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1 week ago

Blizzard blasted by US congressman for letting racism fester in World of Warcraft

Last week, Blizzard once again returned to Anaheim for Blizzcon 2019. But rather than welcoming Blizzard to his city for their annual convention, Rep. Lou Correa - a Democrat congressman for Anaheim, California - accused them of fostering online radicalisation in World of Warcraft. Less than a month after finding themselves in the US Government's crosshairs for their mishandling of a Hearthstone championship protest, Blizzard's…

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2 weeks ago

World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands will tear into the afterlife

After a world's been trashed enough, how can you further raise the stakes (and the ruckus)? Mate, stuff it, tear open a route into the afterlife and give the already-dead a kicking. Blizzard today announced Shadowlands, the eighth World Of Warcraft expansion, where Sylvanas Windrunner will do just that. Off we'll go into heck, exploring, murdering, and meeting new people.

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1 month ago

WoW Classic to add World Bosses, Dire Maul and honourable combat this year

World Of Warcraft Classic is here to stay. Good job, everyone. We've successfully avoided dealing with 2019 by hiding inside a 15-year-old MMORPG. But Warcraft didn't get those terrible Mr T commercials by staying put, and even its retro throwback must evolve or perish. With that in mind, Blizzard are ready to roll out the next phase of Classic's rebirth. Phase 2 of Classic is…

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2 months ago

Feature: Bedtime optional

World Of Warcraft Classic’s first two weeks have been one big high school reunion

World Of Warcraft Classic has been running for 30 minutes and there are Minotaurs everywhere. I’m standing in the Tauren starting region of Mulgore, and the area around me contains more beef than a guild forum. Bull-shaped adventurers, as far as the eye can see, are racing each other to the one ostrich-like enemy in reach, as the bird’s respawn rate fails entirely to keep…

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World Of Warcraft’s Stormwind gets remade brick-by-brick in Unreal Engine

In a thousand years, when all the oceans have boiled away, when the continents have re-merged to form a single Pangea, this is how I imagine World Of Warcraft will look. YouTube user Daniel L. has released a mighty fly-over video of the streets of Alliance metropolis Stormwind, fully remade in Unreal Engine 4. It's just over five minutes long, opening over the Valley of…

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World Of Warcraft Classic will soon offer free transfers to quieter realms

It's with great shame that I admit I've fallen down a bit of a World Of Warcraft Classic hole. It's a massive pain in the arse, though - even at the best of times, it's rubbish to be fighting fellow adventurers for the last handful of XP in each clearing, sharing murderous glares as we race to get the first stab in on a gnoll.…

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3 months ago

Lone WoW Classic player beats pro teams to hit level 60 first

Who really has the time to do this? It took me so long to get to World Of Warcraft's mythical 60 level cap that three expansions had passed and I was 20 levels behind the new bar. Didn't even touch a raid until 2 years back, and by then all the folks I started with had quit the game and started real, adult lives. Typical.…

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WoW Classic queues are long enough that players are even queuing in-game for quests

The launch of World Of Warcraft Classic this week was faithful enough to the vintage WoW experience that players have again found themselves waiting in digiqueues to join certain servers, some waiting for hours. Some players have even started queueing in-game for their chance to kill the monsters everyone now needs to whack for low-level quests. So how come Blizzard haven't brought more servers online…

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Feature: Going back to Azeroth

World Of Warcraft Classic is more than just a phase

The problem with revisiting somewhere familiar after a long absence, is that your memory has become crystalised. To you, this place will always look like it did in the final moments you spent there, sealed off from the passage of time. The fading paint, the creaky chair, the doors unlocked, the garden landscaped. This was a valid concern for those returning to the vanilla World…

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World Of Warcraft Classic is now live, jumping back to 2006

An old nemesis has risen in World Of Warcraft to claim his former throne as the scourge of Elwynn Forest. You mission, if you dare accept, is simple: kill Hogger. Blizzard's MMORPG jumped back 13 years last night with the launch of World Of Warcraft Classic, an official vintage version undoing over years of changes, overhauls, and expansions. If you miss the days when WoW…

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Ye olde World Of Warcraft devs reminisce while playing WoW Classic

Next week we're gonna party up like it's 2006 with the launch of World Of Warcraft Classic. The official vintage version of Blizzard's MMORPG (as opposed to the unofficial pirate servers which for years have sustained interest in vintage WoW) will roll the game back to shortly before the launch of its first expansion, inviting old people to jack in and briefly pretend they haven't…

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Puncraft: Reserve your WoW Classic puns ahead of launch

Hello! Gera here. I have been given the keys to RPS HQ while Alice takes her usual evening sabbatical into the Rock Paper Sensory Deprivation tank where she goes to ruminate on the day's news. In the meantime I am using my newfound power like anybody would, which is by making many tiny yet still perceptible changes to the RPS homepage. Hey, nice vertical border.…

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4 months ago

Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce signs off for good

Blizzard co-founder Frank Pearce has done what I could only dream of, putting World Of Warcraft behind him for good. The studio announced last Friday that Pearce has called time on his 28-year career at the studio. His departure comes only months after fellow co-founder and orc warchief Mike Morhaime jumped ship in April.

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6 months ago

World Of Warcraft Classic’s “not bug” list is delightful

World Of Warcraft Classic will be throwing players back to the halcyon days of 2004 come August, reverting the MMO back to its original state. But it seems that some have been looking back through rose-coloured glasses, or at least gotten so used to the 15 years of quality of life improvements that they’re confused by some of the game’s original details. As such, Blizzard…

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World Of Warcraft Classic launches on August 27th

Blizzard have finally announced a release date for World Of Warcraft Classic, the official back-to-basics version of the game. While the genre-defining MMORPG first launched in 2004, Classic will be based on version 1.12.0, aka "Drums Of War", released in August of 2006, although polished up with a few modern conveniences. A series of invitational stress tests have been announced, starting next week on May…

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8 months ago

DirectX 12 comes (partially) to Windows 7 for World Of Warcraft

Microsoft have brought some of DirectX 12's performance-improving parts to Windows 7, ending years of DX12 being exclusive to Windows 10. World Of Warcraft is the first game to benefit from DX12 features including multithreading on Windows 7, and Microsoft say they're working with several other developers to juice their games up on Windows 7 too. This isn't the full DirectX 12 package and doesn't…

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World Of Warcraft Classic to space ‘new’ content out more

Blizzard have stretched out their plans for World Of Warcraft Classic, now intending to roll out new raids and dungeons and other content updates for the vintage version of their MMORPG over six phases instead of four. They want it to better reflect the pace of original content updates, where additions slowly prepared players for the next to come rather than loads blasting out at…

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9 months ago

Activision Blizzard prioritise profit over people, laying off around 800 employees

Not content with what Activision CEO Bobby Kotick referred to as “record results” in an earnings call yesterday, the World of Warcraft and Call of Duty publisher has begun plans to layoff 8% of its total employees. That’s around 800 people out of work, many of them speculated to be “among the company’s lowest earners”.

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11 months ago

World Of Warcraft’s Tides Of Vengeance update rolls on in today

The trolls are at it again. Not content with getting a Hearthstone expansion, they're muscling in on World Of Warcraft's latest update. Patch 8.1 - Tides Of Vengeance - features a troll-filled new raid, the Battle Of Dazar'alor, as its centrepiece, with plenty more. A new Warfront, new Island Expeditions and an assortment of new missions have popped up on the War Table, assuming you've…

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1 year ago

Feature: Lfg

For a WoW veteran, World of Warcraft: Classic is like coming home

When I was in my late twenties, I went back to visit the house I’d grown up in. It felt strange, walking into rooms filled with memories, where everything felt smaller, older. It wasn’t a bad house, but my view of it was compromised by all the other places I’d lived since. It was also the house where, on Christmas Eve 2005, I came home…

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