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Yogscast’s Jingle Jam streams for charity all this December

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Yogscast Jingle Jam

The Yogscast team are putting on a month’s worth of daily streams in order to raise bucket loads of money for charity. The Yogscast Jingle Jam will stream games every night in December, taking on challenges and holding competitions in the run up to Christmas and New Year. In return for donations to their chosen charities, Yogscast will be giving away games and Team Fortress 2 accessories to make your Christmas nice and jolly. 

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Frontier rethink refund policy for those that wanted an offline mode in Elite: Dangerous

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Still a threat: Frontier show off docking in the new Elite.

Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier recently upset a lot of people by revealing that their epic-scale space sim would be online-only. For many this was a deal-breaker, and gamers began to approach Frontier to request a refund. 

Frontier have been willing to play ball in many cases, but initially made one thing clear: pre-orders of the full, final game would be refunded no-questions-asked. Purchasers of the beta version who have already been playing the game online, however, were flat-out denied a return on their investment, as were Kickstarter backers. But that approach is about to change following studio head David Braben’s discussion with fans in an AMA on the Elite forums. 

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Gin and jungling: Snoop Dogg supports fan petition for Dota 2 announcer pack

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Dota 2

Dota 2 players have petitioned Valve to add another optional announcer pack to their MOBA. They’d like the voice of Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg, formerly Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr) to sit alongside that of System Shock 2’s SHODAN and Stanley Parable’s Narrator on the loadout screen.

Among the 1,700 fans on board with the idea is Snoop to the dee-oh-double-gee himself.

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Telltale's Game of Thrones gets a teaser trailer filled with Cersei snark

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A new teaser trailer for Telltale’s Game of Thrones spin-off has confirmed that last week’s screenshot leaks are indeed the real deal, and as players control various members of House Forrester, they can expect to meet familiar faces from HBO’s adaptation. Voices, too, as Lena Headey narrates the trailer with pitch perfect Cersei snark.

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Rome II gets four new Greek and Gallic factions today, and one of them is free

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Total War: Rome II DLC

Antiquity is busy today, as Rome II’s patch 16 pops into existence with performance improvements, tweaks to battles and campaigns, and balancing changes. A little more glamorous are the two bits of DLC which also launched today, and one of them’s free. 

You’ll need to shell out £5.99/$7.99 for the Black Sea colonies pack, which comes with three new factions along with new cultural traits, faction traits and units. And if you’d rather keep your cash safe, you can still get Rome II’s 12th piece of free DLC, the faction of Massilia.

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Valve

There's a new sheriff in town: Valve updates its Steam Early Access rules and guidelines

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Steam Early Access rules and guidelines

Steam’s Early Access program has been inundating the platform with in-development games for a year and a half now, and it’s become the Wild West. Games with “borrowed” assets, false advertising, forum drama, and titles that never get finished - it’s become increasingly hard to judge whether or not a game is worth investing in. It’s why we do Early Access reviews now. 

Up until now, Valve’s been completely hands-off. Besides taking down games that use assets the developers have just lifted or make false claims, Valve’s presence hasn’t really been felt at all. That was until now. The sheriff's badge has been dusted off, and a new set of rules and guidelines have appeared. 

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Port Review - Far Cry 4

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Far Cry 4 Port Review

Far Cry 4 has been out for a couple of days now, so I’m taking a break from my sojourn in Kyrat, and my mounting body count, to condense my thoughts on how the game fares on PC. I’m still relatively early in the game’s narrative, but I’ve put Ubisoft Montreal’s hunting and killing sequel through its paces. And I’ve got good news. 

While Assassin’s Creed Unity was inconsistent and has required a lot of post-launch attention from Ubisoft, Far Cry 4 is significantly more stable, with better performance on less beefy PCs. They recommended system requirements are the same as Unity's lowest. And it’s absolutely stunning, from the snow and mist-shrouded mountains to the verdant forests lousy with animals. 

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Project HON

Mechin' around: NCSoft unveils Project HON

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Project HON

The mechs of Project HON, NCSoft’s mech brawler and shooter, have a diverse range of interests. Some of them like to fire off guns that look ludicrously tiny compared to the mechs’ giant metal frames. While the others are shooting, others prefer to speed around the urban battlefields on a motorbike, sorry, as a motorbike. They are transformers. 

But the most popular pastime by far seems to be punching stuff, often other mechs. 

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare patch fixes multiplayer bugs

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The hard work of game development done, Sledgehammer have downed their heavy duty picks and, well, sledgehammers and begun the work of patching Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Which, as we all know, is done with toffee hammers.

Sledgehammer’s latest patch focusses on improving Advanced Warfare’s multiplayer.

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GTA V VR unlikely, publisher claims industry isn’t ready for virtual reality

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GTA V is getting a first-person mode in its transition to PC but that’s unlikely to lead to virtual reality support, at least if the game’s publisher is to be believed.

Take-Two’s CEO Strauss Zelnick says his company won’t be jumping onto VR development until they see “how the headsets roll out” and how they can “best deliver an experience.”

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Assassin’s Creed Unity patch will improve framerate while leaving crowd size the same

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Assassin’s Creed Unity launched with a host of bugs. Two patches have already been released and a third is currently in development. One of Ubisoft's technical teams are racing to get framerate fixes into the next patch, providing players with a more consistent experience while playing.

Ubisoft have detailed the areas they think are causing the problem for players and thankfully they won’t be touching the size of crowds.

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League of Legends patch 4.20 is all about “strategic diversity” and lasers

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League of Legends’ 2015 preseason has begun, which means Riot are free to patch, update, and alter their MOBA. The mantra for this upcoming season’s changes is “Strategic Diversity,” say Riot. 

“Our high-level philosophy is we want to offer you more paths to victory so that your in-game decisions matter just as much as the champions you pick.” 

If you’ve a read through of the patch notes you’ll see how they’ve achieved this.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes system requirements pop out of whatever box they were hiding in

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Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes system requirements

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, the short but sweet starter to Phantom Pain’s main course is finally hitting PC next month, and conveniently the minimum and recommended system requirements have been revealed. 

Check below to see if your rig will be up to snuff, able to render Snake’s lovely bottom in all its glory. 

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World of Warcraft steps through the Dark Portal and reclaims subscription figures of the past

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World of Warcraft subscription figures

A couple of months ago, subscriber numbers for World of Warcraft had dropped just under 7 million, which is still an absurdly massive number. One, however, that’s still far from its 12 million peak in 2010. 

With the launch of Warlords of Draenor, though, the MMO has seen a huge spike in subscriptions, getting it close to its heyday numbers. 

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Not just a pretty space: Heat Signature gets news weapons and gullible guards

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Heat Signature new features

Heat Signature, Tom Francis’ sneaky space game is looking a bit different since he last showed it off. Last week, Francis announced that it had received a visual overhaul courtesy of John Roberts, who also worked on Gunpoint, but a new development video shows that it’s also got new, appropriately spacey music and a bunch of new mechanics. 

Take a gander below.

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