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Prison Architect Alpha 28 declutters the interface and fixes wandering doctors

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Prison Architect Alpha 28

Do you remember where you last left your doctor? A silly question it might be, but it was serious stuff inside Prison Architect; doctors would randomly wander the prison if there wasn’t an infirmary built, and get into all sorts of trouble. Don’t worry though, as in the newest Alpha 28, they’ve all been given concise instructions to wait in the delivery bay.

That’s not all though - the interface has had some quality of life improvements, there’s a new “deployment scheduler”, and they’ve finally hired some truck drivers to speed up unloading.

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Minecraft: Story Mode is an episodic adventure series from Telltale Games

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Minecraft: Story Mode

Pop over to the Mojang site about now, and you’ll find an affectionate pastiche of Telltale Games’ dialogue-with-a-deadline schtick named Info Quest II. The exposition’s a little rushed, but with good reason: it turns out Mojang are collaborating with Telltale and the Minecraft community to make an episodic adventure series about Notch’s opus.

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Verdun’s celebrating Christmas with a truce between the trenches

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Lots of games are getting festive makeovers this year - Trove’s celebrating SnowfestWorld of Warplanes has giant snowmen, and Depth has added a prehistoric shark (that's not for Christmas but I think everyone should know about the prehistoric shark). First World War shooter Verdun’s having a much more authentic Christmas makeover. They’re calling a truce over the trenches and letting players sing carols, throw snowballs, and play football with their enemy.

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

UPDATE: We've added a festive selection of skins to help you get into the Christmas spirit this December. 

When you and some friends get together on a Minecraft server, it’s basically a cosplay competition, looking for the best Minecraft skin. Make sure you look the coolest buy turning up in a fab Minecraft skin. You could be a superhero, your favourite TV show character, or even a terrifying monster. Just don’t go as a regular Steve and pretend you're being ironic.  

To help you rocket to the top of the Minecraft fashion ladder, we've scoured the internet for the 100 best Minecraft Skins. Please peruse the catwalk below to find the right Minecraft skins for you. 

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Deck 13 are in preproduction of Lords of the Fallen 2

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While Lords of the Fallen was quite happily sitting in the shadow of FromSoftware’s Dark Souls, the third-person difficult’em’up managed to find a large following. Large enough to convince Deck 13 to start work on a sequel.

The studio’s confirmed they’ve begun work on a sequel but provide no further details.

To the speculat-o-tron!

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Depth’s Big Catch update pits you against a prehistoric shark

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Fighting a shark is terrifying enough. Going toe to toe with a prehistoric dinosaur shark is a whole new level of pant wetting.

Depth, the diving game which sees five players trying to strip ancient shipwrecks of their booty while being attacked by sharks, has just received a massive free update. Not only does it add the hyper underwear soiling Megalodon Hunt, I brings in two new sharks, new gear, rebalances the great white, and, on top of all that, adds editing tools tools.

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Wintersday returns to Guild Wars 2; help Toymaker Tixx spread some festive cheer

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Guild Wars 2 Wintersday

Tyria is in full holiday spirits with the return of Wintersday. The capital of Divinity’s Read has once again been smothered with snow and decoration, as Guild Wars 2 celebrates its traditional winter festival. 

Toymaker Tixx is back as well, with even more mischievous and rampant toy inventions. Also - if you log in every day until the event’s end, you’ll receive daily gifts from the new and revamped achievement system.

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Give yourself a pat on the back: Humble Bundle has raised over $50 million dollars for charity

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Humble Bundle $50 Million

Today, the “pay what you want” game sale platform, Humble Bundle, announced that it has contributed over $50 million dollars to charity. Since it was founded in 2010, the company has provided hundreds of games that customers were able to dictate how much money went towards the creators and various charities.

"We never imagined after the first Humble Indie Bundle that we might one day reach this milestone," said co-founder John Graham. “It is hard to truly comprehend the magnitude of $50 million for charity.”

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World of Warplanes gets invaded by giant snowmen and UFOs in new winter game mode

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World of Warplanes Winter Mode

It’s that time of year again, and Wargaming has given World of Warplanes a brand new winter themed game mode for all of its pilots to revel in the festive cheer. But it’s not just any old Christmas themed map. Nope. Players will take the reins of alien UFOs, and duke it out as a gigantic snowman look on from the distance.

The update hits tomorrow on December 18th, and in the spirit of Christmas, will be completely free.

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Brave the woes of This War of Mine in your own childhood treehouse with update 1.2

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This War of Mine Update 1.2 Treehouse

Building forts was one of my favourite pastimes as a child, whether it be made from cardboard boxes or makeshift wood. It seems the devs over at 11 Bit Studios share that same pastime too, because their survival game, This War of Mine, is about to include a treehouse for your war worn survivors to take refuge.

Update 1.2 will introduce a new shelter to the game, which includes the lofty fort in the back garden. It will also allow you to pick your starting survivors, if that’s a thing you fancy.

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The best Dota 2 Heroes for beginners

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So you’ve finally gained access to that 'Dota 2' game everyone on your Steam friends is playing all the damn time. You boot it up, hit the 'find match' button, and after a short waiting period you’re in your first game. “All pick” the announcer bellows, as you’re presented with a dazzling selection of heroes to choose from. Going by the infallible logic of “pick the best looking”, you pick Invoker.

That was my thought process when I got my hands on Dota 2 back in 2011; you can see the results of my first game here, but you can already guess the outcome. I did not perform well.

Luckily I found some patient souls from Sweden who taught me everything I know today, and now I want to try and pay it forward. Here’s the best heroes for you beginners out there.

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Saitek’s Farming Simulator controller is a racing wheel with knobs on. Actual knobs!

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Until now Farming Simulator players have had to make do with taking racing wheels and pedals from others games to enhance their play. Saitek’s announced that it’s making some hardware specifically for GIANTS Software’s farming game.

Saitek’s offering even has one of those knobs on the steering wheel so you can spin it round like a loon.

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The Steam controller's design has been updated again. This time with a D Pad

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Deep within the Steam Client beta, underneath a pile of old newspapers and next to calendar with the Half Life 3 release date scrawled in the margins, are designs for an updated version of the Steam controller.

Back when Valve first revealed their Steam Machines they showed off a controller with two haptic feedback pads and very few buttons. The latest design shows how much they’ve iterated.

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Grand Theft Auto 5 trailer shows multiplayer heists with big loot prizes

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Rockstar’s been teasing Grand Theft Auto 5’s multiplayer heists since it first launched on consoles back in September. With work on the PC version wrapping up ready for launch at the end of January we’re finally getting a glimpse of them in action.

Not only is there a carefully choreographed trailer but GTA Online producer and lead mission designer Imran Sarwar has spilled the beans on exactly how the heists will work.

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Steam gifts and trades from Russia have been stopped due to Ruble currency crash

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Russia is deep in financial crisis right now as the value of the country’s ruble currency plummets. It’s affecting everything, and video games are no exclusion. Today Valve have decided to limit trading and gifting between the Russian market and other stronger economies to prevent people abusing the system to buy cheaper games.

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Harebrained confirm latest scheme: "Shadowrun returns to Kickstarter in January"

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Shadowrun Returns

The Shadowrun universe has taught us well: behind every corporation, a cover-up; behind every cult, a crackpot with a plan for world domination via extra-planar beasties. So when Harebrained Schemes announced they were working on pointy action-roguelike Necropolis, we knew better than to expect the premature end of their RPG series - and discovered a third campaign for Shadowrun Returns referenced in the company’s job listings.

This, though, is unexpected. The team will return to Kickstarter to fund their next expedition into America’s techno-magical future.

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World of Warcraft Winter Veil covers half the cost of certain pets and mounts this Christmas

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World of Warcraft

A dog is not just for Christmas. A cinder kitten or Alterac brew pup, though? Classifiable as presents on a technicality, and 50% off during the holiday season.

As Winter Veil comes to Draenor for the first time and players sit down by their Cozy Fires with their Egg Nog, Blizzard are selling pets and mounts in one of the best MMOs on PC at half-price.

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The Sims 4 gets new careers and stocking fillers in a free festive update

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The Sims 4 update

While The Sims series is infamous for the number of expansions and bits of DLC that are churned out for them, Maxis currently seems content to keep adding free updates to The Sims 4. Halloween brought ghosts and pools, and the festive season’s bringing a slew of new toys to play with and careers to embark upon. 

The meatiest of the new additions are the four new career paths for business-minded folks and athletes. The sporty types can become professional athletes and body builder, while those who dream of that corner office can go down the management and investor paths.

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