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6:00 PM on 03.30.2014

How the 'new' Diablo III brought me back in

I never thought I would actually say this, but I am enjoying myself while playing Diablo III. Keep in mind this is without Reaper of Souls, and is entirely about the newest patch -- Loot 2.0. After spending countless hours ...

Patrick Hancock


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11:00 AM on 01.14.2014

Hearthstone receives last major beta update

Blizzard has announced that it is delaying the Hearthstone beta, but they've also dropped the last major beta update, meaning the game could be coming sooner than later. The patch is mostly a balancing act, nerfing the Mage a...

Chris Carter

3:00 PM on 01.06.2014

Battle.net to disable add-on purchases by default

Starting this week, Blizzard is rolling out an account-wide change for everyone who has parental locks in place -- add-on purchases (read: microtransactions) will be disabled by default. This is most notably fo...

Chris Carter

8:00 AM on 12.20.2013

Blizzard has delayed the Hearthstone open beta

Bad news for those of you who wanted to play Hearthstone as soon as possible without an invite -- Blizzard has delayed the open beta until January 2014. Blizzard notes in a blog post that they don't want to rush the game...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 12.14.2013

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls closed beta is now underway

The closed beta for the first Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, has officially gone live for PC player's of Blizzard click n' slash role-playing extravaganza. If you've opted in for the beta, and are eager to try out the...

Wesley Ruscher

8:30 AM on 11.27.2013

Get Guild Wars 2 for $30 or World of Warcraft for $5

If you have been looking to get into World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2, here is your chance to get them for cheap. Battle.net just launched its black friday sales, with World of Warcraft for $4.99 and Mists of Pandaria for $9...

Joshua Derocher

1:00 PM on 11.23.2013

Red Bull Battlegrounds is under way

As if MLG Columbus wasn't already enough tournament for one weekend to hold, StarCraft II fans can rest easy knowing that the Red Bull Battlegrounds in NYC are taking place starting now! Eight competitors will be duking...

Patrick Hancock

10:30 PM on 11.20.2013

StarCraft II World Championship Series plans out 2014

The World Championship Series, one of the biggest yearly StarCraft II tournaments around, just had its finals at Blizzcon earlier this month, and already Blizzard is looking ahead to 2014 with new plans. They've gone ahe...

Patrick Hancock

1:45 PM on 11.08.2013

WCS finals at Blizzcon begin today

There is currently one open spot in the red Bull Battlegrounds StarCraft II tournament taking place later this month. After this weekend, that spot will be filled. The World Championship Series (WCS) finals take place at Bli...

Patrick Hancock

7:30 PM on 11.04.2013

Three more qualify for Red Bull Battlegrounds in NYC

Three more players have pulled out victories and managed to qualify for the Red Bull Battlegrounds event later this month in NYC. Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn (Zerg), Won "PartinG" Lee Sak (Protoss), and Ko "HyuN" Seok Hyun (Zerg)...

Patrick Hancock

12:30 PM on 11.03.2013

Tune into the Red Bull Battlegrounds Qualifiers right now

The Red Bull Battlegrounds will be taking place on November 23-24, but today we will get to see another player added to the roster of competitors. Four players will compete for a single spot into the main event, paid transpo...

Patrick Hancock







Blizzard releases Blackthorne for free on Battle.net photo
Blizzard releases Blackthorne for free on Battle.net
by Conrad Zimmerman

While Blizzard is primarily known as the developer of Warcraft and Starcraft titles today, I have a deep affection for the games produced in the company's early years. Today, I'm a pretty happy camper, as one of those classic titles has been released for free on Blizzard's Battle.net service, Blackthorne.

A weird mix of fantasy and science-fiction, Blackthorne is a 2D platforming game where the deposed prince of an alien planet, hidden on Earth at childhood twenty years prior, returns to his world to save it from the despotic monster who now rules. It's a bit like the original Prince of Persia with a sawed-off shotgun in gameplay.

You can try Blackthorne out yourself starting today by going to your Battle.net account and acquiring it from the client downloader.

Download 90s Era Classic Blackthorne For Free [Blizzpro]

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7:30 PM on 10.24.2013

Longest StarCraft II match lasts THREE HOURS

Once, I watched a StarCraft II match on Metalopalis between two Terran opponents, and it lasted for about an hour and a half. It felt like an eternity. After a while, it wasn't even suspenseful anymore. It was more...in...

Patrick Hancock

3:50 PM on 06.21.2013

Red Bull StarCraft II tournament kicks off today

The Red Bull Training Grounds StarCraft II tournament begins today, and will continue on through this Sunday, June 23. Only eight of the best players have been invited to the event, including Grubby, DeMusliM, and SeleC...

Patrick Hancock

1:00 PM on 05.13.2013

Diablo III auction houses return following gold exploit

Rounding out coverage of the gold-duplicating bug found in Diablo III last week, Blizzard has taken the game's auction houses back online following a fix for the exploit. Some players called for a full server rollback, but ul...

Jordan Devore

8:00 PM on 05.10.2013

StarCraft's biggest jerk fired for being a jerk

Greg Fields, more commonly known as Idra in the StarCraft community, was let go from the Evil Geniuses StarCraft II team yesterday after some comments that were essentially the straw that broke the camel's back...

Patrick Hancock