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Diablo III director says the Auction Houses 'really hurt' photo
Diablo III director says the Auction Houses 'really hurt'
by Patrick Hancock

At a GDC talk today, Jay Wilson, director behind Diablo III, mentioned that both of the Auction Houses "really hurt the games," reports Joystiq. According to Mr. Wilson, almost every single one of the players in Diablo III has used one of the two auction houses, if not both, and roughly 50% of the players still use it regularly.

"I think we would turn it off if we could," he said, but continued to explain that they have no real idea of how many of their consistent players love or hate it.

The Real Money Auction House is, in my opinion, the biggest contributor to taking Diablo III in the wrong direction. Simply turning it off wouldn't solve anything at this point, though, since the damage to the game's core design is already done. 

Diablo 3 Director Jay Wilson: Auction Houses 'really hurt' game [Joystiq]

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11:00 PM on 03.24.2013

PAX: Hands-on with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Being a huge Magic: The Gathering fan, I was super excited for Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft announcement on Friday. However, I was a bit wary on how they would approach the game. Collectible card games...

Caitlin Cooke

5:45 PM on 03.06.2013

First MLG competition of the year begins next week

MLG's Winter Championship will begin on March 15 and run until the 17, with $170,000 worth of prize money up for grabs. The featured games are StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, League of Legends, and Black Ops II. MLG sure is...

Patrick Hancock

9:00 PM on 01.31.2013

Heart of the Swarm introduces global play, groups & clans

In a new video on the social features of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, community manager Kevin Johnson goes over many of the anticipated features included in the new expansion. Perhaps the most anticipated addition is th...

Patrick Hancock

3:45 PM on 01.31.2013

Heart of the Swarm to be featured in MLG winter season

Though the Heart of the Swarm expansion for StarCraft II is still over a month away, MLG will be featuring the game in its Online Winter Season Showdown beginning on February 4, 2013. Broadcasts will take place eac...

Patrick Hancock



StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will launch on 3/12/13 photo
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm will launch on 3/12/13
by Chris Carter

Kerrigan is back, baby! Come this March 12th, you'll be able to rip apart your enemies and spread the swarm: StarCraft II: Heart of Swarm finally has a release date. This kinda-sorta expansion comes with an all new Zerg single player campaign, new mechanics like race leveling, and new units.

In typical Blizzard fashion, there are three options here. The Standard Edition ($39.99), Collector's Edition ($79.99), and the Digital Deluxe Edition ($59.99). If you're really excited, you can pre-purchase the game now on Battle.net.

I wasn't completely in love with StarCraft II's multiplayer, and I doubt this will do much to change that fact, but the Terran campaign was off the chain. I expect nothing less here in terms of a solid single player experience.

Heart of the Swarm arrives [Battle.net]

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4:30 PM on 10.19.2012

MLG vs. Proleague playoffs begin tonight

For the past month, StarCraft II players have been competing in the MvP, or MLG versus Proleague, a coordinated effort between MLG, KeSPA, and the IEG. Today marks the first day of playoffs, where the top 16 players will...

Patrick Hancock

9:00 PM on 09.25.2012

MLG announces fall schedule with SCII and LoL aplenty

The fall season of MLG is about to get underway! Tomorrow will start a non-stop schedule all the way through November, featuring both StarCraft II and League of Legends. Here's a quick breakdown: Tuesdays and Thursdays ...

Patrick Hancock

3:45 PM on 08.24.2012

MLG Summer Championship is live soon

Tune in here! MLG Summer Championship will be live very soon with competitions for StarCraft II, Mortal Kombat, SoulCalibur V, and Leage of Legends. Here's a quick rundown of the competition times (EDT) for the weekend:...

Patrick Hancock

11:00 PM on 08.21.2012

Red Bull LAN lets players mess with StarCraft II matches

The Red Bull LAN Seattle StarCraft II tournament is going to begin on August 30 and run until September 1 at PAX Prime, and holy cow do they have something genuinely hysterical up their sleeve. For the first t...

Patrick Hancock





3:30 PM on 05.24.2012

Red Bull Battlegrounds kicks off in Austin this weekend

What better way to spend your Memorial Day weekend than with some StarCraft II? Red Bull, who is no stranger to eSports, is hosting a 16-player tournament with some incredibly strong players competing for $41,000 in prizes. V...

Patrick Hancock

9:30 PM on 05.21.2012

Violet battles Zerg, sickness to take first at MLG

MLG Spring Arena 2 was this past weekend and saw the first Zerg vs. Zerg (ZvZ) finals in a long time. In fact, the top three players all played Zerg. One of the matches in the championship match even went past 30 minutes, a r...

Patrick Hancock

7:00 PM on 05.07.2012

Slew of new StarCraft II features headed to Battle.net

Blizzard has just come out with a blog post detailing some new features to hit StarCraft II "at or around" the launch of the upcoming expansion, Heart of the Swarm. Here's the rundown: Multiplayer resume from replay Glo...

Patrick Hancock

3:00 PM on 04.27.2012

Heart of the Swarm playable at MLG Spring Championship

During MLG's Spring Championship on June 8-10, attendees will get a special preview of the upcoming StarCraft II expansion, Heart of the Swarm. For those who will actually be in Anaheim for the event, there will be a ton...

Patrick Hancock

3:00 PM on 04.20.2012

MLG StarCraft II Spring Arena I airs [Updated] now!

Is DreamHack not enough for you? Do you need another big StarCraft II tournament this weekend to satiate your yearning eyeballs? Fret not, fellow eSports fan, as Major League Gaming has you covered. Starting today a...

Patrick Hancock

8:00 PM on 04.17.2012

Fans chant 'We want LAN!' at recent StarCraft II tourney

A couple weekends ago, there was quite a bit of controversy. Besides the stir at PAX East, something went down at the IGN sponsored Starcraft II IPL 4 tournament in Las Vegas on the weekend of April 7-9. MarineKing won the Gl...

Brett Zeidler