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Riot restrict streaming for League of Legends pro players, ban certain games outright

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Riot places restrictions on LCS pro streaming

Yesterday, eSports-focused editorial site OnGamers broke the news that in the contracts for the 2014 season of LCS, pro players will have certain restrictions on what they are allowed to stream. Unsurprisingly, Riot don’t want their top pros to be streaming (and effectively advertising) other MOBAs on their public streams... but neither do they want them playing Hearthstone, Diablo, or World of Anything At All.

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Frozen Endzone Preview | The Indie Mine

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Robots clobber and crash in the name of future sports as The Indie Mine takes a look at the beta for Mode 7's latest strategy title, Frozen Endzone.

Upward bound: Starbound made a lot of money last night

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Procedurally-generated interplanetary exploration and survival - breeeathe - side-scrolling platformer Starbound made a deep impression in Steam last night, thanks to the pixelated pickaxes of more than 50,000 players. 

Developers Chucklefish held back to the tide for an extra hour on Twitch while a few teething issues were de-toothed, before the horde descended on the beta store in a blast of light, sound and credit card details.

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Warcraft Movie

Warcraft: CGI & Humans - the cast of Blizzard's feature film revealed

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Mists of Pandaria

The moo-vies! Even from the other side of the monitor I can feel the glitz and glam oozing out of the Warcraft cast, spilling glitter through the gaps in my keyboard and probably disabling the 'e' key. It's always a vowel.

I’d love to see whether any of those flecks of gold managed to permeate the monolithic visage of Blizzard, or whether the Irvine developers’ stern executive board instead asked for cold, hard stats on Dominic Cooper’s acting ability.

So yes, Dominic ‘Best History Boy’ Cooper’s in the “final stages” of negotiation over the starring role in Warcraft. He’d better make up his mind: they start filming in January.

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Typing of the Dead: Overkill

Ghooooul: Typing of the Dead nets free Football Manager DLC

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Sega and Modern Dream have managed to sustain the mildly-amused goodwill of the gaming public in the month since Typing of the Dead’s release via downloadable dictionary updates, in much the same way a dancing rodent might confound its grinning audience for minutes on end with a succession of funny hats.

First Overkill took a turn for the Jacobean with the £2 Shakespeare wordset, and now it’s further secured its reputation for cheap, filthy fun with a Football Manager equivalent.

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Red Thief

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Hello from Dreamspike Studios! We are an indie game development studio based out of Miami, Florida. Our previous title, Bronze, was reviewed in PC Gamer (Feb. 2011) and earned an 80%. Since then, we have been experimenting with Flash as a serious gaming platform. In fact, we have created an amazing...

Apotheon

Apotheon looks good enough to put on a vase

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Apotheon trailer

In another universe, black-figure pottery painting remained the predominant art style long after the end of Antiquity. And in that universe, Apotheon might have gone unnoticed. Thank goodness we live in a world where toilets can be art, instead, then, because it means we should all be drooling over the side-scrolling action RPG set in Ancient Greece. It's definitely not a toilet.

It's not just a pretty face, either. The combat looks spiffy, and the chance to explore Mount Olympus and end the cruel reign of the Greek Pantheon sounds right up my alley. Zeus once called me an arse, so I have a bone to pick with the lightning-flinging git. 

Start dribbling after the jump.

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The End Times are upon us: Let's Sing invades PCs

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Twerking optional

I struggle to think of a redeeming feature of karaoke. People who can't sing should restrict themselves to belting out tunes only in the shower or, perhaps, a prison. Much in the same way that you shouldn't just grab a gun and start firing it without any training, people should limit the use of their voice as a deadly weapon. Okay, I'll admit it. I was beaten up by a karaoke machine as a child and it's left some scars. 

The announcement of Let's Sing coming to PC has swiftly ruined years of therapy. My one last haven from the mangling of music has been destroyed. Yes, come 12th December, you can yell out lyrics to songs you may or may not like and even post the results on Facebook, because why not combine the evils of karaoke with social networking?

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Hawken gets a new map and some Christmas cheer

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Operation Kill Mecha-Santa

Hawken's Last Eco map is rather nice. It's got trees and nature and probably squirrels, which is a welcome change of scenery from the dry deserts and urban jungles the mechs normally find themselves battling in. But you know what would make it even nicer? Christmas trees! Candy Cane! Festive nonsense!

Even mech pilots like to celebrate blizzards, heating cost increases and indulgence. So Last Eco is now appropriately Yule-ified and you can slap some wrapping paper on your mechs or even employ some snowman repair drones, which sounds like a blooming hoot. 

And since it's the season of giving, there's a brand new map available to boot. It's a bloody Christmas miracle is what it is. 

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Path of Exile brings all the boys to the yard

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Path of Exile's doing pretty well

Path of Exile's been around in one form or another for a good long while, even though it only recently launched officially. It's managed to gather quite a following, with Grinding Gear Games counting 4 million registered users and 250,000 daily users, which isn't to be sniffed at.

I'd love to know how many hideous monsters and leaping goatmen get slaughtered every day with that number of players hacking their way through the game's many dungeons, but counting that high would likely be too much for a simple human brain.

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From Spec Ops: The Line to a AAA free-to-play shooter

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Damn.

What happens when you make a thoughtful, distressing shooter lacking solid multiplayer and people don't play it? Well, you make a AAA free-to-play shooter. Spec Ops: The Line made me feel terrible, guilty and exhausted. I should probably feel like that more often when I mow down countless enemies with an assault rifle, but I so rarely do. It was a bit special. But there isn't much room for single player shooters with a focus on the psychological impact of war. 

So Yager is back, but with something that sounds rather different. The studio is currently recruiting for an unnamed F2P shooter, advertising several positions including those specific to a multiplayer component. The listing also mentions "armor and military gears", hinting at this being another military title. With gears. Insightful, I know. 

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World of Warcraft patch 5.4.2 hits Public Test Realms

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WoW 5.4.2

World of Warcraft's latest patch, 5.4.2, is now available for testing on Public Test Realms with most changes affecting raids, scenarios and dungeons. Warriors will also see a bit of tweaking, with "Intervene" no longer removing movement-impairing effects when it's activated. 

The full patch notes (subject to change) are after the break.

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New 'Skywind' Trailer Gives Nostalgia of Traveling Morrowind

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The Morroblivion team just released a new trailer showing off their latest mod project, Skywind. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Skywind is a mod that transfers 'The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind' onto the Skyrim engine. The Skywind team is always looking for help, so if your a...

The second part of Arma III's campaign will emerge from its bunker on 21st January

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Arma III DLC due early next year

Arma III's campaign is set to continue early next year, dropping on 21st January through Steam. However, you won't have to wait for that long to get ahold of the new toys it offers, like the MBT-52 tank or a range of gun mods. All of the campaign's content will be available in Arma's glorious sandbox a week today.

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Wargaming

Wargaming and War Child join forces to assist children affected by war

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Wargaming donates 100K to War Child UK

While Wargaming.net is best known as a purveyor of addictive, skill-based tank, plane and ship combat games, it recently showed its softer side when it joined War Child UK in securing the safety of children in regions threatened by conflict through the Real War is Not a Game campaign. War Child is an international charity with teams in Afghanistan, Iraq, Uganda and other nations affected by war where they provide aid to child soldiers, homeless children, kids that have been locked up in prison and girls at risk of rape. 

Back in September, Wargaming sold three charity packs to their customers, promising a quarter of the sales to War Child UK. This has amounted to €100,000, which Wargaming recently presented to the charity. This sum won't just protect children from the immediate effects of war - it will also be put towards education, helping families and giving young adults the opportunity to learn skills that will allow them to earn a sustainable income.  

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Major tomfoolery inbound: Starbound beta begins

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We’ve been staring into a promising new nebula for nigh on two years now, neglecting to wear the proper glasses because the idea of a new, procedurally-generated star was too exciting for good sense.

Now it’s finally emerged, and its surrounding system has become habitable. Join Starbound’s beta today - or watch the four-and-a-half minutes of footage below and pretend you’re already passingly familiar with its systems. Probably safer that way - otherwise you might be eaten by whatever this strange new world’s equivalent of a grue is.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty: Ghosts' sales don't say a thing about the "health of the franchise", say Activision

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Call of Duty is not ill, says Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. That isn’t a comedy thermometer drooping limply from the corner of its mouth, and these aren’t bloodied scrubs he's wearing. While the thing that sticks in our minds about Ghosts’ release is that it wasn’t good - going by our Call of Duty: Ghosts review - for Hirshberg it’s all about that dratted console transition year.

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