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Valve partners with HTC to produce virtual reality headset "HTC Vive" using SteamVR

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At Barcelona, mobile company HTC have just unveiled their entry into the virtual reality headset market with the HTC Vive - the result of a partnership with Valve and their SteamVR technology. It’s touted to be available to consumers in “holiday 2015”, but a developer version will be coming sooner.

"The Vive headset was developed in conjunction with Valve, creators of such ground-breaking games as Portal and Half-Life." announced HTC. "Vive is powered by Valve’s SteamVR so plenty of games that take advantage of its capabilities will soon be available on the Steam service."

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Hearthstone heralds March ranked season with fiery Ragnaros card back

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Hearthstone March Ragnaros Card Back

Blizzard are kicking off the month March with some heat. Marking the beginning of Hearthstone’s third ranked play season of 2015, players who manage to attain the measly rank of 20 will be rewarded with a card back, styled after the Firelord himself - Ragnaros.

What are you waiting for, you puny little insects!

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InXile to give Wasteland 2 a graphical overhaul with Unity 5 engine

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Wasteland 2 Unity 5

InXile has announced that they plan to raise the graphical bar of their crowd-funded post-apocalyptic RPG, Wasteland 2, by upgrading the Unity engine. Currently, the game runs on Unity 4.5, but it’s bigger brother, Unity 5, will enable modders to use many of the tools available from Unity 4.x Pro.

“There is no doubt that this migration will allow us to release better tools for modding to our community in the future.” said project lead Chris Keenan.

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Elite: Dangerous to see new station orbiting planet Vulcan, named after the late Leonard Nimoy

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Elite: Dangerous Vulcan

The world is still reeling from the passing of Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, yesterday afternoon. Many in the PC gaming community, both players and developers, have expressed their respects via kind words and in-game acts.

Space simulator, Elite: Dangerous, is no different from the rest, with Star Trek being close to their hearts. Executive producer Michael Brookes has announced to the community that a station will be added orbiting the planet Vulcan, and it will be named after the late Vulcan himself.

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The best Hearthstone decks for beginners

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Updated to include Curse of Naxxramas and Goblin versus Gnomes cards.

Hearthstone is one of those games that can be quite deceiving when it comes to its depth. Built with the pride of being easily accessible, only a fool would think that same pride makes for a shallow game. Instead Hearthstone provides a great arena in a battle of intellect, skill and the occasional luck. The saying “a day to learn, a lifetime to master” could very well have some merit here. It certainly did when I was writing my Hearthstone review.

Not long ago Blizzard released a revamped ranked matchmaking system. Now players climb the ladder to attain fame, glory and legendary status. Understanding the mechanics and having knowledge of the cards isn’t enough: you need to have a great deck. With an ever changing meta, we’re here to lend you a helping hand. In this guide we’ll give you two exceptional decks for each class: one for a beginner requiring little dust, and one more for the advanced and costly.

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Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Maps, maps, maps

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Weekend Deal Dump: Maps, maps, maps

We’re at the light at the end of the tunnel again, with the weekend in our sights. I’ll be getting out of the flat, out of the city and onto the beach this weekend. Yes, it’s February in Scotland. Yes, it will be cold and wet. But I work with the tools I’m given. 

If you’re planning on staying indoors this weekend, you might as well find something to play. So here are a few deals that might tickle your fancy and stop you from bouncing off the walls. And if you like maps, I think we’ve got you sorted. 

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Leonard Nimoy

Remembering Leonard Nimoy in games

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Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy passed away today, and you probably already know that, because the internet is now filled with tributes to the man, most of them Spock-themed. This isn’t something I’d normally write about, because the passing of a great actor isn’t really PC news. He lent his voice to a few games, however, including Star Trek Online and Civilization IV. While game voice work was only an infinitesimal part of his long acting career, it was always memorable. 

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Mortal Kombat X story trailer introduces new fighters who have emerged from the loins of old ones

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Mortal Kombat X story trailer

Mortal Kombat isn’t just about breaking bones and smashing in faces - there’s always a delightfully crap story to roll your eyes at, too. Mortal Kombat X’s takes place 25 years after 2011’s installment, with a bunch of new faces who look a like old faces. 

Check out the story trailer below. 

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We Happy Few makes blissful ignorance seem a bit horrifying

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We Happy Few announcement trailer

We Happy Few is a game about drug-fuelled blissful ignorance, and a group of people who want to escape the paper-thin happiness that surrounds them. It’s got touches of Pleasantville and 1984, with happy-go-lucky English folk dressed up like mimes, evocative of BioShock’s splicers. 

Take a gander at the disquieting announcement trailer. 

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Underworld Ascendant reaches its Kickstarter target; stretch goals include swampy fun

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Underworld Ascendant hits Kickstarter target

Underworld Ascendant, the spiritual successor to dungeon-delving Ultima Underworld, still has a week left on its Kickstarter, but it’s already reached its $600,000 goal. It’s not all that surprising, since Looking Glass founder Paul Neurath, designer of Ultima Underworld, is running the show, along with a team made up of Thief, System Shock and Ultima Underworld developers.

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Take On Mars gets Gravity style space walks

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Take On Mars

Martian simulator and painful A-Ha reminder Take On Mars is showing off the latest feature in its increasingly varied red planet toybox.

Players can now have zero-G space japes high above the Martian moons, in which they must precariously leap from floating object to floating object, being careful not to fling themselves off into the infinite void of nothingness.

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Battlefield Hardline developer is reeeaaally excited about the PC version of Battlefield Hardline

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Well yeah, he would be, wouldn't he?

Over on the Battlefield Hardline website, developer Mike Glosecki has penned a san-serif love letter to PCs, PC games, PC gamers, Police Constables, Perry Como and PC gaming. It's full of impassioned promises about graphics and flirtatious, stability-related assurances.

We are being courted. Oh my, teehee.

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Free to play Tera is getting flying guild fortresses

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Tera

TERA (or Tera if there's a baby asleep in the room), has just received the scecond part of its Fate of Arun update.

Among a whole host of changes, the update adds flying guild fortresses that can be upgraded and fought over. It's like having your very own Garden from Final Fantasy VIII. Anybody remember that game? Anybody get that reference? Sure, it might not be very timely or relevant, but I think it's a good comparison.

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 may have offline co-op yet; Capcom looking into a solution

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Resident Evil Revelations 2 offline co-op update

The disappointing omission of offline co-op in Resident Evil: Revelations 2 in the PC version came to light recently, when the first episode went live and players discovered that the feature advertised on the Steam store page was no where to be seen. 

Capcom’s response made it seem like offline co-op would never happen. But in the face of many frustrated customers, it looks like they are rethinking that. 

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Final Fantasy XIV is celebrating reaching 4 million accounts with free time for lapsed subscribers

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Final Fantasy XIV 4 million accounts

Square Enix’s gamble, the shutting down and subsequent massive overhaul of Final Fantasy XIV, has clearly paid off. Today the company revealed that the MMO boasts 4 million registered accounts. The number of active subscribers is likely very different, but that still means 4 million sales. 

Eorza’s not so busy that it can’t fit in some more folks, though. Square Enix wants to tempt lapsed subscribers back in for some celebrating in the Gold Saucer - only just added to the game - or whatever else takes their fancy.

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The FCC will vote on net neutrality today

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net neutrality vote

Update: The vote was 3-2 in favour of the rule changes, so broadband will be classified as a utility, a win for net neutrality. 

It’s been dragging on for a year, but finally the Federal Communications Commission will vote on the issue of net neutrality today. 

Net neutrality is a massive issue at the moment. The FCC aim to introduce new rules that will preserve the open-nature of the internet, and prevent ISP from blocking and discriminating against various content providers. 

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