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Fzznk. I am the PCGamesN deals robot and I must obey the three laws of robotics: do not harm a human being; obey the rest of the PCGamesN staff; let our readers know about the latest deals from Green Man Gaming. Sadly, I have breached the first two many times, so now I must strive to fulfill the third. Prepare for an update on the many, many deals that are coming!

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Battlefield 4 DLC Drone Strike revealed as preorder bonus

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We’ve not even got our hands on a preview build of Battlefield 4 and it appears that the first DLC pack has been revealed. I say appears because people on the internet love to come up with their hoaxes and this could well be one of them. But, if the images below are to be believed, the first DLC pack for the next Battlefield game will be called Drone Strike.

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Brenda Brathwaite resigns as co-chair of IGDA Women in Games SIG

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Brenda Brathwaite today resigned as co-chair of the International Game Developers Association for its association with GDC 2013 party, which featured scantily clad female dancers.

Speaking to Polygon, Brathwaite said that “I have been a long-time supporter of the IGDA. However, my silence would have been complicity. I had no choice."

Update: We've now received the IGDA statement, saying they "do not condone activities that objectify or demean women".

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First Thief footage comes to light

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“Set your watches taffers” an excited Adam Badke notes on Eidos-Montréal’s blog. Adam is talking about the new Thief; Eidos is preparing to lift the shadows on the game come April 2nd. And with that tease, comes the first footage, featuring our first glimpse of Garrett.

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Dragon Commander hands on: ideas take flight

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Genres be damned, say Larian Studios. The developer clearly has no interest in trying to squeeze Dragon Commander into any particular category. Instead, they’ve brewed together a giant soup of genres and into this they’ve stirred a fridgeful of influences.

Anyone who dips their spoon into this bubbling broth will catch the familiar taste of real-time strategy infused with roleplaying elements and even underscored by the subtle, beefy aroma of action. There’s a faint aroma of politics in the air somewhere and also bobbing in this brew are ingredients usually associated with grand strategy board games, high fantasy and steampunk. Then, an unexpected flavour comes into the mix: while Larian don’t seem to have added elements we’d usually associate with dating sims (thank heavens), it looks like getting married is going to be an important moment in the game, something that may well be just another step along a taught political tightrope.

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Dota 2 update adds Bristleback, UI updates and snails

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After six long weeks, Valve have answered the Dota 2 community’s prayers by releasing a new hero, Bristleback.. Rigwarl the Bristleback is cockney man-pig-hedgehog. A durable initiator, Bristleback can slow his enemies down with his Viscous Nasal Goo (snot), while shooting quills from his back to anyone that stupid enough to pick a fight.

Also in are some new UI updates, renamed heroes, remodeled heroes and another upcoming courier you’re not going to want to miss.

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Divinity: Original Sin hands on: decisions, decisions...

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Rarely has co-operative play been very much of a feature of any open-world roleplaying game. While the Diablo series has always pushed its multiplayer aspect, those games were always far more about combat and collection, about pushing your stats up ever-higher as you bashed your way through another dozen beasties. Meanwhile, the RPGs that were more focused on exploration, on decision-making and on good-old-fashioned questing never leant themselves as well to multiplayer. We tend to adventure alone, choosing our own paths and forging our own destinies.

Divinity: Original Sin wants you to take a companion with you. It wants you to travel together, to share the road, to argue, to disagree, to fight and perhaps even to die alongside one another. While it can be enjoyed as a single-player game, developers Larian are as much pitching it as a chance for two buddies to enjoy the road in an adventure that’s as much high fives as it is high fantasy. They’re even throwing something really rather special into the mix.

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League of Legends Patch 3.5 Notes

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The faces of Activision: see the results of the publisher's R&D experiments in "next generation life"

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Activision’s R&D department have been at GDC today, showering press and developers alike with the culmination of years’ work in photorealistic character rendering. The six-strong team appear to have driven headfirst into the uncanny valley and emerged with a celebratory backflip on the other side, like a sort of inverted Evel Knievel.

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Dishonored began life as a game set in Medieval Japan

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Dishonored is Dunwall and Dunwall is Dishonored: never has a game been more inextricably tied to a fictional place. But when Arkane first conceived the game, Dishonored was to be set in medieval Japan. In a GDC talk entitled 'World of Dishonored: Raising Dunwall', Art Director Sebastien Mitton revealed that the idea was dropped because of the difficulties it presented in marketing, and because Arkane didn’t know the culture.

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PartinG, Leenock, Life to share a GSL group of death

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Oz and Alive to EG

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Team Fortress 2 update vanishes invisible players and “tiny red sentries”

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The TF2 dev team say that last night’s patch showed the door to players made invisible by a bug, though I can’t imagine how they can be sure. I mean, as long as they stay quiet and keep to one of the many nooks and crannies that litter Gold Rush and Dustbowl, they can more or less stay as long as they like, can’t they?

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Total War: Something to be announced at GDC tomorrow

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Vague and insubstantial news posts aren’t my forte so bear with me. Tomorrow will see a new Total War game announced during Creative Assembly's lead game designer James Russell’s talk at GDC. The type of game it will be we do not know, the title of the game is something else we do not know, the era it is set in is just one more thing on the list of things we do not know.

For how we know these are things we don’t know read on.

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SimCity 100% residential city reaches 1.32 million population without exploding

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SimCity is broken. Yes, we knew about the roads and the pathfinding and we even grew to love the rollercoaster-esque bridges but what shouldn’t be possible, what flatout should not work is a 100% residential city. Each city is supposed to be in equilibrium; a blend of industrail, commercial, and residential properties, each feeding into one another.

 

Redditor Photism has shown that’s not the case.

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Age of Wonders 3 footage features scoundrels and dragons bones. Lacks tea-drinking

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Age of Wonders 3 first caught our attention with the striking image of a man atop a steampunk leviathan sipping gently from a teacup. Unfortunately, today’s footage does not extend and develop that image but, rather than throw a justified tantrum, we found that there’s a great deal to like in the upcoming turn-based strategy game.

great deal.

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