Unreal Engine 4 Showcase

Visually, games don't need to approach photorealism to look good.

But great realistic visuals can turn a game into a cinematic experience. While graphics always seem to plateau – "How much better could games really look?" – they somehow manage to look a little better every year.

Unreal Engine 4, as demonstrated by koola, is here to show us what "next-gen" really looks like:

Job Adjustments

 The September version update of Final Fantasy XI is fast approaching, and a number of job adjustments are scheduled for various jobs are slated to make an appearance! Brand new jug pets for Beastmaster, new combat buffs for Dragoon whenever its wyvern levels up, new spells for Blue Mage, a new ability for Dancer, and adjustments to Rune Fencer's Valiance are among just some of the changes planned!

Excited for these changes? Let us know all about it over on the ZAM forums!

Patch Notes for August 25, 2014

This morning's game update addressed a few problems that surfaced with last week's patch:

*** Emergency Update ***

- Corrected an issue that could cause offline guild members to be incorrectly added to a raid.
- Fixed a problem that was causing many AA ability timers to conflict with standard melee ability timers.
- Grelleth, Her Majesty the Queen - Corrected an issue where Grelleth was not functioning correctly during her raid encounter.

- The EverQuest Team

SOE Live: EverQuest II - Q&A Recaps

At SOE Live 2014, the EverQuest II audience had questions and the devs had answers! ZAM was there to keep track of what the community wanted to know. Senior Producer Holly Longdale was joined by Akil "Lyndro" Hooper, Kyle "Kander" Vallee, Carlos "Gninja" Mora, Nathan "Kaitheel" McCall, Michael "Xelgad" Ganz, Robert "Caith" Fouts, Dave "Maevianiu" Kish, and many other EQ2 devs to answer questions. If you missed it, here's a recap of what happened during the question and answer session after the EverQuest II keynote, as well as the AMAA Sessions Part 1 & Part 2.

Wowhead Weekly: Episode 7

Join Olivia and Perculia for a new Wowhead Weekly: Episode 7! Another busy week, so the duo have plenty to discuss: the Robin Williams NPC, the launch of OAuth on Wowhead, Community Tribute items – it's a long list of topics!

SOE President's Flight Diverted After Bomb Scare

Many Sony Online Entertainment players experienced downtime this weekend when both PSN and SOE were targeted in a DDOS attack. President John Smedley was vocal on Twitter Sunday, keeping everyone up-to-date with the status of server restoration.

The hacker group that initiated the DDOS took things one step further later on Sunday – tweeting out a false alarm to American Airlines, claiming that the flight Smedley was returning to San Diego on had "explosives on board."

Members-Only Double Experience Weekend!

UPDATE: The Double XP weekend has been extended. According to the EQ2 Twitter account:  

Based on this mornings issues, the Members Double Experience weekend will be extended until Tuesday. Enjoy! [RadarX]

Later on Sunday Holly "Winstalker" Longdale tweeted, "It will be active until Monday at 11:59pm PDT."

Announced earlier this evening:

We've decided to run a members-only Double XP Weekend for Adv, TS, AA xp starting noon PDT tomorrow thru Sunday 11:59pm PDT!

All Access members will receive double adventuring, tradeskill and alternate advancement experience between Noon PT on Friday, August 22nd and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, August 24th.

The Scrying Pool: First-Personing


The Scrying Pool is a Guild Wars 2 column where I simply ask what if? Nothing is off the table as we dive into possible features and future content, looking at what currently exists in Guild Wars 2 before I answer my own what if question with how I think the feature and content should be implemented.

Earlier this week some fansites started to slowly trickle out their interviews from Gamescom. Some of the answers that the developers gave, such as no Super Adventure Box in the near future, sent the community into a fury. For this article, I wanted to pick out one of the topics metioned in GuildMag’s interview and ask:

What if Guild Wars 2 had a First-Person View?

Film Friday: Five New Trailers

Welcome back to another Film Friday! This week is a little shorter than most, the calm following the rush of Gamescom and SOE Live. We've got five trailers totaling ~15 minutes, so let's get right to it!

EverQuest II: Systems Panel Recap

The EverQuest II Systems and Mechanics panel revealed many exciting things in store for the upcoming expansion, Altar of Malice, and beyond.