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World of Warcraft patch 6.2 preview: back to the skies

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This week sees World of Warcraft patch up to version 6.2, and there’s a set of pretty drastic changes coming. Leading the charge is the ability to take up your flying mounts and soar through the lands of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, a zone previously limited to on-foot encounters. “While fun and efficient, [flying] undermines the sense of fun and danger,” explains Ion Hazzikostas, World of Warcraft’s game director. So what led to Blizzard deciding flying was cool?  

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Which is the most expensive MOBA?

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MOBAs are free to play, but that doesn’t mean you can’t splash a little money their way if you fancy it. Funded by microtransactions, MOBAs have stores stocked absolutely full of new characters, costumes, and helpful boosters designed to make your fun even funner. 

But if you were going to really dedicate yourself to a MOBA  - and we really do mean dedicate - just how much would it cost you to buy everything? We’re talking the works: everything in the official store. I decided to do maths for the first time since my GCSEs and add up the costs of three of the most popular MOBAs: Heroes of the Storm, Dota 2, and League of Legends. Then we’d know which is the most expensive MOBA of them all. 

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We have reached peak Razer: the Firefly is a mousemat with flashing LEDs

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If what you really wanted in life was a mousemat with customisable LED lighting, then Razer has got a solution for you. The Firefly is a fancy micro-textured mouse mat surrounded by a bezel containing a light array capable of 16.8 million colours. 

16.8 million colours. Flashing on your desk. Whilst you look at your screen. Trying to ignore the pulsating colours in your lower peripheral vision. Check out the HD trailer below. 

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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns pre-purchase controversy leads to refunds and free character slots

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As ArenaNet announced the pricing structure for Guild Wars 2’s Heart of Thorns expansion pack last week, many players became very furious due to the structure favoring new players over old by bundling in the original game. In response, ArenaNet have issued a statement to the community clarifying their position and offering refunds and bonuses to players.

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Batman: Arkham Knight minimum specs change as AMD issues affect launch

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Rocksteady’s final Batman: Arkham game launches today, but the first days of the Caped Crusader’s battle against the Arkham Knight aren’t going so smoothly on PC. In the final hours before launch the minimum specs for the game were altered, which seems to be due to rigs powered by AMD hardware struggling with the game. 

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Fnatic at 8-0 following win over founder xPeke's Origen team

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One of the highlights of the past week of pro League of Legends had to be the long-awaited showdown between the "Next Generation" crew of Fnatic and Origen, the team created by Fnatic's original captain and LoL squad founder xPeke. It wasn't quite a grudge-match, but it was a test to see who had benefited the most from the parting of ways between Peke and Fnatic at the end of last season.

The result was a firefight between some of League of Legends' most aggressive players.

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Project Cars 2 Soon?

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I really like Project CARS. It's one of the most generous and comprehensive racing games ever made, and even if it didn't revolutionize its genre, it's still one of the best racing games on PC right now. Hell, racing in the rain at Laguna Seca at sunset was probably worth the price of admission by itself. So I'm a fan.

And yet I'm not sure what to make of developer Slightly Mad Studios' announcement that they are opening up crowdunding for Project CARS 2. Less than two months after Project CARS came out.

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Dreamfall Chapters Book Three: Realms comes out June 25th, vague new trailer surfaces

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The latest instalment of Ragnar Tørnquist’s new Dreamfall series, Dreamfall Chapters, comes out this Thursday, according to a press release from developer Red Thread Game.

That’s exciting news for me and the rest of The Longest Journey / Dreamfall fandom. It’s great to see a series I’d all but given up for dead years ago come back strong, and actually making the episodic gaming model work pretty well.

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Tale of Tales abandons game dev after poor sales for Sunset, art-funding cuts

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Art-house game developer Tale of Tales announced they are leaving games following the “complete commercial failure” of their acclaimed adventure game, Sunset. Tale of Tales have always made unusual, artsy pseudo-adventures, and came to prominence with the release of experiments like The Graveyard and feminist fable The Path.

While Tale of Tales are not closing-up shop entirely, it appears their days as a game developer are done. And the reasons for that are troubling.

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Making it in Unreal: Kingsmen goes medieval on the XCOM formula

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If you’ve played any turn-based tactics, chances are you’ve already accepted a certain amount of visual shoddiness on the side. It comes with the territory, measured in hexes, that you plan to claim.

But one of the things XCOM did was polish up the genre a little. And a handful of Borderlands, Brothers in Arms and Battleground Europe veterans hope to go further, with a medievally-styled melee and magic take on Firaxis’ formula: Kingsmen.

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Batman: Arkham Knight lead to early owners: "Don't be a dick" about spoilers

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The man in the mask? He’s just debonair man-about-town Bruce Wayne with glued-on, extra-punchy fists and a bad case of the grumbles. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Batman spoilers: as in Scooby-Doo, every cab driver and candy floss salesman eventually shows up in a costume.

That’s an issue for action-storytellers Rocksteady - especially when their latest Bat-tale, Arkham Knight, has been swooping onto doorsteps early.

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Lego Minifigures Online rebuilt without free-to-play for June 29th Steam launch

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Lego Minifigures Online is an online action RPG which spreads its depth and abilities across 100 or so characters - think a Marvel Heroes where Captain America’s head screws off. It launched under the guidance of Secret World developers Funcom in October - but they’ve spent the months since “overhauling” the game, in particularly doing away with any free-to-play systems players might have found disagreeable.

The Norwegian studio reckon this is the definitive version of Lego Minifigures. It’s certainly the busiest, thanks to the sudden appearance cross-playing iOS and Android users.

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Why Planet Coaster isn't called Coaster Tycoon: "The word has been sullied"

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Space simulation isn’t the only genre Elite’s Frontier Developments have a valid claim to. The Cambridge studio put together Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 in 2004, and it hasn’t been surpassed since.

Atari own the rights to the series, but Frontier announced Planet Coaster at E3. It’s a spiritual successor - so why doesn’t it say Tycoon in the name?

“The word tycoon has been so sullied over the years,” said Frontier PR head Michael Gapper.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider gameplay video shows Lara swinging through trees and battling with a bear

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What little we saw of Rise of the Tomb Raider at Microsoft’s E3 event was, on the whole, quite underwhelming considering the intensity of the action. It was one of those big interactive cut-scene-come-action-set-piece affairs, and didn’t really show off what it’s like to actually play Tomb Raider.

Thankfully Crystal Dynamics have thrown out this 15 minute slice of Rise of the Tomb Raider to show us what actually goes on between cracking cliff face cut-scenes. 

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