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MachineGames on releasing Wolfenstein in Germany: “It’s up to the developer to figure out what can lead to legal action”

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Wolfenstein German-friendly concept art

Wolfenstein: The New Order is one of our most favourite games of the year. It’s a terrific shooter, and it’s got magazines full of heart to boot. But of course, the Nazi theme and splatterific violence in the game makes it a tough call when it comes to the German market, a country where not only are violent games censored, but any mention of Nazism is a ticket to a courtroom. 

Trying to re-work the game for the German release was a huge exercise in guesswork, explained Jens Matthies, creative director at MachineGames. “It’s up to the developer to figure out what kind of symbolism can possibly lead to legal action.”

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Clockwork Empires set to open in “Earliest Access” form on July 18th

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When Steam Early Access just isn't enough, what do you do? Well, you make your own “Earliest Access” scheme, of course. That’s what Gaslamp Games is doing for steampunk/occult crossover city builder Clockwork Empires. Ahead of the game’s launch on Steam Early Access in August, Clockwork Empires will be available directly from Gaslamp in an early manifestation. 

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League of Legends patch 4.12 video discusses the changes with Evil Geniuses’ Snoopeh

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League of Legends: always in a state of gentle flux.

League of Legends has been hit with a colossal patch that turns a vast amount of elements of the game on their heads. Jungle timers show a countdown on-screen until jungle creatures respawn, and a great handful of champions have been tweaked into notably different reflections of their former selves. 

Riot have put out an interesting video in which the game’s producers talk about the latest changes with LoL pro superstar Snoopeh of Evil Geniuses. Amusingly Snoopeh isn’t all that convinced by some of the changes, and it’s Team Riot’s job to change his perspective. 

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Hearthstone’s Curse of Naxxramas adventure will be dealt onto the table next week

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Curse of Naxxramas release window

If you’ve quite had enough of having your rear-end handed to you in Hearthstone’s competitive matches (or, indeed, handing other people’s rears to them), then you can soon enjoy a little solo time with those fancy cards of yours: Curse of Naxxramas, the single-player adventure for Hearthstone, will be landing on Tuesday, July 22nd. 

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The Walking Dead Season 2 continues next week

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Update: Take a gander at our The Walking Dead Season 2: Amid the Ruins PC review

The penultimate episode of The Walking Dead Season 2 - Amid the Ruins - will release on Steam next Tuesday, July 22nd. Tensions begin to boil as things draw close to the inevitably distressing and emotional finale, and you can catch a glimpse of what horrors are to come in this new trailer.

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The 35 best PC games of 2013

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The year is 2013, Brazil are still a globally respected football team and the world is being pelted with classic PC game after classic PC game. Yes, 2013 was a particularly sweet year for quality games, so much so that we sought to definitively catalogue them in a nice big list feature.

From BioShock Infinite to Batman: Arkham Origins, from Gone Home to Gunpoint, from Metro: Last Light to another game beginning with M, they're all probably in here somewhere, in no particular order.

And if they're not? Well, you get the great pleasure of politely informing us in the comments below, you lovely lot.

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The Elder Scrolls Online is coming to Steam today

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Just some of the population of The Elder Scrolls Online.

So, let’s assume you haven’t played The Elder Scrolls Online before today. What can we tell you? It’s okay. Very solid, like a dining table. But equally like a dining table, not something you’d want to spend an awful lot of time with unless you’ve got friends around.

Elder Scrolls Online patches have expanded its range of dungeons, but done nothing to improve on its back-and-forth quests. Try The Elder Scrolls Online for yourself on Steam, by all means. It’s absolutely fine.

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Heroes of the Storm's new Garden of Terror map has a day/night cycle and "plant zombies"

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Heroes of the Storm has brought terrible new meaning to In the Night Garden.

I’m sat in a garden right now, and it’s really quite pleasant. The only sign of impending terror is the suspiciously granular birdsong which might - might - herald an incoming android patrol a la Sir, You Are Being Hunted.

The triumphant Heroes of the Storm is much more upfront about its horticultural horrors. When night falls on its new three-lane battleground, the creatures of the night will come out.

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Yogscast scrap Kickstarted Yogventures project, offer backers another game in its place

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Yogventures was intended for PC and Mac and a closed beta before Christmas 2012.

Yogscast and Winterkewl Games have ceased development on their open-world post-Minecraft sandbox game, Yogventures. But according to Yogscast co-founder Lewis Brindley, that’s “actually a good thing”.

“Although we’re under no obligation to do anything, instead we’re going to do our best to make this right, and make you really glad you backed the project!”, he said.

There will be no refunds for Kickstarter backers. Instead, they’ll receive a Steam Early Access key for a different open-world survival game, from another developer.

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David Braben says Elite: Dangerous will be future-proof: "Moore's law is our friend"

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This Elite: Dangerous screenshot is not 4K. It is 594x334. Sorry.

Moore’s law states that, broadly speaking, computer hardware tends to double in performance every two years. And Frontier are building Elite: Dangerous with that sort of exponential change in mind, folding support for “beautiful” effects and ultra high-res displays into their PC space game.

One day, David Braben expects we’ll be able to use them.

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Minecraft snapshot 14w29b will either improve performance or "crash horribly"

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Minecraft chunks will appear a tad faster in the future.

Minecraft snapshot 14w27a introduced bunny rabbits. How do you top that? Well: last week, Mojang tried to compress time and space. But that didn’t work out, so for this week’s snapshot they’ve decided to “try something else and bend space around time”.

Released yesterday, snapshot 14w29a infused the game with optimisations designed to tackle render performance. It’s been swiftly followed by 14w29b, which will do “even more” good for performance. Or break the game. That’s what we’re going to find out.

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Europa Universalis IV makes despotism a relative concept in new Res Publica expansion

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Europa Universalis IV: who knew there could be so many shades of grey to a primary-coloured globe?

The idea of mini-expansion will be familiar to most of us. We enlarge by increments, and our features grow fat before we’ve even noticed the change.

The same thing’s happened to Europa Universalis IV. The already-stuffed grand strategy game has ballooned again this week with the £3.99 Res Publica update, which has found room for a new government type and faction system.

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There will be blood: Titanfall's Frontier's Edge DLC turns a mining site into a map

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Dig Site: a view from the frontier in Titanfall.

Titanfall is one of the best PC games of 2014 so far, thanks in no small part to maps which freed like Battlefield and funnelled like CoD and somehow captured the best of both in fifteen minute matches. Frontier’s Edge DLC map Dig Site’s the latest to subscribe to that philosophy - forcing Titans down narrow pathways between industrial processing buildings while pilots leap over their heads.

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Assassin's Creed Unity to be overseen by Ubisoft's new Chief Parkour Officer

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Unity, as seen from its most unusual perspective: the ground.

Ubisoft have appointed a new Chief Parkour Officer. Rather than promote a fleet-footed executive from within, they’ve hired on noted freerunner Michael ‘Frosti’ Zernow. He’ll advise on the imminent Assassin’s Creed Unity.

“I’ve been a long-time fan of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and it’s one of the few highly visible examples of parkour that attracts younger athletes to the sport every year,” said Zernow of his role.

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Alien Isolation will be accommodating to pacifists: you don’t need to kill a thing

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Everyone got a little touchy when it was revealed that there would be guns in Alien Isolation. This is, afterall, based on Ridley Scott’s horror masterpiece and not James Cameron’s more explosive action flick, and so caution should be at the heart of the action. Thankfully our Steve reported that the guns don’t spoil the game at all, but if you’re still worried listen up: you can get through Isolation without harming a soul, synthetic or otherwise. 

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Kerbal Space Program adds contracts as part of First Contract patch

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Kerbal Space Program: good with space puns.

Floating through the abyss of space is Kerbal Space Program: First Contact, or code-name patch 0.24. It’s currently being frantically tweaked and bashed into position so it’s ready for atmosphere entry, where it will plummet down the cable lines of any existing owners and upgrade their Steam accounts with this shiny new version. 

The big deal here is Contracts: a brand new way of playing Kerbal that asks you complete specific tasks in reward for financial and reputation gain. 

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Rainbow Six Siege trailer peppers the walls with praise

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Rainbow Six Siege

As is becoming traditional for Ubisoft, the French developer pulled out another ‘next-gen’ jawdropper at E3 this year in the form of Rainbow Six Siege. Everyone got excited, partially because we’ve been ever so hungry for a new Rainbow Six game for too long, but mostly because it looks exceptional

All that excitement has been machine gunned in the form of accolades over this latest Rainbow Six Siege trailer. You can almost see its smugly satisfied grin beneath the clouds of obliterated plasterboard. 

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2014 games. Planning my Q4 spending.

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So yeah, Just budgeting my games for the rest of the year. Trying to figure out which I should be getting. The only two I can think of off the top of my head that could potentially Day 1 purchases are GTA V Dragon Age:Inquisition. What else should I be having my eye on this year?

Criminal ex-dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision for portraying him as a bad man in Call of Duty

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Manuel Noriega in Black Ops II

If you played Call of Duty Black Ops II, you may recall this chap you can see above. His name is Manuel Noriega, and - unlike so many aspects of Call of Duty - he’s actually a real person. Quite a nasty one too; he’s currently sitting in a prison cell in Panama for crimes he committed during his reign as the country’s dictator. Murder ranks among his more awful crimes.

He’s in the news today though not for committing any further atrocities from his jail cell, but because he’s attempting to sue Activision for portraying him in a negative light in Call of Duty. 

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League of Legends unleashes the Doom Bots of Doom

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League of Legends Doom Bots of Doom

Are you the bravest summoner on the rift? You’ll need to be exactly that if you plan on taking part in Riot’s latest League of Legends experimental Featured Game Mode. The Doom Bots of Doom turns the game’s already tricksy AI champions into fiendish, apocalyptically difficult foes. 

And they’re stomping their way into battle from July 17th. Gulp. 

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