Michael Hassall

Michael Hassall

After giving up a "real" job in Marketing in 2019, Michael started working as esports, gaming, and entertainment journalist and hasn't looked back. He lives in the UK, but wishes he lived in Eorzea, having spent 5,000 hours there. When not dutifully grinding Tomestones and being designated furniture crafter for his FC, he enjoys travel to warm places, cold drinks, light reading, and heavy metal.

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The Quality Difference Between an $85 Emet-Selch Figure and $30 Honkai: Star Rail Figure is Breaking FFXIV Fans

Final Fantasy XIV has had its share of controversy over the quality of some of its merchandise, especially the figures, but a newly released piece of Honkai: Star Rail merch may...

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How to Make Gil with White Crafters’ Scrips in FFXIV

In Final Fantasy XIV, perhaps one of the most overlooked ways to make gil with your Crafters is with White Crafters’ Scrips. As a secondary currency to the much more sought-after Purple Crafter...

How to Make Gil with Skybuilders’ Scrips in FFXIV

In Final Fantasy XIV, there are plenty of ways to make gil, especially as a crafter or gatherer. But one overlooked way is through the Ishgardian Restoration content and the reward currency fro...

How to Spend Sacks of Nuts in FFXIV

In Final Fantasy XIV, Sack of Nuts were added in Shadowbringers as a new currency for Guildship Hunts. A way to earn experience, gil, and Sacks of Nuts, Guildship Hunts from both the&...

Palworld Patch Makes an OP Mining Pal Even Better

Palworld is well into its second month of release and developers Pocketpair have implemented some major fixes and upgrades with that game’s v0.1.5.0 Patch. Unveiled in the early morning of ...

Best Food for Every Job in FFXIV (Patch 6.5)

Food buffs can be make-or-break for hardcore parsing or just living through the top level content in Final Fantasy XIV. While during leveling you can slap on any edible food, enjoy your XP boos...

How to Use Waymarks in FFXIV

In Final Fantasy XIV, there’s built-in system of raid markers known as Waymarks which allow you to plot out and plan Trials, raids, and other encounters. But without knowing the shortcuts and t...

How to Limit Break in FFXIV

Limit Breaks are a Final Fantasy series staple, first appearing in Final Fantasy VII before becoming a core part of the games following. In Final Fantasy XIV, Limit Breaks are hig...

This FFXIV Inspired Lacquerware Is Absolutely Mind-Blowing

Sometimes, a piece of video game-related art can take you completely off-guard with the quality and craftsmanship, to the point that it goes far beyond a simple reference, to a genuine masterpiece. Th...

FFXIV’s Latest Behind the Scenes Look Showcases the Stunning Concept Art of Mariko Higashi

Getting to pull back the curtain and see behind the scenes of the design process that goes into Final Fantasy XIV is always a treat, but the latest edition of the “FFXIV Backstage In...

Get Yourself a Regalia Mount as the FFXIV and FFXV Crossover Event Returns

While today marks the start of the Final Fantasy XIV open beta on Xbox Series X|S, Square Enix made sure existing players have plenty to celebrate as they announce the return of the ...

FFXIV Diadem Guide

The Diadem is an unusual piece of instanced gathering content in Final Fantasy XIV that’s gone through a half dozen iterations to eventually become what it is today. Originally a Disciples of W...

How to Prevent & Cure Depressed Pals in Palworld

In Palworld, you can put your Pals to work in your base and have them toil to create more materials and resources for your adventure. But as you work your Pals on your base you might notice Pal...

Unity Fest FFXIV PvP Event is Raising Money for Mental Health

There’s never been a better time to start killing your fellow Final Fantasy XIV players, as Unity Fest promotes PvP to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). A m...

FFXIV Teams Up with the Prisoner Wine Company in Surprisingly Sophisticated Collab

Final Fantasy XIV has collaborated with many other games and brands over the years, but their latest partnership with The Prisoner Wine Company might be their most refined. As announced on F...

FFXIV Teases Players with New Character Art Ahead of Dawntrail’s Release

Final Fantasy XIV’s social media accounts are teasing players with new illustrations of their favorite characters. The posts, which began on Feb. 8, have now showcased Urianger and Thancred and...

FFXIV Patch 6.57 Notes Detail Savage and Tomestone Changes

As promised, Final Fantasy XIV’s 6.57 update has arrived, bringing with it tweaks and changes to make the final few months of Endwalker a simpler and more streamlined process. Unveil...

Love is in the Air as Valentione's Day Returns to FFXIV

Like it or loathe it, February brings Valentine’s Day to our calendars, and with it Final Fantasy XIV’s own version of the holiday is returning as well. Valentione's Day returns to FFXIV

FFXIV’s Valentione's Day Memories Sweepstakes are Worth the Second-Hand Embarrassment 

With the release of the current iteration of the Valentione's Day event, Final Fantasy XIV is filled with love and ardor towards players, NPCs and more. To celebrate the event, de...

FFXIV Patch 6.57 Will Drop Next Week According to Maintenance Post

Final Fantasy XIV will welcome its 6.57 update on Feb. 13, according to a post on the game’s official Lodestone site. News of the patch release date and upcoming maintenance dropped during...