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The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 2: It all kicks off

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Yesterday: part one of The rise and rise of Wargaming saw how Victor grew his company from dorm room experiment to eastern megaforce. Today: Wargaming goes global, builds reinforcements in the guises of Warplanes and Warships, and protects some 1940s relics. 

Victor Kislysi, CEO of Wargaming, had dominated Russia’s gaming scene in 2010. World of Tanks was massive, but it was just a rivet in comparison to the incredible machine it would become. Now was the time for Wargaming to take on the west; Europe and America were targets ripe for the taking. 

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Upbeat Giraffe is the first stable Starbound update since March. It changes everything

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If you’ve ever seen an upbeat giraffe, no doubt your thinking has turned to starship upgrades, matter manipulators, and bug catching, making it an appropriate name for Starbound’s latest update which adds all those things.

It’s the first stable update Chucklefish have released for Starbound since March last year and it changes just about everything in the procedurally generated universe explorer.

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Blood Bowl 2 is clearer, better looking, and more violent than ever

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Blood Bowl is the bastard child of American football and an abattoir. The generally accepted aim is for your team of orcs/humans/rat things to score as many touchdowns as you can in 16 turns. But it doesn’t feel like a win unless you’ve killed/mutilated/permanently crippled one of the other team’s players.

Cyanide have made the sequel better in all the right ways: the interface is now comprehensible, you won’t need an 67-page rulebook to hand for each play, and the tackles are more violent than ever before. Limbs will be broken, necks will be snapped, and spleens will be burst.

I think it’s going to be excellent.

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DayZ's zombies will have access to a new wardrobe in future update

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DayZ New Zombie Model

DayZ art lead, Chris Torchia, has given players a sneak peek at his current work-in-progress project. The task itself will enable the artists to endlessly customise new varieties of zombies, not only changing the clothes they wear, but also their body shapes too. The best part of it, is it’ll have little to no impact on performance if a player sees a horde of zombies at once.

The WIP zombie above wants “your brains in his belly” according to Torchia.

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S.K.I.L.L. increases eSports commitment; offering at least €56,000 in prize money

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Gameforge have announced plans to expand on their eSport events, starting with their first person tactical shooter: S.K.I.L.L. – Special Forces 2. Teaming up with the ESL, Gameforge is pouring at least €30,000 euros into the top tier ESL S.K.I.L.L. Pro League, spread across two seasons. The Pro League will also be broadcasted on Twitch.tv via ESL TV.

Counting other ESL leagues and cups, the total prize money up for grabs totals at least €56,000 euros.

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is offering a free weekend to inactive players

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Patch 2.5

If you’ve currently on holiday from Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Square Enix would like you to know that they miss you. In fact, they miss you so much, they’re offering a free weekend to play the Final Fantasy MMO.

The main attraction is the feature packed 2.5 update, which landed back on January 20th. Inside, players can pay a visit to the new Manderville Gold Saucer, three new dungeons, and progress a fresh batch of story-driven quests.

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Valve open new curated Steam Workshops. Creators have made more than $57m since 2011

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For the first time in history virtual hat designers are making more money than actual milliners.* Valve’s revealed that since launching the Steam Workshop in 2011 content creators have made $57 million.

Until now you could only sell creations for Valve’s games - Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. That’s going to change as Valve invite other games to sell through their workshops, too.

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Alone in the Dark: Illumination beta starts soon, but only if you buy the game

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Alone in the Dark: Illumination beta

I allowed myself a moment of excitement when Atari announced that Alone in the Dark was coming back, last year. But, increasingly, it has become clear that it’s only the name that’s making a return, stitched to a team-based shooter. 

A private beta for Alone in the Dark: Illumination kicks off tomorrow, but the only way to get into it is by pre-ordering the game. 

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Minecraft 1.8.2 pre-release gets its 5th update, fixing udders and other things

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Minecraft 1.8.2 pre-release gets its 5th update, fixing udders and other things

Just before everyone buggered off for their holidays, Mojang gave out the gift of Minecraft 1.8.2 pre-release. This Christmas Gift version has been updated a few times since then, with the latest update arriving today. 

You might want to wait until tomorrow to check out the update though, as the patch broke some rendering code, but will be fixed with another one tomorrow. Take a gander below at the change notes for 1.8.2-pre5.

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Offworld Trading Company is bringing Martian capitalism to Early Access

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Offworld Trading Company Early Access

Offworld Trading Company, developed by Civilization veteran Soren Johnson’s Mohawk Games, has been keeping a low profile since it was announced last year. A martian RTS that eschews military themes for economics and market manipulation, it’s more Anno than StarCraft, but with a multiplayer focus. And it’s coming out soon, but not in its final form.

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World of Tanks Grand Finals 2015 announced; expect lots of hot tank on tank action

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World of Tanks Grand Final 2015

A horde of tanks are preparing to descend on Expo XII in Warsaw, Poland. But there’s nothing to worry about; it’s just World of Tanks’ Grand Finals 2015. After a year of 1,000 tournaments, the Wargaming.net League is hosting a 12-team final to see who will take home the golden tank. Okay, I don’t know if there’s a golden tank, but there should be. 

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Might and Delight's Shelter 2 trailer uses cuteness like a weapon

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Shelter 2 trailer

I read the trailer title, “Cuteness in Shelter 2” and I already know it’s a trap. Not a lie, because the combination of Might and Delight’s wonderful art and the prevalence of tiny mewling lynx cubs ensures that the trailer will indeed be overloaded with cuteness, but still a trap. Those cubs may very well die. Their mum might too. Thankfully, the trailer has none of that, but I know it’s coming. 

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Ubisoft is removing games purchased through unauthorised retailers from Uplay accounts

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Update: The keys were originally purchased on EA's Origin platform with stolen credit cards, then resold to merchants that use third party sites like G2A. It was EA that alerted Ubisoft to the situation. Merchants at G2A and Kinguin, where a lot of the codes were sold, have agreed to refund customers.

If you’ve suddenly found yourself unable to go on a murderous, elephant-assisted rampage in Far Cry 4 or jump around like a loon in Assassin’s Creed Unity, it may be bacuse you purchased your game from a third-party seller that Ubisoft dissaproves of. 

Over the weekend, Ubisoft forum users noted that their library had shrunk, as the publisher had been deactivating games purchased from unauthorised retailers. 

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Far Cry 4 expands its territory with another lot of DLC missions: Hurk Deluxe

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Far Cry 4 players will remember that Hurk is your fellow American and murder-tourist in Kyrat - the one with the beard and the inability to tell Golden Path from Royal Army. He also doubles as Player 2 avatar in co-op, but if you haven’t been bombing outposts with a friend you won’t have seen an awful lot of him.

That can change, if you want it to, with today’s Hurk Deluxe DLC.

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Hands on with Blitzkrieg 3

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Blitzkrieg 3

Of all the kriegs, blitz is probably my favourite. It's got a certain pazazz about it, the old blitzkrieg. The way those highly mobile arm of infantry and armour employ aggressive pincer and spearhead formations to continually charge and overcome a heavily defended front, scattering forces and allowing them no time to respond or reform. It's really good, that. A spicy bit of tactics, the old blitzkrieg.

Blitzkrieg 3 is an old school tactical RTS from developer Nival with an interesting multiplayer twist that involves building a base and populating it with AI units for other players to attack while you're off doing something else in real life.

It's a clever strategy game that's trying out a mostly unseen kind of asynchronous multiplayer krieging.

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The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 1: Prelude to War

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Victor Kislyi has a secret qualification, one entirely befitting the CEO who orchestrated the rise and rise of World of Tanks. 

“I think I’m a second lieutenant of the Belarus reserve army. I’m particular adept with rockets. I can shoot multiple rockets at a time with my training." As a native of Belarus, he’s been through compulsory military service. And yet, despite knowing the strict realities of army life, World of Tanks is essentially a game of tin soldiers. It’s a game Victor has built, in some form of other, since the early 90s.

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Closed: We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Codes will be sent out on Saturday

Heroes of the Storm

Closed: We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Codes will be sent out on Saturday

What do PC game developers want from Steam Early Access?

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What do PC game developers want from Steam Early Access?

The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 2: It all kicks off

World of Tanks

The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 2: It all kicks off

Blood Bowl 2 is clearer, better looking, and more violent than ever

Blood Bowl 2

Blood Bowl 2 is clearer, better looking, and more violent than ever

Hands on with Blitzkrieg 3

Blitzkrieg 3

Hands on with Blitzkrieg 3

The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 1: Prelude to War

World of Tanks

The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 1: Prelude to War

H1Z1 Early Access Review

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H1Z1 Early Access Review

Sponsored: Six ways Alienware are rebooting the gaming laptop

Alienware

Sponsored: Six ways Alienware are rebooting the gaming laptop

Closed: We’re giving away a Geforce GTX970-powered gaming PC courtesy of Gameforge

S.K.I.L.L

Closed: We’re giving away a Geforce GTX970-powered gaming PC courtesy of Gameforge

The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

Dying Light first impressions

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Dying Light first impressions

Grey Goo PC review

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Grey Goo PC review

Topic of the Week: What do you look for in a remastered game?

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Topic of the Week: What do you look for in a remastered game?

Grim Fandango Remastered PC review

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Grim Fandango Remastered PC review

Making it in Unreal: flipping through the X-Files with extraterrestrial horror game The Hum

The Hum

Making it in Unreal: flipping through the X-Files with extraterrestrial horror game The Hum

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hands on - playing 2015's most exciting RPG

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hands on - playing 2015's most exciting RPG

In Dead Synchronicity, you mutilate a dead vicar. And then it gets even bleaker

Dead Synchronicity

In Dead Synchronicity, you mutilate a dead vicar. And then it gets even bleaker

Homeworld Remastered Collection revealed; Steam launch set for February 25th

Homeworld Remastered

Homeworld Remastered Collection revealed; Steam launch set for February 25th

Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

Assassin's Creed Unity

Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

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ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

Underworld Ascendant

How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

Hatred

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

Far Cry® 2: Fortune's Edition

Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

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The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

Chaos Reborn

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

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Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS

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How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS