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Star Citizen steals AMD's show, defies eyes, fulfills dreams

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Pretty ships in pretty space.

Chris Roberts took a dropship to Hawaii from his Kickstarter-funded orbital development station yesterday to be present for AMD’s graphics card announcement, which is worth rifling through if you’ve a passing interest in PC games and what they look like. Turns out he sorta stole the show with a “sizzle” reel from Star Citizen, which still feels like the Tomorrow’s World of emergent computer adventures.

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AMD newsbomb: Mantle API to bypass DirectX11 in Battlefield 4, ‘Hawaii’ GPUs unveiled

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AMD hosted an expensive GPU 14 Tech Day Event yesterday - expensive because they insisted on having it in Hawaii, where they don’t live, and flying out a bunch of journalists, who also don’t live there.

But that’s just the sort of thing you have to do if you’ve named your new range of graphics cards ‘Hawaii’. The Hawaii chips are based on what AMD calls its Graphics Core Next Architecture, and come in both a high-performance series, the R9, and low budget compromise, the R7.

And then there’s something else: a new API designed to skip DirectX altogether, for the benefit of games like Battlefield 4.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

Call of Duty: Ghosts first in series since World at War to be rated less than 18 in Europe

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

The core Call of Duty games have been uniformly rated 18 in Europe since 2009. Perhaps you are in your mid-to-late teens, eagerly anticipating your 18th birthday, when you’ll finally be able to play a new iteration of this FPS everybody’s been talking about since you became sentient.

Well: sorry to ruin the sense of occasion, but if you’re old enough to drive a moped in the UK, you’re already old enough to play Ghosts.

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Free membership, plex: Runescape follows Eve and Wildstar with 'pay-through-play' bonds system

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That new HTML5 engine is quite lovely to behold.

It’s a year to the day since Jagex started sending botters for public executions, so you’re forgiven if the first image to pop into your head at ‘Runescape bonds’ is rows of chained-together HTML5 people, snaking their way through the wilds to market. You’re better thinking instead, though, of rows of Roman-nosed HTML5 people populating an air-conditioned floor in a New York skyscraper, feet propped permanently on their desks, shouting into the ‘70s phones cradled on their laps.

That’s the kind of bonds we’re talking about. Purchasable from Jagex and redeemable for premium membership game time, Runescape bonds will allow gold-rich players to trade their earnings for subscriptions.

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The Dead Man Conspiracy

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A retro-inspired, Survival RPG for the Ouya, PC, and Mac. We will be starting its kickstarter campaign in the next few days.

Blizzard: Diablo III’s health is “a challenging problem”

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Diablo 3 health wyatt cheng

“It's not healthy for the game when a player's health pool goes from full to nearly empty and back to full on a regular basis very quickly, over and over, during regular play,” writes senior technical designer Wyatt Cheng. “I know not every character build plays this way - but I would assert that it's not good for the game when this is a dominant or even common way to play.”

So begins the developer’s breakdown of Diablo III’s combat and the problems Blizzard want to fix.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth trailer looks surprisingly like an episode of South Park

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South Park The Stick of Truth trailer

South Park: The Stick of Truth is finally released; here's our glowing South Park: The Stick of Truth review.

This is a shallow observation but I am a shallow person so it is fitting: South Park: The Stick of Truth looks and sounds like an episode of South Park in THE BEST OF WAYS.

Previous South Park games have been naff and clearly games. Here we have a game that has perfectly captured the South Park look in its art style, has all the original voice actors, has the original writers, and, well, if you didn’t know The Stick of Truth was a game the new trailer would look like it was an ad for new South Park movie.

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Steam Box prototype announced. Valve giving them away to 300 testers

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Steam box, SteamOS, Valve,

The second part of Valve’s week of mad announcements has just gone live. The company have developed a hardware prototype that plugs into your telly box and runs SteamOS. They’re looking to test the machine this year and will be shipping 300 of them out to folk on Steam.

Valve are keen to make clear that this isn’t the one and only Steam Box but instead a hardware prototype that runs the SteamOS. Other manufacturers will be making their own machines.

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Exploring one of the biggest Minecraft maps ever made: a full recreation of Great Britain

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Earlier in the week, those crazy cats at the Ordnance Survey office released the whole of the United Kingdom (sans Northern Ireland and some other bits) as a giant, 3.6GB Minecraft map. Here's our news story about that. That's 22 billion blocks covering 220,000 square kilometres, generated from OS map data and released for free for players to explore and investigate. But when you've been handed the keys to a pixelated version of our noble island, where do you go first, and how do you get there?

Do not worry, come aboard my virtual Megabus and I will take you on a tour of Minecraft Britain. Starting with Hull.

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Nosgoth is a multiplayer human-vampire combat game set in Legacy of Kain land

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You won’t recognise Psyonix head Dave Hagewood in Nosgoth’s announcement trailer - nobody recognises game developers on account of the Somebody Else’s Problem fields they all employ to ensure they can get some bloody work done without distraction. But you might remember the things he’s worked on: Bulletstorm, Homefront, Gears of War, and Unreal Tournament 2004’s Onslaught mode. An odd choice to front the next entry in Crystal Dynamics’ vampiric action-adventure series, wouldn’t you say?

Well: Nosgoth isn’t a traditional Kain game, but something else entirely. You’d better come and see.

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How the new consoles will help DICE keep Battlefield 4 updated as an "ongoing service"

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The Siege of Shanghai - Battlefield 4's sole beta map.

Battlefield 4’s multiplayer beta is in the middle distance, ETA October 4. Much of DICE’s new video to commemorate the occasion is devoted to handwringing and reassurance over the oncoming console generation hop, and therefore of little interest to us lot. The rest of it, though, is.

“The cool thing with the next-gen consoles is that it makes it even easier for us to do updates,” says executive producer Patrick Bach.

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Blizzard have "resolved" Diablo III auction house delivery delays

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The auction house is being prepped for despatch: covered with the ropes and pulleys that’ll pull it into the abyss in March. But Blizzard still have to keep the thing running till then, and reports of delayed transactions have increased rapidly over the last few days. As a consequence, the dev team have sent inquisitors into the bowels of the game to see what’s up - and they think they’ve sorted the problem.

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Nvidia extend olive branch to Linux developers

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Nvidia

That’s Linus Torvalds up there - the ‘Linu’ in ‘Linux’ - swearing in the general direction of Nvidia. He last year labelled the GPU specialists the “single worst company” the Linux kernal has ever worked with.

This week, by contrast, he’s “cautiously optimistic” about Nvidia’s future relationship with Linux developers, after the company pledged to help improve “out-of-the-box usability” with open source drivers.

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How SOE are going about fixing Planetside 2's frame-rate

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Base assaults. They're going to be faster.

Planetside 2 is about done. Not finished, you understand, but functional in every sense SOE had planned it to be when the game first when live as a Tech Test nearly two years ago. As such, they’ve seized the opportunity to embark on OMFG: Operation Make Faster Game - turning over their entire staff to optimisation duties for the time being.

“Every single member of the team, no joke, is actively looking for and implementing ways to make the game faster so we can deliver a better gameplay experience to you,” said tech director Ryan Elam.

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