Nostalrius Private World of Warcraft Server Returns as Elysium Project
Earlier this year, the Nostalrius old-school World of Warcraft private server was shut down by Blizzard. They've since been working with Blizzard to set up an official legacy server—but Blizzard's since stalled on the issue, prompting the Nostalrius team to transfer the source code and data from their server to another group. This is the birth of the Elysium Project, a new private server running on Nostalrius's code that apparently isn't afraid of being shut down by Blizzard's lawyers. You can try playing right now, but good luck getting on.
Ubisoft Patches Out Strange Assassin's Creed 2 Face
In November, a Polygon video showed a strange, awful looking face from the Assassin's Creed 2 Remaster. The face was pretty obviously not something that belonged in a remaster—though apparently it was in the original game—so now it's finally been patched out. I can't say if the Assassin's Creed 2 Remaster is worth buying, but you don't have this to worry about anymore.
Man Embezzles Money From Employer To Spend on Game of War
You know those terrible TV advertisements for bad freemium MMOs? You probably don't remember the name of any of them, but one of them is Game of War, which has spent millions on marketing to gather players to its awful strategy game. One of its players was Kevin Lee Co, who embezzled $4.8M from his employer and then spend $1M of that on Game of War. The man's got priorities, I guess. Really dumb priorities.
Lionhead Studios Doxxed Sixteen Year Old Hacker Who Stole Development Images
Back during the development of the original Fable game, a teenager somehow obtained some images of the in-development game, including one of the hero of Fable stabbing a boy through the head. Obviously, Lionhead didn't want these images released. So what could they do? The obvious thing to do, apparently, was to look up the kid's personal information, obtain some of his school work, and post a message with an excerpt of a poem he wrote in school, stating that you'll call his mom if he releases them. This is an entirely ethical thing to do to a teenager.
New Hitman Mission Has You Killing the Home Alone Robbers
Ah, Home Alone. The holiday classic that isn't particularly good but has somehow become an irremovable part of our popular culture. If you hate Home Alone, or love Home Alone but hate the robbers, you may now be interested to know that there's a new mission in Hitman called "Holiday Hoarders," where you can murder Harry and Marv from the film. In the game, they're called "American nationals living in Paris after a series of botched break-ins and related violent crimes forced them to leave their home country." Unfortunately, you can't dress up as Macaulay Culkin to kill them.
Most Searched Term on Google in 2016 Was Pokémon Go
Though we've basically all forgotten about it at this point, there was a time this year when people cared about Pokémon Go. Cared enough that it was the most Google searched term in 2016, ahead of even "Donald Trump," "iPhone 7," "Brexit," or "David Bowie." I guess people really wanted to know what the deal was with Pokémon.
Lego Dimensions Updates Fantastic Beasts Expansion With Proper Ending
The Fantastic Beasts story pack for Lego Dimensions, based on the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, loosely based on the 2001 book of the same name. Originally, it had the main villain—Colin Farrell—carted away to wizard prison, or wizard execution, or whatever. Apparently, they didn't want to spoil the ending of the film, which shows that Colin Farrell is actually Johnny Depp, the character who was mentioned once at the start of the film and then was never seen again. Wow! Exciting! Well, it's now been updated to reflect the real ending, if that's your thing.