Files that contain the .mpq file extension are used by Blizzard Entertainment in some of the company's computer gaming applications. The MPQ files that are associated with the Blizzard game applications store compressed data used during the gameplay experience, such as graphics and sounds. This information can be stored in a compressed format, making it easier to store on the user's hard drive.
THE MPQ format allows for compression, encryption and segmentation of the various game files. The first game to use the MPQ file format was the Diablo gaming software, but the format is now used across a variety of Blizzard Entertainment gaming applications including the popular Warcraft and Starcraft computer games.
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