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By Jonathan Balofsky On 19 Jun, 2017 At 03:20 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Will we be making our way back to the world of Diablo II and Warcraft III in HD very soon?

A new job posting for a “UI/UX Visual Designer” role at Classic Games in Irvine, California has included an interesting part.

“Classic Games is looking for a renaissance designer to harmonize that which was, with that which will be. Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo await your machinations. If you have the desire to rise to that challenge, we’d love to hear from you.”

This is following a previous posting for Blizzard for a “Lead Software Engineer, Engine” role. This  one explicitly mentioned the following:

“Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. Evolving operating systems, hardware, and online services have made them more difficult to be experienced by their loyal followers or reaching a new generation.

“We’re restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done.”

The posting’s  ‘Responsibilities’ heading also included a part about “implementing, maintaining, and own infrastructure for the Diablo franchise”

Will you make the journey back to hell?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Jun, 2017 At 03:00 PM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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A rating has revealed that a new Diablo collection will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One.

Diablo III Eternal Collection has been rated for PS4 and Xbox One by the ESRB. This collection will seemingly have the base game, Reaper of Souls expansion and the Rise of The Necromancer DLC,

 

It would be nice if it turned out that there was more to this, than just content that is already available, and a dlc character class pack. Maybe there is some story content we do not know about?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 26 Mar, 2017 At 01:22 PM | Categorized As PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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It has been rumored for a long time and now it is finally revealed to the fans. StarCraft: Remastered is indeed real.

Blizzard Entertainment presents a modern take on the original StarCraft experience in StarCraft: Remastered.

StarCraft introduced many revolutionary new features that have since become staples of the real-time strategy genre: asymmetric factions, meticulous balance, and a strong emphasis on deep strategy and high accessibility. After more than ten years, StarCraft continues to headline gaming tournaments worldwide.

This is absolutely amazing news. The game looks absolutely amazing. Hopefully this isn’t the only remaster, and the rumored Warcraft III and Diablo II remasters are also real. Will you be getting this game? Let us know!

By Amy McGarey On 19 Jul, 2016 At 03:51 PM | Categorized As PC Games, Previews, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Today marks the availability of the Legion Pre-Expansion for World of Warcraft. Servers will be down today until 11:00 PDT, so lets take a look at a few of the changes being made to the game.

Transmogrification

Transmogrification is getting an overhaul and will closely resemble Diablo III’s system. Under the new system, whenever you have collected an equippable soulbound item, the appearance of that item will now be stored in a new collections tab called Appearances. Items under that tab will be account bound. You will be able to save outfits and swap them at the Transmogrifier. Also, whenever you change your character’s spec, your outfit will automatically change. Currently under the interface options you can hide helm and cloak. Those options will be moved to the transmogrifier along with the new option hide shoulders.

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Player vs Player

A few changes will be made to PvP to prepare for Legion. Starting today, Honor Points and Conquest Points will be removed as currency. Items that were able to be purchased with the old currency will now be purchased with Marks of Honor, which can be earned through Battlegrounds, Arenas, and Skirmishes. Gear will be normalized during PvP combat. What this means is you will receive a pre-determined set of stats for your class specialization. Your item level will give a small boost to those stats. The goal of these changes is to provide a more balanced PvP experience to all players.

Other Notable Changes

Gnomes will have the option to be hunters, however there is no word on whether or not their pets will scale down to gnome height. The talent system will undergo some big changes. Dual specialization will be removed. Players may now change from any three (or four) specializations at any time, as long as they are out of combat. Major Glyphs will be removed from the game, as well as most minor glyphs.

The Legion Pre-Expansion Patch should get players hyped up for the new expansion, which releases August 30. World of Warcraft: Legion is available for pre-purchase starting at $50 USD.

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Today Blizzard released another Overwatch short, this time featuring the two samurai Genji and Hanzo. In the short we get more backstory on the rivalry between them and why Hanzo hates Genji so much. Is it because his robot suit looks cooler than his sweet robot kicks? Watch the video to find out!

By Jonathan Balofsky On 11 Mar, 2016 At 05:37 AM | Categorized As News, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarDiablo 3 may have been out for some years now but it seems Blizzard has not abandoned Diablo 2. The company has released a new patch (patch 1.14a). Read below to see what changes are now in

 

It’s been a long time coming, but today we’re releasing 1.14a for Diablo II.

This update focuses on system glitches introduced by modern operating systems. In related news, you can finally retire those old Mac PowerPCs. Included with the update is a shiny new installer for OSX.

We’ve also begun working to improve our cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. There’s still work to be done, but we’re making improvements every day.

There is still a large Diablo II community around the world, and we thank you for continuing to play and slay with us. This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers.

 

The wording of the announcement definitely is saying more is coming. Would this be just big fixes, or perhaps the rumored graphical overhaul that has been talked about for some time?

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Here are the patch notes

 

Diablo II v1.14a Patch Notes

Specific Changes & Improvements
– No need to run in XP mode anymore, Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 compatibility complete
– Mac installer and compatibility for 10.10 and 10.11 has arrived
– First client run will migrate saved characters to avoid issues from Windows system
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Known Issues
– Mac 10.9 and earlier are not supported

By Amy McGarey On 24 Apr, 2014 At 11:26 PM | Categorized As Conventions, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Blizzard has just announced this year’s dates for BlizzCon – Friday, November 7 through Saturday, November 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

Tickets will be going on sale on two separate dates. The first is May 7th, starting at 7 p.m. PST and May 10th, starting at 10 a.m. PST. Standard tickets will cost $199 plus tax, but there will also be a limited pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner ticket which will cost $750 each. These will go on sale May 14th at 9 p.m. PST and the $750 fee will include general admission to the convention as well. The proceeds of the Benefit Dinner will go towards the Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Once again, if you can’t make it to Anaheim in November, Blizzard will still sell Virtual Tickets so you can live stream the event from home. BLizzard has yet to announce pricing and further information.

Blizzard has had a busy, yet successful year with the recent release of Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls and Hearthstone on PC and iPad. What will also make BlizzCon worth visiting is news and demos of the new MOBA, Heroes of the Storm and the new World of Warcraft expansion, Warlords of Draenor. With so much win on the way, you really can’t miss this year’s BlizzCon.

By Amy McGarey On 11 Mar, 2014 At 03:06 PM | Categorized As PC Games | With 0 Comments

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The new expansion for World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor, is available for pre-order today on Battle.net.

If you pre-order Warlords of Draenor, you get a free level 90 boost that you can use today. It is good for one character. If that character is over level 60, you can get your professions to max level as well. If you would like to boost more characters to level 90, you can pay $60 in the in-game store instead of pre-ordering extra game codes.

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The Digital Deluxe Edition ($69.99 USD) includes the Dread Raven mount and matching Dread Hatchling pet, two Starcraft 2 portraits, and a Warsong Pennant for Diablo 3. The Standard Edition is $49.99 USD and Blizzard expects a release date on or before December 20, 2014.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the instant level 90 boost. Some are saying it’s not fair because they put a lot of time and effort into their level 90 characters. Others are saying dungeon and raid groups will be full of players that don’t know how to play the class they chose.

How do you feel about the instant level 90 boost? Can it take the enjoyment out of the game for serious players? Many players are still on the fence about it, let us know your opinion on the matter.

By otakuman5000 On 12 Jul, 2013 At 02:30 AM | Categorized As International News, PC Games, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Community manager, Bashiok, has confirmed on the official World of Warcraft forums that an in-game micro-transaction store will be implemented in the future. The successful MMORPG where subscribers pay $14.95 a month to play has had purchasable items outside of the game but they have stated that they will soon make mounts, pets, leveling buffs, and crafting materials available for real money inside of the game.

Bashiok believes this will be convenient for players so they do not have to exit the game to buy the items they want.

The in-game store is still currently being tested but Blizzard has stated that they will be introducing the store to Asian regions first.

Source: World of Warcraft Forums

By SarahTheRebel On 25 Mar, 2013 At 10:48 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Editorials, Featured, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarI know you all are eagerly awaiting our write ups on some of the cool things we saw at PAX East 2013! In the meantime, here’s a quick look at some of the most exciting news from PAX:

  • Blizzard Entertainment has officially announced their new free-to-play collectible card game HearthStone: Heroes of WarcraftThis new game is focused around 1v1 and also allows for matchmaking through battle.net. This online capability will allow players to duel with other players, and will also allow for medal ranking boosts. There will be 300 cards based on the character classes from their game World of Warcraft (WoW) available at launch. You can purchase cards in packs for about $1 each.  The beta will be available this summer for PC, MAC, and even iPad gamers. The actual game will be available at the end of 2013.

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  • Capcom has announced that they are resurrecting Duck ales and will be remaking the original game from Nintendo into a game available for PSN, Wii/WiiU, and Xbox Live that will be called DuckTales: Remastered.

  • Ms. Splosion Man, a long-awaited iOS game created by Twisted Pixel, will be released by the end of this month. Joystiq says this version will have power-up capabilities, one of which will let you skip levels if they are too difficult for you. The game is $10, and will also be available on Steam and Windows Phone.

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  • Assassin’s Creed Creative Director Jean Guesdon and the team at UbiSoft Montreal talked about what motivated them to take the game to the sea. Jean Guesdon stated that the idea behind making the protagonist in Assassin’s Creed IV a pirate was the fact that it was an incredibly interesting time in history with compelling characters. One of the characters you can look forward to seeing in the new game is none other than Blackbeard. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be hitting the shelves on October 29, 2013 and is currently available for pre-order for $59.99.

  • Marvel Heroes will be released on June 4th. Marvel Heroes is a free-to-play MMO set in the Marvel universe. Marvel Heroes combines the core gameplay style of action RPGs and MMOs with the expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. In the game, players can collect and play as their favorite Marvel superheroes, and you can even go further and customize your character. It’s F2P and will have PvP at launch.

  • Mass Effect retrospective video was released today by Bioware. It includes memories from a ton of people who worked on the games.
  • Red 5 Studios discussed their MMO Firefall (currently in beta) and also announced the development of a brand-new channel devoted exclusively to gaming. The channel will be called Stage 5, and can be found both on YouTube and the Stage 5 website. The channel will soon be available in app form for iPad, Android, and Ouya. Read all about their thoughts on Firefall, the industry, and their new channel here.

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  • The nineteenth EVE Online expansion, Odyssey, was announced today. A website has been launched, and it will be out on June 4th. Odyssey will focus on exploration and will “shake up the status quo.”

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  • Dust: An Elysian Tail is coming to Steam and might be available as soon as next month. The game was originally only available on the Xbox Live Arcade. Creators Dean Dodrill and Alex Kain also discussed Dust 2, with both saying that they have lots of ideas for the sequel.

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  • XCOM: Enemy Unknown will be coming to Mac on April 25th and will include all of the previously-released extra content for the game. It will also be released for iOS devices this summer, and will be a complete port of the console and PC/Mac game (minus some maps, due to file size limitations on iOS). Work on the port began a year ago, and the team is really happy with the touch controls. Price is unknown beyond being “premium priced.” 

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  • Fuse will be released at the end of May – May 28th in North America, May 31st in Europe. Fuse is a four-player co-op shooter from Electronic Arts and Insomniac Games. You play one of four agents – Dalton Brooks, Izzy Sinclair, Jacob Kimble, and Naya Deveraux – each of whom has their own unique skills and weapons. You’ll be able to get it for PS3 and Xbox 360.
  • Blizzard announced that the PlayStation 3 version of Diablo III will feature an in-game menu that allows players, both online and offline, to trade items between each other, as long as they are in the same game. This new system will be making up for the lack of the auction house from the PC version. Diablo III will also have online and offline co-op for up to four players on its console version. There is no release date yet.
  • Blizzard’s Rob Pardo talks to Chris Grant from Polygon about the company’s new game, Hearthstone. Check out the video.

  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger will bring a new spin to the series. Techland shows us a mix of myth and truth in this downloadable title. Some of the “based on real-life” characters you will see in the game are Pat Garrett, Wild Bill Hickok, and Billy the Kid. With arcade-like action, new environments, and an old west style, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger sounds very promising.

  • The Elder Scrolls Online boasts new character advancement. This new MMO is just what fans of Elder Scrolls and MMOs have been waiting for. The game will feature PvP, lots of action in the combat system, and skills that level with use. Build your characters the way you want with use of any weapon or armor, but also gain item-specific abilities with each one you choose. The game launches later this year.

 

  • Borderlands 2 has a new playable character: Krieg the Psycho. This melee-based character is based on the psycho enemies in the game. Your action skill for Krieg is Blood Axe Rampage, which allows the character to regain health while dealing damage with your Buzz Axe. Krieg will be out in May, and is a $10 standalone DLC. Read more about him here.

 

What was your favorite part of PAX East 2013? Let us know in the comments!

 

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