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Watch Nick tackle Diablo 3 on hardcore tonight

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Diablo 3's new season has started, and with it a whole bunch of new legendary items will be unleashed thanks to patch 2.2. As an avid player, I’ll be starting anew with a yet undecided class, playing on the unforgiving hardcore difficulty.

As I make my way through to level 70, and to the end game, I’ll be streaming my adventures on our Twitch channel. If you have any questions, or maybe some theorycrafting to contribute, you’re much welcome to join. Or, you know, you can watch to see if I meet my demise early or not.

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Design a faction for Galactic Civilizations III for profit and fame

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Now that Galactic Civilizations III has custom factions -- added in the recent beta 5 update -- Stardock wants to get players to stretch their alien-making creative muscles with a competition. Design your own faction, enter it into the Faction Design Contest, and maybe you’ll end up seeing it in the finished game and net $1,000 in the process. 

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Beyond Valkyrie: how the CCP dream of full-body VR is becoming reality

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Adam Kraver had his first vision of what virtual reality was going to be when he was 16 - sitting in his living room, playing Dungeon Master with friends on the Amiga.  

“I can still see what I saw in my head at that time,” he said. “Someone holding their hand up in front of them, doing a motion, the fire lighting - and they’re in a dungeon corridor. They look over, and there are their friends behind ‘em.”

The vision has dogged Kraver throughout his career - so insistently that, when he was working on World of Darkness, he would go home to a self-built “VR cave”: a sheet of plastic with a projector behind it, and a Kinect sitting beneath.

Now, Kraver’s job title is Architect. He and a handful of World of Darkness refugees are following in the footsteps of the Eve: Valkyrie team - introducing fans and manufacturers to their experimental full-body VR project at Fanfest.

“I feel like my entire career has been building to this point,” said Kraver.

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Total War Battles: Kingdom is now available to download and play

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The open beta of Total War Battles: Kingdom is now available to download and play through Steam, having enjoyed a limited closed beta since its announcement last year.

The name might be Total Garbage Nonsense: Armies, but the underlying game looks rather compelling. It's a free to play, cross-platform, online strategy game from Creative Assembly, one that aims to take the persistent army management of the Total War series and cram it into a smaller, fun-size battlebox.

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Marvel Heroes: How Gazillion reversed the fate of their comic book MMO

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Project Rebirth was, according to the pages of Marvel comics, a secret operation during World War II which took promising but physically underwhelming military recruits and injected them with an experimental ‘super soldier serum’ to turn them into the perfect troopers. The only participant of the project was Steve Rogers, who was transformed from a sickly boy into the astonishing Captain America. 

Marvel Heroes, Gazillion’s superhero MMO, has undergone its own version of Project Rebirth. When launched in 2013, despite being the new project from Diablo’s creator David Brevik, it was welcomed by sneers, criticism, and a Metacritic ranking of 58. A year later, the game was re-launched as Marvel Heroes 2015. It’s now one of the most played games on Steam, and boasts a Metacritic ranking of 81. The secret behind the transformation isn’t a special serum though. According to Brevik, now Gazillion’s CEO, it’s all about listening to the players. 

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"Modern adventure games tend to get too lost in story," says Thimbleweed Park creator Ron Gilbert

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Genre godfather and all round point 'n' click messiah Ron Gilbert has been chatting with GamesRadar about his recently Kickstarted new project, titled Thimbleweed Park.

The 80s-styled adventure game, created by Gilbert and Gary Winnick, looks like it's been torn straight from the history books, with verb actions and pixels and using things on things until interesting stuff happens.

In the interview, Gilbert appraises the current state of adventure gaming, saying that puzzles have suffered as modern titles focus more on story and less on challenge.

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The 2015 League of Legends World Championships are heading to Europe: venues and dates announced

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Riot have just announced the dates and venues for this year's League of Legends World Championships, which will be taking place in October all across Europe, like an interrailing student or the broad rise in popularity of far-right political parties among disenfranchised voters.

Are you in Europe? Do you have a calendar? Then you may want to click through to see where your local championship games are taking place.

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Watch 27 minutes of Age of Wonders 3: Eternal Lords and meet the Tigrans

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Cat people? Pyramids? Gosh, Age of Wonders III’s upcoming expansion is starting to remind me of ThunderCats.

Eternal Lords, the second and rather massive expansion for the 4X fantasy game introduces two new races, including the Tigrans, who look spiffy. Triumph Studios has made these kitties the subject of a long Let’s Play, which also introduces the new goody-goody specialisation and the Unifier victory path. Direct your eyes below. 

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Rainbow Six Siege alpha is a brilliant skeleton of a game

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My ears are ringing and every noise I hear is deep and bassy. A dust cloud from a hole in the wall conceals everything in front of me, but as it dissipates there’s a flash of gunfire, then a response from an ally standing next to me. Another explosion, this time from the barricade, heaps chaos on top of chaos. A man starts to sing in French and another swears in English. 

The wall-demolishing vandal is dead, but his cohorts pour through a door, stepping on the splinters and wooden planks that were once our barricade. More gunfire, lighting up the room, piercing the smoke, and then… victory. The Frenchman is singing again. Yes, I think to myself, sing it. It was my first Rainbow Six Siege victory, and it felt great. 

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ARMA 3 Marksmen DLC launch trailer showcases guns, guns and more guns

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ARMA 3’s Marksmen DLC is out, and with it a flashy and quite gun-tastic launch trailer. Inside are seven new assault rifles and two new machine guns, all taking advantage of a slew of weapon improvements which is available as part of a free companion update. But that’s not all, you’ll also see the new Marksmen scenario in action, along with the virtual vehicle garage.

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EA's Johan Andersson wants Frostbite games to require Windows 10 and DirectX 12 as a minimum by 2016

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EA’s own technical director on the Frostbite engine, Johan Andersson, has revealed that he has high hopes for the future of games running the tech. If Andersson had his way, Frostbite games would have minimum requirements of Windows 10 and the new DirectX 12 by the end of 2016.

“[It’s] likely a bit aggressive, but [has] major benefits” explained Andersson.

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Diablo 3 Season 3 begins tomorrow; will last four months according to Blizzard

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The third Season of Diablo 3 starts tomorrow, heralding a fresh start and a promise of exciting loot. Along with the reset, players can expect to find new Seasonal exclusive weapons, armour and gems; players who reach level 70 will be rewarded with a spiffing transmog set piece. Also, according to Blizzard, Season 3 will aim to last around four months, as they further test the waters for a fitting Season length.

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Age of Empires II: HD is getting a brand new expansion this year

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A new expansion is in the works for Age of Empires II: HD according to a new blog post by Microsoft. The new content will be made by Forgotten Empires, who created the "Forgotten Expansion" for the game over a year ago.

“[We’re] extremely excited to reveal that we’ll be working with the Forgotten Empires team to formally bring a new expansion to the Age of Empires franchise later this year.” announced Microsoft.

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WoW Tokens have already shed almost a quarter of their value

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It’s only taken a single day for Blizzard’s WoW Tokens, which can be redeemed for World of Warcraft game time, to dip in value. WoW Tokens can be purchased for $20 or 30,000 in-game gold. The latter of the two prices can change with the in-game market, however, and it has. You can now buy WoW tokens for almost 25 percent off their original price. 

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