Divinity: Original Sin update adds two new companions and a "big coat of polish"

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Divinity: Original Sin is a hit, having already sold more than 500,000 units, and while that obviously doesn't put it in the league of Call of Duty it's quite an achievement for an unapologetically old-school, PC-exclusive isometric RPG from Belgium. Even so, the work isn't done yet: The latest update to the game adds makes significant changes to the dialog system and adds two brand-new companion characters.

Microsoft buys Mojang – PC Gamer reacts

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The rumors are true: Microsoft is buying Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5 billion. And as we discovered this morning, Mojang founder Markus "Notch" Persson is leaving the company. As you can imagine, the PC Gamer team has some strong feelings about the acquisition, and the impact of Minecraft.


Piranha Games speaks out on Transverse crowdfunding and the future of Mechwarrior Online

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Some people like Mechwarrior Online, and some people really, really don't. Numerous MWO forum threads are filled with complaints about the incomplete state of the game, and the announcement of Transverse, the new sci-fi MMO project from developer Piranha Games, was met with a deluge of fresh anger. That upset was driven in no small part by the multi-million-dollar, in-house crowdfunding campaign; yet according to Piranha Games co-founder Bryan Ekman, crowdfunding is one of the most effective ways an independent studio can build both a loyal following and a market for its games.


Twitch chat bot plagues Steam users with wallet-emptying malware

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If you've recently been invited to take part in a raffle for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive items while chatting in Twitch, the good people at F-Secure have a bit of advice: Don't do it.


Elite: Dangerous release price revealed

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We still don't know when Elite: Dangerous will be released, but we now know how much it will cost. The sprawling space sim—currently available in beta for £50/$75—will, for its release version, set players back a slightly more reasonable £40, €50 or $60. The announcement came as part of Frontier's latest newsletter, which also outlined the "Mercenary Edition" pre-order bonuses.


Notch statement on leaving Mojang: "I'm not a CEO. I'm a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter."

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Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson is leaving Mojang, the studio he co-founded, following its acquisition by Microsoft for $2.5 billion. In a statement made to his blog, he explains why.


Mojang confirm sale to Microsoft for $2.5 billion, Notch and other founders to leave

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After a week of rumours, Minecraft maker Mojang has today confirmed they're being bought by Microsoft. The studio has also announced that founders Markus "Notch" Persson, Carl Manneh and Jakob Porser are to leave. Blimey!


KeeperRL is a Dungeon Keeper inspired building sim and roguelike

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There is a copy of Dwarf Fortress on my desktop. In many ways, it's the PC gaming equivalent of having Tolstoy on the bookshelf. The hope is people will see it, be quietly impressed by my ASCII management aptitude, and, most crucially, won't ask any questions that would betray the fact I haven't played it. "One day," I tell myself, "one day." Until then, there are games like KeeperRL—which offer sprawling base management without the overwhelming complexity. As the name suggests, it's more in the vein of Dungeon Keeper... albeit also a roguelike.


Skywind trailer shows Morrowind's Bitter Coast get a Skyrim makeover

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Hey, even swamplands can be pretty. Kind of. Here's the latest trailer for Skywind, the Skyrim total conversion that aims to port Morrowind—in its entirety—into Bethesda's newer game. This time, we're being shown the Bitter Coast—home of swamps, smugglers and slaughterfish.


Diablo 3 pets will be slightly buffed to reflect player statistics

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Responding to complaints that Diablo 3 pets are underpowered against Rift Guardians and other powerful foes, a spokesperson for Blizzard has confirmed the studio will buff the companions. Game designer John Yang has taken to the Battle.net forums to confirm the changes, providing some insight into how Blizzard expects pets to scale with the player character.


Someone has made Donkey Kong Country in the Doom engine, watch it in action here

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People are still doing insane stuff with the Doom engine, and nowhere is this better demonstrated than with this Donkey Kong mod. The GZDoom mod turns Doom into a whimsical side scrolling platformer, which is obviously quite a change from its origins as a brutal first-person shooter. To give it a go you’ll need GZDoom, a download of the mod as well as one of original Doom engine .WADs.


Titanfall 'Zone 18' map will bring dangerous rooftop skirmishes to IMC Rising

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Titanfall’s third and final map pack will release ‘soon’, but not before Respawn has detailed each of its three arenas. The second one, entitled ‘Zone 18’, is unfortunately not a futuristic golf course, but instead an IMC robotics research base. According to Respawn designer Geoff Smith, Zone 18 was originally a test map for the Last Titan Standing game mode, but has now been rejigged with a few minor twists. It’s generous with its rooftop shooting perches, but just try sticking around up there without getting shot.


Assassin's Creed: The Americas Collection will release for PC in Europe and Australia, but not in North America

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Ubisoft last week announced the Assassin's Creed: The Americas Collection, a bundle including Assassin's Creed 3, Assassin's Creed: Liberation and Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (sick of the words 'Assassin's Creed' yet?). That's all well and good, but it appears PC owners in North America will not be able to buy the bundle. While a PC edition of The Americas Collection has been confirmed for Europe and Australia, the same won't be true for the US.


Should I vacuum my PC? — Ask PC Gamer

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Ask PC Gamer is our new weekly advice column. Have a burning question about the smoke coming out of your PC? Send your problems to letters@pcgamer.com.

Is it OK to use a vacuum cleaner to clean my PC? Compressed air just blows the dust everywhere, which is annoying. I've done it before and it never caused a problem. — William F.

Football Manager documentary heading to UK cinemas next month

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In an ideal world there would be informative, full-length documentaries on every interesting facet of games—my personal hope is for a Looking Glass documentary exploring, among other things, the fantastic Thief series—but Football Manager is a solid alternative, what with it being probably the most quietly successful management sim around. FilmNova have made such a film, entitled An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary, and it's coming to select UK cinemas next month.


Shadowrun: Dragonfall Director's Cut detailed ahead of release next week

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Shadowrun Returns expansion Dragonfall has been spun-off into a standalone version, which is arriving next week (and free for owners of the original). This 'Director's Cut' comes with a bunch of new content and a few welcome changes, including a new user interface, enhanced visual effects, and a more fleshed-out companion system. We knew a little about all this, but not much, a few weeks back. Now, the new stuff has been detailed in full in a new Kickstarter update post.


Mod of the Week: Pilgrimage, for Arma 3

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Our regular mod wrangler Chris Livingston is indisposed this week—likely pruning back his INIs, and exorcising rogue RARs. Normal service will resume next week. Before that, I'd like to step in to highlight Pilgrimage, an Arma 3 scenario that, judging from the response to Andy's showcase of the game's best solo missions, is a clear community favourite.


Spacebase DF-9 gameplay video — Early Access impressions

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Shocking news today: I'm playing another game! This time I take a look at Spacebase DF-9, an Early Access game from Double Fine that I've already put about 10 hours into. The goal: build a sweet space station without everyone dying terribly.


The Best Free Games of the Week

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As I approach my *cough* 20s, I'm drawn more to games that allow me to explore a small, interesting space, without the stress of having to collect 100 stray doodads or deal with 'emergent' generated quests along the way. Indie games are very good for this, and this week sees a strange new Strangethink scene being procedurally generated upon the world, along with a game about mushrooms, a game about drowning (sorta), a game about pressing buttons, and one of them games where you read things off of the screen. Enjoy!


Momentous puzzle-platformer The Sun and Moon is being expanded, out this October

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The Sun and Moon is a clever, lovely, cleverly lovely puzzle-platformer unlike any other puzzle-platformer you've played. You play as a sort of ball thing, and you don't leap around by jumping but by travelling through walls and using the momentum to push yourself out and upwards. It's a bit hard to explain using our Earth words, but thankfully a trailer exists of its expanded follow-up after the break. Oh yeah, that's the other thing: The Sun and Moon is currently being fleshed out into a 'full' release, which you'll be able to play in exchange for money over on Steam.