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Assuming direct control: CCP is experimenting with manual controls for EVE Online

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The very first time I played EVE Online, in 2004, I was immediately bamboozled by the controls. Not because they were obtuse - though they were - but because I expected to be able to control my ship just like I could in Freespace or countless other space and flight sims, which EVE Valkyrie now employs. 

CCP has observed that this is a common experience among new players, who are surprised to find that EVE’s control scheme is more tactical and automated. This has led to the designers donning their lab coats and starting up an experiment: keyboard flight controls. An opt-in beta version will hit the MMO in the Rhea mini expansion, next month. 

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New Armikrog trailer crash lands, getting clay everywhere

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Armikrog, Doug TenNapel and Pencil Test Studios claymation adventure game, looks good enough to eat. Unfortunately, unlike non-toxic playdough, eating it would probably give you some serious digestive problems. 

Instead of stuffing it into your mouth, you can feed your hungry eyes with a trailer originally shared with Kickstarter backers.

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Far Cry 4's map editor won't allow you to make competitive multiplayer maps

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Ubisoft’s had a hard time making friends, lately. News that Far Cry 4’s map editor would not support competitive multiplayer inspired a 17-page thread of anger on the official forums. 

The lack of multiplayer map editing came to light on Twitch, when a streamer played a leaked copy of the game. Before this, Ubisoft had not mentioned its absence. 

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Never Alone looks gorgeous, and it launches next week

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Next week, November 18th, sees the launch of Never Alone, Upper One Games’ Arctic puzzle platformer. It’s a pretty, dreamlike game following a wee Iñupiat girl, Nuna, and her fox chum as they attempt to power through the hostile tundra in an effort to find the source of a mystical blizzard. 

The game’s been designed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, who are an Alaskan Native people. It’s based on an Iñupiat legend, and Alaskan Native storytellers and elders helped bring it to life. Take a gander at the launch trailer. 

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What to look for when buying a gaming headset: Sponsored by Turtle Beach

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Partner feature: PCGamesN has teamed up with Turtle Beach to produce this guide to games audio.

When it comes to gaming on PC, sound is absolutely as important as graphics and gameplay. It’s what tells you that there’s someone behind you about to slice you up with a melee attack, it’s what alerts you that enemies are swarming your base, and it’s what immerses you in the haunted halls of a long-forgotten mansion. So when it comes to sound, a flimsy pair of cans from eBay just won’t do. 

Turtle Beach headsets are designed with one mission in mind: delivering the best sound in ways that are important to gamers. With pin-sharp audio you’ll detect footsteps quicker and be able to aim and pull the trigger before the enemy knows you’re there. But what gear do you need to achieve this PC upgrade? Let us be your guide as we walk you through the most important questions about which gaming headset is right for you.

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Creative Assembly gamejam and auction to raise money for Surrey Hospital

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Creative Assembly’s holding a GameJam this weekend to raise money for Millbridge Ward of The Royal Surrey County Hospital.Game Jam: Franco Jam commemorates Simon Franco, senior programmer on Alien Isolation, who died in June this year.

As well as the gamejam, Creative are auctioning a load of signed merchandise, too.

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Ubisoft stock price falls significantly following troubled Assassin’s Creed Unity launch

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Ubisoft’s stock fell by 12.8% following Assassin’s Creed Unity’s release. While reviews have been largely positive, a great many bugs were discovered after the game launched - this ranges from animation glitches, to the player falling through the floor, to the online co-op failing to connect players.

Ubisoft also received a backlash from fans for withholding review copies from publications until the release day in the US and embargoing the reviews written from review events attended the week before.

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World of Warcraft players petition The White House to fix Warlords of Draenor server lag

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More than 2,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the Obama Administration address Warlords of Draenor’s server lag.

It’s currently one of the more popular petitions on The White House site, behind ‘End daylight savings time. Pick standard time or daylight savings time and leave the clocks alone’  but ahead of a demand for the ‘Disclose all UFO/alien related documents’.

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Human Orbit is the Sims, but in space

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Human Orbit lets you be as evil or benevolent a meddler as you like. You can make the dreams of your AI crew come true, promoting one from the janitor of your small space station to its captain, you can get the rugged algae farmer they fancy to fall head over heels for them, or you could throw them out an airlock.

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David Kim and the impossible balancing act of StarCraft 2: Legacy of the Void

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The WCS crowd illuminated by blue LEDs watch the huge main stage of StarCraft.

Blizzard designer David Kim is “the balance guy” for StarCraft 2. His name is at once a curse and an incantation, the Godot of StarCraft. If something is broken — and something always is — it is Kim’s fault. But Kim will fix it. Kim will make it worse.

It’s easy to parody Kim. His role is one of inherent conservatism. He’s constantly dealing with the physics of avalanches. His goal is to try and ensure that each race can beat every other race roughly 50% of the time, all other things being equal. But then he must also look at how those games are being won and lost, and ask whether StarCraft remains an entertaining and rewarding game to play and watch.

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Watch Vikings getting up to no good in Mount & Blade: Warband - Viking Conquest

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Mount & Blade: Warband - Viking Conquest trailer

I still remember that sinking feeling when I watched Fatshark’s War of the Vikings and noticed a serious absence of ships. As it turned out, War of the Vikings did end up having ships, but they were all stuck in beaches or impossible to reach, and while the game proved to be lots of violent fun, I never quite got over not being able to see everyone’s favourite hirsute coastal raiders faffing around on ships.

This is why I continue to be very excited about Viking Conquest, a Mount & Blade: Warband expansion being developed by the lovely brains behind the wonderful Brytenwalda mod. It was announced last month, and it looks like we’ll be seeing it in Early Access next month. Taleworlds and the Brytenwalda team have put together a gameplay trailer, so direct your eyes towards the action, some of it in the sea, below.

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Tales from the Borderlands starting "soon"; watch the first in-game trailer while you wait

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Tales from the Borderlands trailer

Tales for the Borderlands’ first episode, Zer0 Sum, will be out soon, teases Telltale. In the mean time, you can gorge on the first in-game trailer which, unsurprisingly, looks a lot like Borderlands, but with less shooting and more gags - which I can definitely get behind. 

Slap your eyes on it below. 

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Riot's rewarding League of Legends players with Influence Points, but only if they've been good

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Riot’s continuing its attempt to curb negative behaviour in League of Legends, but this time, instead of punishing the bad players, the developer is rewarding all the good boys and girls. 

In what Riot says is a “first step”, players who haven’t been suspended or had chat restrictions in the 2014 season will receive a 4-win Influence Point boost, to be doled out across the next week. 

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Humble Bundle is infested with Worms

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While you might normally expect to find worms in dirt, these horrible, wriggly creatures can really get in anywhere. You’re probably only a few feet away from thousands of worms right now. And that’s not good, because they are violent, well-armed wee beasties. 

Even game bundle sales aren’t safe, and today, Humble Bundle has been infested with the creatures. For the next week, Team17 are offering nine Worms games, with some of the proceeds going to GamesAid. 

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Chaos returns to Unreal Tournament

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Unreal Tournament can be pretty crazy - it’s fast, hectic and people blow up a lot. But the series was at its most weird in ChaosUT, a mod designed with one thing in mind: craziness. It was a mod where horrible, grinning mines chased you around and weapons were clearly made by mad scientists at ACME.

The new, free Unreal Tournament that Epic’s developing with the community is getting some chaos pumped through its veins now, as Chaotic Dreams has started working on a new version of the mod. 

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Rome 2 DLC adds Massilia faction for free. Black Sea Colonies announced

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Creative Assembly may be spooling up for Total War Attila’s release date but they’re still releasing new factions for Rome 2. Better still, they’re giving away one of those factions for free.

On 20 November everyone who owns Rome 2 will find themselves able to play with the new Greek faction Massilia.

That same day also sees the release of the new Black Sea Colonies DLC.

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Nvidia Grid

Nvidia Grid aims to be Netflix for games

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Nvidia Grid hopes to end OnLive’s monopoly on Netflix-style game streaming. The graphics card manufacturer has set up data centres around the world that will stream high spec games to whatever screen you like. 

This month sees Grid launch in the US, next month it comes to Europe, and it will launch in Asia in 2015.

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