Hearthstone Help: Six of the best streamers to learn from

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Hello ‘stoners, as always this is your host Vincent Sarius with another installment of Hearthstone Help. This week I want to tackle a slightly different topic: improving your skills by watching high level players who stream their sessions.


Call of Duty: Ghosts tires of half-baked DLC, gets fully baked with cannabis-themed pack

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Some would argue that paid-for personalisation packs are endemic in the games industry—chronic, even. But is there anything wrong with showing off some style while high at the top of a leaderboard. Infinity Ward are no dopes, they know how to hit their target markets. Presented with a money making opportunity, they're not going to make a hash of it. And so, some Call of Duty developers embarked on a skunkworks mission to create the Blunt Force Character Pack—a marijuana-themed DLC release.


IeSF removes male-only restriction from its e-sports tournaments

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Yesterday, I reported on the IeSF—the International e-Sports Federation—and how the gender segregation of their e-sports tournaments had led to a male-only Hearthstone qualifier at Finland's Assembly Summer 2014. Today, the IeSF released a statement announcing that they have removed the male-only restriction from their e-sports events. They also contacted us to explain their reasons for having one in the first place.


Radial-G hands-on: the sci-fi Oculus Rift racer with echoes of F-Zero

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Radial-G’s tagline promises ‘racing revolved’, which is a rather clever way of saying, “All the tracks in this futuristic hover-racer are cylindrical.” Hey, works for me. From newly established Brighton-based company Tammeka, Radial-G sees dozens of players thrust boosters over weird and wonderful alien worlds.


Soviet off-road vehicle sim Spintires sells 100,000 copies

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Here's a heartwarming tale: as of now, 100,000 people have enjoyed the unique pleasures of driving Soviet trucks through inhospitable terrain. That's because Spintires, the Kickstarter-funded truck driving simulator, has managed to sell an impressive 100,000 copies. Never before has getting bogged in Siberia been more popular, with the Kickstarter-funded title managing to retain a Steam Top 10 position since its release last month.


Super Time Force Ultra headed to Steam this season

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Super Time Force will throw off the shackles of Xbox exclusivity soon and make its way to Steam. The sidescrolling shooter will release for PC this "summer" (or winter in Australia) in an Ultra edition, which developers Capybara Games says will add "some very cool (but presently very secret) stuff".


Planet Explorers review (Early Access)

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Early Access reviews offer our preliminary verdicts on in-development games. We may follow up this unscored review with a final, scored review in the future.

Planet Explorers made me appreciate the genius of Minecraft’s basic building block: the simple, 16x16 pixel cube from which flows an entire universe of creativity. Planet Explorers tries expand on the genre Minecraft created by adding more options, more granularity—more everything. Its potential initially inspired me to explore and create, but eventually taught me that Minecraft’s simplicity and comparatively limited scope are some of its biggest assets.

Battlefield Hardline post-beta changes detailed in new Community's Most Wanted list

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The Battlefield Hardline beta ended just a week ago, but Electronic Arts says a number of significant changes have already been made to the game based on feedback from the players. Ten of those changes are detailed in the new "Community's Most Wanted," a standing list of updates and improvements that will be maintained until the day the game is launched.


What we want from Doom 4

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Ready to feel old? It’s been a decade since Doom 3 came out. Game design and technology has come a long, long way since the olden times of 2004, so we’re excited about the prospect of a new Doom taking the shooter world by surprise. Now that there’s finally confirmation that we’ll learn more about Doom 4 at this year’s Quakecon, here’s everything we’d like out of the long-awaited Doom 4.


Murdered: Soul Suspect studio Airtight Games reportedly closes down

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Less than a month after the release of Murdered: Soul Suspect, Airtight Games appears to have closed its doors. The Airtight website remains active but Geekwire reported yesterday that its office has been shut down, and the studio posted a cryptic tweet earlier this afternoon that sounded distinctively like a farewell.


New indie studio Variable State announces Viriginia, a Twin Peaks-inspired "first-person interactive drama"

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Virginia follows a pair of FBI agents investigating the disappearance of a young boy in the early 1990s. There's more to it than just that, however: Taking cues from popular TV series of the era like Twin Peaks and The X-Files, it promises a damn fine tale of the sort that's never been seen before.

PC classic commentary: Ultima Underworld with Paul Neurath

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PC Gamer's classic commentaries are special interviews with the developers of some of our favorite games. Join us for an hour with a classic game and the inside stories of its creation.

Ultima Underworld is the first game from the studio that became Looking Glass Studios, and it has all of the legendary developer's trademarks: immersive design, emphasis on cutting-edge technology, and a passionate following. It was one of my most formative PC gaming experience, exploring the Stygian Abyss and discovering the civilizations that live in the pit. So it was an honor to play and discuss the game with Paul Neurath, Underworld's designer—especially since his new company is bringing Underworld back. For an hour, we revisited the Avatar's adventure in the abyss, and he told me stories of how he and his team created one of the most iconic RPGs of all time.

Bloody new Gods Will Be Watching trailer heralds July launch date

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Devolver Digital has announced that Deconstructeam's Gods Will Be Watching, a "point-and-click thriller" about ethical dilemmas and tough choices in a nasty, brutish world, will be coming later this month. And for those who doubt the "nasty and brutish" part, it's also released a new gameplay trailer in which a man chops off somebody's arm with an axe.


First-ever Smite World Championship coming in January with $600,000 prize pool

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Smite was in open beta for well over a year prior to its full release in March, so it's easy to forget that it's still a relatively new addition to the MOBA milieu. But Hi-Rez Studios is going all-out to make its presence felt: It announced today that the first Smite World Championship will take place in January 2015, with more than $600,000 in prizes up for grabs.

We're giving away a million Steam keys for Dino D-Day, with Bundle Stars

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"Dinosaurs exist and the Nazis have them!" is the tag line for Dino D-Day, a multiplayer shooter set in World War 2 that lets you play as a T-Rex with shoulder-mounted machine guns, or a Velociraptor, or a squidgy human with a gun, among other things. We're teaming up with Bundle Stars to give away a million Steam keys for free, because everyone deserves to become a T-Rex and enjoy a rampage every once in a while. Read on to redeem your key and start playing.


Samsung unveil their latest SSD with 3D memory

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Over in Seoul Samsung have announced their latest SSD, the 850 Pro. It may just be a standard SATA drive, but it contains an innovative approach to scaling that stacks memory vertically to fit more GBs into the same space.


Hearthstone tournament explains why women aren't allowed to play [updated]

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A user on Reddit's Hearthstone community yesterday shared this image—from an announcement page for a Hearthstone qualifier taking place during Finland's Assembly Summer 2014. What made "Karuta's" post notable was a single, highlighted sentence: "The participation is open only to Finnish male players."

That is, to state the obvious, a strange requirement for a Hearthstone tournament; and it makes the qualifier's organisers, the Finnish eSports Federation, seem like childish boys in a treehouse, hanging a "no girls allowed" sign on their front door. Only, the qualifier is for for the IeSF World Championship, and it's this global event that has stipulated the all-male line-up.


Shovel Knight review

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Are you a 20-40 year old who’s desperately clinging to happy childhood memories? Do you think that things used to be better and find yourself saying the phrase “back in my day” a lot? I try to avoid the allure of such nostalgia, but I must admit I loved Shovel Knight, a mostly uncompromising revival of 8-bit platformers.


Heroes of the Storm now has Australian servers

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Playing games online can be difficult in Australia. Not because we're bad at playing games (though some of us no doubt are), but because we live at the bottom of the world. Servers tend to be located in the Northern Hemisphere, or Japan if we're lucky, but if you're currently playing Heroes of the Storm you may have noticed you're getting a much lower ping than before. That's because Blizzard has launched a dedicated Australian server.


Lichdom: Battlemage review (Early Access)

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Early Access reviews offer our preliminary verdicts on in-development games. We may follow up this unscored review with a final, scored review in the future.

Lichdom: Battlemage starts with a death—my own. But it’s just the first of many. I can’t avoid death, just accept it. It’s the hammer and chisel I use to carve out my own vision of what a battlemage can be.