Kerbal Space Program launches First Contract update, adding new missions and 64-bit support

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Kerbal Space Program's much-teased First Contract update has launched. Not launched in the rocketry sense—with drama, tension and spectacle. More likely, someone just clicked on a button. Job done. To add at least some ceremony to update 0.24, SQUAD have released a new 'cinematic' (ie. completely unrelated to anything) video, detailing the further adventures of Kerbalnaut Jeb.


Quake Live heading to Steam "very, very soon"

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QuakeCon is happening. Amid the rows of LAN-goers intravenously absorbing energy drinks, and the shared sense of smugness at having seen exclusive DOOM footage, the event is also home to a couple of announcements. For instance, Bethesda VP Pete Hines announced that the free-to-play arena shooter Quake Live will arrive on Steam "very, very soon". How soon? Very. How soon, more specifically? He didn't say.


Doom revealed at QuakeCon 2014, and here's what we saw

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In the ten years since Doom 3 was released, Doom 4 has been fabled, rumored, delayed, and scrapped and started over at least once. Id finally pulled back the curtain on Thursday during an exclusive reveal at QuakeCon 2014. In front of a packed auditorium at the 19th annual LAN party/PC game convention, id played a pair of gameplay demos showing very different parts of the game. As a thanks to fans here in Dallas, the reveal wasn’t streamed online and was for attendees only.


Cult of the Wind was a Greenlight darling, but no one is playing it

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Cult of the Wind stormed through Steam Greenlight on the back of a childhood memory: running around making airplane noises, outstretched arms smacking into anything foolish enough to get in the way of a pretend Spitfire (sorry, my sister). Its multiplayer "human dogfights" looked like silly fun in the trailer, and now that it's out, I'm down for some childhood regression if anyone else is. So, is anyone? No?


The Elder Scrolls Online launches on Steam with a half-price sale

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ZeniMax Online Studios took to Twitter today to announce that The Elder Scrolls Online is now available on Steam, and if you're not already in on the action, you can pick it up until the end of the weekend for half price.


Sniper Elite 3 DLC "Save Churchill," plus free new multiplayer map, now available

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Because killing Hitler was only half the job, you may now take on the job of saving the life of Prime Minster Winston Churchill, the original British Bulldog, in the first of a three-part Sniper Elite 3 DLC package entitled "Save Churchill."


The International 2014 will be broadcast on ESPN

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The 2014 edition of The International Dota 2 Championships, better known to gamers as simply The International, will be broadcast live on ESPN3, while an exclusive preview of the final match that will include an interview with Gabe Newell will be carried on ESPN2.


Final Fantasy XIV offers free weekend for inactive players

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Lapsed Final Fantasy XIV players will soon be able to jump back into the action, at least temporarily, on Square Enix's dime thanks to a "Free Login Weekend" that begins this Friday.


Pixel Boost: No One Lives Forever 2 at 1440p

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Twice a month, Pixel Boost guides you through the hacks, tricks, and mods you'll need to run a classic PC game on Windows 7/8. Each guide comes with a free side of 4K screenshots from the LPC celebrating the graphics of PC gaming's past. This week: Cate Archer lives forever (in our hearts).

It's been 12 years since the PC hosted the adventures of 1960s superspy Cate Archer. Twelve years too long. If you've played NOLF or its sequel, No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way, you know why they're some of the best shooters of all time: smart AI, inventive weaponry, and an endlessly witty script. They were also some of the best-looking games of the early 2000s, which means they hold up remarkably well today--with a little tinkering to add widescreen support and higher resolutions. While the rights to the NOLF games have been lost to legal limbo for years, a trademark filing back in May could hint that they'll finally show up on Steam or GOG in the future. For now, the only way to play them is to load up a trusty old CD copy. If you've got one, it's time to Pixel Boost.

Hearthstone's Curse Of Naxxramas expansion is out Tuesday

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Good news, friends. Curse of Naxxramas, the single-player expansion for Blizzard’s debilitatingly addictive card battler Hearthstone, will be released on 22 July. As previously revealed, the content—which sees players taking on a string of bespoke boss encounters based on the World of Warcraft raid—is split into five wings, which will be unlocked one by one over the course of five weeks.


Indie Pinata offers individual discounts on "curated" game collection

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Another day, another indie game bundle, but the Indie Pinata is a little bit different. Put together by developer Crunching Koalas, it's a collection of games similar in one way or another to its recently released MouseCraft. But rather than gathering them all together into a single package, it offers individual discounts to every game in the list to anyone who buys, or already owns, at least one of them.


Yogscast respond to cancelled Yogventures, say its failure is a "deep regret"

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It's been an interesting week for YouTube outfit Yogscast. Over the weekend, their "YogDiscovery" revenue share program kicked off a discussion about the ethics and legality of YouTube promotion and disclosure. Now they've announced that Yogventures, a Kickstarter project in development by Winterkewl Games, has been cancelled.


Minecraft developer says narrower arms provide a more feminine look

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Minecraft developer Jens Bergensten tweeted earlier this week about testing a three-pixel arm model, a slight modification of the standard four-pixel arm that Steve has been swinging around for the past five years. It seemed like an odd thing to do, so we asked him why, and he told us.

Unturned review (Early Access)

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Unturned is a DayZ-style survival sim with a Minecraft-inspired art style. I don’t blame you if you’ve already tuned out. PC is awash with DayZ and Minecraft clones. But Unturned is notable in that it’s currently the fourth most-played game on Steam, beating Football Manager, Skyrim, and Garry’s Mod by many thousands of players—and it was developed by a sixteen year-old. It’s an amazing story—the kind only possible on PC—but is the game itself actually any good?


David Braben expresses desire to future-proof Elite: Dangerous

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Are you the type of person who, on first starting a game, immediately heads to the options to max out every graphical setting? Do you get physically excited by the knowledge that your rig can smoothly run the latest games at their highest settings? Well that's a shame because, with Elite: Dangerous, David Braben would like to target its most advanced graphical effects at PCs that don't even exist yet.


League of Legends video talks you through the changes and tweaks of patch 4.12

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It must be strange, for those on the outside, to see just how passionately lane-pushing fans care about seemingly the smallest changes to the games they love. Simple tweaks, buffs and balance changes can cause wild, uncontrollable forum fury. When Riot do finally release the new Summoner's Rift, I'm expecting the streets to fill with angry protesters in Pentakill t-shirts.

In patch 4.12, League of Legends received jungle timers—an easy way for players to check the spawn time on certain jungling monsters. In a new "Patch Rundown" video, some of Riot's development team try to reassure Evil Geniuses' Snoopeh that there is, in fact, any point to this whatsoever.


Push Me Pull You trailer shows local multiplayer fun (and horrifying worm-people)

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The competitive local multiplayer scene is in a great place right now. Should you require a way to prove a very specific type of dominance, there are multiple, excellent options: Nidhogg, Towerfall Ascension, Samurai Gunn and Gang Beasts, to name four. Could Push Me Pull You wrestle its way into that list? Really that depends on how much you want to play as bizarre worm-people, grappling and grabbing for possession of a ball.


The International 2014: everything you need to know before the main event

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After an eventful group stage, the International begins in earnest tomorrow. Of the nineteen teams in contention for the Aegis of Champions on the 8th of July, eight remain. Over four days at Seattle's KeyArena, those eight teams will fight to secure the lion's share of the largest prize pool in competitive gaming history. The winner will take away just shy of $5m. But this extraordinary reward, most players will tell you, isn't the point. The International is Dota 2's alpha and omega: it is where reputations are made, where teams are proven. Many of the matchups you watch this weekend will never come about in the same way again; the stress of falling short at The International is enough to tear lineups apart and force teams to start over. This is the end of the biggest year in the game's life and the beginning of the next.


Titanfall 'Dig Site' map to feature in Frontier's Edge pack; screenshots and details released

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In much the same way they did with the Expedition DLC pack, Respawn is drip feeding details on the second Titanfall map add-on. Entitled Frontier's Edge, the three maps will feature 'Dig Site' among them, which Respawn has detailed in a new blogpost.


Clockwork Empires set for "Earliest Access" launch on July 18

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Gaslamp Games is taking Early Access to the next level with an "Earliest Access" release of Clockwork Empires. It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like: Buy the game now, get upgraded to the Steam Early Access version when it's ready and then get yet another upgrade to the full version on launch day.