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PC Gamer UK November issue: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

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The leaves tumble from their branches, frosty fronds etch car bonnets in the cool hours of the morning, and highstreet shops prematurely fill their shelves with tinselly tat. Yes, winter approaches. But fear not those long dark hours! We bring you issue 245 of PC Gamer to warm and illuminate with stories of giant war robots, jump-pack powered interstellar pioneers and more!

On the cover this month is one of the hirsute kung-fu masters from World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria. We have a whopping eight page feature on Blizzard's long-running monster MMORPG, with 50 tips to help you squeeze the most awesome from its latest expansion. Hot on its heels is our huge Planetside 2 guide, talking you through the Auraxian battlegrounds and most hectic hotspots. And if you weren't yet convinced that playing together was the best way to stay warm this winter, we follow that up with our 15 favourite co-op games of all time. Oh, and then we just straight out give you one of them, in the form of a Steam code for Payday: The Heist.

And while we're in the spirit of giving, the mag also includes access to the DOTA 2 beta - a code which might otherwise set you back £20.

Issue 245 is on shelves and online right now. Our digi-edition can also be purchased through Zinio and Apple Newsstand. There's also the option to subscribe and get each issue earlier and for less money! Sweet. Read on for fulsome details of issue 245's finely crafted content.

PC Gamer Digital Episode 7 - The Battlefield 3 Special - now available on Steam!

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You're captivated by the elegant figure of an F/A 18 Super Hornet as it roars over the desert and—BRAP B-BRAP!—syncopated machine gun bursts ripple past your head and cut your gawking short. You sprint to cover in time to watch a tank shell devour your last entrenchment and spit out its dusty remains. Alone you're dead, but above you a UH-1Y Super Huey chops through bursting sun rays and scatters reinforcements like dandelion seeds (if dandelion seeds carried rocket launchers, of course).

I do love hyperbole, but this really (virtually) happened to me. The emergent drama of Battlefield 3's large-scale multiplayer battles is hard to overstate, which is why we've dedicated the latest episode of PC Gamer Digital, which is available now on Steam, entirely to Battlefield 3 and the renowned Battlefield series at large. More details below!

PC Gamer Digital Episode 5 now available!

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PC Gamer Digital Episode 5 is now available for download on Steam, and it's all about some of the most beloved PC classics ever made: Diablo, Tribes, and Counter-Strike. But we're not just slurping up a big bowl of nostalgia soup - all of these landmark PC series are charging back to the front lines of gaming, and Episode 5 is full of exclusive interactive content (and a bit of nostalgia soup) on each, including a tour of every character class in the Diablo III beta, an exclusive 360-degree tour of one of Tribes: Ascend's expansive landscapes, and an interactive comparison of the famous de_dust in Counter-Strike: Source and the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

And Episode 5 doesn't end there - it may be our biggest yet, so now is an especially superb time to find out how PC Gamer itself has built on its classic roots by downloading the free PC Gamer Digital base application and checking it out. We'll see you there!

Here's more on what you'll find in Episode 5...

PC Gamer Digital Episode 4 now available!

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Has it already been a month since the first episode of PC Gamer Digital debuted? Time flies when you're breaking into police stations in Deus Ex: Human Revolution, exploring the floating city of BioShock Infinite, and exposing the shocking truth about helicopters in Arma 2—and that barely scratches the surface of where we've been.

PC Gamer Digital Episode 4 keeps up the pace. In this week’s edition, you’ll crash-land in the world of WildStar for a 360-degree interactive preview of the upcoming MMO, hear Ken Levine and other top developers sound off on what makes PC gamers unique, join us as we test our classic-shooter skills against the developers of GoldenEye: Source, and much more.

PC Gamer Digital Episode 3 is here - now available worldwide!

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Episode 3 of PC Gamer Digital is now downloadable on Steam, and it comes with a lot of good news: not only is it half-price for a week, all PC Gamer Digital episodes are now available worldwide. YAY! If you're new to Digital, it's a totally unique environment for interactive, completely-original games coverage and strategy guides. You've really got to experience it to know what it is, so grab the free base application (which also includes Episode 0 free), and discover Digital for yourself.

Update:Sorry for the trouble our international fans had launching PC Gamer Digital. We patched it up with Valve's help and everything is good to go now, so you can jump in whenever you're ready! If you have any other technical issues, please contact support at pcgdigitalsupport@pcgamer.com. We'd also love to hear what you think about Digital in general, and you can tell us by e-mailing pcgdfeedback@pcgamer.com. Thank you for your patience and enthusiasm!

PC Gamer Digital Episode 2 now available!

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Last week we announced the landmark launch of PC Gamer Digital, and today we're excited to let you know that Episode 2 is now available on Steam - you don't want to miss it! In the second episode of PC Gamer Digital, you'll climb into the ethereal world of BioShock Infinite for a self-guided, 360-degree tour of Columbia, go behind the scenes of upcoming free-to-play shooter Tribes: Ascend, discover the cerebral tactics of Frozen Synapse, and much more!

Purchasing PC Gamer Digital Episode 2 also scores you the Killer Exclusive hat in Team Fortress 2. (It's extremely sexy!)

Buy Episode 1 of PC Gamer Digital, get The Killer Exclusive hat in Team Fortress 2!

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As writers, one of the ways we reassure ourselves about our career choice is by wearing fancy hats. Now, we finally have an in-game TF2 item to continue that tradition. If you buy Episode 1 of PC Gamer Digital from Steam, you'll receive The Killer Exclusive--a dashing tan fedora that declares outwardly to your opponents "I am (or am impersonating) a member of the media, and I deserve your respect!"

Click within for answers to probable Qs that you may have about our stylish TF2 tie-in.

PC Gamer Digital is live on Steam!

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IT’S HERE. The future of games coverage. The world of tomorrow. PC Gamer Digital has arrived!

In other words, the PC Gamer Digital app and Episode 1 are now live on Steam.

So in addition to the world’s best-selling PC games magazine and the world’s most popular PC gaming website, PC Gamer now offers a revolutionary new way to explore and experience PC games alongside the PC Gamer team as well as the entire community of PC gamers on Steam!

Attention all PC gamers: the open beta of PC Gamer Digital is LIVE! [US only for now]

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The future of games coverage has arrived, and you can be among the first to get a crack at it. Made by the same team that brings you the best-selling PC gaming magazine in the whole world, PC Gamer Digital gives you a totally new way to explore, discover, and experience PC games, and lets you share those experiences with your friends, Steam groups, and the entire PC gaming community. It’s a digital companion that’s been designed from the ground up to help you be a better gamer.

We could go on and on about it, but that’s not the point of a beta. We want you to download it, try it out, push every button, pull every slider, wander around our GameViews, rummage through our Protips, and even enjoy a nice Three-Way. Then let us know what you think at pcgdfeedback@pcgamer.com. Your comments will help us tweak the debut episode, which will hit Steam in less than a fortnight.

The most advanced, innovative gaming platform in the world demands advanced, innovative coverage. The most sophisticated gamers in the world deserve sophisticated coverage and hands-on experiences. So go forth, pilgrims – discover the future of games coverage. And tell us what we can do to make it even better!

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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.