Why The International Matters

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The world’s largest eSports tournament ever, The International, just concluded on July 21st. It was a spectacle on many levels; whether it be a sold out arena, the massive prize pool, or the level of competition, the tournament was truly massive and an achievement in many different ways. With the dust finally settled a single question has arisen: why does this tournament matter? The unpacking of this question is simple, but it also speaks volumes about the gaming community as a whole.

EVE Online Launches Crius Content Update

EVE Online received its largest industry update to-date with yesterday's launch of Crius. CCP's focus was not only on adding new features, but also on making better interfaces, usability and more oppotunities for those aspiring to succeed in the industrial sector.

It's Time for Tinkerfest!

Tinkerfest, the Norrathian celebration of all things Gnomish, starts Friday! Your EQII ZAM staff has the scoop on the awesome new additions to this player favorite. 2014 brings back all the old activities and adds more rewards, house items, and recipes! There's a new quest and new achievement. If you didn't do so last year, be sure to unlock your tinkered mercenaries!

Tinkerfest 2014 will start July 25th and run through August 11th. Keep track of all your alts and every quest with our convenient Tinkerfest Quest Tracker!

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! - Out Now

"Abe's back, and the original hero's about to face his oddest challenge yet!"

There hasn't been a new Oddworld game in almost 10 years (2005), and nearly 10 more since Oddworld: Abe's Odyssey (1997). Just Add Water has rehydrated the franchise with Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty!, the complete overhaul/remake of the classic Oddworld: Abe's Odyssey.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Launch Delayed

If you were planning on picking up Dragon Age: Inquisition this autumn, you'll be waiting one extra month. Electronic Arts and BioWare have announced that the title's launch will be delayed by six weeks, shifting it to November 18, 2014.

Alluvion Skirmishes

 Bravery will be tested and might will be challenged in the upcoming August version update, with the brand new Alluvion Skirmishes system. Similar to the previous Skirmish system, the Alluvion Skirmish will pit adventurers against enemies in labyrinths that change the further one goes.

The risks are great, but rewards will be well worth it, as new weapons and shields will be amongst the spoils, capable of being etched with glyphs for further power!

Excited for this new battle system? Let us know all about it over on the ZAM forums!

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Released

"Naxxramas is a floating necropolis, home to a host of undead bosses
ready to challenge worthy opponents eager to test their card-slinging mettle."

Do you dare venture forth, and challenge the accursed flesh waiting for you? Blizzard has unleashed the first wing of Curse of Naxxramas, the first expansion for Hearthstone. This unholy update features 30 new cards, a dozen boss battles, Class Challenges, new card backs and more!

League of Legends: A New Dawn Cinematic

Today Riot released another explosively epic trailer depicting champions duking it out in the fields of League of Legends. As per usual for the game's cinematic trailers, you get to see some of your favorite characters tossing around signature abilities and going toe-to-toe with one another until only one side is left standing. While this trailer actually upped the "violence meter" just a tad by adding blood to a few of the action-sequences, there are a few things that haven't changed.

Yeah, Leona is still really hard to kill.

Eorzea Examiner #19: Classes and Jobs, Part 2

Hello and welcome to the nineteenth edition of the Eorzea Examiner, ZAMs column on Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. For this weeks column, we’ll be looking at new combat jobs. The Final Fantasy series has a plethora of class and job options from previous games that have yet to show up in the world of Eorzea. Many of those jobs will likely show up in one form or another as patches and expansions are released further down the road. Of course, these jobs will need some tweaking from their original designs to fit with the holy trinity of tank, healer and DPS; you may have been able to take down Chaos with four White Mages in the first FF game, but that’s not going to fly here.

Skyforge: Cryomancer Reveal

Obsidian Entertainment has revealed one of Skyforge's starting classes: the Cryomancer. This class can dish out massive amounts of damage and, while geared for distance fighting, can rebuff enemies who get too close. It specializes in offensive and crowd control abiltiies.