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Watch the Red Bull Battle Grounds Dota 2 playoffs live

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With Red Bull Battle Grounds’ first Dota 2 tournament’s grand final less than a week away, the five regional champions have been battling it out today in the Playoffs, which will conclude tomorrow. 

Take a gander at the stream below, where Invictus Gaming will soon be duking it out with HellRaisers. The CIS/Russian team has just challenged their Chinese opponents to a game of table tennis, as well, which might be a chance for the losing team to regain some of its honour. 

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Black Mesa launches on Steam Early Access for its final phase of development

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That Black Mesa countdown, I’m sure you all figured out, was a countdown to the Half-Life remake’s arrival on Steam. And now that it has arrived, you can snatch it up for yourself if you drop £14.99/$19.99. 

It’s in Early Access at the moment, and is an updated version of 2012’s free mod that includes mod support and multiplayer. 

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Getting from The Neverhood to Armikrog

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“There's a magical thing that happens when you take an inanimate object like a puppet or clay and make it come alive through animation,” explained Ed Schofield.

That magic is what motivated Schofield and his team at Pencil Test studios to make Armikrog, an upcoming adventure game that follows in the footsteps of their earlier cult-classic, 1996’s The Neverhood. It was a game that never quite broke through to become a hit in the 90s, and there was never a sequel, but now, thanks to Kickstarter and the digital marketplace, its successor might just find a home.

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Order of Battle: Pacific review

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Order of Battle: Pacific is. unexpectedly, the best wargame released so far this year. This approachable, Panzer General-inspired wargame is developed by The Aristocrats and published by Slitherine, has devoured my time in the last week or so and might just be my favorite turn-based wargame since Unity of Command.

But in order to understand why this game is so good and so special, you have to understand all the reasons it should never have worked at all.

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3D Realms anthology arrives on Steam, stuffed with 32 games

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In its day, 3D Realms / Apogee made some of the defining games of the DOS era. I remember the names even when I don’t remember the games: Blake Stone, Rise of the Triad, Death Rally, Terminal Velocity... the list goes on. And, of course, there was Duke Nukem.

Now, they’re all back on Steam as part of the 3D Realms Anthology, a 32-game bundle featuring some of the biggest names in shareware gaming.

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Watch the new Witcher 3 dev diary and then a livestream and Q&A

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In exactly two weeks, The Witcher 3 will have launched, and CD Projekt Red will finally be able to leave the ruined castle where they’ve been recording their dev diaries. It might be May, but it still looks pretty damp and foggy there. 

Today they’re talking about monsters! How to defeat them through research, combat, magic and traps. A 45 minute livestream is also kicking off later today, at 7pm BST. Watch Geralt set fire to things and slice other things below while you wait.

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Making it in Unreal: Pangaea New World is a post-apocalyptic MMOFPS about loneliness

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The dome descended unannounced from space, and landed on Earth - looking for all the world like the circus tent of the future. Then it just sort of sat there looking enigmatic for a few months - until the Earthlings, in their characteristic wisdom, decided to chuck all of their nuclear missiles at it.

The world plunged into darkness; the dome cracked open, and escaping gases killed or mutated most inside. But strange capsules promised survival and even immortality for those with the will to keep going.

It might read like The Simpsons Movie gone grimdark - but the Pangaea team are building an MMOFPS with more than a Geiger crackle of S.T.A.L.K.E.R. about it. And they’re wrestling with a unique question: how do “remote places” and loneliness go massively-multiplayer?

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Portal drops onto Pinball FX2’s table in new expansion DLC

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Pinball is a game where you send a little metal ball zipping around a table and try to land it in a hole. I guess some could consider that a bit boring, which is why Pinball FX2 tries to snazz it up a bit with themed tables. The latest of these themes transports the table surface to Aperture Science Laboratories, thanks to a new Portal-theme DLC. 

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GOG Galaxy, GOG’s DRM-free platform, is now in Open Beta

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If you’re looking for a Digital Rights Management-free alternative to Steam, then GOG have got your back. The retailer of DRM-free older PC games, and now plenty of new games too, has created their own platform and client to play games bought through the service with. It’s been in alpha for a little while, but has now launched in open beta form for all to try. 

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Elite: Dangerous players have found an ‘Unknown Artefact’ and are trying to decode it

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In space, no one can hear your weird horn-like transmissions. At least, that was the case before. Now, players of Elite: Dangerous have discovered an ‘Unknown Artefact’ and are attempting to decipher the strange noises it emits. The community are in full detective mode, so the story of this strange device is likely to unfold quickly.  

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Black Mesa countdown suggests Half-Life remake could be imminent

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Update 05/05/15: As the countdown continues, a Black Mesa Workshop page has appeared on Steam with a variety of multiplayer maps. Is mod support for the mod what will be announced at the end of the countdown? Or is this just one piece of a much larger puzzle? 

Hey, remember Black Mesa? It’s the mod that’s rebuilding the original Half-Life game in the Source engine, and it’s been slowly baking since 2004. The first half of the campaign was finally released in 2012, and since then we’ve been patiently awaiting the final chapters. 

It’s been a long wait, but an ominous countdown timer on the Black Mesa website suggests that news on the last part of Black Mesa could be dropping in on May 5th. 

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Star Wars: Battlefront has 12 multiplayer locations, including planets never seen in the films

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DICE have offered up a little more detail on their huge Star Wars: Battlefront project, including the number of multiplayer maps we can expect to play on: 12. Many of them will be familiar locations from the films, such as Endor and Hoth, but others are set on planets only mentioned by characters or featured in books. One of such planets will be Sullust, a rocky, lava-scorched world. 

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Twitter shuts down embedding classic PC games, tweets no longer Doom-filled

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Last week the internet sensation was playing MS-DOS games in Twitter. Thanks to the Internet Archive’s collection of classic PC games, fans discovered that games like Doom could be embedded in tweets for all followers to enjoy. Unfortunately those glory days are over, as Twitter has pulled the plug on embedding games into tweets. 

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Project CARS launch trailer celebrates fast, improbably paired racing cars

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Project CARS is finally out this week. It’s taken years and the goal-posts have moved many times, but Slightly Mad Studios have finally completed the crowd-funded (or Community Assisted) racing game and are releasing it to players on May 7.

They’ve also released this trailer to show you what it’s all about, and what you get inside the tin.

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood gameplay trailer showcases Castle Wolfenstein and new Nazi-killing gear

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Hot on the heels of an hour-long gameplay stream, Bethesda have just released a new trailer for Wolfenstein: The Old Blood that gives you a taste of what the new Castle Wolfenstein is all about, and what particular brand of slaughter B.J. Blazkowicz will be perpetrating on the Nazis he finds there.

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I Am Bread channels the Force and blasts off for some space dogfights (no, seriously)

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Greetings, young padawans of the PC. Today is the fourth day of the month of May, meaning it’s Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you, fellow lightsaber swingers! Celebrate in any fashion you fancy, including the massive Star Wars sale going on over at Steam right now. Or, if you prefer toast, try I Am Bread’s new space combat. 

No, seriously. I Am Bread has space battles now. 

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Eve Online boss thinks we’re overestimating VR: “it’s not going to be big”

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CCP Games are hard at work on one of VR gamings most exciting projects: EVE Valkyrie. But despite it proving to be quite something, head honchos at CCP don’t believe that VR is going to skyrocket like some of us expect. The studio’s chief executive officer Hilmar Veigar Pétursson was talking at a panel at SlushPlay in Iceland recently, where he explained that we shouldn’t expect VR to be big anytime soon. 

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Making it in Unreal: Pangaea New World is a post-apocalyptic MMOFPS about loneliness

Pangaea New World

Making it in Unreal: Pangaea New World is a post-apocalyptic MMOFPS about loneliness

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Let's Play 'How Old Do I Look?': We get Microsoft's new gizmo to guess how old PC game characters are

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Block 'n' Load is an unholy marriage of Minecraft and Team Fortress 2. And it's good

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Perils of Man PC review

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We’ve got 1,000 Dirty Bomb beta keys to throw away and we’d really like you to have one

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The sports world's divergent reactions to Heroes of the Storm on ESPN

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Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is a meaty, meta sequel

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Hands on with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

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Hands on with Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

Survarium on Early Access: less stalking, more shooting

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Survarium on Early Access: less stalking, more shooting

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Making it in Unreal: how two brothers built a convincing Amnesia-alike in Astray

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Meet Dirt Rally: Codemaster's best new game in years. And it's out today.

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Wow! These screenshots of Grand Theft Auto V running at minimum settings will blow you away!

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The Charnel House Trilogy review

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Having Lots of Sex With Men in Videogames: Part Three

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Just go straight at them — The secrets of Fractured Space's brilliant capital ship combat

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