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Blizzard has been hit with a lawsuit over its $6.50 Battle.net Authenticator keychains that it sells online. According to the lawsuit, Blizzard makes millions of dollars by "deceptively and unfairly" charging customers for an after-sale security product, essentially shifting responsibility from the publisher to the consumer to protect their accounts from hackers. Even then, it doesn't always work, the lawsuit claims. "Most recently, on or about May 19, 2012, reports proliferated that class members' Battle.net accounts had suffered a security breach ('hack') at the hands of unknown parties ('hackers'),... Read more...
On Sunday at midnight, Activision Blizzard will release “Skylanders: Giants”, the sequel to the successful “Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventures”, and the company is hoping to strike gold with the kid’s game this holiday season. It certainly needs to, as Activision Blizzard has reportedly sunk tens of millions of dollars into the whole package. The game is delightful to play with elementary school-age kids and features small plastic figurines that you place on a “portal” which “teleports” the characters into the game. If you put more than one... Read more...
Guild Wars 2 has finally hit store shelves and the game, according to just about everyone, is a lot of fun. The full sequel to the popular game Guild Wars has been in development for a full five years; Guild Wars originally debuted in 2005. Today is the first day anyone could play; pre-orders were given a three day headstart that kicked off on the 25th. Like its predecessor, Guild Wars 2 is an MMO without a monthly subscription fee; character development and story arcs are handled by dynamic events rather than by static quests. Early reviews point towards a strong story, interesting crafting system,... Read more...
Diablo III's launch and first few weeks were a complete disappointment. Even once these problems were ironed out, a number of players complained about major balance problems at the Inferno difficulty level and the static, boring nature of the item hunt once you hit level 60. Blizzard previously acknowledged that the game, as it currently exists, wasn't living up to player expectations. Now the company has gone a step further and begun discussing what it plans to offer to rejuvenate gameplay and make the game more fun. Updated Features, Fresh Design Diablo III's attempt to balance MMO features with... Read more...
Blizzard announced yesterday that its popular Battle.net service has been compromised. The company's investigation is ongoing, but Blizzard has released some early details on what's been taken and what the theft means for its users. First off, the company doesn't believe any credit card information, Paypal addresses, or similar data was seized. No billing addresses or real names have been accessed, either. What was taken includes: Email addresses for non-Chinese Battle.net users Personal security questions and answers Information related to Mobile and dial-in Authenticators Cryptographically hashed... Read more...
Game developers Valve and Blizzard don't always see to eye-to-eye, such as when the two companies argued over which was the rightful owner of the DOTA (Defense of the Ancients) trademark. But one thing they do agree on is that Windows 8 could be a "catastrophe" for PC gaming. Valve drew first blood against Microsoft's upcoming touch-friendly operating system when company founder Gabe Newell went on record calling Windows 8 "kind of a catastrophe for everybody in the PC space." Newell believes the industry will lose some top-tier PC/OEMs when Windows 8 arrives, and because of that, Valve is looking... Read more...
Diablo III isn't just a game -- it's a sequel, a social service, and a financial experiment all wrapped up in one. We've discussed the game's structure and balance in our extensive preview as well as its security problems earlier this week. Diablo III will likely go down as one of the most polarizing games of 2012. What follows is a detailed examination of the game's best attributes and a frank discussion of its failures. Sometimes Michael Bay gives us Transformers, sometimes Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.  Yeah, it's kinda like that...... Read more...
Diablo III isn't just a game -- it's a sequel, a social service, and a financial experiment all wrapped up in one. We've discussed the game's structure and balance in our extensive preview as well as its security problems earlier this week. The third part of the game -- the Real (Money) Auction House, or RAH -- won't debut until May 29 at the earliest and therefore won't be covered here.  Diablo III will likely go down as one of the most polarizing games of 2012. What follows is a detailed examination of the game's best attributes and a frank discussion of its failures. Diablo III: Graphics,... Read more...
This is one of those little tidbits that breaks like a tactical nuke, not because it's a major policy change, but because the company in question has just revealed an astonishing degree of stupidity and is blissfully ignorant of it. In the wake of massive hacks, Blizzard released a statement reassuring world+dog that it takes our account security very seriously. That's why Battle.net passwords are all case insensitive! Wait, what? Yup! Check this out. These screenshots brought to you buy Vasadan, official Blizzard Quality Assurance staff. The original thread is here, but we wouldn't expect it to... Read more...
Diablo 3 players don't need any more bad news. The game is already staggering from a debut marred by enormous lag spikes, dropped games, and auction house errors. Now, widespread allegations of hacking are taking further chunks out of Blizzard's hide. This time though, there's an added twist: A significant number of those hacked claimed to be using Blizzard Authenticators. This has led to counterclaims that the victims must be lying, as well as a great deal of confused discussion over whether or not such a thing is even possible. To that end, there's something all of you need to understand up front.... Read more...
Diablo 3 players don't need any more bad news. The game is already staggering from a debut marred by enormous lag spikes, dropped games, and auction house errors. Now, widespread allegations of hacking are taking further chunks out of Blizzard's hide. This time though, there's an added twist: A significant number of those hacked claimed to be using Blizzard Authenticators. This has led to counterclaims that the victims must be lying, as well as a great deal of confused discussion over whether or not such a thing is even possible. To that end, there's something all of you need to understand up front.... Read more...
If it's been a long an stressful work week and you're in need of a hack-n-slash fix before starting it all anew on Monday, Blizzard has some good news. Diablo III will be available as an open beta this weekend starting today (Friday, April 20) at 12:01 PM PDT and going until Monday morning (April 23) at 10:00 AM PDT. "We're pleased to announce the Diablo III open beta weekend, which offers open access to all players with a valid Battle.net account!," Blizzard said in a blog post. "Beginning this Friday everyone is invited to log in and help us put the game and servers through their paces in this... Read more...
Diablo III is the sequel to one of the most popular games of all time; its launch on May 15 could cripple college graduation rates, triple the number of insomniacs worldwide, and slash national productivity. Believe us--we know. We've spent about six weeks with the beta and have just recently escaped from Khanduras to detail our findings. This time, there's a twist, however. Our preview is written in two parts; a big-picture examination of the game and a fine-grained, behind-the-scenes look at how Diablo 3 deals with some of the problems and design flaws endemic to its predecessor... Seeking Sanctuary:... Read more...
Diablo III is the sequel to one of the most popular games of all time; its launch on May 15 could cripple college graduation rates, triple the number of insomniacs worldwide, and slash national productivity. Believe us--we know. We've spent about six weeks with the beta and have just recently escaped from Khanduras to detail our findings. This time, there's a twist, however. Our preview is written in two parts; a big-picture examination of the game and a fine-grained, behind-the-scenes look at how Diablo 3 deals with some of the problems and design flaws endemic to its predecessor. End of Days... Read more...
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