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3:30 PM on 06.25.2013

World of Warcraft sees a spike in unauthorized logins

Bad news World of Warcraft players -- Blizzard's sent out a PSA that the game is experiencing an unusual rise in unauthorized logins from both the website and mobile app. The good news? Blizzard looks like it's going to ...

Brett Makedonski





10:30 AM on 06.24.2013

UDON to sell SDCC-only Street Fighter, Mega Man books

As it does every year, comic and videogame art book publisher UDON Entertainment will be attending San Diego Comic-Con with a bunch of event-exclusive goodies in tow. Technically, all these books will be available elsewhere i...

Tony Ponce

4:15 PM on 05.08.2013

World of Warcraft drops 1.3 million subscribers

Offering a status update on World of Warcraft during an earnings report, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick revealed that the popular MMORPG lost 1.3 million subscribers during the quarter -- "mainly from the East, but in t...

Jordan Devore

11:30 AM on 03.31.2013

World of Warcraft players really love those achievements

I like to pretend that I'm above achievements and trophies, but that's a bare-faced lie. One minute I might be questioning the point or merit of these virtual marks of honor, but the next I'll be trying to earn them.  At...

Fraser Brown



Journey inspired by World of Warcraft, loneliness  photo
Journey inspired by World of Warcraft, loneliness
by Steven Hansen

thatgamecompany founder Jenova Chen delivered a talk on Journey, right on the heels of a sweep of the Game Developer’s Choice Awards the night prior. Naturally, the room was packed full, and Chen received a lovely standing ovation at the end. Some people in the audience even went misty-eyed as Chen rounded out his presentation with some fan mail from a young girl who wrote about playing Journey with her father before she died of cancer.

When considering the state of online multiplayer games, Chen felt there was something missing. He talked about being busy with school and having no social life, instead turning to gaming as a substitute. While in the throes of World of Warcraft in 2006, before forming thatgamecompany, he noted: “The more I played this game, the more people I encountered, the more I realized I had no connection with any of these people. They just reminded me I’m a lonely person.” Just the humble and sincere delivery of that last line made me want to give Chen a hug. 

Chen found the existent system of multiplayer and connectivity failed his search for emotion and relationship building, often due to design conflicts. Item and armor created visible, often times impenetrable hierarchies. The need for resources, like loot, led to in-fighting and competition rather than cooperative play. “Another thing I got annoyed was that people would always check if you’re a guy or a girl in these online games,” Chen added. “I wanted to see a world where everyone is the same.”

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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

1:15 PM on 03.04.2013

World of Warcraft content patch 5.2 will launch tomorrow

World of Warcraft's newest expansion, Mists of Pandaria, is getting a new content patch soon. Although the patch has been delayed a few times, the expectation was that it would launch this week -- specifically, tomorrow -- w...

Chris Carter

2:30 PM on 02.27.2013

Mists of Pandaria Thunder King update gets a fun trailer

Patch 5.2, a major content update for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, is nearly upon us, and Blizzard has a new trailer to celebrate. Lorewalker Cho lays down some phat poetry to get us in the mood for hot raid content...

Chris Carter

2:00 AM on 02.20.2013

Study: Gamers have more control over their dreams

Why do we dream? Amongst the foggy midst of hearsay, medical expertise, and decades of research, the simple answer is, we have no idea. One thing we can all agree on is that dreams are weird. Why my brain transported me to...

Taylor Stein

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

2:30 PM on 12.07.2012

Pachter: Activision should charge for Call of Duty online

Michael "Thigh Majesty" Pachter is a man of business, which doesn't always make him a friend to consumers. His latest suggestion, that Activision should charge a fee for Call of Duty, isn't a new notion, but it never wins him...

Jim Sterling





9:30 PM on 12.05.2012

Cinder Kitten pet for World of Warcraft now available

As a follow-up to us telling you about the painfully cute Cinder Kitten pet for World of Warcraft, the happy little companion is now available for purchase. Should you feel compelled to adopt, head on over to the Blizzard sto...

Jordan Devore

11:00 PM on 11.08.2012

Upcoming Cinder Kitten WoW pet will support Sandy relief

Blizzard will once again be using the World of Warcraft Pet Store to help aid those who have been affected by natural disasters. This time, it's the Cinder Kitten, shown above, which will be available for $10 in the near futu...

Jordan Devore

11:30 PM on 11.05.2012

Get your art into UDON's World of Warcraft Tribute book

During New York Comic Con, UDON announced World of Warcraft Tribute, an art book that will compile selected pieces from professionals and fans across the globe. The last "Tribute" book that the publisher put out was the amazi...

Tony Ponce

10:00 AM on 10.05.2012

Politician declared unfit for office due to WoW habit

Maine State Senate democratic candidate Colleen Lachowicz has been slammed by the Republicans for a violent history of assassination, poisoning, and dickpunching. In World of Warcraft. For crying out loud. Maine Republic...

Jim Sterling