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Sir, You Are Being Subsidised: UK games industry tax breaks are go

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Sir, You Are Being Subsidised: UK games industry tax breaks are go

The European Commission has greenlit UK games industry tax breaks, following a year-long investigation into whether developers really needed them.

“Our initial doubts have been dispelled," said the Comission’s VP of competition policy, Joaquin Almunia. “The proposed aid for video games is indeed focusing on a small number of distinctive, culturally British games which have increasing difficulties to find private financing."

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UK’s first ever official PC downloads chart sees SimCity come out on top in March

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UK’s first ever official PC downloads chart sees SimCity come out on top in March

After a year of beta testing - everything has a beta nowadays - UK trade association UKIE have today launched their PC download chart, reportedly the first of its kind in the world. BioShock Infinite claimed the prize of first-ever number one for March in the digital-only rankings - but was bested by SimCity in a hybrid chart that combines boxed and digital sales.

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Games wanting UK tax breaks must pass cultural test and score half marks

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Games wanting UK tax breaks must pass cultural test and score half marks

Cultural tests would be a funny idea, if they didn’t form a very real part of UK immigration decision-making. In the games industry, UK developers will soon have to commit to a similar sort of thing to be eligible for tax breaks - except rather than having to name the lesser royals, they’ll be awarded points for a recognisably British setting and cast.

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E-Thrombosis: why and how extended gaming can be dangerous

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E-Thrombosis: why and how extended gaming can be dangerous

“I couldn't believe what had happened to my son," says David Staniforth. David’s talking about his son Chris. He was 20 when he died last year, in the UK. 

It’s the kind of quote we might skim over. Another freak death/urban legend about a gamer who spent too long in front of a screen. It’s really not.

Research is starting to show that as gamers we are all increasingly at risk from a very real, deadly and yet easily-preventable medical condition, one that is likely to seriously impact our generation.

Our goal in writing about this isn’t to sensationalise. We just want to talk about it, raise awareness, and hopefully, help you to stay healthy.

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The eight best babies in games

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Noir Syndrome is a randomly generated murder mystery game

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Gamescom 2014: Hands-on with Alien: Isolation

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Some new Star Citizen stretch goals

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Gamescom 2014: The Indie Games Roundup

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Who is the least worst publisher of PC games? EA or Ubisoft?

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Hands on with The Golf Club

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Galactic Civilizations III beta: now it's getting fun

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Warlords of Draenor cinematic revealed; expansion launches on November 13th

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All Gone! We've got beta keys for ArcheAge, an MMO with the ethos of Eve

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A StarCraft classic for a new Proleague era

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The 100 best Skyrim mods

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Firefall PC review

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Firefall PC review

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Elite: Dangerous Beta 1.03 review

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Elite: Dangerous Beta 1.03 review

The Art of Free to Play: Viktor Antonov on designing Battlecry's beautiful world

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How Divinity: Original Sin put the magic back into spellcasting

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Battle.net engineer joins Stardock to build new cloud service Tachyon

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Battle.net engineer joins Stardock to build new cloud service Tachyon

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Sacred 3 PC review

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