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Meet Shadowmoon Valley: new Warlords of Draenor zone offers a "false sense of security"

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A riverbeast of Draenor, doing its best impersonation of a neutral NPC.

It’s like they say: never anger a riverbeast. Like heavily-armoured environmentalists on all fours, these rock-like hippoposters appear docile until their habitat is disturbed. After that, they appear as 4,000 pounds of fat and muscle charging headlong towards your avatar.

Level 90 or no, Shadowmoon Valley promises “countless hidden perils” for Warlords of Draenor first-timers once they’ve trudged through the Tanaan Jungle.

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Dota 2 International main event: Day Two

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Dota 2 International main event Day Two

Today was a tough day in the International main event: teams were going to be eliminated from the tournament. Between Na’Vi, Cloud9, IG and LGD, two teams were destined to have their International dream come to a halt.

For those stung with disappointment, there was always the All-Star game to fall back on, and boy did Valve deliver. Spoilers ahead as I dissect day two of the Dota 2 International main event.

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Warframe update 14.0 released; includes Mirage class and revamped tutorial

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Warframe Mirage

Third-person space-ninja shooter Warframe has just received a huge patch with the aptly named update 14.0. Inside is a revamped tutorial and UI, a new warframe, weapons and the introductions of pets.

The new Warframe is named the Mirage - a master of illusion that confounds the enemy with smoke and mirror tactics. She's quite snazzy.

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Mighty No. 9 trailer shows off transformations and unique enemies

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Mighty No. 9.

Mighty No. 9 far exceeded its Kickstarter goal, clocking over $3.8 million dollars compared to its initial goal of $900,000. However there was some controversy when studio Comcept came back asking for even more funding to add English voice acting and more.

That hasn’t seemed to stop Comcept though, who’ve just released another trailer previewing their work with various transformations and unique bosses.

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Cryptic letter from Vladimir Putin endorses Areal Kickstarter as it gets funded

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Areal Vladimir Putin

This morning West Games hit their Kickstarter goal of $50,000 to fund their spiritual successor to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Areal’s team is chock full of developers with previous experience on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise according to their Kickstarter page.

Roughly at the same time the game was funded, West Games delivered a very strange announcement. “We got the weirdest mail today…” said the Kickstarter update. Who from you ask? None other than Russian president Vladimir Putin, who had a few words to say about Areal.

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Dota 2 International main event: Day One

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The Dota 2 International 2014

Day one at the main event has come to a close. The upper bracket was populated by some of the best teams in Dota 2, demonstrated by their previous performances in last week’s playoffs. But only one could make it all the way to the grand final, and the rest would be exiled to the lower bracket for one last chance at retribution.

What transpired was no less than phenomenal; a perfect start to this four day event.

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Heroes of the Storm progression overhaul incoming; introduces hero levels and artifacts

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Heroes of the Storm Level System

Heroes of the Storm is still evolving in its technical alpha; the latest announcement is that of a new leveling system. Players will not only have a player level, but individual levels for each hero. Increasing your hero level will unlock core gameplay features such as heroic abilities and talents, as well as cosmetic skins and mount variants.

Also announced is the introduction of artifacts, but their exact use is yet unclear. “We’ll have much more information to share on that in the coming days” promises the blog post.

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Adventurezator is a make-your-own point and click adventure game

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Adventurezator

Games that help you make games have been a novel idea for a while now, but Adventurezator takes it a step further. Using the power of Steam Workshop, players can create their own point and click adventures, and share them with the community. Everything is customisable too, including characters, environments and cutscenes.

It’s out on Steam Early Access in just a few days, on July 23rd.

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Doom was only shown off at QuakeCon to squash fears that id were in trouble, don’t expect to see it until next year

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Doom QuakeCon 2014

Yesterday Tim got to see Doom in action at QuakeCon. It was bloody. It was gory. It was carnage. It looked good. And that’s exactly the reason id Software showed the footage off: to stamp out the fears people seemed to be gathering that the developer was somehow in trouble and that Doom would be a failure. 

But that footage was a compromise. Id didn’t want to show anything off at all, especially to the public, but something had to be done about the murmurs. QuakeCon was chosen as the isolated showcase point, meaning everyone else must rely on word of mouth until the team feels the game is ready to unveil to the public. 

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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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