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Historic Battlefield games are relocating from GameSpy to Origin

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The Battlefield games have a strong history on PC, with massive victories that pre-date the Battlefield 4 launch fiasco by over a decade. Such fondly remembered games are not just memories though; the likes of Battlefield 2 and Battlefield 2142 still have dedicated players, still waging war on the less detailed but no less destructive fields of yesteryear. 

The announcement that GameSpy will shut its doors at the end of May has potentially upset some of these online soliders, as the older Battlefield games require the service to run. But never fear, EA is here! And they plan to relocate all their Battlefield services safe and sound in Origin. 

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Steam Controller will release in “October or November”, Steam Machines to follow before year’s end

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Steam Controller New Prototype

Steam’s bespoke haptic controller pad could be on sale as soon as October, according to a source in the hardware industry. The controller is also one of the final pieces of the Steam Machine puzzle, and their release could well herald in the first wave of SteamOS-powered PCs at the end of the year. 

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Minecrafting 143: Snowy Textures

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Minecraft Elsa's castle

As promised last week, the name-changing patch is here. Minecraft 1.7.6 has been released, and it was swiftly followed by Minecraft 1.7.7 to fix some bugs. The aim of the patch is to prepare the world for the forthcoming ability for Minecraft users to change their names - a much-requested feature.

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Azeroth Choppers: World of Warcraft does American Choppers, and nothing makes sense any more

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Azeroth Choppers

It can’t be real, but it is. Azeroth Choppers is a bizarre reality web show that pits two teams, one led by Blizzard wordsmith Chris Metzen, the other led by art director Sam Didier, against each other as they build custom choppers. 

That shouty man from American Choppers will be helping them. What chopper is the best chopper is up to fans, as they’ll vote on which bike ends up in World of Warcraft. 

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Wargame Red Dragon due out next week; last chance to check out the beta

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Wargame Red Dragon out next week

Wargame Red Dragon is a mere week away, launching on April 17th. This is excellent news if you salivate at the thought of giant 20th Century wargames. I do. That’s why I have a bib that I sometimes fold up into a tiny tank. 

If you own Wargame AirLand Battle, you can pick Red Dragon up with a 33 percent discount and jump into the beta right now. You only have a week left. To get the strategy juices flowing (probably a mixture of oil and… blood?) point your binoculars at some lovely screenshots and trailer below. 

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Puzzle RPG released, Spandex Force: Champion Rising

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Hi, I wanted to let you know that KarjaSoft just released a tongue in cheek superhero puzzle game called Spandex Force: Champion Rising. Spandex Force: Champion Rising tells the story of an everyday citizen struggling to become a true superhero. Create your own hero, train your superpowers and...

Double Fine Presents Last Life: 4 hours to catch a killer on Mars, what's a dead detective to do?

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Double Fine Presents Last Life

With Escape Goat 2 being distributed to the masses, Double Fine has added another title to its fledgling indie publishing wing - Double Fine Presents. The game in question is Sam Farmer’s Last Life, a sci-fi noir adventure game that juggles a pulpy detective story, a striking cuboid art style and transhumanism. It's also got a Kickstarter.

Last Life is inspired by the new wave of adventure games; the likes of The Walking Dead and Kentucky Route Zero, where story and atmosphere trumps puzzles. It looks like Last Life has both in spades. 

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Chris Roberts PAX East itinerary: Land at PAX, show off Star Citizen dogfighting module, crash ship immediately

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Star Citizen PAX East

Chris Roberts was on stage at the Star Citizen PAX East event, teasing more of the dogfighting module to backers. Dogfighting was planned originally for the end of December, but was pushed back so the team could develop its own multiplayer system. It was later pushed to this month. At the PAX event, Roberts said that it will be due out in about a month. 

Despite crashing - the ship, not the game - and a few other hiccups, Roberts showed off a significant portion of the module. The module is a game within a game: a space sim that can be played by pilots. It’ll be split into five modes, with leaderboards for anyone who wants to show off their piloting skills.

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Blizzard reveals four new, mostly nuts, Heroes of the Storm characters at PAX East

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Four new Heroes of the Storm characters

Before Heroes of the Storm, I honestly can’t say that any MOBA characters interested me all that much until after I’d spent at least a few hours playing them. But Blizzard seems intent on creating heroes that sound absolutely bonkers. Even on paper, some of these characters demand to be played. 

With PAX East underway, Blizzard’s making all sorts of Heroes of the Storm-related announcements and reveals - the most recent of which is the unveiling of four new characters. And none of them are remotely alike. 

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Hearthstone single-player mode will chuck players into the necropolis of Naxxramas

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Hearthstone Curse of Naxxramas

To say that I’m hooked on Hearthstone would be an understatement of titanic proportions. It has consumed me, and now to feed it I feel compelled to turn more people onto it, like a horrible pusher. 

I’m yet to tire of the simple formula, and so I’ve never pondered what the game would be like were it larger, if it featured dungeons and single-player content. Blizzard has been, though. And this has lead to the Curse of Naxxramas - Hearthstone’s first single-player campaign. 

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Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 will do Steam Early Access - once it's done being a mobile game

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The original Rollercoaster Tycoon: never really a looker, but still very readable.

A game named Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 popped up on mobile devices yesterday. And a “completely different” PC game is in the works.

You wouldn’t necessarily know that last bit - Atari have engaged in (possibly ill-advised) radio silence on the PC version, presumably to give the phone game a bit of breathing room. But it’ll be coming out on Steam Early Access under a different, mystery studio working with Chris Sawyer.

“We have the PC game in development and we’re going to reengage with the community in the next few months,” said Atari CEO Frederic Chesnais.

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Blood Dragons and dud-free reboots: Uplay's Spring Sale is quite good

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Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon: Colourful, like its parent game. But oh so different.

Occasionally Ubisoft will send out emails about games they didn’t make. That’s not because they’re jealous or forgetful, but because they’ve quietly started selling the works of other publishers on their Uplay store.

It might never be the centrepiece of your gaming life like Steam is, but Uplay is a perfectly sensible place to buy PC games - especially now, while its Spring Sale is going on.

Here’s what’s on offer: Blood Dragon for less than the price of Total Recall on VHS in ‘91, and Tomb Raider for far under the cost of a gap year gone awry.

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Hack 'n' Slash Early Access trailer implores you to "check it out", subsequently "delete evil"

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The FBI look less serious in the movies these days, and consequently less funny.

I haven’t had time to catch up on the reels of film from Double Fine’s latest Amnesia Fortnight - but would be terribly surprised if it had produced an idea more compelling than Hack ‘n’ Slash, born during last year’s two-week internal jam.

Hack ‘n’ Slash is Zelda, but with a hacking system. Not a Deus Ex node network; not a BioShock pipes minigame; but an opportunity to make genuine alterations to the game’s code to circumvent your enemies.

Double Fine have put together a dimly-lit trailer in the spirit of the game’s ‘90s red-pill vibe. It is fun.

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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot tackles player loneliness with pets in new update

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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a game with an ingenious high concept - Diablo vs Dungeon Keeper - that we really would have preferred to like. But in practice, it felt a little like returning home to find you’d been burgled. Every day.

What does work in Mighty Quest is the nitty gritty hacky slashy part - so it’s odd to see Ubisoft Montreal fiddling with that side of things, rather than work on rebalancing the business of castle building. Pets will accompany players on their grand home invasions, providing company and picking up gold and life force.

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"It's not easy being queen": StarCraft 2's Kerrigan trailered for Heroes of the Storm

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Kerrigan, and one of her faithful insectoid pets.

Kerrigan is the perfect candidate for the game formerly known as Blizzard All-Stars. A major presence in all four StarCraft releases to date and subject of numerous tie-in novels, she’s as much coated in lore as she is spindly insect bits. 

Consequently her every word is now fan service - a fact Blizzard seem to have begun to recognise. Hence the very silly introductory reference here to that other great Ker - Kermit the Frog.

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Platformines Review

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RPG games are awesome. Platformers too. But when you mix them together the result might be less than perfect, as we found out when reviewing Platformines.

EA know eSports isn't stopping - and want to get involved

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Dawngate is an EA MOBA - and an obvious candidate for eSportsification.

Sports! The generalised, foam hand-waving, anything-with-a-ball sense of the term. That’s the world new EA CEO and triathlonite Andrew Wilson came up in, as chief custodian of FIFA, Madden and the NHL games. It’s a world he understands.

But now somebody’s gone and stuck a new vowel to the front of the word, and it’s become an entirely different beast. Companies who aren’t EA are filling LA stadiums with baying video game fans, and Wilson and friends would like a slice of that pie chart to show to their shareholders, please.

To that end, the CEO is eyeing up the publisher’s series’ as potential eSports candidates - and not just the ones about men in shorts.

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World of Tanks' average players spend three times as much as League of Legends players

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Tanks: dead expensive to build a world from them. Stands to reason.

Numbers, eh? Can’t live with ‘em - the angular limbs of ‘4’ and ‘7’ in particular would make bedtime a nightmare. But they can be absolutely fascinating. Take, for instance, the average revenue per user in the PC’s top free-to-play games. Can you guess how much people tend to spend in Dota 2, compared to LoL? Or in TF2 compared to Planetside?

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