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World of Warcraft

3 years ago

Nostalrius Sharing WoW Legacy Bootleg Server Code

That's BlizzCon 2016 come and gone, with announcements including a new Overwatch character, another Hearthstone expansion, Diablo throwbacks, and other odds and ends... with no mention of reviving old versions of World of Warcraft [official site]. Blizzard made clear that they would have nothing to announce, that they were still discussing it internally, but some folks have grown impatient. The folks behind Nostalrius, an unofficial…

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Blizzcon Roundup: World Of Warcraft, StarCraft II And Heroes Of The Storm

There’s a lot going on at Blizzcon 2016 – new Diablo classes, Hearthstone cards and long-rumoured Overwatch characters for a start. If Blizzard keeps making games, how large could Blizzcon become in the future? Could it grow too large for Anaheim, California, perhaps? At this rate it’s only a matter of time before it engulfs the whole of the US West Coast. But for now:…

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WoW Players Can Return To Karazhan On 25 October

Return to Karazhan kind of implies I've been to Karazhan even once. It's like when you meet someone new at a party and they say "So good to see you again!" and you have to decide whether to tell them you've never met or just go with it, trying to work out who they think you are and generally besmirching that other person's reputation. Oh…

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4 years ago

Logging Off: Blizzard Dropping The Battle.net Name

After twenty years, Blizzard plan to step away from the name Battle.net for their online platform and services. The Diablords and Warcrafteers today announced that they'll be "transitioning away" from the name Battle.net, which they've been using since the first Diablo way back in 1996. No, Blizzard now want to name elements boring things like Blizzard Streaming and Blizzard Voice. Ah, the end of an…

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He Was The Lore: Blizzard’s Chris Metzen Retires

Blizzard lorelord Chris Metzen ('senior vice president of story and franchise development', if you want to be technical) has handed in his badge and his loregiver (his keyboard, obvs) and taken The Long Walk into The Cursed Earth (idk, Reddit?). After nearly 23 years of laying down the lore and voicing characters from Thrall to the good ol' Terran Battlecruiser, Metzen last night announced his…

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WoW Lead Designer Rob Pardo Opens Bonfire Studios

Former Blizzard designer Rob Pardo, who worked on games from StarCraft: Brood War through World of Warcraft and beyond, has announced his new gig. Together with some pals, most of whom also used to work at Blizzard, he's started Bonfire Studios. They're partially funded by League of Legends devs Riot Games, among others. "Our purpose is to build friendships by creating legendary game experiences that…

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World Of Warcraft: Legion Sold 3.3 Million At Launch

It's interesting to follow the fate of World of Warcraft [official site]. It's the MMORPG which made MMORPGs mainstream, the MMO which accidentally stunted 'em by inspiring so many homogenising imitators, and one of the few which has managed to hold onto a subscription model (heck, even EVE Online is getting a free option). So how's WoW doing? Pretty well! In their traditional post-expansion boast,…

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WoW: Legion Launches App, Teases 7.1 Content Update

World of Warcraft: Legion [official site] launched last week and oh! here comes the expansion's little pal, chasing behind wagging its cybertail. Blizzard last night launched Legion's companion app for pocket telephones, which mostly lets you fiddle with the 'Order Hall' class clubhouse stuff. Like AbyssRium but with burly soldiers instead of coral and jellyfish, I imagine? Blizzard have also shown off a little of…

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Battlefield 1 Beta Brought Down By DDoS Attack

The beta of Battlefield 1 [official site] was shut down on its first day by a group pummeling EA’s servers with a denial of service attack. And if you hopped off to play some Overwatch or WoW instead, you might have encountered an identical problem, because the same group has been attacking Blizzard’s servers as well. It is as if a dozen gaming forums losing…

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Hell’s Bells! World Of Warcraft: Legion Launches

Demons? Again? Already? I swear, it's not even a decade since neon green last swept The World of World of Warcraft. Fashion moves at such a pace there! No wonder everyone's always grinding for new pauldrons: they're trying to keep up in a world of violent fashionistas. Anyway, point is: World of Warcraft: Legion [official site], the sixth expansion to Blizzard's fantasy MMORPG, is now…

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World Of Warcraft: Legion Pre-Expansion Patch Now Live

World of Warcraft: Legion [official site] won't launch until August 30th but the demonic hordes are already making their move upon Azeroth. The traditional WoW pre-expansion patch is now live, implementing a fair chunk of the expansion's big changes. Lots of classes are reworked, draw distances are increased, the transmogrification system is massively improved so you don't need to stash loads of old items, equalised…

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World Of Warcraft: Legion Will Start To Leak In August

The World Of Warcraft [official site] blog is talking about the upcoming Legion pre-patch. As a non-player the update info tends not to grab me particularly (unless it's about Illidan and looks like a pro wrestling intro) but I do like the talk of the pre-expension patch where the new content starts to seep into the world and set the scene for the expansion. It's…

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Shhhhh! World Of Warcraft Silencing Abusive Players

The internet can be a brutal place and, if you pay any attention to the chat window in your favorite MMORPG, well, you're likely to see some nasty stuff. There's enough trouble in the real world that having to deal with chat and channel abuse is maybe just too much, you know? Voice chat is my personal hell. I almost never use it. I refuse…

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Blizzard’s Battle.net Authenticator Goes One-Button

Blizzard's Battle.net Mobile Authenticator app is now less of a faff, simply showing "Approve" and "Deny" buttons for authorising logins. Previously, it'd generate a code folks would need to type out while logging in to play Overwatch, StarCraft II, and whatnot. It's a tiny change but removing any faff from security procedures is always good. If you already use the authenticator, hooray for less faff!…

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Vanilla WoW Dreams: Blizzard Met Nostalrius

Blizzard have met and discussed running reviving older versions of World of Warcraft with folks who ran a popular pirate/private/unofficial 'vanilla' server, and... it went fine? Blizzard haven't e.g. imprisoned them within a barrow for all eternity, at least. But, as expected, the meeting hasn't lead to Blizzard vowing to bring back vanilla WoW or anything like that. Still, it is nice that Blizzard haven't…

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Blizzard: WoW, Overwatch, HotS And More Getting Facebook Login And Livestream Options

Blizzard have announced that players will be able to use their Facebook login for Blizzard's PC games starting later in June. Blizzard and Facebook have an ongoing collaboration but this will be the first time players can use their Facebook accounts to sign up or sign in to games like World of Warcraft and Overwatch. Additionally, the companies will be adding the ability for players…

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World Of Warcraft Dev Address Pacing Problems

If you're still holding your breath for Blizzard to make a firm ruling on official servers running older (legacy) versions of World of Warcraft [official site], jeez, you must be tired. A month of holding until you pass out, over and over? Rough. Well, a Blizzard livestream today deftly stepped around that, but one dev get nicely into one of the problems fuelling interest in…

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