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It’s Not Just You: Nintendo, Xbox, Playstation and More Struggling to Handle Quarantined Gamers

In the time of social distancing, online gaming with friends seems like a no-brainer to stay sane and pass the time. Except if you’ve tried lately, it seems like every major service has been petering in and out. Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Sony, Nintendo, Xbox Live, Online Gaming, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Social Distancing, Yo Nintendo Yall Fix This Before Animal Crossing

Overwatch's YouTube Deal Makes A New Brigitte Skin Costly For Most Players

Until February 19, Blizzard is offering Overwatch players a skin nobody asked for, but that is, admittedly, pretty funny: “Goat Brigitte,” a horned, blue-and-purple number meant to commemorate the notoriously unpopular “GOATS” meta that dominated OWL season two last year. There’s just one problem: It’s currently…Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Overwatch, Kotakucore, Esports, Overwatch League

Blizzard Owns Your Custom Warcraft 3: Reforged Games

It is a fact somewhat lost to time—though certainly not one Blizzard will ever forget—that the eternally enduring MOBA genre got its start in Blizzard games. Riot and Valve, however, ended up reaping the rewards of seeds that were sown by custom game-makers in StarCraft and Warcraft 3. After a 2012 lawsuit, Valve even…Read more...
Tags: Science, Pc, Blizzard, Valve, Kotakucore, Starcraft, Riot, Warcraft, Dota, Warcraft 3, Warcraft 3 Reforged

Check Out the Historic Weekend Blizzard Canadians Are Still Digging Out Of

It’s been one hell of a weekend in eastern Canada. Less of a “snow day,” more of a—and, yes, this is a real weather term—“bomb cyclone.” The capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s, was hit with 30 inches of snow in 24 hours, shattering a previous record, the Weather Channel reported. Officials also recorded snowdrifts as…Read more...
Tags: Science, Snow, Blizzard, Canada, Newfoundland, John, Snowfall, Anyone Else Suddenly Cold

To 15 Years of World of Warcraft, and All the Pups I've Loved Before

This coming weekend, on November 23, the Warcraft franchise marks some significant birthdays. Not only is it 25 years since Blizzard’s fantasy series first kicked off with the release of Orcs and Humans, it’s also 15 years to the day since Azeroth became open to all in World of Warcraft, changing video games forever .…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Dogs, Corgis, Blizzard, MMORPG, RPG, World of Warcraft, Activision, Warcraft, Azeroth, Good Boys

The Overwatch D.Va Gaming Chair Makes Me Wish I Still Sat In Gaming Chairs

Back before I was paralyzed from the chest down, I spent a lot of time working, playing, and napping in my Titan gaming chair from Secret Lab. My only problems with the chair were that it was not pink and it did not have a picture of a bunny on it. Well, shit. Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Overwatch, Kotakucore, Pink, Wheelchair, Chairs, Sitting, DVA, Secret Lab

China Censorship, Facebook Headcanon, Pixel 4, and Apple Beats: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Another week in the bag, everybody. And we’ve been seeing plenty of sparks fly online between the umpteenth debate between the Democrats’ presidential hopefuls and reports of Joker-on-Joker beef between Jared Leto and Joaquin Phoenix (though is it still technically “beef” if only one of them is throwing a tantrum?).…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Blizzard, Beats, Jared Leto, Joaquin Phoenix, Activision, Best of the week, Climate Crisis, Best Of Gizmodo, Pixel 4, China Censorship Facebook Headcanon Pixel

Disney Picked a Hell of a Time to Announce Its Latest Attempt to Make Star Wars Big in China

Right now, amid a storm of protest movements in Hong Kong calling to liberate the area from its status as a special administrative region of China, scrutiny of Western companies seen as implicitly supporting the actions of the Chinese government is . So, of course, the House of Mouse picked right now…Read more...
Tags: Hong Kong, Star Wars, Books, Science, China, Disney, Blizzard, Tencent, Lucasfilm, Weibo, Hearthstone, China Literature

Digital Activists Take Aim at Video Game Companies Over China Censorship

A leading U.S. digital rights organization is joining the battle against top video game companies that might seek to censor gamers for expressing support for Hong Kongers who’ve been protesting Chinese influence over the past 27 weeks.Read more...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, Video Games, Blizzard, Umbrella Revolution, Free Speech, Hong Kongers

Blizzard's Hong Kong Missteps Prove Video Games Aren't Neutral

On Monday night, professional Hearthstone player and Grandmasters tournament competitor Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai gave an interview. At the end of his interview, Chung expressed support for the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, reciting a protest slogan and wearing a mask associated with the activists who have taken to…Read more...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, Science, China, Blizzard, Tencent, Chung, Hearthstone, Ng Wai

Blizzard Suspends Hearthstone Player For Hong Kong Support, Pulls Prize Money

Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai, a pro Hearthstone player from Hong Kong, ended a stream earlier this week with a statement of support for those engaged in months-long protests against local police and government. As a result of this, Blizzard has ruled that he violated competition rules, and have handed out a heavy…Read more...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, China, Blizzard, Kotaku Core, Chung, Hearthstone, Ng Wai, Blitzchung

The Forecast for the Midwest's Next Giant Storm Just Got Way Worse

Well, that escalated quickly. Less than a day after calling for a half foot of snow and gusty winds to hit a portion of the Midwest this week, the National Weather Service has vastly upped its forecast. Read more...
Tags: National Weather Service, Science, Blizzard, Flooding, Snowstorm, Winter Storm, Midwest, Great Plains, Enough Already

Overwatch Pro Blocks Racist Message With His Own Face During Stream

During a recent stream, New York Excelsior Overwatch player and impossibly pleasant married person Jong-ryeol “Saebyeolbe” Park came up against a particularly unpleasant foe. Another player decided to use Overwatch’s in-game notification system to spam Saebyeolbe with a racist message he couldn’t immediately block.Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Overwatch, Streaming, Kotakucore, Trolling, Jong, Overwatch League, New York Excelsior Overwatch, Saebyeolbe

Blizzard Says Overwatch Toxicity Is Down 40 Percent

Not so long ago, Overwatch was a poster child for toxicity run rampant in competitive multiplayer games. People regularly trolled and spewed vitriol while a barebones report system did little to stem the tide. Oh, what a difference a couple years (and a smartly implemented endorsement system) makes.Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Overwatch, Kotakucore, GDC 2019

Overwatch Gets New Paris Map

Surprise surprise, Overwatch—which players have taken to declaring a veritable dust bowl of new content in the wake of yet another seasonal event retread—is getting a new map. This one’s set in Paris, the city of romance (and now, romance’s close friend, Death) just in time for Valentine’s Day.Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Overwatch, Paris, Kotakucore, New Paris

Overwatch Fan's Letter To Jeff Kaplan About Black Women Gets Heartfelt Response

In March 2017, an Overwatch fan wrote to Jeff Kaplan about the lack of black female characters in the game. To her surprise, he wrote back a few months later, saying he hoped that one day diversity would be the norm and promising that there were multiple black characters in the works.Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Overwatch, Kotaku Core, Jeff Kaplan

Overwatch Map Pulled After Players Get Stuck In Spawn Rooms

Overwatch’s Blizzard World map has never been universally beloved, but shortly after Blizzard decked its halls with holiday cheer yesterday, the map apparently decided to go full Grinch. Teams found themselves beset on all sides by busted spawn rooms and glitched payloads. Now Blizzard World is shut down.Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Overwatch, Kotakucore

The Past, Present, And Future Of Diablo

On November 2, 2018, Blizzard closed its annual BlizzCon keynote by announcing, to scattered applause, a Diablo game for phones. It was a baffling marketing decision that immediately set off controversy, as fans of Blizzard’s iconic action-role-playing game franchise loudly accused the company of neglecting its PC…Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Kotaku Longreads, Kotakucore, Diablo, BlizzCon, Diablo 3, Hades, Diablo 4, Diablo Immortal, Fenris

Sources: Blizzard Scrapped Plans For Diablo 4 Video [CORRECTION]

When Blizzard’s sole Diablo announcement at this year’s BlizzCon turned out to be a game for phones, it set off a firestorm of angry reactions from fans who had hoped for a new Diablo on PC. But what about Diablo 4?Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Kotakucore, Diablo, BlizzCon, Diablo 4, Battlenet

Sources: Blizzard Pulled Diablo 4 Announcement From BlizzCon

When Blizzard’s sole Diablo announcement at this year’s BlizzCon turned out to be a game for phones, it set off a firestorm of angry reactions from fans who had hoped for a new Diablo on PC. As it turns out, Kotaku has learned, Blizzard had originally planned to tease Diablo 4, but pulled those plans at the last…Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Kotakucore, Kotaku, Diablo, BlizzCon, Diablo 4, Battlenet

World Of Warcraft's 'Rise of Azshara' Update Will Take Us To The Land Of The Naga

World of Warcraft’s first major post-Battle for Azeroth content update, Tides of Vengeance, launches on December 11, but that’s not important right now. The update after that, Rise of Azshara, will take players to the naga home of Azjatar, the lost gnome city of Mechagon, and beyond.Read more...
Tags: Science, Update, Blizzard, Expansion, Kotakucore, MMORPG, World of Warcraft, Warcraft, BlizzCon, 82, NAGA, Azshara, Rise Of Azshara, Mechagon

World Of Warcraft Battle For Azeroth: The Kotaku Review

“Well, it’s more of the same” is generally my answer when people ask me how I’m enjoying World of Warcraft’s seventh paid expansion, Battle for Azeroth. Then I spend several minutes explaining why that’s not a bad thing. Read more...
Tags: Science, Review, Pc, Wow, Blizzard, Kotakucore, MMORPG, World of Warcraft, Kotaku Review, Battle for Azeroth, Mmolog

What I Learned From A Year's Worth Of Overwatch Coaching

One year ago, I dropped from Platinum rank to Gold in Overwatch’s competitive mode. Even though it was just a number, it felt like a huge defeat. Since then, over the last year, I’ve been working with a coach to improve my game. I thought I was just chasing after my old rank, but I was wrong.Read more...
Tags: Science, Xbox One, Pc, Blizzard, Overwatch, Playstation 4, Kotaku Core, Coaching, Activision Blizzard

StarCraft Could Be the Next Game AI Destroys Us At

My experience with StarCraft was probably the stupidest possible: I really liked the books. Sure, I played the games, but mostly I played single-player because I was not very good, and enjoyed the story. But for some reason, it was Sarah Kerrigan’s tale told through the novelization that resonated with me the most.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Blizzard, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Ai, Deep Learning, Starcraft, Deepmind, Sarah Kerrigan

Why Opening Loot Boxes Feels Like Christmas, According To Game Devs

Opening Overwatch loot boxes or Halo 5 REQ packs adds a special drama to a gaming session. The crate shakes. A jingle chimes. Lights peek out from the cracks. It swells with potential. Game developers make subtle design decisions that stoke the hope that keeps players opening mystery boxes, crates and packs. And not…Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Overwatch, Kotakucore, Halo 5, Duelyst, Loot Boxes, Loot Crates

Why Overwatch Hacking Is Such A Big Problem In Korea

In a now-famous Overwatch video, a Korean player is banned mid-match because of his shameless hacking. He’s streaming himself as Widowmaker, effortlessly flinging himself across the map and landing perfect headshots in-air. A Hanzo approaches, and in a moment, he’s gone. Widowmaker’s crosshairs, which were feet away…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cheating, Blizzard, Overwatch, Hacking, Korea, Kotakucore, Widowmaker

Overwatch Fans Hacked Actual People In An Attempt To Find Sombra

The hunt for info on Overwatch’s next hero, a stealthy hacker named Sombra, has brought over 7,000 fans into Blizzard’s alternate reality game (ARG). But some bystanders have become unwilling participants in the ARG as well, as players hungry for Overwatch’s hacker have partaken in some hacking of their own.Read more...
Tags: Science, Blizzard, Overwatch, Kotakucore, ARG, Sombra

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