See the EA Gamescom 2014 conference here, at 9am BST

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Conference: round two! After yesterday's console-focused pressers, today EA get to offer a more balanced gaming diet. Expect them to even say "PC" on stage—almost like it was an extremely healthy and desirable platform to court. The whole thing will kick off in mere minutes, at 9am BST, 8am CET, 4am EST, 1am PST.


World of Warcraft petition leads to in-game Robin Williams tribute

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A World of Warcraft petition requesting a new in-game character based on Robin Williams has been successful. That may seem strange at first, but Williams was reportedly an avid World of Warcraft player. According to the petition page, the late Williams used to play on the Mannoroth server, and "was something of a troll in trade on good days or when anonymity [was] allowed."


A Bird Story is a stopgap between To The Moon and its sequel; new trailer and release date announced

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To The Moon creator Kan Go has offered further details on A Bird Story, announced last year as a follow up to the critically acclaimed indie. According to Go the game is an "hour-long adventure" which will bridge the gap between episode one of To The Moon and a forthcoming second episode.


Ultra Street Fighter IV review

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There have been three versions of Street Fighter IV on Steam: vanilla SFIV, Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition, and now Ultra Street Fighter IV, which is a $15 / £12 upgrade from SSFIV:AE. Capcom’s business model is obviously outdated. Being outdated is sort of Street Fighter’s thing.


Below trailer brings a moment of ethereal calm to Gamescom

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Sick of suited up guys yelling into mouthpieces, incendiary shooter sequels and stuff that's Only On Xbox? This Below trailer provides a calm respite from the brouhaha of Gamescom. There's no new information (ie, we still don't know when it's coming out), but this Capybara developed top-down adventure roguelike is looking prettier than ever.


Evolve Gamescom video shows off new Distillery map

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Evolve is no longer releasing in 2014, allowing more time for Turtle Rock to drip feed details ahead of its now early 2015 shipping date. In the above Gamescom 2014 trailer the Kraken faces off against four human foes in a new map called Distillery.


RollerCoaster Tycoon World brings co-op multiplayer to theme park management in 2015

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Atari has revealed the long-awaited return of RollerCoaster Tycoon to the PC as RollerCoaster Tycoon World. The publisher said the new game will bring a number of enhancements to the series that weren't possible in previous editions, including cooperative theme park management for up to four players.


Depression Quest is now free on Steam

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Depression Quest, an interactive fiction game in which you play as a sufferer of depression, is now available as a free game on Steam. But in a new blog post, creator Zoe Quinn explains that it almost didn't happen: The approval for today's launch came "literally minutes" after actor Robin Williams was found to have committed suicide, leaving Quinn with a very tough decision to make.

Why Rise of the Tomb Raider's exclusivity deal is a prehistoric relic

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Well, I guess this is adieu then Lara. The news from Gamescom today that Rise Of The Tomb Raider will launch “exclusively on Xbox” next year means that, at best, PC gamers will have to wait out whatever window of time Microsoft’s money hat has paid for. Irritating, but nothing we’re not used to. More troubling is the suggestion that this is actually a lifetime exclusive. If that is the case (and I strongly suspect it isn’t), then it would represent one of the dumbest partnership deals I can recall.


Secret Ponchos review (Early Access)

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If you’ve played Geometry Wars or Renegade Ops you know how to play Secret Ponchos: move with the left stick, aim with the right stick, and shoot. It’s a twin-stick shooter, but not just another twin-stick shooter: Secret Ponchos wisely tweaks and embellishes genre conventions to create something that feels more like a new type of fighting game. It's different and fun, but only if you play it with a good group.

Sega offers $1.25 million to settle Aliens: Colonial Marines lawsuit, but Gearbox fights on

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The Aliens: Colonial Marines legal saga may be stumbling toward at least a partial conclusion, as Sega has tentatively agreed to pay more than $1 million to settle the lawsuit against it. The publisher hasn't admitted to actually doing anything wrong, of course, but the expense of litigation and the uncertainty of the outcome has left both sides anxious to grab what they can and split without a fuss.


Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor brings the Black Hand to Gamescom

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Monolith has rolled out a new trailer for Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor at Gamescom that takes a closer look the singularly unpleasant minion of Sauron who murdered Talion's wife and son.


Gamescom 2014: all the stories from day one

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Once again, gaming's secret society of wizards have collected around Cologne, Germany, and summoned forth a festival of games. Gamescom is back and, over the next few days, fresh news, trailers and previews will ooze from its hallowed halls. Already the incantations have summoned corporate executives to deliver press conferences, providing surprise announcements and extended footage. Here's what went down on Gamescom's first day.


Volume gameplay trailer sneaks up on Gamescom

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Mike Bithell, creator of indie darling Thomas Was Alone, showed off a new gameplay trailer for his follow-up, Volume, during Sony's Gamescom press conference. The trailer helps tie Volume's story to the Robin Hood legend it's retelling, and also shows how a futuristic Mr. Hood would hide from robots.


Far Cry 4 footage from Gamescom explores the beauty and brutality of Kyrat

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Ubisoft showed some new footage of Far Cry 4 at Gamescom 2014, highlighting the world of Kyrat that players will explore. The new trailer looks at three distinctly different areas from the game, from jungle wildlands to snowy mountaintops and a spiritual retreat.


The Vanishing of Ethan Carter goes to Gamescom with a strange new trailer

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A new trailer for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter has turned up at Gamescom, and while it's not particularly informative, it is a handy reminder that the game will launch next month—and that preorders will soon be available.


Activision confirms the return of Sierra and a "reimagined" King's Quest

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Last week's Sierra teaser has paid off pretty much as expected, as Activision has brought the famous name back from the dead, with plans to use it as a publishing label for "edgy" independent projects. It will also re-release at least some old Sierra classics, beginning with an updated King's Quest and a new Geometry Wars.


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Back to Baldur's Gate: revisiting BioWare's legendary RPG

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Baldur’s Gate was one of my formative PC gaming experiences. I have vivid memories of sitting in the glow of my old CRT monitor on a Friday evening after school, dungeon crawling until the sun rose. I’ve never been one for misty-eyed nostalgia, but last week I felt compelled to reinstall it. It was almost midnight, and I had work the next day, but I didn’t think I’d be playing for long. Just enough to sate my nostalgia. Three hours later and I was still up. Its claws are in me again—almost 16 years after I first installed it on my old beige Pentium II—and, surprisingly, it still holds up.


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt trailer explains the scope and size of the setting

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This is technically a development diary, expanding on the world of The Witcher 3, and its ecosystems and politics. But given that it's set predominantly around old ruins, there isn't much actual development to be seen. Unless, that is, CD Projekt RED make their RPG sequel by chanting near ancient groves and resonating structures. If nothing else, it would explain the delay.