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World of Warcraft's Noblegarden lays eggs for players April 21-28

World of Warcraft players can partake in the egg-filled feast of Noblegarden April 21-28, according to a post today. According to in-game lore, the annual Easter-like celebration traces its origins to ancient druidic festivals. Throughout Noblegarden, players can search low-level towns for brightly colored eggs, which can be hidden or sitting in plain view. Those eggs can contain prizes like chocolates, costumes, rare items and toys. The Noblegarden festival also offers daily quests, known as the Great Egg Hunt, as well as festival-appropriate clothing and merchants hungry for Noblegarden chocolate. You can check out the full list of seasonal items, including pets and mounts, in's Noblegarden 2014 page. For more on the future of World of Warcraft, be sure to...


Game of Thrones is the first 'free-to-play' TV show, and gaming is racing to catch up

It's also a giant "victim" of piracy. 1.5 million people reported downloading the episode "The Lion and the Rose" on its first day of availability online, with upwards of 200,000 people sharing the same copy of the episode. This is a record-breaking event in the world of media piracy, but HBO doesn't seem to care. Why does a cable channel get to sit out of the piracy discussion, and even crack jokes about the popularity of its content when the question is asked? The answer is simple: HBO has created what amounts to free-to-play television. Free-to-play television The first thing to note is that HBO hasn't exactly given up the fight against piracy. "There are numerous anti-theft tools we utilize and we have significantly shrunk the international distribution window for original...


Phishers get creative with bogus offer for World of Warcraft's new expansion

Phishing scammers are targeting World of Warcraft players with a tempting but bogus pre-order offer tied to the Warlords of Draenor expansion, warns the security firm Malwarebytes. The bait, says Malwarebytes, is in the subject header: "Gift-Boost a character to Level 90 when you pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor!" The email body, purportedly from, tells the recipient they're one of 50,000 selected to receive the expansion for free, and provides a code. Then they're directed to a phishing site that Malwarebytes credits as being very believable in appearance. It's all a big lure to funnel them through to a "redemption page" that asks users to give their security question and answer. The email originates from a Gmail account and the link goes to "an already known...


World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor updates won't slow down the game, says Blizzard

Those planning on playing the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor, shouldn't expect a drop in performance with the release of new upgraded character models to the game, Blizzard community manager Taepsilum said in a recent forum post. The new expansion will apply additional polygons and textures to character models and armor, as well as to the surrounding geometry of raids and bosses — all of which mean more processing power will be required; however, Blizzard plans to implement performance improvements for add-ons that process combat data and other stats. The development team will also reduce the amount of visual clutter that is visible during fights where groups of players are involved. "Client performance is something we care about a lot," reads the post. "It...


Heroes of the Storm trailer shows off the power of Kerrigan in action

The latest trailer for Blizzard's upcoming multiplayer online battle arena game Heroes of the Storm shows off what playable character Kerrigan, of the StarCraft franchise, looks like in action. The battle arena game features a collective of well-known characters from Blizzard's roster of earlier releases, which players can select to fight against other users. Characters include Diablo of Diablo fame, Stitches and Uther of World of Warcraft and Raynor and Tychus of StarCraft 2, among others. Last month, Blizzard announced that it would be inviting select users into the early technical alpha for the game, which was revealed last fall to be the rebranding of in-development MOBA Blizzard All-Stars. Heroes of the Storm will launch for Mac and Windows PC at an undetermined date.


World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor's new female Draenei is starting to take shape

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will include a new design for the female Draenei, and senior art director Chris Robinson took to the game's official blog to detail the character model in progress. Female Draenei will retain their blue hue and glowing eyes, and World of Warcraft players will recognize their horns and cloven hooves. Static versions of the old and new models look "very similar to the new one," Robinson wrote. The differences will become more apparent when developer Blizzard Entertainment puts them in motion. "With her pose applied her shoulders stretch backward, her pelvis rotates forward, and her chin lowers — causing her head to angle downwards," he wrote. "The curvature in her lower back, and why the head shape looks slightly different, are also due to the new...


Blizzard shows the moves behind World of Warcraft's new-look Tauren race

Blizzard's art and animation team today unveiled its progress on re-animating the Tauren race for upcoming expansion World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor. A blog post and series of short videos at shows how the bull-like creature now looks as it stands, walks and converses. Blizzard is redesigning its character animations as part of the Warlords of Draenor expansion due for launch at the end of this year. Updated versions of male and female orcs, dwarves and gnomes and the human female have already been shown. "As we begin applying animations, we're extra careful not to stray too far from the original," wrote lead animator Steve Aguilar. "It's important to us to retain the essence of the original animations, because how characters walk, move, and carry themselves help...


World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor enters alpha testing

World of Warcraft's next expansion, Warlords of Draenor, has entered the alpha testing phase, according to a blog post. Those wishing to participate in the expansion's upcoming alpha test are invited to opt in through the beta profile settings on their account. Blizzard will also introduce a new proprietary file format called CASC (Content Addressable Storage Container) during the Warlords of Draenor alpha and beta tests. CASC offers better support for streaming data, increased performance, faster and more reliable game updates, client hotfixing and prevents file corruption. The company aims to convert all players to the new format in a pre-expansion patch. Blizzard also released alpha patch notes today. The update introduces tweaks across numerous classes and...


DDoS attacks cause issues for European Diablo, World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Hearthstone players

Targeted DDoS attacks against European service providers are causing issues for Diablo, World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Hearthstone players in the region, Blizzard confirmed on the European support blog. "Diablo, World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Hearthstone players may be impacted by high latency and disconnections during their gaming experience that are the result of a series of DDoS attacks on certain European online services," the statement reads. "Although Blizzard's infrastructure isn't targeted, the disruption effects rippled and have been felt by a portion of our players' population." Blizzard noted yesterday that it began investigating the issue with its authentication servers where players were experiencing failed or slow login attempts over the weekend.  The company...


Research: Loners are the exception, not the rule, among video gamers

Video gaming enthusiasts have long battled popular stereotypes of being antisocial misfits, basement-dwellers and loners. That's not true, says a study of online social behavior by researchers at North Carolina State University. "This won't be a surprise to the gaming community, but it's worth telling everyone else," said Nick Taylor, an assistant professor of communication at N.C. State and the lead author of the study. "Loners are the outliers in gaming, not the norm." Taylor's team, which included colleagues at York University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, traveled to 20 public gaming events in Canada and the United Kingdom to observe the behavior of thousands of players, and take a detailed survey of 378 players. The research was focused particularly on...

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  • Windows
    • Released 11/23/2004
    • Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
    • Developer Blizzard Entertainment
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    • Released 11/23/2004
    • Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
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