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Blizzard “failed horrifically” on Project Titan

Blizzard “failed horrifically” on Project Titan

There's no question that World of Warcraft is the most successful MMO of all-time. After 11 years, the game is still running strong, with more current subscribers than any other. But this wasn't going to be their only MMO. For years there were whispers about another planned MMO, named Titan. But what happened?

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Hearthstone’s next update will be remembered for its nerfs

Hearthstone’s next update will be remembered for its nerfs

Trading (or collectible) card games are nothing new in the physical realm, from Magic the Gathering in the West to Yu-Gi-Oh in the East to Pokemon everywhere in between. Very few, however, can lay claim to the same fame in the digital, mobile realm the way Blizzard's Hearthstone can. Set in the same world as WarCraft, Hearthstone is one of the very few of its kind to actually make a profit from the genre. Soon, however, Blizzard will be shaking the foundations with its Whispers of the Old Gods update, which will probably be more remembered for how it nerfed the game.

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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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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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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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