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Blizzard now funds college-aimed gaming tournaments: students beware

Blizzard now funds college-aimed gaming tournaments: students beware

It would seem that the term "exports" is going to be continuing to take hold as Blizzard has suggested that they'll be funding "collegiate exports" soon. This "Membership Milestone Program" as Blizzard is calling it, is being created in partnership with the folks at TeSPA (The ESports Association) to create a system that'll be both far-reaching and more well-respected than ever before - aiming it directly at college-aged individuals across the USA.

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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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NY Attorney General culls web games of 2,100 sex offenders; “crime scene of the 21st century”

NY Attorney General culls web games of 2,100 sex offenders; “crime scene of the 21st century”

It's no small feat taking on the entire internet when you're making sure the world is safe for children - that's why New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman has removed approximately 2,100 registered sex offenders from online gaming communities instead. Targeting groups like Gaia Online, NCSoft, and THQ, Scheiderman has made it clear that if it's possible that a child is playing a video game online, he doesn't want sex offenders anywhere on the digital premises.

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World of Warcraft city deaths patched while murderer roams free

World of Warcraft city deaths patched while murderer roams free

If you were in one of several of the largest cities in World of Warcraft's Azeroth this weekend, it's quite likely that you were killed - but no worry, Blizzard has fixed everything up now with a patch. This patch fixes the exploit that caused level 1 characters to be able to stroll on in to a set of major cities and decimate their entire population of both playable and non-playable characters alike. As it was, images of death were majorly visible to the general population over the weekend, this throwing Blizzard into a tizzy.

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World of Warcraft – Patch 4.3, the final patch of Cataclysm

World of Warcraft – Patch 4.3, the final patch of Cataclysm

Every Tuesday is an important day for those involved in World of Warcraft. That is because Tuesdays are known as "patch days". When Tuesday hits players can either expect in-game content to be fixed or added. Well, for us World of Warcraft players, last week's patch was the "big" one. Patch 4.3 named "Hour of Twilight", will be the last one for the latest expansion, Cataclysm.

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World of Warcraft introduces playable panda race – for real, this time

World of Warcraft introduces playable panda race – for real, this time

It's been several years now since Blizzard Entertainment played an April Fool's prank on its World of Warcraft base by saying the fifth race in the game would be panda-humanoid in flavor - today we find that in their newest WoW expansion, it's no joke. There's a whole new expansion for World of Warcraft coming out soon by the name of "Mists of Pandaria." This race of fuzzy lovable killers has since the first "JK" announcement made several appearances in both WoW and StarCraft II, and both story characters and a playable Monk class will be coming with this next expansion pack.

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Prisoners in China forced into World of Warcraft gold farming

Prisoners in China forced into World of Warcraft gold farming

Prison is a very bad place to wind up if you break the law in the US or the UK. Prison is an even worse place to wind up in some countries like China. Prisoners in Chinese labor camps are forced to do all sorts of things like break rocks in coalmines and dig trenches during the day. At night prisoners then spend their time playing World of Warcraft, gold farming for the "prison bosses" to sell for real world money. The revelation comes from a former prison guard named Liu Dali.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 10-Day Free Trial Released

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 10-Day Free Trial Released

So you're on the fence on deciding weather you'd like to upgrade your World of Warcraft to the Cataclysm with the giant dragon and the fire and the crazy wild awesomeness? Perhaps you'd like to give it a whirl for about 10 days while you think about if you'd like to have it forever? Now you can do just that. Today Battle.net and Blizzard give you a completely free 10 day trial period (similar to some other older games they've still got lying around) during which you can play the game in its fullness. After that, probably you'll be so WoWed that you'll need to Cataclysm your WoW to stay WoWed enough to WoW forever.

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Wiimote hacks: WoW control & self-balancing robot

Wiimote hacks: WoW control & self-balancing robot

It must be a week for Wiimote hacks, as there are two interesting implementations of Nintendo's wireless motion-sensitive controller on offer today.  First up comes a hack using DarwiinRemote, that allows you to play World of Warcraft using the Wiimote; then, there's a self-balancing robot made of LEGO NXT, that can be remotely controlled with it.

Video demos of both projects after the cut

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