New Private World of Warcraft Server Crushed By Blizzard Within Hours of Launch

New Private World of Warcraft Server Crushed By Blizzard Within Hours of Launch

Last week, we discussed the upcoming private server Felmyst, its dedication to preserving the Burning Crusade as it existed as of Patch 2.1, and of the core developers’ belief that the game should be pristine. That means it should handle quests, dungeons, raids, experience gain, and other facets of the overall WoW experience as they existed in early 2007, and that the specific goals of other mods, such as minimizing grinds or improving loot tables,…

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There’s No Oculus Rift 2 Coming Anytime Soon

There’s No Oculus Rift 2 Coming Anytime Soon

In the wake of Oculus’ decision to cut the price of the Oculus Rift with controllers to $ 400, there’s been some worry that this move indicates a major new platform update is imminent. It’s not a crazy idea — plenty of companies, from car dealerships to CPU and sometimes even GPU manufacturers will cut prices to clear inventory and make room for upcoming models. In Oculus’ case, however, that doesn’t seem to be what’s…

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The SNES Classic Launch Is On Track to Be Another Disaster

The SNES Classic Launch Is On Track to Be Another Disaster

In business, it’s usually ideal to sell as many things as possible to consumers, but Nintendo has a different approach. The NES Classic Edition released last year was a hot must-have gift for the holiday season, but Nintendo just didn’t make very many of them. Then, Nintendo discontinued the device while people were still clamoring to get their hands on it. It’s all very bizarre, and it’s possible we’re headed for a very similar outcome…

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Winter is Coming: Blizzard Will Kill Support for Windows XP, Vista in October

Winter is Coming: Blizzard Will Kill Support for Windows XP, Vista in October

Blizzard has announced that it is ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista by October. Given that these operating systems were officially retired in 2009 and 2012, respectively, with no security or patch support from Microsoft (although the company didpatch Windows XP earlier this year), and the difficulty of continuing to test these operating systems, Blizzard’s decision makes sense. And in all honesty, it shouldn’t affect many people. Blizzard doesn’t release the same level…

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Nintendo Now Rumored to be Prepping Classic N64 Edition

Nintendo Now Rumored to be Prepping Classic N64 Edition

After last year’s NES Classic Edition being such a smash it, it wasn’t surprising to see the company follow up with this year’s Super NES Classic Edition (although as previously stated, I don’t recommend trying to get your hands on one). But that’s not all the company apparently has up its sleeve. According to Business Insider, Nintendo has filed for a European trademark on a stylistic representation of an N64 controller. While that might not seem…

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Unofficial World of Warcraft ‘Felmyst’ Server Revisits The Burning Crusade

Unofficial World of Warcraft ‘Felmyst’ Server Revisits The Burning Crusade

There’s a new “unofficial” project to bring back classic WoW gaming — just not in quite the same form as the game’s original launch code. The new, unofficial (read: Blizzard un-approved) Felmyst server will target The Burning Crusade expansion as its setting rather than the original, vanilla, World of Warcraft. As someone who played a great deal of WoW during both vanilla and TBC, I’d say that this is the stronger technical choice. The Burning…

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D&D Beyond Combines Tabletop Gaming with Digital Features

D&D Beyond Combines Tabletop Gaming with Digital Features

The first edition of Dungeons & Dragons came out in 1974, but the venerable tabletop game is still rolling along. Now in its 5th Edition, the various incarnations of the game have relied more on dice and statistics than some other competing RPGs that place a greater emphasis on DM/GM (Dungeon Master/Game Master) discretion and roleplaying and less on random outcomes. Now, Wizards of the Coast is prepping a major release of three digital tools meant…

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Latest AMD Ryzen BIOS Updates Really Boost Game Performance

Latest AMD Ryzen BIOS Updates Really Boost Game Performance

When Ryzen launched, many reviewers noted the chip tended to compete extremely well against Intel in many tests, either in pure performance or performance-per-dollar. Ryzen gaming at lower resolutions like 1080p, however, was a weak spot in some tests. AMD promised that new BIOS (UEFI) updates and game patches would, over time, improve the performance of the platform. With AGESA 1.0.0.6 now rolling out to motherboard manufacturers, AMD has released some data on how Ryzen…

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