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Hearthstone Players Are Trapped In A Cycle of Salt

It’s been just over a month since the release of Hearthstone’s Journey to Un’Goro expansion, so you know what that means: it’s time for the Hearthstone community to remember how much they hate the game. But don’t worry, they’ll get over it. It’s all one big cycle. If you’ve ever followed any game with a player base as dogged as Blizzard’s online collectible card game’s, you know how fickle the core can be. Any change to the game is viewed with intense scrutiny, every developer decision interpreted as either a money grab or completely out-of-touch. On this familiar seesaw between excitement and brutal criticism, hype is never just hype—it’s also a precursor to eventual disappointment. I call it the Hearthstone Salt Cycle, and this is how it always plays out. Last week, the popular Hearthstone streamer Octavian “Kripparrian” Morosan released a video in which he complains about what he sees as major problems with Hearthstone, specifically about the game’s randomness and prohibitive pricing. This is nothing unusual for Morosan, who’s known in the community for his brutal, honest opinions. What’s surprising is the speed with which he turned from enthusiasm about the new Un’Goro expansion, to legitimate concern READ FULL…

YouTuber Beats Final Fantasy XV At Level One With No Items

A determined player has beaten Final Fantasy XV without gaining a single level or using items. YouTuber BOYvsVIDEOGAME played through the entire game with nothing other than his skills and obsessive perseverance to sustain him. Advertisement This isn’t the first time that BOYvsVIDEOGAME has completed a game under extreme conditions. He’s cleared Dragon Age: Inquisition solo on the Nightmare difficulty and slashed through Bloodborne without taking a single level. This time, he equips the nixperience band to avoid leveling up on his quest. Through a mixture of warp strikes and a heavy preference for greatsword, BOYvsVIDEOGAME brute forces his way through some of the games toughest battles. In some cases, like the Aranea Highwind fight, his attacks are fast and furious enough to take down the boss in minutes. Other time, he’ll fight for close to an hour to take down a dangerous hunt target. For such a demanding playthrough, the process seems pretty haphazard. Bloodborne is a game full of difficult dodging and perfectly timed attacks. Final Fantasy XV proves to be a lot clumsier. BOYvsVIDEOGAME gets smacked around a lot, desperately working his way to victory over difficult enemies. “The combat is, fucking, so stupid,” he says during…