Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard’

This Means War: WoW’s Level 90 Boost To Cost $60

By Nathan Grayson on February 20th, 2014.

At what point does a microtransaction cease to be a microtransaction? It’s a question that’s plagued my more contemplative brain tubules for years now, twisting the follicles of my whiskey soaked beard until they snap. But finally, I think I have an answer: when it’s the price of a full goddamn game. We already knew that World of Warcraft‘s Warlords of Draenor expansion would bring with it the option to boost one of your characters straight to level 90, but what if you don’t want the expansion or need another boost (come on, man – just one more that’s it I promise)? Well, do you have $60 you’re prepared to fling into Blizzard’s abyssal bank account? Are… are you sure?

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World of Warcraft Still Pulls A Crowd

By Alec Meer on February 7th, 2014.

Received wisdom tends to be that World of Warcraft is a game in slow decline, still very much a going concern but nonetheless the last great dinosaur of the subscription MMO. Turns out that’s not quite the case – while its 12 million+ subscriber glory days might be behind it, its global population is ever so slightly on the rise. That didn’t stop owner Activision losing a wee bit of money over the last year, though.
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StarCraft 2 Custom Maps Now Free For Anyone To Play

By Graham Smith on January 22nd, 2014.

The mutalisks represent mods.

This is bold. The part I already knew: you can now play any of StarCraft 2‘s three races in multiplayer for free. The part I didn’t expect: you can also play any of the user-created custom maps and modes available in StarCraft Arcade for free, too. That’s a huge amount of free game, and a huge boon for the mod community.
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Burning Down The House: Hearthstone Enters Open Beta

By Graham Smith on January 22nd, 2014.

A straight flush!

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is a tremendously dull name for a game, but let’s unpick this. The game is the hearthstone, the bottom of a fireplace. The players are the kindling, being rapidly consumed in that fiery furnace. The closed beta is the flames, locked in place so only those lucky enough to have a key can enter.

Only now the fire is spreading. North America has already been consumed, and the rest of the world will fall in “the next few days.” Run. Run! Hearthstone has entered open beta.
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Riot In The Street: Lead WoW Dev Becomes Lead LoL Dev

By Nathan Grayson on January 15th, 2014.

And so it all comes full circle. Blizzard’s games may have been the MOBA genre’s none-too-pretty spawning pit, but League of Legends, DOTA 2, and the like took the torch – whether Blizzard wanted to pass it or not. So it’s not entirely surprising to see people like Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street, former lead systems designer on World of Warcraft, at Riot. Sure, Heroes of the Storm is a thing, but it’s still nascent, larval. For better or worse, LoL is an empire, and now, it seems, a destination. Street enters as lead game designer on LoL, so he will likely be calling quite a few shots as time goes on.

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Crafting A Better War: Hearthstone Open Beta Delayed

By Nathan Grayson on December 23rd, 2013.

I'm glad that I'm winning this card game and also that evolution was cruel enough to only make you the size of my hand.

Are all of your friends in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft‘s closed beta? Have they replaced the you-shaped hole in their lives with shiny virtual trading cards? Well, for one, you should probably get new friends. Yours sound a bit, um, terrible. But, if you reeeeally want to join them in their quest for gold and glory and more trading cards, I’m afraid I have a bit of bad news for you: the open beta’s been delayed. The already nicely polished card battler was supposed to open its floodgates to every Tom, Dick, and Yu-Gi-Oh around this month, but now that won’t be happening until January-ish.

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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Sets Scythes On Release

By Nathan Grayson on December 20th, 2013.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls‘ closed beta is now in full swing, and that colloquialism makes it sound like everyone’s singing and dancing along to big band music instead of hacking and slashing. If only that were the case. If only. But the clickity clacking Second Coming Of Loot is inching ever closer to completion, so Blizzard’s seen fit to issue a release date. That’s how game development works, doncha know. So then, got plans for March? Well, CANCEL THEM. Or don’t, because letting videogames dictate the pace and structure of your life probably isn’t very healthy.

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A Starcraft 2 Gym: Snute’s Click Game

By Adam Smith on December 19th, 2013.

It's basically this but dots

Once upon a Thursday dreary, I was browsing weak and weary,
Searching many a long and angry reddit rant or forum boast,
While I shuddered, nearly weeping, suddenly there came a tweeting,
As of some one gently linking, linking to Team Liquid’s post.

I am posting Snute’s Click Game not because I expect everyone who reads this to play it but because I was startled to discover it earlier today. It’s a training tool, for Starcraft 2 players, and it involves clicking on tiny little dots as quickly as possible. I’ve since learned that it’s not the only trainer of its type, which makes sense. This is one of the tools for a complete Starcraft gym and trying it has helped my old man’s brain better understand how e-sports folk break a game down into discrete skills and tasks. You will find my score below.

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Wot I Read: Blizzard Biography ‘Stay Awhile And Listen’

By Alec Meer on December 18th, 2013.

Stay Awhile And Listen: How Two Blizzards Unleashed Diablo And Forged A Videogame Empire is David L. Craddock’s ebook unofficial biography of… well, it’s in the title, isn’t it? Consisting of reminisces from Blizzard staff, design insight and a document of how the then-games industry worked, it’s the tale of how plucky start-up Condor Inc became Blizzard North and created the grandaddy of action RPGs.
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YouTube Blocks Game Videos, Industry Offers Help

By Graham Smith on December 11th, 2013.

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It’s a bad day to be the producer of game videos on YouTube. Dozens of YouTubers are reporting that they’ve received copyright claims against tens or sometimes hundreds of their videos.

The copyright claims seem to be coming not from game publishers, but as a result of tightening of restrictions to how you’re allowed to monetize videos. In fact, numerous game publishers – including Ubisoft, Blizzard, Deep Silver and Capcom – have reached out to offer help against the claims.

This gets complicated quickly and is the tip of the iceberg as far as the potential problems of distributing game videos on YouTube goes. If you play games, there’s a good chance you spend a portion of your time watching other people play games, as a source of advice, criticism, journalism and entertainment. It’s probably worth being aware of some of the issues surrounding the scene, then.
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Such WoW, So Movie: World Of Wacraft Film Delayed

By Graham Smith on November 29th, 2013.

It's about these guys, both played by Colin Farrell.

The Warcraft movie has been rattling around Hollywood for years. First we were afraid, we were petrified, but rumours that Uwe Boll was going to make the movie turned out not to be true. Then Evil Dead/Spider-Man director Sam Raimi was attached to direct, but had to drop out due to other commitments, and we kept thinking we could never live without him by our side. Then Duncan Jones, the director of Moon and Source Code and a PC gamer, took over the project, and we knew we would not crumble.

It’s taken all the strength we’ve had not to fall apart, though now the movie has been delayed further into March 2016, to make way for Star Wars’ December 2015 release.
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Gold, Gambling, And Getting The Most Out Of Hearthstone

By Rich Stanton on November 25th, 2013.

“Ho ho ho, it’s good ta see ya again,” says Hearthstone as I load it up for the hundredth time. “Save it you Scottish dwarf,” I think, “And SHOW ME THE MONEY.”

Call me a Venture Co. Mercenary, but after a month or so immersed in the collectible card game’s beta I’ve eyes for Gold and Gold alone. Blizzard’s in-game currency is a fickle mistress, there in great lumps one day and on others falling through your fingers like sand.

I’m all about a phat hoard. So hit the jump to find out how you, too, can have one.

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RE: That Heroes Of The Storm Interview

By Nathan Grayson on November 22nd, 2013.

Well, my Heroes of the Storm interview ended on a strange note, didn’t it? You don’t know the half of it, either. You weren’t actually there. As I attempted to explain why designing female characters that look as empowered as their male counterparts is absolutely not about political correctness for political correctness’ sake, the room’s atmosphere seemed to me to become extremely curt. Browder seemed highly resistant to engaging on the topic, and sounded particularly severe when saying “We’re not running for President.” Because clearly, that’s the only scenario in which this sort of thing really matters. When you’re trying to make kissy faces at the camera and win hearts by pretending to care about The Real Issues.

Now, I don’t know if Browder meant for it to come across that way, and he could well have misinterpreted the bottom line of my questioning. If so, that’s fair and understandable, and I apologize for using him as an example. Also, I very much appreciate that he said he’d at least take the feedback to mind. But the attitude he seemed to express is an incredibly prevalent one both within the industry and among its closest followers, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t discuss it in detail.
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