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Paranautical Activity developer steps down after threatening Gabe Newell

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Paranautical Activity

Death threats are a pretty terrible way to blow off some steam, especially during a time when people are being chased out of the industry by them. But with Code Avarice’s Mike Maulbeck, who threatened Gabe Newell after his game, Paranautical Activity, was mislabeled as Early Access on Steam, the inverse has happened. 

Maulbeck’s outburst led to Paranautical Activity being removed from Steam, and in an apology written on the Code Avarice blog, the developer explains that he’s stepped down and will no longer have anything to do with either the game or the company. 

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It will never end: Assassin's Creed Chronicles will be a series

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Assassin's Creed Chronicles: China

If there’s one rule that Ubisoft has, it’s that everything needs to be a series. This rule has been taken to new extremes with Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China. The side-scrolling spin off is a piece of standalone DLC, and Alex Amancio, Unity’s creative director, has confirmed that it’s just the first of a series. 

That’s right - even DLC spin-offs have to become franchises. Thankfully, it does actually look rather interesting. That might not be the case five or ten games later, though. 

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor free DLC lets you dress all in black and laugh in the face of poison

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor just got a wee bit bigger thanks to a new free DLC from Warner Brothers. Think of it as the crumbs that were left in the development cake tin, should have been part of the cake but you're glad they weren’t thrown in the bin.

It adds a new costume and three new epic runes to play with.

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Jade Raymond

Ubisoft’s Jade Raymond leaves to “pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities”

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jade raymond quits ubisoft

Ubisoft producer Jade Raymond has announced she’s leaving the company to pursue “other ambitions and new opportunities.” Raymond was producer on the original Assassin’s Creed as well as Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. She was also a key player in founding Ubisoft Toronto.

Her departure will be a significant loss to Ubisoft.

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Fighting the inevitable in Stardock's Sorcerer King

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Two lines of soldiers drawn up on a pleasant green field, one side has regular troops and the other is filled with wild dogs.

Brad Wardell describes Sorcerer King simply: “You’re Gondor, and Sauron has the Ring. He got Frodo.”

It’s an interesting place to start a fantasy 4X: you’ve already lost the familiar contest for supremacy. Another faction triggered the endgame and relegated everyone else to an historical footnote. That ruler has become the Sorcerer King.

Meanwhile, you’re the last holdout, trying to mount a resistance with just one city against an empire. To borrow another phrase from Wardell, it’s The Alamo as a 4X strategy game.

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Dark Souls' Games for Windows Live refugees can play on Steam from November

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Dark Souls: free from the clutches of Games for Windows Live, if not this chap.

From Software aren’t exactly known for lobbing out lifebelts left, right and centre, but that’s exactly what they’re doing for owners of Dark Souls: Prepare to Die edition. The developers have made it possible for players to migrate their copy of the game, along with its saves and achievements, from Microsoft’s uncertain Games for Windows Live platform to Steam.

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Riot approve two third-party apps for League of Legends: Curse Voice and Razer Comms

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Curse Voice.

We missed this last week, because we were distracted by the fog descending over League of Legends. But that particular mystery doesn’t seem to be dissipating anytime soon, so we should talk about the approval of two VOIP tools for one of the PC’s best free-to-play games - including one of the programs that first prompted Riot Games’ to clarify their third-party app policy in the Spring.

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Team Fortress 2 now lets players treat themselves to an early Halloween

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You won’t miss Halloween in Team Fortress 2 when it comes - there’ll be an exceptional comic, and a funny blog post, and maybe one of those webpages that changes as you scroll through it.

But if you like, you can start early. Valve have pushed out a new TF2 update that unlocks the use of spells and cosmetic items usually reserved for the holiday.

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Paranautical Activity un-launches on Steam after creator threatens to kill Gabe Newell

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A demon looms in the pixelated darkness over the player's first-person perspective in a dark blue-black room.

Update: Maulbeck has issue an apology, and is leaving Code Avarice. 

Paranautical Activity developer Mike Maulbeck has always had a tempestuous relationship with Valve and Steam, but the antagonism — and consequences — hit a new peak as Valve removed his game from the Steam store after Maulbeck apparently tweeted, “I am going to kill gabe newell [sic]. He is going to die.”

That went over about as well as you might expect.

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Uber cancels its Human Resources Kickstarter: "We simply don’t have the human resources"

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Human Resources cancelled

Uber Entertainment has been unable to replicate Planetary Annihilation’s Kickstarter success with the studio’s new RTS project, Human Resources. As of today, the Kickstarter has been cancelled.

Human Resources would have seen giant robots and elder gods fighting over Earth in a bid for domination. While the promise of two ridiculous, asymmetrical factions; destructible cities, where buildings can be ripped out of the ground and used as weapons; and battles featuring hundreds of units intrigued backers enough to net the campaign almost $400k in pledges, it looked like the project wasn’t going to come close to its $1.4 million goal. 

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Play Civilization V for free while you pre-load Beyond Earth

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Civilization V free

Civilization: Beyond Earth is due out this Friday, and pre-loading on Steam has already started, so you can be ready to jump in the moment it launches if you’ve already thrown money at Firaxis. 

In the mean time, you can go back in time and back to Earth with Civilization V, which is free on Steam until Thursday. Beyond Earth is Civ V on an alien world, essentially, so the game will be a good primer. 

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In The Evil Within, even gods can be decapitated

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The Evil Within God Mode

The Evil Within’s PC port might have been a bit guff, but the debug wizardry ensures that it is at least a bit better than the console versions. 

It’s rubbish that you need to use it to change the aspect ratio (by zooming in, of all things) or unlock the framerate, but you can also cheat, and that’s nice. One cheat transforms Detective Castellanos into an immortal, which has an unexpected side effect. 

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Looking to rent a Vent/TS/Mumble server.

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So, where is good these days? its nearly a decade since I had my own. Looking for a decent provider on whichever is the best program these days. Small sizew, 8 peeps max Any suggestions?

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Prepare for BlizzCon 2014 by joining a Hearthstone or StarCraft II fantasy league

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BlizzCon fantasy leagues

BlizzCon 2014 is close, kicking off on November 7th, and to celebrate the big fan event, Blizzard and ESL have teamed up to create the BlizzCon ESL Fantasy League for StarCraft II and Hearthstone. 

While Hearthstone and StarCraft pros will be duking it out at BlizzCon, you can relax at home, on the sofa, and set up your own fantasy team. If you make the right picks, you might end up winning some prizes, too. You won’t be showered in gold, but you will be able to win a plushie. The latter hurts less when it lands on you.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition - Catching up with Cassandra

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Dragon Age: Inquisition

You’ll probably remember Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Cassandra as Varric’s irritable interrogator from Dragon Age II. While she missed all the action in that game, instead playing catch up, in Inquisition she’ll be one of your party members. 

Miranda Raison, who lends her voice to Cassandra, explains how she’s changed since we last saw her, and confesses that she fancies her a wee bit. Take a gander at the video below. 

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Clockwork Empire update means stew no longer requires eyes to boil

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You’ve probably heard the saying that a watched pot never boils. Not in Clockwork Empires, at least, not initially. Workers had to stare at pots, for them to cook, presumably radiating some kind of dark, Lovecraftian energy. However, irradiated stew is no longer! The latest Clockwork Empires patch means cooks don’t have to intently watch the pot.

Other changes mean that colonists will no longer have conversations with cultist murderers and the enemy AI's been overhauled, too.

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XCOM: Enemy Within Long War mod ramps up the difficulty till you cry

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The developers of Long War, a mod for XCOM: Enemy Within, aren’t messing around. They’ve “removed every bit of code [they] can find that cheats for the player on the lower difficulties.” They’re looking to make XCOM more difficult and the alien invasion more realistic.

Some of the changes they’ve managed to make are incredible, especially considering Firaxis haven’t released any mod tools.

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