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First Cities: Skylines patch arrives, kills bugs, adds a film grain slider and nerfs parks

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Cities: Skylines 1.0.6b has just gone live on Steam, addressing a small pile of bugs and technical issues with the charts-dominating, doing-it-right, apple-of-our-eye city simulator.

It's all fairly benign stuff, such as "fixed pedestrian bridge color slightly wrong from far distance", but hey, if your pedestrian bridges have been frustratingly off-hue of late, now you can finally relax.

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Hearthstone's director discusses Blackrock Mountain dragon cards, and why Blizzard won't nerf Dr. Boom

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Hearthstone's second adventure, Blackrock Mountain, launches in April. It's all about dragons and the wonderful things that dragons can do.

For example some of these tricksy new dragon cards, according the game's director Eric Dodds, can even affect cards in play while sitting in your hand. It's a game-twerking change that will shake even seasoned players to their molten core.

I had a chat with Dodds about the upcoming changes in Blackrock Mountain, and whether or not Blizzard can anticipate the sorts of heavily optimised powerdecks that are undoubtedly waiting in the (dragon) wings.

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CCP promise less hype and more substance: "Frankly we're going to talk a little less"

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Eve: Online is a decade young, and past Fanfests have found CCP vocally confident about their plans for the next 10 years. But public planning leads inevitably to disappointment, and Icelandic CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson has lately instilled a new company philosophy: keep schtum until there's something to talk about.

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Eve: Valkyrie designed to be "the best competitive multiplayer game in VR, and that's it"

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Eve: Valkyrie

The striking Eve: Valkyrie footage that emerged from Fanfest today concerned a single player mission. But it’ll be one of very few, intended as tutorials for the real heart of the game - dogfighting with and against other players online.

“We want to be the best competitive multiplayer game in VR, and that’s it,” said exec producer Owen O’Brien. “If anything isn’t contributing towards that, we’re not doing it.”

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CCP have four VR prototypes in the works beyond Eve: Valkyrie

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Two Eve Fanfests ago, CCP showed a space dogfighting prototype named Eve VR; such was the reception, they’ve since devoted a 30-plus team in Newcastle to the task of turning it into an Oculus Rift launch title: Eve: Valkyrie.

It’s a process the company are hoping to repeat at their Atlanta and Shanghai studios - where four contrasting VR prototypes are currently in development.

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Eve Valkyrie trailer will make you lose your cool; sign up for the pre-alpha now

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We’ve all known for a while that Eve Valkrie - the VR dogfighting game set in the Eve Online universe - was pretty special, but the latest trailer shown off at Eve Fanfest 2015 in Iceland really does confirm it. If you love yourself a good set of spaceships, direct your eyes this way and leave a suitable amount of space below your head for jaw-drop. 

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Watch a game of Blood Bowl 2 being played, see some Orks get smashed

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Blood Bowl 2 is a hyper-violent fantasy take on American Football, a turn-based sports game in which players can be mauled and beaten and splatted with magic and fists.

Here's Julian's preview, which is a resoundingly positive reaction to Cyanide's much-anticipated sequel. But if you're rather treat your eyeballs more directly, Cyanide has just released a short video showing the course of an abridged match, as she is played.

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Carmageddon: Reincarnation will launch on April 23rd

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Stainless Games has announced that its pedestrian-smushing arcade racer Carmageddon: Reincarnation will fully launch on April 23rd, almost a whole month later than the previously announced release date of March 27th. 

The studio also released a new trailer, showing lots of people getting splatted by cars, which is both big and clever, in case you were wondering.

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Minecon 2015 tickets will go on sale on March 27th

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Minecon 2015 announced

Mojang, developer of the popular videogame known as "Minecraft", has just announced ticket details for Minecon 2015, which will take place in London's ExCeL Convention Centre this July.

Tickets will go on sale on March 27th and 28th, and attendees will be gifted capes. Capes for all. All kinds of capes, falling from the convention centre ceiling like confetti. Capes!

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TxK's PC port has been cancelled due to a copyright violation claim from Atari

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TxK PC port cancelled

Llamasoft founder and developer Jeff Minter released TxK, a cracking shmup, for PS Vita last year. It did well, and Minter was planning on bringing it to other platforms including PC. Lamentably, Atari and its lawyers are having none of that, and are accusing Minter of violating the copyright on Atari-published Tempest 2000. 

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Nvidia's Pascal GPU architecture will be 10 times faster than Maxwell

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Nvidia explains Pascal

At GTC, the GPU Technology Conference, last year, Nvidia announced its new “next-gen” GPU architecture, Pascal. Yesterday, at this year’s conference, NVIDIA CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang revealed its key features

Three years of R&D have gone into its development, and there are some impressive numbers that show why Huang was getting so excited about it on stage. 

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Elite: Dangerous' new space station is named in memory of Terry Pratchett

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Elite: Dangerous Terry Pratchett tribute

Last week was made rather gloomy by the passing of Discworld author and PC game-lover, Sir Terry Pratchett. I got sad and lost myself in memories of adventure game spin-off, Discworld Noir, but the lovely folk at Frontier Developments got a bit more creative in their salute to him.

Terry Pratchett now has a space station named after him. 

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Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for pirates as well as legitimate users

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Attempts to curb software piracy have been conciliatory lately. Less and less are pirates being blamed for poor sales of software, and instead measures are being taken to bring them back into the paying customer fold. Paradox is trying to tempt pirates into buying Cities: Skylines by offering lots of free updates on Steam, for instance, but Microsoft is taking it one step further. 

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Game of Thrones: Episode 3 poster teases dragons and more from The Night’s Watch

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Telltale has started building some hype for the third episode of its Game of Thrones adventure game, which should be releasing in the near future. The poster image the developer has released today features artwork illustrating a fire-breathing dragon, suggesting the episode may be the game debut of Daenerys Targaryen. 

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Civilization 3 has multiplayer again thanks to new Steam update

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When GameSpy shut down last year, a large number of games lost multiplayer support thanks to their reliance on the service. One of these games was Civilization 3, and since the closure the game has gone without any kind of multiplayer. Those days are finally over though, thanks to a new patch from 2K that uses Steam to enable multiplayer. 

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Verona sends you treasure hunting in the 22nd century with a Firefly-inspired crew

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You’ve only got to mention Joss Whedon’s Firefly and a thousand ears are suddenly paying attention. Well now I’ve got your attention: how’d you fancy an action-adventure game set in the 22nd century, inspired by Firefly and Shakespeare, about an extraction crew picking clean the corpse of a long-abandoned earth? 

That’s what Verona’s all about, and it sounds gorram shiny. 

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Making it in Unreal: meet Barrage, the game where you fire planets at each other

Barrage

Making it in Unreal: meet Barrage, the game where you fire planets at each other

Weekend Deal Dump: 2K and Sega fight to the death

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: 2K and Sega fight to the death

Ashes of the Singularity is an RTS where getting across the largest map takes an hour

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is an RTS where getting across the largest map takes an hour

Having Lots of Sex With Men in Videogames: Part Two

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Reign of Kings Early Access review

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Alienware Alpha review: why you should wait for the real Steam Machine

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Hands on with the Dirty Bomb closed beta

Pillars of Eternity review

Pillars of Eternity

Pillars of Eternity review

Evolve's Behemoth monster adds some rock and roll to the hunt

Evolve

Evolve's Behemoth monster adds some rock and roll to the hunt

Distant terror in Noct, Devolver's creepy top-down shooter

Noct

Distant terror in Noct, Devolver's creepy top-down shooter

Topic of the Week: What game would you use to introduce someone to PC gaming?

Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: What game would you use to introduce someone to PC gaming?

We've got 500 Stronghold Crusader 2 DLC keys in Castle PCGamesN, and we're giving them away

Stronghold Crusader 2

We've got 500 Stronghold Crusader 2 DLC keys in Castle PCGamesN, and we're giving them away

Making it in Unreal: meet AIPD - a Geometry Wars genremate with 100,000 possible modes

AIPD

Making it in Unreal: meet AIPD - a Geometry Wars genremate with 100,000 possible modes

Eve: Valkyrie hands-on: how it's changed

EVE Valkyrie

Eve: Valkyrie hands-on: how it's changed

Weekend Deal Dump: Bundles, as far as the eye can see

Weekend Deal Dump

Weekend Deal Dump: Bundles, as far as the eye can see

Dust 514 developers talk Project Legion:

Project Legion

Dust 514 developers talk Project Legion: "New Eden deserves a PC shooter"

Battlefield Hardline PC review

Battlefield Hardline

Battlefield Hardline PC review

Competition: We’ve two bundles of Fury goodies to give away to World of Tanks fans

World of Tanks

Competition: We’ve two bundles of Fury goodies to give away to World of Tanks fans

Gigantic is the genre-breaking shooter you'd expect from the designer of StarCraft and Guild Wars

Gigantic

Gigantic is the genre-breaking shooter you'd expect from the designer of StarCraft and Guild Wars

Hearthstone's director discusses Blackrock Mountain dragon cards, and why Blizzard won't nerf Dr. Boom

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone's director discusses Blackrock Mountain dragon cards, and why Blizzard won't nerf Dr. Boom

We're giving away £2000 worth of games right now

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We're giving away £2000 worth of games right now

We Happy Few looks great, but is open-world survival getting stale?

We Happy Few

We Happy Few looks great, but is open-world survival getting stale?

Tales from the Borderlands PC review

Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands PC review

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Topic of the Week

Topic of the Week: Do you have time for 100-hour games?

Frame-by-frame slaughter in Ronin, an indie stealth action game

Ronin

Frame-by-frame slaughter in Ronin, an indie stealth action game

Gratuitous Space Battles 2: You can fill space with searing neon death

Gratuitous Space Battles 2

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Squad

Making it in Unreal: Project Reality veterans shoot for more with Squad

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