Minecraft mod CivCraft goes standalone as Praxis

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There comes a time when successful mods become too big for the games they’re modifications for. This appears to be the case with Minecraft mod CivCraft, with its creators announcing that Praxis, a standalone game based on CivCraft, is in development by a new studio devoted to the project. Florida-based studio [Redacted] Games claims CivCraft is “so far-reaching and ambitious that anything less than a bespoke platform” is insufficient.


Bejeweled 3 is Origin's latest On the House freebie

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Is it just coincidence that "three" rhymes with "free," and Bejeweled 3 is now free through Origin's On the House program? The answer, obviously, is yes, it's a complete coincidence. But so what? It's free!


League of Legends Champion Spotlight shines on Azir, the Emperor of the Sands

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Behold Azir, the ancient Emperor of the Sands, commander of the Shuriman armies, and the latest Champion to fall under the League of Legends Champion Spotlight.


FIFA 15 Ultimate Team loses trade offers as EA continues to combat cheating

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Back in August, with the release of FIFA 15 growing closer, Electronic Arts promised to bring great vengeance and furious anger down upon those who dared to cheat in FIFA Ultimate Team. Now the publisher has gone one step further in its efforts to clamp down on bad behavior by eliminating trade offers from the game entirely.


Game24 promises new game reveals, exclusive interviews, major prizes and more

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Nvidia's Game24 is a 24-hour PC gaming festival featuring special events in Los Angeles, Shanghai, London, Stockholm and more, and all of it broadcast on a "virtual stage" to gamers around the world. It all begins in just a couple of days, and that means it's time to take a closer look at what's in store: Interviews, mods, reveals, and even a couple of world records.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 9

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In this episode of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress LP, Wes panics as his dwarves recover from a violent elf assault. Also, the dwarves hide in trees, for some reason.


Assassin's Creed Unity co-op gameplay trailer demonstrates the importance of teamwork

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One Assassin is dangerous enough in Ubisoft's upcoming Assassin's Creed Unity, but put four of them together on the streets of 18th century Paris and you've got nothing less than a revolutionary A-Team.


Rust creator applauds Mojang sale to Microsoft, says he'd do the same thing

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Microsoft bought Mojang yesterday—you may have heard something about that. You may also have heard grumblings from some corners of the community that Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson "sold out" by taking the money and abandoning his game—and, by extension, his millions of adoring fans—to the fickle whims of of a corporate villain. But Garry Newman, the man behind indie darlings Garry's Mod and Rust, says he'd do exactly the same thing if he could, and you probably would too.


Sims 4 Diaries: The Cube of Despair

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Witness Mr. Henry Sim, a sour little man in a self-imposed exile from the world. He shirks the warmth of others, living a lonely existence of reality television, microwave dinners, and bitter resentment of the people who smile and laugh around him. But in just a moment, Mr. Sim will enter a world without happiness or laughter. He’ll have a world all to himself, without anyone, in the Cube of Despair.


ESL's Intel Extreme Masters e-sports tournament comes to San Jose stadium this December

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People who fill stadiums, a list: 1) ageing rock stars, 2) sports teams, and, as of this year, 3) wizards. We've already had Dota 2's International filling up Seattle's KeyArena. Now, ESL's Intel Extreme Masters tournament will use San Jose's SAP Center as the venue to find the world's best League of Legends and Starcraft 2 players.


World of Warcraft to reclaim old character names

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One of the biggest issues with any long running MMO is choosing a name for your character. It's guaranteed that any clever, lore-appropriate sequence of letters has been long bagsied by an early adopter. And so comes the desperation. "Lord Perrigrin Fluffyface"? Taken. "Armpit Switchblade"? Taken. "Crispin McBurns"? Taken. "XxX_BongMeister420_XxX"? Taken. "Jeff Goldblum"? Taken. Finally out of ideas, you plant your face on the keyboard and roll it back and forth. Nope. Taken.

What to do? If you're a World of Warcraft player despairing at the lack of possibilities, the answer is simply to wait. With the upcoming patch 6.0.2, Blizzard will reclaim the names of any player who hasn't logged into the game since 13 November, 2008.


Borderlands patch adds Steamworks support, reinstates multiplayer after Gamespy's shutdown

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The Great Steamworks Migration continues. This time, it's Borderlands. The shoot-'n-loot FPS's co-op multiplayer has been unavailable since Gamespy's demise. Now it's back, thanks to the introduction of the Steamworks multiplayer infrastructure.


Receiver available for free from Humble until 6PM BST

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The free game klaxon is sounding. Should you answer its call within the next seven hours, you'll get a free copy of Wolfire's Receiver. It's a procedurally generated cyberpunk gun sim—modelling a weapon's every available interaction. It's good, and you can get it for nothing from the Humble Store.


Left 4 Dead 2 patch grants Australians access to uncensored version

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When Valve resubmitted Left 4 Dead 2 for classification in Australia earlier this month, many wondered whether the company had plans to re-release the game. Well, anything is possible, but in the meantime if you own the censored version of Left 4 Dead 2 a free patch is now available on Steam which will grant you access to all the gratuitous violence you've been deprived of.


Far Cry 4 video proves you should not mess with elephants

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It's been one of the major talking points concerning Far Cry 4: not only can you ride elephants, but you can use them to kill things. The nature doco voiceover guy in this trailer claims the humble elephant has "the destructive power of a true war machine," which is not the way I imagine elephants would like to be seen. But you know, who cares what elephants think.


Due Process hands-on: kicking down doors in low-fi Rainbow Six

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The last thing I played at PAX earlier this month was Due Process, a tactical FPS in development by Seattle-based Giant Enemy Crab. Though it's very much in a primordial state (pre-alpha, by the dev team's description), Due Process ended up as one of my highlights from the show simply because it's exciting to see an indie team explore a genre that's typically reserved for big studios.


Saints Row creative director Steve Jaros leaves Volition for Valve

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Volition creative director Steve Jaros has announced he will leave the studio after ten years. Jaros wrote the first three Saints Row games and lead development on the series’ most recent installment, Saints Row 4. “The past 10 years at Volition have been life changing,” Jaros Tweeted. “I've gotten to work with amazing people and made friends that will last a life time.”


Rockstar cites need for "extra polish" for Grand Theft Auto 5 PC delay

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While it's nice to have Grand Theft Auto 5 confirmed for PC, and nicer still to have a release date confirmed, it does kinda sting that PC owners will have to wait until January 27 to terrorise Los Santos. The game will arrive two months after it releases for PS4 and Xbox One, but now Rockstar has commented on the delay.


Astro A38 bluetooth headset impressions

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Astro makes some of my favorite gaming headsets. They’re comfortable for long play sessions, their boom microphones sound clear when I’m calling out new objectives, and they sound pretty damn good—balanced enough for serious music listening but dynamic enough to catch every bullet snap in a Battlefield 4 match. So I was excited to try the company’s newest model, the Astro A38 Active Noise Cancelling Wireless Headset. Astro bills it as an all-in-one gaming headset that can be used on your desktop PC, a gaming laptop, or even your smartphone. After two weeks of use, I think it’s a great set of cans, but I’m not sure it belongs at your gaming rig.


Hearthstone hits 20 million players in just six months

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Just six months after Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft went into full release on the PC, Blizzard has announced that the free-to-play collectible card has racked up 20 million players.