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Kingdom Come: Deliverance offers dungeons without the dragons to Kickstarter

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Over the years that we’ve been reporting on Kickstarter projects, the quality of the pre-alpha footage in the pitch videos has shot from barely-there wireframes to AAA-quality cinematics. Falling into the latter category is Kingdom Come: Deliverance, a realistic medieval RPG built on the CryEngine from the chaps behind Mafia, Crysis 3, and Forza Horizon. 

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See people change gender thanks to the power of Oculus Rift

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Episodes of Dexter’s Lab and films like Freaky Friday make it seem quite incredible to swap bodies with someone, despite there always being one of those ‘morals’ at the conclusion of the story. If only we had the technology here and now to swap bodies with people, we could disprove these films and demonstrate the true power of mind swaps. And I guess everyone could discover what it’s like to have the opposite wobbly bits too, whilst we’re at it. All in the name of science, like. 

Turns out that technology has been here all the long though, right in front of our faces. Or on our faces, since it’s Oculus Rift. A group of scientists have been using it to swap peoples bodies and genders, and explore the effects.

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What qualified the Total War lot to make a first-person Alien game? The "wide scope" of Creative Assembly

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It’s odd to think it now, but when Sega greenlit a couple of Alien shooters, Colonial Marines was the safe bet. An action-heavy FPS in the hands of developers who’d made their name with the same - Gearbox. Now, though, it’s the strange survival shooter from the studio that’s made almost nothing but Total War for 14 years that we’ve pinned our hopes on. How on Earth did that come about?

“It is natural for people to put us into boxes,” says Alien: Isolation creative lead Alistair Hope. “But the scope of Creative Assembly is wider than perhaps with other firms.”

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Car Mechanic Simulator 2014

Hotfix: here's the latest on Car Mechanic Simulator 2014

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Purchase a copy of Car Mechanic Simulator 2014, out on Steam today, and you know you’re getting the market leader.

“This is the very first game simulating a car repair workshop,” write publishers PlayWay. “There‘s no competition for our product, and in the nearest future there won’t be any.”

Once the laughs subside into curious throat noises, though, you’ll find this is a game build with the zeal and application we’ve come to expect from specialist sim developers. In development at Polish outfit Red Dot Games since 2011, Car Mechanic Sim features a 75 mission-strong career mode about refitting sedans, limos and SUVs.

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Team Fortress 2 update renders Quickplay more reliably quick and play-full

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Team Fortress 2, the competitive, multiplayer first-person shooter from Valve Software, has been updated - or ‘patched’. Users of Valve’s storefront and games house, Steam, will find that new files will seep unsolicited into their version of the game - changing it in scores of small and surprising ways.

Surprising, that is, unless you have the patch notes. Which we do.

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Introducing the Epic Games Centre: or why Epic Games have given 85 "very capable" PCs to Staffordshire University

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Epic Games have bought games design students at Staffordshire University a “state-of-the-art” lab, and filled it from end-to-end with 85 PCs - all “sufficiently cutting edge” to run the latest version of UDK and game development software. In a year or two, they’ll buy 85 replacement GPUs to keep them up to scratch.

Why are they doing this? To ensure that the next generation of Unreal developers are ready to be better than the last.

“The intent is that what they teach here will be what’s out there in the world,” says Epic European territory manager Mike Gamble.

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Hands on with Thief — a preview of the game's opening four chapters

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In Thieftown, where Thief is set, everybody is exceptionally worried about thieves stealing their stuff. That’s pretty much all anybody talks about in Thief. That and the plague. “I hope no thieves steal my stuff,” is a thing you might hear somebody say, “because I’ve got the plague and things are pretty bad for me already.” For a city so loudly concerned about thieves however, there are an awful lot of unattended solid gold ashtrays left sitting out on balconies. For a town so vocally anti-burglary there is an excess of ornate goblets resting on windowsills like alluring metal pies.

As a thief in Thief you naturally have unfettered access to balconies and windowsills and ashtrays all over the city. Those ashtrays are yours for the taking. Your ashtray is my ashtray. Stealing ashtrays is fun and I’m not going to stop. This is Thief.

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DICE ask: what should we balance in Battlefield 4 next?

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Mindful of a distinctly dodgy Battlefield 4 launch - and with an eye, perhaps, on Garry’s Mod’s many millions - DICE seem intent on turning their multiplayer shoot-a-minute into a physics playground. When balanced on a makeshift seesaw, will a jeep balance out with, say, a stealth jet? The possibilities are endless, and endlessly compelling.

And so they ask: “what should we balance next?”

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3089 Review

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Find out what The Indie Mine thought of 3089, a sci-fi sandbox game with time bending, alien space ships and robot warfare as far as the eye can see.

King trademark dispute threatens Banner Saga sequel; "We won't make a viking saga without the word Saga"

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Stoicism is that dubious ideal which promotes suffering without complaint, no matter how tough the hardship or deep the cost. But despite their name, Banner Saga developers Stoic aren’t willing to sit in silence while a trademark dispute initiated by Candy Crush creators King threatens to scupper plans for a sequel to their tactical RPG.

“Two years ago, the three of us at Stoic set out to make an epic viking game: The Banner Saga,” said the studio. “We did, and people loved it, so we're making another one. We won't make a viking saga without the word Saga, and we don't appreciate anyone telling us we can't.”

They've got a good point according to our Banner Saga review, and we want a sequel.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had more than two million players this month

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“CS:GO has been hitting milestones recently,” say Valve. The latest iteration of the competitive shooting standard now regularly doubles the player numbers of its parent game on Steam. Early this month it reached 100,000 concurrent players, placing it comfortably within reach of the top most-played games on the service. And during the same period, Global Offensive’s playerbase passed beyond two million unique accounts. Lots.

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SEGA PC Port campaign from NeoGAF

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This effort has been recognized by SEGA, the petition has been up less than a day and will shortly break 1.9k signatures. Other sites reporting it are mostly sega/fighting game centric so far, outside IncGamers.com The effort began last month as a twitter campaign, our hashtag is #SEGAPCPorts...

Elder Scrolls Online recruits Hollywood's top OAPs: John Cleese, Bill Nighy and Dumbledore

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The Elder Scrolls Online is out now; here's our Elder Scrolls Online review.

Ever since an apparently senile Patrick Stewart convinced himself that we were the ones from his dreams, Elder Scrolls publishers Bethesda have been collecting Hollywood stage graduates and asking them to say words that dying kings or monks might.

Dishonored had a profoundly expensive all-star cast - a fact we completely forgot by the time we played it, though it all sounded Quite Good. Not content to let Hollywood-calibre talking simply wash over us another time, Bethesda have employed the most recognisable old men in the world to act as The Elder Scrolls Online’s vocal chords.

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Riot fine League of Legends pro Bjergsen $2000 for poaching another team's players

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Remember that whole fiasco between progaming teams Ninjas in Pyjamas and Lemondogs as they attempted to trade an LCS spot between them, only to have Riot quash it with a rules change?

Today, Riot added a new twist as they fined Ninjas in Pyjamas’ former mid laner, Soren Bjerg, $2000 for his role in the affair. They found that he was guilty of poaching members of the Lemondogs team, which is odd because it’s usually teams and not players who do the poaching. So how did Bjergsen find himself in the middle of all this? Hint: eSports aren’t always wildly professional.

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Elder Scrolls Online video demonstrates groups saving the world from an evil anchor

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Anchors are well known the the cartoon world to be inflictors of bump-inducing pain. Apparently Molag Bal, daedric prince of Oblivion, has been watching Looney Tunes cartoons recently, because he’s decided to turn to Acme for his Tamriel-destroying resources. He’s dropping Dark Anchors all over the place, and the only way to stop him from creating big dents in Skyrim and pulling Cyrodiil right off the face of the planet is to group up with friends and strangers and destroy the demonic braking systems, along with waves of Bal’s minions. 

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Kerbal Space Program blasts into schools with KerbalEdu

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This was always around the corner. With its technical detail and painstaking scientific accuracy, Kerbal Space Program was always going to be noticed by the education sector. We’ve already reported about how one professor used Kerbal as part of his high school class, but Kerbal is about to meet a wider range of students, thanks to KerbalEdu.

If you're not familiar with Kerbal, why not check out our Kerbal Space Program review to find out what the fuss is about.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor pre-alpha trailer decapitates orcs and Tolkien lore

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy has its fair share of resurrection tales, chief being that of good ol’ Gandalf. Resurrection is the start of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, too. Protagonist Talion is killed by Sauron’s minions and brought back to life to seek his revenge, now imbued with a wraith spirit, ala the Nazgul. And whilst it all seems to fit together in the lore of Tolkien’s books, you can’t help feel that there’s something not quite right about this story of revenge. Could you really become a wraith and maintain your flesh body, not to mention your sanity?

Still, if you can push that aside and embrace a great dose of slo-mo, gore-drenched swordplay, Shadow of Mordor could actually prove an entertaining romp through fantasy’s most beloved world. 

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Minecraft snapshot 14w04a sets fire to all your bushes, gives villagers some intellect

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Another day, another snapshot glides gracefully down from the Mojang cloud above and implants itself inside your Minecraft. 14w04a contains a multitude of goodies, but the best is clearly “bushes can now catch fire”. Now you can create mazes of green, only to set them alight and create a labyrinth of scorching heat. It’s the perfect little torture in your world of insane challenges. If you're that way inclined, of course. 

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Call of Duty Ghosts: Extinction Nightfall DLC trailer hunts down the humans

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If you didn’t know already, Activision and Infinity Ward have dumped zombies in the ‘sooo last season’ pile. For Ghosts - which we didn't like all that much in our Call of Duty: Ghosts review - the pulpy zombies mode was replaced with the equally pulpy Extinction game, where players attempt to out-gun a vicious pack of aliens. And right on cue, as in previous years, this mode is getting some DLC to expand the story. The first of four episodes, Nightfall, is on its way, and promises to blow open the secrets behind the extra-terrestrial threat.

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