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Patreon community guideline changes outlaws harassment, 8chan now raising money for cats to comply with new rules

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In the wake of all the hate and harassment that’s being going on over the internet in the last few months, artist financial support website Patreon has made some adjustments to its community guidelines to take a stand against bullying, harassment, threats, and hate speech. Not only do the new rules disallow such things as the doxing of Patreon users, but also bans users raising money to fund the likes of pornography and harmful images. 

8chan, a messaging board similar to 4chan and born out of the GamerGate controversy, has been informed that it can no longer use Patreon to fund its hosting bills since the site is frequently home to materials such as child porngraphy, paedophillia enouncuragement, and self-harm imagery. 8chan must either change, or leave Patreon by the end of the month. In response, the 8chan Patreon page is now requesting funds to help look after Hachi the cat instead. 

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The Walking Dead

The 10 best zombie games on PC

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You can’t take a step on Steam without some zombie game grave-hand clutching at your ankle, wanting your attention. Don’t dismiss the entire genre as a load of brainless clones, some of them are the best games to appear on the PC in years.

We’ve collected together what we think are the ten best zombie games on PC so you know which to invite into your safehouse and which to axe off at the wrist.

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Block N Load is Team Fortress 2 and Minecraft’s baby but it’s a whizz kid in its own right

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Block N Load mixes all the competition of Team Fortress 2 with the creativity of Minecraft. It turns out, with that combination, players become unusually good at dicking each other over.

I’ve seen players blast holes in their own bases, making an opening through to the lava below, before camouflaging the opening. I’ve seen snipers fill tunnels with bear traps. I’ve watched as someone built a bridge out into the air between their base and ours, waited till they were halfway across, and then destroyed it with a rocket and watched them fall to their death.

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STALKER Apocalypse

West Games takes a stand against Kim Jong Un: STALKER Apocalypse dev lifts lid on horrifying fictional atrocities

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West Games, the development team working on STALKER Apocalypse, are pretty annoyed that Sony gave in to North Korean hackers and pulled Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview from release. They’re so annoyed that they’re making a stand right now and publishing the Stalker Apocalypse back story for North Korea. 

“We aren't afraid of them,” say West Games in a press release, referring to the nefarious North Korean hackers who will almost certainly focus their next attack on a currently unfunded game.  

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How to celebrate Christmas in Minecraft: mods, maps and skins

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With Christmas drawing near, it’s time to start sprucing up Minecraft for the festive season. Other games like World of Warcraft decorate their worlds with snow and presents, Minecraft requires you to put the effort in. If you’ve never wrapped up your game in tinsel before, we’re here to help. We’ve found the best mods, skins, and maps that will fuel your Minecraft world with top-quality festive cheer. Just install them, turn on Spotify’s Christmas playlist, and have a happy holiday. 

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Best PC first person shooters

The 15 best first person shooters on PC

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UPDATE: We've included Far Cry 4 in the list, which is easly 2014's best shooter thanks to elephants. 

Trying to find the best first person shooters on PC is no easy task, for more than two decades PC FPS games have been the driving force of the games industry. They let us travel from the depths of Hell to the outer reaches of space, taking a detour through underwater cities and metropoli in the sky. They are the best of all the games.

In no particular order, these are the fifteen best FPS games I think most demand your attention.

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Payday 2 recruits a burglar to the team in new DLC

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The current big heist in Payday 2 comes as part of the latest DLC: The Diamond Heist. If you follow the game’s pulpy fiction, you’ll know that Irish crime lady Clover has a particular interest in the diamond at the centre of this job. Thanks to another DLC pack, she’s now a playable character, and brings her unique set of burglar skills to the game.

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Strap in: the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale has officially launched; here's all the best offers

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Hold onto your wallets - the Steam Holiday Sale is upon us! It’ll be a hard journey; your temptations will be tested from today, all the way until January 2nd. If of course you’re in the market for some pc games for ludicrous prices, then you may as well embrace it.

Day four has obliterated the prices of games such as Portal 2, Skyrim, Alien Isolation and Shadow Warrior.

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Natural Selection 2 gets a Christmas update with the help of the community

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Earlier this year, the development of alien vs marines shooter, Natural Selection 2, was handed over to the community. That’s not to say that developers Unknown Worlds Entertainment had abandoned it; rather that they approved and vetted a number of promising community programmers and designers to safeguard the games future.

Fruits of this partnership have been enjoyed ever since: for over six content patches to be precise. The sixth and latest one is themed around the holiday and festive spirits, where you’ll find that multiple maps have had the Christmas treatment, and much more.

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Star Citizen asks us all to daydream about space with a trailer of all its best bits

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Star Citizen has raised another $4.7 million dollars since we last wrote about it, just over three weeks ago; it’s potential seems about as endless as that of our own universe. To celebrate this monumental year for the game coming to a close, Cloud Imperium Games - fronted by director Chris Roberts - has released a spectacle filled trailer showing off how far Star Citizen has come to date.

Warning: goosebumps will be felt.

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SMITE World Championship raises over $2 million dollars; still more than two weeks to go

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Hi-Rez Studios are celebrating right now, after achieving over $2 million dollars for their SMITE World Championships early next year. The mythical MOBA has been running an event called “SMITE Odyssey”, which has been releasing content to the game every week. A portion of the money derived from these content packs has been adding to the continually growing prize pool, which still has over two weeks left before the event starts.

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DayZ patch 0.52 adds a slew of features; includes gardening and grim suicide mechanics

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Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall may have departed Bohemia Interactive, but the team behind DayZ are still very much hard at work. They’ve just released a last minute patch to the game which adds a megaton of new items, areas and features to the game.

Among the new items and weapons, and two new villages, players can now set up gardening plots wherever they desire, as long as they have the right kit to do so. Also, if you get sick and tired of the apocalyptic world of Chernarus, you can now find a multitude of ways to end your life. Yes, that also includes via the newly added Chainsaw. 

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WarCraft: Armies of Azeroth is a nostalgic Starcraft II mod remake of Blizzard's Warcraft III

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A budding bunch of modders have remade Blizzard’s Warcraft III strategy game inside of Starcraft II. They’ve opted to try and “save” the original balance and graphical design of the game, while adding new gameplay features of their own. The models, while referencing Blizzard’s own, are completely custom made using the newer and more polished engine.

We’ve got a trailer and some screenshots below, so if you were a fan of the game, you can check it out.

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Respawn's Vince Zampella says future titles might not be Origin exclusive; teases non-Titanfall game

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Respawn’s monster mech shooter, Titanfall, currently only comes in Origin for; but that maybe not the case for future releases. Speaking to Game Informer, CEO Vince Zampella explains that he regrets not being able to field the game on more platforms.

“We would have loved for it to be on Steam from day one,” said Zampell. “but at some point it just doesn't make sense anymore and you start looking to the future and I think we should not make that same decision again.”

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Assetto Corsa races out of Steam Early Access with version 1.0

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Kunos Simulazioni has formally sent their very pretty driving simulator, Assetto Corsa, out of the pits stops and into release. It had been in Steam Early Access since November last year, where the developers put out updates to the game on a bi-weekly basis.

“Version 1.0 signifies not just the long-term achievement but also a new start.” said the announcement page. “One journey ends, another begins ; version 1.0 by no means indicates the end Assetto Corsa development, on the contrary, this is now just the beginning of a long journey.”

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare teases mechanised zombies in new Havoc DLC trailer

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Zombies. Guns. Exo-suits. More zombies. That’s what’s in store for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s first DLC coming early next year. Dubbed as “Havoc”, the DLC will see four Atlas employees - played by John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal - survive against an Exo-suit powered horde of the undead.

A new trailer from Activision shows the terminator-style zombies in action, and we've got it below.

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Slave revolution sparks civil war inside Elite: Dangerous; escalates to massive capital ship warfare

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Elite: Dangerous is a big game; it’s set in our very own Milky Way with a 1:1 scale. With this in mind, it might not be surprising to see the number one complaint about the game, is that there’s “nothing to do”. Well, they’re dead wrong.

Frontier Development's space sim is teeming with NPC factions, all with their own stories and motives. One of them, dubbed as the “Empire”, is experiencing a civil war right now due a muddy succession struggle. It’s gotten so out of hand, that all sides have started to deploy some of the biggest ships in the game, and players can go watch (and fight) the entire thing play out in space, right now.

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Port Review - Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes

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Metal Gear Solid on PC. Metal Gear Solid on PC. Metal Gear Solid. On PC. It’s been bloody ages since the adventures of Snake graced our platform, and Big Boss never had the opportunity, so these are exciting times. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes finally launched on PC last night, and I’ve been faffing around in the rain for a wee while now. 

2003, that was the last time we got to play the series. It was Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance. 11 years is a long time to go without. We did get a decent port of the ridiculously titled Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, though. So it wasn’t absurd optimism that had me hoping that Ground Zeroes would be at least serviceable. 

The good news is that it’s not just serviceable. 

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Blizzard to consider in-game subscription time item for World of Warcraft

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Blizzard have revealed a number of exciting changes coming to it’s sole, but gargantuan MMO, World of Warcraft next year. Out of the many, many additions, one stands out among the crowd: a in-game sub time item, similar to PLEX in EVE Online.

“We’re exploring the possibility of giving players a way to buy tradable game-time tokens for the purpose of exchanging them in-game with other players for gold.” said community manager Bashiok in the forum post. “A few other online games offer a similar option, and players have suggested that they’d be interested in seeing something along those lines in WoW.”

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