The Politics of Esports and Blizzard’s Blitzchung Debacle

There tends to be very little politics involved in video game culture, but after Blizzard harshly punished an esports player for supporting Hong Kong protestors, it shook the entire gaming industry to its core.  Ng Wai Chung, a competitive Hearthstone player from Hong Kong, who goes by the name “Blitzchung,” called for the liberation ofContinue reading “The Politics of Esports and Blizzard’s Blitzchung Debacle”

Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan New Deck Archetypes

On the first of December, The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion was released for Blizzard’s Hearthstone. Featuring 132 new cards, this expansion will result in one of the largest active card pools Hearthstone has ever seen. In addition, this expansion features a number of new tri-class cards, capable of being utilized by any of theContinue reading “Hearthstone: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan New Deck Archetypes”

A Lot of People Are Playing Overwatch

Activision-Blizzard’s second quarterly earnings were released this week with a few nuggets of information on popular franchises under the Activision-Blizzard banner. Predictably, the enormous launch of Overwatch was a main focus of their second quarter earnings call and Q&A. So what have people been playing? Lets go over the numbers a little. Robert A. Kotick, President/CEOContinue reading “A Lot of People Are Playing Overwatch”

Card Games Without Randomness

Hearthstone is still massively popular today, almost two and a half years after its release. It has created a resurgence of the digital card game genre on its own. However, it has received many significant criticisms, the most common of which is of its dependence on RNG, or random number generation. Many matches are essentiallyContinue reading “Card Games Without Randomness”

Elder Scrolls Legends: Building a Rival

At this E3, 2016, there was more information released of Bethesda’s very own Online Card Game: Elder Scroll Legends. A game where you will be utilizing the heroes from Elder Scrolls history, the insidious monsters, and magical spells we are all familiar with will be used against other players in a battle of wits and skill.Continue reading “Elder Scrolls Legends: Building a Rival”

Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods Analysis Part 1 – Hello and Goodbye

Everyone! Get in here! It’s time for the first of a multi-article series on Hearthstone! On April 26, Blizzard released its much-advertised new expansion to its trading card game, titled Whispers of the Old Gods. It can also be the expansion that guarantees Andrey Nolden many more years of YouTube employment. Introducing the four godsContinue reading “Hearthstone: Whispers of the Old Gods Analysis Part 1 – Hello and Goodbye”

Blizzard Calls Canceled MMO Project Titan an “Utter Failure”

Blizzard’s longtime secretive MMO referred to as Project Titan was canceled in 2014 despite nearly a decade’s worth of hype and seven years of development. Gamespot recently spoke with Blizzard game designer Jeff Kaplan, who spoke very frankly about the game’s development. Stating that Project Titan’s development team “failed horrifically”, it comes as a surpriseContinue reading “Blizzard Calls Canceled MMO Project Titan an “Utter Failure””

Expansion for Hearthstone Fills the Decks on April 26

Good news for all those that play Blizzard’s online card game, Hearthstone! The release date for Hearthstone’s expansion has been announced and will be available in all American regions April 26. Release dates for Europe and Asia are scheduled to occur a day later, on the 27th. Filled with all sorts of creepy crawler corruptions, WhispersContinue reading “Expansion for Hearthstone Fills the Decks on April 26”

Hearthstone Whisper of the Gods Expansion Coming Soon

At the 2016 Americas Winter Championships for the trading card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard also took an opportunity to announce its latest expansion: Whisper of the Gods. The new expansion comes out in April or May, and will feature 134 new cards to the expanding roster of cards. The latest cards will beContinue reading “Hearthstone Whisper of the Gods Expansion Coming Soon”

Review – Spellweaver (PC)

“Hearthstone meets Magic the Gathering”- this was the first sentence from the PR pitch I received, yet supposedly, it came from an early previewer of the latest online CCG Spellweaver. Although it bills itself as a Trading Card Game, there’s no trading, much like Hearthstone, once again relying on a kind of card-recycling crafting system. Immediately IContinue reading “Review – Spellweaver (PC)”

Hearthstone Introduces New Play Format, Standard, Coming Spring 2016

Well! Everyone, get in here! The tavern is getting some new refurbishments! It appears that Hearthstone is going full-blown Yu-Gi-Oh! on us. The development team from Blizzard Entertainment announced, earlier today, the beginning of a new game play format for their popular free-to-play trading card game. Starting in the spring, players will be able toContinue reading “Hearthstone Introduces New Play Format, Standard, Coming Spring 2016”

The Elder Scrolls Legends Delayed

Pete Hines, Bethesda’s VP of PR, replied to a fan’s tweet confirming The Elder Scrolls Legends would not be releasing in 2015. The Elder Scrolls Legends is a collectible card game scheduled for release on Windows machines and iOS. Developed by Dire Wolf Digital, The Elder Scrolls Legends was announced at E3 2015 as a Hearthstone competitor set inContinue reading “The Elder Scrolls Legends Delayed”