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Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime condemns online harassment at Blizzcon

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Blizzard BlizzCon 2014

At this year’s Blizzcon event, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime took to the stage to introduce a weekend of celebration of Blizzard’s games and universes. But before mentioning anything of orcs, zerg, or escaped hell demons, Morhaime took a moment to address something “serious”: the recent months of online abuse in the gaming community. 

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World of Warcraft film ‘WoW MoM’ documents its use as a cancer therapy

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Blizzard’s film, World of Warcraft: Looking for Group, looks back over the ten years of their MMO’s history and it’s being screened for the first time this weekend. There’s another film, though, one that looks at a very specific role World of Warcraft has played for some of its players: cancer therapy.

WoW MoM documents how Terry Bolt uses World of Warcraft to cope with the many difficulties of her illness, both those physical and emotional.

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Interview: Dan Marshall on rewiring The Swindle's steampunk AI

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The Swindle

The Swindle is a two-dee platformer that's all about breaking into buildings and taking thing that aren't yours. It has the same spirit of repeatedly throwing yourself into procedurally generated adventures as Rogue Legacy, the same tension-ratcheting permadeath stakes as Spelunky, and the same smashing through plate glass windows as Gunpoint. It has all of these things plus wall-jumping and funny little robot guards.

Here's what I thought about it when I played it earlier in the year. Since then I've spoken to developer Dan Marshall about his reasons for reviving the Victorian-era burglary capers, how the procedural magic works and how to program a guard's steampunk-brained AI.

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Bioware boss polls fans on what they’d like to see in Mass Effect trilogy re-release

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“Bear in mind this is a "wish list" at this point,” Aaryn Flynn, general manager at Bioware Edmonton and Montreal said. This was after asking Neogaf readers to tell him what they’d like to see in a Mass Effect re-release.

He suggested higher resolution, all the DLC, and, more excitingly, a seamless experience where each game ran into the next.

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Dragon Age Inquisition trailer reveal Vivienne’s parlour tricks are pretty impressive

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The decline of parlour tricks is one of the unspoken miseries of the 21st century, going hand in hand with the decline of parlours, and it’s one of the more subtle themes of Dragon Age Inquisition.

The latest trailer goes introduces one of your possible companions, Vivienne. An Orlesian mage, she’s an adviser to Empress Celene and, no doubt, someone good for a laugh when you need some light entertainment after dinner - rabbit from a hat sort of thing.

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Minecraft and Mojang are now officially resting in Microsoft's belly

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Microsoft Mojang deal finalised

It’s done. The i's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed, and Minecraft is now resting comfortably in the belly of Microsoft. Notch will never, ever run out of little hats. Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer confirmed the finalisation of the acquisition today on Twitter, welcoming Mojang to the Microsoft Studios family, which no doubt would look a lot like a scene from The Addams Family. 

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Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon launches on November 26th, with hexy man-on-ork warfare

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Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon release date

Warhammer 40K has given birth to plenty of video game spin-offs, but most of them are leagues away from the tabletop game, taking the universe and wrapping it around shooters, RTSs and even chess. Armageddon is a little closer to its source: a turn-based wargame with massive armies fighting for control of a world. 

I had a chat with the devs back in May, where they said it was a “hex-based wargame that anyone can play”. That’s a bold claim, given that wargames are typically a bit obtuse and aloof, a criticism that comes from a place of love. You’ll be able to see if it manages to balance complexity and accessibility when it launches on November 26th.

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Out of the shadows and into the Necropolis: Harebrained Schemes is working on a roguelike

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Necropolis

Great big piles of treasure are never in easy to reach places. You never hear about adventurers relaxing in a nice park, then stumbling onto a mountain of gold next to the duck pond. It’s always dank crypts, dragon’s caves, and gloomy dungeons. 

Shadowrun developer Harebrained Schemes’ new project is a trap, tempting you with the promise of treasure and magical trinkets, then killing you. It’s called Necropolis, which should be a bit of a giveaway: this is not the sort of game where you’re going to find treasure on a lovely tropical beach. 

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Far Cry 4

Ubisoft reveals Far Cry 4 system requirements, and they aren't completely bonkers

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Far Cry 4 system requirements

After Ubisoft announced the rather crazy system requirements for Assassin’s Creed Unity, I was expecting some equally ridiculous requirements for Far Cry 4, but colour me surprised, they are a lot tamer. Ubisoft raised the curtain on the list of things you’ll need crammed inside the shell of your PC today, and while the optimal requirements are a touch high, it should still be playable on a broad range of machines. 

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Final StarCraft II sound clip teases BlizzCon announcement, possibly Legacy of the Void

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StarCraft II BlizzCon announcement

Like a siren, Blizzard is calling people to BlizzCon. Over the last week, Blizzard have been teasing cryptic StarCraft II sound clips. It started with a shrieking zerg and then the sound of weapons, then there was a strange mechanical sound, which reminded Nick of the terran warhound unit when he posted about it. 

Yesterday, another audio tease appeared, which sounded like an aircraft taking off and then firing lasers. The titles of all three of these teases created a partial sentence: “See you at…”. BlizzCon was assumed to be the final word, and it is indeed, as the final tease was posted today. Take a listen below. 

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No Witcher Left Behind: The Witcher 3 will receive 16 free DLCs, starting on February 25th

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The Witcher 3 DLC

It’s a novelty when I’m able to take a break from grumbling about season passes and day one DLC pre-order bonuses, and today the novelty is courtesy of CD Projekt Red. Marcin Iwiński, co-founder and joint CEO of the studio, posted an open letter, revealing that everyone who buys The Witcher 3 will receive 16 “specially prepared” bits of DLC, completely for free, and not as any sort of pre-order incentive. 

“Unfortunately this treatment is quite rare these days,” he wrote, preaching to the choir. “As gamers, we nowadays have to hold on tight to our wallets, as surprisingly right after release, lots of tiny pieces of tempting content materialize with a steep price tag attached. Haven’t we just paid a lot of cash for a brand new game?”

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Be a guinea pig and play the free Talos Principle demo

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The Talos Principle demo

It’s a bleak, damp evening up here in gloomy Scotland, so it’s fortuitous that Croteam and Devolver Digital has chucked a tech demo for The Talos Principle up on Steam. 

If you take it for a spin, you’ll be faced with four puzzles of increasing complexity set inside a simulation of ancient ruins, linked by fancy technology. Nothing that an AI searching for answers to philosophical quandaries shouldn’t be able to handle. 

You’ll be able to play the full game on December 11th. 

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Nordic Games extricate Red Faction: Guerrilla from Games for Windows Live

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Red Faction: Guerrilla

Red Faction: Guerrilla is part of Volition’s family of dizzyingly destructive open worlds, and remembered as one of the best sandbox games on PC - not least because there hasn’t been a decent Red Faction game since.

In recognition of that status, new series owners Nordic Games have ripped the game from the decaying architecture of Games for Windows Live and reinstalled Guerrilla’s systems in Steamworks.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare dev wants to see the series return to World War II

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Call of Duty: World at War

Call of Duty - and Red Orchestra aside, the FPS world in general - has long since vacated the Pacific Front and fields of northern France in favour of modern and future warfare.

But given the chance, Sledgehammer’s Michael Condrey would love to go back to the sombre remembrance and single, sustained trumpet notes of the original CoD and its sequel.

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South Park's latest episode punishes free-to-play for its microtransgressions

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South Park: The Stick of Truth

South Park: The Stick of Truth might have been stuffed full of jokes at the expense of RPGs and gaming in general, but Stone and Parker aren’t done with the medium yet. The latest episode to air in the US settled on a nice, big target: freemium games.

The ‘mium’ is Latin for “not really”, y’know.

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Riot on League of Legends preseason changes: we haven't forgotten about tank junglers

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League of Legends

Expect a new kind of League of Legends jungle from the upcoming 2015 preseason. While the best Season 4 junglers honed their speed and ganking, Season 5's new monsters, buffs and items will accommodate many more ways to play the role.

The removal of one particular item has worried tank junglers, however. Without Quill Coat, won’t their relatively slow clear ability see them left behind? Riot say otherwise.

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