The National Security Agency, along with its UK counterpart, the GCHQ, has taken to video games to spy on alleged terrorists, according to a new report.
The Guardian reported on Monday that leaked documents obtained from Edward Snowden show that the NSA several years ago determined that online games could be a breeding ground for terrorist activity. In response, the US and UK set out a plan to monitor activity on popular games, World of Warcraft and Second Life. Xbox Live gaming was also targeted in that effort.… Read more
The long, thin screens of smartphones make nifty platforms for tower defense games. Dragon Warcraft harkens back to old days of the genre -- you're actually defending a tower! The rich graphics and bevy of unlockable content make it one of the deeper games on Android. However, it's not for the faint of heart.
The game starts with a fairly large tutorial that sends tons of text at you as goblins storm your castle. These pop up occasionally with no way to opt out of them. Once you tap through all of those text overlays, you have a … Read more
Imagine your virtual character relaxing in the confines of the massive World of Warcraft city Orgrimmar, when suddenly, zero health points. Upon spinning the mouse cursor around, everything around you also simultaneously perishes. Not long after the death, countless skeletons of fallen players stack up upon the city streets.
While this sounds like a bad dream that might strike someone who plays World of Warcraft too much, the deadly scenario played out yesterday across many WoW servers around the world. Entire Horde and Alliance megacities -- including Stormwind -- suddenly became graveyards for thousands afflicted by an in-game exploit carried out by malicious players. … Read more
Some might argue that those who play World of Warcraft are, well, in their own world.
However, if you saw last night's presidential debate, you wouldn't imagine that a martian would find those two gentlemen entirely conventional.
How odd, then, that the Republican Party in Maine believes that being a level 68 orc rogue girl should disqualify someone from candidacy for the Maine Senate.
And yet, as Politico has unearthed, the Maine GOP has actually issued a press release and is preparing a mail piece declaring that Colleen Lachowicz has a "bizarre double life" that makes her a highly questionable human.
Oh, come now. It's not as if her name is Lash-o-Witch and you can hire her at $100 per hour -- as you can some politicians.
Still, her alter-ego as Santiaga, the orc assassination rogue, seems to frighten her opponents. … Read more
World of Warcraft fans rejoice! Blizzard Entertainment released a trailer for Mists of Pandaria -- the highly anticipated expansion pack for the addictive online game -- yesterday at Gamescom 2012 in Cologne, Germany.
The trailer reveals the opening cinematic sequence to Mists of Pandaria. Described as a lost continent shrouded in fog, Pandaria is inhabited by a race called the Pandaren. The upcoming release is the fourth expansion pack of the uber-popular game.… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- A real Jurassic Park might be hitting the Middle East.
- World of Warcraft is losing subscribers and Activison's stock is paying the price.
- The truth about winning Olympic medals and the subsequent taxes.
Like every year, PC gaming will likely get lost amid the retail and console-focused hullabaloo out of Los Angeles next week. Nintendo will tout its crazy new console/handheld hybrid; Microsoft has the Xbox-as-entertainment center and a new Halo and Gears of War to flog; and Sony will be talking about, you know, Sony stuff (and maybe the acquisition of a cloud gaming service).
Huge, PC-specific game announcements rarely happen at E3, but here are some of the current PC-specific topics bubbling under the surface.
Minecraft on the Xbox 360Mojang Software's Minecraft debuted on Xbox Live on May 9 … Read more
World of Warcraft creator Blizzard has said it's "looking into" crafting an iPhone version of its time-destroying MMORPG.
Senior World of Warcraft producer John Lagrave told Eurogamer the world is "evolving toward" gadgets like the iPhone. "It would be foolish for any game developer to not be looking at that," he said.
Confirmation that Blizzard has its eye on a mobile future will be welcome news for WoW addicts who currently have to stop playing to do things like take the bus or go to the bathroom.
Read more of "Blizzard 'looking into' World of Warcraft on iPhone" at Crave UK. … Read more
There's sour news out of Irvine, Calif., today, as Activision Blizzard subsidiary Blizzard Entertainment announced that it will reduce its global workforce by 600 employees.
The company noted that 10 percent of its staff cuts--or about 60 people--were actively involved in game development.
Blizzard was quick to point out that the World of Warcraft development team will not be impacted by the staff reductions.
The company's massively popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game has struggled in the past year, slipping from 10.3 million to 10.2 million subscribers through the end of December.