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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 Battle.net, 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 Battle.net security question and answer. The email originates from a Gmail account and the link goes to "an already known...

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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....

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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 Battle.net 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.

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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...

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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 Battle.net 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...

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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 Battle.net 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 Battle.net 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...

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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...

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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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Diablo 3 servers now live in Australia

To coincide with the upcoming worldwide launch of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls on March 25, Australian servers are now live for Diablo 3 players, Blizzard Entertainment announced today. The servers will be available to all Diablo 3 players and those who purchase the expansion, which users can begin to play from March 25 at 3:00 p.m. AEST. Characters, gold and experience will remain unaffected by the new server rollouts and product activation and initial authentication will still be handled by American Battle.net servers. Those who play on the Australian servers will still be able to interact and communicate with U.S. players. When a game is created by a U.S. player, the game will be hosted on American data centers, while Australian and New Zealand-created games will be hosted...

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Blizzard bringing Diablo 3 PS4, Hearthstone iPad, more to PAX East

Blizzard Entertainment's PAX East 2014 plans include playable demos of the PlayStation 4 version of Diablo 3, the iPad version of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, the studio announced today. Visitors to the Blizzard booth on the PAX East show floor, booth #848, will be able to play Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, the PS4 version of the game, which includes its first expansion, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. The expansion will be available on Mac and Windows PC by the time PAX East rolls around — it is set for release next Tuesday, March 25. And a Warlords of Draenor demo will allow booth attendees to play the expansion's intro and see its updated character models. Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion for World of Warcraft, is scheduled to...

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    • Released 11/23/2004
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    • Released 11/23/2004
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