World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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FeatureWorld of Warcraft and the masterplan for Sylvanas

"I've heard on the internet 'she's going off the rails', but is she?"

VideoWorld of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.3 trailer

Fight Deathwing in the Hour Of Twilight.

FeatureKilling Deathwing in WOW Patch 4.3

Blizzard's Tom Chilton tells us all about it.

Key events

16th December 2011

Blizzard announces BattleTags

19th September 2011

WOW Patch 4.3 hits PTR "soon"

7th February 2011

BlizzCon 2011 dates announced

24th December 2010

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

13th December 2010

Cataclysm sales are wow

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BlizzCon 2019 dates and collectibles announced

Won't be able to get there on footman.

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FeatureWorld of Warcraft and the masterplan for Sylvanas

"I've heard on the internet 'she's going off the rails', but is she?"

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FeatureHow World of Warcraft is changing Warcraft 3: Reforged

A simple remake wouldn't have taken Arthas long.

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Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime steps down

Statements mention "several new games" in development.

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FeatureFace to face with the President of Virtual Reality

"I am championing the rights of the people."

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How the unofficial World of Warcraft projects reacted to WOW Classic

And now the crusade is over, what will they do?

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World PvP is making a long overdue comeback in World of Warcraft

"You might feel it hasn't been treated with the respect it deserves..."

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Blizzard is officially doing classic, vanilla, legacy World of Warcraft servers

"Fans of World of Warcraft around the world we hear you."

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World of Warcraft dominates BlizzCon 2017 schedule, wink wink nudge nudge

But there will be no Diablo announcements this year.

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Battle.net renamed Blizzard Battle.net

Bigger name change rejected, new logo erected.

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Blizzard says cheerio to Battle.net branding

Remember when it launched with Diablo 20 years ago?

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Blizzard story overlord Chris Metzen retires aged 42

"I won't lie - it's going to be really hard stepping away."

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Why Blizzard can't please everyone playing World of Warcraft

"I know it often can seem like we don't listen."

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Blizzard responds to WOW Nostalrius pirate/private server closure

"We have been discussing classic servers for years..."

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Blizzard fundamentally overhauling World of Warcraft PVP for Legion

Equipment stats nullified for battles, Honor system completely reworked. And Prestige.

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Blizzard will no longer report World of Warcraft subscriber numbers

"There are other metrics that are better indicators of the overall business."

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FeatureWatch Blizzard's reveal of the next World of Warcraft expansion here

As WOW's subscriber numbers tumble, can Blizzard stop the slide?

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New World of Warcraft expansion to be revealed next week

UPDATE: Now with additional video speculation. Whither BlizzCon?

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Warcraft movie footage leaks from Comic-Con

Director says it's nearly finished, and talks about a trilogy.

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Soar over Azeroth in the Warcraft movie's interactive VR trailer

See all 360 degrees of Stormwind from aboard a gryphon.

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The very first screenshots of World of Warcraft

And of the 60-person team that built it.

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WOW: Leeroy Jenkins happened 10 years ago

A video that became a meme that became legend.

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Warcraft movie slips 3 months to June 2016

Problem with elf and safety?

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WoW Tokens launch tomorrow in Europe

30 days for 15 or auctioned off at 35K gold.

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$20 WOW Token gold value drops nearly a third in a day

Handy web-tracker plots graph in real-time.

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World of Warcraft Tokens are arriving today in the Americas

Buy 30 days of game-time for $20 or 30,000 gold.

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Special World of Warcraft gift for 10-year subscribers

A bronze replica of the statue at Blizzard HQ, it seems.

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Watch and absorb the entire lore of Warcraft

Ever wondered who that Hearthstone character is?

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Blizzard warns WoW players to watch out for a Trojan

UPDATE: It came from a fake version of Curse Client.

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World of Warcraft movie postponed to March 2016

To avoid coming out the same day as Star Wars.

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Blizzard rules out free-to-play World of Warcraft

"It's not something we're currently considering."

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Diablo 3 has sold over 14 million copies across all versions

World of Warcraft suffers slight subscriber dip.

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Is Warlords of Draenor the next WOW expansion?

Time travel, Grom Hellscream and Kil'Jaeden?

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World of Warcraft Connected Realms to launch after Patch 5.4

To combat "less-than-optimal play experience" for those on less popular realms.

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Cyber psychologist calls on MMORPG developers to shorten long quests

To help prevent addiction and potential government intervention.

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Blizzard's Titan unlikely to be a subscription MMO

"Re-envisioning what we want the game to be."

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FeatureThe story of a raiding guild with a PR but no game

Dedicated, professional and putting in upwards of 25 hours a week, Enigma's a tribe without a home.

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Activision Blizzard buys independence from Vivendi

"Tremendous opportunity" costs $8.2 billion.

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Blizzard confirms in-game micro-transactions for World of Warcraft

But controversial levelling, charm buffs just for Asian regions "at the outset".

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Blizzard considering in-game micro-transactions for World of Warcraft

Player concern over potential pay to win advantage.

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FeatureHave traditional MMOs had their time?

And what do we make of the shared-world games and MOBAs that have risen up to replace them?

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Blizzard issues security warning after World of Warcraft suffers increase in unauthorised account logins

Web and mobile auction house taken offline for emergency maintenance.

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World of Warcraft subscriptions drop 1.3 million in three months

Skylanders: Giants is the best-selling game in the west... if you count the figurines.

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$175 BlizzCon 2013 tickets on sale in two batches later this month

$500 charity dinner tickets up for grabs, too.

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BlizzCon 2013 announced for early November

Diablo 3 and WOW expansions? Blizzard All-Stars?

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Activision casts doubt on 2013 release for Bungie's Destiny

Plus: 12 million Diablo 3 sales, 9.6m WOW subs and "disappointment" at Wii U launch.

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US Senate candidate criticised for playing WoW

"Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world."

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World of Warcraft movie gets a new writer

Penned by the man behind Blood Diamond and The Mighty.

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Steam on GNU/Linux: Do non-free DRM games defeat the point?

GNU creator says it's "unethical", but that pros outweigh the cons.

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Hollywood's Sam Raimi not directing World of Warcraft movie any longer

Project has a new, unknown helmsman, apparently.

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Glitch dev turns World of Warcraft into Google Maps

World of MapCraft a full set of zoom-able "slippy maps".

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WOW Leeroy Jenkins moment re-imagined as short film

In a modern day city, a bank robbery is about to go down.

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Blizzard acknowledges Star Wars: The Old Republic's impact on WOW

Subs dip "has to at least be attributable to SWTOR".

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Blizzard hasn't given up getting WOW running on iPhone

"The world is evolving towards that little handheld device."

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Blizzard tempts WOW players back with Scroll of Resurrection

Auto level 80, free Cataclysm, faction/realm swap, game time.

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FeatureBuilding Better Worlds - an MMO Tale

From the archive: If you come at the king, you best not miss.

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Blizzard announces BattleTags

A unified nickname for players on Battle.net.

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World of Warcraft patch 4.3 Hour of Twilight notes

Deathwing death! Class changes! New things!

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VideoWorld of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.3 trailer

Fight Deathwing in the Hour Of Twilight.

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World of Warcraft subscribers fall to 10.3 million

Down 1.7 million since October 2010.

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Diablo 3 to be free with WOW Annual Pass

12-month subs also guarantee WOW beta.

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Blizzard sells server blades for charity

Original WOW hardware up for grabs.

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WOW Guardian Cub enables gold buying

"Safe, secure" alternative to 3rd parties.

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Why subs-based MMOs have a future

Mythic founder senses shift away from F2P.

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Foo Fighters to close out BlizzCon 2011

Grohl to serenade Warcrafters next month.

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WOW Patch 4.3 hits PTR "soon"

"Within a couple of weeks."

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FeatureKilling Deathwing in WOW Patch 4.3

Blizzard's Tom Chilton tells us all about it.

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World of Warcraft patch 4.3 screens

Taking the fight to Deathwing.

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Money from MMO subs begins to decline

For the first time in recent memory.

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World of Warcraft update screens

Thrall questline, Firelands raid pictured.

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World of Warcraft update 4.3 detailed

Deathwing raid, Transmogrifier headline.

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New World of Warcraft mouse costs 70

SteelSeries Legendary Ed. out next month.

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Cenarion Hatchling nets 1m for tsunami

World of Warcraft fans do their bit.

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World of Warcraft subscribers dip again

Bigger-than-Firelands update coming 2011.

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Games taken off shelves after Oslo killings

Coop Norway de-lists 51 titles, inc. COD.

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World of Warcraft testing Real ID Party

Group with friends from any server.

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World of Warcraft patch 4.2 live today

Ragnaros! Tier 12! Season 10! Dragonwrath!

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Warcraft now free to trial to level 20

And subs get Burning Crusade for free.

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Blizzard interested in iOS devices

"If we could make the right game changes."

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Blizzard talks Titan development

WOW and Titan teams discuss ideas.

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VideoWorld of Warcraft patch 4.2 trailer

New quests, raids, armour incoming.

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Is video game addiction causing divorce?

Eurogamer investigates Daily Mail report.

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Firelands WOW 4.2 patch notes

Cataclysm dungeons nerfed?

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World of Warcraft subscribers decrease

12 million pre-Cataclysm, 11.4 million now.

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Activision Q1 2011: $1.4 billion

Black Ops First Strike passes 3 million.

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VideoMore Warcraft patch 4.2 footage

Daily quest details revealed.

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VideoWarcraft patch 4.2 gameplay trailer

Preview the upcoming update's raids.

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Blizzard details Warcraft 4.2 update

Firelands, encounter journal, new quests due.

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VideoWorld of Warcraft patch 4.1 trailer

Witness the Rise of the Zandalari.

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Blizzard playing Titan MMO already

"It's a total ball," says Paul Sams.

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Blizzard: WOW housing may never happen

Keeps falling off to-do list.

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Blizzard turns 20 years old

Morhaim and Pearce say thank you.

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Firelands raid will not be in WOW patch 4.1

Blizzard aims for smaller, more frequent patches.

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WOW patch 4.1 revamps Zul'Gurub/Aman

Back as five-man, level 85 affairs.

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EA: World of Warcraft a "silent movie"

And Star Wars: The Old Republic "is the first talkie".

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Blizzard targets Warcraft gold sellers

Merchants threatened with PayPal ban.

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Blizzard has World of StarCraft trademark

But popular mod allowed to live on.

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Activision splats World of StarCraft mod

Creator has a thing or two to say.

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NPD: 360 enjoys best ever month in US

Plus: Just Dance 2 outsells Cataclysm.

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Blizzard nerfs Cataclysm dungeons

Patch 4.06 sends mixed messages.

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Blizz: Cataclysm dungeons not too hard

Get some skills, basically.

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WOW Cataclysm sells 4.7 million copies

In a month. PC gaming is dead.

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Win tons of World of Warcraft loot by dressing up

Eurogamer's first/last ever cosplay contest.

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Fan plays Cataclysm 149 hours a week

Average playtime up, says WOW stat-crunch.

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Cataclysm sales are wow

Blizzard does a Deathwing on record books.

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Game of the Week

That's great, it starts with an earthquake.

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VideoWarcraft: Cataclysm's Goblin intro

First 15 mins of Goblin commanding.

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FeatureRewriting the Rules

Cataclysm isn't just an expansion pack - it's a fundamental change to how MMOs are operated.

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VideoWarcraft: Cataclysm's Worgen intro

First 15 mins of beastie questing.

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Blizzard mulling 5-man Molten Core

Original 40-man WOW raid downsized.

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WOW voice chat needs a "revamp"

Blizzard "not super proud" of it.

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Smaller WOW expansions, more often?

Blizzard's considering it.

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FeatureThe Remaking of World of Warcraft

Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street and Dave Kosak on the launch of the new old WOW.

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FeatureWhat can topple World of Warcraft?

Rivals and analysts answer.

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UK game industry hits back at Panorama

"Playing games is a hobby."

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EverQuest II to get its own Cataclysm?

Sony: "We are looking at it closely."

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Blizzard: "Give the gift of Warcraft"

WOW cheap as chips for Christmas.

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WOW will be destroyed today

Plus: Tame raid boss Chromaggus.

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No COD on Battle.net any time soon

We're "two separate entities" - Blizz.

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WOW "sucked oxygen" from MMO subs

F2P or you'll be "skating up hill" - Cryptic.

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New Blizzard MMO won't replace WoW

Next game will go in "different directions".

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Blizzard: PC gaming "super healthy"

"It keeps on growing," says Pardo.

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Blizzard excited for fourth WOW expansion

Next-gen MMO dark till at least 2012.

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Old WOW dungeons revamped in patch 4.1

New dungeon, new raid, enhanced maps also.

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Pre-order Cataclysm direct from Blizz

Download in advance of launch.

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BlizzCon 2010 Conference

Diablo III's final class and PVP plans revealed.

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WoW: Cataclysm specs released

Blizzard lays out its demands.

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WOW mouse took two years to make

Blizzard helped craft 90 dream machine.

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Tenacious D to rock BlizzCon 2010

Get a Virtual Ticket for a pony.

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World of Warcraft movie on hold

Raimi to make Wizard of Oz flick instead.

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World of Warcraft hits 12m subscribers

World domination continues.

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BlizzCon schedule hints at Diablo focus

No sign of SCII: Heart of the Swarm.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm dated

The re-creation of Azeroth begins in Dec.

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EA responds to Bobby Kotick slur

COD destroyed by "Kotick's own hubris".

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WOW expansion finally launches in China

Nearly two years after Western release.

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Acti laments poor Blur, Singularity sales

Insists it marketed both appropriately.

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Acti: Cataclysm out this year

Blizzard says it'll be ready when it's ready.

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Blizzard "probably very arrogant" - Jagex

"Perhaps even over-self-assured."

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Battle.net's social goals are "no secret"

Blizzard answers Real ID questions.

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Blizzard scraps Real ID for its forums

"We will always appreciate the feedback."

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FeatureCommunity Chest

Blizzard's Real ID may be a misstep, but at least it's thinking about community, when many rivals aren't.

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Blizzard forums to require real names

Storm of protest over Battle.net Real ID.

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WOW Cataclysm closed beta begins

Who will spill the beans?

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

More is less is more.

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FeatureHow to make a Cataclysm

We meet the men tearing WOW to pieces: world guru Alex Afrasiabi and systems legend Greg Street.

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Over 3000 new quests in WOW: Cataclysm

But Paths of the Titans has been binned.

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WOW Cataclysm out in 2010 "if ready"

"If not, then we'll hold on to it." - Pearce.

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WOW's iPhone Auction House in beta

Will require extra subscription when live.

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BlizzCon 2010 ticket dates announced

Going for $150 in early June. Two batches.

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How to opt in for WOW Cataclysm beta

Linked Battle.net, WOW accounts required.

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$25 WOW horse makes millions

More of a macro-transaction, really.

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WOW Cataclysm class changes detailed

Blizzard overhauling across the board.

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WOW Cataclysm to begin beta soon?

Blizzard appears to be suggesting so.

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BlizzCon 2010 dated for October

Doesn't clash with Eurogamer Expo.

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Blizzard: console WOW still "unlikely"

A regular topic at HQ, says Brack.

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Activision: WOW could become "obsolete"

Blizzard behemoth not untouchable.

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Blizzard: 70% in WOW don't pass level 10

Has 11.5m subs. SCII closed beta in Feb.

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Access WOW auction house on iPhone, web

Blizzard planning "premium" Armory service.

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Warcraft movie still at script stage

Raimi may find something else to do first.

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WOW nearly out of woods in China

Sources say fine agreed, Lich King soon.

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Fugitive tracked down through WOW

Blizzard helps with manhunt.

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No WOW Lich King fight until April?

New Icecrown Citadel opening staggered.

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Euro WOW Lich King patch tomorrow

Fight end boss Arthas at last.

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Player clocks WOW achievements

MMO "completed" in Taiwan.

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Feature10 Moments That Made World of Warcraft

From the archive: Key events from WOW's first five years.

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Blizzard on 15 years of Warcraft, 5 of WOW

"You just don't know how it's going to do."

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Diablo III, new MMO in "next few years"

Blizzard's 2010 is StarCraft II and Cataclysm.

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BlizzCon moving to Vegas in July?

LVCC thinks so, Blizzard not so sure.

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Battle.net now required to play WOW

Merging accounts essential from today.

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Blizzard keen on WOW micro-transactions

Item sales will be purely optional, though.

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WOW patch 3.3 in "coming weeks"

What does that mean for Cataclysm?

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Blizzard opens WOW pet store

Buy yourself a sidekick for nine quid.

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WOW on shaky ground in China

Ordered to stop taking money and accounts.

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New WOW dungeon system detailed

As race-change feature goes live.

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WOW Battle.net deadline set

You've a month to merge accounts.

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Private Ryan writer on Warcraft film

Rumours of Lich King focus look unlikely.

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Cataclysm features Goblin GTA parody

WOW expansion scooped by PC Gamer.

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WOW patch returns Onyxia to power

Update 3.2.2 is alive and kicking.

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WOW's vital statistics revealed

Plus, Blizzard talks cancelled sci-fi RPG.

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WOW faction changes live in the US

$30 a pop. Race change coming soon.

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FeatureThe Real Cataclysm

Competitors hoping for WOW to decline should be careful what they wish for.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

The re-making of World of Warcraft.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Deathwing, is that you?

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Every old WOW zone to be revamped

And more endgame than ever before.

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WOW Cataclysm expansion unveiled

Goblins, Worgen, level cap at 85, more.

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BlizzCon 2009 conference

WOW Cataclysm! Diablo III Monk!