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Fair play to Nick Allen: the SKT-Fnatic bug, and the ambiguities of pro League of Legends

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It was a pivotal moment in one of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational’s most exciting matches. Europe’s Fnatic team seemed to be on the verge of what would have been an extraordinary underdog upset in the group stage. But right at the start of a crucial fight, something odd happened. One of Fnatic’s players appeared to suffer a bug that left him unable to contribute, and Fnatic were dealt a heavy blow. Fnatic’s game came undone shortly thereafter, and a lot of fans and observers were convinced that an underdog upset had just been destroyed thanks to a glitch.

Unfortunate and inconvenient, but was it unfair? Esports, taking place on computers, would seem to offer the possibility of perfectly fair, perfectly adjudicated competition. There’s no in-game referee or umpire making judgment calls, or looking the other way as a foul occurs just out of sight. But, just as in more traditional sports, perfect fairness remains an elusive and difficult goal. And in that gulf between the the ideal and reality, you’ll find Riot’s League operation manager, Nick Allen, trying to keep professional League of Legends fair, one judgment-call at a time.

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New Witcher 3 launch trailer shows familiar faces, but puts the focus on Ciri

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This is the dose of fantasy noir I’ve come to expect from The Witcher 3. This trailer is Geralt as “The Man with No Name”, or maybe as Kwai Chang Caine, going from place to place in a dark country and trying to put things right. But it’s also a bit of an introduction to his search for his daughter, Ciri, and how she’s taken up her father’s mantle.

Also, how many launch trailers does a game get to have?

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Why on earth is half the planet playing Clicker Heroes?

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Are you one of the 38,000 people playing Clicker Heroes today? That’s an absurd amount of players, making it currently the sixth most played game on Steam. The game has only been out five days and it’s already some kind of phenomenon with its own Reddit page

But why? It is, quite literally, a game where you click on things until they die. And I don’t mean in the Diablo way, where you have to position yourself and manage health and mana. Clicker Heroes at its most complicated is selecting a new world to click on monsters in. Why has this captured the PC gamer’s imagination?

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Nvidia Showcase: Go behind the scenes on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with CD Projekt Red

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Want to see how the amazing graphical effects in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt were done? Join John Mamais, the Executive Producer at CD Project Red for this exclusive behind the scenes tour and learn how NVIDIA’s HairWorks technology renders both the lustrous locks of the lead character and an entire bear’s coat super-realistically. 

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What's happening with our review of The Witcher 3

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The Witcher 3 launches tomorrow, and it’s all very exciting. You’ve probably noticed a lot of reviews knocking about the place, and maybe you’re wondering where ours is. Here’s the problem: PS4 review codes were the only ones being sent out until very recently. 

CD Projekt Red have apparently been working on the PC version until the 11th hour, which is why you won’t see any PC reviews out there, in the wilderness, or here in PCGamesN. I do have a code now, however, and I can tell you what our review plans are. 

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Star Wars: The Old Republic is actually pretty good now, as long as you subscribe

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I want to introduce you to a game. It’s a fast-paced Star Wars RPG, in which occasionally other players wander past you. It’s got lightsabers and space combat and Jedi houses and bounty hunters and, if you go full dark side, you can fire lightning from your fingertips. 

It’s called Star Wars: The Old Republic, and thanks to a series of changes, it’s no longer the ugly stepchild of the MMORPG world. It’s actually quite good. 

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Introducing The Bard's Tale IV: the sequel Wasteland 2's creators always wanted to make

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Brian Fargo and InXile know that there are some things that need updating, and some things that don’t.

With Wasteland 2 wrapped and the bulk of the studio now heads-down on their Torment sequel, a tiny team have begun production on a follow-up to the Bard’s Tale trilogy - which finished in 1988 under Fargo’s direction at Interplay.

The Bard’s Tale IV is not isometric. It’s not a sprawling, literary adventure across strange lands. It’ll instead be a first-person dungeon crawl, like its namesake. The Bard’s Tale had a far narrower scope than Wasteland - and InXile will keep it that way with an adventure that promises to be both intricate and deep. Bedrock deep.

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Colonize an alien ocean in Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide

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The first expansion for Firaxis’ Civilization: Beyond Earth has been announced. Rising Tide allows you and your hardy civilization to take to the oceans, building floating cities and exploring the depths for precious resources. Other additions and improvements include an expanded diplomacy system, hybrid Affinity upgrades and new biomes.

We've got some screenshots of the expansion for you to feat your eyes on below.

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Valve's Lighthouse VR tracking system could help robots understand their location

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The magic in Valve’s VR prototypes isn’t just in the headset. It’s in the positional tracking of the controllers. That tracking may have many other uses: including helping robot drones understand where they are in space. People who make robots are pretty excited. 

“Honestly, the rumors didn't do it justice: it's really elegant!” exclaimed Travis Deyle of Hizook. “I think this technology could be a "big deal" for robotics too.”

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt now has an Nvidia Geforce driver; you should probably get it

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Nvidia have finally released their game ready Geforce driver today, just in time for the anticipated Witcher 3: Wild Hunt launch, which is just mere hours away. If you want to be taking advantage of all that fancy technology, such as HairWorks, HBAO+, PhysX and SLI, you’re going to want to whack this driver into your system if you've got an Nvidia card.

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Oculus Rift Linux and OS X development paused in favour of "high quality" Windows launch

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In a follow-up blog post concerning the reveal of the Oculus Rift recommended system requirements, Oculus VR have announced that they have paused OS X and Linux development, and instead will devote the extra resources on the Windows release.

“We want to get back to development for OS X and Linux but we don’t have a timeline.” said chief architect and technical director Atman Binstock.

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Here's how Vergil, Trish and Lady kick demon butt in Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition

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Capcom are gearing up to release the “definitive edition” of Devil May Cry 4 in June. While the current gen consoles will get to experience the game at 1080p and 60FPS for the first time, us PC folk have been able to play the game with even higher specs at the original release back in 2008.

So what’s there to warrant the hefty £19.99/$24.99 Capcom are asking for PC players? Three brand new playable characters: Vergil, Trish and Lady. We’ve got videos of all three of them in action, so you can judge yourself whether they’re worth your hard dosh.

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