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Blizzard is killing its Battle.net branding after 20 years of use

Blizzard is killing its Battle.net branding after 20 years of use

If you've been playing Blizzard games like World of Warcraft, Diablo, Starcraft, Hearthstone, and the recent Overwatch over the years, you know the name Battle.net as being synonymous with the developer's own. First introduced back in 1996 with the debut of the original Diablo, Battle.net was Blizzard's core multiplayer platform used to power every game that followed. But after 20 years of use, Blizzard announced last week that it was putting the name to rest.

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Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 brings three new difficulty levels

Diablo 3 patch 2.4.2 brings three new difficulty levels

Diablo III owners will be getting patch 2.4.2 very soon, and with it will come a trio of new difficulty levels — levels XI, XII, and XIII. If that’s not enough to satisfy you, the patch will update existing items and add new items, including updates to a lot of Legendary and Set goods and additions to the Legendary items and powers. The update goes on from there, including some UI tweaks and some enhanced Adventure Mode rewards.

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Blizzard’s US servers go offline, hacker group takes credit

Blizzard’s US servers go offline, hacker group takes credit

If you were hoping to play World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, or any other Blizzard title last night, you probably had issues connecting. In fact, all of Blizzard's US servers were down for an extended period last night. There was no scheduled maintenance causing the downtime, instead the culprits were a group of Lizards.

The hacker group known as Lizard Squad decided that they needed to target Blizzard's US servers last night, and they appear to have made quick work of them. All Battle.net games were offline for an indeterminate amount of time last night and this morning. The hacker group took credit for the attack, and were sure to tweet about it just before they began their assault.

Blizzard responded to the attack by confirming that they were in fact hit with a "potential DDoS" at one of their datacenters. They then stated that they had taken actions to bring their services back up, and would continue working to mitigate the impact. A bit later they confirmed that a second attack had happened, but their "supercool internet-shield" stopped it.

Many people are wondering why Lizard Squad picked this time to focus an attack on Blizzard's service. There are a few theories floating around, though the group hasn't confirmed their motive. Personally, I think that it might have something to do with the legal action against private vanilla WoW server, Nostalrius. Perhaps some members of the Squad enjoyed playing on the server, and decided to see how Blizzard enjoyed having their servers shut down.

Regardless of the motive, Blizzard appears to be unharmed after the attack, and a large number of players were inconvenienced for a few hours. There are also reports of the team hacking one or more Blizzard staff email accounts, though Blizzard hasn't confirmed these.

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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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Diablo’s Treasure Goblins show up in WoW: Legion alpha

Diablo’s Treasure Goblins show up in WoW: Legion alpha

Two of Blizzard's most-successful IP's are of course, Warcraft and Diablo. Both universes have some great games, and the current iteration of both are still highly popular (even if WoW keeps losing subscribers). What's interesting is that Blizzard seems to be pulling popular features from one game, and porting them over to the other.

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Diablo III becomes MMORPG with a camera angle change

Diablo III becomes MMORPG with a camera angle change

Behold, the one way in which you're going to come back to the Diablo franchise without hating yourself for dropping all those SOJs in a huff. A new camera angle! A demonstration of a new camera angle has been released to the public by innovator Monstrousd3, one in which you'll find yourself face to face with your enemies, in a way you've only ever once experienced before - back when you dropped D3 for the first time and went back to World of Warcraft.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion launches

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion launches

The first time that we talked about the coming expansion pack for Diablo III called Reaper of Souls was last summer. We though that expansion would have landed last year, but that never happened. The good news is that the wait is over.

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Diablo 3 gold and real-money auction houses end-date: tomorrow

Diablo 3 gold and real-money auction houses end-date: tomorrow

It’s time to be done with the longest-lasting experiment in real-cash trade for Diablo items in the history of the Diablo gamin franchise. It will be Tuesday, March 18th when the gold and real-money auction houses are taken down entirely, while the rest of the auction house ecosystem will remain in play. Until June 24th, players will be able to access their "completed" tabs - but we wouldn’t risk it.

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Diablo III Auction Houses shuttering doors entirely

Diablo III Auction Houses shuttering doors entirely

This week the folks behind Diablo III's development and upkeep have announced that they'll be cutting their ill-fated auction house from the equation entirely. As Blizzard suggests, both the Gold and the Real Money auction houses will be cut from the game from top to bottom in the month of March, 2014, after a rather rocky road from the launch of the point we're at now where it's been decided that this mechanic eats away at the core of the game. This move will be pushed alongside the "Loot 2.0" system appearing with the Reaper of Souls expansion of the game.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion adds new character class

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion adds new character class

With the arrival of Diablo III to consoles just around the corner, speculation was high at the Gamescom conference about what Blizzard would be adding to the game. Live reporting by Eurogamer shows an expansion called Reaper of Souls is set to add a new character class called the Crusader into the mix. Changes and additions to the loot system, story, and endgame options round out this expansion's feature set.

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Blizzard testing WoW in-game purchases despite ongoing D3 debacle

Blizzard testing WoW in-game purchases despite ongoing D3 debacle

Though the two are slightly different elements of in-game play, Blizzard has suggested a real-money transaction addition in World of Warcraft despite their less-than-stellar performance with real-money-trading in their other large-scale online game Diablo 3. This new system is said by one single developer on Blizzard's team - alone in a forum, believe or not - to be part of an exploration of possibilities at the moment, and not quite solid as such.

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Diablo III headed to consoles in September: PS4 and Xbox One still possible

Diablo III headed to consoles in September: PS4 and Xbox One still possible

As Blizzard Entertainment lets it be known that their decade-long awaited title Diablo III has been optimized for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, a release date is dropped well within the ream of next-generation console detail. With September third on the books, the devil-bashing game is set to bring web-connected-only action to both consoles with whispers of a re-release for the future. Could it be that this game would continue to be released next year, as well?

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