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Be part of The Crew earlier with PC closed beta

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Ubisoft’s crime-spree open world racer The Crew is skidding into open beta this month, but PC players get to seize pole position by getting into the event a whole two days earlier than console gamers. 

To paint a picture, that means we on the PC are hurtling along in McLaren P1s whilst the Xbox and PlayStation crowds trundle along in their Nissan Micras. 

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Rainbow Six Siege multiplayer footage blows out the walls and floors

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Rainbow Six Siege

The Rainbow Six Siege E3 unveiling was an astonishingly brutal assault on both an average suburban home and everyone’s expectations. Considered by many as the star of the show, until now we’ve only been witness to a single round of Siege’s signature multiplayer mode. 

Until now, that is. Last night Ubisoft ran a live stream where two teams proceeded to blast each other to smithereens over the course of six matches. Whilst they were all fought on the familiar family home map, the prolonged footage gives us a good insight into the small complexities of the game. 

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Sniper Elite 3 Save Churchill DLC now available to all sharpshooters

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Sniper Elite 3 Save Churchill DLC

The guys at Rebellion sure do love their historical personalities. In the last Sniper Elite 3 DLC pack we were tasked with blowing the moustache off Hitler himself, but this time around you’ll be preventing an assassination, not performing one. Your charge: Winston Churchill. If one ember on his cigar is out of place by the end of your mission, it’s to the brig with you. 

The DLC will be made up of a trio of parts, and the first is available to buy right now from Steam

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What to expect from the Dota 2 International main event

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Dota 2 International

The Dota 2 International main event kicks off in just under an hour, and it’s set to be the biggest eSports event in history. A record-breaking prize pool that dwarfs some of the world's most popular sports like The Masters, and just a whisper away from that of the NBA. Eight prestigious teams from around the globe will fight between a crowd of 17,500 at Seattle’s Key Arena.

And if you think it stops there, you’re in for a loud surprise. Valve are going to release the second most anticipated thing next to Half Life 3. 

Techies.

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Elder Scrolls Online apparently has more than 750,000 subscribers

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The Elder Scrolls Online: destined for ever fancier gear.

The Elder Scrolls Online has had a lot of problems since launch - duplication bugsgold farmers, and stuck NPCs - but apparently that’s not stopped it from racking more than 750,000 subscribers. According to a report from SuperData, the game boasts 772,374 paying accounts.

That number should only grow with it’s recent move to the Steam storefront.

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Crypt of the Necrodancer trailer announces Steam Early Access release date

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Crypt of the Necrodancer is headed to Steam Early Access on the 30 July,expect your local corpse depository to thrum with the sound of bassy hits. the roguelike dungeon crawler has you explore and attack enemies to the beat of the music - only allowing you to score hits on enemies by acting in time with the music.

The new trailer reveals some of games soundtrack and it is awesome.

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The 30 best Minecraft seeds

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Ice spikes rarely grow as tall as this, but we know where in Minecraft to find them.

Minecraft seeds are the codes that the game uses to generate worlds for you; worlds full of interesting landscapes and hot spots ripe for exploration. Just drop these words or digits into the seed field when creating a world and Minecraft will do all the heavy lifting for you. 

Regardless of if you’re a professional miner or someone about to load up their first world, there’s something you can't control in Minecraft: the terrain itself. Whilst your mind may be brimming with possibilities, all too frequently you’ll spawn in a bland, uninspiring world full of flat grassland and the odd chicken. Hardly the canvas for your masterpiece. 

Hence this piece. 

We present to you here 30 of the very best, most interesting seeds we’ve found.

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UPDATED: Steam security failings called out in open letter to Valve. Valve respond

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Steam Valve

In an open letter to Valve, security specialists and developers have called out “Valve’s inconsistency in rewarding those who report bugs (occasionally punishing people), the speed at which Valve addresses bug reports (if at all), and the problems users face attempting to report bugs to Valve.” Saying that all of this is making an insecure client “whose systems process sensitive data for millions of customers and partners.”

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Knightmare Tower Review

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Rockets! Monsters! Princesses! Lasers! Loot! Fight your way to the top and claim what is yours in this new adventure game by Juicy Beast.

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Yogventures cancellation is a "matter of deep regret" for Yogscast

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Yogventures, as it appeared in concept art two years ago.

Yogscast broke the news yesterday that they couldn’t deliver on Yogventures, the open-world survival game they helped Kickstart in 2012. The ambitious project had proven to be beyond six-man team Winterkewl, who are now headed for probable closure.

Yogscast have issued Steam keys for a different game, TUG, to backers - “in many ways” the survivalist experience they hoped Winterkewl would make. And they’ve issued a second statement on the “deep regret” they feel for Yogventures.

“The game as it stands it is not capable of being released and certainly wouldn’t live up to the expectations of the people that backed the Kickstarter or pre-ordered the game,” wrote Yogscast.

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Blizzard restore the StarCraft II widow mine to former glory in balance test

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StarCraft II, and its widow mines.

Blizzard have just last night published a new version of StarCraft II’s balance test map to the great PC strategy game's Custom Games list. Catchily titled ‘(2)OvergrowthLE (2.1.3 Balance v1.1)’, it’s seen tentative changes to one unit that’s made its mark on the competitive game since Heart of the Swarm - the Terran widow mine.

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The International 2014 Dota 2 Championships will be broadcast live on ESPN

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The International 2014 ESPN

You’ve probably heard of ESPN, if only during the sports sections of Microsoft’s E3 conferences. They’re pretty damn big in the States, and they cover serious sports like football, basketball, and Dota 2. 

Yes, this year ESPN expands its boundaries to eSports with coverage of The International 2014 through its online ESPN3 channel. Not only that, but a preview of the tournament final will be broadcast on ESPN2, a cable network accessable by 97,717,000 US homes. 

Looks like Dota 2 is invading the America living room.

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MachineGames on releasing Wolfenstein in Germany: “It’s up to the developer to figure out what can lead to legal action”

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Wolfenstein German-friendly concept art

Wolfenstein: The New Order is one of our most favourite games of the year. It’s a terrific shooter, and it’s got magazines full of heart to boot. But of course, the Nazi theme and splatterific violence in the game makes it a tough call when it comes to the German market, a country where not only are violent games censored, but any mention of Nazism is a ticket to a courtroom. 

Trying to re-work the game for the German release was a huge exercise in guesswork, explained Jens Matthies, creative director at MachineGames. “It’s up to the developer to figure out what kind of symbolism can possibly lead to legal action.”

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Clockwork Empires set to open in “Earliest Access” form on July 18th

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When Steam Early Access just isn't enough, what do you do? Well, you make your own “Earliest Access” scheme, of course. That’s what Gaslamp Games is doing for steampunk/occult crossover city builder Clockwork Empires. Ahead of the game’s launch on Steam Early Access in August, Clockwork Empires will be available directly from Gaslamp in an early manifestation. 

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League of Legends patch 4.12 video discusses the changes with Evil Geniuses’ Snoopeh

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League of Legends: always in a state of gentle flux.

League of Legends has been hit with a colossal patch that turns a vast amount of elements of the game on their heads. Jungle timers show a countdown on-screen until jungle creatures respawn, and a great handful of champions have been tweaked into notably different reflections of their former selves. 

Riot have put out an interesting video in which the game’s producers talk about the latest changes with LoL pro superstar Snoopeh of Evil Geniuses. Amusingly Snoopeh isn’t all that convinced by some of the changes, and it’s Team Riot’s job to change his perspective. 

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Hearthstone’s Curse of Naxxramas adventure will be dealt onto the table next week

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Curse of Naxxramas release window

If you’ve quite had enough of having your rear-end handed to you in Hearthstone’s competitive matches (or, indeed, handing other people’s rears to them), then you can soon enjoy a little solo time with those fancy cards of yours: Curse of Naxxramas, the single-player adventure for Hearthstone, will be landing on Tuesday, July 22nd. 

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