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'Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1' and '2' get the remake treatment

May 13, 2020 - 9:47 AM

A favorite among gamers in the 1990s and early 2000s, the remaster comes out on September 4, 2020

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‘StarCraft II’: Pro tips from the Sibol players

Nov 22, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Justin ‘NuksPH’ Santos and Caviar ‘Enderr’ Acampado of Sibol Philippines, the national esports team for the 2019 SEA Games, share their tips on how you can step up your game in StarCraft II

SIBOL STARCRAFT II. Justin 'NuksPH' Santos (L) and Caviar 'Enderr' Acampado (R) are the Philippines' aces for StarCraft II in SEA Games 2019. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler

‘StarCraft II’: What you need to know

Nov 22, 2019 - 2:23 PM

The popular science-fiction strategy game will be a medal event for the 2019 SEA Games

STARCRAFT II. Series anniversary art from Blizzard shows key characters in a rare moment of non-conflict. Illustration from Blizzard

‘Hearthstone’: Pro tips from the Sibol players

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Dustin ‘WaningMoon’ Mangulabnan and Jacinta ‘Jia’ Dee share their tips on how you can get better at 'Hearthstone'

SIBOL. Dustin 'WaningMoon' Mangulabnan and Jacinta 'Jia' Dee will be representing the Philippines in the Hearthstone tourney of SEA Games 2019. Photo by Kyle Chua/Rappler

'Hearthstone': What you need to know

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Videogames are coming to the SEA Games. In case you haven't played Hearthstone, here's a quick explainer

Photo from Blizzard press site

Multiple sources say Diablo 4 will be announced at Blizzcon

Oct 22, 2019 - 8:01 PM

An industry insider's tweet and an alleged mention of 'Diablo 4' on promotional material for a Diablo artbook spur speculation of a new game announcement

Despite record 2018 results, Activision Blizzard slashes 770 jobs

Feb 13, 2019 - 10:03 PM

Despite results which Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick says were 'the best in our history,' the company slashes 770 jobs because it didn't reach its full potential

Bungie splits from publisher Activision, retains 'Destiny' IP

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:40 PM

'With our remarkable Destiny community, we are ready to publish on our own, while Activision will increase their focus on owned IP projects,' Bungie says in a statement

Blizzard Entertainment president Mike Morhaime steps down

Oct 04, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'World of Warcraft' executive producer J. Allen Brack will take over as Blizzard's president

MIKE MORHAIME. Blizzard Entertainment's Mike Mohaime at the 2011 Video Game Awards. File photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images/AFP

Blizzard working on 'unannounced Diablo project'

Jun 06, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Job postings indicate that Blizzard Entertainment is looking for a Diablo dungeon artist and environment artist, among other positions

Deadly blizzards lash Europe, air travel disrupted

Mar 01, 2018 - 11:22 PM

The snowstorms, unusual for much of Europe at this time of year, leaves roads blocked, thousands of drivers stranded and schools shut, with weather agencies predicting the cold would continue in parts of the region at least through Thursday evening

EUROPEAN COLD. A man protects himself from the cold with blankets in Berlin's Mitte central district on March 1, 2018. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Destiny 2 for the PC: All we know so far

Jun 03, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Here s what Rappler contributor Michaela Nadine Pacis knows about the PC version of Destiny 2 based on her time at the Destiny 2 gameplay reveal event

Starcraft and its Brood War expansion are now free

Apr 19, 2017 - 10:04 AM

Starcraft and its Brood War expansion get bug fixes and compatibility improvements for newer machines

NOW FREE. You can now download the original Starcraft and its Brood War expansion! Image from Starcraft Twitter page.

Blizzard announces 'Starcraft Remastered'

Mar 27, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The classic real time strategy favorite will now be playable in 4K resolution

STARCRAFT REMASTERED. The venerated real-time strategy game gets graphical upgrades. Screen shot from

Blizzard lets players livestream its games on Facebook

Aug 29, 2016 - 8:30 PM

Blizzard Streaming lets players of Blizzard games live stream their gameplay directly to Facebook

BLIZZARD STREAMING. Blizzard enables live streaming to Facebook in their game launcher client. Screen shot from YouTube.

Facebook gets into game-streaming with Blizzard

Jun 07, 2016 - 11:49 AM

People will be able to use Facebook accounts to log in to Blizzard Entertainment computer games such as World of Warcraft They will also eventually be able to use Facebook Live to broadcast play in real time

'Warcraft' review: Overburdened fantasy

May 28, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Warcraft s awfully curated collection of uncharismatic humorless and archetypal characters is only symptomatic of the film s very own confusion with what it wants to do writes Oggs Cruz

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PH team Renovatio fights for SEA in Heroes of the Storm tilt

Mar 08, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The Philippines Team Renovatio is off to the world stage as the Southeast Asian contingent of the Heroes of the Storm 2016 Spring Global Championship

TEAM RENOVATIO. Team Renovatio is the Southeast Asian qualifying team for the Heroes of the Storm 2016 Global Spring Championship. Image from AsiaSoft

Binay on PH transportation, Sandiganbayan justices, US blizzard | 12PM wRap

Jan 26, 2016 - 12:39 PM

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Washington DC digs out after monster blizzard

Jan 26, 2016 - 8:12 AM

For many the thrill of a weekend spent playing in the snow or in warm homes watching a stunning display of nature s power gave way to the realization that in Washington DC at least the cleanup will be long and messy

BREAK TIME. Joel Clement, 50, left, and Brad Farster, 35, right, both U.S. government employees, take a break in front of the U.S. Capitol building after a day of cross country skiing on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. USA, January 25, 2016. Allison Shelley/EPA

IEC opens in Cebu, US blizzard, Miss Universe homecoming | 12PM wRap

Jan 25, 2016 - 12:10 PM

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Storm-hit US digs out as death toll rises to 25

Jan 25, 2016 - 8:38 AM

UPDATED The eastern United States emerge wearily from a massive blizzard that dumped huge amounts of snow and killed at least 25 people

AFTER 'SNOWZILLA' People take photographs in the snow with the New York City skyline in the background in Central Park in New York, New York, USA, January 24, 2016. Peter Foley/EPA

New York's blizzard and Kelly's first snow

Jan 25, 2016 - 7:00 AM

It s been more than 20 years since Kelly looked up to see snowflakes for the first time He s 50 years old and his gamble paid off

'Snowzilla': Massive blizzard paralyzes eastern US

Jan 24, 2016 - 10:55 AM

UPDATED 16 die in Arkansas Kentucky New York North Carolina Maryland and Virginia while more than 200 000 people are left without power and 2 200 National Guard personnel are drafted in

FROZEN. People walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York, USA, January 23, 2016. John Taggart/EPA

Mammoth 'Snowzilla' blizzard blankets eastern US

Jan 23, 2016 - 8:17 AM

UPDATED The snowstorm is expected to last until early Sunday

SNOWSTORM. Pedestrians walk during snowfall, on Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, January 22, 2016. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Duterte on Revilla, Aquino admin in SWS, US snow storm | 12PM wRap

Jan 22, 2016 - 12:41 PM

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Millions in US brace for monster blizzard

Jan 22, 2016 - 12:51 AM

2nd UPDATE Forecasters say the US capital and the surrounding area could see up to two feet of snow accumulate in a short time from Friday to Saturday January 22 to January 23 coupled with fierce winds

PREPPING FOR THE STORM. A picture made available on January 21, 2016 of fire truck drives down a snow-covered road during snowfall, in downtown Washington, DC, USA, late January 20, 2016. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

Winter freeze leaves 300 Ukraine towns without power

Jan 19, 2016 - 8:49 PM

Ukraine s emergency service says most of the outages are recorded on Monday evening with urgent repair works already underway

Death toll at 43 as wild weather tears across parts of US

Dec 28, 2015 - 6:42 PM

The National Weather Service says 21 states – from New Mexico to as far north as Michigan – are under a weather watch or warning as part of the storm system

TORNADO AFTERMATH. This still aerial image from video courtesy of NBCDFW.COM shows tornado damaged houses and vehicles in Rowlett, Texas on December 27, 2015. NBCDFW.COM/AFP

Activision Blizzard to buy Candy Crush's King Digital for $5.9B

Nov 03, 2015 - 12:45 PM

We will have one of the world s most successful mobile game companies and its talented teams providing great content to new customers in new geographies around the world says Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick

StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void to launch November 10

Sep 15, 2015 - 9:22 AM

The last of the stories set from the perspective of a single faction within the game Legacy of the Void deals with the Protoss faction as they try to reclaim their homeworld

LEGACY OF THE VOID. Screen shot from YouTube.

REVIEW: Heroes of the Storm

Aug 26, 2015 - 11:46 PM

Blizzard s new MOBA features heroes from its franchises like Warcraft Starcraft and Diablo

PH to host Hearthstone SEA World Championship finals

Jul 10, 2015 - 9:45 AM

Voting for the venue is a toss up between the Philippines and Malaysia

HEARTHSTONE. Image from Hearthstone SEA Facebook page.

Lessons from my 13th winter

Mar 05, 2015 - 7:42 AM

Through the years I learned the beauty of seasons in that they always gave me something to look forward to

New York, meteorologists defend storm shutdown

Jan 28, 2015 - 8:29 AM

New York Governor Cuomo: It may actually have brought us back to full operating capacity sooner but I do not criticize weather forecasters I learn

A man walks away after spreading salt on a Lower East Side building's entrance following a large winter storm in New York, New York, USA, 27 January 2015.  Andrew Kelly/EPA

PNP-SAF chief, Junjun Binay, US blizzard | The wRap

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:11 PM

The chief of the Special Action Forces is relieved of his post Junjun Binay slams the Senate’s telenovela probe A blizzard hits the Northeastern United States

Northeast US shuts down due to 'historic' blizzard

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:12 AM

UPDATED States of emergency were declared in states across the affected region as residents rushed to supermarkets to stockpile food

Pedestrians walk along a Manhattan street in heavy snow on January 26, 2015 in New York City.  Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

US northeast braces for monster snowstorm

Jan 26, 2015 - 9:09 PM

Officials in Boston New York Philadelphia and Washington urge residents to stay home as they prepared for a storm that could dump up to three feet of snow

'PREPARE FOR FLOODING.' People work to clear vehicles in deep snow in a neighborhood just south of Buffalo, New York, a day after a winter storm that dumped a reported 5 feet (1.5 meters) of lake-effect snow on the area in Hamburg, New York, USA, November 20, 2014. File photo by Mark Webster/EPA

Snowfall, blizzards forecast for US northeast

Jan 26, 2015 - 12:44 AM

With parts of the region already hit by a strong winter system over the weekend residents brace for what the National Weather Service called possible heavy snow and strong wind even blizzard conditions

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‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ Review: Into the mind of a teen drama queen

Nov 15, 2014 - 2:38 PM

Set in a nameless suburb during the late ‘80s White Bird in a Blizzard has that distinct look of a nightmarish daydream with characters seemingly trapped in a time and space without exits

Choose your hero (or villain) in Heroes of the Storm

Oct 11, 2014 - 5:41 PM

If you re itching to become one of Blizzard s heroes or villains Heroes of the Storm is one game you want to watch out for


Blizzard Entertainment cancels work on Titan online game

Sep 24, 2014 - 5:17 AM

Titan was in development for 7 years and was anticipated by many as an MMO that could emulate the worldwide success and popularity of another Blizzard title World of Warcraft

BLIZZARD. Photo of Blizzard Entertainment's Irvine studio by Wikimedia Commons user KennethHan.

World of Warcraft pays tribute to Robin Williams

Sep 06, 2014 - 9:24 AM

In a test version of Warlords of Draenor a futuristic character named Robin emerges from a lamp to quote two lines from Disney s Aladdin genie

US actor Robin Williams in London, United Kingdom, 26 November 2006. Daniel Deme/EPA

Blizzard Hercules brings chaos to northern US

Jan 04, 2014 - 8:10 AM

The snowstorm caused one casualty closed major roads and canceled thousands of flights

WRATH OF HERCULES. People walk in Maverick Square as a snowstorm begins January 2, 2014 in East Boston, Massachusetts. Darren McCollester/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse

Blizzard opens StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm pre-orders

Jan 23, 2013 - 3:36 PM

Blizzard Entertainment opens up pre orders for its new game with a new cinematic and a reveal of the game s release date

HEART OF THE SWARM. Blizzard opens up their game's pre-orders with a release date reveal and cinematic. Picture from Blizzard Entertainment.