world of warcraft

Official Site: World of Warcraft
Studio: Blizzard Entertainment
Launch Date: November 23, 2014
Genre: Fantasy Themepark
Business Model: Subscription (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC

Massively Overthinking: Overcoming barriers-to-exit in MMOs

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About a thousand years ago, I wrote an article on Old Massively called "but I already have that game" about barriers-to-exit: the difficulty of...
I'm not exaggerating when I say that I had Highmountain unlocked without any intent of ever using it.

New customization for Highmountain Tauren datamined in World of Warcraft’s patch 9.1.5 files

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When World of Warcraft's developers first announced that Nightborne and Lightforged Draenei were getting more customization options, it was with a statement that Highmountain Tauren...

Global Chat: World of Warcraft’s kick in the pants, Guild Wars 2’s choice paralysis

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What happens when an MMORPG gets a big kick in the pants from both critical lashings and a company-wide scandal? It may actually get...
HOW DO WE GET YOUR LOVE BACK

World of Warcraft renames achievements in patch 9.1.5 and hotfixes faster Conduit Energy refills

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If the theme of patch 9.1.5 for World of Warcraft is "please love us again," the subtheme is "we're removing the stuff that really shouldn't...
Ominous!

World of Warcraft patch 9.1.5 allows you to unlock flight again by dying

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People are dying to fly in World of Warcraft's upcoming next patch. You might be about to argue that flight isn't keeping with the...
La la la.

Battle Bards Episode 200: Battle Bards Bicentennial!

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Can you believe it? The Battle Bards have hit 200 amazing episodes! Join Steff, Syl, and Syp as they take a victory lap around...

Global Chat: Returning to Guild Wars 2

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Guild Wars 2's new (old) leadership, uptick in communication, and upcoming expansion have a lot of MMO players returning to the game lately --...
Get back.

WoW Factor: What’s behind the turning of the tide in World of Warcraft’s patch 9.1.5?

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There's some interesting stuff going on right now when it comes to World of Warcraft's next major patch, due in no small part to the...
Race!

World of Warcraft patch 9.1.5 kicks off testing with a number of new customization options for Nightborne, Lightforged Draenei, and Void Elves

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We've said it before and we'll say it again: World of Warcraft wants you to love it again. Can you come up with another...
I'll be gone soon.

Massively Overthinking: MMO ideas that were ahead of their time

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I'm gonna say something wild right now: In some ways, CliffyB was ahead of his time. My husband and I came to this realization...
Not everything is a job.

Vague Patch Notes: MMOs are useless, and that’s completely fine

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When you play an MMO, you are developing a skill. That skill is playing that MMO. It's not a skill with a great deal...
These references, however, remain.

World of Warcraft removes references to former employees and removes the AoE cap in patch 9.1.5

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The most immediate fallout of the ongoing Activision-Blizzard lawsuit has been the removal of numerous references to now-former employees directly named or implicated in...
Don't care, bored.

Blizzard’s Mike Ybarra clarifies that Ion Hazzikostas is still running World of Warcraft

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Ever since Bobby Kotick removed J. Allen Brack from his post atop Blizzard and replaced him with Mike Ybarra and Jen Oneal in the...

Massively OP Podcast Episode 337: Desperation is a good look on you

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Justin and Bree discuss Guild Wars 2, WoW and the Blizzard scandal, Fallout 76, DokeV and New World at Gamescom, Daybreak, TitanReach, and Into the Echo.

Blizzard offers piles of Hearthstone and World of Warcraft loot to boost subs

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If you were among the gamers who thought it was a little thirsty of Blizzard to finally be dishing out long-wanted changes in World...

WoW Classic’s upcoming LFG tool boasts a big improvement

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While the modern version of World of Warcraft's looking for group tool really got going in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, many...
I suppose it's cheaper than actually hiring someone to design these spaces?

The Game Archaeologist: Jeff Butler on EverQuest, EverQuest Next, and Vanguard

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As an MMO historian, I have to applaud the work of former SOE developer Shawn Lord in his huge interview series with the people...
This has not gone according to plan

World of Warcraft patch 9.1.5 removes conduit energy and finally makes covenants freely swappable

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We have previously noted that the overall design philosophy for World of Warcraft patch 9.1.5 appears to be focused on things that players have been...

GDC 2021: War stories from World of Warcraft

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Just before the news about the state litigation against Activision-Blizzard broke last month, Senior Software Engineer Joseph Cochron and Principal Software Engineer Kurtis McCathern...

Overwatch’s McCree isn’t the only Blizzard character getting a rename

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Yesterday, we reported on Blizzard's announcement that it'll be changing the name of Overwatch's character McCree, who was named after Jesse McCree, one of...

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