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Nobody is buying Unity: "it is best for us to be an independent company"

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Chaos Reborn: a Unity game.

Whispers began circulating over the weekend that Unity was looking for a buyer, and had begun pitching its popular game engine to the likes of Google. As the rumours threatened to cage the company in a great, suffocating speculattice, its co-founder was forced to head to the Unity forums and clear the air.

“Sometimes when we talk to our partners, discussions turn to talk of acquisition,” said CTO Joachim Ante. “Our response has always been that for Unity it is best to be an independent company.”

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Riot rework League of Legends' "severely abused" refer-a-friend system to fight botting

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League of Legends

Riot have been running a refer-a-friend scheme in one form or another since League of Legends launched half a decade ago. The current system rewards players who introduce others to the MOBA with new skins - but will soon be revamped to tackle a growing problem with botting and account selling.

“Ordinarily we might tolerate low levels of fringe misuse if it meant we were still doing right by the vast majority of players,” wrote Riot. “However, RAF abuse was increasingly degrading the average players’ experience, forcing us to contemplate changes.”

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Heroes of the Storm rolls on: Chinese players to test ranked play, draft mode and more

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Heroes of the Storm

The Heroes of the Storm technical alpha entered its final phase at the end of September, but Blizzard are “not done yet”. They’ll make a localised client available to Chinese players this Friday, and plan to try out a “host of exciting new features” with their newly bolstered testers before beta.

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Dragon Age: Inquisition's PC streams shows off an hour of mouse clicking and keyboard tapping

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Dragon Age: Inquisition PC stream

BioWare’s recorded another Dragon Age: Inquisition stream, and this time it’s for us PC folk. Mike Laidlaw controls the previously unseen Knight Enchanter class using a mouse and keyboard, while also dabbling in tactical combat. 

There’s even a keyboard cam, so you can see exactly what Laidlaw is doing - it’s all nice and transparent. 

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Assassin's Creed Unity

"Cinematic experience" is a nonsense term and isn't achieved by frame rates

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Frame rates

Lately, many AAA developers have been striving for a strange, intangible thing: the “cinematic experience”. It’s a term that has become synonymous for developer-imposed limitations, a clarification or an excuse to explain why a game is - usually technically, but sometimes thematically - restricted in some way. 

There is nothing innately wrong with limitations, even within the power fantasies of modern gaming. But problems arise when this crude term is thrown into the mix. It implies a horrible end-goal, where what games really need to be more like are films. 

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Assassin's Creed Rogue will sail onto PC early next year

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Assassin's Creed Rogue

Ubisoft revealed, today, that Assassin’s Creed: Rogue will definitely be making it way onto PC, and not just the previous generation of consoles. It’s set to arrive at some point early next year, the publisher told IGN. 

It’s due out in a couple of weeks on PS3 and Xbox 360, almost at the same time as Unity hits PC and next-gen consoles. The explanation for the large gap between the PC and console releases of Rogue is “production reasons”.

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Firefly Online's environment engine creates procedurally generated maps, from floating cities to derelict ships

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Firefly Online

Firefly Online still isn’t ready for you to hop onboard a ship and explore the ‘verse, but developer Spark Plug Games has put together a sneak peek at the 3D environment engine. 

This tiny preview, first shown at New York Comic Con, shows off a procedurally generated derelict, floating in space, with Captain Mal and Jayne exploring it - though in the game you’ll have your own crew, not Serenity’s. 

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Sigils of Elohim is a free prequel to The Talos Principle

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Sigils of Elohim

The Talos Principle is Croteam’s obtusely named first-person puzzler, and while it won’t be gracing our PCs until later this year, a prequel mini-game, Sigils of Elohim, has appeared, and it’s entirely free. 

While The Talos Principle sees players take on the role of an AI, exploring the ruins and detritus of humanity while getting stuck into puzzles that tie into a metaphysical story about mankind’s end, Sigils of Elohim appears to be a game about turning shapes around and slotting them into spaces. 

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare won't "lend itself" to quick-scoping

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

First, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare followed Respawn up into the higher reaches of the skybox; now, it’s going to copy Titanfall’s approach to quickscoping - by making the practice impractical.

“Let me put it this way, sniper classes are not going to be overpowered relative to their peers,” said Sledgehammer’s Michael Condry. “The ability to master a sniper rifle and be great at it will be equal to the ability to master any other class.”

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Payday: The Heist will be free on Steam for 24 hours this Thursday

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Payday: The Heist

If a heist takes you 24 hours, you’re doing it wrong. Bank-robbing’s best done in under 24 minutes - in and out before Bob Security’s looked up from his coffee.

Payday, however, is all about doing it wrong - setting off all the alarms and refilling the vaults with piled-high policemen. Overkill have made the game that made their name free for a day - so that you can spend all of Thursday night playing out the best 10 minutes of Heat.

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Warlords of Draenor comic introduces a new zone and orc chieftain: Blackhand

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Blackhand: one of the titular Warlords of Draenor.

Blackhand is the sort of name you could find attached to a place, weapon or organisation in the reshuffled WoW universe of Warlords of Draenor, but it just so happens to belong to the first chieftain to join the Iron Horde under Grommash Hellscream.

Blackhand and his Blackrock clan occupy the wastes of Gorgrond, which we’ll come to know as a PvE zone in the upcoming expansion. Blizzard have put together a new comic to commemorate the orc’s existence.

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The real-life story that inspired Kevin Spacey's speech in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

We’ve seen the Golden Gate Bridge go down in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's E3 demo. We've taken in homing grenades and double-jumps in Advanced Warfare's multiplayer. But nothing about the game has proven as compelling as that first Spacey speech in its reveal trailer. There, Francis himself dismissed democracy as overrated, and freedom as nothing next to the promise of “boundaries and protection”.

It turns out that monologue - alongside much else in Advanced Warfare’s plot - was inspired by a real-life story. An anecdote from pre-war Iraq.

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League of Legends champion Cassiopeia is in "clear need of attention", Riot admit

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League of Legends

The champion roster of one of the best free PC games available has long since topped 100, and Riot Games have lately adopted a policy of polarisation. The League of Legends devs have pushed characters into specific niches to ensure they remain distinguishable from one another - but introduced some new problems in the process.

Their biggest current problem is named Cassiopeia: the half-snake mage whose venom has been inadvertently sucked from her veins.

“It was never the intention to strip her Snake Mage identity, but we agree that we’ve done so in trying to meet other goals with the kit,” said associate designer Riot Stashu. “This has left Cassiopeia in clear need of our attention, and we’re really sorry about that.”

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Jagex are making a Hearth-style collectible card game named Chronicle: Runescape Legends

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Chronicle: no escape from the Runescape.

Jagex’s new thing is a CCG “played out within the pages of a living book”, which unnerves as a concept. After all, who’s to know when a living book will snap shut on your fingers and slither off under a shelf to make a nest?

Chronicle: Runescape Legends won’t do that, we’re assured - instead, it’ll do single player quests, boss fights with classic Runescape monsters, and bitterly-fought PvP.

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Square Enix previews new Rogue class and Ninja job for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Rogue and Ninja

Patch 2.4 for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is bringing with it a new class in the form of a Rogue, and a new “Ninja” job too. Rogues will use knives and daggers while they remain in the shadows. Ninjas on the other hand aren’t your stereotypical type: they’re able to use powerful energies through “signs” to manipulate the battlefield.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update adds Music Kits to help "establish your identity"

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Music Packs

The latest update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has brought in an interesting addition: Music Kits. These digital MP3 players replace the ambient music in different parts of the game, from in the main menu all the way to planting the bomb. There’s nine unique kits available on the store today from a variety of artists and composers, all tailor made for CS:GO.

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Flagship Kickstarter cancelled with just five days to go, but they're "not giving up on it"

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Flagship

Promising spaceship-bridge-perspective RTS, Flagship, has been cancelled. It had earned just over half of the £95,000 goal, and had less than five days remaining on the Kickstarter campaign. This was enough for twin developers Brad Jeffery and Matt J have decided to pull the project altogether.

“This has been a heartbreaking process for us.”

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Alienware alpha

Take a look at how the Alienware Alpha handles the latest games in these benchmark videos

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Alienware Alpha

The Alienware Alpha is a living room take on the modern PC, but with the ease of use of a console. It’s a symbiotic relationship of both Steam Big Picture Mode and Alienwares own Windows tailored OS. It’s due to be out just before Christmas, and If you’re interest about picking one up, you will surely want to see it in action first.

We’ve got a slew of benchmark videos of the Alienware Alpha playing through the latest games on very respectable settings. From the simple yet slick visuals of Borderlands 2, all the way to the demanding Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.

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Win a ticket to the Tank Museum and a premium Fury Sherman with World of Tanks

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Lords of the Fallen is a ferocious, and infuriating Dark Souls clone

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Red:Out is Wipeout, but on the PC. It’s about time.

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor gear guide: getting started

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Rodina is No Man's Sky on a budget

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Fighting the inevitable in Stardock's Sorcerer King

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

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Dear Microsoft: about that Minecraft deal

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Here's what's coming in EVE Online's Phoebe expansion, and beyond

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Playing With Myself: Legend of Grimrock 2

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Company of Heroes 2: Ardennes Assault is the single-player campaign you've been waiting for

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Make conversation, not war: Galactic Civilizations III gets diplomacy

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Hands on with Assetto Corsa, a racing simulator made using lasers

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"Cinematic experience" is a nonsense term and isn't achieved by frame rates

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