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Physics teacher blasts his students into outer-space with Kerbal Space Program

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While it's touched down in alpha form, you can read our Kerbal Space Program review to see if it's worth your buck.

When I was in school, the best application of videogames in the classroom was a maths/logic game called Zoombinis. It required you to solve mathematical puzzles in order to get as many Zoombinis home as possible. Physics teacher Chris Bush tasked his Advanced Placement class to get as many people home as possible, too. But this time instead of Zoombinis, his students have been transporting Kerbals. Or more accurately: blasting them to the moon and getting them home again. Welcome to Kerbal Space Program class 101.

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The International 3 All Star Match and Solo Championship competitors revealed

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Valve, by way of Wykrhm and Cyborgmatt, have announced the participants in both the Solo Mid Championship and All Star Match. The All Star Match takes place on August the 7th, with the Grand Finals of the Solo Championship on August the 8th. Both exhibition matches were voted for by players purchasing Compendiums, all of whom were able to select from any of the attending players for both tournaments.

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Star Wars Battlefront "probably" out in summer 2015

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One of the surprise announcements coming out of E3 was that DICE was working on a new Battlefront game, continuing a series that had all but died as a large scale multiplayer FPS in 2005 with the excellent Battlefront II. All we were given by DICE was a trailer that mostly featured snow and the large foot of an AT-AT. There was barely any information, and certainly no release date. 

But now, coming out of a stockholder's meeting, IGN reports that EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen has said that the next installment in the Battlefront series will "most likely come out around the same time that the Star Wars movies start to come out, probably in the summer of '15."

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Square Enix announce next-gen Tomb Raider "well into development"

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Normally it'd be a given that a game as well received as Tomb Raider would receive a sequel, but after Square Enix came out and said that it didn't meet sales expectations, people were suddenly a little bit worried that we wouldn't see the return of the new young, tenacious Lara Croft. Thankfully, in an address regarding Square Enix's future, CEO Phil Rogers has dispelled such fears and confirmed a sequel is "well into development."

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Beta access for DC's Infinite Crisis MOBA available through Founder's Program

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For the people not lucky enough to get an invite to the beta for Warner's DC-lisenced MOBA Infinite Crisis through the beta registration, there's now another way to get access although it's the kind of way that involves laying down cold hard cash. You can purchase the Founder's Program, available in three different flavours, each of which brings different champions and costumes as perks. The flipside of all this is that you get immediate access to the beta. 

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Square Enix release FFXIV character creator/benchmark/trailer rolled into one

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Every time I see a trailer for an RPG I can’t help but narrow my eyes and grumble that whoever it is on screen doing all that awesome stuff it isn’t me, just some generic ‘hero’ who doesn’t have the head I’m going to be staring at the back of for a few hundred hours. Evidently, a character creation option is the bane of marketing executives everywhere. But it would seem Square Enix have figured out how to kill three birds with one downloadable file.

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Gaijin's Skydive: Proximity Flight looks great, deserves to be on PC

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Gaijin, the guys behind the excellent Wings of Prey, and the currently great fun and in development War Thunder, have just announced a downloadable basejumping wingsuit game called Skydive: Proximity Flight for PS3 and Xbox 360, and while it hasn't been announced for PC, we’re going to plant a flag and say this should definitely should grace our beloved beige towers. 

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Total War: Rome II Preview: saving Capua

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Italy is a hot mess of warring factions, invaders bash at the gates of Roman towns and the plebs are causing a ruckus. Total War: Rome II’s prologue, ostensibly a long tutorial, throws players into a war against Rome’s neighbours, the Samnites. The goal: rescue a captured Roman VIP and, along the way, carve off a nice chunk of Italy.

After fiddling around with it for an hour in Rome itself, a code was thrown my way, and I’ve been messing about with burly men in skirts and knocking down walls for a few weeks. So it’s pretty much been like a long Saturday night in Glasgow. 

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Bioshock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds PC Review

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Stripping out the story and living world of Bioshock Infinite is the biggest favour Irrational could do its combat mechanics, Bioshock Infinite: Clash in the Clouds puts them in the spotlight.

Separated from the main game, the four-map DLC is Irrational’s take on horde mode: the maps are mini arenas, cobbled together from familiar Columbia locations, where you battle through waves of enemies, earning money to spend on upgrades and renovating your new hub point, The Columbian Archeological Society.

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Total War: Rome II trailer actually representative of game

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It's increasingly rare to watch a trailer for a game that isn't just a straight recording of someone playing it and actually feel that it's at all related to the game you'll actually be playing. Even the term 'in engine' has become all but meaningless now that we can see the pockmarks in the grizzled jaw line of a space marine, or the battered follicles of his buzz cut. 

But the latest trailer for Rome II happily cuts from what looks like the grand strategy map to proper top down warrings, all narrated by a bunch of quibbling Roman congressmen arguing about how Hannibal's going to attack Rome. It's a smart way to illustrate the theatre of Rome II, from the upper reaches of Africa north to the passes through the Alps; it's showing you not only where you're going to be playing, but exactly how the rest of the world is framed in the period where Rome II is set. 

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Blockier on the inside: here's a semi-functioning Tardis in Minecraft

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Barely a day goes by without someone making something ridiculous and amanzing in Minecraft, but it takes a special kind of dedicated to not only master the art of block building but also the rules of time and space. Reddit user ModelZXGiro has managed to achieve at least one of those by amalgamating over fifty mods to create a Tardis in Minecraft that - while it can't properly time travel (yet) - is certainly bigger on the inside than it is on the out. 

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Fundraising for Plee the Bear

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Plee the Bear is a platform game in which you play an angry bear looking for his son. The kid has eaten all the honey and ran away, so you want to find him to reprimand him! Unfortunately, as you finally find your son, God appears and kidnaps him :( No way! let's find them and kick...

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Memoria Hands On Preview

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Memoria is Daedalic Entertainment’s latest tale of adventure and is the second game in the series to be based in the world of popular role playing game...

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Battlefield 2 Project Reality mod about to hit v1.0. Only took 8 years

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A lot can change in eight years, world leaders and governments can rise and fall, borders expand and crumble, Burger King can come out with a new way of presenting meat-like paste. One thing that’s remained constant is that a small band of modders have been working on Project Reality, a mod for DICE’s Battlefield 2.

That’s all set to change, though. This Friday, 2 August, sees the team push out the last big Battlefield mod.

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Batman: Arkham Origins multiplayer is 3v3v2; Bane on Joker on Bat action

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Asymmetrical multiplayer is a rare and beautiful thing. Balancing two identical teams is difficult enough but having three different forces all combatting over a space is a real challenge, luckily developer Splash Damage aren’t daunted by the prospect.

Their take on multiplayer for Batman: Arkham Origins sees three players fighting in Joker’s gang, three in Bane’s, and two players taking on the role of Batman and Robin.

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