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Multiplay on their post-buyout future and turning GAME into the "Costa of gaming"

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Multiplay

You might well know Multiplay, the 50-odd strong Hampshire team with servers propping up some of Steam’s biggest games, a hand in Minecon, and their own wildly successful UK LAN festival in Insomnia.

“We’ve kind of gone from the best company you’ve never heard of, to suddenly everyone knows us,” said Craig Fletcher, who founded Multiplay 18 years ago.

But even now, the one-time worst-known company in the industry has more of a hand in PC gaming than most of us realise. Very few of us will be unaffected by the £20 million purchase of Multiplay by UK retailer GAME - and Fletcher’s subsequent plans for publishing, a “Costa of gaming”, and eSports both grassroots and global.

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Watch some war in the Act of Aggression pre-alpha trailer

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Act of Aggression pre-alpha trailer

There’s some big talk from Eugen Systems, creators of the Wargame series and Act of War. The strategy developer aims to launch us back into the RTS “Golden Era” with a sort-of-sequel to Act of War, Act of Aggression. 

Some pre-alpha gameplay has escaped from the studio in the form of a new trailer, so why don’t you take a look? 

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Valve

Hands-on with Valve's amazing VR demo: the holodeck is here

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The most important part of Valve’s stunning VR demonstration at GDC wasn’t the headset. I think that, in a blind test between the HTC Vive and the current version of the Oculus Crescent Bay developer kit, you’d struggle to tell the difference. 

What mattered was the controller, and the two black boxes that make it work: the lighthouse. 

Combined, they create the most convincing, mind-bending, hilarious and emotional presentation of the future of games I could imagine. 

Valve have built a holodeck. It’s exactly as good as you think it is. 

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Cities: Skylines becomes Paradox's biggest selling game at release; 250,000 copies sold

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Cities: Skylines

Paradox’s superb city-builder, Cities: Skylines has become the company's most successful title at launch. The game sold over 250,000 copies within its 24 hour release window, more than any other Paradox game, ever. The achievement has put wide grins on both developers Colossal Order, and Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester.

“We knew that we had a great game on our hands.” Wester said in a press release. “Our congratulations and thanks must also go to developer Colossal Order for making what is being widely described as the new benchmark of the city building genre.”

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League of Legends champion spotlight tells the tale of Bard, and how to use him

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League of Legends Bard Champion Spotlight

The newest League of Legends champion is Bard: a roaming support. He’s rather unique, in that he has two unique passives, the ability to shackle and stun enemies together or against walls, heal his allies with health packs and leap himself and his team through solid terrain. If that hasn’t made your jaw drop, then wait till you hear about his ultimate - it makes anyone affected completely immune to all damage, allies, enemies and neutrals alike.

Riots latest champion spotlight deconstructs each of Bard’s new abilities, and we’ve got it below to help you make sense of this cosmic spirit.

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Pokémon creators Game Freak debut on PC with Tembo the Badass Elephant

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Tembo the Badass Elephant

Game Freak are making their debut on PC with a new 2D over-the-top side-scroller, all about Tembo, the Badass Elephant. Partnering with Sega, who will publish the game, Game Freak have set down a digital release for summer this year.

We’ve got a trailer of the game in action, and it’s explosive to say the least.

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Evolve 1.1 fixes pesky bugs and adds an FOV slider

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Evolve 1.1

Turtle Rock’s co-operative, asymmetrical monster hunting shooter, Evolve, has leveled up today with the launch of version 1.1. It’s a slightly boring update with a few bug fixes, but there are two things that stand out. There’s an FOV slider now, and the pesky persistent mouse cursor bug should be fixed. The latter was especially annoying, always hovering there, mocking me.

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Stalled: Project CARS won't be released in March

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Project CARS delayed again

Early 2014, November 2014, March 17th, April 2nd – the one thing these dates have in common is Project CARS. They’ve all been the game’s release dates and windows. Last month the release date was pushed back from March to April because small adjustments were being made. 

It sounds like the adjustments ended up needing to be a little bigger, because it has been pushed back yet again, by another month. 

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Titanfall's season pass DLC is now entirely free

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Titanfall season pass free

I bounced off Titanfall pretty quickly. I liked the pilot gameplay well enough, but those Titans and I simply never saw eye-to-eye. I don’t have a go-to only shooter at the moment, however, so I was considering giving it another shot. The problem? By now, anyone still playing probably has all the season pass content, and I do not. 

Well, it would have been a problem if EA and Respawn hadn’t gone and knocked the entire price off the whole season pass for the game’s anniversary. You can pick it up now for free on Origin

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Age of Wonders 3 is getting a massive second expansion: Eternal Lords

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Age of Wonders 3: Eternal Lords announced

Age of Wonders III is only a year old, but it’s already getting ready for its second expansion. It’s a game that acts like it’s from another age, where sprawling 4X fantasy games could find publishers and where they got meaty expansions bordering on the size of the original. 

Eternal Lords is beefy. Two new races, the Tigrans and Frostlings, a new class, the Necromancer, and new depth to empire management and diplomacy – which were both a bit slim in the base game – offer up a lot of potentially good reasons to start a new campaign, with a new storyline.

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State of Decay is full of hidden penises

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Think back to when you did art at school, and there’s a high probability that you probably tried to hide a doodle of a man’s dong in some of your work. Be it a simple line and two-dots hidden in a watercolour bush, or a massively detailed erection sprouting from the fruitbowl of your still-life coursework, many of us were too silly to resist. 

Apparently so were some contractors who worked on State of Decay, too. The zombie survival sandbox is filled with pictures of genitalia, and developer Undead Labs have only just noticed. 

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Tokyo Dark will seek out a missing detective in the nightmarish streets of Japan

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Tokyo Dark

Indie studio Cherrymoci has released a new trailer for its upcoming detective adventure Tokyo Dark. A 2D interactive story taking cues from the PS3 game Heavy Rain, the game will follow Detective Ito as she seeks out her missing partner in the dark underbelly of Tokyo.

The story takes inspiration from creative director Jon Williams’ experiences living in Japan during the Tohoku earthquake and the subsequent nuclear power plant disaster, adding an intriguing personal touch to the adventure. 

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Sid Meier's Starships PC review

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Sid Meier's Starships

Sid Meier’s unique strategy cocktail in games like Civilization is something to be savoured; an epic to be chiseled over many weeks, spending each evening honing a few moves to perfection. Don’t rush it. Take your time, and victory will be yours. 

But what if you want that signature blend of diplomacy, expansion, and war, but all crammed into a quick afternoon session? You play Sid Meier’s latest: Starships. As the captain of a starfleet, you’ll lead your ships on a swift adventure across the cosmos, seizing planets, waging war, and building wonders. It’s got that classic Civilization feel, but compressed into a bite-size asteroid of space domination. 

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FeelReal

Smell-o-vision is real with the FeelReal Oculus Rift add-on

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FeelReal VR

Smell-o-Vision was invented in the 1960s, but it’s safe to say the technology hasn’t really ever taken off. There have been multiple attempts to revive the idea over the decades, and the latest clips onto Oculus’ VR goggles to provide you will a full sense-o-rama experience. FeelReal fills your nose with various odours, as well as spraying you with water and blasting hot or cold air into your face. 

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