Elite: Dangerous video shows a player's amazing smuggling run

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There's a problem with the prevalence of YouTube videos and Twitch streams. Back before we had access to millennia worth of video footage, we could convince ourselves that we were competent at games—maybe even good. Now such pretence is inevitably blown away. I was pretty proud of my Elite: Dangerous docking prowess. Then I saw this: a story of smuggling, silent running, and an amazing flight assist-less docking.


The best and worst BioWare companions

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Warning! The following article contains MASSIVE SPOILERS for the Mass Effect, Baldur’s Gate, Knights of the Old Republic, and Dragon Age series.

With a new Dragon Age on the way, we've been reminiscing about our favourite, and least favourite, BioWare companions. Interesting buddies, and sometimes enemies, have been a staple of BioWare games since Baldur's Gate, and the studio is famous for creating people you actually care about. So I decided to ask the entire PC Gamer team who among the vast pantheon of BioWare NPCs they hate, and who they love. Some of the answers may surprise you. Especially Chris Thursten's.

Ubisoft is "aiming at a 60 FPS on PC" with The Crew

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Will you be able to play Ubisoft's open-world racer The Crew at 60 frames-per-second on PC? Yes. Will you be able to Ubisoft's open-world racer The Crew at an officially supported 60 frames-per-second on PC? Maybe.

That 'maybe' is a slight upgrade from 'no', which is what Ubisoft earlier suggested in a thread on The Crew's forum. Now they've clarified, saying that they're "aiming at" a native 60 FPS option, but didn't want to promise anything before it was confirmed.


VA-11 HALL-A trailer shows cyberpunk bartending in a dark dystopia

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I used to be a bartender, so can relate to a lot of what happens in VA-11 HALL-A. Not the cyberpunk stuff, of course—my drink making days were in rural Cumbria. Not really the cocktail-mixing, either. Again: rural Cumbria. But the feeling of being a sponge for people's fears and worries (and, in some cases, the minutia of Cumbrian fishing laws) is one that's distinctly familiar. It's through these brief, unguarded conversations that the cyberpunk bartending sim slowly unfolds its story; not of a dystopian world, but of the people living in it.


AMD gears up for a hardware fight on all fronts with cheaper chips, graphics cards and SSDs

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Whether it’s a new bunch of processors, cheaper chips, new graphics cards or even the arrival of a new range of solid state drives, AMD are trying to build a bit of a buzz about their new hardware at the moment.Considering its Intel and Nvidia-shaped competition are on the verge of releasing brand new, super-exciting products themselves, AMD know they’ve got some serious work to do. The latest slew of announcements should help.


Nvidia SHIELD Tablet review

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The Ultimate Gaming Tablet. That’s how Nvidia is trying to sell the new addition to their SHIELD ‘family’. Lots of people play games on their tablets, the reasoning goes, so why not give them a device with the latest in mobile GPU tech to offer the best gaming experience possible? And that’s what they’ve done, dropping the new Tegra K1 platform into the SHIELD Tablet, a mobile GPU with the same DNA as the very top of the PC graphics tree right now—the GTX Titan Black.

Why should any of that matter to PC gamers? Because this little device is potentially the best streaming Steam machine you can buy.


Unreal Engine 4 architectural visualisation videos are staggeringly realistic

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Normally when we're stunned into silence by a game engine, it's because its creators have rendered an impossibly complex sci-fi setting. At the very least, it's a really wrinkled old man's face. This, to my memory, is the first time it's happened because of a chair.


Renowned Explorers: International Society is a turn-based exploration game from the developer of Reus

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From gods to greed: the newly announced game from creators of 2D god-'em-up Reus combines eccentric explorers, untamed wilderness and turn-based tactics. In Renowned Explorers: International Society, you control a specialised crew of fame-hungry globetrotters as they search out treasure in uncharted regions. Or, as Abbey Games explain on the game's new site, Jules Verne meets X-COM.


NBA 2k15 system requirements released, will implement 'next-gen' technology

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When NBA 2k14 released for PC last year it was based on the last-gen (ie PS3 and Xbox 360) versions of the game. Thankfully this year's PC port will switch to the PS4/Xbox One engine, as otherwise the outrage would have caused whole websites to implode, leaving only sadface emoticons and ASCII rubble in their wake.


Titan Souls trailer reveals Q1 2015 release date and difficult topdown boss battles

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While formally announced to the wider public earlier this year, Titan Souls actually has its origins as a Ludum Dare 28 entry. PC Gamer's Tom Sykes sang its praises back in December, describing it as Dark Souls meets Shadow of the Colossus. The sales pitch hasn't really changed, but the core game appears to have improved dramatically since its origins as a free-to-download title.


Watch Dogs update makes drinking easier and hacking your friends possible

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One of the more amusing controversies to emerge after the release of Watch Dogs concerned its drinking mini-game. Dedicated players were outraged that drinking in Watch Dogs was too hard, and they were right: if you wanted to play the mini-game past the point required by the main campaign, it did get very bloody hard. Never mind though, because the newest Watch Dogs update makes the uniquely annoying mini-game much easier, for those among you still determined to master virtual drinking.


Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls patch 2.1 releases tomorrow

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The long-awaited Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls 2.1 patch will launch tomorrow (August 26 in the Northern Hemisphere, August 27 down below). Blizzard thoroughly detailed the forthcoming changes back in June, but to refresh your memory: you'll now be able to enter the realm of the Treasure Goblins. That's worth the (free) price of admission alone.


Dragon Age: Inquisition won't use BioWare Points for DLC purchases

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BioWare Points are essentially a PC version of the Microsoft Points that used to serve as the virtual currency on Xbox Live. If you want DLC for the PC version of Mass Effect or Dragon Age, you purchase BioWare Points and then use that to buy the content online. That won't be the case for Dragon Age: Inquisition, however, or for any other BioWare game in the future.


Show Us Your Rig: Divinity: Original Sin designer Farhang Namdar

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Show Us Your Rig is back! We feature the PC gaming industry's best and brightest as they show us the systems they use to work and play.

Farhang Namdar, lead game designer of Divinity: Original Sin, uses three different computers all designed with a different purpose in mind, and has a great sense for interior design to boot. In fact, his living room PC molds so well into its surroundings that, at first, I thought he was just bragging about his immaculately furnished home. Farhang was gracious enough to take some time and show off the rigs he uses, along with the pets that inevitably crawl around them.

Humble Flash Bundle offers five "Modern Retro" games for 24 hours

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The good folks at Humble Bundle have launched a new "Modern Retro" Flash Bundle, a collection of five modern games with a seriously nostalgic bent. Humble Flash Bundles, for those who haven't run into one before, work the same as regular Humble Bundles, but they don't last nearly as long: You get 24 hours to pull the trigger and after that, it's game over.


SimCity 4 Network Addon Mod maker warns against buying the game from Origin

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SimCity 4 is more than ten years old, but given the relative dearth of SimCity games since it came out, it remains a popular way for fans of the franchise to get their fix. But the maker of the Network Addon Mod says gamers should be careful about where they buy it: The version of the game being offered by Origin is the unpatched retail release, and because of changes to its copy protection it cannot be updated, nor can it take full advantage of custom content and mods.

Twitch confirms that it's being bought by Amazon

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Update: A post on Twitch's website confirms the rumors: Amazon.com is buying the streaming site.

Remember last month when it came out that Google was buying Twitch for $1 billion? It looks like those reports may have been premature, as the word on the street now is that Amazon is "late-stage talks" to acquire the company.

Five Nights at Freddy's review

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I’m tracking my doom through the fuzzy static of a whirring camera. The security office I’m in barely surpasses a shoe closet in size. Outside, I’m being hunted by a gang of animatronic animals bent on jamming my head into their smiling maws. I check the cameras again. Two small pinpricks of silvery light—they’re unmistakably eyes—return my stare from a dining room blanketed by shadow. A low chuckle rumbles between my ears. I wonder again how I would ever think taking a nightwatchman’s job at a children’s pizzeria was a good idea.


Battle.net stabilizes after DDoS attack, but "Lizard Squad" hackers remain active

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A group calling itself "Lizard Squad" launched a series of DDoS attacks against gaming services including Battle.net, Sony Online Entertainment and League of Legends over the weekend, and even used a bomb threat to divert an American Airlines flight carrying SOE President John Smedley. It appears that all is now well with Battle.net, but it sounds like the people behind the attacks aren't done just yet.


CD Projekt Red answers 20 questions about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

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Are you concerned about forgetting where you parked in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt? Have no fear: CD Projekt Red Community Managers Marcin Momot and Tadek Zielinski recently took to YouTube to answer 20 questions about the upcoming RPG, including what will happen if you lose your horse.