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League of Legends pro fined over "one of the highest harassment scores" in LCS history

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The somewhat unfittingly named FORG1VEN, AD Carry of the Copenhagen Wolves.

To his fans, he is FORG1VEN -  AD carry for the Copenhagen Wolves and habitual flamer of solo queue games in League of Legends. To Riot Games’ player behaviour tribunal, he is Konstantinos Tzortziou - a bad example to the community, guilty of multiple violations of the LCS ruleset.

Riot have fined Tzortziou $1000, after a number of official warnings failed to lower one of the highest harassment scores in professional LoL.

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Half-Life speedrun record smashed, video evidence is nauseating

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The original Half-Life game has been the running track for many speed runners over the years, with the usually 15-20 hour story being blitzed through in less than an hour. But now the fastest players alive have thrown down a new gauntlet and broken the existing speedrun record. 

Their new time: 20 minutes and 41 seconds. That’s nine minutes faster than the previous record. Nine. 

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The Elder Scrolls Online review in progress

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The Elder Scrolls Online

Welcome to my review in progress for The Elder Scrolls Online. For the next couple of weeks I’ll be writing down my initial impressions, adventures, and other happenings, so be sure to check back regularly for my latest thoughts. Then, after I’ve reached the level cap and experienced a plethora of end game content, I’ll give you my final verdict.

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Caffeine is a beautiful thing, both in your cup and on your screen

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Caffeine

There’s nothing scary about a cup of coffee, right? Nope, don’t worry about that cup of joe sitting there, it’s not going to strike out at you. But coffee’s most prominent property, caffeine, is at the centre of a new indie sci-fi horror. Quite what caffeine actually has to do with Caffeine is unclear, but what is obvious is that this is a strikingly beautiful project, all rendered in Unreal 4. 

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World of Tanks will even the playing field for 2014

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World of Tanks has come a long way since its inception, but 2014 looks to be quite a game-changer for the free-to-play game. Wargaming is developing some notable improvements to the game, with a great focus on wrestling away the dominance the big clans have on the game, and evening the playing field so smaller, less experienced clans can still have fun without inevitable defeats. 

New game modes are the way forward for Wargaming’s plan, and a whole host of new abilities that means your tank isn’t the only thing to rely on in battle. 

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PC is the dominant gaming platform claims PAX East panel

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PAX East PC panel

We all know better than anyone that the PC is a vibrant, diverse, and very-much-alive gaming platform. But it’s not just living, claims a panel of PC experts at PAX East this weekend, but the dominant platform for games. 

The PC Gamer-hosted panel, made up of game designers and hardware gurus, dispelled the myth of falling hardware sales signalling the PC games apocalypse, and pointed to massively strong growth for the PC. Yes, yet again it’s clarified that the PC is the one platform to rule them all. Just incase you needed reminding. 

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Historic Battlefield games are relocating from GameSpy to Origin

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The Battlefield games have a strong history on PC, with massive victories that pre-date the Battlefield 4 launch fiasco by over a decade. Such fondly remembered games are not just memories though; the likes of Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142 still have dedicated players, still waging war on the less detailed but no less destructive fields of yesteryear. 

The announcement that GameSpy will shut its doors at the end of May has potentially upset some of these online soliders, as the older Battlefield games require the service to run. But never fear, EA is here! And they plan to relocate all their Battlefield services safe and sound in Origin. 

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Steam Controller will release in “October or November”, Steam Machines to follow before year’s end

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Steam Controller New Prototype

Steam’s bespoke haptic controller pad could be on sale as soon as October, according to a source in the hardware industry. The controller is also one of the final pieces of the Steam Machine puzzle, and their release could well herald in the first wave of SteamOS-powered PCs at the end of the year. 

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Minecrafting 143: Snowy Textures

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Minecraft Elsa's castle

As promised last week, the name-changing patch is here. Minecraft 1.7.6 has been released, and it was swiftly followed by Minecraft 1.7.7 to fix some bugs. The aim of the patch is to prepare the world for the forthcoming ability for Minecraft users to change their names - a much-requested feature.

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Azeroth Choppers: World of Warcraft does American Choppers, and nothing makes sense any more

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Azeroth Choppers

It can’t be real, but it is. Azeroth Choppers is a bizarre reality web show that pits two teams, one led by Blizzard wordsmith Chris Metzen, the other led by art director Sam Didier, against each other as they build custom choppers. 

That shouty man from American Choppers will be helping them. What chopper is the best chopper is up to fans, as they’ll vote on which bike ends up in World of Warcraft. 

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Wargame Red Dragon due out next week; last chance to check out the beta

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Wargame Red Dragon out next week

Wargame Red Dragon is a mere week away, launching on April 17th. This is excellent news if you salivate at the thought of giant 20th Century wargames. I do. That’s why I have a bib that I sometimes fold up into a tiny tank. 

If you own Wargame AirLand Battle, you can pick Red Dragon up with a 33 percent discount and jump into the beta right now. You only have a week left. To get the strategy juices flowing (probably a mixture of oil and… blood?) point your binoculars at some lovely screenshots and trailer below. 

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Puzzle RPG released, Spandex Force: Champion Rising

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Double Fine Presents Last Life: 4 hours to catch a killer on Mars, what's a dead detective to do?

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Double Fine Presents Last Life

With Escape Goat 2 being distributed to the masses, Double Fine has added another title to its fledgling indie publishing wing - Double Fine Presents. The game in question is Sam Farmer’s Last Life, a sci-fi noir adventure game that juggles a pulpy detective story, a striking cuboid art style and transhumanism. It's also got a Kickstarter.

Last Life is inspired by the new wave of adventure games; the likes of The Walking Dead and Kentucky Route Zero, where story and atmosphere trumps puzzles. It looks like Last Life has both in spades. 

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Chris Roberts PAX East itinerary: Land at PAX, show off Star Citizen dogfighting module, crash ship immediately

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Star Citizen PAX East

Chris Roberts was on stage at the Star Citizen PAX East event, teasing more of the dogfighting module to backers. Dogfighting was planned originally for the end of December, but was pushed back so the team could develop its own multiplayer system. It was later pushed to this month. At the PAX event, Roberts said that it will be due out in about a month. 

Despite crashing - the ship, not the game - and a few other hiccups, Roberts showed off a significant portion of the module. The module is a game within a game: a space sim that can be played by pilots. It’ll be split into five modes, with leaderboards for anyone who wants to show off their piloting skills.

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Blizzard reveals four new, mostly nuts, Heroes of the Storm characters at PAX East

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Four new Heroes of the Storm characters

Before Heroes of the Storm, I honestly can’t say that any MOBA characters interested me all that much until after I’d spent at least a few hours playing them. But Blizzard seems intent on creating heroes that sound absolutely bonkers. Even on paper, some of these characters demand to be played. 

With PAX East underway, Blizzard’s making all sorts of Heroes of the Storm-related announcements and reveals - the most recent of which is the unveiling of four new characters. And none of them are remotely alike. 

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Hearthstone single-player mode will chuck players into the necropolis of Naxxramas

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Hearthstone Curse of Naxxramas

To say that I’m hooked on Hearthstone would be an understatement of titanic proportions. It has consumed me, and now to feed it I feel compelled to turn more people onto it, like a horrible pusher. 

I’m yet to tire of the simple formula, and so I’ve never pondered what the game would be like were it larger, if it featured dungeons and single-player content. Blizzard has been, though. And this has lead to the Curse of Naxxramas - Hearthstone’s first single-player campaign. 

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