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Sam Raimi explains his “World of Warcraft” and “Spider-Man 4” departures

The director was originally set to helm both films.

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Duncan Jones to direct “World of Warcraft” movie

The film will be called “Warcraft.”

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“World of Warcraft” movie gets new writer, loses Sam Raimi

The film could come out as early as 2014.

The 25 greatest video game trailers of all time (photo)

The 25 greatest video game trailers of all time

As video games increasingly matched movies in their use of sweeping cinematics, it was only a matter of time until the gaming industry began taking its marketing cues from Hollywood as well. It’s been no surprise then that video game trailers have increasingly become a key promotional medium beyond the standard commercial. And like its […]

“World of Warcraft” offers first chunk of game for free  (photo)

“World of Warcraft” offers first chunk of game for free

Up until recently, there was a stigma attached to free-to-play games. Most examples of the category live on the web, in browser-based games or on Facebook, where an entertainment experience gets doled out in a slow dripfeed. Those experiences get specially formulated to be just addictive to get you to come back–and they’re free after […]

Could a ‘Mass Effect’ MMO Be on the Way? (photo)

Could a ‘Mass Effect’ MMO Be on the Way?

Here’s what I love about how BioWare views their games: the folks at the Edmonton development collective view their games (and attendant DLC and transmedia projects) as huge, perpetually unspooling skeins of fiction that can be braided and folded in a variety of interesting ways. You can look at how BioWare used the DLC for […]

Blizzard Celebrates 20th Anniversary by Revealing Its Origins (photo)

Blizzard Celebrates 20th Anniversary by Revealing Its Origins

The company responsible for “World of Warcraft” wasn’t always a multinational powerhouse. Blizzard started off small and humble, as just a collection of computer and D&D nerds in southern California. Blizzard execs Mike Morhaime and Allen Adham talk about meeting in college in computer science classes at UCLA, going from there to a small start-up […]

“World of Warcraft” Co-Designer: MMOs are Kind of Like TV Shows (photo)

“World of Warcraft” Co-Designer: MMOs are Kind of Like TV Shows

Rob Pardo constantly gets name-checked as one of the sharpest and most insightful game execs around. Under his stewardship, “World of Warcraft” became a genuine cultural phenomenon. It’s currently the world’s biggest massively multiplayer online game, with about 12 million active users, and its latest installment debuted yesterday. The much-anticipated Cataclysm expansion pack radically changes […]

Talking with Tommy Tallarico, Part 2 (photo)

Talking with Tommy Tallarico, Part 2

The chat with the maestro of Video Games Live includes comparison between the games and films differ in their treatment of music. Tommy Tallarico also offers up thoughts on why video game music is specially situated to make lasting impression on players. (See part one.) Have there been times when you’ve been playing a game […]

The (Game)Play’s the Thing at a Cutting-Edge Theater Festival (photo)

The (Game)Play’s the Thing at a Cutting-Edge Theater Festival

Video games and movies, for better or worse, seem to be a natural pairing for artistic crossover by virtue of their shared heritage in the moving image family. Theater, on the other hand, with its emphasis on the synergy between live humans to create once-in-lifetime performances, may not seem to be a great fit for […]