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6:00 AM on 04.24.2015

Warcraft movie delayed three months

So, that Warcraft movie huh? First it was going to release on 18 December 2015, then that date got pushed back because it was announced that Star Wars Episode VII would release that same date. The movie's release got pushed b...

Laura Kate Dale

2:45 PM on 04.22.2015

Hearthstone's availability on smartphones is bad for my health

When Hearthstone made its way to the iPad, I may or may not have played it for two weeks straight. My wife and I would sit down by the fire (or hearth, if you will) with our iPad and laptop in-hand and play for hours whi...

Chris Carter

9:00 PM on 03.11.2015

Oh my god, yes! Modders are remaking Warcraft III

"Off I go then!" "Yes, m'lord!" "Job's done!" These soundbites send my mind back to all of those magical summers spent obsessively playing Warcraft III as a teenager. The creators of Warcraft: Armies of Azeroth, a remake of ...

Jordan Devore

11:00 AM on 01.14.2015

Heroes of the Storm entering into closed beta this week

Heroes of the Storm is feeling pretty great so far, and it's only in alpha form. Well, it was in alpha, as Blizzard has just sent word over that it has entered the beta phase. A patch is ringing in the change, which adds...

Chris Carter

10:30 AM on 12.18.2014

Hearthstone is now available everywhere on Android

After a soft launch in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now available worldwide. You'll need to sport a 6" (or larger) Android device to run it though, so don't try and squint on you...

Chris Carter

2:45 PM on 11.07.2014

Hearthstone expansion Goblins vs Gnomes coming this December

This trailer for Goblins vs Gnomes, an expansion for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft hitting next month, sure is fun. I like it when videogame trailers are basically just songs. The expansion will add more than 120 cards, in...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 10.28.2014

Justice brought: Hearthstone fraught with bots, caught a lot

Blizzard's doing its best to keep Hearthstone players on a level playing field, and that has resulted in action against a significant number of users. Recently announced in a Battle.net post, "several thousand" accounts ...

Brett Makedonski

2:45 PM on 07.22.2014

Go play the first part of Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas for free

Blizzard has rolled out the first wing of Curse of Naxxramas, a single-player adventure for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. It's free until early September, but the four subsequent wings will cost $6.99 or 700 in-game gold ...

Jordan Devore

5:15 PM on 07.08.2014

Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion priced

Blizzard plans to roll out its Curse of Naxxramas expansion for Hearthstone over a five-week period, with a new wing opening up each week. Here's how the pricing works. The first wing, the Arachnid Quarter, will be free durin...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 06.02.2014

Ben Foster will play Medivh in the Warcraft movie

We don't know a whole lot about the upcoming Warcraft movie, but thanks to IGN, we do know that Ben Foster will be playing the iconic Medivh -- the looming seer of the franchise. Speaking on the character, Foster states,...

Chris Carter

6:00 PM on 04.28.2014

Can Twitch work together to play Hearthstone?

I'm over Twitch Plays Pokemon, but it was fun while it lasted for me. And that's not to say I'm bored of the concept of people collaborating to play a game via live stream, generally speaking. Some will be hits, some will be ...

Jordan Devore

7:00 PM on 04.22.2014

BlizzCon 2014 dates announced, tickets on sale soon

BlizzCon will be back this year at roughly the same time, Blizzard has announced. This eighth show is set for the Anaheim Convention Center from Friday, November 7 to November 8, 2014. Tickets aren't on sale yet, but they wil...

Jordan Devore

3:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft for iPad available now worldwide

It seems that after all the whining and complaining I did upon Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft's initial iPad release (which wasn't worldwide, coincidentally) Blizzard decided to go ahead and release it globally today, which...

Brittany Vincent

3:00 PM on 04.10.2014

Hearthstone plays just as great on the iPad

As a general rule, I don't play a game excessively during its beta stage. I don't particularly like getting invested in something that may utterly change after the full release, and Hearthstone is no exception. Although ...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 03.14.2014

Review: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

I never got into Magic: The Gathering. Plenty of my friends did, but I couldn't afford countless booster packs or starter decks, and my mom wouldn't drive me to the seedy local comic book store to play aga...

Ben Pack

7:00 PM on 01.21.2014

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft in open beta now

Attention North America! Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is now in open beta. Blizzard has opened the doors, and best of all they won't be doing anymore wipes, encouraging players to amass their collection. The open beta will...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:00 PM on 01.17.2014

Blizzard toying with idea of selling level boosts in WoW

Blizzard is all set to drop its new expansion for World of Warcraft --Warlords of Draenor this year. Late in 2013, they dropped a surprise promotion for the add-on, noting that if you pre-order the game, you can choose o...

Chris Carter

4:00 AM on 12.05.2013

Warcast: Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper lead Warcraft cast

Duncan Jones' (Moon, Source Code) Warcraft movie, recently pushed back into March 2016 to avoid opening alongside the new Star Wars, finally has casting news. Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, The Messenger), Travis Fimmel, Paula Pat...

Steven Hansen

9:30 AM on 12.03.2013

League of Legends' Orianna modded into Warcraft III

Modder Cokemonkey11 has created a mod that lets you play as Orianna, the Lady of Clockwork from League of Legends, in Warcraft III. Cokemonkey11 says that this mod has "over a thousand lines of code," so this wasn't an easy ...

Joshua Derocher

6:30 PM on 11.27.2013

Legendary pushes its Warcraft movie to 2016

The last date we had for Duncan Jones' Warcraft movie was December 18, 2015, which might as well be an eternity away at this point. What's another year? Variety has learned that Legendary Pictures and Universal have pushed th...

Jordan Devore

5:45 PM on 11.11.2013

Warcraft movie a 'dark, dirty, and gritty' origin story

Some new details on the December 2015 Warcraft film have come out of Blizzcon. According to Joystiq, it will be an origin story told from both the human and orc perspectives as both sides spiral into large scale warfare. A mi...

Steven Hansen

12:00 PM on 11.11.2013

Blizzard looking to update Warcraft 1 & 2 for modern PCs

At BlizzCon 2013, World of Warcraft production director J. Allen Brack responded to a fan request for the company to make Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness compatible with modern PCs. "So, we actu...

Jordan Devore

9:00 AM on 11.09.2013

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft headed to Android/iPhone

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard's upcoming digital card game, is now making its way to Android and iPhone devices in the second half of next year, according to the company's chief creative officer Rob Pardo. The new...

Wesley Ruscher

11:00 AM on 10.30.2013

Modder creates World of Warcraft RTS with StarCraft II

Steven Luo didn't have access to World of Warcraft when it came out nearly nine years ago, so he decided to make his own game using Warcraft III's editor tools. This year he ported the mod idea fully into StarCraft...

Joshua Derocher

5:09 PM on 10.01.2013

Legendary Pictures' Warcraft movie coming December 2015

It seems like previous predictions were right on the money. Well, at least the year was right. The latest tweet from the Warcraft Twitter account confirms a release date for the Warcraft film: We’re pleased to announce...

Dale North



Preview: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft photo
Preview: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
by Chris Carter

Blizzard has finally done it. Rather than experiment in all of its successful franchises with elements of free-to-play or full-on microtransactions, the company has gone ahead and made a completely free-to-play game from start to finish. The catch? It's a card game with Warcraft-themed characters in it.

I could hear the collective groan across the internet as soon as it was announced, but as an avid gamer and tabletop fan, I knew I just had to give it a fair shake. And you know what? Even though the final game may prey on those who would spring to fill their decks with numerous microtransactions, the beta is actually really fun.

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3:00 PM on 08.20.2013

Enjoy these Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft music samples

It's been a while since we've talked about the Warcraft card game spin-off, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Blizzard Entertainment is currently taking beta sign-ups, so I thought it would be a good time to find out what's go...

Jayson Napolitano

9:50 AM on 03.22.2013

PAX: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft card game announced

Blizzard has today lifted the lid on Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, "a fast-paced strategy card game for everyone." You hear that, gay people who want to get married? You too can join in on the fun!  Hearthstone hopes ...

Jim Sterling

8:30 PM on 03.07.2013

Sam Raimi on what went wrong with the Warcraft movie

Years ago, Sam Raimi was set to direct Legendary Pictures' film adaptation of World of Warcraft. He left the project quite some time ago, and more recently, Moon director Duncan Jones signed on to fill the vacancy. Speaking t...

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 01.30.2013

New director signs on for Legendary's Warcraft movie

Legendary Pictures' big-screen adaptation of Warcraft has landed a new director, Duncan Jones, according to Hollywood Reporter and later confirmed by Blizzard Entertainment. He's best known for directing Source Code and Moon,...

Jordan Devore





8:00 AM on 01.18.2013

A Warcraft mod for StarCraft II is in progress

Warcraft III is one of my favorite RTS games of all time -- and I've been playing the genre since before the original Command and Conquer in 1995. There's just something about how it perfectly blends all of the best elements...

Chris Carter

9:20 AM on 02.10.2012

Blizzard is suing Valve over DOTA trademark

MMO leader Blizzard has filed against Valve in an attempt to stop it trademarking DOTA, claiming the name has been used in exclusive association with the Warcraft series for more than seven years. It was filed late last year ...

Jim Sterling

1:00 PM on 10.23.2011

BlizzCon 11 photos, part deux it again

The parade of hi-res orgasm fuel continues with the second day of BlizzCon 11 photos. I can't pretend that I'm all too familiar with Blizzard's repertoire, but I can appreciate like-minded geeks coming together to make any ol...

Tony Ponce

1:00 AM on 10.22.2011

Day one photos from BlizzCon

Blizzcon kicked off on Friday, and for everyone that can't be there, enjoy these very nice pictures. There is cool cosplay, miniature Warcraft action and a three monitor set-up. There is some other stuff too, but the whole th...

Victoria Medina

9:00 AM on 08.03.2011

Blizzard trademarks likely name for WoW Expansion

Cataclysm has only been out for a few months, but a trademark filed for "Mists of Pandaria" suggests Blizzard may already be starting work on its next World of Warcraft expansion. For those that don't know (basically me, abou...

Daniel Starkey

10:30 PM on 02.07.2011

What the hell? Blizzard theme park 'Joyland' for China?

Never would I have combined the two random thoughts to come up with the idea of a Blizzard-themed theme park. It doesn't quite compute in my head, but the more I think about it, the more I like it. Of course, if there was to ...

Dale North

10:20 AM on 02.07.2011

Prepare your Zerg cosplay, BlizzCon 2011 dated

Blizzard Entertainment's BlizzCon is always a massive success, so the fact that there's another one schedule for this year isn't a shock. Now you can mark it on your calendar, though: BlizzCon 2011 is taking place October 21 ...

Nick Chester

9:40 AM on 01.24.2011

Oh, WoW! BoneCraft makes fantasy gaming naughty

Those crazy guys behind the sex adventure game BoneTown have released a trailer for BoneCraft. BoneCraft is an upcoming fantasy/sci-fi game parodying the famous Blizzard money-makers. The game will have elf prostitutes, horny...

Neranjan 'Venom' Bissoon

7:00 AM on 11.15.2010

Amazon deals on PC games today

Amazon is gearing up for the holidays with their Prelude to Black Friday event. All week, they'll be posting deals on videogames so you might save a little dough on your gift purchases this year and get it all out of the way ...

Conrad Zimmerman



Destructoid Interview: Riot Games on DotA trademark & LoL photo
Destructoid Interview: Riot Games on DotA trademark & LoL
by Tom Fronczak

[Editor's Note: At the time of this article's publishing, no genre term had solidified for the DotA style games yet. The "MOBA" term was around but disputed, and in the past few years it has gained some acceptance, but Dota 2 simply refers to the genre as Dota. The only thing that's certain all these years later is that no matter what you call these types of games, they're still growing in popularity after a decade of obsession, and are certainly here to stay. Don't get caught up in the oddly placed "tower defense" labels.]

We've seen decades of RPGs, shooters, and action adventure games dominating the sales market. It's rare that a genre emerges as a force to be reckoned with, and when that does happen (cough musical games cough) we all witness a tidal wave of sales and profits that slam the industry, leaving everyone else wishing they would have adapted sooner. With gamer statistics quickly changing again, Valve is banking on team based tower defense (TD) games being the wave of the future, and let's face it: Valve isn't wrong often.

Tower defense games have been around since the days of Rampart for the Atari, but it wasn't until a decade ago when Blizzard fans started to become obsessed with them on heavily modded StarCraft and Warcraft real time strategy maps. Standing on the shoulders of previous giants, eventually one established dominance, and became even more popular than WC3 itself. Defense of the Ancients has gone from cult classic to currently having an estimated 14 to 22 million active monthly players across the world. With that many people, it's arguable that Blizzard's most popular game right now isn't World of Warcraft, but instead a game they don't even own.

We've seen iPhone and Facebook games catch on quick to these rapidly changing numbers, and you've no doubt played a few mild TD games in the past year casually, but what happens if a household name game company decides to jump in? Anticipating exactly this, both Riot Games and S2 Games rushed to take DotA to the next level in different paths, and just as the community felt comfortable that the future had been settled, Valve showed up late to the party and slammed its fist on the table by doing something no one expected. They hired the sole remaining developer of DotA, and then even tried to patent the name DotA.

The past month has been a whirlwind of anticipations and opinions, but the only thing that's certain is that we're about to see the tower defense genre take a big bite out of the games industry. To have Riot Games' opinion on these matters I interviewed Steve "Pendragon" Mescon -- a previous developer of DotA who went on to create League of Legends with others -- about how they think the dice will roll. Hit the jump for the full interview, where I asked every relevant question I've seen asked, begged, and whined about online in the past few months.

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