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What’s in the box? Schrodinger’s Cat and a randomly generating platformer

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Back in 1935 Erwin Schrodinger killed a hypothesis kitty. He said that if you put a cat in a box with a jar of poison and close the lid that we cannot tell whether it is dead or alive until we open the lid to observe it, so, in that moment, when we can’t tell, it is both alive and dead. (He was using this example to point out the silliness of the binary state but that bit's often forgotten.)

However, he didn’t tell us about the everything else in there, like the Particle Zoo, the collectible quarks, or the randomly generating platformer. Luckily, Italic Pig are doing that for us.

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The Trial of Battlefield 4

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Six months after its release for general sale, Battlefield 4 remains a bug-ridden, broken game. Despite repeated patches from DICE and EA, the moment one problem disappears another six seem to make an appearance. 

Fed up with Battlefield’s crimes, the FBI haul it into custody and place the game on trail. This is the thrilling courtroom drama that results from such arrest. 

The trail will be overseen by Judge Reinhold. Representing the players and purchasers of Battlefield 4 is District Attorney Ernest Arthur Suchs. Battlefield 4 has been assigned a Public Defender in the guise of PCGN writer Matt Purslow. You - the jury - have been sworn in, and the case is about to begin.

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John Smedley on DayZ and H1Z1 similarities: “this is our take on the Zombie Apocalypse”

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“Not going to give some politically correct dodgy b.s. answer,” SOE president John Smedley wrote on Reddit. “[H1Z1] is a survival in a Zombie Apocalypse game. So is Day Z. [Bohemia] have made a brilliant game (first I might add). They have a great vision for it and can count myself and most of the people on our team as fans and contributors.”

So, how do they differ? Well, for one, SOE can spawn zombie hordes on servers whenever they’d like.

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Splinter Cell: Echoes comics due this summer

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If you can feel the effects of repetitive strain injury kicking in and want to give your gaming implements (hands) a rest then you might want to take a look at Splinter Cell: Echoes, a four issue comic that bridges the gap between Splinter Cell: Conviction and Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Though, your hands will need to hold out a little longer, it’s not out till the summer.

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Easter of the Vikings

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So it’s Easter. Probably. And I honestly can’t think of a better time to go raiding and pillaging up and down the coast of England in a Viking warband, while everyone’s taking some time off, relaxing in their homes. Those Saxons sure are a slovenly lot. But longship prices have skyrocketed in the last millennium and the only chainmail I’ve ever owned was part of a Halloween costume. From when I was 10. 

War of the Vikings has to suffice. That’s not a great misfortune, as War of the Vikings is really rather good. Angry, blood-drenched warriors shouting in Icelandic and Old English while trying to hack each other to death in the mud and the rain. Brilliant, primal stuff. But there’s more to these battles than slaughter. There are grudges, brave charges, tense seconds in a shield wall as enemies rush down a hill - little stories that emerge. 

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Child of Light video shows off its painterly fantasy world

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Ubisoft’s been making quiet waves about its UbiArt Framework engine, the technology behind its recent Rayman games. The Engine also powers Child of Light, a beautiful fantasy tactical game.

The latest trailer shows off the variety in Child of Light’s world, from classical statues overgrown with leaves and weeds to 18th centure caravans to bulbous, organic hot air balloons.

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Half-Life VR 1.3 will bring virtual reality to Episode 1

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Nathan Andrews has almost finished his work bringing virtual reality to Half-Life 2: Episode 1. His mod does a lot more than just linking the Oculus Rift up to City 17. The game’s HUD has been rebuilt so that appears naturally in the world and the game’s guns can now be aimed and fired with Razer’s Hydra.

You need to see the trailer to grasp quite how cool this all is.

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Tropico 5 challenges you to hold power for 200 years

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Tropico 5 is looking back to move the series forwards. Whereas previous games began in 1950, kicking things off at the start of the cold war, you’ll be starting Tropico 5 in 1850, while your island is still under imperial rule.

The next 200 years see you tussle with superpowers, resist corporate control, and eventually arise above all opponents. Of course, you’ll still have to rig an election or two.

You can see how the different eras play out in the new trailer.

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Forward to the Sky indiegogo campaign launches

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Forward to the Sky is a third person action adventure game in the sky tower ruin. Without a single word in the game, you are going to collect all the fresco pieces to connect the story and everything will be revealed once Princess reaches the top level. The game is Zelda-like, focus more on...

Ubisoft has over 9,000 employees. Possibly becoming the world’s largest gaming company

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Kotaku’s Superannuation’s been at it again, this time delving into the data released on Ubisoft’s corporate website. They found that the publisher now employs more than 9,200 people, 7,800 in a production role. That’s a staggeringly large number but it goes some way to explaining how the company is able to put out a yearly Assassin’s Creed release, all while making Watch Dogs, Far Cry, and the rest of their games.

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Let's talk about Thief's anti-open world

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If you play Thief, which you might well do - it’s an occasionally stonking, deeply sensual stealth game - you won’t just be heisting banks and hoisting bags of swag.

No: you’ll need to hike between its missions on foot, through a City that makes a meal of crossing the street. It’s level design at its most obtuse, and at one confused juncture or another it’ll lead you to do precisely what I’m doing now: slump back in your chair and shake your head in wonder and exasperation at this least open of all the open worlds.

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Garry’s Mod virus filled servers with sound of coughing

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Last night a virus propogated itself and spread through the Garry’s Mod’s servers quickly. Very quickly.

Exploiting a weakness in the Source Engine, the virus was able to automatically download to your machine when you connected to an infected server. If an infected machine connected to an uninfected server the code would upload to the server and then download itself onto all the machines connected to it.

Developer Facepunch released a fix this morning.

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inSynch's a music game made with paper and concrete

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Heyllow PCGames Network, how 'bout a new indie game? :) I’m Oscar, game designer on inSynch, an upcoming music game from Them Games Studio. Somewhere between rhythm game and musical instrument, inSynch allows the player to act while being acted upon: follow the score you compose and...

Here Be Dragons has you hunt down the monsters of the sea for Queen and country

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“Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas,” write Red Zero Games, “Vasco da Gama reached India by sea. However, all great explorers would never have reached their goals if they had to face all sea and land threats without help.

“Someone had to defeat dragons and tritons, beforehand. Someone had to vanquish bloody cults. Someone had to banish supernatural ghost ships. The information about these deeds is missing from the archives, and you can’t find it in any great statesmen’s memoir. The knowledge of the “Avant Armada” was completely erased.”

Too bloody right, it’s about time their great deeds were immortalised in a computer game.

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Guild Wars’ ninth anniversary starts three weeks early because of typo

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Typos make fools of us all, whether it’s writing ‘Best retards’ at the bottom of an email or the missing overbar that sent Mariner 1 into an explosive descent over Venus, but in ArenaNet’s case it’s made them the bringer of joy to Guild Wars players.

ArenaNet were planning on kicking off Guild Wars; ninth anniversary celebrations on the 22 April. Due to a typo in their internal schedule the cork was pulled three weeks early on the 2 April.

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Warlock 2: The Exiled review

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Mages have a pretty sweet scam going on. They cause all sorts of devastation: summoning dragons, reanimating the dead and forcing them to fight, setting off all sorts of ecological disasters. It’s properly awful stuff. But they’re also the only big brains capable of cleaning up the messes they create. So nobody takes a moment to consider the fact that, without mages, life would be a lot easier. 

In Warlock II: The Exiled, the residents of Ardania and the floating shards - remnants of magically destroyed worlds - really should know better than to let mages do what they want. Ino-Co Plus’ 4X sequel pits mage against mage in a war to wrest control of Ardania from the iron grip of the United One, an all powerful mage and dictator for life. The result: a constant stream of catastrophic magic that makes everything a whole lot worse. 

And underneath the world-shattering magic spells and impossible armies is a game that is better than its forebearer - the rather good Master of the Arcane - in every way. It represents a change in 4X design that’s as evocative of a grand roleplaying journey as it is other fantasy strategy outings.

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IGN & Angry Joe In Twitter Feud Over Titanfall Review

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Embarrassing spat on Twitter between Angry Joe and Dan Stapleton over IGN's Titanfall review being misquoted

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