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Overwatch dresses up for another round of Winter Wonderland

As much a part of the season as indoor trees and mysterious boxes, Overwatch's annual Winter Wonderland has rolled back in for another year. 2020's edition of Christmas in Blizzardland introduces new 4v4 freeze-tag brawl "Freezethaw Elimination", brings back limited modes from the ghosts of Overwatch past, and once again adds a bundle of wonderfully strange festive outfits for our far-future superfriends.

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Pacifist hits World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands’ level cap by picking flowers

World Of Warcraft's best story doesn't concern old gods, banshee queens or gruff orc heroes. Rather, it involves one panda's stubborn determination to drop the "War" from "Warcraft". Having not once picked up a sword, left the starting zone or even pledged allegiance to the Alliance or Horde, WoW player DoubleAgent has now hit the Shadowlands level cap doing nought but pick flowers for eighteen…

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is “the fastest-selling PC game of all time”, Blizzard claim

As the latest expansion for Blizzard's unstoppable MMORPG, World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands seems to have gone down quite well. So well, in fact, that the publishers have declared it the fastest-selling PC game ever released with 3.7 million first day sales, beating out the company's own previous record-holder, Diablo 3, beating out its 3.5 million day one sales high set all the way back in…

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s latest patch makes weapon levelling less agonising

If, like me, you’ve been grinding away in Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's multiplayer modes only to receive two measly scopes for your favourite weapon after several hours, then rejoice - for this is a problem no longer. Treyarch’s latest patch has permanently upped weapon XP rates in multiplayer and Zombies.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s new map hides a vaporwave secret

Between hidden arcade machines and Ronald Reagan's war crimes, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War quite badly wants to evoke the 80s. But it doesn't look like the 80s, so much as it looks like a high-budget videogame made in the late 2010s. Fortunately, you can fix that with an easter egg hidden in the newest iteration of Nuketown, with old-school colour filters hidden…

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Feature: A solid start

Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War multiplayer review

It’s that time again where we spin 180 degrees away from Infinity Ward, turn to Treyarch, and see what type of Call Of Duty they’ll slide into our hands. I expected to say “Oh titanic megacorporation, thank you so much for the shooty bang bang”, while stifling a massive yawn, but honestly, I’m buzzed off Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer offerings. It’s…

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World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands level cap was smashed in a brisk three hours

So, you've just bought World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands, a fresh new expansion filled with fantastical, wondrous new worlds to explore. Obviously, your first thought is to sod it all and burn through the levelling experience as quickly as possible. So it was for one plucky Warcraft player who sprinted through Shadowlands at a record pace, becoming the first person to hit level 60 by cleaning…

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Feature: A game that warms my cockles.

Have You Played… Hearthstone?

I bloody love Hearthstone. Every time a collectible card game comes out, people come together to agree that this one, absolutely, definitely, is The Hearthstone Killer. But it never is. The ease with which you can pick up Hearthstone and understand the basic mechanics, win conditions, and strategies makes it the most welcoming CCG for those new to the genre. Honestly though, the potential depth…

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World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands is live now for you to explore the afterlife

Grab your best gear, folks. It's expansion day. World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands is out now so it's time to take a peek behind the veil. The global launch of the newest campaign has kicked off so you can get your grind on now if you've already committed to a trip to the afterlife.

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Would you care for a Dorito to dangle from your Call Of Duty gun?

Think, for a moment, about how Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's guns must feel in your digital soldier's hands. Cold, hard and metallic, even through the stiff tactical nylon of your combat gloves. Now imagine it all oozing in greasy nacho flavouring powder. That, perhaps unsurprisingly, is the inescapably tactile sensation that's stricken me since finding out you can slide into Mountain Dew's…

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Study / relax / raid the underworld with these lo-fi Warcraft beats

One of the smaller frustrations that come with writing for a living is that you really can't listen to music with lyrics while working. So, for the past few years, I've listened to every "24/7 lo-fi jazz-hop beats to study and relax to" mix the that exists, a thousand variations of some Sisyphean student cursed to forever turn pages to the sound of chill, non-distinct…

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Hearthstone’s Madness At The Darkmoon Fair expansion opens its gates

Come one, come all, the Darkmoon Faire has returned to Hearthstone - and this time, it's all gotten a little "eldritch". Madness At The Darkmoon Fair has arrived for Blizzard's fantasy card-shuffler, adding a packed festival features 135 new cards, a corrosive new keyword, a brand new progression system, a bonkers new gamemode, and absolutely no unspeakable horrors from the darkest pits of Azeroth. None…

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Feature: Implausible deniability

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War singleplayer review

Heads up, your yearly package of guns and gimmickry has been incoming ever since we discovered its name from that most reliable of informants: a Doritos packet. As ever, Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will see you wordlessly slaying any number of Iranians, Turks, Vietnamese, Russians, Germans, Cubans, all in the name of Uncle Sam and, this time, under the approving, wrinkled eyes…

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Did you spot Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s period-appropriate arcade classics?

Turns out, Activision didn't sprout from the ground fully formed as a Call Of Duty money-printing machine. Shocking, I know, but it seems the publishers were making cabinet games all the way back in the 80s - coincidentally, the same era in which Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War takes place. Treyarch's latest shooter pays homage to the publisher's arcade roots, with playable classics…

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops – Cold War criticised for overly generous PlayStation exclusives

Console exclusivity, man, it's a nightmare to keep track of. With Call Of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War's release just around the corner, the latest Activision shoot-man game has come under fire for more PlayStation-exclusive gubbins. Going beyond just a time-limited new gamemode, the latest outcry concerns a host of boons that seem to ensure folks playing on PS4 and PS5 will have an…

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Return to World Of Warcraft for free ’til Monday

Just when you think you're out, World Of Warcraft finds a way to drag you back in. Briefly, at least. Ahead of the release of World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands later this month, Blizzard are re-activating all your lapsed accounts for the weekend, in the hopes that a brief return to boar-slaying will tempt you back to the behemoth MMORPG.

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World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands dives into the afterlife next month

We're back on track for a trip to hell, adventurers. After last month's delay failed to give us a new release date, Blizzard are now confident in their ability to deliver World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands by the end of November. It's not the Halloween launch I imagine they were hoping for, but hey - what better way to close out this year than by yeeting…

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Blizzard workers unions called for a strike yesterday protesting plans to shut Versailles office

Three unions that represent Blizzard employees in France called for a strike yesterday, following Activision Blizzard's decision to shut their office near Versailles. It's a move that potentially puts hundreds of jobs at risk. The unions claim the company "repeatedly denied" the closure plans, but suspect they've actually been planning it for a while."In 15 years, many of us left their homes from across Europe…

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It is once again time for Overwatch to get spooky

Despite 2020 having lasted millennia, we now somehow find ourselves in the midst of October. Frightening as the passage of time may be, Overwatch is about to take another stab at scaring the bejeezus out of us with its annual Halloween Terror event - bringing in spooky new skins, emotes, and a limited-time fight to the death against a cackling Australian's army of undead robots.

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Activision Blizzard are reportedly closing their Versailles office

Activision Blizzard, the mega publisher behind the likes of Overwatch and Call Of Duty, are reportedly shutting down their office near Versailles, France. According to Bloomberg, employees at the company will learn more about the closure next week, but at the moment it's unclear when exactly it'll happen, or how many people might lose their jobs in the process.

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