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By on Jul 24, 2014 at 5:38 pm, in Gaming, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

The folks over at MineThon are running a pretty cool charity event for AbleGamers starting tomorrow. AbleGamers is a non-profit organization that provides news, reviews, and support for disabled gamers. Participants will take part in a 72-hour Minecraft marathon to raise money for AbleGamers.

The event will be streamed on Twitch and there are a variety of ways to participate through donating, taking part in the Minecraft action, or by simply getting involved in the community. There will also be raffles, auctions, and guest appearances from Minecraft celebrities during the charity event. It’s a good weekend to be a Minecraft fan.

For more information, head on over to the MineThon site or find out more about AbleGamers.

By on Jul 24, 2014 at 7:17 am, in MMORPG, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Transparent seems to be the trend of gaming developers mid 2014 and it is exciting to see.

Trion Worlds is no exception to this rule as they bring us the next closed beta testing  announcement for next week including the “meat and bones” of any game testing with back-end and server load information.

During the first beta event weekend, it took players 18 minutes to fill servers and it was a load of fun enjoying watching everyone pile on the Eastern Continent Harani. In anticipation of the next event, here are some thoughts from the last beta event, alpha, and the current development stage of the game:

By on Jul 23, 2014 at 7:00 am, in MOBA, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Darius, Ahri, Graves, Leona, Nautilus, Rengar, Katarina, Jax, and a few other LoL champions go head to head like never seen before in Riot’s latest cinematic called “A New Dawn” which was released yesterday. Much in the vein of “A Twist of Fate”, “A New Dawn” showcases some awesome champ abilities and even an ultimate or two in 1 vs. 1 fights. With an added twist, the champions get involved in a bit of team fight action this time. Here’s a spoiler: Nautilus, Leona, and Graves are kind of awesome.

Riot also released a behind-the-scenes video that goes into the magic behind the making of “A New Dawn”. This video can be viewed here.

League of Legends movie, anyone? Come on, Riot. You know you want to.

By on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:00 am, in Comics, Geek Culture, News  |  Comments: 1 comment

Grab your bat-phone, bat-wallet, and jump in your Batmobile on Wednesday, July 23rd, since DC Entertainment has declared the day to be Batman Day! The event in in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #23. To celebrate, participating comic book retailers will provide a free, special edition re-print of that book. DC is also providing other collectibles, such as book marks, capes, and four Batman masks.


If you can’t make it your local comic book store, Detective Comics #23 will be available for free download on, comiXology, and all other digital platforms.

By on Jul 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm, in MMORPG, News, TESO  |  Comments: No comments yet

Despite still being in its first year of launch, Elder Scrolls Online has already seen its share of rough times. How large that share actually is will depend on who you ask, of course. According to recent information from Superdata, ESO has over 770,000 subscribers as of June which is a fairly impressive number given some of the comments seen in MMORPG communities about the game’s comparative success, but there’s also the fact that console/PC gamers– and not just MMO fans– love Elder Scrolls.

The rough times in question primarily have to do with ESO‘s endgame content. Veteran content as it’s called is currently wrapped in veteran ranks that are obtained by either grinding out content that was unexplored by leveling your particular faction to level 50 or by tagging alongside a few friends in Craglorn.

By on Jul 18, 2014 at 11:00 pm, in Geek Culture, News, TV  |  Comments: No comments yet

The road leading up to Series 8 of the BBC’s Doctor Who has been a little rocky. First, some raw footage was leaked by a U.S. office. Then five scripts from the new season also made their way online.

Despite this, none of the excitement was tempered when the BBC aired the official Series 8 trailer this past Monday. It provides fans with their first real glimpse at the new Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. It’s a great teaser for the season that lies ahead–and announces August 23rd air date.

By on Jul 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm, in Comics, Geek Culture, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Big news hit The Avengers this week–the superhero group, not the movie–as Marvel announced big changing coming to two of the team’s founding members. It was announced on The View that the…name…of Thor will be passed yet-unknown female character, as our traditional hero has (once again) become unworthy. On The Cobert Report, we learned that Sam Wilson (Falcon) will take up the name Captain America, after Steve Rogers loses his powers.

While a lot of outlets are making a big deal about these changes, it’s not likely that they will last long. Both Thor and Steve Rogers have passed on their helms before (literally and figuratively). Thor had been a space horse alien–as many outlets have been excited to point out–and Bucky Barnes has previously succeeded Rogers as Captain America.

Still, these story lines are bound to be interesting–and to be heavily covered in the media.


By on Jul 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm, in Breaking, News  |  Comments: No comments yet

Hey, folks! We’re back!

You might remember us. We’re Draegon, Teljair, and Laura/Serrain. We’re the administrative team behind Rift Junkies, FORCE Junkies, and the myriad of other fansites that have popped up over the past few years with the Junkies banner proudly displayed. Last year we decided to start an ambitious project– a multi-dimensional geeky/gamer-focused site that not only covered the latest and greatest MMORPGs, but also other MMORPGs we all loved.

And the MOBAs we loved. And our favorite console and PC games. And our favorite geeky TV shows, movies, comics, and cosplay masterpieces. We’re gaming junkies, sure, but there’s so much more to love in this wide, weird, wild world. Junkies Nation became a place for everyone to embrace their inner gamer and geek and just celebrate whatever it is they happened to be passionate about.

We had a few stumbles in this endeavor last year, unfortunately, but we’re back bigger– and better– than ever. Our team consists of a familiar group of faces as well as a few new, awesome writers who are here to share what they’re passionate about and maybe teach a fan a thing or two about their latest cosplay adventure, MMORPG project, or MOBA strat.

Our aim is to not be a mere news site, but a place where honest opinions, solid strategies, and passionate reviews and previews are the core of what we cover. We won’t rehash stuff. We won’t hound you for clicks. We’re simply here to share what we love and hope folks are interested enough to stick around to see what we have to ramble about.

If you’ve been a part of our awesome Rift Junkies community for a while now, you may have noticed that Rift Junkies now redirects to Junkies Nation. This move was made not to bid farewell to RIFT and our past coverage of the game, but as a way to build a bridge between our fansite community and the broader gaming/geek-centric community that may still love RIFT, but also loves other things and other games.

Make no mistake– we’ll still be covering RIFT. All of our Rift Junkies content (as well as everything from our other Junkies fansites) is now on Junkies Nation. Older content can be found searching under the specific game categories. We’ll also be covering a lot more than RIFT. Remember what we said about a wide, weird, wild world? Yeah. Life’s too short to not embrace all of its geeky bits.

To the Rift Junkies community– thank you for being there for us over the years.

We’re in for a wild ride. We hope you’ll join us.

Laura “Serrain” Hardgrave
Jason “Draegon” Dodge
Ryan “Teljair” Raplee

By on May 7, 2014 at 8:00 am, in Article, News, RIFT  |  Comments: 2 comments

2.7 delayed

Update 5/7/14: Well, that was quick! The issue was resolved this afternoon and RIFT 2.7: Binding of Blood is now live on NA servers with EU patching during its normal time. Hooray!

There was some disappointing news announced last night. Trion unfortunately had to delay RIFT 2.7: Binding of Blood, the next major content patch that was supposed to launch today. A major issue was identified within the content of the patch that forced the team to delay it. As such, there will be no maintenance downtime today.

There is no ETA for the deployment of RIFT 2.7 at the time of this posting. Ocho did, however, post a slight update in the official forum thread and stated that it’s possible that the patch will be deployed before next Wednesday’s regular maintenance, but the team is not sure yet. He also reminded players that all of the content included in 2.7, including the four new souls, has been delayed as a result.

By on May 1, 2014 at 9:00 am, in News, RIFT  |  Comments: 2 comments

2.7 bindings of blood

We finally have a release date for RIFT‘s next major content update! RIFT 2.7: Binding of Blood is headed our way next week– on Wednesday, May 7th to be exact. This update will bring us four very cool souls to purchase and play with– the Arbiter, Oracle, Liberator, and Physician– as well as some long-awaited UI adjustments and new soul quests. Later on in the update we’ll see two new Tier 3 raid fights in Leathys and Maelforge flavors as well as the new Greenscale Warfront, the return of our super-cuddly Hellbug friends, Summerfest, and… unicorns? Yep, you heard right. Super shiny unicorn mounts away!

Check out Trion’s official announcement for more details.

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