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Blizzard Entertainment is one of the computer game industry's most successful development studios. Originally founded in 1991 under the name Silicon & Synapse, they were closely associated with Creator/InterplayEntertainment in their early years, producing ports of sundry Interplay games as well as several original titles developed primarily for the SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem. After renaming themselves Blizzard and moving to computer games in 1994, the studio released a RealTimeStrategy game called ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}: Orcs and Humans''. The rest, as they clichédly say, is history.

After the name-change, the studio has made very few games, but the ones that are published are usually very high-quality and instant best-sellers. Many attribute the success of Blizzard games to their "easy to learn, difficult to master" philosophy, which results in games that are simple and intuitive enough to appeal to casual gamers while also having enough depth and complexity to attract hardcore gamers. ''Warcraft 1'' was followed by ''Warcraft 2'', the studio's first Game of the Year, which led to ''VideoGame/StarCraftI'', the most popular RTS ever. ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' and its sequel created their own genre of HackAndSlash [=RPGs=] and ''Warcraft 3'' was a breakthrough in strategy game storytelling. And then there is ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''...

For a time, the company focused on three franchises: ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' and ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''. At [=BlizzCon=] 2014, they announced ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', a Pixar-esque multiplayer team-based shooter game, and their first new IP (that is, not based on a previous source) in nearly two decades.

Since 2007, Blizzard is a part of video game publisher Creator/ActivisionBlizzard.

!!Games, {{expansion pack}}s and major patches by Blizzard
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings'' (1992)
* ''VideoGame/RockNRollRacing'' (1993)
* ''VideoGame/{{Blackthorne}}'' (1994)
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}: Orcs and Humans'' (1994)
* ''VideoGame/TheLostVikings II'' (1995)
* ''VideoGame/JusticeLeagueTaskForce'' (1995, co-developed with Creator/{{Sunsoft}})
* ''Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness'' (1995)
** ''Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal'' (1996)
** ''Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition'' (1999)
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' (1996)
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'':
** ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft|I}}'' (1998)
** ''[=StarCraft=]: Brood War'' (1998)
* ''VideoGame/DiabloII'' (2000)
** ''Diablo II: Lord of Destruction'' (2001)
* ''Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos'' (2002)
** ''Warcraft III: the Frozen Throne'' (2003)
*** ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'': The original ''[=DotA=]'' is a user map for ''Warcraft III: the Frozen Throne''.
*** ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheBloodElves'': A highly fleshed out user-created campaign.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' (2004/2005) [[note]] The names listed under each expansion are those of the major content patches which were implemented during the expansion.[[/note]]
*** ''Assault on Blackwing Lair''
*** ''Rise of the Blood God''
*** ''The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj''
*** ''Shadow of the Necropolis''
** ''World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade'' (2007/2008)
*** ''Black Temple''
*** ''The Gods of Zul'Aman''
*** ''Fury of the Sunwell''
** ''World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King'' (2008/2010)
*** ''Secrets of Ulduar''
*** ''Call of the Crusade''
*** ''Fall of the Lich King''
** ''World of Warcraft: Cataclysm'' (2010/2012)
*** ''Rise of the Zandalari''
*** ''Rage of the Firelands''
*** ''Hour of Twilight''
** ''World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria'' (2012/2014)
*** ''Landfall''
*** ''The Thunder King''
*** ''Escalation''
*** ''Siege of Orgrimmar''
** ''World of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor'' (2014/2016)
*** ''Fury of Hellfire''
** ''World of Warcraft: Legion'' (2016, Ongoing)
*** ''Return to Karazhan''
*** ''The Tomb of Sargeras''
* ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}'':
** ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' (2010)
** ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'' (2013)
** ''VideoGame/StarCraftIILegacyOfTheVoid'' (2015)
** ''VideoGame/StarCraftIINovaCovertOps'' (2016)
* ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' (2012)
** ''Diablo III: Reaper of Souls'' (2014)
* ''VideoGame/HearthstoneHeroesOfWarcraft'' (2013)
** ''Curse of Naxxramas: A Hearthstone Adventure'' (2014)
** ''Goblins vs. Gnomes'' (2014)
** ''Blackrock Mountain: A Hearthstone Adventure'' (2015)
** ''The Grand Tournament'' (2015)
** ''The League of Explorers: A Hearthstone Adventure'' (2015)
** ''Whispers of the Old Gods'' (2016)
** ''One Night in Karazhan: A Hearthstone Adventure'' (2016)
** ''Mean Streets of Gadgetzan'' (2016)
** ''Journey to Un'Goro'' (2017)
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' (2015)
** ''The Eternal Conflict'' (2015)
** ''The Machines of War'' (2016)
** ''Heroes 2.0'' (2017)
** ''Hanamura Showdown'' (2017)
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' (2016)
** Holiday Events
*** Summer Games (2016)
*** Halloween Terror (2016)
*** Winter Wonderland (2016)
*** Year of the Rooster (2017)
*** Anniversary (2017)
** Lore Events
*** Uprising (2017)

!!Others
* ''Film/WarCraft2016'' (2016 film)
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!!Tropes that apply to Blizzard and its games:
* ActionGirl: More than a few notable characters in their games are this. More often than not paired with BrainwashedAndCrazy.
* AprilFoolsDay: Blizzard makes it a tradition to release some preposterously bogus info on their new games during April Fools Day.
** Subverted when one of the jokes was about a new hero unit for ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'', The Goblin Tinker. Even though it was a joke, they added the hero to the game anyway some months after.
*** That was in addition to another joke about playable two-headed ogres in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', with some hints given that one of the two jokes was serious. Many years later, the concept stated in the joke (two players playing a single character) actually existed for the character Cho'Gall in VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm.
** The Pandaren race was also first revealed in one of these that announced it as a ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III'' faction. They would later get a hero in the game's expansion, before finally becoming a playable race in World of Warcraft a decade later.
* BaaBomb: Exploding critters are a given in any Blizzard game.
* TheBadGuyWins: ''Warcraft I'', ''Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne'', ''Starcraft: Brood War'' and ''Diablo I and II''.... They are rather fond of this trope. Except for ''World of Warcraft''.
* BroughtDownToNormal: If a good character has superhuman powers in Blizzard's works, they will often give up those powers.
** At the end of the night elf campaign in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III: Reign of Chaos'', [[spoiler:the night elves have to destroy their World Tree, Nordrassil, in order to defeat Archimonde, which robs the night elves of their immortality. This gets fixed later in ''WorldOfWarcraft'']].
** At the end of ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Cataclysm'', [[spoiler:the dragon aspects have to give up their titan-given powers in order to defeat Deathwing]].
** At the beginning of ''VideoGame/DiabloIII'', [[spoiler:Archangel Tyrael willingly gives up his angelic powers and becomes a human to express his disagreement with the Angiris Council]].
** In ''VideoGame/StarcraftIILegacyOfTheVoid'', [[spoiler:the entire protoss race has to cut their nerve cords in order to escape Amon's influence, thus permanently severing their connection with the Khala, the protoss collective consciousness. Late in the campaign, Artanis even says that the protoss don't just need to sever their nerve cords because of Amon's threat, but because the Khala itself is somehow a "lie"]].
** In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Legion'', [[spoiler:First Arcanist Thalyssra has to decide the fate of the Nightwell after Grand Magistrix Elisande is defeated. She decides that the Nightwell's powers are too dangerous, and agrees to have the Eye of Aman'Thul, the titan artifact that powered the Nightwell, removed]].
* {{Cutscene}}: While the games themselves are designed to work on weaker [=PCs=], the cinematics are always state of the art.
* CreatorThumbprint: Make no mistake. Blizzard has a ''boner'' with the trope FallenHero, every of their major franchises have good and idealistic people eventually fell off the morality scale and became worse. Go ask [[VideoGame/{{Diablo}} Leoric, every playable characters in Diablo 1]], [[VideoGame/StarCraft Kerrigan]], [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Arthas]], [[VideoGame/{{Overwatch}} Reaper and Soldier: 76]]
* DownerEnding[=/=]BittersweetEnding: Fairly common in Blizzard games.
** ''Diablo III'' also has a BittersweetEnding: you've taken down Diablo and saved two worlds, but [[spoiler:two of the franchise's most beloved characters are now dead (as well as a lot of other people throughout the course of the game), and the killer of one of them is still out there]].
** In ''Reaper of Souls, you [[spoiler: defeat the BigBad FallenAngel, kill traitor Adria, but the former releases all captured Evils. Here we go again...]]
* FallenHero: More often than not, villains in Blizzard's games fit this trope. The scarlet crusade can be considered an entire faction of fallen heroes.
* FirstLawOfResurrection: Starting with ''[=WoW=]: The Burning Crusade'', where Illidan comes back as a major villain despite the fact that he was believed to be killed by Arthas, Blizzard is frequently accused of abusing this trope. This is also the origin of the [[MemeticMutation meme]] "X was merely a setback!", first said by Kael'thas Sunstrider the second time you fight him at the end of Magister's terrace in the same expansion. Blizzard themselves [[AscendedMeme acknowledged and exploited this meme]].
* FlavorText: For every unit.
* LargeHam: Blizzard games universally have the most flat out over-the-top voice acting you will find in a video game, or any other medium, really.
* OrderIsNotGood: If there is a force of Order in Blizzard games, 50% chance that it will be some sort of tyrannical group of KnightTemplar that oppresses freedom ([[VideoGame/StarCraft Arcturus Mengsk-era Dominion]], [[VideoGame/{{Overwatch}} Vishkar Corporation]]) or flat out genocidal for a WorldOfSilence ([[VideoGame/DiabloIII Some of the High Heavens, Malthael's reapers]]). It's only later in the lore when it turns out that [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft Azeroth]] also has one: The Titans (or at least Algalon the Observer, who they left in charge of watching Azeroth)
* RatedMForManly: ''Diablo'' has specifically been described as "what happens when you give the RPG genre from the Japanese into the hands of meat-eating Americans." The other franchises show symptoms too.
** ''Diablo II'' took it up a notch, being better than its predecessor in every way.
* SecretLevel: Blizzard loves sneaking secret levels into their games.
** However they are adamant that there is no cow level.
* StopPokingMe: [[TropeMaker Invented]] in ''Warcraft'' and [[TropeNamer named]] in that same series. Used in almost all Blizzard games.
* TakeThat[=/=]TakeThatUs: Blizzard is ''quite'' fond of this trope, fitting in various TakeThat jokes at themselves as well as their [[UnpleasableFanbase fanbase]]. Given the nature of their fanbase...it's pretty much a given.
* WorldOfBadass: Hell, EVERYONE! They even [[FeedMe chew the scenery]] a lot even by the [[LargeHam over the top dialogues that they make]].
* WorldOfHam: See WorldOfBadass above.
* TheXOfY: Just look at the titles for their patches and expansions.
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