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How to rebuild a publisher: Atari on Haunted House and their future on PC

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Haunted House: Cryptic Graves

As I dial into a conference call with Atari COO Todd Shallbetter, my questions about the new Haunted House reboot fade away like a Graves residence ghoul. They’re replaced by a single, unignorable one: who the hell are you people, anyway?

Like the bright bead in Video Pinball, the Atari name has bounced about so often over the past three decades that it’s been impossible to follow. This is no longer the Atari who seared the image of an upside-down cheese string into the retinas of arcade-goers in the late ‘70s; nor the one that staved off a D&D drought in the noughties with Neverwinter Nights and The Witcher

So who are this iteration of Atari, and what do they want with the PC?

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Payday 2: The Diamond Heist trailer has Hitler and your new crew member

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Payday 2’s six-man crew’s soon to be joined by a another like-minded criminal. We don’t know much about Clover besides her Irish accent and that she bloody loves diamonds.

In the latest trailer for the upcoming The Diamond Heist update she tells us about one diamond in particular, one she calls the diamond.

It’s got quite the potted history.

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Microsoft’s Phil Spencer: “It's time for us to talk about gaming on Windows”

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It’s easy to feel that Microsoft, custodian of one of PC gaming’s biggest platforms, has being ignoring computer games for many years. Afterall, when their biggest contribution to the scene has been the troublesome Games for Windows Live, it’s not difficult to see Microsoft in a less-than-positive light.

Hopefully change is on the horizon, though. Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft Studios and the company’s Xbox division, has said that gaming on Windows will be a talking point in 2015. 

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STALKER Apocalypse is the new project from the devs who tried to make Areal

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Remember Areal? It was the domed Kickstarter project from West Games; a team supposedly made up of members who worked on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. The project went through a turbulent fundraising period and was eventually pulled.

But that hasn’t stopped West Games from dreaming the dream. They’re back, this time with a game pitch that’s even closer to nabbing them a copyright infringement ticket than ever before. Take a look at STALKER Apocalypse. 

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Source code for Doom’s 3DO port has been released online

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Doom 3DO port

Yesterday we all had a bit of a song and dance about Doom celebrating its 21st anniversary. That came with photos of its creative process, but today brings something a whole lot more technical: source code. In specific, the source code for Doom’s 3DO port. 

It also comes coupled with a short story by Rebecca Ann Heineman, the coder who was tasked with bringing Doom to the console. The transition from PC to console was certainly not a smooth one…

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Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition 1.3 sorts multiplayer; "We nailed all the little problems"

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Baldurs Gate II: Enhanced Edition

When we talked to Beamdog’s Trent Oster about Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, we were prepossessed with the future of D&D RPGs - but he was just as concerned about mistakes made in the past with one of the best RPGs on PC.

“We rushed Baldur’s Gate II out. It’s that simple. We rushed it and we screwed things up,” he told us. “1.3 fixes a ton of things. That thing is massive. The number of fixes in there is just insane.”

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Steam Holiday Auction: bid on 200k free games with recycled badges and inventory items

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Steam Holiday Auction

Valve appear to have opened a new game-recycling service ahead of the rumoured Steam Winter Sale. Not only can users purchase games, earn Steam trading cards through play and turn them into badges, backgrounds and emoticons - they can now break down those Steam Community items into gems and use the twinkly currency to bid on different games at auction.

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Oculus VR swallows up a three course meal of one mo-cap expert and two developers

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The news that there were still people not employed by Oculus VR did not go down well in the company's underground lair, which is also on the moon. That’s why the VR developer isn’t just hiring individuals, now, it’s swallowing up whole teams. You probably know someone working there now, or perhaps you are reading this from your office in the aforementioned underground layer. 

Today, Oculus VR announced three new acquisitions amounting to many brains that will be consumed by the virtual hive mind: Nimble VR, 13th Lab and mo-cap expert, Chris Bregler. 

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The Old City: Leviathan review

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The Old City: Leviathan review

The Old City: Leviathan is an post-apocalyptic first-person mystery, but in the same way that Symposium is a booze-up or Thus Spoke Zarathustra is about Zarathustra. Surface deep, it’s a slow, disquieting exploration of an industrial complex, absent all interactions but the ability to open doors. Chipping away at the rusty pipes and crumbling mortar, however, reveals something more intriguing.

Through corridors and dreams the game slowly spins its story, a mystery that’s never spelled out. It’s a detective yarn without a case, without a crime; witnesses are journals and torn pages, clues are found in the ramblings of dead philosophers. It’s obtuse, pompous and mostly just bewildering, but damn is it a fascinating puzzle.

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Zenimax explain Undaunted Pledges: The Elder Scrolls Online's latest round of dungeons

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Perhaps you’ve never been to an American university, and don’t put much stock in greek letters beyond alpha and beta. Then you, too, will have have been left wondering what a ‘pledge’ is. It turns out they’re dungeon quests handed out to warriors once they reach level 45, with the promise of soul gems and shoulder pieces fashioned from the remains of slain monsters.

They don’t show you that in the teen moves. But they’ve been introduced to The Elder Scrolls Online in Update 5, and elucidated at length by Zenimax.

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Valve have "rebuilt" classic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map Train

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive started the year with record numbers and expanding community prize pools, and has trundled on ever since to become a firm fixture of Steam’s upper-most-played list.

Some classic CS maps have aged in the meantime - but luckily, the track’s turned out to be one of those oval playset ones and we’ve come back around to Train. Valve have rebuild the memorable map to ensure it remains pretty and competitive in one of the best first-person shooters on PC.

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We’ve got 2000 Block N Load beta codes to give away

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Remember the days when you’d spend more time blasting apart the maps in a game of Worms than actually hunting down the enemy team? Those days can be relived in Block N Load, an insane multiplayer shooter where the environments shatter with every shot. Developer Jagex has let us lose with 2000 codes for the game’s closed beta which is happening right this second, and we want you to have them all. 

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Counter Logic Gaming fined $10,000 for poaching in League of Legends LCS

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Counter Logic Gaming, on of eSports’ largest organisations, has been fined a hefty $10,000 for breaking LCS rules. The eSports giant has been found guilty of attempting to ‘poach’ player William “Scarra” Li, a player for rival organisation Dignitas. 

The fine is the largest ever handed out by LCS, which highlights the severity of the case, and has been intensified by untruths told by Counter Logic Gaming’s bosses. 

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Elite: Dangerous’ “secret” has been discovered

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In the latest changelog for Elte: Dangerous, Frontier added a cryptic bullet point described only as a “secret”. Of course, with the game's millions of players hurtling through the universe, it hasn’t taken long for someone to stumble across it and bust the surprise wide open. 

If you want to discover if for yourself unsullied, don’t read any further. 

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GTA V Australia ban criticised by Take-Two boss: “If you don’t like it, then you don’t buy it”

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In the wake of Grand Theft Auto V being removed from the shelves of two Australian retailers, the game’s parent publisher Take-Two has spoken out, with president Karl Slatoff stating that the decision is against freedom of expression, and an act of a company making a decision for its entire customer base.

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