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Running of the Trolls raises $500 for The Trevor Project


These are the Trolls I like to see!
Jun 29
// Joe Parlock
This weekend Pride marches have been taking place all over the place, from London to Seattle... to Kalimdor. On Saturday, hundreds of World of Warcraft trolls marched across the game to help raise money for The Trevor Project...
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft Patch 6.2 lets you whale on Gul'dan


He deserves it after Hearthstone BS
Jun 23
// Joe Parlock
Blizzard have rolled out a new, huge patch for everyone’s favourite destroyer of lives, World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. Patch 6.2, dubbed Fury of Hellfire, brings a lot of new additions to the game. The Tanaan ...
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Hearthstone DLC

Hearthstone adding new heroes for $9.99 each


Only they aren't really new per se
Jun 04
// Jed Whitaker
Blizzard has announced it is releasing new heroes for Hearthstone at $9.99 a piece. Don't worry though, the meta will stay exactly the same because the heroes are little more than cosmetic changes on existing classes. Your te...

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#dadbod

First look at Warcraft film features beefcake orc nipples


#dadbod
May 18
// Steven Hansen
I'm still a bit sad to have lost director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) to years of a Warcraft film (now pushed back into June of 2016), but maybe those of you who are into it will get a not-sucky game movie out of it. I a...
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World of Warcraft

Blizzard puts 100,000+ World of Warcraft cheaters in a long timeout


Try again in six months
May 15
// Brett Makedonski
The World of Warcraft will be a little more sparsely populated for the next six months. Of the 7.1 million active accounts in Blizzards famed massive multiplayer game, approximately 1.4 percent have been recently banned,...
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Leeroy Jenkins

10 years ago today, the Leeroy Jenkins meme was born


Ah, vanilla WoW
May 11
// Chris Carter
10 years ago on May 11, 2005, the "Leeroy Jenkins" video was uploaded to Warcraft Movies, a fansite for World of Warcraft. It started catching on like wildfire though various WoW communities, and eventually, became a househo...
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Warcraft movie

Warcraft movie delayed three months


Blizzard is scared about releasing near Star Wars
Apr 24
// Laura Kate Dale
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...
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WoW

World of Warcraft's latest patch sends you back to old dungeons


You'll Never (Time)Walk Alone
Apr 17
// Brett Makedonski
Blizzard's giving World of Warcraft players the opportunity to return to their old stomping grounds. Some of the dungeons that they honed their skills in will once again be playable thanks to the game's latest update. Ac...
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Blizzard

Blizzard provides more details for WoW Tokens, the currency that can purchase game time


They'll be rolling out soon
Mar 25
// Chris Carter
In the near future, Blizzard will be rolling out a new item that allows players to purchase 30 days of game time. What's so special about that? Well, you can either purchase it for real-world dollars or in-game on the Auction...
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft players will be able to pay for their subscription with gold soon


Pricing details to be determined
Mar 02
// Jordan Devore
In an upcoming World of Warcraft patch, Blizzard will introduce the WoW Token, an in-game item purchasable with real money that facilitates the exchange of gold for 30 days of game time. "The WoW Token was created to give pla...
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World of Warcraft

Blizzard's sending a seriously cool gift to World of Warcraft's ten-year subscribers


A replica of its headquarters' statue
Jan 19
// Brett Makedonski
A decade is a decent stretch of time by any account, but it's an especially long time to routinely play an MMO. Blizzard wants to recognize the dedication of the select few players that have stuck by World of Warcraft si...
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft back up to 10 million subs after expansion release


Go go Warlords of Draenor
Nov 20
// Chris Carter
I have been heartily enjoying the new Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. It evokes feelings of the franchise that are more classic in nature, which is a great thing for those of you out there who didn't...
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WoW

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is worth subscribing for again


Better than Mists
Nov 17
// Chris Carter
I've been playing World of Warcraft off and on since it launched in 2004, but the Burning Crusade expansion came at the perfect time in my life. Throughout the years I've been dabbling in the other expansions, ...
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World of Warcraft

Here's what to expect from World of Warcraft's upcoming PVP expansion changes


Ashran is at the heart of the expansion
Oct 20
// Chris Carter
In addition to raising the level cap and providing the typical amount of endgame raiding content, Blizzard is also addressing PVP in its upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft. The crux of the conte...
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Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft composers join up for a concert


Coming to Naka-Kon in Overland Park, Kansas
Oct 16
// Dale North
Final Fantasy composer Nobuo Uematsu and World of Warcraft composer Jason Hayes are teaming up with their respective bands, The Earthbound Papas and Critical Hit, to perform live at Naka-Kon in Overland Park, Kansas this Nove...
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor launches November 13


Until then, enjoy this awesome cinematic
Aug 14
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard has announced a November 13, 2014 release date for its next World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, which features customizable garrisons, better-looking player character models, and, uh, time travel. I know so very little about WoW, but damn do I love me some Blizzard cinematics.
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Robin Williams to be memorialized in World of Warcraft


Blizzard will be doing something for the late actor
Aug 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The world lost one of the best people to have ever existed with Robin Williams' passing this week. Fans were moved by his death and took to Change.org to get Blizzard to memorialize the comedian as an NPC in World of Warcraft...
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WoW

World of Warcraft's tenth anniversary will include a corgi


Yes, there's nearly been a decade of WoW
Aug 06
// Jordan Devore
Oh, so that's how you get me to write about World of Warcraft -- corgis. Blizzard has a number of plans for the MMO giant's tenth anniversary this November. The notable one, at least to my eyes, is a Molten Corgi pet, obtaina...
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Blizzard

Blizzard chief creative officer Rob Pardo leaves company


He's been with Blizzard since the StarCraft days
Jul 03
// Jordan Devore
After 17 years at Blizzard, chief creative officer Rob Pardo has left the company "to pursue the next chapter in my life and career." As you can imagine, he's achieved a lot in that time -- he was lead designer on StarCraft, ...
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World of Warcraft

Man At Arms recreates The Lich King's Frostmourne


Finally, you can touch this behemoth IRL
Jun 30
// Brittany Vincent
Man At Arms is a YouTube series following master swordsmith Tony Swatton, as he forges swords from games, TV shows, movies, and anime series. He's created some memorable pieces, and this time he's taken on the Lich King's F...
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Blizzard

This exclusive SDCC loot from Blizzard is cute all the way


Primal Kerrigan, will you be mine?
Jun 30
// Brittany Vincent
San Diego Comic-Con is about to descend upon us once again, and with it are a bevy of adorable figures, plushes, and other bric-a-brac from Blizzard and its cavalcade of properties. Up for grabs exclusively at SDCC are varied...
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WoW

Blizzard is rolling out the WoW: Warlords of Draenor beta


Start with a fresh level 90 or import
Jun 30
// Chris Carter
Blizzard has just started rolling out its main stage of its World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion beta. While its happening, "community veterans, press, fansites, friends, and family" will be able to join. Thi...
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Female Night Elf

Blizzard explains female Night Elf redesign in detail


'More muscle tone'
May 16
// Chris Carter
World of Warcraft's artists have been hard at work this year redesigning the female Night Elf model. Senior art director Chris Robinson note that every character model in the game will be improved by the time Warlords of Drae...
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WoW

Blizzard is changing PVP for World of Warcraft's Draenor expansion


Here's the rundown
May 02
// Chris Carter
Blizzard is changing the way PVP works in World of Warcraft later this year with Warlords of Draenor, and everything is sounding pretty great overall. When the expansion kicks off you'll earn more bonus rewards from...
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World of Warcraft

Someone has unlocked every single World of Warcraft achievement


Amazingly, it wasn't even a Blizzard employee!
Apr 23
// Brittany Vincent
There's a player out there who has unlocked every single World of Warcraft achievement there is, and it wasn't any of the cast of Azeroth Choppers. I kid, I kid. It was me. Joking again. Actually, it was Russian player Х...
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BlizzCon

BlizzCon 2014 dates announced, tickets on sale soon


Panels, game demos, tournaments, and more
Apr 22
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Azeroth Choppers

Get your murloc runnin' with Azeroth Choppers


Head out on the highway
Apr 21
// Brittany Vincent
Looking for adventure in whatever comes your way? Of course you are. That means you'll definitely want to watch Azeroth Choppers, an online series via Blizzard where custom motorcycle designer Paul Jr. and two warring teams ...

The joy of MMOs

Apr 11 // Chris Carter
My love affair with MMOs started in the '90s when Ultima Online was released. Regarded as one of the greatest RPGs of all time, Ultima had it all -- player-ran economies, ganking, bounties for hunting down said gankers, books that could be written by actual players and sold for gold, dungeons, world events, politics, player housing -- you name it. Many of these mechanics wouldn't even be possible in current MMOs due to technical limitations, but Ultima sprouted countless stories that couldn't be experienced anywhere else. I got into a lot of trouble in Ultima, mostly due to the acts of hanging out with my player-killing, house-swindling friend, who used to con people out of their wares and cash. The entire game was basically policed and governed by the players, which was an unreal feeling amidst the typical linear world of gaming. I actually felt bad when I killed my first and only innocent player deep into the forest and took all his loot. Here, the healthy feeling of escapism was alive and well, as you were able to live out your wildest digital dreams. Heck, if you really wanted to you could play the entire game as a merchant, providing others with tools, gaining a reputation, brokering information, and writing novels -- it was insane. This was my gateway. But it wasn't until World of Warcraft that I really started branching out into the "massive" side of things. I had just started college when WoW hit, and as a result of my new relationship (with the lovely woman who eventually became my wife) and my desire to do well in my first year at school, I refrained from playing more than casually -- mostly leveling through beta and hopping on every so often on a low-level character when I had free time. Once the Burning Crusade expansion dropped, things changed a bit. Most of my friends had quit the game due to poor grades, and my best friend (who hadn't played prior to this arrangement) made me an offer I couldn't refuse -- we would casually play WoW together, level a pair of characters, and see what we had been missing all this time. Minutes of play became hours; hours, days; days, weeks. We made our way up to level 70 so quickly that I had decided to completely ditch my first character (an Orc Shaman) and level an alternate (a Draenai Priest) to help my chances of joining a guild -- a character that eventually became my new main. I had gone completely overboard -- our rule of "no raiding" turned into "once a week," then "twice a week," but "only 10-man dungeons." That eventually turned into us joining the top guild on the server and joining the first string raid squad, that raided two to three times a week. Given the rigorous application process (that probably sounds ridiculous to all of you out there), we had to completely change our attitude. Now we had to learn our full rotations (order of spells/abilities), theorycraft (research and look up viable strategies) in our free time, and teach others how to more effectively use our class (which often involved writing guides).  It was basically a job that paid nothing -- but we had a blast doing it. There's nothing quite like joining up with 24 other people for a raid, having fireside chats about what was going on in our life, and feeling a real sense of community. Wipes (full party deaths) were rare since we were so disciplined, but every so often we hit a snag -- only to overcome it within a week's time. To many, this sounds droll and unexciting. But if you find the right group of people, the feeling is indescribable when you best something for the first time with a giant collective of friends that have the same goal as you. I hit an absolute high when we were the server-first kill for Illidan -- a huge part of the Warcraft lore in general and the toughest boss in the game at the time. It was then that I started to slowly ease off of MMOs to plan for my wedding, effectively ending my career as a "full-timer" for quite some time. I would keep playing MMOs though for years to come, usually only getting max level and stopping before I got the itch to raid. Dark Age of Camelot, Conan (yuck), Warhammer Online, EVE, Rift, The Old Republic, TERA, Secret World, Aion, Lord of the Rings Online, Guild Wars 2, Elder Scrolls Online -- you name it, I've probably played it. But one particular MMO really brought me back in recently -- Final Fantasy XIV -- the second time around, that is, when it relaunched. Something clicked with me while playing A Realm Reborn. The art style is beautiful, the music is outstanding, and the battle system is a bit more action-oriented than most MMOs -- to the point where I'm heavily reminded of Phantasy Star Online. It doesn't help that it has a healthy serving of nostalgia either! Right now I'm in the process of joining up with a few of my old MMO buddies (including one that I played Ultima with way back when) to start endgame content and really kick things off. Things will never be the same now that I'm not a college student anymore, but the call of the genre is unending -- in some ways, I'm a "lifer." While I understand that MMOs don't appeal to everyone, I've had far too many fond memories with them to give them up. I've made friends that have stood up at my wedding. I've learned multiple videogame mechanics and concepts that have served me well as a writer and as a gamer. As ridiculous as it sounds, these games also taught me some form of responsibility, showing up on time for raids and owning up to my actions. It's for these reasons and more that MMOs bring me joy.
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From AOEs to Zul'Farrak
Read this list and let me know if it sounds like a good time. Crunching numbers in the wee hours of the night to maximize damage output. Grinding out levels and letting auto-attack handle things for a few seconds while you pl...

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Blizzard will have four titles to show off at PAX East 2014


WoW expansion, Heroes of the Storm, Diablo III PS4
Mar 18
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Game Developers Conference is far from over this week and here I am already talking about stuff that's going to be happening at PAX East next month! Blizzard has shared their upcoming lineup that fans will be able to get ...
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WoW

Pre-purchase WoW: Warlords of Draenor, get your level boost now


Fifth expansion releasing this fall
Mar 10
// Jordan Devore
It's now possible to pre-purchase the Warlods of Draenor expansion for World of Warcraft ahead of its release "on or before" December 20, 2014, Blizzard has announced. My expectation is that it'll be out much before then -- ...

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