Internet outages, trash-talking and dreaming at one of the largest videogame tournaments on Earth
In honor of the recent release of our largest issue of the year, Best Of 2013, we present to you a handy guide to the places we deemed the best drinking establishments in Orange County. Best Sports Bar, Best Place to Get Drunk on Rum, Best Cougar Bar...it's all here folks. Thank us now, curse us dur ... More >>
Another day, another World of Warcraft study, another opportunity for Republicans in Congress to lash out at government spending on research associated with the online role playing game from Irvine's Blizzard Entertainment. The latest finds those who play WoW for socialization are more open, agreeab ... More >>
If you're playing World of Warcraft on one monitor and Navel Gazing on another, lissen up: You may have been hacked.No, it's not through your favorite alternative newsweekly blog that virtual bogeyman let themselves in but the online accounts of Blizzard Entertainment of Irvine.
[Summer Guide 2012] Side bets, cash prizes, trash talking—welcome to video games played at bars
This weekend, a bunch of guys will be heading to local sports bars to watch the big game. Who's competing, you ask? The lineup includes MarineKingPrime, viOLet and Heart, all professional videogame players. Buffalo Wild Wings in Lake Forest and Player's Sports Grill in Laguna Hills are gea ... More >>
Blizzard Entertainment, maker of the mammoth online game "World of Warcraft," is laying off about 600 workers from its global operation. About ninety percent of the jobs being cut are not related to game development, and the "World of Warcraft" development team will not be impacted. (And hopefull ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyMore than 26,000 people united AFK (away from keyboard) at the Anaheim Convention Center last weekend for the geekstravaganza that was BlizzCon 2011. We had a chance to meet some of the devout Internet gamers, who traveled from 50 states and 49 countri ... More >>
[BEST OF 2011: GAME ON!] World of Warcrafters from Blizzard Entertainment
So you thought Kanye West performing at the Call of Duty XP was a little off? Well, BlizzCon just pulled out their piece de resistance by announcing the Foo Fighters will be headlining the closing event of the two-day convention.Blizzcon, held Oct. 21 and 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center, is a ... More >>
Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklyOne of Blizzcon 2010's hottest babes When BlizzCon comes back to Anaheim in October, it will be to the tune of $175 a ticket. Tickets to this Blizzard Entertainment Con are already hard to get. Now they're even more expensive. Tickets for the October 21-22 conventi ... More >>
In Tom Coburn's just-released "Wastebook 2010," an 85-page tirade on what the U.S. senator believes are the year's 100 most outrageous uses of tax dollars, UC Irvine's $3 million research of World of Warcraft and other games comes in at No. 6. "Most people have to work for a l ... More >>
The school is banking big on computer games as an emerging discipline
This Saturday, Dec. 11, Spike will be hosting its 2010 installment of their Video Game Awards. The annual awards show provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals working in the video game development industry to receive recognition for all of their hard work. It's also a interesting chance t ... More >>
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BlizzardTwelve years ago, Irvine-based gaming firm Blizzard Entertainment dropped Starcraft, a sci-fi strategy game featuring heavily armored humans turning insect-like aliens into blood fountains via machine gun. It's sold nearly 10 million copies. At midnight tonight, the company will finally r ... More >>
These guys take 'casual' games very seriously
Photos Courtesy of Cheeming BoeyBoyishly grinning in his black hoodie and jeans, artist Cheeming Boey easily blended into the crowd at Laguna Art Museum's OsCene. (Read Dave Barton's review of the whole exhibit here.) Yet, his exhibit--simply titled "Sharpie on Styrofoam Cup"--stole the spotlight ... More >>
You there, sitting on the couch in your parent's basement, next to the Doritos, playing World of Warcraft for hours on end. Yes, YOU! What have you done to better mankind lately? More than 200,000 of your kind just donated $1.11 million to charity.
Chris VictorioWhew, that was interesting. We're back from two days at BlizzCon 2009, and are only a little geekily ashamed to admit that it was a good time. You wanna see pictures? Here's our slideshow, and here's our post with many, many overflow pictures.This just in (two days ago) from Twitter ... More >>
Yep, I'm OC Weekly's man at BlizzCon, the annual two-day convention for Irvine-based computer gaming giant Blizzard Entertainment. It's at the Anaheim Convention Center. I've got some lovely memories of Blizzard's real-time strategy games, but you'll hear more of that with the coverage. For now, I ... More >>
Apparently Ozzy Osbourne really liked doing this World of Warcraft commercial. He's going to be closing out this year's massively sold out BlizzCon '09, with a concert in Anaheim on August 22.
This year's BlizzCon is August 21 and 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center, where every installment of the Blizzard Entertainment hullabaloo has been held. It's a celebration of the Irvine-based computer game company's three major, incredibly popular franchises--Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo--and ... More >>
The online Bad Idea Magazine points us to a 49-page report by U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) titled "2008: Worst Waste of the Year--A look back through some of the year's most outrageous federal spending." Included is this:Studying American and Chinese Video Game Habits - California ($100,000) ... More >>
BlizzCon 2008, October 10, 10:00 a.m. Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment has enjoyed great success with its World of Warcraft series, dominating the online, multiplayer, role-playing game industry and thoroughly permeating pop culture. This weekend, Blizzard is hosting its annual BlizzCon at the An ... More >>
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