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Best Black Friday Deals in Gaming 2017

Instead of running to the malls and getting trampled, it might be better to just hang out at your house and do your shopping online. With the boom in eCommerce's popularity, it became ridiculously easy to overspend during the Black Friday weekend. And I believe, as gamers, there's no deal we won't take advantage of. So, I've gone ahead and collected some of the best deals for Black Friday that I've found.

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What Makes Battlefront 2's Loot Box System So Bad?

Over the weekend, a thread on Reddit created by user MBMMaverick was the focus of a lot of attention. In it, MBMMaverick was complaining that even after paying $80 for Battlefront 2, Darth Vader was still locked and not available from the get-go. The thread's been locked already due to spamming and harassment after EA's community team made a comment that didn't go over very well with the Reddit people - to put it mildly.

Some people did some math, and they figured that it would take 40 hours to unlock Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker - that's 40 hours each. Since then, EA has knocked down the prices per character.

  • Chewbacca - 10,000 Credits
  • Darth Vader - 15,000 Credits
  • Emperor Palpatine - 10,000 Credits
  • Iden Versio - 5,000 Credits
  • Leia Organa - 10,000 Credits
  • Luke Skywalker - 15,000 Credits

Earning about 1,500 credits per hour, it'll take you 40 hours to unlock ALL heroes, instead of just one.

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Marvel Heroes Omega Shutting Down

Marvel and Disney have terminated their contract, leading to Marvel Heroes Omega shutting down. 

I've clocked in 1300 hours in Marvel Heroes Omega, and it's the one recurring game I play when I want to just chill. I even play it without headphones on. We saw it coming, though, as a community. There weren't enough players, not enough to do, no new events, and with allegations of harassment upon the CEO, we were having bets on when it'd shut down. I had my money on 2018. I guess I was 2 months early.

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The Gamdias HERMES P1: For the Dedicated Gamer

Not a lot of people know the brand Gamdias. When they think of gaming peripherals, the brands that immediately come to mind are Razer, Logitech, Corsair, or even HyperX with Gamdias just dancing around at the periphery of things. They aren't the most popular, but they make up for it in quality and value, and the odd simple innovation here and there.

And on a personal note, I tend to really enjoy buying high quality gear from not-so-famous brands because you end up getting more value for money, because you're paying for the product and not paying for the just the name. And that's pretty much what you get with the HERMES P1. It is the most affordable in Gamdias' premium line of keyboards - the HERMES series. Being being cheapest in the most expensive line doesn't mean it's bad.

Priced at $119.99, the Gamdias HERMES P1, powered by the Gamdias Hera software, is packed with a lot of interesting features for, as they put it on their website, dedicated gamers. And I will agree with this assessment. It has advanced features that casuals might not use but won't be obstructive in its use at all.

But is it any good? Let's get to the nitty gritty and find out.

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Redragon K557 KALA Mechanical Keyboard Review

I've been a long-time user of membrane keyboards, and I've never really made the switch to mechanical keyboards until very recently. And the main reason behind that was because I felt like the cost outweighed the benefits. Mechanical keyboards tend to cost a heck of a lot more than regular membrane keyboards, and a large reason for that was because there was one company who held the patent for mechanical keyboard switches - Cherry. And for a good while, they were the only ones allowed to produce mechanical switches, which keyboard manufacturers then had to purchase to produce their line of mechanical keyboards.

I wasn't unaware of the benefits of mechanical keyboards, like durability, switch choice flexibility, the tactile feel, and overall better handling for simultaneous key presses. But for the amount of money most mechanical keyboards went for, for the longest time, I just didn't feel like they were worth it. That is, until companies started coming out with their own mechanical keyboards that didn't use the proprietary switches from Cherry. Finally, reasonably priced mechanical keyboards had come to the market.

I went ahead and bought the Redragon KALA K557, a budget-friendly mechanical RGB keyboard, for a very, very reasonable Php 2,500 or about $50 from Lazada. And I absolutely love it. 

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