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  1. Overwatch Commits To Body Diversity With New Female Character Who Could Totally Bench Press You

    I think I'm in love???

    We're admittedly pretty pumped for the diverse roster we saw in the last Overwatch trailer, but one thing still worried us: the lack of body diversity among their female characters, who underneath all the armor appeared to share the same "generic sexy thin-framed game lady" build with one another. Well, good news! Blizzard has heard our concerns, and their latest  is exactly what we were looking for—somebody ripped as hell.

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  2. New Trailers for Overwatch Are Surprisingly, Refreshingly Diverse

    And the world hasn't ended yet!

    Sure, Overwatch sort of looks like Destiny meets Team Fortress meets League of Legends, but damn it if the characters they've introduced here haven't won me over. Here is a summary of my thought process: "Oh, future Egypt, that's neat. Cool, they started with a female character. Wait, there's another one now and... I think she's Indian? WAIT, now there's third one with an Arabic name? THREE LADIES IN A ROW??? WHAT IS HAPPEN."

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

    Things We Saw Today

    The man of tomorrow. (Tor)

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. StarCraft II: Flashpoint Sets The Stage For Sarah Kerrigan’s Comeback Tour

    Review

    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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. Plush Diablo and Tyrael Make for the Cuddliest War of Heaven Ever

    Do Try This At Home

    Any casual observer of video games can figure out that the demon lord Diablo is the big bad of the Diablo games. Players will also be familiar with the angel Tyrael, one of mankind's only allies. And as for that halberd weilding cow, well. There is no cow level. These Diablo, Tyrael, and Cow plushies were created by Arixystix, and while she has no plans to sell them on her Etsy shop, she's thinking about selling a pattern for the Diablo. In the meantime, crafty Blizzard fans can get their hands on the pattern for this plush StarCraft Overlord. (via Nerd Approved.)

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  14. Gamers’ Lawsuit Goes After Blizzard Over Battle.Net Authenticator System

    In the wake of a series of invasive hacks earlier this year, Battle.Net users are taking their anger and frustration out on Blizzard with a new class action lawsuit. While lawsuits are par for the course when it comes to potentially leaking users' credit card information, it seems that WoW and Diablo III fans are enraged over a different aspect of the scandal. Rather than focusing on the allegedly lackluster security of Battle.Net, users are suing over the fact that Blizzard tried to take advantage of the event by strongly recommending that insecure users buy the Battle.Net authenticator, a little keychain dongle that generates random passwords for players' accounts.

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  15. StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm to Miss 2012, but Did You Expect Anything Else?

    In an Activision earnings call earlier today, Blizzard honcho Mike Morhaime crushed all of our hopes and dreams and noted that the second third of StarCraft II, Heart of the Swarm, will miss 2012 and release sometime in the early part of 2013.

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  16. World of Warcraft Sees Cities Nuked by Hacker, Surprisingly Not a Plague-Related Event

    Every so often, a glitch or exploit will be discovered that causes massive amounts of World of Warcraft folks to die. This typically has something to do with incorrectly set flags, or similar circumstances, that then cause a chain reaction as more folks exacerbate the problem. It wasn't that long ago that Death Knights found they could cast their plagues on friendly units and caused a mass extinction of their own. Yesterday, an exploit was used to fly around killing everyone in range, thus nuking entire cities across multiple servers.

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  17. Death Knight’s Plague Rips The World of Warcraft to Shreds

    A bug in World of Warcraft allowed Death Knight players to cast plagues on friendly characters, triggering untold levels of destruction in Azeroth on Friday night. Players looking to enjoy a regular raiding, looting, questing session of WoW may have been met with a rude awakening when they logged on to find that whole towns of players and NPCs had been turned into piles of bones.

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  18. Say Cheese: Blizzard Covertly Watermarking World of Warcraft Screenshots

    Getting a quick self portrait of your World of Warcraft toon in some newly minted gear. We've all been there, posing for posterity. Through some diligent digital detective work, though, a group of players has uncovered something a touch unseemly -- every WoW screenshot is tagged with a digital screenshot, leaving a record of the player taking the shot, a timestamp indicating when the picture was captured, and information about the realm the player is in at the time, including its IP address -- which could be bad news for players who are running on private servers to escape the monthly subscription fee built into adventuring in Azeroth.

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  19. Blizzard Blocks Iranians From World of Warcraft

    There are some pretty heavy economic sanctions businesses have to deal with under United States law. A number of these have to deal with Iran, because the US isn't what you'd call a fan of their government. However, digital goods and the like have a tendency to be mostly ignored; this isn't because they aren't against the law, per se, but because it's a difficult thing to effectively track and stop. In order to comply with these sanctions, however, it looks like Blizzard has finally blocked access for Iranians to World of Warcraft.

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  20. Report: Iranian Government Blocking Battle.net Due to Promotion of Superstition and Mythology

    When it comes to Iran and the Internet, we never quite know what to expect, but we can usually assume that it's never anything good regarding digital freedom. A Tehran Blizzard player posted to the forums that Blizzard's online service is now blocked from the Iranian Internet. The user posted a screenshot of the government's message that lists reasons for the block, which includes the "promotion of superstition and mythology."

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