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Blizzard turns 25! A theme week celebration

Our Blizzard Theme Week articles

The complete history of Blizzard games on PC (opens in new tab)

The story of Battle.net (opens in new tab)

How Blizzard got its name (opens in new tab)

The inside story of Warcraft Adventures: Blizzard's lost point-and-click adventure

Climbing Starcraft 2's cut-throat multiplayer ladders

What we want from World of Warcraft in 2017

How Blizzard coped with World of Warcraft's blood plague and other disasters (opens in new tab)

The Diablo games and expansions, ranked from worst to best (opens in new tab)

What we want from Overwatch in 2017 (opens in new tab)

At the end of December, the grandfather of the action-RPG turns 20 years old. One more year, and the Lord of Terror will be old enough to drink in the United States! But now is a good time to celebrate anniversaries, because as Diablo turns 20, Blizzard Entertainment also turns 25—2016 marks two and a half decades since Allen Adham, Michael Morhaime and Frank Pearce, fresh out of UCLA, started a small company called Silicon & Synapse to port games to the Super Nintendo for big publishers like Interplay. Soon they were making their own games like The Lost Vikings, and within a few years they blew they'd released a PC game so successful they never looked back.

Blizzard's games—more specifically, that incredibly successful PC game, called Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness—got me into PC gaming. I pored over the manual religiously, re-reading the lore, utterly transported by Chris Metzen's grisly B&W sketches. I may have written a short and very bad fantasy novel in middle school, shamelessly ripping off the Warcraft lore before I'd ever heard the words "fan fiction." Today Overwatch is filling the same role for more than 15 million Blizzard fans new and old. Considering Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo are still some of the biggest names in PC gaming, it's hard to believe Blizzard's latest is, somehow, even bigger.

To reminisce about some of PC history's greatest games, we're running a Blizzard theme week, with new stories about the studio and its games coming every day. We kicked it off with the complete history of Blizzard games on PC, with anecdotes and insights about every Blizzard game from more than a dozen interviews with studio veterans. Look forward to deeper dives into some of those games this week, more on the culture of Blizzard and the history of its online service Battle.net.

Wes Fenlon
Wes Fenlon

Wes has been covering games and hardware for more than 10 years, first at tech sites like The Wirecutter (opens in new tab) and Tested (opens in new tab) before joining the PC Gamer team in 2014. Wes plays a little bit of everything, but he'll always jump at the chance to cover emulation and Japanese games.


When he's not obsessively optimizing and re-optimizing a tangle of conveyor belts in Satisfactory (it's really becoming a problem), he's probably playing a 20-year-old Final Fantasy or some opaque ASCII roguelike. With a focus on writing and editing features, he seeks out personal stories and in-depth histories from the corners of PC gaming and its niche communities. 50% pizza by volume (deep dish, to be specific).