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Insane TrackMania map spins in loops, not a crash in sight

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Insane TrackMania map spins in loops, not a crash in sight

One of the best things about being in the PC community is sharing awesome experiences, be that uploading a video of the coolest thing you’ve done today, or creating a brand new level using a game’s tool set. This video that our Nick found is a combination of both those things: a video of a community made track in TrackMania 2. It’s absolutely insane.

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Shootmania ‘Royal Feast’ competition comes with prizes supplied by Ubisoft and Beyond Gaming

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Shootmania ‘Royal Feast’ competition comes with prizes supplied by Ubisoft and Beyond Gaming

Ubisoft and Beyond Gaming are laying out a spread of prizes for their combined Royal Feast competition, with the top prize being a Revolt R770 Gaming PC  There are plans to run the contest regularly through the coming months, each time with a different Ubisoft game as the battleground. The first Royal Feast has kicked off with Shootmania and till the 2 June you can win prizes prizes prizes for logging in and smoking some fools.

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New ShootMania update to include Arrow weapon, bow apparently not included.

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New ShootMania update to include Arrow weapon, bow apparently not included.

Official comms from the surface of ManiaPlanet indicate that ShootMania has received a new update containing the ‘Arrow’ weapon. After re-tuning our vox equipment and asking for a repeat of the message, we can confirm that ShootMania is not infact jumping on the archery band-wagon, but offering the Arrow gun indroduced in the Combo add-on for use in all game modes.

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The perfect storm: designing Shootmania, and beyond

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The perfect storm: designing Shootmania, and beyond

Shootmania Storm is out today. I think it’s a fantastic game; a competitive twitch shooter set in an overloaded neon castle. It’s unusually player-friendly in these modern times: it’s got a fully fledged and easy to use level editor, it doesn’t shove microtransactions down your throat, and it has a rare degree of connectivity, allowing you to compete in leagues and league tables against competitors across the world.

But it’s also unusually precise, a game designed with a fine scalpel. There are no needless mechanics in Shootmania Storm; there’s no fat or waste. There’s no crouch button. Weapons auto-swap when you run over them. There are only a handful of weapons. There’s no experience points or prestiging. It’s a beautiful, brilliant design.

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Shootmania: Storm launches with a new trailer; binaries and fatalities abound

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Shootmania: Storm launches with a new trailer; binaries and fatalities abound

In a multiplayer zeitgeist warface-painted for so long in the muddy colours of military facade, Shootmania has been a harder sell that it might have been. In Nadeo’s new opus, there are no tangos to down, no ironsights to raise, and no smoke grenades to lob. But spend a minute or so in the company of its launch trailer, and you’ll believe you don’t need any of that bumph.

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Shootmania Storm and Trackmania 2: Stadium coming to Steam

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Shootmania Storm and Trackmania 2: Stadium coming to SteamNadeo’s ManiaPlanet titles are on the verge of a Steam release, the good people at Steam Apps Database have discovered. Standing stage right before the curtain's hitched up are minimalist multiplayer FPS number Shootmania Storm and the free to play component of racing sequel Trackmania 2, Stadium.

Update: Official word from Ubisoft is that Trackmania 2: Canyon is now available to buy on Steam, while the open betas for both Shootmania Storm and Trackmania 2: Stadium can now be accessed via Valve's platform.

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Shootmania launches open beta and release date set for 10 April

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Shootmania launches open beta and release date set for 10 AprilAwesome news everyone, Nadeo have launched the open beta for their excellent-looking Shootmania Storm. Right this very moment, this moment that you are wasting reading a sentence constructed of multiple sub clauses, sub clauses which you could argue add needless complexity to what should otherwise be an extremely simple and direct sentence, you could be better spending your time downloading and playing Shootmania.

Now a real mean move on my part would be hiding the link to the open beta below the break.

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Shootmania release date slips to April

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Shootmania release date slips to AprilUbisoft has announced that Nadeo's pre-gamer oriented shooter, Shootmania release date has slipped to April.

It's not all bad though because they've revealed that the next stage of the open beta will begin on the 12th February.

There's really not much more news than that, so I'll have to fill beyond the break with trailers.

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IPL6 comes to Las Vegas' Cosmopolitan in March

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IPL6 comes to Las Vegas' Cosmopolitan in MarchI say ‘comes to’; really I mean ‘goes to’, out there in the desert. But while IPL may be far away from our UK bunker, the jarred heart of PCGamesN is marked ‘eSports’, and beats ever faster whenever one of us mentions the Sin City shindig.

Like its predecessor, IPL6 will feature tournaments in League of Legends, StarCraft 2 and ShootMania Storm. More titles will be announced in the coming weeks. The fur will begin flying on Thursday, March 28th with a special VIP-only viewing day, and won’t end until Sunday, March 31st.

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ShootMania Storm's biggest patch ever adds grappling hooks and sliding

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ShootMania Storm's biggest patch ever adds grappling hooks and slidingIs it in its guns? Oh no that's just bullets. Is it in its maps? Oh no that's just vaguely neo-Aztec architecture, I think. (Shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot) oh if you wanna know what makes the latest ShootMania update so nice, it's in its grappling hooks. Yes, the second phase of Nadeo's eSports shooter has proper grappling hooks, and I've got Cher stuck in my head.

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IPL5 Interview: TotalBiscuit on Axiom, Shootmania, and the state of pro StarCraft 2

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IPL5 Interview: TotalBiscuit on Axiom, Shootmania, and the state of pro StarCraft 2John “TotalBiscuit" Bain is one of gaming’s premier video personalities and an increasingly prolific caster and eSports commentator. He was at IPL5 to cast StarCraft 2 and a bit of Shootmania, but also to support the brand-new eSports team he recently started with his wife Genna “Intricacy" Bain: Axiom eSports.

While Intricacy and Axiom’s players unfortunately eluded me at IPL5, I did have a chance to talk with TotalBiscuit shortly before the finale to the IPL5 StarCraft 2 tournament and get his thoughts one where things stand with Axiom, whether Shootmania can put FPS eSports back on the map, and what the future holds for StarCraft.

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Where the action is: IPL 5, David Ting, and the battle to be the eSports' best

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Where the action is: IPL 5, David Ting, and the battle to be the eSports' bestGetting off the flight to Las Vegas from Boston, the man in my row starts talking to an older woman. They are both regulars in Vegas, and they reminisced about hotels and casinos while the rows ahead slowly emptied. There’s one they both liked but (and here the woman sighs wistfully), “It’s moved farther down The Strip since the old days. I haven’t been back in years."

In a cab heading to IGN Pro League’s IPL 5 at the Cosmopolitan, I see a huge billboard bearing the name of a hotel that proclaims, in huge letters, “The center of the action has shifted." Perhaps it has, and that old hotel and casino has fallen even further down The Strip, rendered obsolete by newer places and crowds that area always chasing the action, and the energy that gathers around it.

Esports aren’t all that different. This is a community where people weigh and assess “the hype" like it’s a fine wine, and exhort each other to “get hype" unironically. Esports are chasing bigger audience and more mainstream attention but, really, what they’re chasing is the action. Bigger crowds and personalities, more money, louder cheers, and above all, more excitement. IPL 5 has moved to the Cosmopolitan, and next year there are probably going to be four of these events instead of just two. The center of the action is shifting. Or at least, that’s what IPL and its General Manager David Ting hopes.

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IPL5: Don't forget Shootmania

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IPL5: Don't forget ShootmaniaIPL5's happening in Vegas, and it's all Starcraft 2 this, League of Legends that and Pina Colada the other. You know what it's like. But there's also Nadeo's nifty FPS, built from the ground up for eSport play. While the game isn't released until January 23rd next year, IPL marks its very first tournament - with a prize pot of $100,000.

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E-Sports World Cup 2012 champions crowned in Paris

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E-Sports World Cup 2012 champions crowned in ParisThis weekend saw the 2012 E-Sports World Cup draw to a dramatic close, with tournament finals taking place across Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Trackmania Canyon, Trackmania Nations, Shootmania Storm and Starcraft 2. Winners spilled out of the ESWC arena like Coca-Cola from a Mentos-infused bottle, spraying sticky world champions all over the ceiling. But who are these freshly crowned wundermenschen? Let's take a look at them.

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Nadeo: racing games don't make good esports because of the "loneliness when you practice"

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Nadeo: racing games don't make good esports because of the "loneliness when you practice"

TrackMania developers Nadeo will be putting all their weight behind ShootMania and hope that their forthcoming build-your-own-battlefield shooter will bring FPS games back to prominence in esports. Speaking to designer Florent Castelnerac about his hopes for the game, and the audience of 12 million TrackMania 2 players that Nadeo can already lay claim to, I asked why the developer didn't try to push TrackMania itself more as an esport. There is a "loneliness when you practice" racing games, he said.

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