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Youtubers told to flag promotional videos by ASA. All thanks to biscuits

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Youtubers are now required to reveal whether they’ve been to promote a product and it’s all thanks to Oreos.

We’ve learned about a number of instances where marketing companies have paid youtubers to promote a game, often with strict guidelines about what they are allowed to say, but this is the first time the Advertising Standards Authority has stepped in to say what it considers appropriate.

The following story includes Oreos, children’s television, licking, and a government body.

You’ve been warned, the following story might be difficult to digest.

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Crookz is a disco-themed heist simulator

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As the old adage goes: fail to plan and you plan to fail, but fail to plan to fail and things will probably go alright for you. That’s the mantra behind Crookz, a heist simulator with a ‘70s twist so groove-tastic that the game’s title has had its ‘s’ transform into a ‘z’.

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Best PC Games of 2015

The best PC upcoming games of 2015 (and 2014's best released games)

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Here on the PC there’s new games every week, and that trend’s not getting bucked in 2015. Infact, it looks like 2014 shooed off all the good games and decided to be a year of tension building before the world of games explodes in 2015, showering us with all kinds of treasures from extraordinary space adventures to sneaky heist simulations. 

This is our list of what to watch out for in the next twelve months. Some we’ve already played, some we’ve only just heard about, but they all make us super excited to be gamers this year.

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Gigantic trailer reveals MOBA where your ancient is a giant, angry monster

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Dota sees you protecting an ancient tree from the enemy team. League of Legends? A crystal obelisk. Gigantic doesn’t bother with that guff, your job is fight in the coattails of a giant, rampaging monster.

Yes, it’s another MOBA but this one’s designed by James Phinney, creative director on Guild Wars and the lead designer of Starcraft.

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Dark Souls: Prepare to Die will excise GFWL in December, not November

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Back in October FromSoftware announced plans to strip Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition of its Games For Windows Live integration. This would allow players to port their saves and achievements over to Steam, something they’ve not been able to access since Windows shuttered GFWL’s doors.

FromSoftware planned to have this process completed for release this month. It’s now been delayed into December.

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Runescape's subscription cost is rising for all new members

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Jagex haven’t decided on the exact pricing yet but Runescape’s subscription costs will be raised in early 2015. However, unlike in other MMOs, if you’re already a subscriber you won’t have to pay the hiked rate, it’s only being charged to new players.

Well, new players and inconsistent players. If you let your subscription lapse for more than two weeks then you, too, have to pay the new rate.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity patch fixes more than 300 bugs

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Assassin’s Creed Unity has more than its fair share of bugs - Arno was getting stuck in hay bales, falling through the floor, objectives weren’t completing, framerate issues. Heck, there’s a lot.

Ubisoft’s been working round the clock since release to get on top of the problems players are discovering and their next patch will be fixing more than 300 of them.

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Rek'Sai is League of Legends' newest champion; she's underground, so you've probably never heard of her

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League of Legends has its fair share of grotesque champions, and the roster of horrors has just been expanded, with Riot revealing Rek’Sai, the Void Burrower. She’s a nasty piece of work, burrowing underground, creating tunnels, waiting to jump out and bite unsuspecting champions. 

She’s a terror, but has a bit of trouble dealing with another new champion, Kalista, as well as Kevin Bacon. 

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Solve your own nautical murder in Why Am I Dead At Sea

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You should know three things about me: I like dogs more than people, I think boats are the raddest form of transportation and I reckon that ghosts are infinitely more interesting than zombies. Two of these facts are relevant to Why Am I Dead At Sea. Yes, it’s a game about spooky dogs. No, hang on a second. Wrong facts. It’s a game about a ghost on a boat. Sorry. 

Here’s what’s up: You’re dead, and you’re on a boat. Why? That’s up to you to find out by possessing the other passengers and using them to investigate. There’s a trailer, so slap your eyes on it below. 

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Distance, the neon-soaked survival racer, is launching on Steam Early Access next month

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I’m not usually interested in racing games that don’t involve karts and popular Nintendo characters unless they are called F-Zero, so it’s rare for me to get excited about new driving shenanigans. But Distance is weird. It’s an arcade racer where future-cars speed up and down neon highways, leaping, spinning and flipping their way to victory, if they can survive for that long. It’s utterly bonkers, and reeks of cool. 

Our Rob took a look at it in the summer, and his thoughts are neatly summed up by the preview headline, Distance: Oh hell yes. Now it’s about to hit Steam Early Access, and you’ll be able to start defying physics on December 9th. 

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Good news, everyone: The World of Warcraft Blood Elf makeover is in progress

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While almost all of Azeroth is swanning about, looking fancy with their new character models, only the Worgen, Goblins and Blood Elves have been left out in the cold. The first two don’t care, because their character models look just as good as the new ones, but the Blood Elves were not so fortuitous. Worse, they had to look on as their Burning Crusade counterparts, the Draenei, got updated. 

This unfortunate situation will soon be remedied. New models for the Barbies and Kens of World of Warcraft are on their way, and Artcraft offers up a glimpse of their new look. 

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Batman and his best bud head to Ace Chemicals in new Arkham Knight footage

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There are more than a few problems with Robin, the Boy Wonder. The big one is that it’s a little bit sinister, a grown man clad in black leather hanging out with a lithe teen wearing a tight, garish costume. And then there’s the fact that we’re meant to believe a wee kid could actually stand toe to toe with Gotham’s most notorious villains. Worse, sometimes Robin is Jason Todd. Those were dark times. 

Rocksteady made a smart move when they decided that Batman’s partner in Arkham Knight would be a car, the Batmobile, specifically. It’s more than just a ride for Batman to cruise around in. Just take a look at the first part of the Ace Chemicals infiltration mission. 

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Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What are you playing now, and what have you left on the back burner?

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Topic of the Week: Games and the backburner

The last couple of months has seen us inundated with massive games. Warlords of Draenor is trying to tempt you into spending another year in World of Warcraft, Dragon Age: Inquisition and its not-quite-open-world feels bigger than a bloody planet, and Ubisoft has simply flung every game they’ve been developing this year at people, and they’re all vast.

It begs the question: how the hell does one manage? So that’s what our Topic of the Week is, what are you playing right now, and what are you leaving on the back burner until you have more time. 

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Activision is placing copyright strikes on Call of Duty Advanced Warfare videos showing cheats and/or glitches

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Call of Duty publisher Activision is apparently issuing copyright strikes against YouTube videos that contain footage of game glitches or cheats.

YouTube videogames channel Machinima has reportedly alerted their partners to the strikes, warning that “your channel may be liable to receive a copyright strike so please be careful.”

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Armored Warfare’s co-op campaign is something World of Tanks sorely lacks

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World of Tanks and War Thunder don’t leave much space for a third free-to-play tank game. Yet Obsidian think Armored Warfare’s in with a chance of capturing some of the market from those entrenched mammoths by aiming for two things neither of its competitors have attempted; a story campaign and modern technology.

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Fraser and Matt have a little chat about Far Cry 4

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Matt and I have been holidaying in Far Cry 4’s lovely Kyrat for the last week, and we return with enviable tans and only a few bullet wounds. It’s a dangerous place, so we got off lucky. But is it a destination we would recommend? Should you take your Christmas holidays there, or even bring the family? Far Cry does have co-op after all. 

Read on, and enjoy the sort of enlightenment you can only get in Shagri-La.  

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The Binding of Isaac developer turns to community for expansion pack ideas

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The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth may have enhanced an already super game, but developer Edmund McMillen doesn’t plan on stopping there. He’s turning to the community to offer up feedback on Rebirth and to suggest various new features that could be included in an expansion. 

If you want to get involved with the production of McMillen’s next release, now is the time to jump in and start commenting. 

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Nvidia Shield comes with games and Nvidia Grid this Black Friday

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Nvidia are offering up a special bundle this Thanksgiving to tempt those thinking of picking up a Shield. The Black Friday Bundle packages up a Shield console with a controller, a set of three Valve games, and access to Nvidia Grid - the graphics giant’s stab at doing ‘Netflix for games’. These additions come free with the 32GB variant of the Shield, but you’ll have to snap it up this weekend if you want in on the savings. 

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Evolve DLC maps will be free and you can play alongside players who’ve bought new hunters

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Games, like Call of Duty, which sell maps as DLC, fragment their playerbase into those that can afford the new maps and those that can’t. This means there are fewer players in the pool for matchmaking and no one has a good time.

Evolve’s developers don’t want to fragment their community with their DLC, instead they’re giving away new maps for free. You can even play alongside the new hunters and monsters the studio release, you just can’t play as them.

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Crookz is a disco-themed heist simulator

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The best PC upcoming games of 2015 (and 2014's best released games)

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Topic of the Week: What are you playing now, and what have you left on the back burner?

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Topic of the Week: What's the maximum you'd spend on a game?

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Grand Theft Auto V on PC will introduce an exclusive range of luxurious new dogs

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Sports Interactive nerfed real world players for Football Manager 2015

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