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  1. Gamers Beware, the Great World of Warcraft Name Purge Is Coming

    LLLEEEEROYYYY JENKINS

    Blizzard has announced that when the next World of Warcraft patch comes out, a whole bunch of old usernames will go the way of the dodo. Hey, as long as Everquest leaves the Half-Elf warrior I got to level three back in high school alone, I'm fine.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Idris Elba DJing While Dressed as Superman

    Things We Saw Today

    The man of tomorrow. (Tor)

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  3. Activision Blizzard Buys Freedom From Parent Company, Goes Its Own Way

    Maybe this change will make Blizzard more likely to release things in a timely fashion? No, just kidding, it won't.

    Today in the world of money, gaming powerhouse Activision Blizzard has announced plans to buy itself from parent company Vivendi Universal in a two-part stock deal. When the dust settles, almost $8.2 billion of stock will have changed hands, leaving Activision Blizzard free to go its own way. We kinda suspect the new company will do OK.

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  4. Diablo III Still Coming to Current Consoles for Some Reason, Will Release September 3rd

    Please don't play this on consoles. It'll only encourage them.

    Diablo III keeps having economy issues on the PC, so of course it's only appropriate to keep chugging along with the console version, right? Right. That's apparently the thinking at Blizzard, as Diablo III is set to release on September 3rd for PS3 and Xbox 360. It's currently unclear when it'll drop on next-gen consoles, but it's not improbable that we'll hear in the coming week.

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  5. Blizzard Scraps Development Team On ‘Titan’ MMO

    I don't know if it's possible for an unannounced project to become more unannounced, but if it is, that just happened.

    Blizzard's upcoming MMO project -- known only by its codename 'Titan' -- has been the subject of plenty of speculation and anticipation. Gamers may want to tamp down their anticipation, though, as it looks like we have one more hard fact to go on about the project today, and it's not an encouraging one. According to VentureBeat, Blizzard has scrapped the all-star, 100-person-strong development team that developing the game, reassigning more than 70 staff members to other projects while the remaining staff reboots 'Titan' from scratch.

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  6. All Hail The Queen: Kerrigan Returns With A Vengeance In StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

    Review

    (Minor spoilers ahead.) Sarah Kerrigan sits in a high-security research lab, obediently following Prince Valerian’s instructions. To assess how much of the Zerg mutagen is left in her system, he asks her to psionically control a drone in a chamber nearby. This is, of course, the tutorial mission, but there’s more going on here than a lesson in unit control. Kerrigan does as she’s told, but her tone is dangerously apathetic. “You know this is going to end badly, right?” she says. There’s a hint of laughter in her words, condescending and bored. Valerian is not the one in control here. When will these people ever learn that underestimating Kerrigan is a very stupid idea?

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  7. Latest StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Trailer Leaves Us Wanting [Video]

    I'm not going to pretend I know a whole bunch about StarCraft. For whatever reason, it was just one of those franchises I managed to avoid entirely during my formative years. When it came to strategy games, my cup of tea was always Red Alert 2 or one of the Total War installments from Creative Assembly. Also, Age of Empires. That said, Blizzard's latest trailer for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, dubbed "Vengeance," has seriously made me want to start paying attention.

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  8. StarCraft II: Flashpoint Sets The Stage For Sarah Kerrigan’s Comeback Tour

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    There are few video game characters from my formative years that I regard as highly as Kerrigan. She was complex and unforgettable, the sort of villain who makes you forget that you’re supposed to root for the good guys. To this day, I can’t help but feel awe when remembering the emergence of the Queen of Blades. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, on the other hand, left me unimpressed. Naturally, the Zerg were going to get stomped, but to see that brilliant character stripped of her power, both literally and figuratively, then carried off into the sunset by her former boyfriend — come on. Kerrigan deserves better than that. The trailers for SCII’s upcoming expansion, Heart of the Swarm, seem to agree, pointing toward a vengeful reclamation of the leaderless broods. While the expansion's release is still a few weeks out, tie-in novel StarCraft II: Flashpoint, written by Christie Golden, raises some interesting questions about how Kerrigan’s next chapter will unfold (minor spoilers ahead).

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  9. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Opening Cinematic Reminds Us Why We Love Blizzard

    Sure, Blizzard's notorious for running late with products. Okay, maybe Activision is willing to gouge players to the absolute breaking point. Still, there's a reason folks have come back to franchises like Diablo, Warcraft, and StarCraft time and time again. Even if that relationship should sour over time, let it not be said that the people at Blizzard weren't capable of wonders when it came to cinematic sequences. Case in point, the opening cinematic for StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm dropped today, and it's just about as beautiful as anyone could hope.

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  10. World of Warcraft Players Break Fundraising Record for Hurricane Sandy Relief

    World of Warcraft is a community as much as it is a game, and sometimes that community has been called on to help out the real world. Blizzard, the company behind WoW, has hosted fundraising efforts in the past for charities like St. Jude Children's Hospital, the Make a Wish Foundation, and even the relief effort after the devastating 2011 tsunami in Japan. Their latest call to action for players has broken all of their previous fundraising records. Blizzard announced last week that World of Warcraft players have raised $2.3 million dollars for Hurricane Sandy relief.

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