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What Does Degendering Video Game Character Creators Get Us?

Character creators in video games have always had limitations reflective of their designers’ priorities. Whether it’s specific hair types, body sizes, or disabilities, something or someone ends up being excluded. That isn’t to say that these exclusions were done maliciously, and many games that emphasize customizability have opened up more…

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A sober look at videogames and mental health

We want to believe games are a panacea for all ills, from loneliness to weight problems. But what do we know about the actual pros and cons of interactive media?

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Blizzard Intends to Acquire Spellbreak Dev Proletariat to Support World of Warcraft

Update: The original story said Blizzard had already acquired Proletariat, but GamesBeat’s original story has been updated to clarify the deal has not been completed with an altered statement from Ybarra, but it’s still Blizzard’s intent to purchase the Spellbreak studio. This article has been updated for clarity. Original story follows:…

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Blizzard Acquires Spellbreak Dev Proletariat to Support World of Warcraft

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Are Dragonflight’s Touted Improvements Enough To Bring Folks Back to WoW?

World of Warcraft is once again trying to make good and win back those who have left the game recently. The last expansion, Shadowlands, had another vastly-shortened content cycle, similar to the struggles experienced during Warlords of Draenor. The preceding expansion, Battle for Azeroth, was likewise maligned by the community for…

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The Top 10 Nerd Culture Related Wrestling Fan Signs of 2021

Having already written about video game signs this year, Botchamania creator Maffew was asked to survey the field and determine the ten best wrestling/nerd culture cross over signs.  A lot of these signs are self-serving and irrelevant to the action happening in front of the wrestling which….is half the fun, but…

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Everything You Missed From Blizzcon 2021

After last year’s COVID-related cancellation of Blizzcon, Blizzard is back with an online-only event of their yearly showcase. For most Blizzard fans, the true joy of the show is going to panels and meeting likeminded Blizzard fans cosplaying their favorite characters more than just the announcements. Still, Blizzard usually comes…

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Morning Stack: God, It’s Been a Busy Old Week Already

It’s been a short, busy week here at the ol’ Fanbyte Artistic Reaction Terminal. As such, I don’t have much I’m allowed to write about until next week. I did, however, write and edit some cool stuff lately that you should definitely look at before long. So I think I’ll…

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Fanbyte Evening News April 20, 2020

You can download this episode directly right here. Otherwise, check out the player above, or head to iTunes and Spotify. While you’re there, consider rating us or leaving a review. It helps. Seriously!

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Fanbyte Evening News April 6, 2020

Here’s your audio roundup for this evening’s news! Direct link here or use the embed below. You can find our Morning, Evening, and Sunday edition short podcasts on the Fanbyte FM feed of your favorite podcatcher.

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The Quiet, Enduring Success of The Lord of the Rings Online

Lord of the Rings Online recently launched its seventh expansion to a complete lack of fanfare outside of its fanbase and a few hardcore MMO sites. As a franchise, The Lord of the Rings is as strong as ever, with a TV series coming to Amazon Prime in 2021 and…

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Sylvanas Sends Everyone to Hell in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Blizzard debuted its next major expansion of the unkillable World of Warcraft during today’s Blizzcon 2019 proceedings, and if you were hoping that Lady Sylvanas’ prolonged and inexplicable heel turn might head in another direction after the end of Battle for Azeroth, well, I’ve got bad news. Sylvanas done sent…

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LeakCon 2019: Blizzard Store Leaks Overwatch Art, New WoW Expansion

Blizzard’s plans for this weekend’s BlizzCon 2019 festivities are taking on water at an alarming rate, as information about a sequel to Overwatch and the next World of Warcraft expansion continue to leak into the greater, uh, internet ocean? Or the ocean is leaking into the boat, and the leaked…

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Artifact Appearances Revealed

More artifact appearances are coming in 7.2: Wowhead's modelviewer has you covered.

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Blizzard Unveils New Allied Races Coming in Visions of N’Zoth

Blizzard is paving the way for World of Warcraft‘s next big free update, Visions of N’Zoth, and in doing so has revealed two new Allied Races that’ll join WoW‘s sizable race stable when the update eventually hits. Vulpera, which are basically fox people, and Mechagnomes, which are basically steampunk cyborgs,…

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WoW Classic Server Queue Wait Times Crest 10 Hours on First Day

After years of waiting, World of Warcraft Classic is now live. This new/old version of Blizzard’s perennial MMORPG is permanently locked to version 1.12 of the game, which dates back to August 22 of 2006. Our friends over at sister-site Wowhead have been covering its momentous launch, and reading about…

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Wowhead Wednesday 6/12/2019

Happy Wednesday! We’ve had quite the time on Wowhead, Fanbyte’s sister site, since the WoW Classic beta launched… and we haven’t forgotten about 8.2 Rise of Azshara either. For this edition of Wowhead Wednesday, we’ll highlight some of the site’s most-important Classic updates and guides, saving a little bit of…

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Wowhead Wednesday 5/22/2019

Happy Wednesday! With the WoW Classic beta launching on May 15th, Fanbyte’s sister site Wowhead had a whirlwind nostalgia-filled week, creating tools, guides, and a database for this archival version of World of Warcraft. While the beta has limited access, you’ve no doubt seen WoW at the top of Twitch,…

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Navigating the Confusing, Horny World of MMO Roleplay

MMORPGs have always been notorious time-sinks. But no matter how many quests and dungeons these games offer, they all seem to have a sizeable community of roleplayers nonchalantly inhabiting their characters and doing their own thing. It takes a special kind of person to buy into a game this huge,…

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What’s New in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.5

The latest Tides of Vengeance Content Update for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, 8.1.5, is now live. And it’s packed full of new content for players to explore! Following the explosive Battle of Dazar’alor, the Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls are now fully invested in the battle for Azeroth.…

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What to Do in Battle for Azeroth Season 2

Season 2 of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is now live! The faction war is reaching new heights as the Alliance strike at the very heart of Zandalari power in the Battle of Dazar’alor. Although the first major content patch of Battle for Azeroth, Tides of Vengeance, went live in…

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