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Blizzard Turns 20 Today; Founders Spread Message of Love and Joy

Written on March 04, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Thank you Blizzard for 20 years of awesome gaming, and 20 years of sleepless nights.

t’s time to pop the confetti as Blizzard celebrates their 20th year anniversary today. Jump into your StarCraft, World of Warcraft, and Diablo accounts and start partying across Blizzard’s digital territories as we give honor to the people behind the world’s most played games for the past years. Wha? You wanna hear some message from the celebrants? Well you’ve got it. Hit the break and watch a short but sweet video of of Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime and EVP Frank Pearce giving thanks to all the loyal players who’ve made them richer by the billions.

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‘World of StarCraft’ Still Alive; Blizzard Asks Modder to Rename It

Written on January 22, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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'World of StarCraft' still lives. Though we may need to call it something else if we don't want Blizzard deleting the videos again.

Blizzard admits that it asked YouTube to remove the ‘World of StarCraft’ clips on the video sharing site but not because it deems the game itself is illegal, but because the name was in breach of some copyright brouhaha the gaming company has instigated.

The game mod, which was headed by Ryan Winzen, still exists to our delight and Blizzard have taken interest in the game and their group as they invited them over to have a talk with StarCraft II developers. Should everything go well, the best thing that can happen is Ryan Wizen and probably a couple of members from his crew will come back not as guests anymore, but bonafide Blizzard programmers.

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‘World of StarCraft’ Finally Here; Thank You Mods!

Written on January 19, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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What happens when you bring a StarCraft fan and a Galaxy Editor together? Well to some, nothing. But to imaginative individuals, it's World of StarCraft.

World of StarCraft? For too long we’ve been dreaming of an MMORPG/World of Warcraft version of StarCraft, but a band of brave individuals out there said “screw dreams” as they pushed the boundaries of fan speculation and imagination by using StarCraft II’s Galaxy Editor to concoct a spin-off unlike any other. Welcome to ‘World of StarCraft’ (note: Blizzard has no part in creating the ‘game’ as it was just created for fun by programming geniuses).

The game looks (in a good sense) horrifyingly real as a Marine-like toon trek the trecherous terrain and go trigger-happy against some Protoss units. Although barely reaching the level of fun and playable by MMORPG standards, ‘World of Starcraft’ remains as an eye-candy to fans and haters alike. We doubt that this would scale up as a game that’s available worldwide. The development team is currently brainstorming on their future plans on the mod and are open to public suggestions through their forums.

Watch the 2-minute video of the ‘World of Starcraft’ mod after the break!

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 Goes Live on PTR

Written on January 09, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Patch 4.0.6 is now live at World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Public Test Realm (PTR). Expect alot of changes on class balance, professions, guild perks, heroic dungeons, and raids.

It’s been a month since World of Warcraft: Cataclysm was unleashed and we’ve already had alot to work on as we grind our way through new Azeroth. Most players have already conquered the new available zones, have leveled their toon/s to level 85, plus have worked their way through their professions, including Archaelogy. There are also triumphs in Heroic Dungeons and even raids, including the Bastion of Twilight, Cataclysm’s hardest raid so far.

However, many of the adventures and triumphs we’ve come acrossed and achieved these past weeks do not escape the issues of unbalanced characters, game play and mechanics problems, profession glitches, and so on. That’s why Blizzard keeps on uploading some hotfixes to make our World of Warcraft lives more convenient. And for the first time since the game has been released, a new patch is on its way to further fix some bugs and problems the game currently has. It’s already available at the Public Test Realm (PTR) and might soon hit the real game around next week.

Hit this link to go to the official patch notes.


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Leaked Blizzard Project Slate and Project Titan; Too Good to be True?

Written on December 29, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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World of Warcraft 4th and 5th expansion well underway? StarCraft II expansions on the works, too?! Diablo III expansions already plotted before the release of the game itself? What's the deal with Project Titan? Is this too good to be true?

It’s been almost a month since Blizzard’s rumored project slate was leaked over the internet, and rocked the gaming community to its core. Up until now, the schedules still run down the spines of the fans as they somehow have an idea when the next expansions of StarCraft 2, Diablo III, and World of Warcraft will be released. That is despite the fact that Blizzard never confirmed these information.

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Diablo III Encounters Tougher Than Ever

Written on December 22, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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It looks like Blizzard really wants to challenge their players. First World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and now Diablo III. Well, it's about time.

According to the official website, Diablo III will now have a more dynamic encounter system that might push players over the edge. It seems that the days where we simply hack-and-slash, drink potion, run, and range are over as Blizzard unveiled that monsters will be a little smarter, more difficult as players require different strategies to overcome the odds. However, the fun is still intact as they managed to maintain the accessibility, speed, and forward momentum that the series is known for.

One scenario was given where players will encounter a throng of enemies coming one after another even if the player hasn’t killed of the first wave. The situations will be so dire, players will think twice if they’ll want to use their last 3 potions.

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Red Dead Redemption is Game of the Year

Written on December 13, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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Red Dead Redemption and Bioware claim the top prizes in the recently concluded Spike TV's Video Game Awards 2010. Who else made it on the list?

It’s that time of the year again, folks. The time when we show our friends, parents, or any other random passerby that people do make a living through videogames. And that reaffirmation is here thanks to Spike TV’s annual Video Game Awards.

It was a night full of surprises and fanboy/fangirl squeals as the show kicked off with host, tv celeb Neil Patrick Harris violently shooting people in top hats with a machine gun. And if that doesn’t spell peonage, then maybe a couple of trailers from some of the most anticipated video games for 2011 would. Batman: Arkham City, Mass Effect 3, and SSX Deadly Descents rocked the video game world down to its core.

And an awards show wouldn’t be complete with the awards (duh). And Red Dead Redemption comes home as king.

Winners available after the break.

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Cataclysm Greets Players with Pugs, Long Queue Times, and Lags

Written on December 08, 2010 by Kristoff Jones

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is here, and so are the bugs, the lags, and the long queue times. Classic.

Just a few hours into World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, US servers got a bitter taste of what several months of beta testing resulted to, all that plus your usual problems whenever a new expansion comes out.

The most infamous of all problems was the Experience. Level 80 players who had the tenacity to gather and complete daily quests a day before the expansion release didn’t gain experience once they turned over the quests the following day, nice one! Blizzard was well aware of the situation and took action immediately.

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StarCraft II, Coming this July 27

Written on July 23, 2010 by Adam Eve

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At long last! The wait is finally over. StarCraft II will be out in the market on July 27, 2010.

Wings of Liberty is the first of the three chapters set for StarCraft 2. The first chapter will focus on the Terran Race, while Heart of Swarm and Legacy of the Vold will focus on the Zerg and Protoss races. These chapters will be released separately at a later time. Wings of Liberty also features a full map-making and scripting tool set.

But one lack feature of this game is the absence of LAN support. Gamers can no longer connect with their buddies like they used to do on their local area network. You need to have an Internet connection and use Blizzard’s Battle.net system. This is not the first game to do such thing, but it is still disappointing especially to the “LAN Partiers”. Just hope that the ISP don’t have any issues with Blizzard or LAN will be dead meat.

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