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GOG Fall Insomnia sale

GOG Fall Insomnia sale is new, exciting, confusing, and making me need to calm down with a cup of tea

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GOG Fall Insomnia sale

Before I begin, have you got a calming cup of tea ready? Has your doctor given a thorough examination of your nerves and given you a clean bill of health (a partial bill of health will do but you engage with this sale at your own risk)?

GOG have started their fall sale. It’s an odd one. They’ve 100 games on sale but they’re only selling one at a time. Despite having infinite copies (this is digital distribution, after all) they’ve provided an arbitrary number of copies and when they’re gone they move onto the next game.

It may not sound that exciting but just load it up in a tab and feel your heart rate spike.

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Obduction

Obduction is funded. Myst pseudo-sequel can now enter development

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Obduction Cyan Inc

Myst’s developer Cyan are currently running about the offices shouting “Money fight!” having just passed the funding target of their Obduction Kickstarter campaign. They now have $1.1 million to throw at a first-person puzzle game.

The team have 65 hours left to raise funds for stretch goals. If they can get to $1.3 million then they’ll be working to implement support for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.

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Shadowrun Returns stripped of DRM

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Shadowrun Returns Harebrained Schemes

Shadowrun Returns lost goodwill with its fanbase when it went back on its Kickstarter promise of being DRM-free. However, after new negotiations with Microsoft, who have a significant stake in the Shadowrun franchise, developer Harebrained schemes has come to a new agreement.

They can now “release fully DRM-free versions of Shadowrun Returns and future expansions such as Berlin.”

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Light

Light finds a publisher in Worms developer Team 17

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Light Just a Pixel Team 17

It’s been almost 20 years since Team 17, the developer of Worms, was publishing games. They’ve broken their long walk in the wilderness to bring Light to the market. Originally meant to be a short experiment, Light gained a following on Steam Greenlight, popularity that pushed the team to take their game to Kickstarter. A quarter of the way towards their goal they were contacted by Team 17.

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Path of Exile patch adds new race event and a slew of balance fixes

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It’s been three weeks since Path of Exile propelled itself out of open beta and into a full release, and today marks its first of many content updates. Descent: Champions is a new game mode designed to test players survival skills to the limit. Exiles will start out with a choice of gear and skills before plundering an endless dungeon. Naturally only the best will make it to the deepest parts and survive. Also in are some key balance changes to skills, specifically in the aura department.

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Interview: Egosoft on how X Rebirth is rebooting the space genre

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X Rebirth has finally warped into release; here's our X Rebirth review.

X Rebirth launches on Friday. Egosoft's space simulator has torn down everything the decades old series has built, stood proudly atop the debris and vowed to create something beautiful from its remains: an open universe, cosmos exploration game in which you're free to pursue a career in piracy, trading, or barreling through hyper-dense space stations making pew pew pew sounds.

I spoke to Bernd Lehahn, founder and manager of Egosoft, about the challenge of rebooting the long-running X series, the expectations of fans and the mechanics of accurately modelled interstellar capitalism. Here's what he told me.

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Star Trek Online debuts Season 8: The Sphere with the promise of "strategic" missions and the Voth

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As City of Heroes’ crumbling skyscrapers finally came down, its original creators must have been glad to be far clear of the falling debris. Under the wing of Perfect World, Cryptic Studios now hold court over Star Trek Online, and have just launched its latest lot of new stuff.

The game is free to play. So if you’re intrigued by the possibilities of exploring a “massive Dyson sphere”, it might be-hoover you to read on.

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EA say their online play and matchmaking systems are offline; Battlefield 3 says otherwise

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Hmm. EA have thrown their hands up and declared a big whoopsy - their systems which handle online multiplayer, matchmaking, and player login are currently offline across every single one of their games.

They’re “working hard to fix things”, but haven’t divulged any estimates as to when the lights will come back on. It seems like a bit of a mess over there.

Over here, though, things seem to be just fine.

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Child of Light in motion: how Ubisoft’s "playable poem" plays

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When Ubisoft Montreal said Child of Light was to be a “playable poem”, it wasn't clear they meant the entire thing would be in verse. Rather than take advantage of the studio’s experience with voice actors, the game’s dialogue with be text only - read line-by-line according the player’s own meter.

That’s pretty cool. But it’s not the coolest thing on show in this AAA art game.

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King Arthur's Gold Review

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King Arthur's Gold is a 2D side-scroller where you build and destroy castles. Read this review from The Indie Mine to find out why you should play it.

Twitch

Twitch expand European support team, enlist StarCraft II pro White-Ra

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Twitch

As eSports threatens to break its borders and the Let’s Play overtakes conversation as the primary means of human communication, Twitch has become the adopted home of both - and has been sprinting to keep up. This Summer brought new data centres to Stockholm and upgrades to Amsterdam. Next on the European agenda is improved capacity - “top priority” - and a growing number of support staff.

“It’s a mixed feeling knowing that sometimes demand has simply outstripped supply,” said the streaming specialists.

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Valve concoct Collector's Items, several new chemistry sets for Team Fortress 2

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After umpteen seasons of Breaking Bad and a couple of years of schooling you might erroneously think you know chemistry. But step back from the periodic table and you’ll realise it’s the shape of a dirty great red herring - a labyrinthine maze of colour-coded lies designed to ward off all but True Chemists. In their first A-Level chemistry lesson pupils are sworn to secrecy, before they're taught of the existence of special chemistry sets - simple paradigms for the creation of highly-powered or visually-striking objects.

It’s these formulae, more akin to magic than anything laypeople understand to be science, that freedom of information activists Valve attempt to smuggle into Team Fortress 2. They’ve secreted a new series of sets into the game this week, and enlightened the world at large as to the existence of what master chemists call ‘Collector’s items’.

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Oculus Rift

No consolation: Oculus Rift's future is PC-only

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Oculus VR

There are two consoles coming out this month. Both are quite beefy, and one has a camera that watches your blood every minute of the day. It seems only right that players be able to gaze back, Nietzsche-like, via the enhanced depth perception of VR.

But Oculus’ future is tied to the PC and the PC only. The reason? The usual one. Sony and Microsoft’s boxes don’t adapt well to change.

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Why Heroes of the Storm isn’t a MOBA but a 'hero brawler'

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We might still be working out precisely how Heroes of the Storm plays, but we’re under no illusion about where it’s come from. Inspired by the very same Warcraft mods that spawned Heroes of Newerth, League of Legends and, later, Dota 2, there seems little doubt all four belong to the same genre. So what’s this poxy ‘hero brawler’ we’ve heard referred to throughout BlizzCon, then? What’s wrong with ‘MOBA’?

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Thumper

Faster, Thumper! Kill! Kill!

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Thumper Drool

It’s been too long since a good rhythm game stole my life. Thumper looks like it may do the trick.

From some ex-Harmonix developers, the folk that made Guitar Hero, Thumper has you control a speedy as anything beetle as it travels down a musical highway on a path to kill Crakhed.

Yes. Thumper does sound weird. It looks awesome, though.

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Sonder

Sonder has you dive from one character’s head to another’s trying to save the day

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Sonder Kamai Media

We’ve all had minor revelations in our life. Things like “No one ever said to blow on a game cartridge if it didn’t work, yet everyone naturally did it.” Such realizations leave us briefly wide-eyed and sensing we’re a little closer to understanding the cosmos.

Sonder is a game built from one of those realizations. Specifically, “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own” (as defined by the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows). You control all the characters in a drama that plays out in real time. You can hop from one head to another, affecting events from the perspective of that character, altering the world for all the other characters.

It’s brilliantly ambitious.

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Clockwork Empires trailer shows peaceful frontier life and the summoning of Quag’garoth

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Clockwork Empires Gaslamp Games

Clockwork Empire would be steadily climbing to the top of the list of “Most Fascinating Games of 2014” if such a list were to exist in the PCGamesN offices. Instead we pick what games to preview and shout about based on a complex system of bribes and forfeits.

But, while no one is looking, I can slip out a quick news post about Clockwork Empires newest trailer. It’s a fine balance of colonisation and battling with Lovecraftian horrors.

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Diablo 3

Diablo 3 won’t be getting controller support. Blizzard say “It wouldn't work"

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Diablo 3 Blizzard

“It's a bigger issue than just allowing players to use the controller on the PC,” Blizzard’s senior level designer on the Playstation version of Diablo 3, Matthew Berger, told Eurogamer.

If you’ve played Diablo 3 on the Playstation you’ll find quite a different game to the PC release. Tim even goes so far as to say that it’s better on console. The game is a great deal more fluid, you’re always repositioning yourself on the battlefield to address the swarms of enemies coming your way.

This is no accident. Blizzard redesigned some of the game’s key systems for console and that’s why they can’t translate the controller to the PC.

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Blizzard already working on next expansion after Warlords of Draenor

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Blizzard are changing their game plan when it comes to future expansions to the world of Azeroth. For the first time, Blizzard are already hard at work at their next expansion for World of Warcraft, the one after the recently announced Warlords of Draenor. Understanding that they need to keep the playbase engaged and subscribed, Blizzard will be releasing these expansions on “a faster cadence”.

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Closed: We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Codes will be sent out on Saturday

Heroes of the Storm

Closed: We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Codes will be sent out on Saturday

What do PC game developers want from Steam Early Access?

DayZ

What do PC game developers want from Steam Early Access?

The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 2: It all kicks off

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The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 2: It all kicks off

Blood Bowl 2 is clearer, better looking, and more violent than ever

Blood Bowl 2

Blood Bowl 2 is clearer, better looking, and more violent than ever

Hands on with Blitzkrieg 3

Blitzkrieg 3

Hands on with Blitzkrieg 3

The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 1: Prelude to War

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The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 1: Prelude to War

H1Z1 Early Access Review

H1Z1

H1Z1 Early Access Review

Sponsored: Six ways Alienware are rebooting the gaming laptop

Alienware

Sponsored: Six ways Alienware are rebooting the gaming laptop

Closed: We’re giving away a Geforce GTX970-powered gaming PC courtesy of Gameforge

S.K.I.L.L

Closed: We’re giving away a Geforce GTX970-powered gaming PC courtesy of Gameforge

The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

Dying Light first impressions

Dying Light

Dying Light first impressions

Grey Goo PC review

Grey Goo

Grey Goo PC review

Topic of the Week: What do you look for in a remastered game?

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Grim Fandango Remastered PC review

Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango Remastered PC review

Making it in Unreal: flipping through the X-Files with extraterrestrial horror game The Hum

The Hum

Making it in Unreal: flipping through the X-Files with extraterrestrial horror game The Hum

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hands on - playing 2015's most exciting RPG

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hands on - playing 2015's most exciting RPG

In Dead Synchronicity, you mutilate a dead vicar. And then it gets even bleaker

Dead Synchronicity

In Dead Synchronicity, you mutilate a dead vicar. And then it gets even bleaker

Homeworld Remastered Collection revealed; Steam launch set for February 25th

Homeworld Remastered

Homeworld Remastered Collection revealed; Steam launch set for February 25th

Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

Assassin's Creed Unity

Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

Guild Wars 2

ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

Underworld Ascendant

How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada

Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

Hatred

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

Far Cry® 2: Fortune's Edition

Looking back: why it's time to return to Far Cry 2

The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

Vampyr

The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

Chaos Reborn

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

Windows 10

Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS

Company of Heroes 2

How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS