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Star Wars: The Force Awakens' speeder bike has been spotted in SWTOR’s beta server

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It looks like Star Wars: The Old Republic is set to start introducing crossovers with the new trilogy of films. @SWTOR_miner found a version of the chunky speeder bike shown off in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer hidden away in SWTOR’s beta server’s data files.

It looks satisfyingly meaty compared to the speeders in the original trilogy which had a tendency to hit trees and explode.

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Making it in Unreal: visiting the afterlife with the Oculus Rift and Xing: The Land Beyond

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Xing: The Land Beyond

If there’s a sensation that comes easy to first-time VR users, it’s discomfort - and an early wave of developers have taken to the technology with the aim of unseating their audience. Valve have experimented with vertigo, and Rift-owning indies are racing to build claustrophobic horror games like Caffeine.

White Lotus are doing the opposite. Rather than accentuate the disorienting effects of virtual reality, they’d rather pitch for peace and serenity. Welcome to the afterlife: it’s got puzzles.

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Deus Ex modded to within an inch of its life in GMDX

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It wasn’t just the disapproving comments of Paul Denton that encouraged Deus Ex players to go pacifist: it was always a stonking stealth game, but a shocking shooter. 

Eidos Montreal fixed that with Deus Ex: Human Revolution, but Ion Storm’s original was left to suck up its AWOL reticule and uninspiring rifle roar. Though we never asked for it, we’re terribly pleased that modder CyberP has augmented Deus Ex’s gunplay and plenty else besides.

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CCGee-up: Wargaming want your World of Tanks Generals closed beta applications

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Do you regularly frequent the fields of an enthusiastically reimagined northern France in one of the best free games on PCWorld of Tanks? Consider swapping your howitzer for a brow(it)ser in the CCG spinoff, Generals. It’s a turn-based take on Second World Warfare played on the same platform as this very site.

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Thief voice actor will Russell something up for Underworld Ascendant

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The most recent Thief was strange in its own ways, but jettisoned much of what was unique about the games before it - Hammerites, Pagans, Keepers and even Stephen L. Russell, seasoned soft-talker and the voice artist formerly known as Garrett.

He will, however, claim a space in the Underworld Ascendant sound folder.

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Doom modder adds a selfie stick to the seminal shooter: "Screw #nofilter"

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Did you know? id originally planned to have their second-ever FPS open with Doomguy playing cards alongside his fellow Martian men-at-arms - right up until the demons burst in to break up the game.

Ultimately, they decided that there was no time for cards in this fastest of the shooty-bangers. But modders have belatedly gone back to add support for self-indulgence in Doom. We live in an age where World of Warcraft does selfies - and now the selfie stick has joined our marine’s armoury too.

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Hotline Miami and Talos Principle join Counter-Strike: Global Offensive music kit hit list

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For users determined to incorporate every aspect of their life into their Steam library, there’s the Steam Music Player - a means of dragging MP3s kicking and screaming into the great, grey client.

Counter-Strike music kits, in case you missed ‘em, are something different: custom replacements for the game’s main menu music and in-match noises: bomb warning, round end, death camera and so on. In addition to a number of eclectic kits from the music industry, the store now presents choice options from the world of indie games too.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic beefs up pirate planet flashpoints for level 60 players

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With Shadow Realms banished, Star Wars: The Old Republic has once again become the primary concern of BioWare Austin. Imagine each letter of its overlong name taking up an individual day in their calendar. And then repeating, for emphasis.

The MMO’s latest update, 3.1, finds pirate haven Rishi awash with blood yet again. Two co-operative flashpoints have been retuned to match the level 60 cap introduced in Shadow of Revan.

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Dota 2 sees over one million players concurrently for New Bloom event; servers struggle with load

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The players of Dota 2 have been enjoying the fruits of the latest content update, with the return of the New Bloom festival. With it, a new game mode has been made available, pitting teams and their tamed Year Beast against each other.

The mode and its rewards have attracted over one million concurrent players in fact.

Unfortunately, the game mode is only made available during limited 10-minute periods at random times throughout the day. The results have caused the Dota 2 network to either put players in lengthy queues, or crash altogether as everyone piles in to play the Year Beast Brawl.

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GTA IV iCEnhancer C preview video gives GTA V a run for its money

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Don't be fooled - this isn’t a real car in real life where things are real. This is instead a car inside Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto IV, after a healthy injection of life-like mod iCEnhancer. In the eternal pursuit to make the mod even more breathtakingly stunning, the chaps behind the mod have released a new video showing off even more improvements. And they're rather good.

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Diablo 3 Season 2 will begin as early as Feburary; patch 2.1.2 still in public testing

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Diablo 3 Season 2

Update: Season 2 has started! We've added all the new Season 2 items below for you to salivate over.

As Diablo’s first season comes to a close, Blizzard are keen to get started with the next. Season 2 will be coming as early as February 3rd, and with it comes a lot more than just a fresh start. Current seasonal characters will be transferred to the non-seasonal pool, and any items and paragon experience will also be carried over.

There’s also a new patch on the horizon, which is currently being tested on the Public Test Realm.

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Bioware are inviting PC players to try the next Dragon Age Inquisition patch

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Bioware are building a beta test program for Dragon Age Inquisition which will let a group of PC players play upcoming updates ahead of general release.

Bioware admit that their patches are being slowed down “due to the nature of the certification process” on consoles. “It can often still take weeks after developing a fix to release it on different platform”. PCs don’t have that problem so they’re looking to “foster better communication between our players and developers.”

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Celebrate Valentine’s day in Heroes of the Storm with the Anub'arak love bug skin

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I was once bitten by the love bug. It left me in ER with an erection for four hours. Drained the blood right from my head. To this day I still can’t pronounce the word oranges. That is why, frankly, I’m offended Blizzard would turn the love bug into an adorable skin for Anub'arak, the Heroes of the Storm champion.

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We’ve two swag bags of Escapists loot to giveaway. NO PUSHING!

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Inmate, county’s sent us through two swag bags to give away to the lucky prisoners of the PCGamesN populace. They include everything a convicted felon needs: jumpsuit, training hoodie, towel, and a copy of The Escapists.

Oh, and the all important bar of soap.

Do you have what it takes to earn one of these fine swag bags, inmate?

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Blizzard to announce "bold new heroes, exciting new cards and epic new battlegrounds" at PAX East

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Blizzard looks to be set for big reveals at PAX East. The studio’s scheduled a panel for Dustin Browder, Eric Dodds and Jeff Kaplan, the game directors Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch respectively.

The schedule blurb says to expect "bold new heroes, exciting new cards and epic new battlegrounds."

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Just Cause 3 trailer shows beautiful explosions in the eye of the beholder

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Just Cause 3 was revealed a little over three months ago and since then we’ve not seen it in motion, only through pretty, pretty screenshots. Today’s trailer continues that trend but it’s still a very nice trailer that gets to the heart of what makes Just Cause tick: explosions.

Big, smoke-belching explosions.

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Planetside 2’s creative director has resigned

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Last week SOE broke off from Sony and formed Daybreak Game Company, with the help of investment firm Columbus Nova. They retained control of Planetside 2, EverQuest, and H1Z1. Earlier this week a number of staff were laid off, including the Dave Georgeson and Steve Danuser, EverQuest’s franchise lead and lead content designer respecitvely.

Now Planetside 2’s creative director, Matt Higby, has resigned from the studio, saying “This is a move I've been considering for a while now, and the reorganization provided the right opportunity for me to exit.”

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Crusader Kings 2 most diligent player’s racked up 10,500 hours of play

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Homer foresaw Crusader Kings 2 when he wrote the Odyssey. Writing for a world that couldn’t handle it at the time, he dressed up the regency simulator as an island filled with addictive lotus flowers. Anyone who ate the flowers gave up on a life off the island, forgetting their loved ones and responsibilities.

Because Homer’s warning went unheeded one Crusder Kings 2 player has racked up more than 10,500 hours on the game.* It’s not just them, the average player has more than 99 hours of player under their belt.

Bloody, Homer, you could have saved these people.

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This Space Hulk: Deathwing trailer has more mariachi bands then you’d expect

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The latest trailer for Space Hulk: Deathwing’s doesn’t show in-game footage, instead opting for a fancy panoramic of space marine on genestealer violence. Yet, from what I’ve seen of the game in action, this trailer isn’t far off for the detailed violence you’ll find in the final game.

Most puzzling is the trailer’s score, rather than organs and foreboding, StreumOn Studio have gone with a Swedish mariachi band. It’s sort of brilliant.

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