What is it about Blizzard games that have such an appeal? Are we all just nostalgic, or is there something really special about their design? Either way, they are upping their game and even giving you the opportunity to create the next Dota phenomenon.
Just in time for the first weekend of the year, many people's last gaming weekend of holiday time, it appeared that Blizzard users fell victim to a nasty Trojan that could compromise accounts, even if they were using the Battle.net authenticator. Never fear, there is a cure - but just check if you are infected.
Can you believe it, we're in the top half of the list! Have you agreed with us so far? Are you excited about the games we've yet to name? Or do you just know we're going to troll you all anyway? Nah, not really. Just remember that these games are selected because they made us happy this generation of gaming - nothing to do with sales, scores, metrics or other mumbo jumbo.
On the latest Xbox podcast, I made fun of Xbox guy Graeme Selvan for imagining that he'd find a woman who wanted to play Diablo with him. Most of my teasing was about the fact that she will have probably have moved on to a different game, and part of it was simply to troll him because it's just too easy. However, I have been thinking a lot about women who game, and the idea of couples who game together.
The PC version of Diablo III is axing both the real and faux money auction houses next year, because, according to Blizzard, they’re negatively impacting the core Diablo experience. Another “feature” of the game that sullies the experience, however, isn’t going away any time soon.
Most of you are convinced that Diablo III’s Real Money Auction House played a large part in ruining the game. The guy who designed your cherished Diablo and Diablo II thinks so too.
Last year in May, after a decade of waiting, fans finally got to play Diablo III. Well, eventually they did – after staring at Error 37 screens and dealing with broken servers because of inadequate planning Blizzard’s part, forcing people to play their single player games online. And for a while, those people were happy.
Remember how Diablo III is coming to consoles? Well, Blizzard has confirmed the release date of 3 September 2013. That's right, your PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 will be possessed as of September.
For the Diablo III one-year anniversary, this info graphic was posted on battle.net. While most of the information is boring, there are some parts that I must say I found cute - still won't make me play, though.
Diablo III’s “Real Money Auction House” was recently taken offline following an exploit that allowed players to duplicate their in-game gold, which could be translated to real-world money. Many expected Blizzard to make the problem go away by rolling back accounts to a time before the glitch occurred – but instead, they’ve taken to analysing accounts, and will be giving the ill-gotten gains to charity.
Remember how Diablo III’s online requirement wasn’t DRM, but was rather instituted because the game had a persistent, global economy? Well that economy is now well and truly poked.
Diablo III’s patch 1.0.7 has gone live, adding the structured competitive combat system, otherwise known as PvP, or playing against other gamers instead of AI. Many might not be convinced that this feature could salvage the game, but Blizzard has done some amazing things with PvP in their other games.
This one goes out to my fellow Master Race errr species? We love our PC games and they love us right back! This year has seen some awesome PC games, from MMO’s to strategy games to RPG’s and MOBA’s. BUT WHICH TITLE WAS THE BESTEST? It could only have been: *drum roll*
It's one thing to look into a game as an individual product, but human nature tends to have people throwing down comparisons left, right and centre. When there is no official yardstick to measure something, the next best thing is to look at is something similar. Gamers compare all sorts of things all the time. Boxers have their own unique attributes on paper, but it is their ability in the ring that determines who reigns supreme. It is with this thinking that I present to you today's two contestants in a gaming head to head battle.
Diablo 3 will receive an expansion, but there’s no timeline set just yet. During an earnings call for the third quarter of Activision Blizzard’s current fiscal year, Mike Morhaime, Blizzard CEO said that an expansion is being planned and that there’s no time frame as to when it might be released.