Film Friday: Eighteen New Videos (Part One)

Eighteen New Videos (Part One)

Another busy week, another jam-packed Film Friday! So many landed in our inbox this week that we had to be picky, and still ended up with 18 great videos to kick off your weekend. In the first half, enjoy flicks from Age of Wonders III, Defiance, Destiny, Dungeon Travelers 2, Echo of Soul, Final Fantasy XIV, Hearthstone, Masters of the Masks and Tales of Zestiria.

Results of the 18th Annual DICE Awards

The DICE Awards aired its 18th annual show on Twitch last night, celebrating another successful year in gaming. A wide variety of categories were presented, with Dragon Age: Inquisition scoring the top prize, Destiny snagging four of its own and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor dominating, landing eight awards in total. Winners were:

ZAM Game of the Year Awards 2014: Recap

This week we awarded our top gaming picks of 2014. It wasn't easy; there were many stand-outs this year!

Our Expansion of the Year award went to World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. ZAM's VP of Technology, Michael "Argo" Ender, said that "World of Warcraft fell off my radar a bit after Wrath. With WoD they made the WoW game I've always wanted to play. Thank you Blizzard!" President Cody "Micajah" Bye added that the release of Draenor "revitalized an entire game." Check out contributing writer Michael "Ragar" Branham's story about how Warlords drew him back to Warcraft in our Expansion of the Year article.

Consoles saw a lot of new titles this year, but Destiny took the prize home for our Console Game of the Year award. Bungie reached for excellence and delivered on many levels with the title that has half of our staff hopelessly addicted. It may not be all roses, as ZAM Deputy Editor Colt "ShdwFlm" Casey mentions in our Console Game of the Year article, but at its core Destiny is a fun experience with room to improve.

PC gamers were treated to a plethora of excellent titles this year, with BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition landing our PC Game of the Year award. The in-depth story and replayability ultimately won many of us over as we took the Qunari by the horns and laid waste to all who stood to oppose Thedas. Managing Editor Ann "Cyliena" Hosler talked about how DAI excelled on every level in our PC Game of the Year article.

Finally, we looked forward to what next year will bring and agreed that Overwatch, which Blizzard unveiled during this year's BlizzCon, is our Most Anticipated Game of 2015. Project Manager Katie Welka teared up at the epic cinematic trailer, while Colt admitted that he gets the feels every time he watches it. ZAM's Brand Ambassador, Lindsay "Geektr0n" Ferguson, teamed up with Ann to explain why Overwatch is the game we all should be eagerly awaiting in our Most Anticipated Game of 2015 article.


Thanks for joining us for another fantastic year in gaming! We hope everyone is having a great holiday week and look forward to seeing what 2015 will bring!

ZAM Awards 2014: Console Game of the Year

Destiny

We love Destiny. Finding rare gear, upgrading talents, Public Events with strangers, dancing in the Tower. It blends an FPS and RPG as expertly as we could reasonably expect. It fills a niche in gaming we've always wanted. We forget how easily Destiny could simply not exist – but we're very glad it's real.

Individually, we've spent hundreds of hours acquiring new Exotics to laugh gleefully at their effects. Collectively, we've spent thousands of hours stomping the Fallen and fellow Guardians. When we're not playing Destiny, we're talking about it: our favorite Subclass, gear we're hoping to get, trash-talking the Cryptarch, or linking each other to items on DestinyDB (our Destiny site).

HyperX Headset Giveaway

Looking for a fantastic, quality headset? We got the giveaway for you!

We've partnered up with HyperX to giveaway two HyperX Cloud headsets. They have a solid, lightweight construction with a detachable microphone, and are rated as the #1 headset on Amazon.

Don't wait to enter! The deadline for this giveaway is 11:59pm PT on Friday, December 19, 2014. Just hop over our Lockerdome giveaway page to get your entries in now!

Friday Update Arcade: Episode 13

Lindsay "geektr0n" Ferguson hosts ZAM's latest installment of Friday Update Arcade! Topics discussed are:

  • Goblins vs Gnomes news
  • Destiny expansion news
  • Dean Hall leaves DayZ
  • H1Z1 Early Access is announced
  • The Witcher is delayed
  • New Zelda footage!
  • New gameplay footage for Metal Gear Online and Uncharted 4
  • Steam Holiday Sale details

Friday Update Arcade: Episode 12

Lindsay "geektr0n" Ferguson hosts ZAM's latest installment of Friday Update Arcade! Topics discussed are:

  • Goblins vs Gnomes Expansion
  • Ubisoft Offers Apologies After Assassins Creed: Unity Bugs
  • Steam Starts Broadcasting
  • Game of Thrones Game Is Here!
  • Target Australia Removes GTA 5

Film Friday: Seven New Trailers

Seven New Videos

This break from playing Dragon Age: Inquisition has been brought to you by the number 7 and the letter V!

Friday Update Arcade: Episode 9

Lindsay "geektr0n" Ferguson hosts ZAM's latest installment of Friday Update Arcade! Topics discussed are:

  • The Dark Below, Destiny's first expansion, and some surrounding controversy
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth launches, and is mostly well-received
  • The Evil Within gets some long-awaited patching
  • YouTube gets an update (60fps!)
  • Dragon Age Keep goes Open Beta
  • Telltale Games continues being mysterious
  • Upcoming games! Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Far Cry 4, and more!

Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below Coming Soon

Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below is coming soon! Slated for a December 9, 2014 release across all support platforms, the expansion features all-new weapons and gear to earn through new story, co-operative and multiplayer activities.