About Adam "Kharakov" Kharatian

Adam "kharakov" Kharat is part nerd, part geek, and full awesome. With deadly writing skills and the sleeping habits of a jackrabbit, late night gaming sessions are all but mandatory.

Review: Mass Effect comic collection deluxe hardcover

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Perhaps one of the most iconic sci-fi franchises ever, Mass Effect contains a rich universe full of interesting characters, intricate futuristic technology, and aliens so bizarre they feel the need to express emotion through adjectives. While the first two games in the series expanded the story significantly, Mass Effect 3 … Continue reading

World of Warcraft ‘Warlords of Draenor’ cinematic revealed, expansion to release November 13th


Live from Los Angeles, Blizzard has just released an incredible cinematic for its premier MMO, World of Warcraft. If you haven’t played W.o.W, this may be the time to start. While many would argue that the world’s most popular online RPG has lost its roots, the evolution has been quite … Continue reading

Destiny’s first expansion – ‘The Dark Below’ set for release in December 2014


While I must say this irks me significantly, it’s sadly become a norm for expansions to be announced before the original title is even released. More or less, it’s the content that a company feels comfortable charging for, in addition to the original title. Honestly, if it’s a truly great game, … Continue reading

Gamescom 2014: Destiny’s competitive multiplayer modes revealed


The Crucible. Destiny’s premier competitive multiplayer mode gets a new trailer today from Gamescom. With it comes the announcement of 5 new game modes in addition to the two shown during Beta. Buckle up Guardians, there’s less than a month left until release. While beta companions may be forever lost, … Continue reading

Steelseries: Siberia Elite WoW Edition for Warlords of Draenor announced!

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Our 2013 Headset of The Year, the Steelseries: Siberia Elite is getting an aggressive makeover in anticipation of the next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. We already loved the original, but this one just looks so damn good! Originally seeing this pair at E3 2014, it immediately caught my eye. … Continue reading

SDCC 2014: Square Enix, Keen Games and Deep Silver show off Nosgoth, Sacred 3 and Escape Dead Island


San Diego Comic-Con may be mainly about the comics and cosplay, but in the past few years, video games have been a major part of this geeky wonder. We were able to play and dig further into three awesome games that Square Enix and Deep Silver were showing off at … Continue reading

SDCC 2014: The Last Ship, we dive deeper into this fresh series


Ironic, how a Russian was sent to cover a show where his own kind are the villains. Although, I am somewhat used to this; terrible accents and poor translation have plagued the representation of Russians since the dawn of 007. The Last Ship premiered this year at San Diego Comic-con, and although … Continue reading

League of Legends: Gnar, The Missing Link, revealed


Too long have we waited. Too long have the Fields of Justice not seen fresh Yordle blood splatted throughout Baron pit. Too long have we waited for Gnar, The Missing Link. In what can be described as a somewhat Nidalee-esque Yordle, the newest character for League of Legends will be … Continue reading

League of Legends: A New Dawn (Cinematic)

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In what can only be considered as pseudo-Pixar quality, Riot games has graced us with another cinematic just in time for the upcoming Summoner’s Rift visual update. Seeing as it’s the game’s most considerable visual update since the addition of the new Twisted Treeline, it shows some of our favorite … Continue reading

SteelSeries announces The SteelSeries Rival: Dota 2 Edition Gaming Mouse


With the DOTA 2 International tournament well underway, fans of the MOBA can now rejoice, as Steelseries just announced that a new version of The Rival will be sold at the tournament, and afterwards it will be available for pre-order on their online store.   The Rival is perhaps the … Continue reading

AX 2014: Sword Art Online 2 (Gun Gale Online) Premiere


Sword Art Online was perhaps the most popular anime of 2012m with the second season directly following the first. For myself, I count Sword Art, Alfheim, and Gun Gale as three separate seasons, while officially, the new series is called Sword Art II – Phantom Bullet. This new episode beacons the … Continue reading

Anime Expo 2014: League of Legends gathering and cosplay

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Cosplay has been a huge part of the League community since season one. Colorful characters with unique personalities fill Summoner’s Rift on a daily basis. But for one glorious yet extremely hot day, the midsection of the Los Angeles Convention Center was brimming with the champions we all know and … Continue reading

AX 2014: Riot booth and League of Legends cosplay (Skin code giveaway)


While many would find it odd that a company which developed the world’s most popular video game would sponsor an anime convention, it wasn’t much of a shocker to me. Knowing plenty of Rioters myself, I can safely say that a large population are indeed fans of anime. Judging strictly … Continue reading

KCON 2014 Festival lineup released, individual tickets on sale July 3rd


KCON, the largest fan celebration of Korean entertainment and culture, will take place at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Downtown LA on August 9-10. The full artist lineup has been revealed for both concert nights, and individual tickets are available for sale today, July 3. You can also get … Continue reading

10 reasons why Dragon Age: Inquisition will resurrect the series


For BioWare junkies such as myself, Dragon Age 2 marked the decline of this glorious studio after its acquisition by EA. Although a good chunk of the blame can be diverted to EA for changing the RPG aspects of the series significantly into some form of pathetic instance-based city crawling minigame, … Continue reading

Review: ASUS Radeon R9 280 Graphics Processing Unit

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The Asus Radeon R9 280 Direct CU II is AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture mid-range graphics card, combining AMD’s Tahiti Pro graphics core with Asus’s custom cooler design and bundled overclocking software. In some ways, this card is a rebadged Radeon  HD 7950. While having some game dependent performance differences, it … Continue reading

E3 2014: Destiny multiplayer hands-on first impressions (Alpha launches today!)


For those attending E3 this year, Activision and Bungie made two major announcements regarding the upcoming titan of a launch that is Destiny. One announcement was the beginning of the Alpha testing stage for PS4 users that should be available today, and the launch of the Beta on July 27th. … Continue reading