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HER STORY is a game about a women talking to the police, directed by Sam Barlow

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Her Story

Her Story is an abstract crime fiction game with a “non-linear” storytelling, by Silent Hill Shattered Memories writer and designer Sam Barlow. Players are given access to archived footage from a police database, where they’ll be tasked at piecing together the mysterious murder of a woman’s husband.

Here’s where it gets interesting: to search through these video clips, players will search for specific words that are spoken by the questioned woman.

“If you can Google, you can play Her Story” says director Sam Barlow.

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Elite: Dangerous is currently being haunted by interdicting ghost ships

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Elite: Dangerous Ghost Ships

Frontier is currently dealing with a rather unique case of the heebie jeebies - players in their galactic space sim, Elite: Dangerous, are being the target of spooky ghost ships. Reports have been flooding in that when in supercruise, commanders would be interdicted - forcibly pulling them out - only for the interdicting vessel to never appear.

Sounds like they need to call in the professionals.

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Lights, camera, action: Steam Broadcasting and FPS counter leaves beta

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Steam Broadcasting

Valve’s newest endeavor into taking over the world, this time competing with the likes of Twitch to enable streaming of their games to the masses, has finally left beta. Steam Broadcasting allows players to stream any game they play to either their friends, or the public, and without a whole lot of effort either.

Also heading out of beta today is the long awaited, but much welcomed FPS counter in the Steam overlay.

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Pneuma: Breath of Life cranks the observer effect up to 11

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Pneuma: Breath of Life

After spending the last five minutes watching my dog, Max, snoring, I’m questioning the observer effect, where the act of observing something changes it. Mind you, I’m not a physicist, and Max is a law unto himself. If I was playing Pneuma: Breath of Life, Max would probably end up hovering in the air, or maybe he’d become an elephant instead of a labradoodle. But I’d also be a god, so this would not phaze me. 

Pneuma is an oddity and remains enigmatic even after watching a trailer and getting given the apparent gist from the developers, Deco Digital. It’s a first-person puzzler, where you - a god - have to navigate a conundrum-filled maze, solving puzzles through the power of your mind and observation. 

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Diablo 3's got a new Lord of Terror: really bad lag

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Diablo III lag

It’s hard to kill demons and gather up mountains of loot and gold when you’re faced with lots of horrible lag. Since the weekend, Diablo III players have been reporting “major lag” that renders the game unplayable, even in the single-player mode. And it looks like it’s not been restricted to just one region. 

Blizzard is looking into it, and hasn’t ruled out some shady plan being carried out by minions of the Lord of Terror. 

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Alchemilla

Get your Silent Hill fix on PC with fan-made Alchemilla

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Alchemilla

If you’re still mourning the fact that those PS4 lot got to enjoy some first-person chills in the form of PT, the teaser (and game in its own right) for Silent Hills, and you didn’t, mourn no more. Some diligent modders have, inspired by the Silent Hill series, crafted a first-person horror adventure using the Source Engine. 

While Alchemilla is soaked in nightmares, it’s cerebral rather than physical. There are no monsters and no combat, just an oppressive atmosphere and puzzles. The designers did want to add those things, but couldn’t find anyone to help them implement it in time. It’s not really a loss, though.

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Earn enough points in League of Legends' Ocean Week, and Riot will put a statue in the sea

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League of Legends Ocean Week

It’s easy to forget, up here in frigid Scotland, but it’s summer in the southern hemisphere, and Riot’s got its eyes on the beach. To celebrate Australia Day and New Zealand’s Waitangi Day, League of Legends players will be able to unlock a slew of rewards, including legendary skins, IP boosts and even an artificial reef, by winning games during Ocean Week

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Magnetic will give you a fancy gun and a prison to break out of in March

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Magnetic

Guns are great: fascinating pieces of machinery that are only let down because they spew out bullets that often end up killing people. Sci-fi is where we find the best guns - portal guns, gravity guns, firearms that are more novel than deadly. 

Magnetic, unsurprisingly, gives players their very own magnetic gun. It’s not a gun that you can stick onto your fridge door, but rather one that manipulates magnetic forces. And you’re going to need to use it to escape from prison. 

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2K and Firaxis Games announce Sid Meier's Starships

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Sid Meier's Starships

Starships, they're often enterprising, they're always meant to fly, and now they are the subject of Sid Meier's latest strategy outing, which he's modestly titling Sid Meier's Starships.

The spacey turn-based strategy game is due to arrive in early 2015 for PC, Macintosh Apple Computer and the Apple Macintosh iPad tablette. According to Gamespot, the game's all about commanding a fleet of "starships" on a journey across the galaxy, defending planets and colonies while expanding your interstellar civilisation's influence and reach.

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Making it in Unreal: can Elite dock with FTL for Kickstarted space sim Into the Stars?

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Into the Stars

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Shoot for the stars with Kickstarter backing, however, and you’d better hit them.

The pitch for Into the Stars is simple and compelling, so much so that Fugitive Games have surpassed their crowdfunding goal with weeks to spare. The team intend to smuggle FTL past Elite’s station scanners - switching players from first-person ship management to third-person space exploration with the clack of a single key.

Fugitive have promised their backers a solar system “packed with mystery and danger”. Given that even a game like Elite: Dangerous can launch with an empty galaxy, that’s a tough task for just four men to tackle.

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Riot: League of Legends player reporting does work, but "lacks direct feedback"

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League of Legends

Player reporting in League of Legends isn’t strong on closure. You might tell on a teammate for assisting an enemy or otherwise ruining one of the best free games on PC - but you’ll never know how it ended, and some summoners have questioned whether the reports really do bring about change in the community.

“Reports matter whether you see the results or not,” reassured one of Riot Games’ behavioural staff. “Absolutely.”

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The Battlefield 4 kraken is dead, Paracel Storm easter egg is no more

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The hunt for the mythological, subaquatical beast that's been hiding somewhere in Battlefield 4's Paracel Storm map has come to a disappointingly kraken-free conclusion. Not because it's been found, captured and shipped in chains to New York to be displayed on stage, but because DICE have simply up and erased it from existence.

All clues pointing towards the existence of the kraken have been rubbed out, and all means of triggering the secret levolution event have been unceremoniously deleted. Paracel Storm is now officially krakenless. Boo.

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Dying Light physical release to be delayed outside of the US; digital release remains unaffected

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Dying Light Physical Release Delayed

Techland’s zombie parkour game, Dying Light, will see a short delay in offering physical copies of the game to regions outside of the United States. The delay will affect the physical console and PC versions of the game, which won't make it in time for the January 27th release date. The digital release however will remain on schedule.

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[UPDATED] Gamestop mistakenly offers Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell for $5; Deep Silver says orders "won't be honored"

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Gat out of Hell

Stop! If you’ve heard about a too-good-to-be-true deal involving the upcoming Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell, then I’ve got some bad news. Gamestop have had the PC version of the game up on their US store page for over a day now, and at a very alarming $4.99 price point, down from the RRP of $19.99.

Naturally, a lot of folk have gone and purchased the incredible deal. But a tweet from Deep Silver PR & Marketing man Will Powers, has put a halt to it all. 

“This is not real.” said Powers. “Orders won’t be honored, sorry.”

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Angels Fall First is an FPS, RTS and spaceship dogfighting game rolled into one, and it looks fab

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Angels Fall First

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s none of them - Angel Falls First is a whole lot else though: first person shooter, spaceship fighter sim, and real time strategy combined into one tidy package. If this piques your interest, then I’ve got some good news: the game has already been greenlit on Steam, and is deep into development.

The devs have just released a new trailer that demonstrates the many ways you can play the game, and we’ve got it below.

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Adventures in... The Sims 4 - Launching Mulder and Scully into space

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The Sims 4 space rocket mulder scully

In The Sims 4 you can build a rocket ship and catapult your Sims into space. This got me thinking: who would I really like to fire at the moon? The answer was pretty clear: Fox Mulder, protagonist of The X-Files and serial lover of all things alien. 

So I built Mulder’s office in the game, a Sim who was a rough approximation of David Duchovny, and set him to work. Also along for the ride was his faithful FBI partner Dana Scully, because someone needs to remind him about the science. This can’t possibly work, right? 

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The great DC Universe Online name reclaim will free up inactive hero and villain aliases

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DCUO Name Relcaim

Like those who say a superhero (or villain) is nothing without their suit, they’re also nothing without a defining name for their ultimate persona. Well, Sony Online Entertainment are beginning an initiative to free up names on inactive accounts, allowing them to be used by active players.

If you haven’t logged in for a while and want to make sure your superheroes name stays intact, you’ll need to log into the game by January 20th.

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Dota 2 Asia Championships prize pool breaches $2 million dollars

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Dota 2 Asia Championships

China’s Dota 2 Asia Championships is aiming to topple that of Valve’s 2013 International, with a mighty crowdfunded prize pool of its own. With the help of an in-game digital compendium, the tournament has raised over $2 million dollars, and rising.

With over 22 days left until the grand finals occur, there’s a good chance that the prize pool will become the second largest in the world.

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Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell launch trailer has plenty of "dick kicking" to help you smite Satan

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Saints Row IV

I don’t know if you’ve heard about the premise of Volition’s upcoming standalone for Saints Row IV: Gat out of Hell, but it’s certainly not your everyday narrative. You are Johnny Gat, and you’ve been tasked to prevent Satan’s diabolical plan to marry his daughter to the president of the United States. 

But that’s not all you’ll get up to - while you’re smiting the demonic population of hell, there’ll be all sorts of shenanigans to take part it, and this launch trailer does a pretty deft job at explaining what.

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