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How item changes are redefining the jungle in League of Legends

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League of Legends

There’s a reason we refer to the lion as the King of the Jungle, and it’s his gold efficiency when it comes to item purchases.

Lots of jungle players think about the same thing when speccing their League of Legends champions - but others focus simply on the final builds they’re working towards. It’s the latter group Riot are hoping to cater to with a new round of jungle enchantments-in-testing.

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Battlefield Hardline is now sporting a new release date: March 17th

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Battlefield Hardline release date

Battlefield Hardline’s launch date was pushed back from October, after a very iffy beta, earlier this year, and today EA has revealed the new date: it’s March 17th, almost half a year after later. Better that than releasing it in the state it was in, of course. 

Apparently we can expect some significant changes, including heavy weapons now being secondary objectives, and tying them to car boots instead of player inventories. 

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Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: Do you buy season passes?

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Topic of the Week: Season passes

It’s hard to walk through the world of AAA games without stepping in a lot of season passes. And like lots of things you might find stuck to your shoe, they aren’t exactly spoken highly of. Yet, they sell, and they continue to be pushed. 

Which brings us to our topic of the week. We want to know what you make of season passes and, if you have been seduced by them, did you wait until the DLC had been out for a while, or did you grab them straight away?

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Update for Minecraft will let you control the fanciness of clouds

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Minecraft fancy clouds

When you look up at the clouds, especially if you are a character in some romantic fiction, lying on the bonnet of a car, you might find that they look like celebrities or vegetables or maybe a foot. But have you ever looked up at the sky and thought, “Gosh, those are some fancy clouds”?

Maybe you hate fancy clouds, though. Perhaps you think they are putting on airs. If only there was a way to take them down a peg or two. You might not have such god-like control over the real world, but in Minecraft, you are not so shackled. 

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Democracy 3 hurtles into the future with the Clones and Drones expansion

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Democracy 3 Clones and Drones

Democracy 3 is jumping into the near future and turbulent times with the Clones and Drones expansion, which dropped today. Future techs and new social issues rear their heads, adding more to the charts and numbers that spin grim political yarns. At least, the yarns are grim when I’m playing, and ruining the country.

The future doesn’t seem too bright. 

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Returning GTA V players to be rewarded with Dodo seaplane on PC

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GTA V

If years of poor port treatment at the hands of Rockstar hadn’t already quelled your indignant rage over the year-long delay of GTA V on PC, a Dodo might do it.

The “classic bird of flight” is just one of a number of measures Rockstar have taken to placate players good enough to have bought the latest Grand Theft Auto for console, and then again for PC.

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Valve to tackle "transparently unfair" distribution of Team Fortress 2 Halloween gifts

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Team Fortress 2

Scream Fortress 6 is coming, and with it the flurry of presents Team Fortress 2 players have come to expect over the last four spooky seasons. But Valve have revised the gift system for this year’s event, in the hope of ending the iffy practices of Halloweens past.

“The Halloween experience for many players now consists of sitting idle in a custom server while a plugin teleports them from gift spawn point to gift spawn point,” write the dev team.

“We feel comfortable characterizing the current system as blatantly and transparently unfair.”

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Twitch

Twitch ban broadcasters from wearing "sexually suggestive" clothing on air

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Twitch

It’s not that your Sims shower skit isn’t totally on-the-nose, or that there’s anything wrong with Leisure Suit Larry cosplay in principle. It’s just that you’re going to have to find somewhere else to perform them.

Dress appropriately,” write Twitch in their new guidelines. “Nerds are sexy, and you’re all magnificent, beautiful creatures, but let’s try and keep this about the games, shall we?”

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Spacebase DF-9 trailer marks launch. Free copy of Hack’n’Slash for owners

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spacebase df-9 release date double fine

Double Fine fired the Spacebase DF-9 launch trailer across our bow this morning. It’s postively teeming with space bugs, raider attacks, and aliens doing weights in their space gym. Bundled into the trailer torpedo was the announcement that owners of the space station management sim will also get a copy of Hack ’n’ Slash.

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Several thousand bots banned from Hearthstone till 2015; "Fair play is the core of the Hearthstone experience"

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Hearthstone Bot Bans

Blizzard have just banned “several thousand” bot accounts from Hearthstone that were found to be using “third party software” to play Hearthstone. The bans come as the popularity of bots have been on the rise after Blizzard seemingly did nothing about it. That ends today, after a flurry of bans have occurred in an effort to halt the bots in their place.

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Our moment of triumph? X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and LucasArts catalog on GOG

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The cover for TIE Fighter, showing Darth Vader's grim visage in the backdrop of a raging space battle featuring TIE Fighters and a destroyed X-Wing.

In 1998, LucasArts released updated versions of X-Wing and TIE Fighter. A year later, they bundled them alongside X-Wing Alliance. Nobody knew it at the time, but it was the last time those games would be widely available, and functional on modern hardware.

Tomorrow, at long last, GOG and LucasArts will rectify that situation. TIE Fighter, X-Wing, and a number of other LucasArts classics are coming out on GOG.com.

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Lords of the Fallen is out tomorrow in surprise ambush release for Europe

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Lords of the Fallen

Hang onto your chainmail breeches warrior, because Lords of the Fallen is out a couple days early here in Europe. In fact, it’s out in only 18 hours from now according the the Steam store page. Originally due out on October 31st, the EU launch has been brought in-line with the North American release.

Huzzah for launch date equality!

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Get ready for Warlords of Draenor with patch 6.0.3, heading to World of Warcraft tomorrow

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Warlords of Draenor Dark Portal

A new patch will hit the denizens of World of Warcraft tomorrow (Wednesday for EU), that will bring the game in line with the version of Warlords of Draenor that’s being tested on the beta realms. It’ll also include fixes for issues that cropped up in the initial transition to 6.0, while porting over the remaining assets required for the launch of the new expansion on November 13th.

“Our plan is to not require a launch-day patch, and have a smooth transition to the new expansion.”

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Topic of the Week: What games are you looking forward to in 2015?

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Fighting the inevitable in Stardock's Sorcerer King

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Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

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Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

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