All World of Warcraft Expansions are Now Free (kind of)

Did you ever wanted to try World of Warcraft but the subscription fee seemed just too high? Well tough luck as that silly old-school practice is still in place. Thankfully Blizzard decided to throw other bad practice out of the window, in a sense, as now all the WoW expansions are free for the subscribersContinue reading “All World of Warcraft Expansions are Now Free (kind of)”

Corrupted Blood: From Video Game to Real Life

I have talked a lot about how games and science are heavily interconnected. I’ve covered the various studies focused on video games and gamers; as well as the way gamers help to make massive scientific breakthroughs. However, the link between science and gaming goes even deeper. We have all heard of simulation games. Video games like TheContinue reading “Corrupted Blood: From Video Game to Real Life”

WoW’s Community Managers Deserve Respect

World of Warcraft (WoW) players might have heard of Community Managers (CMs). They can be seen posting on forums, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more. It’s not uncommon for players have an incomplete understanding of what CMs do. Community Managers are far from exclusive to WoW. Community is a vital part of every brand, meaning that CMsContinue reading “WoW’s Community Managers Deserve Respect”

World of Warcraft’s Patch 7.1.5 Release Date Announced

The eagerly-awaited Patch 7.1.5 is finally set to hit live World of Warcraft servers on January 10th. 7.1.5 was announced back in November during Blizzcon and hit Public Test Realms not long after that. This announcement came on the heels of Patch 7.1.0’s release, proving Blizzard has every intention on sticking to their commitment ofContinue reading “World of Warcraft’s Patch 7.1.5 Release Date Announced”

Gaming For A Cause: The Annual Icecrown Challenge

If there’s one thing we’ve seen about the online gaming community in recent years, it’s that they can move mountains when they work together. The World of Warcraft community is in the midst of the Third Annual Icecrown Challenge. Started by Arcane Ratsel, the Icecrown Challenge dares players to speedrun a dungeon from the WrathContinue reading “Gaming For A Cause: The Annual Icecrown Challenge”

Gamescom 2016: World of Warcraft Legion: Patch 7.1 Detailed

With World of Warcraft’s sixth expansion just a few weeks away, Blizzard is already debuting footage from Legion’s first major patch: Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan. In a stream with popular WoW Twitch streamer, Slootbag, Blizzard’s WoW Assistant Game Director, Ion Hazzikostas, most commonly known as WatcherDev, detailed the upcoming patch to the acclaimed MMO. TheContinue reading “Gamescom 2016: World of Warcraft Legion: Patch 7.1 Detailed”

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”

Blizzard Declines to Continue Legacy World of Warcraft Servers, For Now

Fans of World of Warcraft, especially its original incarnation of Azeroth, have no doubt followed the story behind the private server Nostalrius. Not too long ago, we covered a brief of the story and summarized events while they were still coming out. Recently, the development team behind Nostalrius met with the World of Warcraft developmentContinue reading “Blizzard Declines to Continue Legacy World of Warcraft Servers, For Now”

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””

Release Date for World of Warcraft: Legion Announced

Today Blizzard unveiled that their latest expansion, World of Warcraft: Legion will hit store shelves on August 30th. This comes on the heels of speculation about the release of the game in recent weeks by retailers and consumers alike. In a press release Blizzard stated, “The great enemy of Azeroth is back, and soon the kingdomsContinue reading “Release Date for World of Warcraft: Legion Announced”

The Strange Tale and the Aftermath of Nostalrius, and the Questions It Brings

The scope of MMOs has rapidly changed in the past few years. World of Warcraft was considered the pioneer of MMOs, with over 12 million players at its peak. The game was well-received for its focus on bringing the community together for events and the sense of bonding that could be found over the game’sContinue reading “The Strange Tale and the Aftermath of Nostalrius, and the Questions It Brings”

World of Warcraft Subscriptions Continue to Dive

Blizzard’s MMO juggernaut, World of Warcraft, is experiencing a gradual decline in its player base. Quarterly reports from Blizzard are usually accompanied by a subscriber count, with the most recent report revealing a 5.5 million strong player base. While this is by all means still a strong foundation, it marks the lowest number of concurrentContinue reading “World of Warcraft Subscriptions Continue to Dive”