Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.

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17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

Warcraft 3: Reforged - Cinematic Trailer Youtube

Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

But over on the horizon, Blizzard Entertainment came to the rescue. Following the success of their previous release of Starcraft: Remastered, they decided to come forth with their next great project: remastering Warcraft 3.

Using a new and revamped engine built over the foundations of the old one, they have rebuilt the world we once loved. Adding to that are new, high definition voices and sound effects that they recorded just for this old game. For the blurry characters of old, the team decided to upscale and remodel all present units to give them the 2019 high-def treatment they deserved. For the old user interface (UI), the development team settled on one that resembled the "Starcraft: Remastered" interface, offering more room for players to look at the gorgeous 4K character models. Also, to fit the new continuity from World of Warcraft, Blizzard opted to alter the story by a small margin, showing promising changes to the revived game.

Warcraft 3 – Original vs. Reforged Trailer Graphics Comparison Youtube

However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:


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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.
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As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

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10 Punk Rock Covers Of Famous Pop Songs That Are Better Than The Original

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and these covers of mainstream pop songs will be sure to stick in your head and demand to be replayed again and again.

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I have been a music lover since before I could speak, and would always be dancing and singing along to a tune from a young age.

Fast forward to high school, 2010. I fell in love with what some may call the "screamo" genre, but what is otherwise known as Punk Rock. I spent many nights replaying song after song from some of my favorite bands such as Pierce the Veil, Bring Me the Horizon, Sleeping with Sirens, and A Day to Remember, just to name a few. I was constantly striving to find new songs that spoke to me and my inner "emo" soul that was begging to be freed.

Fast forward to present day 2019, and as a 22 year old college student, I STILL turn to these bands and this genre every single day, because I have found it's the genre that continuously allows me to feel connected to not only the sound of the music, but the lyrics. I think having a connection with musical genres is important because it creates a space to find your own identity in the world. Now I may be biased based on my love for this music genre, but I believe that Punk Rock bands make some of the best covers of popular mainstream pop songs.

Ever get sick of hearing the same song over and over again on the radio? Well never fear, because here are 10 Punk Rock covers of these overplayed pop radio hits that give the song a whole new life and feel. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

1. "Since U Been Gone" by A Day to Remember

A cover of Kelly Clarkson's 2004 smash hit "Since U Been Gone/" A Day To Remember's version is from their 2007 album, "For Those Who Have Heart."

2. "E.T." by Dead Silence Hides My Cries

A cover of Katy Perry's 2011 hit E.T. from their 2010 album "The Wretched Symphony."

3. "Over My Head (Cable Car)" by A Day to Remember

A cover of The Fray's infinitely popular song "Over my Head (Cable Car)" from A Day to Remember's 2010 album "Attack of the Killer B-Sides"

4. "In My Head" by Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade's cover of Jason Derulo's popular hit "In My Head." This song was featured on the Fearless Records 2010 album release of Punk Goes Pop Volume 3 featuring various famous punk bands covering popular (at the time) mainstream pop hits.

5. "Glad You Came" by We Came as Romans

A cover of The Wanted's "Glad You Came."

6. "F You" by Sleeping With Sirens

Sleeping With Sirens's cover of "F You", originally by Cee-Lo, featured on Punk Goes Pop 4.

7. "Paper Planes" by This Century

This Century's cover of M.I.A's song "Paper Planes" from Fearless Records 2010 album "Punk Goes Pop Volume 3"

8. "Heartless" by The Word Alive

The Word Alive's cover of Kanye West's infamous hit song "Heartless."

9. "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Mayday Parade

Mayday Parade cover of "Somebody That I Used To Know" featuring Vic Fuentes of one of the punk rock bands that means a lot to me, Pierce The Veil. This hit song was originally performed by Gotye featuring Kimbra. This song was featured on "Punk Goes Pop Volume 5"

10. "I Knew You Were Trouble" by We Came As Romans

You don't have to be a T-Swift fan to head bang to this epic cover of her hit song "I Knew You Were Trouble" by one of my favorite bands, We Came as Romans.

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