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Overwatch update enacts stricter penalties for bad behavior

Overwatch update enacts stricter penalties for bad behavior

Blizzard has delivered some news that's encouraging for a lot of its players and scary for a special few: it will begin enacting stricter penalties for toxic behavior in Overwatch. Blizzard has already shown us that it has no problem swinging the banhammer when cheating is involved, but if you're toxic to your teammates (or even your enemies) it will begin swinging in your direction too. These new rules go into effect immediately, so if you've been silenced or suspended before, you might want to clean up your act quickly.

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Overwatch teases new weapon skins feature

Overwatch teases new weapon skins feature

With each event that comes to Blizzard's team-based shooter Overwatch, arguably the best part are the new character skins that get added — the purely cosmetic costume changes that let players change-up the look of their favorite heroes. Now there's evidence that players might soon be able to change the look of a character's weapon individually from their skin, as hinted in a new video from Blizzard about the creation of Overwatch's newest hero Doomfist.

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Blizzard has terrible news for some gamers

Blizzard has terrible news for some gamers

Bad news for some of you Blizzard fans: the company has revealed that it will soon end support for some legacy Windows operating systems. This, importantly, means that you won't be able to play any of Blizzard's more recent games if you're still using one of these OSes. It is worth pointing out, however, that the best Blizzard gave ever made - Diablo II - will still run just fine.

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Doomfist is finally coming to Overwatch

Doomfist is finally coming to Overwatch

After of mountains of speculation, Blizzard has confirmed that Doomfist will be Overwatch's next hero. Fans have been waiting for Doomfist to join the Overwatch cast of characters since the game was released, and it looks like he'll play unlike any other character in the game. Even better is that he's going live on the Overwatch public test realm today, so you don't need to wait if you want to try him out.

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You can now pre-purchase StarCraft: Remastered

You can now pre-purchase StarCraft: Remastered

While going retro is still a strong trend in the gaming industry, not all are willing to go back to the 8 and 16 bit games of their childhood. That, or their childhood never really wet back that far. Some of today's gamers, instead, grew up with games like Diablo and StarCraft. Sensing the potential cash cow, Blizzard announced last March that it would also be going retro in the way it best knows, giving StarCraft a 4K facelift. Those patiently waiting to relive their childhood, or live it for the first time, can now put in a pre-order for the game ahead of its August launch.

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Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer DLC is now available

Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer DLC is now available

After announcing the release date just last week, Blizzard has launched Diablo 3's Rise of the Necromancer DLC. Anticipation for this DLC has been building for months, as it adds the much-loved Necromancer class from Diablo 2. The DLC went live with Diablo 3 version 2.6.0, which was patched into the game just a little while ago.

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Overwatch update improves loot box drops, Hearthstone follows suit

Overwatch update improves loot box drops, Hearthstone follows suit

While Overwatch has seen immense success, one of its more divisive features has been its loot box system. Though Overwatch runs $40 for the standard version on PC and $60 on consoles, players can only unlock new cosmetic items through a F2P-like loot box system. These loot boxes are fairly rare in-game - you get one every time your account levels up, but otherwise you need to purchase them with real-world money - and with that in mind, it really stings when you get cosmetics items you already have.

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Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer release date finally revealed

Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer release date finally revealed

After what feels like an eternity of waiting, Blizzard has finally given a release date to Diablo 3's incoming Rise of the Necromancer DLC. The DLC, as many of you already know (or could have guessed from the title alone) adds the necromancer class to the game, reviving a popular class from Diablo 2. It also ships with a handful of other perks for those who choose to shell out Blizzard's $14.99 asking price.

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Overwatch director confirms more animated shorts are on the way

Overwatch director confirms more animated shorts are on the way

Despite strictly being a multiplayer-only game, Blizzard's Overwatch has a surprisingly detailed universe with plenty of story and lore for each of its characters. A large portion of the game's story is told through the animated short films that the developer has released on occasion, with the popular clips focusing on the backgrounds of specific characters, introducing new ones, and detailing the past events that led to the game's scenario.

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Overwatch loot box odds revealed following Chinese regulation

Overwatch loot box odds revealed following Chinese regulation

If Overwatch players are familiar with anything, it's the game's loot boxes — rewards for rank-ups and various numbers of match wins — and their tendency to almost never give the most desired cosmetic items. Players have often complained about the poor drop rates for Epic and Legendary items, which include things like costumes, voice lines, and emotes. Now, thanks to new regulations in China, Blizzard has disclosed the exact odds of players receiving different types of loot box items.

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Blizzard’s Overwatch surges to over 30 million players

Blizzard’s Overwatch surges to over 30 million players

Overwatch, the recent FPS from developer Blizzard, has been a bona fide smash hit since its release almost a year ago. And for good reason: it's one of the most original and exciting multiplayer games to along in some time, and it's full of refreshing characters and balanced mechanics. Players around the globe seem to agree, as Blizzard has revealed the game now has over 30 million registered players.

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Heroes of the Storm 2.0 is now live

Heroes of the Storm 2.0 is now live

Get ready, Heroes of the Storm fans, because a significant rework is coming to the game today. After a month of teasers and hype, Heroes of the Storm 2.0 goes live today. This is something a re-launch of Heroes of the Storm, significantly reworking the way player progression is handled in-game.

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