Guild Wars 2's September Feature Pack now live, draws criticism from community

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The long-teased September Feature Pack is now live in Guild Wars 2. What does it contain? Features! It's packed full of them. More specifically, it contains a selection of updates designed to overhaul everything from trading to achievements, and from levelling to class balance. But already, some of these changes are drawing derision from the game's community.


Double Fine's Hack 'n' Slash leaves early access, makes source code available

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Double Fine have hacked into the very fabric of the universe, and changed reality's listing for Hack 'n' Slash from beta to fully released. That's actually not as hard as it sounds. You just tell people it's happened. In addition to finishing the hacking-based adventure's campaign, Double Fine are also shipping the game with its source code—giving the community extreme flexibility in their Steam Workshop creations.


PC owners more likely to wait for price drops before purchasing, according to NPD

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We all talk in hushed tones about our backlog, and we all feel that weirdly conflicted emotion, somewhere between glee and horror, when the Steam sale commences. So it's no surprise that a new NPD study has discovered that 50 per cent of US PC gamers wait for discounts or price drops before purchasing.


Microsoft reportedly in talks to buy Minecraft studio Mojang

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In what may be the most unexpected rumor of the year, Microsoft is reportedly close to completing a deal that will see it acquire Mojang AB, better known as the studio that makes Minecraft.


Humble Indie Bundle 12 offers something special for indie fans with deep pockets

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The question: What do you do after you've got 11 wildly successful Humble Indie Bundles under your belt? The answer: You make number 12, with Papers, Please, Luftrausers, Gone Home, and a unique "Entertainment System" with a price tag that's just a wee bit higher than what we're used to.


Mechwarrior Online studio announces Transverse, a persistent, player-driven sci-fi MMO

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Piranha Games did a pretty solid job with Mechwarrior Online, but now the studio is trying its hand at something even more ambitious: Transverse, a flight-based sci-fi MMORPG set in a distant part of the galaxy where humanity has transcended mortality, and the players control everything.


Diablo 3 patch 2.1 emphasizes speeding through content, and that's a good thing

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Diablo 3 normally isn't a particularly rushed game. The end of the world may be at hand, but it’s typically content to let you slice through the minions of Hell at your own pace, comparing loot and weighing stats as you go. That all changes with patch 2.1, which went live at the end of August. Both the new Greater Rifts and Seasons place an emphasis on speed, whether it’s in beating timed rifts for a chance at better loot or by competing against other players to reach the level cap anew (and pile up new weapons and transmog items in the process). Combine all that with powerful new legendary gems, and the result is a patch that injects Diablo 3 with a powerful shot of adrenaline.


Giveaway: Enter to win an ASUS ROG GL551 gaming laptop

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We shot a lot of videos at PAX Prime. Everyone we talked to at the show signed a gaming laptop that we promised to give away soon after we got back from Seattle, and that time is now.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 7

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In episode 7 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress Let's Play, the dwarves finally get around to fishing! Wes builds a fishery, expands his fortress, and learns about drawbridges and levers.


Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition launches in October, preorders open now

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The 1993 release of Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers was something of a departure for Sierra, which was, and is, better known for light-hearted fare like King's Quest, Space Quest and Leisure Suit Larry. Even so, the supernatural horror adventure about a New Orleans bookstore owner was a hit, spawning two sequels and, soon, a 20th Anniversary Edition remake.


DuoScreen wants to give your laptop monitor a sidekick

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The desktop has so many advantages over the laptop: power, price, multiple monitors. A powerful gaming laptop has the advantage of portability, but we hate giving up the productivity of two (or three) side-by-side monitors. So do the creators of a soon-to-be Kickstarter called the DuoScreen, apparently: they’ve built a prototype laptop dock that, true to its name, houses a fold-out second screen.


Battlefield 4: Final Stand DLC promises a chilly trip to Russia

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The final piece of Battlefield 4 DLC has been revealed. It's called Final Stand, a trip to the blustery north of Russia packed with futuristic weaponry including a powerful rail gun and a prototype hovertank.


The Sims 4 review

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There's a blithe naivety to the way that life is presented in The Sims that is either comforting or a little disturbing depending on your mood. The series is softly apolitical in the way that a Barbie house is apolitical, and by that I mean that it isn't apolitical at all. The Sims is loaded with assumptions about the way that people function and about the way that success in life is gauged, but it feels churlish to point them out because it's all just a bit of fun, isn't it. The Sims is set in a world where buying things is always awesome and everybody is twenty-five until they're sixty. Regardless of environmental aesthetic, the series has always been functionally and fundamentally Californian.


Show Us Your Rig: Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson

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Welcome to Show Us Your Rig, where we feature the PC gaming industry's best and brightest as they show us the systems they use to work and play.

Markus “Notch” Persson, creator of Minecraft, has a powerful rig with a deceptive appearance. Hidden behind its ancient keyboard and healthy layer of dust, Persson’s computer houses some serious punch. Notch was kind enough to spend some time telling us about his set-up, what he’s been playing lately, and the keyboard that has withstood the test of time.

The Sims 4 gay filter will be fixed quickly, EA promises

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You may have noticed while playing The Sims 4 that if you use words like "gay," "queer," or "homosexual" in your Sim's name or description, you cannot share him or her in the public gallery: Doing so results in an error message stating that "the description contains a forbidden word." But it's not a bug, it's EA's automated, and somewhat overenthusiastic, filtering system in action.


The pile of shame: an unconquerable mountain

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Choice. That’s one thing a PC gamer is never short of, thanks to cheap games, seasonal sales, and pay-what-you-want bundles. Over the years my Steam library has grown into a vast, overwhelming thing, bursting with games I’ve never, or barely, played.


Ultraworld is a surreal and beautiful first-person exploration adventure

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Ultraworld—or ULTRAWORLD, as it prefers to be known—immediately grabbed my interest with a strong trailer accompanied by a weird and ethereal electronic soundtrack. I know, I'm pretty easy to please. It's an exploration-driven indie game created in CryEngine by James Beech, who previously worked on Crysis 3 and, of all things, the classic Half-Life 2 mod Weekday Warrior. It's a game that boasts "exploring, relaxing, and thinking" as its primary features, which should give you some idea of what to expect.


Alien: Isolation trailer reveals what happens when you don't escape

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Here's a terrifying new trailer for next month's Alien: Isolation. By terrifying, I mean it's using a Twitter hashtag as part of its title—summoning nightmare visions of a dystopian future in which hashtags break free from the social media service as part of a wider ideological mandate for enforced brand engagement. I'm getting the chills just thinking about it. As for the video itself, it shows one of the gruesome deaths possible at the hands of the infamous Xenomorph. Which in itself is pretty scary.


DayZ's producer addresses community concerns about the game's development

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Ah, DayZ. In many respects it's the architect for modern survival gaming, and, in many other respects, we still have no idea what its final form will even be. Neither the Arma 2 mod nor the standalone early access release are in a finished state, and that's led to some concern within its community. Brian Hicks, producer for DayZ, recently addressed these concerns in a forum thread titled, "has anyone else lost faith in DayZ?"


Noct is a top-down survival horror game, now on Kickstarter

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If we can learn anything from popular culture, it's that the total collapse of society isn't going to be all fun and games. It does inspire fun and games, though. In a world where people will literally bring an abundance of unhealthy food to your house for money, there's something appealing about pretending to be in a desperate and harrowing battle for your life. Hence Noct, a top-down survival horror that depicts a decaying world filled with eldritch terrors—but does so in a particularly stylish and unusual way.