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League of Legends streamer raises over $100,000 for charity in just 13 hours

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In another example of how awesome people are, League of Legends streamer Siv HD’s audience donated a collective $106,000 to Save the Children. What gruelling activity did Siv have to undergo to raise this money? He played League of Legends for 13 hours.

Kind of wish I’d done that instead of cycle the 350 miles home from Gamescom.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty: Ghosts pre-orders coupled with Eminem album discount

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Call of Duty: Ghosts is out now; here's our Call of Duty: Ghosts review.

Activision are Living Proof that In This World publishers will try anything to Get Money. Among the other 50 Ways Activision have gone about enticing pre-orders of Call of Duty: Ghosts, the latest method is to give you a discount of Eminem’s next album.

If you’re not Crazy in Love with Call of Duty, is an album discount enough to make you Lose Yourself and want a copy Infinity Ward’s next game So Bad?

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The Long Dark is a post-disaster survival sim from Far Cry 3's narrative director (with no zombies)

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I’m usually a little wary of adding together a group’s past victories: 127 years of combined experience does not one wrinkly genius make. But what would happen if, say, the nutter behind Far Cry 3’s narrative composed a team from The Unfinished Swan’s art director, the Saints Row series’ technical backbone, a lady who turned fury into dialogue in three God of War games, and a man responsible for audio producing the earthy thuds and witty quips of the Baldur’s Gate series?

What if they’d banded together to create a deep survival simulation, where players needed to gather knowledge as well as resources, and tackle choices that could determine the recovery of humanity in the wake of an infrastructure-crippling geomagnetic super storm?

What if we divided that hype by the number of its constituent parts, and it still sounded amazing?

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Creative Assembly will patch Total War: Rome II weekly "till the problems are gone"

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When our Fraser played Total War: Rome 2 for review, he found it plodding in pace, anaemic of AI, “more Varro than Caesar”. But he was at least lucky enough not to be one of the 2% reporting in-game technical problems to Creative Assembly. Rome II, by some accounts, is running very poorly indeed.

Creative director Mike Simpson has taken to the Total War forums to make clear that 2% is “2% too many” - and that while CA’s code team works to quash every last bug, the design department are already looking to “add further options and rebalance aspects of the game”.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic's "super secret space project" yields ten super secret spaceships

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Nobody knows anything for sure about SWTOR’s maybe-PvP, maybe-free-flight new space mode, but everybody knows it’ll be better that what we’ve currently settled for: crude rollercoasters and half-hearted barrel rolls.

Whatever it is, it’s merited a slew of new ship models from BioWare’s Austin team: none of which have been cleared for public eyes, but several of which have been unceremoniously unveiled by The Old Republic Reddit’s very own Toto, swtor_miner.

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A first look at Train Simulator 2014: these are some lovely trains indeed

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I’ve just come back from Chatham, known by many as “the Bristol of the east” and famed for being the administrative headquarters of the Medway unitary authority. Indeed, Chatham is the beating heart of the Medway municipal region, an historic naval town teeming with statues and dockyards and boats, forever struggling with the unenviable logistical complexities that come with being the district’s central transport hub. Chatham is a smoking cultural hotbed, a rapidly flickering synapse in the prefrontal cortex of the Kentbrain, and it is here that RailSimulator.com, the guys behind Railworks and, more recently, Train Simulator, have made their home.

(I had to use a train to get there, the irony of which made me smile for the entire one hour and fifteen minute journey. Unfortunately it was not the high-speed Javelin service pictured above, which actually serves the London to Faversham route that takes you to Chatham. You can't see it, but the destination board in that screenshot actually reads 'Chatham', which I thought was a neat personal touch. So there.)

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League of Legends' new dragon champion previewed

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Edit: The headline of this article originally stated that Ao Shin would "push the limits of what's technically and creatively possible". Riot have since been in touch to clarify that they strive to push those limits with every piece of new content - that's not a quality specific to Ao Shin. Furthermore, although Tencent became a majority investor in the company two years ago, Riot remain "completely autonomous in all business and game development decisions". Original story follows.

Even before publicly announcing their partnership with Hi-Rez, Chinese investors Tencent had the Smite developers rejigging their designs to meet Eastern tastes, building gods “authentic to that culture”. Display a broader cultural palette, was the idea, and the MOBA’s audience will broaden to match.

It turns out that line of thinking hasn’t escaped Tencent’s most successful Western venture: League of Legends. Riot yesterday unveiled Ao Shin: a Chinese storm dragon and intriguing technical headache for Riot’s dev team.

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Non Nuclear Kill

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“Non Nuclear Kill” is a 3d tactical base defense game designed for mobile platforms. We currently have a working beta demo, videos gameplay...

How Space Hulk got lost in translation (from the warp)

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Playing Space Hulk these last couple weeks, I started to think about wishes and the dangers of having them granted. Players keep asking for better versions of old classics and ports of games, and there is no shortage of developers who want to provide them. I’m not above this. I was as excited for Space Hulk as anyone, in part because the board game was unavailable to me for so long.

But I think Space Hulk was a good adaptation and a middling PC game. It’s a study in how game design is dependent on context and medium, and the risks of removing a game from its natural setting.

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Guild Wars 2 to have its first World vs World season start next month

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From the 4 October through to 21 November Guild Wars 2 will have its first World vs World season. Each region has been broken up into multiple leagues, and the different servers have been spread across those leagues.

Each match will come with prizes for the winners and the worlds that do the best over the league stand to gain even bigger rewards.

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Mr. President

Mr. President has you dive in front of a sniper’s bullet. Or into a chair. Or off the stage. Being a bodyguard is hard

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I’ve never taken a bullet for someone. A nerf dart, yes, but never a bullet. If Mr President has taught me anything it’s that I’d be a terrible bodyguard. As my ward was gunned down by a sniper I limply dived into a chair.

This is the funniest game you’ll play this weekend.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty: Ghosts’ snipers are more powerful but have had “quick-scoping” knocked down a notch

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Call of Duty: Ghosts is out now; here's our Call of Duty: Ghosts review.

Snipers have always seemed a little at odds with the tight levels and frenetic gaming of Call of Duty. This is set to change with Call of Duty: Ghosts. For one thing, their rifles are now much more powerful. You won’t be looking for just headshots for a guaranteed kill. Levels, too, have been built to give snipers a good field of view.

Then there are the changes to quick-scoping.

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Homeworld: Shipbreakers

Homeworld: Shipbreakers no longer free-to-play

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It’s not just Shipbreakers’ name which changed when Gearbox shared their newly-acquired IP with its small developer, Blackbird Interactive. Gearbox’s investment means that the studio will no longer be releasing the game as a free-to-play title. It will instead be a full commercial release.

Gearbox’s CEO Randy Pitchford made the announcement himself.

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Spotlight on Greenlight

Spotlight on Greenlight: Futuridum EP

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Welcome once again to PCGamesN’s Spotlight on Greenlight, our regular Saturday feature where we look at the best and the most interesting Greenlight games that are hoping to make their way onto Steam. We’ve already looked at dozens of other titles in weeks past, so do take a look at our back catalogue.

Getting separated from your squad isn’t a good place to be for the pilot of a futuristic space fighter. Your batteries are running low and when their energy level hits zero your ship will shut down and, with it, your life support systems.

If only there were a series of haulage vessels carrying energy cubes that refuel your ship when you shoot them that could keep you sustained.

Yes, the premise for Futuridium is a little silly. The game’s a good deal of fun, though, so we can look past its set up.

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Elite: Dangerous stations will be constructed of randomised components

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First things first, the Coriolis Station, the familiar floating cube with its letterbox entrance that’s been in Elite since its inception, will still feature. Don’t worry on that front. But stations are changing in Elite: Dangerous. Rather than have a set of stock models developer Frontier will have the game procedurally build stations from a bag of different station bits.

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Star Citizen $20m stretch goal sees first-person combat added to select planets

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Star Citizen is well on its way to getting all the money the internet has. It’s already been crowdfunded to the tune of $18 million but developer Roberts Space Industries are confident they can get more. As such they’ve published a new stretch goal. If they manage to raise $20 million then they will add first-person combat to some of the game’s planets.

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Trails in the Sky SC

Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale sold more than 300,000 copies. Trails in the Sky SC announced

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Carpe Fulgur, the localisation company that translated and released Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale outside of Japan, have announced they’ve begun work on a new project, the largest the company’s ever done. They’re currently creating a translation of Xseed’s Trails in the Sky SC.

More than that they’ve revealed that Recettear’s sold more than 300,000 copies to date. Along with Chantelise and Fortune Summoners, the company’s future is pretty secure.

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DayZ

DayZ zombie AI to be completely reworked. Not going to affect alpha launch

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A consistent criticism of DayZ has been the zombie AI. In the mod the zombies did the job but betrayed that Arma 2 hadn’t been built with the undead in mind. They’d run in straight lines correcting their course on spot changes. It looked far too mechanical. This hang up had carried over into the standalone release of DayZ, too. Because Bohemia were working with the AI developed for Arma 2, even with significant changes, it wasn’t making the zombies seem more organic.

Dean Hall has decided to scrap the year’s work on the zombie AI system and, instead, write a new one.

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Eve Online lead designer leaves to work on League of Legends

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Eve’s lead designer Kristoffer Touborg has left CCP to work with Riot Games on League of Legends. Touborg has been instrumental in CCP’s mission to rebalance all of Eve’s ships, repurposing them to make each ship serve different roles.

Touborg announced the move through his Facebook page. He doesn’t say exactly what role he will be taking on Riot. He does say that “my overwhelming interest was the EVE universe; now it’s League of Legends and the competitive scene there.” This suggests he may be involved with eSports side of things.

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