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Consoles

World of Warcraft Classic and Battle for Azeroth Expansion Announced

World of Warcraft Classic, a server that will run the classic, vanilla version of the game was announced at BlizzCon 2017. No release date was given for the server, but it’s in development.

After the reveal of the vanilla server, the latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth was announced. It will expand the story in the battle between the Horde and the Alliance. The trailer showed off a new continent and the evolving conflict between the two factions. Battle for Azeroth will feature new dungeons, warfronts, allied races, raids, and uncharted areas to explore. More information will be revealed in upcoming WOW panels during BlizzCon. The new expansion is also playable for people at the show.

The World of Warcraft portion of the opening ceremony closed with the reveal of the opening cinematic for Battle of Azeroth.

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Conventions

BlizzCon Touches Down in Anaheim This Weekend

BlizzCon 2016, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming festival, returns Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California! This year’s sold-out show marks the 10th BlizzCon celebration and commemorates Blizzard’s 25th anniversary, and gamers around the world can be part of the fun with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket—available to order now at www.blizzcon.com .

This year’s BlizzCon features a variety of events and activities, including developer discussion panels, epic esports tournaments, incredible community-created movies, art, and costumes, and a performance by legendary Grammy-winning pop parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic.

“We can’t wait to celebrate 25 years of Blizzard games with everyone at this year’s BlizzCon,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’ll have world-class esports action throughout the weekend, the latest news to share about our games, and fellow geek Weird Al joining us for a concert during the closing ceremony. We’re excited to meet up with our friends and fellow gamers from across the globe.”

This year’s BlizzCon will be jam-packed with epic events and activities from beginning to end, including:

Opening Ceremony

Join us Friday at 11 a.m. PST as the BlizzCon festivities kick off with the opening ceremony. Hear updates on Blizzard’s development plans, and catch it online free at www.blizzcon.com .

Blizzard Esports Global Finals

BlizzCon Opening Week has come to a close, but that was just the beginning—now it’s time for the finalists to battle it out for the Championships! Starting Friday morning, tune in for the final rounds of the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, the Overwatch World Cup, the Hearthstone World Championship, the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals, and the Heroes of the Storm Fall Championship! This year, esports aficionados everywhere can watch the Blizzard esports championships for free on Twitch (www.twitch.tv/blizzcon ), on MLG.tv (www.majorleaguegaming.com/blizzcon ), and on www.blizzcon.com . Visit www.blizzcon.com/esports for more information.

Community Contests

Starting Saturday at 6 p.m., join us for a crazy night of community contests—including the Costume Contest, Art Contest, Talent Contest, and Movie Contest—hosted by comedian Thomas Middleditch from HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Developer Panels

Go behind-the-scenes with your favorite Blizzard games in developer panels throughout both days of the show. You can be among the first to learn about upcoming content for Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and Diablo III, and join the celebration of two major milestones with Blizzard’s 25th Anniversary Panel and Diablo’s 20th Anniversary Panel. Take a peek at the complete schedule at www.blizzcon.com/schedule .

On-Site Activities and BlizzCon Sponsor Booths

Everyone attending in person can explore a variety of events and activities, including the Hearthstone Tavern and the Darkmoon Faire on the third floor of the convention center. This year’s Darkmoon Faire features the Community Amphitheater, the Voice Actor Stage, the Creative Collective Stage, and more.

BlizzCon wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the event’s sponsors, who help provide hardware, peripherals, and other support for the show. Attendees are invited to visit our partners’ booths around the show floor for prizes, contests, and giveaways, including:

  • ASUS: Play Find-the-Robot in VR or play games to win great ASUS, Intel, and Newegg prizes from the ROG vending machine, including motherboard/CPU combos, SSDs, and gaming laptops.

 

  • Corsair: Snap a pic in the prop-filled Overwatch photo booth, take a selfie with a community star, or enter to win a shirt, poster, or even a custom Warcraft-modded Crystal 460X RGB Case PC.

 

  • Newegg: Catch fun informational sessions on PC building, get some esports coaching, or enter to win a VR-ready computer system.

 

  • NVIDIA: Check out Blizzard games running on GeForce GTX 10 series GPUs, a Google Tilt Brush VR experience, signing opportunities with esports and community personalities, and lots of prizes.

 

  • Razer: Visit the Razer booth for the chance to win a Blade gaming laptop, Overwatch products, and more.

 

  • Rosewill: Stop by for exclusive giveaways, ranging from RGB gaming keyboards and Overwatch-themed collectibles to a custom Widowmaker-themed Cullinan case.

 

  • T-Mobile: Visit the Un-carrier Lounge to charge your device, stop by the GIF photo booth to pose with an Overwatch hero, and watch the Overwatch World Cup live stream. Everyone’s invited to vote for the tournament MVP using #TMobileMVP and the player’s BattleTag on Twitter.

Although BlizzCon tickets have sold out, viewers can still join the excitement from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket (£24.99), which offers comprehensive live online coverage of both days of the event—including the community contests on Friday evening and Weird Al’s performance at the closing ceremony, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Virtual Ticket holders will also receive a treasure trove of in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and StarCraft II.

Attendees and Virtual Ticket viewers alike can download the BlizzCon Guide Mobile App, available free for Android and iOS devices, and use it to plan their day, map a route through the convention center, and even watch live streams.

Check out a preview of what is in store for BlizzCon 2016 below:

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Opinions

MMOs Are For Children

I have played my fair share of MMOs. Whether it was a dabble in Age of Wushu, the moderate amount of time I played the Old Republic and Lord of the Rings Online, or the years I spent on World of Warcraft. While I don’t regret any of the copious amount of time I spent on them, I have come to one irrefutable fact; MMOs are for children.

Massive Multiplayer Online games have become very popular recently and there are different ones in almost every genre from fantasy to martial arts and every mix thereof. The few main things that they all seem to share is some kind of free trial and paid subscription, advancement relies on time spent in-game, and need of groups of players to complete the best/hardest content. All of these things point towards a younger demographic.

Boys

Most MMOs now say they are “free to play” but it is more like “free to play until level 20 or so.” Once you reach that point they either kick you off until you buy a subscription or force you to buy “quest packs” to give you the quests for a range of levels like level 20 to level 30. I think that this is a clear ploy to get gamers addicted to the game and coerce them to pay to keep playing. I can honestly say that MMOs have been some of the most addicting games I have played and are by far the games that envelop the gamer in their respective universes the most. Because of this, once the gamer gets a taste (such as from a free trial) the $15 a month, or whatever the charge, doesn’t seem like anything anymore.

For better items, gear, weapons, etc. in MMOs usually dungeons or raids are involved. In order to play through them, the gamer has to grab gamer buddies, or stranger, and cooperate to defeat the respective bosses. While forcing group play may not seem like a big deal, it gives advantage to less skillful players. Instead of relying on your individual skill to complete parts of the game, like every other genre of video game, you rely on the average level of the group. This means that a terrible player can get the same loot and experience that the great players paving the way are getting. Children can get far in MMOs on nothing more but their time and riding on others’ coattails.

Kid

The fact that time is the main advancement tool in all MMOs is the biggest problem. I don’t care how skilled you are or what specific MMO you are playing, if you only have an hour a day to play you will never be at the same level as a bad player who has 6+ hours a day to devote to it. It just can’t be done. Children who have an internet connection and all the time on the world outnumber and outgear us mostly responsible, job holding, adult gamers. The fact that you are basically paying for time to play an MMO reinforces the fact that the more time you spend in the game the better off you will be ingame. This opposed to almost every other genre of video game where skill alone determines how far into the game you will get.

The gameplay of MMOs usually do not even call for any amount of skill to advance your character. Most have the same kind of quests like “kill this many enemies” or “collect this many pink flowers.” It really is just time consuming, but the ease can make it addicting when playing because you lose track of the amount of time you are spending on all these little quests. Children with nothing occupying their days can breeze through these while everyone has to crawl through them.

Girl

I remember spending more time than I’m willing to admit plugging away saving some lady’s kittens or collecting bear hearts when I did not have responsibilities to weigh me down. I always found MMOs fun and I miss my characters every now and then, but I am much better spending my time beating a game in a reasonable amount of time because I am good at it than raid endlessly in distant lands. It is better to leave MMOs to the children.

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Podcasts Press X To Win

Press X To Win 21 – Gamescom Extravaganza!

On this weeks episode of Press X, the crew talks about all of the announcements at Gamescom, including a classic Jake rant about the new WoW expansion. Even the Sony fanboy has something nice to say about Microsoft! Then we go over esports. Good? Bad? What the hell is an esport? Find out on this weeks Press X To Win.

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