Posts Tagged ‘Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne’

Summer Games Done Quick’s charity speedruns start Sunday – these are our picks

Summer Games Done Quick

The Summer Nerd Olympics are almost upon us. Every six months, the best and brightest in gaming assemble under the Games Done Quick banner to demolish games extra-fast and raise heaving sacks of cash for good causes. This Sunday, the speedster swarm will be descending on Bloomington, Minnesota to destroy games as you know it, all in the name of supporting Doctors Without Borders. As usual, the whole thing will be streamed live on Twitch (and archived on YouTube)  and runs for an entire week, 24/7.

Below, find some of our must-watch picks from the full schedule.

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Warcraft 3 gets aspect-correct widescreen, 24-player support and new modding features in a major update

Sit down, take a load off and chill a little

We might still be recovering from Starcraft’s 20th birthday bash, but Blizzard are still ready to party like it’s 2002. After a long and mostly uneventful trial period on their public test servers, Warcraft III has received probably it’s biggest update in the past decade, Patch 1.29, bringing the game far closer to modern spec, although it’s still not quite the HD upgrade or overhaul that some are still hoping for.

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Warcraft 3 gets a major new update for public testing

Warcraft 3

There’s been rumors circulating for some time that after the success of their Starcraft remaster, Blizzard were looking at giving a similar treatment to Warcraft 3, their massively popular and immensely modded RTS, birth-place of the MOBA genre as we know it.

Whether or not it’s part of remastering plans, we’ve certainly reason to celebrate: Blizzard rolled out a new public test build of Warcraft 3 yesterday, featuring native widescreen support, 24-player servers and a lifting of restrictions from the scenario editor on top of a slew of balance changes – the first of many, say Blizzard.

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Blizzard Update Warcraft III For Your Modern OS

After blowing off the dust from Diablo 2 to make it work more smoothly on modern systems, Blizzard have moved on and polished another one of their classics, 2002’s Warcraft 3 [official site]. The patch was released last Tuesday, and the notes promise future updates to the gameplay alongside additional fixes.

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Seems Blizzard Are Revamping Diablo 2, StarCraft, WC3

[Update: Oh! Blizzard told GameSpot it’s simply to maintain them. Dreams are always so short-lived. Hey, maybe do consider revamping them though! That would be lovely. Official support for modern resolutions in Diablo II would be a grand start.]

Once a games studio has been around for long enough, different generations of players will each have their own idea of the devs’ finest days. Perhaps like many in their early thirties, the Blizzard games I think of most fondly are Diablo II, the first StarCraft, and Warcraft III (which isn’t to say I dislike their modern games, of course). If you’re in a similar position, good news! Going by a job listing, it looks like Blizzard are planning to tart up those three classics.

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StarCraft Modders Making Unofficial Sequel To WarCraft III

Zug-zug.

That’s StarCraft II, mind you. Otherwise, I think that’d be a dequel, and I’m not sure anyone actually wants one of those. But yes, WarCraft: A New Dawn is picking up the severed orc hand of maximum strategy Blizzard dropped after WoW exploded. As of now, it’s very much a work-in-progress, but the end goal is to craftily craft StarCraft into “a breathtaking, lore-abiding storyline spanning several emotionally-gripping campaigns containing new units, new heroes, and new features as well as a fully fledged melee mode.” Lofty goals, huh? Maybe even too lofty. The team’s released their first video, though, so you can judge for yourself.

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