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Team Fortress 2 now lets players treat themselves to an early Halloween

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Team Fortress 2

You won’t miss Halloween in Team Fortress 2 when it comes - there’ll be an exceptional comic, and a funny blog post, and maybe one of those webpages that changes as you scroll through it.

But if you like, you can start early. Valve have pushed out a new TF2 update that unlocks the use of spells and cosmetic items usually reserved for the holiday.

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Paranautical Activity un-launches on Steam after creator threatens to kill Gabe Newell

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A demon looms in the pixelated darkness over the player's first-person perspective in a dark blue-black room.

Update: Maulbeck has issue an apology, and is leaving Code Avarice. 

Paranautical Activity developer Mike Maulbeck has always had a tempestuous relationship with Valve and Steam, but the antagonism — and consequences — hit a new peak as Valve removed his game from the Steam store after Maulbeck apparently tweeted, “I am going to kill gabe newell [sic]. He is going to die.”

That went over about as well as you might expect.

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Uber cancels its Human Resources Kickstarter: "We simply don’t have the human resources"

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Human Resources cancelled

Uber Entertainment has been unable to replicate Planetary Annihilation’s Kickstarter success with the studio’s new RTS project, Human Resources. As of today, the Kickstarter has been cancelled.

Human Resources would have seen giant robots and elder gods fighting over Earth in a bid for domination. While the promise of two ridiculous, asymmetrical factions; destructible cities, where buildings can be ripped out of the ground and used as weapons; and battles featuring hundreds of units intrigued backers enough to net the campaign almost $400k in pledges, it looked like the project wasn’t going to come close to its $1.4 million goal. 

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Play Civilization V for free while you pre-load Beyond Earth

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Civilization: Beyond Earth is due out this Friday, and pre-loading on Steam has already started, so you can be ready to jump in the moment it launches if you’ve already thrown money at Firaxis. 

In the mean time, you can go back in time and back to Earth with Civilization V, which is free on Steam until Thursday. Beyond Earth is Civ V on an alien world, essentially, so the game will be a good primer. 

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In The Evil Within, even gods can be decapitated

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The Evil Within God Mode

The Evil Within’s PC port might have been a bit guff, but the debug wizardry ensures that it is at least a bit better than the console versions. 

It’s rubbish that you need to use it to change the aspect ratio (by zooming in, of all things) or unlock the framerate, but you can also cheat, and that’s nice. One cheat transforms Detective Castellanos into an immortal, which has an unexpected side effect. 

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Prepare for BlizzCon 2014 by joining a Hearthstone or StarCraft II fantasy league

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BlizzCon fantasy leagues

BlizzCon 2014 is close, kicking off on November 7th, and to celebrate the big fan event, Blizzard and ESL have teamed up to create the BlizzCon ESL Fantasy League for StarCraft II and Hearthstone. 

While Hearthstone and StarCraft pros will be duking it out at BlizzCon, you can relax at home, on the sofa, and set up your own fantasy team. If you make the right picks, you might end up winning some prizes, too. You won’t be showered in gold, but you will be able to win a plushie. The latter hurts less when it lands on you.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition - Catching up with Cassandra

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Dragon Age: Inquisition

You’ll probably remember Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Cassandra as Varric’s irritable interrogator from Dragon Age II. While she missed all the action in that game, instead playing catch up, in Inquisition she’ll be one of your party members. 

Miranda Raison, who lends her voice to Cassandra, explains how she’s changed since we last saw her, and confesses that she fancies her a wee bit. Take a gander at the video below. 

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Clockwork Empire update means stew no longer requires eyes to boil

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You’ve probably heard the saying that a watched pot never boils. Not in Clockwork Empires, at least, not initially. Workers had to stare at pots, for them to cook, presumably radiating some kind of dark, Lovecraftian energy. However, irradiated stew is no longer! The latest Clockwork Empires patch means cooks don’t have to intently watch the pot.

Other changes mean that colonists will no longer have conversations with cultist murderers and the enemy AI's been overhauled, too.

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XCOM: Enemy Within Long War mod ramps up the difficulty till you cry

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The developers of Long War, a mod for XCOM: Enemy Within, aren’t messing around. They’ve “removed every bit of code [they] can find that cheats for the player on the lower difficulties.” They’re looking to make XCOM more difficult and the alien invasion more realistic.

Some of the changes they’ve managed to make are incredible, especially considering Firaxis haven’t released any mod tools.

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Minecraft has now sold 17 million copies on PC

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Minecraft 1.8

The newly Microsoft-owned Minecraft passed 17 million sales over the weekend, Mojang announced in characteristically casual fashion this morning.

“Not sure if this continues to be noteworthy,” tweeted Minecraft Realms developer Marc Watson.

Of course, Minecraft sales are noteworthy as long as we can drudge up the figures of famous games it's outsold. Let's get to it.

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How Battlefield Hardline has got better since beta

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Battlefield Hardline

We’d originally expected to be holding down left-click to read a perp’s rights to them before Christmas - but early beta feedback was so sharp-tongued that Battlefield Hardline was delayed into 2015.

There’ll be another Battlefield Hardline beta before launch, in which we’ll get to test everything Visceral have changed about the shooter since June. Executive producer Steve Papoutsis says we can expect new approaches to all sorts: especially heavy weapons, faction distinction and recoil.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare system requirements are after your hard drive spacey

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

The future of geopolitical double-jumping is almost upon us. Sledgehammer have kitted out the Steam page for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in preparation for its release in two weeks’ time. Most notably, they’ve handily affixed a bunch of specifics about what needs to be on the inside of your PC to run it.

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Killing Floor celebrates Halloween with evil, demented killer toys and new maps

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Killing Floor Halloween

Tripwire are up to their old tricks again by releasing two new maps and an official mod pack to celebrate that scary time of year, Halloween. Club Cladestine is a nightclub themed map, but you won’t find people dancing. Instead it’s filled with torture devices that have been put to good use by its new zombie denizens.

There’s also Devil’s Dollhouse, which when combined with the new Toy Master Mod creates a meddlesome concoction. Zeds are replaced by bloodlusted toys of twisted porcelain varieties. If you want to check it out for yourself, we’ve got the trailer below.

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Londinium's burning in this new Total War: Attila siege battle trailer

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Total War: Attila

The next Total War game, Attila, is going to be exceedingly good at burning things if this new trailer is anything to go by. Creative Assembly more aptly call it “Dynamic Fire Simulation”: fires can break out from burning projectiles, and spread from building to building according to the weather conditions. 

Sieges themselves now possess multiple “escalation states” too. Conduct your attack early, and you’ll face the full might of the defenders; with robust walls and high morale. If you prolong your siege however, the environment and defenders will slowly start to wilt; things may be already burning before you fire a single arrow.

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