Long Live The Classics

Classic computer games are continuing to receive updates, even after they have been out for over a decade. Two games, in particular, Warcraft III...
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    Classic games, depending on what the general public considers classic, will always have a place in the heart and soul of many gamers. From the infamous Pac-Man arcade game to playing the original World of Warcraft, it's always good to see people still playing these games years after their initial release date. The only disadvantage to playing these older games, though, is that many of the companies that made them are either out of business or just simply refuse to update them as they have moved on from said game. Blizzard is not one of those companies. In this weekend alone, they have announced that they will not only update Diablo II but Warcraft III as well. Although these two updates may not be anything big per say, it still goes to show that Blizzard still cares about its games and their fanbase.

    Blizzard had this to say in regards to the Diablo II update, which released the same day it was announced, "It’s been a long time coming, but today we’re releasing 1.14a for Diablo II. This update focuses on system glitches introduced by modern operating systems. In related news, you can finally retire those old Mac PowerPCs. Included with the update is a shiny new installer for OSX. We’ve also begun working to improve our cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. There’s still work to be done, but we’re making improvements every day. There is still a large Diablo II community around the world, and we thank you for continuing to play and slay with us. This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers."

    As for the Warcraft III update, it is set to be released on March 15th around the world, however, it will be released in China before then. In a Youtube video that was posted by the head of Blizzard Classic Games, Robert Bridenbecker, he thanks the fans for supporting the game for over a decade now and promises that future updates are to come. He also teased that this patch will more than likely not be the last for Warcraft III, as Blizzard themselves are planning more patches to be released in the near future. They will not say what is to be included in the patches, however, it is assumed that they will be similar to the updates for Diablo II which would allow Warcraft to run better on today's computers as well as improving cheat-detection and hacking systems.

    Both Diablo II and Warcraft III are more than a decade old, with Diablo releasing in early 2000 and Warcraft III to follow two years later. Both have sold millions upon million of copies and still have a generally high fanbase. The Youtube video, which contains information about the Warcraft III update, can be found below.

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  1. Goonki
    WoW owns a good part of my life. right?
  2. cheeeeeeetoh
  3. bak0n
    this is what a good company does, loved Diablo 2
  4. LookBroZombies_XBL
    I wish that all companies did this for their games. Nowadays studios sometimes stop updating a game only a year after release which makes the game stagnant so people just stop playing since we can't find a match/there are too many bugs, etc.
      JoinTheResistance and Echo like this.
    1. Echo
      ^This. It's sad, as companies nowadays are focused on the newer product. Which, that isn't a bad thing, but you still need to consider your older games and your older generation of players.
  5. JoinTheResistance
    I hope that they release an official fix for the weird colors bug in StarCraft and StarCraft BroodWar. That way I can stop running the game from a batch file and losing all of my open explorer windows in the process.
      Echo likes this.
  6. televisedfool
    This is great news. Nothing more frustrating then installing some classic games only for them to not work properly on a newer OS.

    Nice to see Blizzard is doing it themselves and not leaving it up to fans / modders to get these ironed out.
      Echo likes this.
    1. Echo
      Exactly!! Yes, they will continue to make games, but they also have to tend to some of the older ones as well. Nice to finally see a company still pushing out updates for older games instead of shutting servers down.
  7. TheItalianLad
    So stupid. Why would they update those old games when they could make new ones. Atleast update WoW for f sakes.
      Echo likes this.
    1. Echo
      This is a branch of Blizzard that focuses soley on classic games, such as Diablo and Warcraft. There is still a pretty large fanbase for games like these.
      HowAmI and Gods By Machine like this.