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Private MMO servers – A grey area with potential

Private MMO servers – A grey area with potential

Earlier today the news broke that one of the most popular World of Warcraft emulation servers is being taken offline. The reason that it's going dark is due to the threat of legal action from Blizzard against both the team running the server, and the hosting provider that keeps it online. While Blizzard is legally in the right, it does bring up some interesting questions about the way MMOs change over time.

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Blizzard takes legal action against community-ran vanilla WoW server

Blizzard takes legal action against community-ran vanilla WoW server

World of Warcraft is a very different game than the one that made its debut back in 2004. This fact was most obviously apparent to those who played on a user-ran server, which is based on the original, vanilla version of the game. One of the most popular user-ran vanilla servers was named Nostalrius, and next week it will be going offline.

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World of Warcraft Twitch streamer dances his way to level 100

World of Warcraft Twitch streamer dances his way to level 100

When you first play a game like World of Warcraft, it takes a good while to level all the way up. Plus, you've got to learn how to properly play the character. Then, after years of playing, it can honestly be so easy that you need a new challenge. One Twitch streamer seems to have hit that point, and decided that it was time to take a character from level 1 to 100, using nothing more than a pair of DDR dance pads.

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World of Warcraft gets its first children’s book series later this year

World of Warcraft gets its first children’s book series later this year

World of Warcraft might be the biggest MMO in history, but it's trying to capture new audiences this year. In the summer we'll have our fist chance to see heroes from the Warcraft franchise on the big screen. And by the end of the year, we'll see a line of...children's books?

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Warcraft III is the next classic Blizzard game getting a patch

Warcraft III is the next classic Blizzard game getting a patch

Diablo II isn't the only game from Blizzard's vault that's getting some update attention these days: Warcraft III will be getting a new patch on Tuesday, March 15th. That's right, the classic RTS game for PC that was first released in 2002 and hasn't been updated since 2011 is getting patched to version 1.27. The patch will be released at the same time worldwide, but developer Blizzard is keeping quiet for now on what changes it will include.

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Diablo II gets patched to run on latest versions of Windows and OSX

Diablo II gets patched to run on latest versions of Windows and OSX

Back in 2000, Blizzard released one of my favorite games of the early 2000's. I'm talking, of course, about Diablo II. Since Blizzard changed the way that character data was stored for online play, the game became one of the most popular online multiplayer games for a very long time. In fact, people still play it to this day. But there are plenty of problems for those who want to play it, as the game hasn't been updated since 2011. At least that was the case until recently.

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Here’s how to access Diablo III’s newest Cow Level

Here’s how to access Diablo III’s newest Cow Level

If you played Diablo II back in the day, then you remember the Cow Level. Sure, Blizzard had a good time telling everyone that it didn't exist, and still toys with the community to this day. However, despite what they say, the Cow Level exists, and there's actually a new one that you can only access during the month of March.

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First players finally collect every World of Warcraft achievement

First players finally collect every World of Warcraft achievement

One of the best/worst things about an MMO is the fact that there's not really a way to "beat" the game. Sure, you can reach the max level, beat all the dungeons and raids, and collect the best gear. But there's no real ending. Well, two players have come as close as possible to actually beating World of Warcraft, if there is such a thing.

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Blizzard’s crystal ball: mobile is the future, not (yet) VR

Blizzard’s crystal ball: mobile is the future, not (yet) VR

With all the hype and talk revolving around virtual reality these days, some even coming from the smartphone market, you'd think that VR is the future of gaming. Well, that might be true to some extent, but not in the near future, and definitely not yet for one huge game publisher. Blizzard, who just celebrated its 25th year in the biz, has given a glimpse of its near future, and it is one where the world's fifth largest gaming company focuses more on mobile and not on VR. At least not yet.

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World of Warcraft might be free with your movie ticket

World of Warcraft might be free with your movie ticket

To say that World of Warcraft has been a success would be one of the biggest understatements in gaming. As it stands, the only PC game to beat it in sales is Minecraft. So it's a safe bet that if you've got a strong interest in the game, you've probably tested the waters, or are possibly a recovering addict. And that makes Blizzard's latest move a strange one.

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Swordfish World of Warcraft mobile accessories up close and epic

Swordfish World of Warcraft mobile accessories up close and epic

CES isn't normally a place where you look for things like collectibles. However, While browsing the show floor, I came across some statues of familiar characters. They were two Warcraft heroes engaging in combat, with an iPhone sitting docked in front of them.

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World of Warcraft’s Dark Portal can be yours

World of Warcraft’s Dark Portal can be yours

World of Warcraft fans are no stranger to the Dark Portal. In addition to other lore-related events, the portal was re-opened during the expansion The Burning Crusade, and allowed players to travel to Outland. Well now you have a chance to take the Dark Portal home, if you're lucky.

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