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Blizzard Celebrates Starcraft 20th Anniversary With Cross Game Promotional Event

Blizzard has rolled out a whole wave of unlockable goodies across Diablo III, Starcraft 2, Overwatch, Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original Starcraft on PC. Each game has a different reward to claim ranging from small profile portraits to exclusive skins featuring Sarah Kerrigan (yay!). Here’s a breakdown of what players of each tittle will receive should they login between today and March 31st: Starcraft Remastered (full version) –...

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Microtransactions Outpacing Game Sales Sets a Worrying Precedent

You might have already heard the news yesterday: Ubisoft mentioned on their Investor’s Call that “Player Recurring Investments” (read: microtransactions) have outpaced the sale of full price and discounted digital copies of their games for the first time ever. In terms of raw numbers of the 343 million euros the company made from their digital businesses 175 million Euros were the result of “Player Recurrent Investments” (which include microtransactions, add-on DLCs, Rainbow Six Siege Season Passes, subscriptions and those sorts of things). The...

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Report: Players Being Banned From Destiny 2 On PC For Running Common Apps Like MSI Afterburner, Discord and OBS

User reports from launch day suggest that PC players of Bungie’s Destiny 2 may find themselves with a permanent ban if they are using common PC benchmarking tools like FRAPS and MSI AfterBurner or chat programs like Discord with the overlay functionality enabled.  Over on /r/DestinyTheGame several users have reported that their accounts or friends accounts have been banned without explanation for running common PC programs in the background while playing Destiny 2.   Here is a short (and at all definitive) list of...

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Starcraft Remastered Out This August

Prepare to construct additional pilons and make sure your mineral harvesting skills are at peak performance as Blizzard is prepared to re-release 1998’s Starcraft and the Broodwar Expansion for the HD generation on August 14th through the Blizzard App. StarCraft: Remastered features not only revamped visuals & widescreen support but also the ability to play this real time strategy classic in 4K for the first time. While unit balance and build orders will remain unchanged from the original versions, Blizzard has made an effort to clean up...

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Blizzard to Drop Battle.net Branding

Today a news post on the World of Warcraft home page details their plans to discontinue the Battle.Net branding. Blizzard plans to phase out the use of Battle.Net in favor of the Blizzard moniker. Instead of “Battle.Net Voice” for example, it would be “Blizzard Voice” after the change. They detail that the underlying technology and systems are not changing and they have no plans to discontinue any services. When we created Battle.net, the idea of including a tailored...

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World of Warcraft: Legion Pre-Launch Patch Impressions Part II

So a couple weeks ago I published a story outlining all to be had at the time for the Legion Pre-Launch content. Since then I’ve found a few things I’ve missed, a few things I’ve learned, and what to do with it. Previously I talked about the scenarios involved. Well, after doing some research I’ve found there are quite a few easter eggs in game items you can pick up before doing the fist quest. So if...

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First Content Patch for Legion Revealed at Gamescom

During Gamescom earlier today Blizzard launched their Legion Cafe which is styled after the Demon Hunter class hall, the Fel Hammer. You can check out tons of photos on the Official World of Warcraft Facebook page. During the events they announced their first content patch for Legion as captured by user Slootbag on Twitch during his live stream. Just click the link for the replay. Patch 7.1 is titled “Return to Karazhan”. It will feature a 5 man...

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Demon Hunters—Going Back to the Future

Alright, before we get to my analysis let me make something super clear—I went into playing the new World of Warcraft Hero class, the Demon Hunter, with the expectations and excitement of a girl who grew up playing the game since Vanilla (The years of the game between its debut in 2004 to the advent of its first expansion, The Burning Crusade, for those not necessarily super WoW-savvy) and its prior games, Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, Warcraft...

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World of Warcraft: Legion Pre-Launch Patch Impressions

Earlier this week Blizzard Entertainment released a Pre-Launch patch to prepare its players for the imminent launch of their newest expansion World of Warcraft: Legion. Since then I’ve had a bit of time to check out the content they’ve rolled out. The first bit I’d love to talk about are invasions. Since the theme of the expansion is The Burning Legion invading Azeroth, they’ve gone full force and brought some of the Legion’s toughest demons to familiar zones...

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‘Twas the Night Before Overwatch

‘Twas the night before Overwatch, when all ‘cross the globe, Every gamer was waiting, donned in their soft robes, Their headphones were hung by their PCs with care, In hopes that Overwatch soon would be there. The gamers were nestled all snug in each chair, While visions of Tracer blinked ’round without care. The beta was returning, just ‘few hours away To bring joy and fast battles back to their day.

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Huge Black Friday Sale Hits Heroes of the Storm

If you’re staying in this holiday weekend perhaps you might want to look into playing a few rounds of Blizzard’s addicting MOBA Heroes of the Storm. This weekend all of the mounts, skins and heroes in the Nexus are reduced by 50% (off of their cash purchase price, in game gold prices remain unaffected). Blizzard has also released a limited time Second Chance bundle which allows you to gain access to some of the timed exclusive mounts...

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Starcraft II: Nova Ops Expansion Drops Next Year

Starcraft II’s popular blonde ghost Nova will be the focus of the next story set in the Starcraft II universe Blizzard announced this morning at Blizzcon. Originally scooped by IGN before the official reveal – Starcraft II: Nova expansion will be the first in a series of mission packs for the long running Starcraft 2 platform. The first 3 missions of Nova Ops will be released before June 19th of this year Blizzard has announced. Blizzards Chris...

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Blizzard Recommends Changing Battle.net Password After Breach

Due to a recent breach on Blizzard’s internal network the company is recommending users change their Battle.net account passwords. The actual password info accessed was scrambled, and this recommendation is just a precaution. It seems no personal information was accessed says Blizzard. Blizzard also notes that secret question answers may have been accessed as well as mobile authenticators. Automated propts are planned to inform users of change their secret questions and update their authenticator software. After the...

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Next Diablo III Patch Will Fix Digital Purchase Restrictions

Blizzard’s last patch to Diablo III introduced some restrictions for players who decided to buy the game digitally. As it stands right now, players who purchased the game through Battle.net are only able to access the games first Act and are capped at level 13, they are also not able to play launch public games, gain access to the auction house and cannot make use of the public chat channel available to other players. The auction house...

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