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WoW Legion release date confirmed

WoW Legion release date confirmed

We've known about World of Warcraft's next expansion, Legion, for some time now. Blizzard has been teasing us with bits of information about what we can expect from this newest set of content since last year. Thanks to some fine print in their marketing material late last year, we've had a pretty good idea of when the expansion will be released. However, today Blizzard has announced the official release date.

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GameTrust is GameStop’s new game publishing division

GameTrust is GameStop’s new game publishing division

GameStop has been a staple in the gaming industry for many years. Over the last decade or so, the company that makes its money selling new and used games has had to explore new opportunities in order to stay profitable. Their latest move will see them not only selling new games, but publishing them, as well.

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Red Dead Redemption prequel map leaks

Red Dead Redemption prequel map leaks

When most people think of Rockstar Games, Grand Theft Auto is probably the first thing that comes to mind. The studio is also behind the popular Red Dead series. Gamers have been hopeful that the series would get another installment on the current-gen consoles, and it looks as though their wish might be granted.

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Senator Franken clarifies his letter to Oculus

Senator Franken clarifies his letter to Oculus

Last week we reported that Senator Al Franken had sent a letter addressed to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe. This happened not long after some rather interesting wording in the Oculus Rift Terms and Conditions led to concern from many consumers. While Oculus hasn't formally responded to the letter, we reached out to Senator Franken for comments on his letter.

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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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Grand Theft Auto V has made “at least” $500 million from microtransactions

Grand Theft Auto V has made “at least” $500 million from microtransactions

Microtransactions are a double-edged sword. Through them developers can earn additional money, which can fund future content, and can allow them to release games and content for less than they might have, without them. But they can also be a cash cow that helps those who don’t mind spending cash, and leaves those on a tight budget feeling left behind.

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The Division’s new loot system and trading explained

The Division’s new loot system and trading explained

The first big update for Tom Clancy's: The Division has dropped, and with it comes one huge change. Sure, there are plenty of changes, but I want to focus for a minute on just one of them. Loot. Specifically, you can now trade loot with your friends, but it's not quite that simple.

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Fix Dark Souls III crashing issues with these tips

Fix Dark Souls III crashing issues with these tips

This is the big week for Dark Souls fans here in the US. While the game has been out in Japan for a little while already, the rest of the world is only just now getting access to the game. And so far, it's proving to be a far more difficult challenge than the previous two games, although for very different reasons.

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Phaeton is an 80’s arcade shooter with a classic high-score prize

Phaeton is an 80’s arcade shooter with a classic high-score prize

Back in the 80's, there was one way to prove that you were the best at a particular video game. All you needed to do was rack up your high score at the local arcade, and put your initials at the top of the board. If you were really good, you might even submit your score to Twin Galaxies, who kept track of all of the highest scores in the land. Well today, you can relive some of that enjoyment, thanks to author Ernest Cline.

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Tomb Raider II gets stunning Unreal Engine treatment

Tomb Raider II gets stunning Unreal Engine treatment

The original Tomb Raider games were among the first great shooter/adventure games for consoles. Sure, there were others before, but Tomb Raider created a legacy that is still loved, and is still getting built upon to this day. Unfortunately, like most games released in the 90's, the graphics really haven't held up. But someone is trying to fix that.

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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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Senator Franken calls out Oculus over privacy concerns

Senator Franken calls out Oculus over privacy concerns

Just yesterday I wrote a piece regarding the Terms and Conditions that every Oculus Rift user has to agree to. In those Terms and Conditions were a few parts that had some users concerned, as the guys at UploadVR found when they went digging through it. These were primarily related to data that would be collected, and potentially shared with other companies, such as Facebook. Well today, Senator Al Franken has sent a letter addressed to Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe to address some of those concerns.

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