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Daylight: Something this trailer has very little of

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Daylight gameplay trailer

I usually have to make a deal with myself before delving into the world of psychological horror. Like, I'll allow myself to eat a whole stack of jaffa cakes for every hour played. It's always nice to know that there's an orange and chocolate light at the end of the dark, insane, monster-infested tunnel. 

I might need to stock up on jaffa cakes for Daylight, then. The whole "use your mobile phone for light" shtick reminds me a little of the camera from Outlast, which scared me so much that my beard fell off. I confess the latest video doesn't do very much for me, nor can I really tell what the Unreal Engine 4 is doing. You can't really do psychological horror in a trailer though, it's more of a slow burn thing.  

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Tomb Raider players on PC won't get Definitive Edition upgrade

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No Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is coming to PC.

In a curious quirk of the console transition, Tomb Raider has become Square Enix’s great hope for the PS4. The publishers have put Crystal Dynamics to work on a ‘Definitive’ edition of the game, buffing up one of last year’s finest adventures for a more capable machine and resetting its price tag.

Lots of PC gamers have capable machines too, and might have hoped for a similar treatment in light of Deus Ex: Human Revolution’s Director’s Cut upgrade, which Squeenix sold to existing owners for a pittance. But the publishers have now laid to rest any hope of Lara Croft’s latest becoming any Raiderer on PC.

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Deadbreed

MOBAload: "darker themed" Deadbreed does customised heroes and summoned creatures

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Deadbreed is a brand new MOBA.

Stefan Ljungquist is a capable man. As art and animation director for Just Cause 2, it was his job to make actions with no real-world reference - a man grappling a jet from the ground and taking off after it, for instance - look and feel right.

As part of a new Swedish studio working on Deadbreed, he’s tasked himself with something even harder - making the MOBA feel new.

“I wanted to play a MOBA where I could totally customize how my hero looked and, more importantly played, but I couldn’t find one,” he said. “Talking to friends, I realized I wasn’t the only one wanting this, so we decided to make it.”

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AMD claim performance boosts of up to 45% using Mantle over DirectX

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The AMD Mantle API betters DirectX11, apparently.

I’m an anonymous tipper in a phone box, you’re the PC hardware police, and I’m ringing to tell you that a series of newsbombs are due to go off at CES 2014 in just a handful of hours. No fewer than 12 third-party Steam Machines are planted around the show floor, and AMD plan to deploy a series of slides on their new Mantle API designed to blow DirectX out of the water, and your machine.

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Riot fix wave of disconnects troubling League of Legends EU server

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EU League of Legends players have suffered random disconnections.

League of Legends’ EU servers have taken a bit of a battering over the past couple of months. Their players have endured internet provider hardware failures, battled bandwidth-strangling faulty circuits, and struggling with serious latency issues that left this twitchiest of competitive multiplayer games twitching in all the wrong places.

EUW was all patched up in time for Christmas - but its troubles began anew with reports of disconnects a couple of days ago.

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Here are 12 companies making Steam Machines with Valve

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The Alienware Steam Machine has the potential to reach more Steam users than any other.

The more we learn about the Steam Machine, the more nebulous a concept it becomes. Not restricted to the 300 prototypes sent direct from Valve to beta testers before Christmas - nor the Xi3 Piston, which for a short while we wondered might be the Steam Box - it’s instead a set of vague specifications; an OS and a controller; an ideology.

No fewer than 12 hardware companies have managed to join the dots of that triangle so far, according to Engadget. Here are their names.

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Blinding Dark Preview

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Get chased around an abandoned mansion by spiked cultists, rat men and even your own ghost in Blinding Dark, a first person horror game currently in development.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community stump up $250,000 prize pool for EMS One Katowice

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

One Katowice, two Katowice, three Katowice, four. Five Katowice, six Katowice, seven Katowice - oh, hi gang. You’ve caught me working on my tribute to the apple of southern Poland’s eye, Katowice: former seat of power of the Silesian Piast dynasty, 16th most economically impressive city in the EU, and now host to Counter-Strike’s next major community-supported event.

Though the tournament is sponsored by Intel and Asus, it’s CS:GO players who’ve raised EMS One’s $250,000 prize pool.

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Painters Guild

Spotlight on Greenlight: Painters Guild

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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.

Leonardo Da Vinci was just arrested on charges of sodomy. Everything was going so well, too. He’d just drawn level in painting ability with his master Verrocchio, and far surpassed the old man in speed. My guild was filling its coffers with gold and it looked like I would go on to draw patronage from Italy’s wealthiest gentry.

But Leo had to go and spoil it all by having illegal sexual congress with another gent’s posterior.

Painters Guild is a unique management sim, that’s for sure.

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Blizzard parental controls now prevent in-game purchases by default

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Parents tired of children spending all their money have made a successful assault on Blizzard’s server room. The skirmish is said to have been been short but violent, with many a system’s administrator left dead or dying. The parents had one aim, to prevent their children from making in-game purchases by default.

Blizzard have capitulated to the attackers demands and have now restricted purchases on children’s accounts as standard.

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Cubic Space

Cubic Space: because in space no one can hear your dice roll

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Cubic Space Adam Atomic

Generally, humans are really bad at predicting the future. For every correct prediction you can point to there are hundreds of incorrect ones out there. In short, the future is a surprise. A surprise wrapped in naff predictions.

So, a future in which spaceships are controlled by dice rolls may not sound like something we’d design but there’s no reason to say that Adam Atomic hasn’t get it right. In 150 years time it may be that your FTL drive will only spool up if you roll a six.

Right or wrong you should play Cubic Space because it’s a great little challenge.

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Is Rust truly worth it?

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After living off the land for a good 60 hours in Rust I think I have a good idea on who this game is for. Its freedom of doing what you want, where you want, and to come and go as you please is truly appealing. Being able to gather wood for a shelter in one spot, then get up the next day to move...

Continue?9876543210 sees your character deleted to RAM. How long can you survive?

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Continue?9876543210 Jason Oda

My computer is a graveyard. Thousands of characters have died and been deleted during my gaming life. Each one of them banished to Random Access Memory. Even in a non-violent game, like Peggle, where does the ball go after it lands in the bucket? RAM.

Jason Oda’s latest game, Continue?9876543210 follows that fate further. You play a deleted computer game character as they try to eke out a little more existence before the computer wipes them from RAM, at which point they’ll be lost forever.

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Detective Grimoire: Secret of the Swamp

Detective Grimoire: Secret of the Swamp trailer has little girls, beards, and a mysterious frog-like monster

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Detective Grimoire SFB Games

Not much crime happens in swamps. They don’t have a great deal in the way of assets or amenities that can be stolen, vandalised, trafficked, etc. Nefarious deeds-wise the only thing we at PCGN really use them for is hiding bodies. They’re great for hiding bodies.

Detective Grimoire: Secret of the Swamp breaks that mould. There’s a whole community and tourist attraction hidden away in the mud-slick marsh. And the whole thing could go out of business unless you find out who killed the... oh, so there is a body hidden in the swamp. Normal service can resume.

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Carmageddon: Reincarnation video relies on suspension of bloodlust

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Carmageddon: Reincarnation Stainless Games

You want to see pedestrians hit by cars travelling at 150mph. Why else would you be reading an article about Carmageddon? Don’t worry, this is a judgement free zone. Why would I be researching and writing about Carmageddon if I didn’t have that same bloodlust?

Unfortunately, the video released by Stainless Games doesn’t show any of that, instead it focuses on the vehicle physics in the Kickstarted reboot. Namely the game’s suspension systems.

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Gabe Newell

Gabe Newell: “being really good at Half-Life level design is not as nearly as valued as thinking of how to design social multi-player experiences”

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Where’s Half-Life 3? Eh, Valve? Well, it’s hardly new discussion and Newell’s not gone and said anything about it to the Washington Post. Instead, their recently published interview looks into the structure of the developer. It makes for a fascinating read, too.

What the interview does give us a little of is why Valve weren’t initially, at least, keen to crowbar a sequel out of the design team. It would have them too set in their ways.

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Minecrafting 130: Diamond Shower

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Minecraft Mojang

Happy New Year, Minecrafters! Hope you celebrated appropriately, and by appropriately I mean by letting off at least one Minecraft firework.

Fun fact: the speed of sound is slower in Minecraft than in the real world - Minecraft fireworks have a delay between you seeing the explosion and hearing it, but that delay is longer than in the real world. Out here, the speed of sound is 340.29 metres per second, but in Minecraft it's about 40 metres per second. Jeb explained back in December 2012 that this is because the realistic speed didn't work well at Minecraft scales.

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