Hearthstone Hits 20 Million Players

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Hearthstone has been out for a little over six months now, yet it has acquired quite the following. It has been announced that Hearthstone has over 20 million players worldwide. This huge milestone cements the popularity of Blizzard's card game juggernaut. Over its short life span Hearthstone has managed to:

Skylanders Trap Team: A Message from Kaos

This morning we bring you a special message from Kaos. If you're unfamilar with the villian of the Skylanders games by Activision, you probably don't have kids. 

"A recent evil study of a thousand trolls revealed that nine out of ten agree that I am the most powerful and impressive evil doer to have ever conquered Skylands," said Kaos, who regularly tries to take over Skylands. "Naturally, I had every tenth one banished to my ‘Kaos Doom Challenge' to test the effectiveness of my 100 waves of ultimate evil doom - and they were never heard from again. So let's just say EVERYONE agrees - I am the most powerful and impressive evil doer ever."

Destiny: Vault of Glass Opens Tomorrow

"Assemble your Fireteam now. You'll need to work together.
You'll need to be mighty, and brave. We'll be watching."

At 5AM tomorrow morning, September 16th, the doors will open. The unspeakable evils lurking on the lush planet Venus will be unchained. As Destiny's most terrifying task, the Vault of Glass requires no less than 6 Guardians, fully-equipped with the best gear they can find.

Microsoft Purchases Mojang for $2.5 Billion

Mojang and Microsoft confirmed this morning that Mojang, which includes hit game Minecraft, has been purchased for a cool $2.5 billion. According to Mojang's blog:

Yes, the deal is real. Mojang is being bought by Microsoft.

There are only a handful of potential buyers with the resources to grow Minecraft on a scale that it deserves. We’ve worked closely with Microsoft since 2012, and have been impressed by their continued dedication to our game and its development. We’re confident that Minecraft will continue to grow in an awesome way.

Microsoft acquired Mojang for a smooth 2.5 BILLION dollars.

WAKFU Steam Beta Key Giveaway

UPDATE: The closed beta will run until September 18th, giving you two extra days!

WAKFU is now in Closed Beta on Steam, and you can jump into testing with our Closed Beta Key Giveaway! The best part: Beta progress won't be wiped for launch! You'll keep all your progress & items from the Beta. Here's how to get your key:

Diving Deep: Journey Into The Sims 4

The Sims 4 released on the PC last week, nearly one year after it was first revealed. The lead-up to its release was a flurry of mixed emotions from longtime fans of the series; between concern over missing features (compared to Sims 1-3), the shift from an open world to single lot environment, the small introductory neighborhood size and more.

While I've certainly invested a lot of time into many other series such as EverQuest, Elder Scrolls and Civilization, the Sims franchise takes the cake for having devoted hundreds (or more *cough*) of my life to. I've been playing The Sims longer than any of my children have been alive (the eldest of which will be able to get his driver's permit next year). Let's just say my excitement for the announcement of The Sims 4 included many exclaimation points, and after my first 49 hours of playing it, I'm quite happy with the game, despite its spotty issues and omitted features.

This review is going to be extremely lengthy and touch on every aspect I've experienced thus far.

Wowhead Weekly: Episode 10

Party up with Olivia and Perculia for a new Wowhead Weekly: Episode 10! This week comes with a major bonus: comment on the Wowhead news post with your favorite Warlords item, and you could win one of 100 Warlords beta keys!

Now, for the topics covered in this week's episode:

ArcheAge Head Start Begins

ArcheAge, the free-to-play fantasy sandbox MMORPG from Trion Worlds and Korean game developer XLGAMES, has kicked off its head start for Founders. Players who purchased one of ArcheAge’s Founders Packs are able to dive into the game a full four days early, leading up to ArcheAge’s official launch on September 16.

Check out the trailer below, and for more information, visit the official site.

Friday Update Arcade: Episode 2

Lindsay "geektr0n" Ferguson hosts ZAM's second installment of Friday Update Arcade! Topics discussed are:

  • Minecraft might be purchased for $2 billion?
  • Destiny touts much profit and may eventually see a PC release
  • Batman Arkham Knight gets a release date
  • FOOTBALL!!!??
  • DestinyDB's console giveaway

June and July Version Update Survey

Square Enix wants your voice to be heard! To gather information on the past two major version updates of Final Fantasy XI, a new update survey has been released. Did you enjoy the new high-tier mission battles added? Did you think that the various job adjustments could have been a bit better? Now's your chance to let Square Enix know what you think!

What are your opinions of the version update survey? Let us know over on the ZAM forums!