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Hex Preview: a brilliant new collectible card game MMO

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Hex looks poised to beat Magic at it’s own game.

Magic: The Gathering Online launched in June 2002, and has been absolutely terrible ever since. Despite accounting for 30-50% of Magic’s total income, the online game client has been neglected, showing its age and doing nothing to innovate on the gameplay of Magic: The Gathering.

But don’t take my word for it. Look at this recent screenshot of Magic: The Gathering Online and let your inner geek weep for a moment. It’s like staring directly into the ‘90s.

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Wildstar trailer reveals how the game will fight MMO combat cliché

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You know what I miss? Missing. Just once, I’d like to take aim at a mob in a massively-multiplayer RPG and send an arrow whizzing over its shoulder, cursing as it canters away into the woods or sets my hair on fire or whatever. I’d like to send my sword spiralling into the ground, so that when I do hit, damage can really, y’know, damage.

Say hello to a new breed of clumsiness-ready MMOs: Neverwinter, the reinvigorated Tera, and now, Wildstar.

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Hands on with the first pornography for the Oculus Rift (NSFW)

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Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long. Sci-fi authors and theorists have been dreaming of the possibilities of virtual reality sex the moment VR became a thing. Weirdly, though, even though the Oculus Rift has been in the wild for a good few months, there’s actually very few examples of developers attempting porn. 

Until now.

Over the last few days, a lone developer has been breaking new ground with a pair of sexy demos, made in Unity, that illustrate the potential of VR pr0n.

I went hands on. Ish.

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Hands on with Splinter Cell: Blacklist

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Heeyyyy guuuyyysss, there’s a problem with my Splinter Cell preview, in that I became extremely nauseous while playing it and had to stop to go throw up. That’s not a comment on the quality of the game, I'm simply saying that my body decided to stop functioning normally during the preview event, forcing me to at one point climb behind a projector screen showing Sam Fisher's face to find somewhere else to put the contents of my stomach.

Everything after that is a diseased blur, an extended memory smear that consumed the rest of that day. So I don’t really have a proper Splinter Cell: Blacklist preview, sorry.

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Valve

Valve launch Pipeline: a "direct feed of knowledge" for young industry hopefuls

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“This website was created entirely by teenagers such as yourself,” exclaims the man with the beard. Ah. You can’t possibly mean me, Gabe Newell. I’m housebound by hay fever, working from a recliner with buttons that allow me to adjust my footrest by the inch - does that sound teenage to you?

So Pipeline isn’t a Valve initiative that’ll benefit all of us - at least not directly. Instead it’s two things: an online resource designed to help school-age students plan their paths into the games industry, and an experimental program created to discover how younger employees take to Valve’s unique company structure.

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Source: DIYGamer

Indie Devs Price Match Steam Sales

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Source: Massively

Guild Wars 2's Cutthroat Politics content launches July 23

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Steam Summer Sale 2013

Steam summer sale day 3: the best deals

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The Steam sale continues today with discounts on a combination of PC heavy hitters like Tomb Raider and Borderlands 2 alongside some indie and second tier titles. The rest of the team is off gallivanting in the fresh air, but Tim and Nick are here to give a bit of background on the games they’ve played and what they would recommend. But there’s plenty here that they haven’t tried - so do let them know whether you’d recommend them to other readers in the comments.

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Time Collector

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Time Collector is a 2D Platformer in a randomly generated endless world. the goal of the game is to collect as many coins as you can. You start off with 100 seconds to find the first, and the...

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So what's in WoW's item store?

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Spotlight on Greenlight: Signal Ops

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Hello, Spotlighters! I’m Mr Peel; Mr Benson isn’t in today. In accordance with the dark arts of supply teaching, I won’t tell you where he is, but will grimace in such a way as to suggest he’s off gallivanting somewhere nice and warm. I do, however, encourage you to refer to his notes. As ever, we’ll be affixing a yellow light to a green light to produce a teal shade of criticism on one of the most interesting games currently vying for a place on Steam.

Signal Ops is Rainbow Six for silly people. In this multi-perspective tactical FPS, you’re tasked with seeing simultaneously through the eyes of up to four agents dedicated to rooting out heresy in the name of Him Below. In navigating a series of Deus Ex-styled open levels on the quiet, you will attempt to think in four places at once. You will not succeed. But you will have four times the minimum legal limit of good fun.

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World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide available for preorder

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Source: Computerandvideogames.com

'More on Far Cry 4 soon', teases Ubisoft exec

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Source: WoWhead.com

5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated July 12th

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Survarium update reveals new locations and the Fringe Settlers

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A new community update reveals some new locations and a ragtag faction: the Fringe Settlers. Screenshots of the school location have been unearthed, showing exactly what mother nature would do to our beloved sanctuaries of teaching. There’s also a chemical plant, a vivid reminder of the Soviet Union’s industrial legacy. Finally the Fringe Settlers live on the edge of the safe-zone. They’re a mysterious bunch, but this new update sheds some light on their motives.

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Batman profiled in Infinite Crisis video

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Infinite Crisis have just released a champion profile on Gotham city's most iconic hero: Batman. From the footage it looks like Batman is played as a durable harasser/ganker, keeping his lane in check while prowling the night for his prey. He relies on his martial arts and gadgets to single out his foes before stun locking them to their demise. 

Also, he’s Batman.

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