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  • The Best Things to Use Your BattleNet Balance For

    Blizzard announced yesterday that World of Warcraft tokens can be purchased in game and then used to fill up a virtual currency wallet called BattleNet Balance. This balance can then used to trade for WoW services or to purchase items across all of Blizzard's games. As a result, virtual currency items in the Shop have gotten a bit more interesting. In today's column, we'll take a look at some of the more fun things you can buy with your BattleNet Balance in each of Blizzard's other titles!

    Posted on 02/07/2017 by Suzie Ford
  • The Top 20 MMO News Stories of 2016

    2016 is in the bag folks, and after 52 weeks of MMO news, you’ll be surprised (or maybe) not to see what the most viewed stories on MMORPG.com were over the course of the year. Some of you will probably see why Black Desert gets a lot of reporting too, both here and across the web. Read on for our top 20 stories of 2016!

    Posted on 01/03/2017 by William Murphy
  • The Events That Shaped 2016

    Let’s take a look back at the year that was. A rough year for many, especially MMOs. Still, the game industry continues to move forward and games remain a multi-billion dollar industry. MMOs still make tremendous amounts of money, now through cash shops and in game purchases, it seems like the full formula of a successful community has finally come into being.

    Posted on 12/27/2016 by Garrett Fuller
  • The Top 5 Blizzard Stories of 2016

    As one of the biggest game companies in the world it is always interesting to see what goes on at Blizzard Entertainment. This year had some major news surrounding the company and people paid attention to what was happening over at the fortress in Irvine. Some of the stories were really big, others, were huge and you may have missed them. Here is our break down of the top five events this year for Blizzard.

    Posted on 12/13/2016 by Garrett Fuller
  • Symmetra Rework PTR Impressions

    Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan filled the Overwatch community in on plans to rework Symmetra in a new developer update video released yesterday. In the video, Kaplan stated that the changes would be hitting the PTR soon, but this wasn’t Soon™, but more like almost immediately. With the patch on the PTR, we decided to jump in and check out the updated Symmetra.

    Posted on 11/23/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • Sombra PTR Impressions

    Gaming’s longest new character tease is finally over – the elusive hacker, Sombra, has finally made her debut in Overwatch. Well, sort of. She’s on PTR right now, so if you stick to playing on the live servers you’ll have to wait a bit longer, but how does she play so far? Read on for our thoughts.

    Posted on 11/09/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • Life's Distractions - Journey to Tamriel

    I’ve felt a little lost this weekend. I don’t know whether it’s my age, the fact my children occupy most of my time or that my tastes are simply changing, but many games I have are failing to capture my attention. Several times on Saturday I attempted to play Guild Wars 2 only to login, stare at my character, and wonder what it is that I could actually do that would hold my attention for more than five minutes.

    Posted on 11/07/2016 by Lewis Burnell
  • Basic Tips for Competitive Play

    Now that season 2 is live, I’ve been spending a lot of time playing competitive Overwatch. While I’m not a top tier player, I do understand the best practices for how to play Overwatch, even if my mechanical skills aren’t as high as they could be.. This week, we’ll be sharing some easy tips on how to improve your Overwatch play no matter what tier you’re in.

    Posted on 09/07/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • Season Two Balance Patch Thoughts: Enter the Hanzone

    Overwatch Season Two kicks off on September 6, but players can already sample the upcoming changes on the game’s PTR (public test realm). Last week, we discussed the basics of the new map, Eichenwalde, as well as the changes coming to competitive, but Blizzard is also including some fairly significant balance tweaks with the season two patch. We’ve spent some time digesting the tweaks, so read on for our take on what’s to come.

    Posted on 08/24/2016 by Michael Bitton

Editorials

  • Overwatch & Battleborn - WoW and EQ2 Redux

    Now that they’re both in the wild, the war rages on between fans of Battleborn and Overwatch – two similar (at first glance) games competing for gamers’ attention this summer. While there’s little doubt that Blizzard’s shooter is dominating the marketing airwaves, our own Suzie Ford recently penned a column on why you can love and play both. But for Bill Murphy, there are some obvious parallels to two rival MMOs from 2004…

    Posted on 05/25/2016 by William Murphy
  • Blizzcon 2015 Wish List

    Every year that Blizzard has conducted a Blizzcon, millions of fans have deeply sighed at the ceiling in contemplation of what they might hear about their favorite titles. This year, dewy eyed fans are hoping their dreams come true in any one of Blizzard's stable of games: World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, Overwatch, Hearthstone or Heroes of the Storm.

    Posted on 11/05/2015 by Suzie Ford

Previews

  • Symmetra Rework PTR Impressions

    Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan filled the Overwatch community in on plans to rework Symmetra in a new developer update video released yesterday. In the video, Kaplan stated that the changes would be hitting the PTR soon, but this wasn’t Soon™, but more like almost immediately. With the patch on the PTR, we decided to jump in and check out the updated Symmetra.

    Posted on 11/23/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • Sombra PTR Impressions

    Gaming’s longest new character tease is finally over – the elusive hacker, Sombra, has finally made her debut in Overwatch. Well, sort of. She’s on PTR right now, so if you stick to playing on the live servers you’ll have to wait a bit longer, but how does she play so far? Read on for our thoughts.

    Posted on 11/09/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • Zarya - Sure to be a Fan Favorite

    Few things are better than a Russian power lifter. Zarya is an iconic new addition into the Overwatch character list. She packs a massive punch and plays as a solid tank class in the game. At PAX East, Blizzard announced Zarya and McCree to the fans. Zarya is a very solid tank with mid-range attack abilities and some great defensive specials. In the psycho-paced game of Overwatch, Zarya will quickly become a fan favorite despite her low speed.

    Posted on 03/10/2015 by Garrett Fuller
  • Jesse McCree the BAMF Bounty Hunter

    Blizzard announced two new playable characters for Overwatch at yesterday’s panel: Zarya, a new female tank with a particle cannon and McCree, a six-shooter carrying bounty hunter who’s clearly not one for modesty given the fact he wears the title of BAMF on his belt buckle. We had a chance to sample McCree for ourselves on the show floor of this year’s PAX East and the character definitely lives up to his chosen moniker.

    Posted on 03/07/2015 by Michael Bitton

Interviews

  • Adding Depth to the Game & Ready for Release

    Just weeks before its release Overwatch had a huge presence at PAX East this year. We got the chance to play a few games which is always fun, but also we had time to sit with the development team and ask a few questions going into launch. Fans certainly lined up in droves as happens with most Blizzard games, but this year Overwatch has added depth to the game right before release. Something the fans had been asking about.

    Posted on 04/25/2016 by Garrett Fuller
  • BlizzCon 2015 Wrap Report with Michael Chu & Jeremy Craig

    On day 2 of BlizzCon, we sat down with the devs of Overwatch to discuss the highly-anticipated shooter. We spoke to Senior Game Designer Michael Chu (story and worldbuilding) and Senior Designer Jeremy Craig (system design and user experience).

    Posted on 11/16/2015 by Jean Prior

General Articles

  • Activision-Blizzard Once Again Holding News Headlines Hostage

    Activision Blizzard is once again holding the news headlines hostage, between Black Ops 3, WoW subscriber news, the latest expansion, Hearthstone, Overwatch, the film studio, the Warcraft film, Blizzcon, and of course the quarterly finance releases you all love to pour over, but what is really turning heads and inspiring groans from the Blizzard base is the news that the developer publisher is acquiring King.

    Posted on 11/16/2015 by Connor Wack

Awards

  • The Best of 2015

    If this year of MMO releases can be categorized by any one thing, it might be that the existing MMOs in the landscape had great years, while we wait for the next big thing to come along. Meanwhile, the single player RPG had an absolutely stellar time, with some truly amazing games and expansions released throughout the calendar year. We’ve polled our staff, and these are the games we loved the most in 2015, and the ones we’re looking forward to the most in 2016.

    Posted on 12/11/2015 by William Murphy

Columns

  • The Best Things to Use Your BattleNet Balance For

    Blizzard announced yesterday that World of Warcraft tokens can be purchased in game and then used to fill up a virtual currency wallet called BattleNet Balance. This balance can then used to trade for WoW services or to purchase items across all of Blizzard's games. As a result, virtual currency items in the Shop have gotten a bit more interesting. In today's column, we'll take a look at some of the more fun things you can buy with your BattleNet Balance in each of Blizzard's other titles!

    Posted on 02/07/2017 by Suzie Ford
  • The Top 20 MMO News Stories of 2016

    2016 is in the bag folks, and after 52 weeks of MMO news, you’ll be surprised (or maybe) not to see what the most viewed stories on MMORPG.com were over the course of the year. Some of you will probably see why Black Desert gets a lot of reporting too, both here and across the web. Read on for our top 20 stories of 2016!

    Posted on 01/03/2017 by William Murphy
  • The Events That Shaped 2016

    Let’s take a look back at the year that was. A rough year for many, especially MMOs. Still, the game industry continues to move forward and games remain a multi-billion dollar industry. MMOs still make tremendous amounts of money, now through cash shops and in game purchases, it seems like the full formula of a successful community has finally come into being.

    Posted on 12/27/2016 by Garrett Fuller
  • The Top 5 Blizzard Stories of 2016

    As one of the biggest game companies in the world it is always interesting to see what goes on at Blizzard Entertainment. This year had some major news surrounding the company and people paid attention to what was happening over at the fortress in Irvine. Some of the stories were really big, others, were huge and you may have missed them. Here is our break down of the top five events this year for Blizzard.

    Posted on 12/13/2016 by Garrett Fuller
  • Life's Distractions - Journey to Tamriel

    I’ve felt a little lost this weekend. I don’t know whether it’s my age, the fact my children occupy most of my time or that my tastes are simply changing, but many games I have are failing to capture my attention. Several times on Saturday I attempted to play Guild Wars 2 only to login, stare at my character, and wonder what it is that I could actually do that would hold my attention for more than five minutes.

    Posted on 11/07/2016 by Lewis Burnell
  • Season Two Balance Patch Thoughts: Enter the Hanzone

    Overwatch Season Two kicks off on September 6, but players can already sample the upcoming changes on the game’s PTR (public test realm). Last week, we discussed the basics of the new map, Eichenwalde, as well as the changes coming to competitive, but Blizzard is also including some fairly significant balance tweaks with the season two patch. We’ve spent some time digesting the tweaks, so read on for our take on what’s to come.

    Posted on 08/24/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • The New Eichenwalde Map & Changes to Competitive Play in September

    September is shaping up to be an interesting month for Overwatch. Blizzard recently released a new developer update video in which game director Jeff Kaplan outlined significant changes coming to competitive play in season two. Blizzard also unveiled Eichenwalde, the game’s first post-launch map, heading into this year’s Gamescom.

    Posted on 08/17/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • Summer Games & Ban Waves

    Blizzard surprised Overwatch fans with two things this week: another massive ban wave for cheaters and the deployment of Summer Games 2016, an update including Overwatch’s first seasonal event. Both were welcome surprises, though the Summer Games event has stirred up some controversy in the Overwatch community.

    Posted on 08/03/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • Ana Patch Impressions

    Blizzard’s latest Overwatch patch brings with it the first new post-launch character release in Ana, a new support character with some interesting twists. The patch also makes some significant changes to a number of characters on the roster, which may really shake things up in the meta over the coming weeks.

    Posted on 07/20/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • When Games Inspire: The Overwatch Edition

    Overwatch has exploded onto the scene and in a little under a month is already boasting 10million players. Even though Overwatch has only been out about a month fans have been hard at work creating ever since the game was first announced; which makes this a great time to start looking at some of the incredible creations out there.

    Posted on 06/22/2016 by Robin Baird
  • Finding the RPG in May's Biggest Games

    RPGs may be our first love, but that doesn’t mean we don’t play other games! This week, we’re taking a look at some of the biggest non-RPGs of the month and pulling out the pieces RPG players might enjoy.

    Posted on 05/27/2016 by Christopher Coke
  • 5 Reasons You Can Love Both Overwatch & Battleborn

    Yet even in all the positive press both games have received, more than a few people have felt as if they have to choose one over the other. It’s almost as if some have come to believe that they can only like one game per genre and that any others are not up to par. We’re here to tell you that that’s not true. You can love and enjoy both Overwatch and Battleborn! No, really. You can!

    Posted on 05/17/2016 by Suzie Ford
  • Mei, Genji, and D.Va Impressions

    Blizzard unveiled the final three Overwatch heroes at this year’s BlizzCon and I have to say that all three really piqued my curiosity. The new characters joined the Overwatch beta roster in yesterday’s patch and I’ve spent a bit of time taking them all for a spin.

    Posted on 11/11/2015 by Michael Bitton
  • The New Age of Esports Game Development

    Game Design is a funny thing. There are many ways to create and build all types of games. Over the past twenty years we have seen the tremendous rise of video games into our popular culture, and now they are here to stay. However, in this latest batch of games coming forth in 2015-2016 there is a new element to design as studios try to capitalize on a growing market: eSports.

    Posted on 11/04/2015 by Garrett Fuller
  • Goblins vs. Gnomes

    Well, just like that BlizzCon has come and gone, and it vvvvwas awesome. Having been to the four most recent BlizzCons this was hands down the best. Not only did they announce a new IP (Overwatch), there was tons of news for their existing titles including the announcement of a new Hearthstone expansion that is right around the corner.

    Posted on 11/17/2014 by Reza Lackey
  • Is That Even an RPG?

    The holiday season has arrived, and with it comes the annual torrent of questions: what games are worth buying? Which games lived up to the hype? And most important of all, which in this diverse sea of games earns the coveted title of “Game of the Year”? We have a new question: even with leveling, and stats, and gear, how many of them – Destiny, Shadow of Mordor, Overwatch? – actually deserve to be called RPGs?

    Posted on 11/14/2014 by Christopher Coke
  • Recent Unanswered & Unanswerable Questions

    While I won't go as far as to say it usually happens, neither is it uncommon that when I look back at the recent past in order to decide what to write about, I end up with unanswered or unanswerable questions. This is at least partly due to how my mind works in relation to the MMOG space; I seldom take what I see or hear at face value. Some of the titles I've had cause to wonder about lately are Overwatch, Dawngate, WildStar and Otherland.

    Posted on 11/11/2014 by Richard Aihoshi

Guides

  • Basic Tips for Competitive Play

    Now that season 2 is live, I’ve been spending a lot of time playing competitive Overwatch. While I’m not a top tier player, I do understand the best practices for how to play Overwatch, even if my mechanical skills aren’t as high as they could be.. This week, we’ll be sharing some easy tips on how to improve your Overwatch play no matter what tier you’re in.

    Posted on 09/07/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • A Guide to Support

    Overwatch is set to launch in just a couple of weeks, so we thought it might be a good idea to get you all prepared for the game’s chaotic battles by putting together a rundown of all the game’s heroes, broken down by archetype. In our third of four guides, we’ll be looking at the game’s support characters.

    Posted on 05/18/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • A Guide to Defense

    Overwatch is set to launch in just a couple of weeks, so we thought it might be a good idea to get you all prepared for the game’s chaotic battles by putting together a rundown of all the game’s heroes, broken down by archetype. In our second of four guides, we’ll be looking at the game’s defense characters.

    Posted on 05/11/2016 by Michael Bitton
  • A Guide to Offense

    Overwatch is set to launch in just a couple of weeks, so we thought it might be a good idea to get you all prepared for the game’s chaotic battles by putting together a rundown of all the game’s heroes, broken down by archetype. In our first of four guides, we’ll be looking at the game’s offense characters.

    Posted on 05/06/2016 by Michael Bitton

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