News writers sprint nervously between desks, veteran editors stare gruffly into the middle-distance, and Chris solemnly queues up the Les Misérables soundtrack. PC Gamer is going to war! (Again!) And you've been enlisted, soldier. Whether battle-hardened war hero, or barely out of boot-camp, we need your help.
As much as we enjoyed our DayZ odyssey, and politely smack-talked our way through the afternoon Battle Royale, for the next PC Gamer stream, we figured it best to pick a game in which Ben couldn't brutally murder us. Also, a game in which we had access to stompy robots and nimble jet-packs. As such, this evening we'll be suiting up as a united front against the masses of the Titanfall beta.
You can watch us play Titanfall tonight at 8pm GMT. Just head over to our Twitch channel, or stare transfixed at the embed inside.
Our afternoon of bloody competition is now underway. For the next few hours, PCG UK are streaming the Battle Royale. We'll be cycling through a selection of single-screen multiplayer games, including Cobalt, Nidhogg, Samurai Gunn and Gun Monkeys. To watch, head over to our Twitch channel, or check out the embed inside this post.
Looking for evening of multiplayer gaming? Come and play with us. We've recently refreshed our UK server list, providing a space for readers to explore, build and... okay, mostly just kill. Whether you enjoy a friendly round of competitive brutality, or a collaborative place to create and share, our Multiplay hosted servers are waiting for you to join.
Good news for those of you who've been waiting to lecture Rich over his flagrant deviation from Game of Thrones canon: we're finally lifting the eerie silence that has fallen over the PC Gamer community.
As you've probably noticed, our forum and comment threads have been disabled since the discovery of a malicious script that was lurking in the forum's code. Thankfully, an investigation revealed that no user data had been compromised, but we're going to use this downtime to review our choice of forum software. As a result, we're not yet ready to re-introduce the site's native community functionality.
As a temporary solution, we've added support for the third-party commenting platform Disqus. That means, whether you're a long-standing member of the PCG community, or looking to join the discussion for the first time, you'll need to sign up for a Disqus account. Don't worry: it's a painless process, and one that can be optionally done through a Facebook, Google+ or Twitter log-in.
We recently set up a ridiculous number of servers for the latest and greatest games—plus a few classics. To celebrate, we want you to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with us tonight!
Here at PC Gamer we like to play PC games. Sometimes, we even like to play them with other people. That’s why we’ve got a huge lineup of game servers hosted by GameServers.com. Feel free to hop on whenever, or join us on Community Friday or during our other random events.
As I hoped, CS:GO’s appearance on Steam Workshop eased the map drought irking Global Offensive players since launch. About 700 Defusal, Hostage Rescue, Deathmatch, Arms Race, and other maps now populate Steam Workshop, and all are available for easy download (and auto-updating) through Steam. I’ve played a bunch of them with our community over the past week.
Last week, we set you the challenge of snapping pictures of your mad, powerful, custom PC rigs with the aim of winning a brand new Alienware TactX keyboard and mouse. It was all to celebrate the release of new God Vulcan (no, nothing to do with Star Trek) in MOBA game Smite.
We had two major requests of Orcs Must Die!: let us play with friends, and let us play forever. Orcs Must Die! 2launches later this month with both of those features, and we want to be the first ones to show you them tossed together.
As I type this, Dota 2 is the most popular game on Steam and is being played by 52,219 people. This is a game that's supposedly still in closed beta, one that has numerous holes waiting to be filled by proposed features, and which is still being updated all the time.
But given that it's easy to get in to the Dota 2 beta (you can even buy your way in), and given that you can pay for items in the Dota 2 store now, should PC Gamer review the game? We'd like to hear what you think.
Journalists have been asking developers questions all week at E3, but a couple of developers are opening up questions to their entire playerbase this afternoon, thanks to the wonderful magic of the internet.
Lead developers on Diablo 3 and Guild Wars 2 are hosting separate Ask Me Anything events on reddit this afternoon. Here's the schedules and topics so you can get involved.
The first Guild Wars 2 beta weekend event for pre-purchase players begins tonight at 8pm GMT (12pm PDT). European players are cordially invited to join the PC Gamer community in exploring the game for the first time.
The leader of our Guild Wars community, Archernick, has rallied the troops on the Desolation EU server. He's started a thread on the PC Gamer forum where you can find out more and share your contact details. There's also a thread on downloading the GW2 client if you've already got access.
All of the keys have been given out! Thanks again to everyone who participated!
Greetings, PCG visitors! Stay awhile, and listen! We've got a heap of Diablo III beta codes, and we want to give them to you. Whether you're amped to play the crafty Wizard, cold-blooded Demon Hunter, combo-centric Monk, shamanistic Witch Doctor, or the classic Barbarian, this will be your chance to get ahead of the pack.
We'll be giving away the codes en masse on the PC Gamer Facebook and Twitter pages; simply find the post, hit the "Like" button, then click "Reshare." Once we've hit our (super-secret) tallies, we'll throw out another batch of codes like money onto a crowded street. No longer do you need to consider sacrificing a goat to Rakanishu to get Diablo III beta access—this is your chance!
A month ago, BioWare announced they'd be holding a summit of The Old Republic guild leaders near their Austin, TX offices to gather feedback from the community and share their vision for the game's future. Well, my Jedi and Sith friends, the time is almost here.
The Summit takes place on Monday, and we're going to be there representing our official guild and PC Gamer as a whole. In addition to livestreaming some of the panels here on the site next week, we also want to pass along your feedback to the developers. So let us know what you like and don't like about TOR, and what you think BioWare should do about it.
I'm starting to suspect that Valentine's Day is more about seasonal MMO events than it is about intimacy or affection or spending time with a loved one. At least that's what I keep telling myself.
As we reported last week, Rift are celebrating the gift card industry's happiest day of the year with an attempt to break the Guiness world record for most in-game marriages in a day. We'll be taking part: at 7.00pm GMT tonight on the European Icewatch server, Tom Senior and I will be tying the virtual knot. This is what we are actually doing with our Valentine's evening. We'd like you to join us. Please?
You all have built some amazing things on our Minecraft server over the past year, and we're excited to keep things going! We recently upgraded our server's hardware and software to boost performance and allow for more simultaneous users, and we added some new plugins to keep things interesting.
Check out the video that Jpang (one of the server's volunteer moderators) made to showcase the awesome things the community has built, and then come join us!
Server IP address: 188.8.131.52:25566
Steam group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/PCGMCUS
Contact mdoerators: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cataclysm might’ve saved Azeroth, but Andrew Kuhar believes that the old world deserved a proper send off. We talked with the longtime World of Warcraft player and PCG reader about the vintage posters themed after old school bosses he’s making, and what the heck that really abstract one is all about. Best of all, you can download these gorgeous posters with the click of your mouse—just click which ones you want (we recommend all of them) and you'll be downloading the 50MB original file in no time. We wouldn't be offended if you took 'em to the printers to be made into actual posters; there's no doubt that your end-game experience will be enhanced as you reflect on bosses past, staring at your from your wall, while you raid the newest content.