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I was put on trial in ArcheAge. My first punishment was to get naked

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ArcheAge Jury Bench

I only did it to finish my house; the trees were on public property too! But no, that didn’t stop the unlucky chap in the recently launched pirate-sandbox MMO, ArcheAge, from finding evidence of my crimes and reporting me to the law. Soon I was branded a criminal - I was “wanted”.

It wasn’t long before I got nicked either. A dangerous voyage out to sea forced me to clash swords with some unsavoury pirates. I lost - only to find myself awake in a holding cell.

“You will stand trial for your crimes once the jury has convened” said a popup message. But this jury wasn’t just your standard run-of-the-mill methodical NPC kind; my jury was comprised of real players, and they could speak.

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Crusader Kings 2's one million players average 99 hours of playtime

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Crusader Kings II

When Crusader Kings II launched in early 2012, I’d be surprised if anyone anticipated just how damn popular it would become. Paradox’s grand strategy titles had a strong following, but were niche, and the original Crusader Kings - despite being pretty damn unique - didn’t make much of a splash. 

Today, the Swedish publisher has revealed just how popular it's become. Crusader Kings II has been purchased over a million times. That’s a lot of people murdering their spouses and conquering the medieval world. 

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League of Legends Worlds 2014 begins; Riot make a hyper-cool cartoon for the occasion

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League of Legends

League of Legends Worlds begins today - the final leg of a year’s competitive lane-scuffling. Hosted in Singapore, this weekend’s group stages will feature teams from all over the world - and the best will be catching planes to Taiwan and Busan, South Korea before the grand finals in Seoul in October.

Riot Games have put together a cartoon fit to inaugurate this border-crossing, career-culminating melodrama, and they’ve called it ‘Warriors’. Have a watch: it is good.

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Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain footage starts with horseplay, ends in flames

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Metal Gear Solid 5

Today’s Metal Gear Solid 5 footage comes direct from the Tokyo Game Show. As such, only the Japanese-speakers among us will benefit from the developer commentary.

It’s hard to imagine any amount of commentary could explain the sight of a horse, strapped to a parachute, pinging high into the air. Or a spy climbing into a cardboard box to change his clothes. Or smokes that last for two days. But no language barrier will prevent us from enjoying every last bonkers bit of it.

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Kislyi Kart: World of Tanks is getting a limited-time-only race mode

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World of Tanks

Tracked vehicles are designed and built for very particular tasks, but goshdarnit if Wargaming aren’t determined to use them for every possible purpose. There’s a persistent games industry rumour that CEO Victor Kislyi takes an Aufklärungspanzer Panther to the supermarket. And he's greenlit this: a rally racing mode for bulky online shooter World of Tanks.

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Torment: Tides of Numenera footage suggests it'll be plane sailing til release

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Torment: Tides of Numenera

Wasteland 2 will pull its radiation-wracked bod onto Steam tomorrow, but InXile are already drawing your gaze toward another odd figure on the horizon. Built in the Pillars of Eternity engine, Torment: Tides of Numenera is the developer’s alterna-licensed Planescape sequel. This is the very first footage we’ve seen from it.

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Ripley's Believe It or Not: Team Fortress 2 gets Alien: Isolation items

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In the long list of things that the Alien series is known for, there are three things that rise to the top - elements that, if they didn’t exist, would make the films - and subsequently Alien: Isolation - less impactful. 

There’s the terror-inducing, nightmarish claustrophobia; the purposefully uncomfortable sexual overtones; and, of course, Team Fortress 2 hats. Yesterday number three would have been reserved for Ripley’s awesome perm, but no longer. 

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Blizzard's been tinkering away under World of Warcraft's hood

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While most residents of Azeroth are hungrily devouring information on all the cosmetic and design changes, along with the new Draenor region, being brought to World of Warcraft in the impending Warlords of Draenor expansion, Blizzard has not forgotten about the tinkerers. After all, there are two races dedicated to those with gear grinding and knob twiddling predilections. 

The developer has been doing a lot of work under the hood, and a new blog series - Engineer’s Workshop - begins today in an effort to break down the changes coming to World of Warcraft’s engine. First on the agenda is anti-aliasing. 

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Final Fantasy IV snuck onto Steam today

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Final Fantasy IV on Steam

Final Fantasy and PC gaming don’t tend to go hand in hand, yet on Steam, you can grab Final Fantasy III, VII, VIII, XI and XIV. That’s a lot of Roman numerals. When Cloud and chums arrived on Steam last year, the seventh outing was popular enough so that producer Yoshinori Kitase thought it would open the door to more iterations of the series landing on Valve’s big, all consuming platform. 

And he was right, because not long after, Final Fantasy III was summoned. So I’m unlikely to shock anyone by pointing out that its successor has also arrived on Steam. Indeed, the only real surprise is that Final Fantasy IV appeared today with absolutely no fanfare or fuss whatsoever.

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Feel the love: Nvidia is hosting a gargantuan global celebration of PC gaming tomorrow

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Nvidia rather likes PC gaming - which isn’t particularly surprising given how many of our PCs are powered by the developer’s tech. But on Thursday, the folks at Nvidia want to show you how much, exactly, they like it with a rather barmy 24 hour celebration that they're calling Game24.  

From London to Shanghai, there will be big live events along with a blow out online. Competitions, developer interviews, a very random assortment of celebrities, guest hosts, Dota 2 shenanigans and announcements from Nvidia and game devs are all being crammed into this 24 hour global party. 

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

When you and some friends get together on a Minecraft server, it’s basically a cosplay competition. Make sure you look the coolest buy turning up in a fab Minecraft skin. You could be a superhero, your favourite TV show character, or even a terrifying monster. Just don’t go as a regular Steve and pretend you're being ironic.  

To help you rocket to the top of the Minecraft fashion ladder, we've scoured the internet for the 100 best Minecraft Skins. Please peruse the catwalk below to find the right Minecraft skins for you. 

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Celebrate Elite's 30th anniversary by playing the remake for free

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Elite: The New Kind

In three days, Elite will be 30 years old. Games half that age are called old, so that must make Elite antediluvian. Elite: Dangerous dev Frontier Developments will be doing some celebrating, but separate from that, an unofficial remastered version of the original will be available for free. 

Programmer Christian Pinder put together the remake, Elite: The New Kind, back in ‘99, but copyright issues meant that it was taken down. With the birthday incoming, however, Elite co-designer Ian Bell has supported its return. 

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Planetary Annihilation review

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Planetary Annihilation review

Planetary Annihilation is massive. The armies - all robotic in nature - can be churned out at an amazing rate, growing into vast hordes; the maps are solar systems, complete with moons and planets, all gently spinning and circling their suns; and the devastation is on a scale that should be obvious from the RTS’ title. 

It could have been great. A new, bigger Total Annihilation or Supreme Commander for us to sink our teeth into. But it’s been tossed out the door long before it should have been, and it might as well still have that Early Access tag. 

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Weak at the knees: The Evil Within TGS trailer makes walking look exhausting

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The Evil Within

Walking is hard. That’s the message I’m getting from The Evil Within’s new gameplay trailer from the Tokyo Game Show. There’s the staggering, stumbling, falling over - and then a horribly scarred and stitched guy starts rambling on. Well, I don’t think I’m ever going to walk again. It’s awful. 

The trailer does contain a bunch of new footage from Shinji Mikami’s survival horror, though. so it might be worth getting put off walking. Take a look below.

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Ultraworld trailer unveils off colourful polygonal world for the exploring

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In the vein of Dear Esther and Gone Home, James Beech has made Ultraworld, an arresting game world you’re given to explore and find its secrets.

Ultraworld doesn’t feature “jumping, shooting, crafting, survival, Nazis, zombies, space marines, fetch quests, high scores, co-op, multiplayer, microtransactions, DLC, or DRM,” Beech says. What it does feature is “exploring, relaxing, and thinking.”

You need to see the trailer to understand why Ultraworld makes that quite so enticing a prospect.

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Alien: Isolation trailer reveals survivor mode. Challenge your friends to play with your predator

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Alien: Isolation is already a challenge, you’re being hunted by an AI alien that is stronger, faster, and, certainly in my case, smarter than you. Your weapons can’t kill it and your items can only ever distract it for a short while. So, naturally, Creative Assembly made a mode where it’s significantly more difficult.

Survivor mode pits you against the alien, limits your resources, and gives you a time limit. On the plus side you now get a lovely score at the end which you can compare with your friends.

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Flagship’s an Oculus Rift-focused RTS that puts you on the bridge of a starship

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Something the Oculus Rift, and the general surge of interest in VR, promises is a new perspective on classic genres - both figuratively and literally. Matt and Brad Jeffrey are doing just that for the RTS genre with their game, Flagship. It puts you in a first-person perspective on the bridge of a capital ship and leaves you to command your fleet against incoming enemy forces.

The shift to first-person gives you a completely different view of the battlefield as well as putting a focus on defending your flagship above all other ships under your command because without it you can’t lead.

To get a grasp on how impressive Flagship looks you really need to take a look at the Kickstarter pitch.

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Legend of Grimrock 2 trailer takes the dungeon crawler out of the dungeon

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Legend of Grimrock gave you a group of prisoners and through you into a mountaintop dungeon, forcing you to go through it level by descending level to you could escape at the mountain’s base. It was dark, dank, and very dungeony.

Its sequel shipwrecks you on a bright, colourful island. It’s quite the change and one well worth seeing in its latest trailer.

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Xbox One PC controller release date set for November

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Microsoft have finally finished work on their PC version of the Xbox One controller. It’s taken a surprisingly long time considering the console launched almost a year ago and essentially the difference between the pc controller and the console is the added presence of a USB wire but its arrival is very welcome.

While an exact release date hasn’t been announced we know it’s set to come out this November.

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter PC review

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Both Nvidia and AMD are preparing for 8K: “for the human eye that resolution is close to perfection”

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Total War: Attila revealed - where Winter, and Barbarians, are coming

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I've got Train Fever, and the only prescription is more trains

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Runescape has been around for over 13 years, and somehow it's still growing

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So PCGamesN are Steam Curators now - gizza follow for the best PC games of 2014

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Nvidia: “Titan sold way above our expectations”

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Train Simulator 2015 interview: “Oculus Rift is just perfect complementary technology for Train Simulator”

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How Crusader Kings 2 caught Paradox by surprise

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

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Planetary Annihilation review

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Gang Beasts Early Access review

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The Watch_Dogs DLC Bad Blood plays better than the base game

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What I wish Destiny had learned from PC games

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How much of Microsoft's $2.5 billion will Notch actually receive?

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Clockwork Empires Early Access review

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