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  • Blog Post: Creating The Colorful Cast Of Overwatch

    With Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment will introduce its first new IP in nearly two decades. For the studio that produced such beloved worlds as Azeroth and Sanctuary, that’s a big deal. Bringing the world of Overwatch to life takes more than just interesting character designs and appealing map... More
  • Blog Post: From Guild Leader to Game Director Pt 3: Building Overwatch

    This is our final segment of our three-part interview with Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan, talking EverQuest, WoW, and the upcoming first-person shooter Overwatch. You can check out part one here and part two here ! So how did you move from working on WoW for so many years and whatever Titan was, to a first... More
  • Blog Post: From Guild Leader to Game Director Part 2: WoW's Cutting Room Floor

    This is part two of a three-part interview with Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan. Find out more about Kaplan's gaming roots and how he began a career at Blizzard in part one here ! Check out part three, all about Overwatch, here! GI: As you said, back then (EverQuest) going into a dungeon could... More
  • Blog Post: StarCraft II's Nova Covert Ops Pt.1 Impressions: Fresh Approach, Fading Fun

    I really like the model that Blizzard is using to implement the next StarCraft II “campaign” this year – a series of mission packs centering on everyone’s favorite Ghost, Nova. Nova does a great job at being a badass in the first three missions (available now), and the groundwork... More
  • Blog Post: From Guild Leader to Game Director Part 1: Landing A Job At Blizzard

    Photo Credit: Ed Carreón Jeff “Tigole” Kaplan got his first industry gig thanks to being an EverQuest guildmate of former Blizzard chief creative officer Rob Pardo. His thoughts on game design landed him a job on reigning MMO juggernaut World of Warcraft, and now Kaplan is the game... More
  • Blog Post: Are These Overwatch's Unannounced Characters?

    A new short film landed today about Overwatch focusing on the character Winston . In it, a display screen quickly flashed a series of pictures of characters. Many of these faces we recognize from our previous Overwatch coverage and playing the beta. Many of these faces, however, are brand new. It's... More
  • Blog Post: Showing Off Overwatch's New Progression System

    With the new patch today, Overwatch's closed beta gets a new game mode, tons of balance changes and fixes , and a brand new progression system with loot boxes. The progression system makes a lot of sense since Overwatch is a traditional retail title and it seems fairly easy to get gobs of cosmetic... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber — StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void

    The final chapter in the StarCraft II trilogy brings some answers and resolutions to character arcs and the story, but since we're against spoilers of any kind around here, join us for a peek a the new co-op multiplayer. These adventures put players with friends or random players and have them tackle... More
  • Blog Post: Seen At BlizzCon 2015

    BlizzCon is one of the best places to check out amazing cosplay, incredible statues, and enchanting artwork and designs from all of the Blizzard titles. BlizzCon 2015 was no exception, with incredible sights around every corner of the show floor. While we can't even attempt to showcase all the insanely... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber — Overwatch Beta

    We dive into Blizzard's upcoming team-based first-person shooter Overwatch to see what all the hype is about. Overwatch is currently in a closed beta stage as it rolls toward eventual release, and it's already quite polished. The 6v6 core gameplay is deceptively simply - while most characters... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Blizzard Forms New Esports Division With ESPN, MLG Vets At The Top

    Esports is already a crucial part of Activision Blizzard’s yearly operations, but the mega-publisher is looking to make it a corporate value. The company has hired former ESPN and NFL Network CEO Steve Bornstein and MLG co-founder Mike Sepso to lead a new Esports division as chairman and senior... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Heroes Of The Storm Launch

    Blizzard's take on the MOBA genre officially launches today after an extensive alpha/beta phase, bringing all your favorite franchises together for grandiose matchups and battles. Diablo and Jaina team up to take on Kerrigan, Thrall blasts Sergeant Hammer in her siege tank, and Murky... well, no... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain

    Hearthstone's new single-player adventure Blackrock Mountain is now live (well, at least the first wing is) and we're taking a peek at some of the available content. Join Daniel Tack, Jeff Marchiafava, and Wade Wojcik as they take on the Mage class challenge and attempt the Heroic version of... More
  • Blog Post: So What Makes Overwatch So Great?

    Unless you attended Blizzcon last year, this year’s PAX East was the first time to get real hands-on with Blizzard’s upcoming 6v6 team shooter Overwatch. While there are plenty of little nuances and intricacies that separate it from obvious inspirations like Team Fortress 2, my second time... More
  • Blog Post: PAX East 2015 News And Previews Round-Up

    It may not have the announcements of E3, or the future of technology of a GDC , but PAX is still a big deal in the world of video games, and we're rounding up our coverage. PAX Indie Game Round-Up Much like we did for GDC , we rounded up a collection of indie games we had a chance to see at PAX and... More
  • Blog Post: Heroes Of The Storm May Be Your Perfect MOBA

    Well, here we are – I’ve reached level 40 in the Heroes of the Storm closed beta , the current cap. Blizzard’s take on the MOBA genre is fast (games last around the 15-20 minute realm), accessible, and a blast with friends, which is a far cry from the rather rickety tech alpha that... More
  • Blog Post: How I Completely Murdered Thaddius: A Hearthstone Love Story

    Despite not being a huge collectible card game fan, I completely fell in love with Hearthstone this year. Here's a recap of the ridiculous boss match that won my heart (again). One of the reasons I (along with everyone else) love Hearthstone so much is the sheer variety of unique abilities cards... More
  • Blog Post: Fantastic Followers: Understanding Draenor’s Masterful Minigame

    In Warlords of Draenor, the big highlight feature is the Garrison – World of Warcraft’s take on player housing that provides quests, mounts, invasions, high-level crafting, and resources. The system that links everything together within these walls is based on followers, adventurers that... More
  • Blog Post: How To Find The Treasures Of Draenor

    One of the new systems at play in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor is the zones have hundreds of hidden, collectible treasures stashed away. You’re likely to stumble around a few randomly via traditional leveling and zone exploration, but you’re probably going to want to go back and... More
  • Blog Post: Thanks For Watching Our Inaugural MOBA Date Night

    This has been a long time coming. Way back in August, when PC editor Dan Tack and I were in Germany for Gamescom, we discussed a weekly MOBA stream. Tonight we kick off the little project we’ve been jokingly calling “MOBA Date Night” (so named, because our schedules are so busy we needed... More
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