Intel introduces affordable six-core CPU behind its $1,000 behemoth

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If you’ve been eyeing up the eight-core, sixteen-thread Intel Core i7 5960X with jealous peepers, but lack the big wallet of the CEO of the ALS Association, there is still a way to top the four cores of a Devil’s Canyon i7.

There’s a six-core, twelve-thread, unlocked Intel Haswell E processor on its way that doesn’t cost a lot more than the Core i7 4790K.


We're giving away three thousand Steam keys for 7 Days To Die

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The weekend's nearly here, and that means taking a break from the stresses of the week, right? Wrong. For us, it means working through the weekend at PAX Prime 2014 in Seattle, scooping up interviews and stories over the next four days (keep an eye on our YouTube channel, too). For you, the weekend means terror, desperation and bludgeoning a man to death for his last can of beans.

To celebrate our PAX weekend and yours, we have three thousand Steam keys for the early access survival game 7 Days To Die, and we're giving them to you. In true survival style, it's first-come-first served, so fight your way down to the box below.


PC Gamer UK October issue: Evolve

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Release the Kraken! Hunt the Kraken! Stop the Kraken! Panic at the Kraken! These and other Kraken-based activities are at the centre of Evolve, Turtle Rock's 4-vs-1 multiplayer shooter. We sent the monstrous Ben Griffin to take a look at the game, and he came back, not only with a hands-on report on the Left 4 Dead successor, but also bathed in the blood of multiple games journalists. We didn't ask questions.


Arma 3 is 50% off this weekend at the Bohemia Interactive store

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This weekend's Steam sale is all about the Call of Duty. If you're looking for a shooter that's deeper, more complex, more unforgiving and more glitchy, you'd be better off going to Bohemia Interactive's store. There you can pick up the excellent Arma 3 for a 50% discount.


Deep Silver teases new Saints Row reveal

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For the last week, the cowled monks of Rumour Abbey have been chanting lowly about a possible Volition announcement at this weekend's PAX. But what could they be announcing? Well, given that the studio's owner, Deep Silver, didn't acquire the Red Faction series after THQ's demise, it's almost inevitable that the answer will be a new Saints Row. A recent tweet lends further support to this theory.


Lords of the Fallen trailer shows off dark fantasy environments ahead of October release

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Yes, Lords of the Fallen is a fantasy RPG. You can tell because there's an elderly man narrating stuff about "evil against evil", "stains on humanity" and "the world's only hope" during the below trailer. It's all very serious, as fantasy RPGs are wont to be. Lords of the Fallen doesn't look set to push the boundaries of the genre in terms of setting, but many are holding out hope that it'll tide us over until the next Souls game.


Why PAX is better than the internet

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Where are all the assholes? I’ve been in Seattle for a few hours now, a few blocks from the convention center where PAX will be tomorrow, and I haven’t seen a single violent shouting match about feminism or indie games or Call of Duty or which kind of cloud is the dumbest (I say cirrus). I thought this was a convention for gamers.


Saints Row studio Volition will reveal a new game at PAX Prime

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Looks like Saints Row studio Volition will announce a new game at PAX Prime. According to an event description on the PAX site, new gameplay, art and details “for an upcoming project from Volition” will be shown during a panel on Friday.


Valve is being sued by an Australian consumer watchdog

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Valve is being taken to court by The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. The ACCC is alleging that Valve has not fulfilled mandatory consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law. While neither Valve or Steam has any physical presence in Australia, the company must observe Australian law when it provides goods or services to Australians.


Blizzard hire Hearthstone pro to help design Hearthstone

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If you’re like me, your Hearthstone aspirations probably rest on making Legendary someday. (Currently feeling the rank 7 hype.) Beyond that, you might have hopes of becoming a successful streamer or even winning some tournaments and getting picked up by a team. But how about being so good at the game that you manage to snag a job at Blizzard? That’s what’s next for Ryan ‘Realz’ Masterson, who previously led the Mana Grind team before its recent disbandment.


Metro: Last Light studio 4A Games teases a "sandbox-style experience"

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The Metro and Stalker games are incredibly atmospheric post-apocalyptic shooters, but where Stalker is set in a sprawling open world, Metro is a far more claustrophobic and linear experience. But it sounds like Metro developer 4A Games might just be aiming for something a little more Stalker-like in its next game.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 4

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In episode 4 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress Let's Play, Wes builds a kitchen, expands his underground fortress, and starts a farm!


Titanfall ditches the Titans for "Pilot Skirmish," a new gameplay mode coming in Update Six

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Have you ever played Titanfall and thought to yourself, "This is cool, but it would be even better without the Titans?" If so, then I have some fantastic news: Pilot Skirmish, the new Featured Game Mode coming in Titanfall's Update Six, is exactly that.


Dragon Age: Inquisition hands-on: fine fantasy

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You might have seen images of maps online, on Reddit or elsewhere, where cartographically-skilled gamers have compared the sizes of The Largest Worlds in Gaming. Tamriel is sized up against Liberty City, Chernarus against Far Cry 3. Just Cause 2’s island is overlaid atop The Lord of the Rings Online (a ridiculous 30,000 square miles, allegedly).

World size has always struck me as a meaningless measuring stick. For RPGs, doubly so. When I talk to someone about Skyrim, I don’t gush about the virtual land area I’ve experienced. I tell them that they can be a cat person and steal the silverware of whomever they please, or replace the mammoths with giant, exploding chickens.

Distance isn’t intrinsically fun; if a game’s massive space isn’t populated purposefully, its promised ‘epic journey’ can be pretty dull. I say all this to explain why I was unmoved by the marketing line BioWare began using around E3 for Dragon Age: Inquisition. This was the “biggest game in the studio’s history,” we heard in every interview. In a presentation for the game, one slide replicated exactly the style of map I mentioned, overlaying Inquisition’s zones atop the Skyrim map to demonstrate that BioWare’s world was biggest.


Planetary Annihiliation's launch date revealed with an explosive new trailer

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The Kickstarter for Planetary Annihilation, the real-time strategy game about annihilating planets, may not have received quite the same level of attention as the Double-Fine Adventure or Project Eternity, but it was nonetheless a huge success, drawing more than $2.2 million on a goal of $900,000. And now, just shy of two years after the campaign wrapped up, we have a launch date and a very cool new trailer.


Pixel Boost: Tachyon: The Fringe at 2560x1440

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Twice a month, Pixel Boost guides you through the hacks, tricks, and mods you'll need to run a classic PC game on Windows 7/8. Each guide comes with a free side of hi-res screenshots from the LPC celebrating the graphics of PC gaming's past. This week: Cracking wise on the outskirts of space.

Elite Dangerous, Star Citizen. While space sim diehards are fighting over which modern sim is the one true king, Pixel Boost turns its eyes back to one of the greats of the past: Novalogic’s Tachyon: The Fringe. Bruce Campbell stars as sassy pilot Jake Logan, hanging out on the fringes of space and getting in all kinds of interstellar dogfights. Tachyon showed up on PC in 2000, right as the space sim genre peaked and started drifting into a black hole of obscurity, with a branching storyline and multiplayer that still lives today. The game is also easy to play at high resolutions on modern Windows. If you bought a flight stick for modern space sims, time to put it to use with a classic.

PAX 10 Humble Flash Bundle offers indie consolation for gamers who can't make the show

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PAX Prime switches on tomorrow, and it promises to be a good time for all. But if you're one of the unfortunate souls who can't make it, here's the next best thing: The PAX 10 Humble Flash Bundle!


Why you should use Darkadia to show off your game collection

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Steam makes it easy to collect games, but as a tool for maintaining a collection it suffers from a few shortcomings. It's not much use for cataloging Infocom classics, say, or that Splinter Cell special edition that came in a metal lunchbox, and some die-hard collectors—people who'll pass on a game because the packaging is just a little too banged up—may not consider "owning" a game on Steam the same as having it parked in a place of pride on a shelf.

That's where Darkadia comes in. It's a website that simplifies the process of organizing and tracking videogame collections with a substantial degree of control and detail. Darkadia also makes it easy to show off collections to other gamers around the world: I've got 170 digital boxes arranged in glorious rows on my Darkadia shelves—not the entirety of my collection, but a solid start—and man, they look good.


CCP Games closes San Francisco office, loses two key executives

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EVE Online studio CCP Games has announced the closure of its San Francisco office as part of an effort to "merge and streamline" its operations following the decision to cancel the development of the World of Darkness MMO. Perhaps more significantly, it has also lost the services of its chief financial officer and chief marketing officer.

Assassin's Creed: Unity delayed, now planned for mid-November

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Wait, has Tom's pile of jumpers shifted slightly? Is Ben's amputated hand pointing at a different angle? Has... actually I don't know who owns the plastic crab, but I'm sure the plastic crab has moved. Aha, there's a note wedged between my magazine stack—a secret communiqué left by an unseeable agent. It says: "Assassin's Creed: Unity delayed. New release date is November 13th."