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Of Pauldrons, Patience and Petty Arson: Warcraft’s storytelling challenge

Last week a fire rocked World of Warcraft. It was an epic act of petulance, strategically foolish. It seemed bizarrely out of character for a beloved anti-hero, and damaged the honour of half the game’s player population. In the heat of the moment, it’s been hard for many players and fans to accept. The game has thrived on nuanced reasoning that keeps the Horde and Alliance opposed while both feel justified in their animosity. But this was different.

How Warcraft builds stories players care about: Part Two

Want more insight into the World of Warcraft storytelling process? Step right up. This week, we’re sharing our extended interview with Creative Director Alex Afrasiabi as he walks us through the ways storytelling in WoW helps drive great gameplay, and how the technology of game design has served the game’s storytelling.

Nathan Fillion stars as Nathan Drake in a totally unauthorised Uncharted short film

Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake. If you know both those names, you should get that it’s such a good fit. And some things are just too perfect to live. But here we are. A completely unofficial Uncharted ‘fan film’ made with real Hollywood talent in front of and behind the camera. Watch it below and hope it will not be taken down too quickly by Sony for showing such love for its intellectual property.

How are the Aussies finding life in the Overwatch League?

“They’re ready. You’ve got about eight minutes, sorry.” These are stolen minutes in a hectic schedule at the Blizzard Arena. But I’m lucky to get two for the price of one. Scott ‘Custa’ Kennedy – a support main – had just two days earlier been traded from the Dallas Fuel to Los Angeles Valiant. Which is the team where Jordan ‘Gunba’ Graham has been on the coaching staff. A real-world support main.

Vale Stephen Hawking

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” ― Stephen Hawking