The best PC games ever The best PC games of 2018 so far Best graphics card 2018 Best free games Rainbow Six Siege operators guide Monster Hunter: World guide

Posts tagged “Blizzard Entertainment”

Heroes Of The Storm ditches support for 32-bit and DX9

"All microchips are," prog rock band Kansas famously almost sang, "is dust in the wind." Friend, we are gathered today to celebrate the retirement of another generation of hardware. Blizzard have removed support for 32-bit and DirectX 9 from Heroes Of The Storm, saying farewell to hardware that once powered PCs with such ha-ha-hilarious joke names as "Chipster", "Siri", "Crunch ALL The Frames", and "Not…

Tagged with , , , .

Feature: The existence of Diablo III kind of spoils the ending

Have You Played… Diablo II?

I liked playing Diablo III because so much of it is like Diablo II. And Diablo II is amazing - especially if you got the Lord of Destruction expansion, which added a whole fifth act and two character classes. In fact, one of those classes is the Assassin, and she’s the coolest, so we should probably consider Lord of Destruction as the definitive way to…

Tagged with , , , .

Ninth annual Running of the Gnomes raises $9000+ for breast cancer research

Yesterday, a flood of pink gnomes took over World Of Warcraft, racing from the starting area of Gnomeregan to the pirate harbour of Booty Bay. The Running of the Gnomes has grown over its nine annual iterations, now seeing thousands of participants log in to celebrate and raise money for breast cancer research.

Tagged with , .

Pro Hearthstone player burns key card with perfect comedic timing

Sometimes, in Hearthstone, your entire deck hinges on a single card. Also sometimes, you can overdraw, causing those cards to be burned away. And, once in a while, you burn your key card on stage in a championship decider match, right after the production crew cuts to signs in the crowd predicting that you’ll do exactly that. Be warned, I’m going to spoil the moment…

Tagged with , .

Overwatch’s Halloween PvE event is live, and Torbjörn’s rework too

'Tis the season to be spooky (mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha, wa-ha-ha-ha) and don we now our ghoul apparel in Overwatch, as its annual Halloween event has returned with more PvE action and more new spooky costumes. It's not all seasonal, mind, as last night's update also launched the reworked Torbjörn with his new abilities, tweaked a few other heroes including Pharah, remixed the sound, and whacked in new…

Tagged with , , , .

Chinese Taipei disqualified from Hearthstone Global Games

Chinese Taipei was officially disqualified from Hearthstone’s Global Games yesterday, after it emerged that some of their members were ‘stream sniping’ - watching the broadcast of the event in order to gain an advantage over their opponents. In the wake of the announcement, fans are questioning how easy the practice may be to pull off, and whether more measures should be taken to prevent it.

Tagged with , , .

Feature: Whistlestop tour

The Overwatch League’s city-based ambitions finally make sense to me

The Overwatch League has been busy in its off-season, announcing eight new teams that will join the competition when it starts back up again in January. Like the 12 that came before them, each will bear the name of a city: Paris, Guangzhou, Vancouver, and so on. But, for now, they’ll continue to play entirely from Blizzard’s arena in Burbank, California, with no real connection…

Tagged with , , .

Doctor Junkenstein returns to scare up some Overwatch co-op next week

It's Skeleton Appreciation Month, and Blizzard are wasting no time beating the hype-drum for Overwatch's nearly-month-long Halloween event. Starting next Tuesday, October 9th and running until Halloween itself on the 31st, the Halloween Terror event brings its usual slew of silly seasonal costumes for Overwatch's cast of sci-fi heroes and villains. Plus, a teaser suggesting that this year's co-op event might be a little different…

Tagged with , .

The London Spitfire really are coming home this October

The Overwatch League’s inaugural season victors, the London Spitfire, might have played all of their main season matches at Blizzard’s arena in Burbank, California, but they still courted a local following, including adopting the quintessentially English ‘It’s coming home’ messaging before winning the finals. Now, the unspecified 'it' will be 'them,' as they'll be visiting London for two weeks this October.

Tagged with , .

Overwatch’s Torbjörn rework is now on test servers

Turret-tapping notdwarf Torbjörn is next in Overwatch's queue for an rework, replacing and remaking some of his abilities to make him more flexible. His turret no longer has upgrades, for starters, his armour packs are out, and he'll get to spray pools of molten slag to block off routes and torch slaaags. This rework is now live on the test servers ahead of its official…

Tagged with , .

Rumours of a Diablo animated series on Netflix reinforced

The hit hot the hittie the hittie to the hit hit hot rumour going around again is that an animated series based on Diablo is likely coming streaming film-o-TV service Netflix. This latest action-RPG rumourburp is based on a now-deleted tweet by an aspiring showrunner but look, I don't care if this rumour is true or not. Let's hijack the attention it's raised and bend…

Tagged with , , , , , , , , , .

Overwatch Linux ban troubles seem resolved

As the Year of the Linux Desktop rolls on, a number Linuxeers playing Overwatch have reported being banned for supposedly cheating then seemingly unbanned after Blizzard realised it was a technical hiccup. Overwatch doesn't have a Linux version, see, but unofficial tools can make it possible for pals of the penguin to run it - and Blizzard's cheat-detecting guard dog last week apparently became confused…

Tagged with , , , .

Proposed South Korean law targets sexual harassment in games like Overwatch

South Korean lawmakers are considering a bill that would make sexual harassment in online games like Overwatch punishable in court. Kim Sumin, who is a secretary of the National Assembly Women's and Family Committee, proposed the law in an attempt to close gaps within current legislation and to increase awareness around the issue.

Tagged with , .

Blizzard are hiring for a yet-unannounced and possibly first-person mystery game

Something new is brewing deep in Blizzard's secret research labs, at least according to a slew of Blizzard Careers job-postings spotted by MMORPG's eagle-eyed goblin-botherers earlier this week. In amidst the usual job stuff (including a slew of Diablo-related gubbins) is talk of an unannounced project, currently hiring for major roles including Senior Level Designer. Blizzard are asking for such skills as "world building from…

Tagged with , , .

Overwatch’s Busan map is live/a joyful playground for hamsters

I'm still getting lost in Rialto, but a new stomping ground has already appeared in Overwatch. Busan is a control point map that you might recognise from that animated D.Va short, featuring the MEKA base, a techno temple and some downtown streets with a murderous train. I played a couple of rounds this morning, and I like what I see! One of the spawn rooms…

Tagged with , .

Feature: A somewhat partisan issue

“For the what?”: Why Battle for Azeroth’s call to arms isn’t working for Horde players

The lore of the Warcraft universe is singularly focused on the divide between the Horde and the Alliance - or, if you’re older than a lot of its audience, orcs and humans. For many years, Blizzard has formed a sine-wave storyline that oscillates between the lows of factional, even nationalist warfare, and the highs of joining forces to face larger threats. No title, however, has…

Tagged with , , , .

The Overwatch League will add eight new teams in season two

The Overwatch League has been experiencing a pretty dramatic shake-up of late, with beloved players like Brandon "Seagull" Larned and Heo "Gambler" Jin-woo retiring to focus more on streaming, and some teams axing virtually their entire rosters (pour one out for the Shanghai Dragons and the Florida Mayhem). But it’s not all loss – today the League announced six new teams that will join the…

Tagged with , , .

Some surprising decks appeared at Hearthstone’s European tournament playoffs

Blizzard’s competitive card game Hearthstone has had plenty of unpopular decks in its time, but few come close to touching Quest Rogue and Shudderwock Shaman. The good news was, supposedly, that the former has been nerfed into oblivion and the latter was only ever a joke that couldn’t be considered competitively viable. And yet both are currently seeing play in the currently ongoing European tournament…

Tagged with , .

Page 1 of 40

Newer posts