19, 2014 at 2:00 pm, in News  |  Comments: No comments yet

We’re happy to announce that Junkies Nation is currently looking to add new writers to our awesome, tight-knit writing team. We’re looking for writers passionate, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about console games, PC games, MMORPGs, MOBAs, and all things geeky. In particular, we’d love to have writers covering these specific areas:

  • MOBAs
  • MMORPG news
  • MMORPG guides/editorials/previews (bonus points if you know one game inside and out really well)
  • Console/PC game news
  • Console/PC game guides/editorials/previews
  • Comics

In addition, we’re always happy to have anyone on board who loves to write an in-depth editorial or two. There are plenty of gaming sites out there that cover the fluffy. We’re not here for fluffy. We’re here to dig deep, share our experiences, and say what needs to be said. Even if your specialty isn’t on the above list, feel free to contact us. We’d be more than happy to accommodate you.

You’d be free to write whenever you want as your schedule allows. Ideally we’re looking for writers who can contribute 2-3 times a week since we’d like to keep our team fairly small, but we’re here to work with you– not the other way around. Article ideas would be totally within your own control regarding specific games/topics, but we’d be here to lend a hand with full editorial support and idea support.

As far as payment is concerned, we will begin by offering an unpaid trial period that will extend into larger opportunities. More information will be disclosed privately.

To apply, tell us a bit about yourself, your areas of interest, and your experience writing. If you have any published writing samples online, share ‘em! Send any applications, questions, or concerns to Laura Hardgrave at laurah@rerollz.com.

By on Aug 19, 2014 at 7:30 am, in GW2, MMORPG, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

In an ongoing effort to keep balance between classes in Guild Wars2, ArenaNet has posted some information on the upcoming class changes before they cover it more in detail on Friday at 12PM during the team’s live stream. Changes are scheduled take effect next month, so be sure to tune in and check out some of the new class features. Below are some of the changes highlighted for each class:

By on Aug 19, 2014 at 7:08 am, in MMORPG, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Even though we’ve just recovered from the end of ArcheAge‘s third closed beta event, the fourth beta event was announced yesterday. It’s right around the corner! It’ll begin at 10 AM PST on Friday, August 22 and run until 10 AM on Wednesday, August 27th. There can never be too much beta in a sandbox-y game like ArcheAge, right?

There will be no character wipes from the third beta event, so players will be able to continue their progress. As always, the limited closed invites from CBE 3 won’t be valid for CBE 4, but Trion posted a list of third party sites where keys for this test period can be found starting on the 20th. All Founders and Alpha testers, of course, still have access.

For more info, check out the official FAQ. Happy beta-ing!

By on Aug 18, 2014 at 6:15 am, in EQN, MMORPG, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

From SOE Live in Las Vegas on August 16th, Jeff Butler, Mike Mann, Darrin McPherson, and Terry Micheals held a panel about the extensive multiclassing system in EverQuest Next. They also talked about the game’s unique keyword feature which will be used in multiclassing and throughout all areas of the game, allowing players to easily customize their builds and itemization without losing the uniqueness of their character.

Below is a summary of the newest information revealed. The replay can also be seen here on Twitch.

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