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Major gaming studio, responsible for World of Warcraft and the Warcraft franchise, Diablo III and the Diablo franchise, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch.

The Game Archaeologist: The day Dungeons and Dragons Online dropped the free-to-play bomb

By 2009, the MMORPG genre had firmly established a norm for its business model. For over a decade, a monthly subscription -- usually $15...

World of Warcraft rolls out the barrels for another Brewfest full of new events and souvenirs

I love autumn, and one of the reasons why is because there's lots of beer festivals going on at about this time of year....
Speculation is over.

World of Warcraft releases patch 8.2.5 on September 24th

Well, the betting pool for the patch day for World of Warcraft's 8.2.5 has now closed, and people who had "next week" have...
Through the fire and the flames

WoW (Classic) Factor: The journal of Nieve Vinther – third entry

The past two weeks have been... frustrating. This frustration is not solely down to the fact that my steps inevitably brought me close to the home...

Police nab WoW Classic DDOS suspect who tanked the game earlier this month

World of Warcraft players -- especially those in WoW Classic -- should still remember the highly annoying DDoS attacks that hit...

Massively Overthinking: Is the age of the $15 subscription coming to an end?

Massively OP's own Justin Olivetti penned a blog post this week in which he muses on the lifespan of the $15 MMO sub...

Sea of Thieves celebrates talk like a pirate day with sweet Twitch loot

Dang, I almost forgot it was talk like a pirate day! If you aren't into LOTRO and World of Warcraft's take on the...
Bart, stop creating a diversion!

Vague Patch Notes: Do video games really need trade shows anymore?

The past few years have seen some really big seismic shifts in the game industry. In the time that I've been working here alone,...
This isn't it.

World of Warcraft’s new black market auction house goodies are unveiled

Ah, the sinister black market auction house in World of Warcraft. It's not quite like a normal auction house, but instead a place where...

Hearthstone’s Tombs of Terror, Overwatch’s Brick Challenge, and Blizzard’s Pencils of Promise charity sale

Even outside of World of Warcraft, Blizzard's been busy busy busy this week. First, take a peek at Hearthstone: The MMOTCG opened the
And if so, who answers?

Blizzard clarifies the policy on World of Warcraft exploits following the dungeon exploit in Classic

We know that Blizzard intends to punish players who exploited a bug to cause endless dungeon respawns in World of Warcraft: Classic. But as...
Set sail for bees.

World of Warcraft posts its patch notes for 8.2.5, somehow not titled the Rise of Bees

New models for Worgen and Goblins! New Party Sync features! The end of the War Campaign! And lest we forget, bees! Yes, World of...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 238: Ten years of free-to-play

Justin and Bree discuss DDO, Bless, Book of Travels, Star Trek Online, City of Heroes, WoW Classic & Retail, Guild Wars 2, and LOTRO, with mailbag topics on static endgames and genre labels.

World of Warcraft previews its clever new party sync system

By all indications, World of Warcraft's Patch 8.2.5 is on the horizon, and when it arrives on the servers, it's going to bring...

Blizzard’s Pat Nagle on the first quests he designed for World of Warcraft

The fjord pining that is WoW Classic certainly drums up lots of nostalgia for folks, whether they're players of the game itself or...

Not So Massively: How unrealistic expectations hobbled Heroes of the Storm

I find myself in the odd position of feeling compelled to both defend and criticize Heroes of the Storm. The game's taken a...
Doom approaches.

WoW Classic is hotfixing another exploit, this one in dungeons

The stated reason for the way World of Warcraft: Classic was built upon the modern client architecture was to reduce any chance of exploits,...

Pirate holidays make landfall in LOTRO and World of Warcraft this week

Disclaimer: This author's family threw him a pirate-themed 30th birthday party and he walked the plank and it was definitely an amazing experience. Double...
It can later become unreal, of course.

The Daily Grind: Are you a fan of dodge and joust mechanics in MMOs?

Deep in the bowels of a Reddit thread about WildStar vs. WoW Classic a while back, several people mentioned WildStar's combat as being...

The MOP Up: Plants vs. Zombies goes multiplayer

Do you remember that quirky personality-filled Plants vs. Zombies lane defense game from way back when? Popcap has been expanding that series franchise ever...

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