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Diablo 3 week long community buff starts today; double Treasure Goblins for all

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Diablo III Goblin Buff

Diablo III has been enjoying the fruits of patch 2.1.2 this week - bringing with it Ancient Items, Greater Rift rebalances, and more. To celebrate the new features, as well as the conclusion of the first ever Season, Blizzard have seen fit to reward players with a week long buff, which causes their bountiful Treasure Goblins to spawn in pairs.

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Nvidia announce Geforce GTX 960 cards; boasts 1.5 GHz overclocking potential

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Nvidia Geforce GTX 960

Nvidia have confirmed the existence of the Geforce GTX 960 today, as well as revealing the specifications and expected performance of the card. The card will wield the effective power of two GTX 750 cards, and have great overclocking ability; able to play some of the latest games at an average of 60 FPS according to Nvidia.

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Blizzard to release next World of Warcraft raid before patch 6.1; Blackrock Foundry launches February 3rd

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World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor Blackrock

World of Warcraft players rejoice! Blizzard have released the schedule for the next raid for players to conquer, which will be unleashed on February 3rd. Blackrock Foundry will feature this nice gentleman of an orc, pictured above, as the big bad boss. Much loot will be had.

Blizzard will also be releasing a third new world boss into the wild - Rukhmar: a gigantic fiery raven, located in the Spires of Arrak.

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Dennaton Games tells Australian fan to "just pirate" Hotline Miami 2; refuses to censor game

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Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Pirate

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number won’t be gracing the lands of Australia anytime soon; yesterday the Australian Classification Board refused to grant the game even the highest of ratings, due to a scene depicting sexual violence, effectively preventing the game from being sold there. 

Even though developers, Dennaton Games, believe that the Australian Classification Board is guilty of "stretching the facts”, they’ve offered a unique solution to one worried Austalian fan, by giving them their blessing to pirate the game.

“No need to send us any money, just enjoy the game!” said designer Jonatan Söderström.

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World of Warcraft's Veteran Edition is just a Starter Edition trial for lapsed players

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World of Warcraft Veteran Edition

Speculation about World of Warcraft going free-to-play never seems to cease, and more fuel was added to the fire recently when, last week, MMO-Champion uncovered details of a new account type coming in the 6.1 patch: Veteran Edition. 

This account type has caps on gold and experience and other limitations that make it seem a lot like the trial account otherwise known as the Starter Edition. And that’s exactly what it is, Blizzard has confirmed today. It’s a trial account for lapsed players.

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Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV and Civilization: Beyond Earth are free on Steam for the weekend

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Saints Row IV and Beyond Earth free for the weekend

I have to spend a lot of money this weekend, to help commiserate a chum on making it to her 30th birthday. Travel to another city, a hotel room, presents, a fancy meal and enough booze to kill a blue whale - it ain’t going to be cheap. Don’t be me. Save your cash this weekend by playing Saints Row IV and Civilization: Beyond Earth for free.

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Hold Nick's hand tonight through the launch of H1Z1 over on our livestream

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H1Z1 Stream

Tonight, SOE’s zombie apocalypse survival game, H1Z1, is being unleashed on the public via Steam Early Access. We’ve equipped our Nick with nothing but a copy of the game, some flat pop and a half-eaten pack of mini-eggs, before kicking him out into the zombie infested wilderness.

He’ll be streaming his adventures over on our Twitch channel, and you’re more than welcome to come and watch; there’s a good chance he’ll die, a lot, all for your entertainment.

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Total War: Attila trailer shows that everyone's scared of the Huns

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Total War: Attila trailer

The barbarians are coming! And they’ve brought their families with them. Migrating hordes from the Huns to the Goths are central to Creative Assembly’s Total War: Attila, marching across Europe in huge droves, settling only long enough to replenish, before getting back to the business of razing villages.

With Attila’s release impending - it’s due out next month - Creative Assembly has put together a couple of new videos, introducing would-be conquerors to their potential barbarian buddies. 

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Watch a StarCraft: Brood War tournament for student-made bots

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StarCraft bot tournament

The Student StarCraft AI Tournament is a bit like poking a bear. First held in 2011, it tasks students of AI and computer science to submit bots for 1v1 StarCraft battles. It might not happen this year, but one day, these bots will surely grow tired of fighting their fake future wars and rise up against us. And with all that training, they’ll surely win. 

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Elite: Dangerous will be receiving its first significant update soon

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Elite: Dangerous 1.1 update

Elite: Dangerous hit its big launch milestone at the tail end of last year, and now Frontier Developments is looking toward the future. There’s already been patches, mainly bug fixes, but also the inclusion of a new world that was only discovered last week

More significant updates, however, are on their way, and by this time next month, version 1.1 should be out.  

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Rust Early Access review: one year on

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Rust early access review update facepunch

Rust - Facepunch Studios’ multiplayer survival sandbox - has changed significantly in the year it’s been on Steam Early Access. After several months of incredible sales and gradually increasing content, Facepunch did the unthinkable: they scrapped everything. Deciding the code base for Rust was unworkable, the studio rebuilt the entire game from scratch in a new engine. New Rust looks and feels both different and familiar: like returning to your dreary university city after it’s had a multi-million government investment. 

I don’t like it. 

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Hotline Miami 2 banned in Australia, developer accuses ratings board of "stretching the facts"

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Hotline Miami 2

[UPDATE: Dennaton have released a statement in response to the Australian Classification Board ruling, in which they express disappointment "that a board of professionals tasked with evaluating and judging games fairly and honestly would stretch the facts to such a degree". The full statement is included below.]

The Australian Classification Board has refused to grant a rating to top-down murderdisco Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, effectively banning the game from sale in Australia. The decision to deny the game classification, according to a report by Kotaku Australia, was made largely due to a particular scene that implies sexual violence.

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WildStar devs outline their 2015 plans, reveal The Protogames Initiative details

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WildStar

The folks at Carbine are dusting off their gym memberships, binning the cigarettes and running laps around their desks, so full of the spirit of renewal and optimism that the new year brings. They're so inspired, in fact, that Mike Donatelli, WildStar's product director, has just outlined the grand future for their MMO in 2015.

What can we expect? Well broadly speaking, they're working on things that players really, really want, including more solo and group content, new shiphands, adventures and dungeons and customisation and loot and stuff.

More specifically, they've outlined the features to be included in their forthcoming update, The Protogames Initiative.

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Evolve developer defends the studio's maligned DLC bundles

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Evolve Big Alpha Extended

Co-op monster hunting FPS Evolve is in the dog house with its fans. The game has been fractured into a thousand tiny pieces of pre-launch DLC and then scattered across dozens of retail exclusives and special editions for players to find, collect and reassemble. Certain hunters and monsters are being sold separately, and developer Turtle Rock stands accused of having stripped content from the full game in order to squeeze extra cash out of its players.

This, naturally, has been frustrating fans who'd rather hand over an agreed upon amount of cash for what all parties consider to be a complete product. Turtle Rock's Phill Robb has taken to the game's forum to defend the studio's decision to nickel and dime.

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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty is coming to Steam on February 25th

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Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

The PC version of farting and waving simulator Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty has at last been given a release date. The remake of PS1 side-scrolling classic Abe's Oddysee launched last summer on PlayStation 4, before sitting there and teasing everybody by not being available on PC for absolutely ages.

But now it's almost here. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty launches on Steam on February 25th.

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Twitch clears 500 songs for use in streaming

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Twitch

Twitch has just launched its free-to-use music library of 500 songs, all of which are now cleared for use during streaming and in archived video. Previously, any music caught by Twitch's magic copyright-detecting ear would result in a half-hour muting. The new library of approved tracks means streamers can now be more tuneful, and all within the snug confines of copyright law.

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Total War modder to wargame maker: Nick Thomadis' road to Ultimate General: Gettysburg

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Heavy combat takes place on the colorful map of Ultimate General: Gettysburg.

When Nick “DarthVader” Thomadis quit working on the highly-regarded DarthMod series for Total War - a bit of a huff after perceived slights from Creative Assembly and growing fatigue with the series as a whole - it was easy to think we’d seen the last of the outspoken modder.

Instead, he got an opportunity to make a game of his own. The result, Ultimate General: Gettysburg, would prove to be one of 2014’s best games and perhaps the year’s best wargame. For Thomadis, it was less vindication than it was the culmination of a lifetime’s passion.

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Closed: We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Codes will be sent out on Saturday

Heroes of the Storm

Closed: We’ve 650 Heroes of the Storm keys to give away. Codes will be sent out on Saturday

What do PC game developers want from Steam Early Access?

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The rise and rise of Wargaming: Part 2: It all kicks off

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Blood Bowl 2 is clearer, better looking, and more violent than ever

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H1Z1 Early Access Review

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Sponsored: Six ways Alienware are rebooting the gaming laptop

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Closed: We’re giving away a Geforce GTX970-powered gaming PC courtesy of Gameforge

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The 100 Best Minecraft Skins

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Dying Light first impressions

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Grey Goo PC review

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Making it in Unreal: flipping through the X-Files with extraterrestrial horror game The Hum

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt hands on - playing 2015's most exciting RPG

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In Dead Synchronicity, you mutilate a dead vicar. And then it gets even bleaker

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In Dead Synchronicity, you mutilate a dead vicar. And then it gets even bleaker

Homeworld Remastered Collection revealed; Steam launch set for February 25th

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Adventures in... Assassin's Creed: Unity - Butcher, or Benny Hill?

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How to get better at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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ArenaNet unveils Guild Wars 2's first expansion: Heart of Thorns

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Weekend Deal Dump: Card games and road trips

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How Paul Neurath is kickstarting an Ultima Underworld sequel, with the blessing of EA

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

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Battlefleet Gothic: Armada has the best weaponised space cathedrals in gaming, ever

PEGI won't censor Hatred in Europe. Here's why

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The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

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The devs behind Remember Me are making a smart WW1 vampire RPG

Chaos Reborn Early Access review

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Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

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Microsoft's plans for marrying Windows 10 and PC gaming: Xbox Live, DirectX, and streaming

How Company of Heroes 2 became Steam's biggest RTS

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