Games Interview: Blizzard’s Paul Kubit and Shani Edwards discuss the road to World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

January 31, 2018

After months of quietly dropping hints, the trickle of information about Battle for Azeroth, the next expansion in Blizzard’s legendary MMMORPG World of Warcraft, is beginning to resemble a small wave. From its winter release window, the return of  the classic Orcs vs Humans conflict, and the reveal of its intriguing new Warfronts mode, there’s […]

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Ana is coming to Heroes of the Storm and here’s everything you need to know about her

September 19, 2017

The demand for Overwatch characters in Blizzard’s popular strategic hero brawler Heroes of the Storm has been rife ever since the game’s roster of iconic heroes was announced. Having added, Tracer, Genji and Zarya to the mix in previous updates, Blizzard have now revealed two new Overwatch characters heading to the Nexus — Ana and Junkrat. While not much […]

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Video Games Review: STRAFE (PC, 2017) is a loving ode to Quake, but creaks under the weight of its ambition

May 25, 2017

Strafe is a bloody-minded combination of FPS and rogue-like that seeks to place you firmly in a time machine and return you to mid 90’s, the era when Quake was the new king of the burgeoning genre. Strafe recalls an era when shooters were breathless, fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experiences. You were always moving, always shooting, never resting. Where 2016’s excellent DOOM reboot […]

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Video Games Review: Yooka-Laylee (PS4, 2017) is not the triumphant return to 90’s 3D platforming we were hoping for

April 25, 2017

We live in the era of Nostalgia As A Marketing Tool. The repackaging of childhood memories, sold back to millennial audiences for a profit, has become the go-to move for film and video game studios looking to make a fast buck. Sometimes these experiments in nostalgia work out. Sometimes they are a hard lesson in learning […]

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Video Games Review: Paradigm (PC/Mac, 2017) is a Beautiful Specimen

April 5, 2017

There are two kinds of people in the world – people that will love Paradigm, and people that can’t stand to see perfection. Paradigm is everything that it needs to be – uncomfortably strange, genuinely hilarious, oddly touching and highly memorable, all at once. For a game that stars a deformed, vaguely European mutant and […]

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Heroes of the Storm 2.0 launching next month, takes a page from Overwatch‘s book

March 30, 2017

Apparently emboldened by Diablo 3‘s game-redefining 2.0 update, as well as various wild changes introduced to Overwatch in recent months, Blizzard Entertainment have announced their hero-brawler MOBA Heroes of the Storm is getting a 2.0 rework of its own. Where HotS 2.0 differs from Diablo 3 2.0 is that, at this stage, it doesn’t seem the actual gameplay is changing much at […]

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The Elder Scrolls Online is heading to Morrowind

January 31, 2017

Erstwhile adventurers in Bethesda’s massively multiplayer online role playing game The Elder Scrolls Online will soon find themselves headed to the island of Vvardenfell, north of one of the series’ most iconic locales, Morrowind.

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Prepare your wallets: The Steam Autumn Sale is on now

November 24, 2016

It’s always a bit an event when Valve’s Steam store drops one of their huge sales. As expected, there are deep discounts across a massive number of games from new releases to old favourites.

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BlizzCon 2016: Mean Streets of Gadgetzan is Hearthstone‘s new expansion

November 4, 2016

Blizzard have announced the next expansion for their online card game Hearthstone during the BlizzCon 2016 opening ceremony. Mean Streets of Gadgetzan will be Hearthstone‘s fourth expansion, and the third add-on released just this year following One Night in Karazhan and Whispers of the Old Gods.

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Video Games Review: Sid Meier’s Civilization 6 (PC, 2016)

October 31, 2016

Civilization 6 is the latest in Sid Meier’s 25-year-old franchise of global growth and domination and, while it doesn’t rest on its laurels, neither does it strive to do anything especially different to its predecessors. In any other game, this would be considered the height of laziness. In Civilization‘s case, its surprising to find that minimal […]

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Video Games Review: World of Warcraft: Legion (PC, 2016)

September 25, 2016

12 years. 12 years is a long time to carry an MMO, or any game at all. I should know, I’ve been playing the thing since launch. Having learnt from some of the mistakes made in Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard have ensured that expansion 6 of World of Warcraft takes the game in a very […]

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End of an era: Blizzard to retire the name

September 22, 2016

Blizzard Entertainment have indicated that they will be “transitioning away from”, the name the company has used to denote its multiplayer services since Diablo‘s release in 1996, citing confusion over the name from outside parties.

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Sony announces wireless controller adaptor, PlayStation Now for PC and Mac

August 25, 2016

Sony has announced that video game streaming service, PlayStation Now, and a DualShock 4 USB wireless adapter, will be available for PC and Mac. Australian players will be able to access the 300+ titles available on the service, which include Bioshock Infinite, The Last of Us, and Deus Ex: Human Revolution, from 16th of September […]

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Video Games Interview: Blizzard’s Kent-Erik Hagman on the past, present and future of Heroes of the Storm

August 10, 2016

It’s been just over twelve months since Blizzard released Heroes of the Storm, an accessible take on the MOBA genre that features characters from the developer’s legendary back catalogue. In that time, the game has seen multiple updates, new heroes, in-game events and huge e-sporting competitions come and go. How has that been for someone […]

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First Batman: The Telltale Series trailer teases dense, Wayne-centric plot

July 19, 2016

The World Premiere trailer for Telltale’s upcoming Batman adventure released overnight. The trailer provides a glimpse of how the five-episode series will tackle one of comics’ most beloved and iconic characters when it arrives early next month. Hit the jump to see it for yourself.

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E3 2016: The Elder Scrolls Legends has a story to tell

June 13, 2016

Bethesda announced The Elder Scrolls Legends, a Hearthstone-esque digital card game at last year’s E3 but they were ready to talk about more about it during their press event today. Shown off were a glimpse of gameplay and a trailer for the game’s new story mode.

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E3 2016: Telltale’s The Walking Dead: Season 3 kicks off in Q3, Batman to premiere at E3

June 8, 2016

Telltale Games are gearing up to release both the third season of their popular series based on The Walking Dead and their new title Batman: A Telltale Games Series this year. The company has now confirmed the release window for both, plus their E3 intentions on Twitter.

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Blizzard’s new deal with Facebook lets you stream Hearthstone, Overwatch straight to your FB feed

June 7, 2016

It’s going to be easier than its ever been to log into your Battle.Net account soon. Blizzard have announced a new deal with Facebook that will allow players to livestream games directly to their newsfeeds and log in using their Facebook credentials.

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Hearthstone‘s older cards are about to cop a bit of a nerfing

April 21, 2016

With Hearthstone‘s big Whispers of the Old Gods expansion looming, Blizzard have announced that a number of older cards will be undergoing changes to bring them into line with newer and forthcoming decks.

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Video Games Review: StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops (PC, 2016)

April 7, 2016

If you’ve been following the development of the StarCraft IP over the last decade or so, you’ll surely have heard of the fan-favourite Terran ghost, namely November Annabella Terra, or Nova for short. The character was to appear in her own title, aptly named StarCraft: Ghost, however the project was sadly canned in 2005. Now […]

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Hearthstone is about to undergo some major changes

February 3, 2016

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is rapidly approaching its second birthday and Blizzard are about to deploy some pretty sweeping changes to their world-beating digital CCG.

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Video Games Review: Oxenfree (PC, 2016)

January 25, 2016

Oxenfree is a 2.5D side-scrolling adventure game that follows five kids stranded on an island. After initially only wanting to party amongst themselves, the island’s dormant history of supernatural terror is stirred and the resourceful teens must find a way to work together and get to safety before morning.

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Video Games Review: That Dragon, Cancer (PC, 2016)

January 23, 2016

That Dragon, Cancer is one of those games that you want to recommend to people because it’s an capital-i, capital-e “Important Experience.” It is however its subject matter that makes it also difficult to recommend. It is not an enjoyable experience by any stretch of the imagination. Nothing that approaches with the topic of terminal disease […]

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Prison Architect makes the jump to consoles

January 21, 2016

Introversion Software’s Prison Architect, a simulator that tasks players with building and maintaining a prison of their own design against an limitless tide of angry convicts, is making the jump to current-gen consoles later this year.

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The Iris Games & Tech Top 15 Games of 2015, plus our Runners Up and Biggest Letdowns of the Year

December 20, 2015

What a year it’s been for gaming. The surge of fantastic indie titles shows no signs of slowing and, after a horror year in 2014, the AAA side of the industry has made a clear effort to pick itself up by the bootstraps and deliver titles of quality. There was a lot to like out […]

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Twitch just launched servers in Sydney, streams to improve immensely for Aussie users

November 26, 2015

Livestreaming juggernaut Twitch have reportedly launched new servers in Sydney today, according to a tweet from famed Australian StarCraft II player and shoutcaster Maynarde.

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Video Games Review: StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void (PC, 2015)

November 16, 2015

When you think of video game genres that have their home on the PC, there’s only a few that spring readily to mind. In the 90’s and early 2000’s, real time strategy ruled the PC platform but in recent years it has all but died out, killed off by the very monster it created, the […]

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Video Games Interview: Blizzard’s Kristopher Howl talks StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void

November 16, 2015

In the days prior to BlizzCon 2015, we got to the chance to chat briefly with Kristopher Howl, senior level designer on Blizzard’s StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void about the game’s campaign, new units and the new modes that will make it easier than ever for new players to jump into the game’s notoriously competitive multiplayer.

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BlizzCon 2015: World of Warcraft: Legion arrives mid-2016

November 6, 2015

The sixth expansion for Blizzard’s enduring MMORPG World of Warcraft, called Legion, will arrive “summer 2016”. The announcement came during the BlizzCon 2015 opening ceremonies today.

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BlizzCon 2015: Heroes of the Storm gets new heroes, Arena mode

November 6, 2015

Blizzard have revealed a number of new goodies for their free-to-play MOBA/brawler Heroes of the Storm, including new Heroes and a brand new Arena mode.

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