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Players couldn't log into games like World of Warcraft and Diablo III for several hours last night thanks to a series of DDoS attacks that flooded Blizzard's servers, the developer said. Blizzard says they have since thwarted the problem, though some login issues could linger this morning.

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They have been called many things over the years. Isometric RPGs, hack'n'slash RPGs, ARPGs, Diablo clones. But one thing is certain: They wouldn't exist if Diablo didn't come out in 1996. Diablo and its sequels spawned a whole catalogue of isometric action RPGs.

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They were originally conceived as a way for developers to get credit for the games they worked on. But Easter Eggs are now a way for developers to tip their hat to their fans, a way to joke about the past, surprise alternate endings or a way to interact with their audience in diabolical ways that go beyond the game.

Easter Eggs are now a staple of video game design, so to help celebrate the long weekend let's look back on some of the best Easter Eggs ever made.

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Video: Deckard Cain might not be a powerful hero of the Blizzard universe, but still, Diablo's fan favourite NPC is one of the most wanted characters for Heroes of the Storm. Carbot made an awesome animation playing with the idea of what the wise old man could do in a MOBA.

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Dayshot: Duriel, with his tiny-arse lair, slow-down aura and incredibly dangerous attacks, is an annoying Diablo II boss to fight. Now, thanks to this piece of fanart, he's also terrifying to look at. Yay!

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We take visual effects in games for granted, though that's kind of the point. It's like magic tricks — they lose their lustre once you know how they're done. That doesn't mean we don't want to know. So how about the angel wings in Diablo III? Those beautiful, wavy, incorporeal tendrils that look exactly how you'd expect?

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All the playable classes of Diablo III have already got a Heroes of the Storm version, except the Wizard. But those days are over. The Wizard, called Li-Ming, is the next hero joining the ever-growing roster of Heroes of the Storm.

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Diablo III changed a lot over the years. The expansion and the later patches added a lot more content to the game, and these changes might confuse players who stopped playing around Reaper of Souls or before, but want to come back to see what's new.

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Diablo III's long awaited patch 2.4 is now live both in the US and in the EU. It's quite a big update with new zones, items, game mechanics and small tweaks. The game feels a lot different if you haven't played in months.