Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard Entertainment’

Blizzard phasing out Windows XP & Vista this year

World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm are all to stop working on Windows XP and Windows Vista as Blizzard start phasing out support for ye olde operatinge systemes later this year. Other, older games will still work fine, but folks will need to upgrade to keep playing those newer ones. Windows XP is now fifteen years old and Vista ten, Microsoft have long since stopped updating either, and Blizzard say “the vast majority” of players have upgraded, so they’re knocking old Windows out and smashing ’em in a big skip. Read the rest of this entry »

Hearthstone boots Ragnaros from Standard play

Year of the Mammoth

I am here to talk to you about Hearthstone [official site] changing over to a new year and which cards have thus been retired from Standard play (Azure Drake, Sylvanas and Ragnaros are all being put out to pasture). But first a confession/complaint.

I had entirely forgotten that Blizzard were trying to make their own animal-based year calendar a Thing and thus missed out on an entire twelve months of banter. We could have spoken of the Fiscal Year of the Kraken! The Academic Year of the Kraken! Kraken Q1! Whether sales were up or down compared with the Fiscal Year of Luigi! I wanted Blizzard employees to be issued with diaries running from August, Kraken to July, Mammoth. SO MANY JOKES JUST LOST TO TIME! I solemnly swear to make up for it as we begin this: the Year of the Mammoth. Read the rest of this entry »

Hearthstone trimming Spirit Claws, squishing Small-Time Buccaneer

Two powerful cards in Hearthstone [official site] will be toned down in an update later this month, Blizzard have announced. Small-Time Buccaneer and Spirit Claws are good enough that they appear in too many decks, Blizzard say, so they’re getting the ole nerfaroo. Having played years of cardboard CCGs, I’m still fascinated by digital card ’em ups being able to respond quickly and tweak things. I’m used to powerful cards being banned or restricted, and interesting-but-weak cards reappearing redesigned under new names in expansions years later. How magical this digital future is! Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch’s Lúcio brings wheeling and healing to HotS

Lucio

It’s time for my “they added a hero I know from another game so I’ll check back in on Heroes of the Storm [official site]” check-in as Lúcio from that “Overwatch” game I’ve heard so much about hits the public test realm.

I’m feigning Overwatch ignorance for vaguely comedic effect but actually Lúcio is one of the few characters in that game I love playing as so I’m legit interested to see how he manifests in HotS. Especially so since his skillset in Overwatch involves things like being abole to skate on the side of buildings to cross gaps and exploit verticality which… is less of a thing in HotS. Read the rest of this entry »

WoW Tokens can now be used to buy Overwatch items

WoW® Token

As the song goes, “WoW® Tokens make the world go around, the world go around, the world go around…” but obviously by “world” they mean “Blizzard-iverse” because you can now convert the WoW® Tokens you buy with gold in World of Warcraft to a digital currency called Battle.net Balance which you can use to purchase Blizzard games as well as in-game items for Hearthstone, Overwatch and the like. Read the rest of this entry »

Overwatch launches Lunar New Year event

Overwatch [official site] has kicked off its Chinese New Year celebrations with a new temporary Brawl mode, fireworks, and so very many snazzy new outfits for the Overwizards. The new ‘Capture the Rooster’ mode (we’re entering the Year of the Rooster, yeah?) isn’t quite as fancy as it sounds, but two-flag CTF (with a cocked-up flag) is nothing to sniff at. Here, check out all the festivities in this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »