This afternoon, PC Gamer will be at the mercy of a vengeful, Scottish god. We'll be playing Zeus, ArmA III's on-the-fly adventure mode, where we'll be subjected to the trials and tribulations of our own Andy Kelly. The action kicks off at 2.30pm BST—check here for local times—and will run until we've experienced the full scope of Andy's twisted design.
Stop tapping out those emails, lay down that furiously scribbling pen and set free your carrier pigeons. The new issue of PC Gamer UK is here. In addition to its rigorous reviews, a bumper-load of percipient E3 previews and in-depth features covering The Sims 4, Battlefield Hardline and Transformers Universe, this issue also contains a free and exclusive Killing Floor 2 in-game jacket. The sustained hordes of blood-gushing zombies will marvel at your style. And then try to eat you.
That's not all! We're also giving readers a free copy of Tidalis, the block-based puzzler from Arcen Games. The issue, which is in shops now, can be ordered through My Favourite Magazines. Digitally, you'll find it on the App Store, Google Play, and Zinio, and you can subscribe to get issues delivered directly to your door. Read on for a look at the subs cover, and a round-up of the features to be found in issue 268.
The Electronic Three is nigh. Next week, the entire gaming industry will descend on E3 2014, eager for big announcements at flashy press conferences and as many video games as can fit in LA's massive convention center. There will be new PC games and new PC hardware. That's all expected. But what about the unexpected? What E3 announcements will blow our minds? Is this the year Gabe Newell finally walks onto a stage and says "Half-Life 3 is done, and you can play it right now," and we all leave E3 early?
Probably not. As we psyche ourselves up for E3, the PC Gamer staff have made some wild and not-so-wild predictions about Oculus and Steam Machines and the biggest surprises we'll see at this year's show.
The PC Gamer US staff recently packed up desks and moved across the office, which meant it was time to dig into some of the boxes crowding our shelves. We sorted through a treasure trove of old game discs and manuals, finding some great stuff—just about every Star Trek game on PC—and some even better stuff, like Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 9.
If you're wandering Nexus, lonely, adrift and in possession of improbable sci-fi weaponry, we've got a home for you. PC Gamer's Wildstar guild is a Dominion community active on the EU's Eko server. They're accepting applications, so go, and help make them the most powerful force in an extremely silly world.
We’ve been listening to your feedback about the site and we’re doing something about it. In the next few days, our comments will temporarily close as we begin the process of implementing a new and improved system. We anticipate this will fix all of the existing issues with commenting on articles, and will let you interact with other readers, and us, in a much simpler and more enjoyable way.
As much as we enjoyed our DayZ odyssey, and politely smack-talked our way through the afternoon Battle Royale, for the next PC Gamer stream, we figured it best to pick a game in which Ben couldn't brutally murder us. Also, a game in which we had access to stompy robots and nimble jet-packs. As such, this evening we'll be suiting up as a united front against the masses of the Titanfall beta.
You can watch us play Titanfall tonight at 8pm GMT. Just head over to our Twitch channel, or stare transfixed at the embed inside.
Looking for evening of multiplayer gaming? Come and play with us. We've recently refreshed our UK server list, providing a space for readers to explore, build and... okay, mostly just kill. Whether you enjoy a friendly round of competitive brutality, or a collaborative place to create and share, our Multiplay hosted servers are waiting for you to join.
Edit: Apologies for the abrupt ending. We're making some changes to the stream set up, so in future we'll have less dead air if the streamer goes down. We'll be trying again with another run at 2pm.
Today, the PC Gamer team is taking a break from fighting words, to instead fight some zombies, bandits, and those oh-so-deadly ladders. We're playing DayZ today from 2pm until... well, until we die. It could be a short stream. Hopefully it won't be. You can track our progress, as we weave between towns, cities and military bases, by heading over to our Twitch channel, or just watching below.
Good news for those of you who've been waiting to lecture Rich over his flagrant deviation from Game of Thrones canon: we're finally lifting the eerie silence that has fallen over the PC Gamer community.
As you've probably noticed, our forum and comment threads have been disabled since the discovery of a malicious script that was lurking in the forum's code. Thankfully, an investigation revealed that no user data had been compromised, but we're going to use this downtime to review our choice of forum software. As a result, we're not yet ready to re-introduce the site's native community functionality.
As a temporary solution, we've added support for the third-party commenting platform Disqus. That means, whether you're a long-standing member of the PCG community, or looking to join the discussion for the first time, you'll need to sign up for a Disqus account. Don't worry: it's a painless process, and one that can be optionally done through a Facebook, Google+ or Twitter log-in.
A little known fact about the internet: puns leave a gooey residue that sticks to the undercarriage of websites. Not only does this slime slow down the hi-speed journey through broadband tubes, it's also the perfect breeding ground for parasitic HTML bugs. Such an infestation has been found growing in our forum and commenting system, and so we've sent in a team in to scrape, sweep and burn the place clean. To facilitate their efforts, we've quarantined the zone until further notice.
Hopefully the team will be following standard survival procedure: don't split up, don't leave anyone behind, and don't poke the mysterious fleshy sac that's hanging from the Disc Support sub-forum.
It's Valentine's day! And to celebrate, we've released a new issue of the excellent PC Gamer magazine! Indeed, there can be few things more romantic, more stirring than issue 250 of PCG UK, with its cover image of a grizzled man squatting menacingly in a forest, while a look of pure wrath - or possibly simple constipation - contorts his weathered features into a chilling snarl. Woah woah woah - stop taking off your pants. It's hard to resist, I know, but before you get all amorous, wait to hear what else is on offer in this perfumed boudoir of an issue. You don't want it to be over too soon, do you?
Issue 250 should be on shelves today and is HALF PRICE if you nab it from either Zinio or the App store before the end of this month. Of course, you could always subscribe and get each issue delivered to your door! Hit the jump to see the exclusive subs cover, and stare deeply into Pooping Barbarian Man's gimlet eyes. Then discover what other treats await: news, previews, reviews, retrospectives, tech tests and a picture of Chris Thursten looking sexy on a horse.
Good denizens of PC gaming, heed our call! We've been working on a spiffy new website feature and we need you - yes YOU! - to test it.
It's called Gamer Rank and it links together your PC Gamer profile with your Steam account, allowing you to keep track of your games, your friends' games, achievements, stats, leaderboards and, most importantly, loads of pretty graphs.
Alas, loyal listeners, there will be no PC Gamer US podcast this week due to some unforeseen circumstances tangentially related to laser beams from space. But never fear! We'll be back next week with a new episode from our underground podcasting bunker at an undisclosed location in Siberia. We're still accepting transmissions from our listeners, but you'll have to follow the directions after the jump. We can't risk our position falling into the wrong mutant lobster claws.
While Valve continue to work out the kinks in their promo-platform piping, we’ve pooled together our favourite picks from the Steam Greenlight community into the PC Gamer Greenlight Collection. This will certainly continue to grow, so do check back, but here’s the first fifteen to make it in: experimental puzzlers, gruesome horror yarns, frantic frag-fests, puntastic platformers, games we can’t even pronounce - and all deserving of wider recognition. Why not have a peek and let us know what other games have tickled your fancy in the comments?
If you're going to this year's PAX in Seattle, Washington, then we'd love for you to join us on Friday for an unprecedented gathering of PC gaming's finest developers and storytellers at the The PC Gamer Megapanel: The Incredible, Uncertain Future of Storytelling!
This morning our Facebook page ticker ticked right over the 200,000 likes mark, which made us do a little cheer in the office. This means we're about about 20 times bigger than Big Ben, four times more popular than potatoes, and about five times more awesome than lions. It's going to be a while before we can take on chocolate, but with your help ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
Thanks for the support, everyone! It makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That's partly due to the little known fact that Facebook likes can be mixed into hot beverages to inspire feelings of euphoria and a 10.4% boost in writing efficiency, but large numbers also trigger favourable emotions in our soul-circuits. If you haven't already, you can check out our shiny new timeline thing by heading over to the PC Gamer Facebook page now. You can also keep track of our movements, and all the latest in PC gaming, by following our @PC_Gamer Twitter account. We're on Google+ too. It's official. PC gaming is BETTER THAN LIONS.
Are you going to PAX? Do you like free food? Do you like plush horned helmets? Would you like to meet some of the folks behind PC Gamer? Well, join us on Saturday, August 27th from 1:00pm-2:00pm at the corner of 9th and Pine (across from the Paramount Theater) as our Skyrim-sponsored food truck fills your bellies with the finest in Nord inspired fare.
Outfit yourself with Skyrim plush helmet, and meet the power house staff: Logan Decker, Evan Lahti, Chris Comiskey, Josh Augustine, and Lucas Sullivan. Chomp down, talk games, make new friends. Sorry, no dragons included.
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MOBAs are always better when you're playing with friends. Whether you win or lose, it's guaranteed to feel that much better if you're praising your buddy's clutch Javelin of Light, or laughing off a whiffed Guttling Hook. Whether or not you're familiar with these abilities, we'd love to fight by your side or teach you the ropes in Heroes of Newerth. Read on to find out how you can get involved in what is sure to be the HoN (casual) clan of the century.
When the carrying pouch is more entertaining than its contents, there’s something amiss. Inside an admittedly awesome yellow drawstring bag—complete with atomic logo emblazoned across the front—lies a handful of magnetic BBs called nanodots. That stick to each other. Awkwardly. That’s all they do. This is sort of like tearing open the wrapping paper off a massive box on Christmas morning only to discover a mouth-guard and a jockstrap within.