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Several thousand bots banned from Hearthstone till 2015; "Fair play is the core of the Hearthstone experience"

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Hearthstone Bot Bans

Blizzard have just banned “several thousand” bot accounts from Hearthstone that were found to be using “third party software” to play Hearthstone. The bans come as the popularity of bots have been on the rise after Blizzard seemingly did nothing about it. That ends today, after a flurry of bans have occurred in an effort to halt the bots in their place.

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Our moment of triumph? X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and LucasArts catalog on GOG

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The cover for TIE Fighter, showing Darth Vader's grim visage in the backdrop of a raging space battle featuring TIE Fighters and a destroyed X-Wing.

In 1998, LucasArts released updated versions of X-Wing and TIE Fighter. A year later, they bundled them alongside X-Wing Alliance. Nobody knew it at the time, but it was the last time those games would be widely available, and functional on modern hardware.

Tomorrow, at long last, GOG and LucasArts will rectify that situation. TIE Fighter, X-Wing, and a number of other LucasArts classics are coming out on GOG.com.

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Lords of the Fallen is out tomorrow in surprise ambush release for Europe

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Lords of the Fallen

Hang onto your chainmail breeches warrior, because Lords of the Fallen is out a couple days early here in Europe. In fact, it’s out in only 18 hours from now according the the Steam store page. Originally due out on October 31st, the EU launch has been brought in-line with the North American release.

Huzzah for launch date equality!

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Get ready for Warlords of Draenor with patch 6.0.3, heading to World of Warcraft tomorrow

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Warlords of Draenor Dark Portal

A new patch will hit the denizens of World of Warcraft tomorrow (Wednesday for EU), that will bring the game in line with the version of Warlords of Draenor that’s being tested on the beta realms. It’ll also include fixes for issues that cropped up in the initial transition to 6.0, while porting over the remaining assets required for the launch of the new expansion on November 13th.

“Our plan is to not require a launch-day patch, and have a smooth transition to the new expansion.”

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Assassin's Creed Unity TV spot crashes a fancy French party with 1,400 fan-made assassins

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Assassin's Creed: Unity

Ubisoft have released a fancy new TV ad for their upcoming revolution-starter, Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The CGI trailer is a bit special, because it features over 1,400 custom assassins that players made via a special website promoting the game.

If you squint hard enough, maybe you can make out yours too.

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Telltale's Game of Thrones adventure game confirmed to premier this year

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Telltale's Game of Thrones

It’s been almost a year since Telltale announced their foray into the Game of Thrones universe for their next adventure game. They’ve been frustratingly tight-lipped when it comes to details, but that might end today. A tweet from their community and PR specialist, Laura Perusco, has revealed that we can expect to be playing the game by the end of this year.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare leak upsets Sledgehammer: "A real bummer"

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Sledgehammer Games’ Glen Schofield sports wide shoulders, a footballer’s nose, and a voice gruff enough that he could star in his own shooter. He is, on the face of it, every bit as solid as his studio’s namesake. But now fans desperate to know the ins and outs of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare have gone and upset him - spilling some of the game’s multiplayer secrets across Twitch and YouTube.

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Go Beyond Earth for 100 turns with the new Civ's Steam demo

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Civilization: Beyond Earth

Firaxis might have gone Beyond Earth, but they’re still in orbit of old-fashioned Civilization. Like Sid Meier's opus, this space-based spin-off offers a series of hard choices - about treaties, base construction, and the nature of first contact.

The devs have decided to make the first decision a little easier, however. You now have the option to download a Steam demo before deciding if the new Civ is for you.

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Unity

Unity CEO John Riccitiello insists developers have nothing to fear from him

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Unity

I always had a soft spot for Riccitiello. He greenlit Mirror’s Edge, and had a beaten-down, wearied way about him, which seemed becoming for the accountable man at EA. Yes, he might eventually have split Dead Space into so many horcruxes that it became a ghost of itself - but he at least had the decency to look guilty about it.

Now he’s been plucked from the pool of displaced CEOs, brushed off, and made boss of Unity. That’s concerned some developers dependent on the game engine for their livelihood - but Riccitiello has told them they’re not to worry.

“My philosophy is not to get bigger or more profitable for the sake of these things,” he said.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts and Black Ops II are doing double XP all this week

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Call of Duty: Ghosts

Activision have conceived a Halloween plan to spook shooter players on the eve of Advanced Warfare’s release. They’re going to tempt them back into Call of Duty: Ghosts, where they’ll be frightened by just how badly an iteration of the world’s favourite shooter can turn out.

I’m mostly kidding: while Ghosts’ campaign was limper that a Cormac McCarthy novel dipped in the bath, its multiplayer was perfectly solid - gently improving on Black Ops II’s template with scripted map-changing events. Play either game from today and you’ll be rewarded doubly for your kills.

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Minecraft 2 unlikely from Microsoft: "We need to meet the needs of the community"

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Minecraft 2

Our Tim’s letter to Microsoft about Minecraft was a hopeful but insistent plea: please don’t screw it up. Early signs are good: the company’s first act after the purchase of Mojang will be to consult the Minecraft community - and to shoo away any wrongheaded thoughts of a direct sequel.

“I don’t know if Minecraft 2, if that's the thing that makes the most sense," said Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer. “We need to meet the needs and the desires of the community before we get permission to go off and do something else.”

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Hexakill comes to Twisted Treeline in League of Legends' Halloween event: The Harrowing

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League of Legends

We’re finally able to put a name to the rolling fog that’s bothered League of Legends’ champion pages for over a week now. The Black Mist seeps into the heads of its victims, dissolving all memory of home or loved ones and pulling them deep into the Shadow Isles, where they take on new 975 RP skins. 

On Halloween, we mimic their sacrifice by forgetting our own homes and loved ones to play with twelve champions on Twisted Treeline, LoL’s most close-quartered map.

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Warlords of Draenor TV ads are all heavy breathing and hurled fireballs

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Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft ads run the gamut these days - where ‘gamut’ is a wide spectrum of approaches, and not the name of a new orcish raid boss. There’ll always be dwarves gyrating in your sidebar, yes, but now and again we’ll also get expensively produced TV spots from Blizzard’s CG department. That’s what we’ve seen emerge over the weekend; three of ‘em, for the launch of Warlords of Draenor in two weeks’ time.

Your airwaves are about to be invaded by the Iron Horde,” say Blizzard. “Word to the wise: it’s best to try not to make eye contact.”

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Magic 2015 is relaunching; adds expansion and removes premium boosters

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Magic 2015

Wizards of the Coast and developers Stainless Games have announced a relaunch of their digital version of Magic the Gathering: Magic 2015. The game was greeted with mixed reception from fans - while they did add real deck-building to the game, some cards were locked behind a paywall of “premium boosters” that could only be attained by spending more money.

The new relaunch will remove these premium boosters, instead adding them as prizes for winning multiplayer matches. They’ll also be adding a new expansion dubbed “Garruk’s Revenge”, which adds a new campaign and cards from the Alara card set.

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Watch the Dota 2 Starladder Season X finals kick off right now; winner takes home over $100,000

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Dota 2 Starladder Season X

The culmination of Starladder Season X is kicking off in just a few minutes, as Dota 2 teams Team Secret and Evil Geniuses face off in an epic best of five. Team Secret are already have a one game advantage by coming from the winners bracket; they’ve only lost one game in the entire tournament. Evil Geniuses on the other hand lost to them in the winner brackets final, but manage to crawl up the losers bracket to have a chance at revenge.

Now sit back, belly full from that delicious Sunday meal, and prepare for an evening of Dota 2 at its finest.

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Shroud of the Avatar hits Steam Early Access in November; "We are moving full steam ahead"

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Shroud of the Avatar Steam

Richard “Lord British” Garriott’s new Ultima-like MMO, Shroud of the Avatar, will be available on Steam Early Access on November 24th. While the team felt initially “nervous” about moving to Steam, a successful run on Steam Greenlight squashed any trepidation. While you don’t need Steam to play Shroud of the Avatar in its early state, the team is calling out to all backers to help them test the game within Steam for functionality.

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New Omega Mode changes just about everything in Ultra Street Fighter IV

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Ultra Street Fighter IV Omega Mode

Ultra Street Fighter IV is getting a free update soon in the form of Omega Mode: where each and every fighter gets tweaked with altered moves, some entirely new. In a new weekly Capcom Unity blogpost, developer Tomoaki Ayano breaks down just what’s changed for Street Fighter’s pedigree warriors: Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Edmund Honda, Blanka, Zangief, Guile and Dhalsim.

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Evolve's "Big Alpha" system requirements are surprisingly not monstrous

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Evolve System Requirements

While Evolve has been delayed till 2015 to make sure it’s “genre-defining”, an alpha will be available on PC on October 31st. Access is largely only available to those that pre-order the game, with a select few getting access by registering for it on their website.

As the alpha looms ever closer, developers Turtle Rock have revealed the system requirements needed to hunt some big ass monsters in as smooth a fashion as possible, and they’re not that demanding too.

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Final Fantasy XIV London Fanfest reveals EU servers, flying mounts and Dark Knight job

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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward

If you thought that Square Enix were done with their initial reveal of the new Heavensward expansion pack for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, think again. Just a week later at this year’s FFXIV London Fanfest, director Naoki Yoshida announced that EU players can expect to see an EU datacentre put in place in the near future. 

Yoshida also revealed a couple of Heavensward specific features, such as flying mounts, a new primal boss and the confirmation of the Dark Knight job.

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Spooky Races: Project CARS gets a Halloween trailer

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Project CARS Halloween

Cars can be properly intimidating. Glowing red eyes, noxious fumes pouring out of their exhausts, engine snarling and roaring, the whole thing made of metal and fire - even a Volvo estate could be scary if you were in a dark alley and near sighted. 

So it’s probably not completely barmy that Slightly Mad Studios showed off a Halloween trailer for Project CARS at the Golden Joysticks tonight. 

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