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Via eurogamer
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World of Warcraft's Executive Producer J. Allen Brack released the following statement via Eurogamer, as a response to the Nostalrius server closure:

"Failure to protect against intellectual property infringement would damage Blizzard's rights. While Blizzard had looked into the possibility of working with unofficial servers, there was not a clear legal path to protect Blizzard’s IP and grant an operating license to a pirate server.We wanted to let you know that we’ve been closely following the Nostalrius discussion and we appreciate your constructive thoughts and suggestions, added Brack. Our silence on this subject definitely doesn’t reflect our level of engagement and passion around this topic. We hear you. Many of us across Blizzard and the WoW Dev team have been passionate players ever since classic WoW. In fact, I personally work at Blizzard because of my love for classic WoW.

We explored options for developing classic servers and none could be executed without great difficulty. If we could push a button and all of this would be created, we would. However, there are tremendous operational challenges to integrating classic servers, not to mention the ongoing support of multiple live versions for every aspect of WOW.

Over the years we have talked about a “pristine realm”. In essence that would turn off all leveling acceleration including character transfers, heirloom gear, character boosts, Recruit-A-Friend bonuses, WoW Token, and access to cross realm zones, as well as group finder. We aren’t sure whether this version of a clean slate is something that would appeal to the community and it’s still an open topic of discussion.

In closing, Brack made reference to the 235,000 signatures for the petition to reinstate the server, saying: "They obviously care deeply about the game, and we look forward to more conversations with them in the coming weeks."

What do you make of all this?

In case you could go for a trip down memory lane, we've provided the original video that depicts the final few minutes leading up to the server shutdown:



You can also check out the compilation of screenshots depicting the original massive pilgrimage staged by players in response to the Nostalrius server shutdown, over here.

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Via zak552
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Thanks to Overwatch's remappable controls, Zak can comfortably enjoy playing the game with every character. He shared the following thank you letter he wrote to Blizzard:

Dear Blizzard,

First off I want to congratulate you on the launch of Overwatch. It is an amazing game and you should be proud. It is jam packed with so many exciting moments for every type of gamer. My girlfriend loves the lore, my buddy can't stop smiling when he gets a hook with Roadhog, and me? I love the options menu.

I was born with Cerebral Palsy. I can't walk and have very limited use of my hands. I love video games of all shapes and sizes and have been playing since I was 3 years old. I play them when I'm happy, I play them when I'm sad, and I've started and strengthened some of my best friendships because of them.

Some games allude me though. You see, the way my hands are I am only able to use one hand for one action at one time per hand. So essentially I can only press two buttons simultaneously. Because of this I have always been limited to certain play styles and characters in games. Yasuo in League of Legends is a no go for me because of all the mechanics at play. Grapplers in fighting games usually off limits because they mostly require simultaneous button presses. Shooters are the biggest offender though. It's a must to be able to move, aim, and fire at the same time and I am only able to do two at a time. This pigeonholes me into using shotguns... thats it.

I'm rambling. I just wanted to thank you, Blizzard, for having near endless control customization in Overwatch. I don't know if this was your goal, but because of your extensive options I am able to play every character in the roster and it feels great. Because of you I made my first snipe in a video game today.

Thank you Blizzard.

Fan Forever, Zak

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Can we actually get a Jon Snow character in Overwatch that yells 'Winter is Coming!' just like McCree does with, 'It's High Noon!'?



Please?

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Via gamerant
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Yes, reportedly since May 24th more than 1,500 people in China have been removed from the game permanently. The developers are definitely not f**king around.

Banning over 1,500 players for life within the first week of the game being live, sets a solid standard for how other game developers might go about enlisting harsh if not appropriate punishment for the players out there that sap enjoyment from other peoples' games for the sake of cheating their own way to victory. Screenshots like this one depicting the rage struggles being felt by the cheaters caught redhanded have already begun to surface:

What do you guys think about the Blizzard Banhammer thus far--too harsh, or right on the money?

Via Legendary
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Yes, dreams do come true. Fans loyal to the series are well aware the Warcraft movie's taking it back to the earliest of days, before the Dark Portal even opened, and when the PC game storyline began. In this TV Spot we catch some glances of what look like Frost Wolves from the Frostwolf Clan kind of just sinking their teeth into everything they encounter. Plus the square-off between the human warrior and the mountainous, roid-enraged Hulk of an Orc gets all the adrenaline pumpin'. The Warcraft movie hits theaters June 10th.


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This game's been on one hell of a ride -- we're talking hurdling numerous obstacles like Blizzard's army of lawyers, causing controversy left and right, relaunching with a new name, finally getting Blizzard's approval, and then at last raisin' $84, 918 on Kickstarter.

Take note, this Starcraft II Mod is a completely new game -- gathering influence from WoW, Diablo, and surprisingly enough, FTL. It's currently in open beta, and is set for its final release next month. And here's the mod in action!