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Ubisoft wants to remind people that Watch Dogs is still more successful in Europe than Destiny

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Watch Dogs sales

Publishers are a competitive bunch. Watch Dogs sold well, achieved mostly critical success and is now considered a major franchise by Ubisoft. And in May, the game became the fastest selling IP in both the UK and US. 

But recently, Activision came out with the claim that Destiny now held that title, beating Ubisoft and Watch Dogs’ record. The French publisher wasn’t going to take that sitting down, though. 

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Beta editors for Trine and Trine 2 have been released, so now you can do a bit of magic

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Trine editor

Trine and Trine 2 are rather lovely, so much so that even a miserable chap who isn’t much of a fan of platformers, like myself, has nice things to say about them. They’ve been around for a while, and they are so often on sale and in bundles that most of you probably have copies. So good news: you can now fiddle with them thanks to the editor, which has been released  in a public beta for both games by developer Frozenbyte.

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Total War: Attila revealed - where Winter, and Barbarians, are coming

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Total War: Attila

Total War: Attila’s main enemy is climate change. In this new standalone Total War game, Creative Assembly have built a campaign driven by an ever-lengthening winter, with each passing year seeing more territory become inhospitable to settlers, forcing factions to migrate south, fighting their way to warmer climes.

There’s a million-strong Mongol horde, too, about to mount a Barbarian Invasion, but I think climate change is the key issue.

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I've got Train Fever, and the only prescription is more trains

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Train Fever

Hello. I've got Train Fever. I love trains to the extent that I have been diagnosed with a communicable disease, the main symptom of which is my intense love of trains. When I'm not looking at or riding around on trains I'm thinking about trains and drawing trains with both of my hands at the same time.

I love big trains I can sit inside, I love little trains I can sit on like a steam-powered horse. I love really long trains that seem to never stop emerging from tunnels. I love short trains with no carriages at all, untethered and allowed to roam the rails as they please. I love metaphorical trains. I love trainers. 

To a lesser extent I love buses.

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Football Manager 2015 will feature Twitch integration

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Football Manager 2015: happy man simulator.

When Football Manager 2015 arrives in November it will have a big blue button somewhere that will immediately broadcast your capabilities as a football manager all over the internet, available to anybody who cares to look, because, as is the fashion of late, Sports Interactive's ball-and-man management game will feature full Twitch integration.

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Why Elite Matters

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Elite

Elite was the most ambitious game ever made. And it’s ambition that matters. Thirty years ago, back in 1984, two Cambridge undergraduates realised that the computers of the day: the Acorn Electron and the BBC Model B could be pushed further and better than had ever been attempted. They could host more than just platform and adventure games. They could host a planet. Maybe a solar system. No, more, a galaxy. Oh wait. Just for kicks, eight galaxies.

Their game was to redefine what was possible. Their game was Elite. It birthed an entire genre. And soon, the next version of Elite, Elite: Dangerous will try it all over again. 

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Ubisoft launches Assassin's Creed: Google Streetview Edition

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Assassin's Creed Unity

To promote the imminent arrival of their Parisian stab 'em up Assassin's Creed Unity, the Francophiles at Ubisoft have just launched Project Widow.

It's free to try now, and is pitched as "a unique online experience" in which you can stroll around present day Paris learning all about the sort of nastiness that led to the outbreak of the French Revolution.

That is to say, it's an interactive Google Streetview with some things to click on and Andy Serkis narrating.

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Gat a load of this - Volition shows off 5 crazy minutes of Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

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Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell trailer

Volition’s announcement of Saints Row IV standalone DLC instead of a brand new game was initially disappointing, and then overwhelmingly wonderful when it was revealed that it would not only put Johnny Gat in the driver’s seat, but also take him - with Kinzie in tow - to Hell. 

And Hell seems like a fun place. The weapons and diversions in Saints Row IV were some of the best in any open world game, but Volition’s clearly been sniffing some properly infernal glue in preparation for Gat out of Hell. So expect to summon demonic imps, fly with burning wings and blow enemies up using a comfortable armchair. 

Take a gander at the five minute developer walkthrough. 

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Titan

Titanic: Cancelling Titan may have cost Blizzard over $50 million

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Titan

Blizzard’s cancellation of Titan after seven years of development, a project that had at its peak upwards of 100 team members, was an “excruciating” decision, Mike Morhaime said yesterday. And no small part of that must have been due to the massive investment that the developer made in its now dead MMO. 

Analysts told GamesIndustry.biz that the cost of development might have been as high as $50 million, or possibly more. That’s not a drop in the ocean, even for a company that has a game with over 6 million subscribers and some of the best selling titles in the industry. 

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Before, the prehistoric survival sim, joins the Facepunch Studios tribe

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Before

It strikes me as unusual that so many survival games are solitary misadventures. It allows for greater focus on simply not dying, I guess; but the stakes are so much higher when more than one person is at risk. Adding more people into the mix offers the potential for exploring how relationships develop under stress, or how people fall into the roles of followers and leaders. And there’s something compelling about seeing loose groups of people coming together to overcome ridiculous odds.

That’s why I’m really rather excited about Before, despite only knowing a tiny bit about it. It’s a prehistoric survival game focusing on a struggling tribe of humans. And there are mammoths! I do love a good woolly mammoth. It almost ran the risk of not being anything more than an interesting concept, but Facepunch Studios, developer of Rust and Garry’s Mod, liked it so much the brought creator Bill Lowe into the fold

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor's system requirements are unsurprisingly low

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor system requirements

While World of Warcraft gained a lot of bells and whistles since it launched a decade ago, it’s not the most demanding of games. Though it can get a bit dicey with everything on ultra while fighting through a massive raid. 

Despite the new character models for all the older races, it looks like Warlords of Draenor is going to be keeping things nice and easy when it comes to system requirements as well. Blizzard's just released the minimum and recommended list and you could probably run it on low with a toaster.

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It does what it says on the tin: Steam's big update is already helping indies get discovered

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Insurgency

With the constant stream of new releases, Early Access games and Greenlight guff, it’s hard to get noticed on Steam. But for most developers, getting their game on the platform is key. While the Steam Discovery update is still in its infancy, and we’re all still playing around with it, getting our bearings, it’s already having a positive impact for some developers. 

Insurgency, based on the Half-Life mod, has been on Steam for a year, and developer New World Interactive relies on social media and word of mouth to generate interest in the game. According to creative director Andrew Spearin, store page visits have risen significantly, along with sales. 

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Runescape has been around for over 13 years, and somehow it's still growing

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Runescape

Runescape is over 13 years old, and it should be in its twilight years. At a time when even the World of Warcraft giant is losing subscribers and Blizzard has accepted that it won’t grow again, then surely Runescape should be going through something similar. 

It isn’t. Somehow, it’s growing. Even a static playerbase would be impressive for a game of its age, but in July alone, Jagex saw a 20 percent increase in members. That’s a little bonkers.

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Watch the European Heathstone Finals live from DreamHack Stockholm on Twitch

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Hearthstone: serious business in Sweden right now.

You’ll be at least passingly familiar with DreamHack - the grand LAN event that twice annually fills the convention building, racket sports centre and ice hockey arena of its Swedish home city of Jönköping.

This Friday will be the first day of a third event - a takeover of Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe designed to position Sweden as the leading eSports nation in Europe. I’ll be there, absorbing the sights and whiplash-fast wi-fi speeds. And the best of it will be streamed on Twitch.

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Riot to punish badly-behaved League of Legends players with temporary ranked bans

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League of Legends: troubled by bad behaviour.

Riot want to redefine what it means to play competitively in one of the best free PC games available, League of Legends - so that it encompasses not only good laning, but good sportsmanship too. To that end, the studio’s Competitive and Player Behaviour teams have put their heads together to conceive a new punishment for biting the ears off your teammates: temporary bans from ranked mode.

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Behind the scenes with the Alienware Alpha: the first Steambox

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Metro: Last Light will run comfortably on 'high' on the Alienware Alpha.

You might have heard of the Alienware Alpha. When it was announced a few months back, a cynic might have called it a stopgap machine - something for Dell to produce while they wait for the delayed SteamOS and Steam Controller to come and kickstart the living room PC industry. But as it turns out, it’s far more compelling than that.

What Alienware have made is a Windows machine that never asks you to navigate Windows. Instead, the Alpha represents the marriage of Steam Big Picture Mode to Alienware’s own controller-friendly interface. It’s a living room PC that doesn’t require you to keep a mouse and keyboard under the telly; that takes full advantage of Windows’ swollen Steam catalogue, and ubiquitous developer support for the Xbox 360 controller.

It’ll be out before Christmas, and cost $549 or 499 euro.

“It’s unique,” says Alienware’s Frank Azor. “Very few companies will be able to provide something like this due to the amount of engineering, development and thoughtfulness we’ve had to put in.”

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So PCGamesN are Steam Curators now - gizza follow for the best PC games of 2014

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Us, on Steam. Imagine!

We all logged into Steam yesterday to be met by its dramatic new Discovery Update. In an effort to push relevant PC games to the top, your front page is now personalised according to past purchases, and voluntary association with shadowy Steam Curators.

We had a look, and it turns out Valve define Curators as individuals / organisations / groups who publish views and recommendations in a public forum. And we thought, cor, that sounds like us. So that’s a thing we’re doing now.

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