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Stockholm Syndrome: Why Scandinavia loves DreamHack

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DreamHack

If there were any worry that DreamHack would lose some of its unique allure in its move from the Swedish provinces to the capital, that doubt dissolved like the snow in Jönköping about a minute and a half after I lost my hotel keycard at the Stockholm Globe Arena.

I spent the 10 floor lift journey down to the lobby working up the grovel in my voice, but needn’t have bothered. 

“Are you at DreamHack?” asked the young blonde Swede at the desk, eyes brightening as his hands registered my new card. “I’m kind of a nerdy guy myself. What do you play?”

This is what DreamHack do: inclusive, wide-eyed events. Their feet are in PC gaming, and their heads filled with ideas for bettering eSports, the Scandinavian games industry, and themselves.

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World of Warcraft character transfers and changes discounted by 25%

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Warlords of Draenor: group friendly.

With World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor’s release date fast approaching you may find yourself all in a quandary. You want to start playing again along with all your friends but now they’re off on some other server and it’ll take ages to catch up if you start a new character. Wouldn’t it be great to just take your existing top level character and move it to another server?

Well, that wizardry has existed for years now but in preparation for the expansion’s release Blizzard are knocking 25% off the price.

It’s not just character transfers that are seeing a saving either.

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Risk of Rain patch 1.2 adds killer chef and Aliens-inspired Loader

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If Gordon Ramsey’s to be believed, chefs are angry people. They swear, shout, and hit things when they don’t get their way. Chefs haven’t always been this way so it’s a fair assumption that over time they’re getting worse.

Skip to the future-set side-scrolling roguelike Risk of Rain and Chef makes a lot more sense. He's one of the two new characters added in the 1.2 update. A killer robot cook, Chef throws cleavers, blasts flames from his chest oven, and lets you tear your enemies limb from limb.

Risk of Rain’s 1.2 update’s been a long time coming but when you see what’s in it you won’t be disappointed.

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Civilization: Beyond Earth review

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Civilization: Beyond Earth review

In Beyond Earth, Civilization has been unshackled, floating away from Earth, breaking free of its orbit and starting fresh on an alien world. This is Civilization, but in space: not Alpha Centauri 2, and without the iconic civilizations and leaders that usually makes Civ tick. 

It’s a good game, and one that will still see you, as it did me, binging until 3am, and the sinister alchemy of One More Turn syndrome lives on. But it’s nowhere near perfect, and strangely bland.

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Dota 2 players outnumbered all 99 other games on Steam's most-played list put together today

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Dota 2

Press releases eventually slide out of inboxes; promo deals come and go. But Steam’s stat page is forever - a slowly-shifting stone tablet of absolute truths. 

Dota 2 has sat undisturbed at its topmost peak for many months now, but this morning the MOBA claimed another quiet victory. If you’d totted up the total player numbers for every other Steam game on the top 100 most-played list, they still wouldn’t have matched Dota’s concurrent roster of heroes.

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Warframe Archwing update turns you into a rocket-powered space ninja

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warframe archwing update digital extremes

Warframe gave us space ninjas in 2013, a sizeable technological advance on 17th century Japan, and now they’ve gone and got jetpacks in the upcoming Archwing update. Which, by my maths, makes them about 18,027 times better.

Yes, Archwing’s going to let you fly around in deep space, dispensing ninja justice to robots and evil spaceships-alike. And for free.

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Assassin's Creed Unity system specs are as steep as Notre Dame

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Assassins Creed Unity

It’s going to be a cruel Christmas. Over in the console kingdom, developers have tired of pulling along owners of older machines, content to let customers slide backwards down the hill on their sleds if they won’t buy a new box. And in the PC province, system requirements have taken a sudden and uncomfortable lurch upwards, like so much rum butter in your oesophagus.

To Shadow of Mordor and The Evil Within add Assassin’s Creed Unity, which is calling for the head of your ageing graphics card to be separated from its body.

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Nvidia now support DSR scaling for GeForce GTX 500, 600 and 700 Series graphics cards

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The GeForce Experience app.

As an acronym, DSR sounds like a tabletop RPG publisher. And spelled out in words, as Dynamic Super Resolution, it only gets worse. But the refined downsampling tech from Nvidia can pull a sharper image from your PC without even an evening spent in set-up.

It deserves a wider audience, and that’s what it’s getting. If you own a GeForce GTX 400, 500, 600, 700 or 900 Series graphics card, you’re now in a position to benefit.

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Counter-Strike ushers in its Halloween Mask-erade with player ghosts and vengeful chickens

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

I suppose it’s testament to Payday’s appropriation of Dead Presidents chic that no other gun game can do masks without running the idea by Overkill first. Character models in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, one of the great PC first-person shooters, have been temporarily jujjed up with fancy dress disguises - some of which come courtesy of Team Fortress and Payday 2.

“BEWARE! For with all these treats, also come tricks,” write Valve. “On All Hollow’s Eve there is no more room in Chicken Hell.”

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Don't call them dreadnoughts: Fractured Space is a multiplayer ship combat game from the Strike Suit Zero team

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Fractured Space

It looks like Yager’s not the only developer putting together a team-based ship fighter with big ol’ capital ships blasting away at each other, some team behind Strike Suit Zero is at it too. They’ve formed a new studio, Edge Case Games, and their debut game, Fractured Space boasts tactical combat between massive ships on a “cosmic” scale. 

Ambitious.

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Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn is a 1-bit mystery, and you can play some of it right now

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Return of the Obra Dinn

Papers, Please developer Lucas Pope is letting everyone take his latest project, Return of the Obra Dinn, for an early spin. It’s a short demo, a teaser that will no doubt leave you with a few questions.

A first-person mystery, players take on the role of of an insurance investigator onboard the titular Obra Dinn, a ship thought lost at sea, but recently returned to London, absent crew. 

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Lords of the Fallen is a bit tricky, so Deck13 has broken down the mechanics in video form

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Lords of the Fallen

Lord of the Fallen previews have been popping up lately, including our own, where Jules called it a “ferocious and frustrating Dark Souls clone”. And he’s not the only one who has been having a few problems with it. 

In response to problems faced by streamers and previewers, as well as questions in comments and Twitch chat, developer Deck13 has put together a video breaking down the core mechanics of the game. 

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Unity

Unity co-founder and CEO steps out of the ring, tagging ex-EA boss John Riccitiello

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New Unity CEO

David Helgason, Unity’s co-founder and CEO, has stepped down and board member and ex-EA CEO John Riccitiello has been announced as his successor. Riccitiello was CEO of EA, after being President and Chief Operating Officer, but resigned last year. Since then he’s been dabbling in start ups and serving on boards, including Unity’s board of directors.   

Helgason won’t be leaving Unity, though, and will continue at the company as Executive Vice President of strategy and communications. 

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Judge dismisses securities fraud suit against EA; executives were just being optimistic

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Battlefield 4 lawsuit

Remember the lawsuits against EA and its executives over Battlefield 4? The securities fraud suit that appeared last year has been dismissed by a Federal judge. The suit claimed that EA’s top brass knew about all the problems with Battlefield 4 and then lied to investors by making public statements espousing the quality of the game. The judge disagreed. 

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Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

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World of Tanks Fury

You would not believe the fun you can have at tank museums. It was above the usual spot of a tank in the foyer of the Imperial War Museum that Wargaming CEO Victor Kislyi forlornly asked our Paul why schoolchildren were “not exposed to the beauty of tracked vehicles?”. And it was at the Polish Tank Museum that our Jules first saw a mother tank with her child.

Perhaps you can enjoy similar escapades to the PCGamesN team at the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, England. Wargaming are giving away a family ticket as part of a celebration of their new M4A3E8 Fury Sherman.

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Lords of the Fallen is a ferocious, and infuriating Dark Souls clone

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I’m about to be cut in half again.

I’m fighting Lords of the Fallen’s tutorial boss, the First Warden, and it’s teaching me about timing and positioning, largely by slicing me in two. Every time I make mistake either by attacking too soon or attacking too late, or positioning myself too close to the warden it’s game over. Often with a single blow.

I’m also about to be cut in half again because Lords of the Fallen has some serious flaws.

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