Now Playing Live: the PC Gamer Battle Royale livestream

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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.

Cobalt video explains the concept and execution of the 2D arcade shooter

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From one successful PC Gamer alumni to another. Owen Hill - former PCG web editor, current Mojang word man, and secret Yordle - is hosting the new Radio Cobalt, a video podcast dedicated to explaining the Mojang published 2D arcade shooter. Talking to the game's developers, Oxeye Game Studios, this first episode provides a quick overview of the scope and breadth of the action.

Cobalt livestream: Oxeye playing the game and answering your questions right now [Update: It's over, so enjoy the trailer instead]

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Update: ...And it's finished.

Oxeye, developers of the Mojang published side-scrolling multiplayer shooter Cobalt, are were livestreaming their game, and answering fan questions over the top of its madcap action.

PC Gamer UK Podcast: Episode 66 - Batarians Do Their Own Bullet Time

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Graham, Chris, Tom Francis and podcast debutante Tom Senior gather to discuss the Steam charts, roBurky, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Call of Duty, The Witcher 2, Dishonored, Crysis 3, and more. We also find time to appreciate Drell fabulousness, pick apart the Valve employee handbook, get our real and fictional religions confused, and answer your questions. See below for show notes.

Download the MP3, subscribe, or find our older podcasts here.

Mojang releases Cobalt alpha, you can buy it

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Honoring its unexpected promise, Mojang has made Cobalt—it's first third-party published game—available for sale today. Head to to take a look. Like Minecraft, the side-scrolling, 2D, multiplayer platformer has been released as an alpha that'll be updated over time. If you have a Minecraft account, you can use it to buy and access Cobalt.

Mojang to release Cobalt on Friday, if all goes to plan

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Mojang have told Edge that they're hoping to publish their first third party game, Cobalt this Friday, if all goes to plan.

"We haven't told anyone [about the release date] yet because we're aiming for Friday, but we don't know if we can make it," Mojang managing director Carl Manneh said to Edge. "But I think we can."

Cobalt is a quirky robot platformer from Oxeye Game Studio. Mojang and Oxeye are working together to give it some extra polish before Friday. Like Minecraft, it will be released as an alpha and then regularly updated until it's done.

Indie Game Music Bundle: 10 soundtracks for $1

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The Steam sale is doing a good job of expanding our game collections, but what about our ears? They need entertainment too. The Indie Game Music Bundle is here to help. You can pay what you want above a dollar for the collection, which includes sountracks from ten games, including Minecraft, Super Meat Boy, VVVVVV and Cobalt, from artists like C418, Souleye, danny B, Jake "virt" Kaufman. Find the full list below, with links to each album page, where you can listen to samples of many of the tracks on offfer.

Video—the PC Gaming Press Conference @ PAX 2011

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A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended our PC Gaming Press Conference last Friday at PAX. It feels damn nice to pack a room with PC gamers, and talk directly about some of the innovations, ideas, and good things happening on our platform. If you weren't in Seattle last weekend, we're delighted to bring you video of the full presentation. Inside this post, we've also broken out the video into timestamps for your convenience.

We're really looking forward to doing this again next year in a bigger way. Obviously we don't think of ourselves as the keepers of PC gaming as a platform, but if someone isn't going to get on stage, gather some exciting upcoming games and say nice things about the PC, by jove, we'll do it. To that end, if you have any suggestions for format, content, or who you'd like to see at such an event, let us know in the comments.

Cobalt: a gorgeous 2D blaster published by Minecraft creators, Mojang

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Mojang isn't just about Minecraft and The Elder Scrolls any more. This autumn, Team Notch is dipping its toes into publishing with Oxeye Game Studios' quirky platformer Cobalt. We had a chat with studio head Daniel Brynolf to find out what will make his little robot star so attractive* to the indie world.

(* Beyond ferro-magnetism, of course.)