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  • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty   review
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    StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty review

    By 30 July 2010

    It's almost easier to talk about the year's biggest PC title by talking about what it isn't. It's not an attempt to redefine a genre, or even redefine a franchise. It's not a back-to-basics exercise in the vein of the last few chapters of Command and...

  • Fugitive tracked down in World of Warcraft
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    Fugitive tracked down in World of Warcraft

    By 4 January 2010

    A fugitive who fled the United States after a warrant was issued for his arrest has been tracked down in Canada thanks to his addiction to World of Warcraft. Alfred Hightower was wanted on charges of dealing a variety of controlled substances, but skipped...

  • Blizzard announces World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
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    Blizzard announces World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

    By 24 August 2009

    Exactly as we predicted, Blizzard has announced the next expansion pack for the world's largest MMORPG - World of Warcraft. Titled "Cataclysm", the pack will see major changes to the world of Azeroth, as well as increased level cap (to 85) and new playable...

  • Official World of Warcraft magazine launched
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    Official World of Warcraft magazine launched

    By 20 August 2009

    Five years on from its release, Blizzard's World of Warcraft MMO is still going strong, and has 11.5 million players across the world - more than the population of Greece. As a result, Blizzard is launching an official magazine in conjunction with Future...

  • New playable races for World of Warcraft leaked
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    New playable races for World of Warcraft leaked

    By 12 August 2009

    The next expansion for World of Warcraft has been the subject of intense speculation, ever since developers Blizzard trademarked the term "Cataclysm". Now, it appears that two new playable races have leaked - Goblins and Worgen. Community site Wow.com...

  • World of Warcraft gets 3.2 patch
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    World of Warcraft gets 3.2 patch

    By 5 August 2009

    World of Warcraft servers in Europe are - at the time of writing - down for a substantial content update. The patch - titled Call of the Crusade but known to most players as "patch 3.2" includes a brand new dungeon and battleground, as well as plenty...

  • Addiction therapists sign up for WoW
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    Addiction therapists sign up for WoW

    By 28 July 2009

    There are reports that therapists are trying a new tactic to reach people that they think are "addicted" to online games like World of Warcraft - they're joining the game themselves. Dr Richard Graham, a consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock Centre...

  • TweetCraft puts Twitter in World of Warcraft
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    TweetCraft puts Twitter in World of Warcraft

    By 3 July 2009

    You might think combining the hyper-social Twitter with the (arguably) antisocial World of Warcraft would be a bad idea, but someone's gone and done it anyway. TweetCraft is an add-on for World of Warcraft that will let you use Twitter from within the...

  • Next-gen Xbox confirmed by developer
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    Next-gen Xbox confirmed by developer

    By 27 March 2009

    Exciting news for gamers - Microsoft is deep in the development process for the successor to the Xbox 360 games console, it's been revealed. One of the first credible reports on the topic, Blizzard's Rob Pardo has confirmed that his company has taken...

  • WOW character re-customisation launches in Europe
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    WOW character re-customisation launches in Europe

    By 15 January 2009

    World of Warcraft gamers in Europe will now be able to get their hands on the character re-customisation service that launched in the US last month. The service is accessible from the "Manage Account" page on the official website and will enable gamers...

  • First Arabic MMO to enter open beta in early 2009
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    First Arabic MMO to enter open beta in early 2009

    By 29 December 2008

    The first Arabic online MMO game is set to enter its open beta test in early 2009, after its second closed beta finishes on 30 December. Arabic Rappelz, published by Game Power 7, is an Arabic version of Rappelz, a famous MMORPG that is already published...

  • Facebook starts new genre of social network gaming
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    Facebook starts new genre of social network gaming

    By 29 December 2008

    Internet games may have been around for a while now, but social networking websites are apparently causing more people to turn online games than ever. Apparently the rise in popularity of social networking sites like Facebook has attracted millions of...

  • World of Warcraft hits 11.5 million subscribers
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    World of Warcraft hits 11.5 million subscribers

    By 24 December 2008

    Blizzard Entertainment has announced that its MMORPG World of Warcraft, is now being played by more than 11.5 million subscribers worldwide. This new high was reached following the release of the game's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King on 13 November....

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    Bush shoe attack hits the casual gaming world

    By 17 December 2008

    You've seen the YouTube video, now play the game. The shoe-throwing attack of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi on President Bush at the weekend has been made into an online Flash game by developer T-Enterprise. The YouTube footage of the incident has...

  • Wrath of the Lich King becomes fastest selling PC game ever
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    Wrath of the Lich King becomes fastest selling PC game ever

    By 20 November 2008

    Blizzard has said that the World of Warcraft's second expansion pack, Wrath of the Lich King, has sold more than 2.8 million copies in its first day on sale. Its performance has earnt the game the title of fastest-selling PC game of all time, eclipsing...

  • WOW: Wrath of Lich King launches
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    WOW: Wrath of Lich King launches

    By 13 November 2008

    The second expansion pack for the World of Warcraft has gone on sale giving fans of the online game a chance to explore new territories, characters and booty. Over 2000 gamers queued through the day to be one of the first to get their hands on the new...

  • Blizzard announces Lich King midnight launches
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    Blizzard announces Lich King midnight launches

    By 31 October 2008

    For those you that want to get your hands on World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King at the earliest possible opportunity, Blizzard has released details of midnight store openings worldwide The UK event will take place at Oxford Street's HMV in London,...

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    Publishers accuse non-gamers of game piracy

    By 30 October 2008

    As games firms are getting tougher on illegal file sharers, and cracking down on pirates, it appears they could also be accusing hundreds of innocent people in the process. These claims come from a Which? Computing investigation, which was kicked off...

  • World of Warcraft tops 11 million subscribers
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    World of Warcraft tops 11 million subscribers

    By 29 October 2008

    Popular MMO World of Warcraft now has over 11 million subscribers playing the game. Blizzard has announced its milestone ahead of the release of the new expansion pack, Wrath of the Lich King, which is due out on 13th November. "It's been very rewarding...

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    Blizzard gets $6m in Warcraft bot case

    By 2 October 2008

    Blizzard, the studio behind popular MMO World of Warcraft, has won $6m (around £3.36m) in damages against MDY Industries, the creators of the WOWGlider software "bot". Blizzard lodged a case against MDY stating that the company's World of Warcraft Glider...

  • Second expansion pack for World of Warcraft coming soon
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    Second expansion pack for World of Warcraft coming soon

    By 16 September 2008

    Almost 2 years after the first expansion pack, cult game World of Warcraft is getting an update. Game developer Blizzard is to launch the second expansion pack - called The Wrath of the Lich King - on 13 November. But what can gamers look forward to?...

  • Blizzard calls for Microsoft push PC gaming
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    Blizzard calls for Microsoft push PC gaming

    By 1 July 2008

    Pauls Sams, Blizzard's chief operating officer, has called for Microsoft to put its backing behind the Windows operating system as a gaming platform. Sams said he thought the company needed to shift its emphasis from the Xbox 360 and focus more on the...

  • Diablo III announced as in development
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    Diablo III announced as in development

    By 30 June 2008

    Blizzard has announced the release of Diablo III at its Worldwide Invitational in Paris. The third instalment in the popular action-RPG series is being developed for PC and Mac, with the company confirming it had no plans for console versions. Blizzard...

  • Blizzard to sell WOW Authenticator
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    Blizzard to sell WOW Authenticator

    By 27 June 2008

    Blizzard has announced plans to sell an Authenticator device that will help to keep World of Warcraft accounts secure. Described as "lightweight and waterproof" and attachable to a keyring, the Authenticator will generate a unique six-digit security code...

  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King announced at BlizzCon
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    World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King announced at BlizzCon

    By 3 August 2007

    Blizzard Entertainment has announced a new expansion pack for the World of Warcraft at its annual BlizzCon gaming festival. The second expansion to World of Warcraft will be called the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King and will open the forbidding...