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EA hire eBay exec as their new CTO to help improve their games "as live services"

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eBay HQ: photographed by Coolcaesar, distributed under GFDL.

EA have made a Chief Technology Officer of an eBay veteran, the company revealed last night. Ken Moss comes from eBay’s Seattle office, where he headed up their Marketplace Technology, Science and Data organisation.

Moss will be responsible for overseeing the digital platform that has fuelled EA’s shift to “games as live services” - a move they’ve visibly struggled with over the past year.

“My goal is simple,” writes Moss on his LinkedIn page. “to create services that make people’s lives better.”

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World of Warcraft's art director unveils Draenei 2.0

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Warlords of Draenor Draenei

The vanilla races of Azeroth are getting a pretty major aesthetic overhaul with World of Warcraft’s fifth expansion, Warlords of Draenor, but some of the newer races are getting a quick nip tuck too. 

The latest Artcraft reveals the male Draenei’s new look. It’s a much subtler change than what’s been done to the original races.

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Shocking: Raiden will fight in Mortal Kombat X

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Raiden in Mortal Kombat X

Shocking absolutely nobody, Christopher Lambert Raiden, the silver-haired thunder god, is one of Mortal Kombat X’s violent roster. The hat-loving deity has three fighting styles, allowing players to switch between ending combos with devastating electric blasts, teleporting around and trolling enemies, and planting bombs. The sneaky bugger. 

Check out the old fella in action below. 

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Payday 2 director leaves Overkill and AAA to start an indie studio and subvert genres

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Payday 2 director leaves

Payday 2 game director David Goldfarb has left Overkill Software and AAA development behind. He’s making his own indie studio in Stockholm, where he hopes to subvert genres and have complete creative freedom. 

“I knew that at some point the thing that I always wanted was to make my own thing,” Goldfarb told Polygon. “It doesn't matter who I work with: the desire was never to make other people's games, no matter how good they are.”

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Wales Games Development Show 2014 Report

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Report on the events from the Wales Games Development Show and some of the games and talks that featured during the day.

Assassin's Creed Unity celebrates Bastille Day with murder

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Assassin's Creed Unity Bastille Day

While the French celebrate Bastille Day, remembering the storming of the Bastille and the subsequent uprising, the rest of us can just watch a new Assassin’s Creed Unity trailer, showing off new single-player footage and lots of jumping and murdering interspersed with hyperbolic accolades from E3. 

Take a gander at the video below. 

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Arma 3's Bootcamp update will get you ready for battle

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Arma 3 bootcamp

Listen up, maggots. Arma 3 received an update today that will turn you into battle-ready soldiers instead of the pitiful, sad excuse for soldiers that you are now. The Bootcamp update introduces new single and multiplayer tutorials, a virtual reality training sim and the Virtual Arsenal, which lets you view equipment, weapons and soldiers in a VR space.

Get clued up with the video below.  

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Best PC Games of 2014

The best PC games of 2014 so far

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Wolfenstein: The New Order

UPDATE: We've just added even more PC games to our now-bustling list of 2014's greatest. Now included are the best PC games released between April and July 2014. Think we've missed something? Drop us a comment below!

2014 is already shaping up to be a classic year for PC gaming. Not for us, the parched early months of the console cycle; where publishers and developers save up all their releases for the end of year. Already, in the first half of 2014, we’ve seen the release of new classics: games that will stand the test of time. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up the best games of 2014 so far. We’ll have more to add as the year continues.

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What does an indie MOBA look like? Meet Lightbulb Crew's Games of Glory

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Games of Glory tackles lore in a crowdsourced fashion quite unlike other MOBAs.

EA. Blizzard. Deep Silver. Crytek. Warner Brothers. All monied publisher-developers with MOBAs on the horizon. And above them all, unchallenged at the top table, sit Riot Games and Valve.

Is there any room for a young indie studio with a fun idea to contribute to this most conservative of genres? Lightbulb Crew are about to find out. They’ve built a game named Games of Glory, and come armed only with ambition and a curious definition of the genre: “a mix of golf and Ultimate Fighting - and football”.

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How Team 17 very nearly lost the Worms license to a publisher in the '90s

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The rather more recent Worms Revolution.

We’ve become used to developers alluding to cruel and crippling contracts they’ve signed with publishers in their pre-Kickstarter pasts. But we’re rarely privy to their particulars.

It’s tough to imagine a deal harsher than that Team 17 signed for Worms in the late ‘90s. The endless PC game that has kept the British studio going all these years was almost lost to a third-party - and only saved after the studio beat a sales target by 1.7 percent.

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Fanfare for Firefall: Red 5's MMO shooter is on Steam now, unlocks July 29

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Red 5 are aiming for a larger server population than this come Firefall launch.

In the last year, we’ve seen Firefall PvP taken offline, Red 5 CEO Mark Kern dismissed by his board of directors, and a $23m funding boost to Firefall’s development. In fact, Firefall has been developed and redeveloped enough times now that you’d be forgiven for assuming it’d been released already somewhere along the line. 

But it deserves a bit of trumpeting. Full-time MMO, part time competitive shooter, Red 5 Studios’ debut can claim to be not quite like anything else in either genre. Perhaps you’ll consider playing it for nothing in just over two weeks' time.

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The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 4 is called Amid the Ruins, now "within arm's reach"

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The Walking Dead Season 2, and a not-so-helpless Clementine.

Within Arm’s Reach could be the name of the next Walking Dead episode, couldn’t it? A perfectly ominous fit for this series so often about hope snatched away. You'll remember The Walking Dead Season 2: A House Divided drove our Fraser to whisky and cigarettes.

In actuality, though, episode four in titled Amid the Ruins - and “within arm’s reach” is simply Telltale’s way of telling us it’ll be on Steam shortly.

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Alien: Isolation's cast-reuniting pre-order DLC will be available after launch too

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Alien: Isolation stars Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen.

Creative Assembly set the standard for pre-order DLC last week with the announcement of two Alien: Isolation missions: sourced directly from 1979 Alien’s third act and featuring the determined tenor of Sigourney Weaver for the first time ever in a vidyagame.

But some were understandably peeved that the missions necessitated a pre-review purchase or deals with retailers they’d never normally cross the front page of. Thankfully, Creative Assembly have admitted that both missions will be available elsewhere after the game’s release.

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MMORPG's Revolution: ArcheAge

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Alright here we go! Whooray! A new MMORPG is coming out. Oh wait, it's another themepark MMO. Yet another disappointing year for MMORPGs huh? Think again! With the upcoming Closed Beta events for ArcheAge looming in the corner, one can be certain that a revolution is coming for...

Valve’s Erik Johnson on The International: “a lot of the same things could be applied directly to Counter-Strike”

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counter-strike international

With Dota 2’s The International in full swing, Valve have to be looking at their other games and thinking they could, too, have a massive tournament. According to Erik Johnson, one of Valve’s business development authorities, “a lot of the same things [that work for The International] could be applied directly to Counter-Strike.”

He didn’t “have anything to announce right now” but “the guys working on Counter Strike have made a lot of progress on supporting the professional community.” It sounds like they might be gearing up to it.

I mean, Valve have already made more than $30 million from Compendium sales, the digital item

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Gamefy apologise for leaking Team DK's tactics at The International

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gamefy the international

Gamefy have apologised for its camera crew at this year’s Dota International, saying they “entered and began filming the player’s rooms without the permission of Valve and Team DK.” The footage they uploaded contained DK’s drafting strategy for their upcoming match against Evil Genius.

While DK still won their game against Evil Genius, Weibo user Dr_Kleiber wrote to Valve saying that “DK’s core strategy and their drafting ideas has been completely exposed in this video, which would put them in a very negative situation in their following games not only against EG but also against other teams.” And calls for a strict penalty against the company.

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Steam error means The Red Solstice launches with 2 for 1 offer. Last day to take advantage

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The red solstice ironward

You may only want one copy of The Red Solstice but those pesky developers are forcing, yes forcing, you to get two copies at a heavily discounted price.

Due to an error in Steam’s listings, the double pack edition of Red Solstice has gone up at the price of a single copy. On top of that it was having a 40% off sale this weekend. Meaning you can get two copies of the tactical co-op survival game for just £11.40.

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