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The week in PC gaming: 15th / 21st October


Welcome once again to PCGamesN’s weekly roundup of the biggest news and best stories from the last seven days. This week brought us the end of the Project Eternity kickstarter, the release of Doom 3 BFG Edition, our first hands-on with Scrolls, and a slew of news about changes to League of Legends. Hit the jump for the rest of the roundup.

Out this week:

The Rohirrim charged into Lord of the Rings Online.

The Diablo 3 1.0.5 patch finally came out. It’s a big one, so we mention it here. Confused about Infernal Machine? Steve is here to help.

Doom 3 BFG Edition is here!

AI:War Ancient Shadows expansion (plus a huge patch)!

Unity of Command is on Steam, and it’s on sale!

Big reads and hands-on

Our look back at Doom continued, as Dan Griliopoulos interviewed top PC developers, and the PCGN team, to talk about their experiences with the game. To that, I will just add that the battle with the Cyberdemon remains one of my most memorable gaming experiences. I never did take it down with the rocket launchers. Instead, I reloaded a save from the previous level and hoarded all my plasma ammunition. Then, when I got to the Cyberdemon, I hosed him down with hot fire.

Paul spent some time playing Mojang’sScrolls!

We had a long talk with developer Simon Roth about Maia, his upcoming space colony management game.

We took a look at Rift’s Storm Legion, and started giving out a lot of keys!

Paul once again shines his Spotlight on Greenlight and discovers… GAMES!

eSports and MOBAs

We put together a list of the very best League of Legends tournament games.

Now that they’ve won the League of Legends World Championship, the Taipei Assassins are officially Kind of a Big Deal. One issue they raised after winning was poor state of jungle strategy, and Riot are already planning revisions to it. They should be in place for Season 3. Riot also nerfed Rengar and Evelynn, and boosted Syndra in the patch beta. Meanwhile, get ready for the Spider Queen, Elise.

One notable story coming out the World Championship is the fact that Riot developed an offline mode for tournament League of Legends play.

It was a rough week in StarCraft land, with the SlayerS team dissolving and the head of the Korean eSports Federation resigning for his part in the disaster. On the other hand, the GSL championship came to a spectacular conclusion as Life became the first player ever to win a GSL championship in his first appearance in Code S. By the way, did you see that Tasteless and Artosis are starring in an upcoming documentary about their careers?

And more…

Christmas came early thanks to an Origin sale gone wrong as EA accidentally gave away thousands of free games.

The Bohemia developers currently imprisoned by Greece on espionage charges will not get their day in court any time soon. Strikes have brought the Greek court system to a standstill.

XCOM is not doing brilliantly on consoles, but sales are booming on Steam. Speaking of which, members of the XCOM community have created a mod that gets the “Second Wave” campaign options back into the game.

Wait, Diablo was almost a Game Boy game?

War of the Roses publisher Paradox promise more weapons, maps, and modes.

Dean Hall revealed the first images from standalone DayZ.

Call of Duty Elite is going to be free for Black Ops 2, but PC gamers can drop dead.

I do love SimCity disasters.

Enjoy some Minecraft IRL. Then follow it up with some XCOM IRL.

Steam Greenlight approves 21 new games.

Project Eternity finished as the most funded game in Kickstarter history. Nearly four million raised.

It’s not all streets paved with gold when it comes to Kickstarter. Loot Drop killed their Old School RPG project.

Bioshock Infinite’s AI and combat leads left Irrational. That’s a lot of leads who have left in the last few months.

Get ready to ride some Skyrim dragons in the Dragonborn DLC.

Minecraft meets 3D printing. This feels like the start of something dangerous.

Layoffs at Lionhead.

Dishonored is great, but on PC you can make it better.

Steam security vulnerability discovered, especially for Safari users.

The War Z replaces copy-pastes League of Legends TOS, but forgot to change the text.

The limits of Star Wars: The Old Republic “free to play” freedom.

Black Ops 2 launch trailer.

Whatever you do, don’t pre-order Microsoft Surface. Wait for “Surface for Windows 8 Pro”.

Our own Steve Hogarty was honored with a Games Media Award. He took it home and honored it in return.

Ken Rolston, design lead on Morrowind and Oblivion, has joined Turbine.

CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 has been joined by Mike Pondsmith, creator the the Cyberpunk RPG.

Watch Rome destroy Carthage in this Rome 2 video.