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League of Legends Worlds 2014 trailer is a dramatic way to launch a tournament

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You know about e-sports tournaments. Maybe you've even watched an e-sports tournament. But have you seen an e-sports tournament depicted through an earnest, slightly silly, but, if I'm honest, pretty great anime-styled trailer? If not, get ready to, because Riot has released this audacious opener for the 2014 League of Legends World Championship.


Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain to come in 2015, new gameplay footage released

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will release in 2015, Hideo Kojima has confirmed at Tokyo Games Show. No release window was indicated, though it's fair to guess we'll see it during the usual October / November rush. More exciting is the release of some new gameplay footage, along with a short trailer.


Metal Gear Collection 2014 isn't coming to PC, because it's a fashion line

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Well I suppose you could drape the Metal Gear Collection 2014 over your rig, but if you were holding out hope for a software announcement during Hideo Kojima’s Tokyo Games Show appearance today then you’re out of luck. The Metal Gear Collection 2014 is not a retrospective collection of every Metal Gear game released, but instead a fancy new fashion line.


DoomZ brings DayZ survival to the Doom engine

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Nothing warms my cold cynical heart like the creativity of the Doom modding community. We saw Donkey Kong Country recreated in the engine earlier this week, but now cast your eyes across this work-in-progress attempt to adapt DayZ's core gameplay into a 20-year old engine. DoomZ is the work of a modder disenchanted with the limitations of DayZ in its current, Enfusion-powered iteration.


Torment: Tides of Numenera gets three minute pre-alpha gameplay video

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Following today's announcement of a new stretch goal comes a gameplay video showing Torment: Tides of Numenera in action. As we reported earlier, inXile is seeking a further $175,000 in crowdfunding so it can add a whole new area in the form of Gullet. The studio also launched a new website for the game, which is expected to release towards the end of 2015.


League of Legends Worlds 2014 - Taiwan group stage breakdown

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Riot Games' 2014 League of Legends World Championship is about to begin, drawing in 16 teams from across the world for a final end-of-year bout. This year, the tournament's split into three parts: eight-team group stages each in Taiwan and Singapore, a quarterfinal showdown in Busan, South Korea, and a climatic semifinal and grand final in the capital city of Seoul.


Someone has recreated Gone Home as a Counter-Strike map

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Not being able to shoot things really annoys some people. There are few better demonstrations of this enduring truth than Fullbright’s first-person exploration game Gone Home. Not only has it spawned an hilarious parody featuring lots of things being killed, but now you too will be able to kill things in the titular home, thanks to this Counter-Strike: GO map.


The Elder Scrolls Online update 4 welcomes you to the Dragonstar Arena

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Do you make a habit of walking blindly into strange and dangerous places? Then I have good news, my adventurous friends, for the fourth update to The Elder Scrolls Online is now live.


Torment: Tides of Numenera gets a new website and stretch goal

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The Torment: Tides of Numenera Kickstarter wrapped up in April 2013 with nearly $4.2 million, but it's still possible to back the project through inXile's in-house crowdfunding campaign. In fact, the studio announced a new stretch goal today that could see the return of the Gullet, one of the areas of the Bloom that was cut earlier in production.


Final Fantasy IV makes a very quiet appearance on Steam

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Final Fantasy IV debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991, which means that if it was a human being it likely would have graduated college by now. But it's not a person, it's a videogame, and so instead of going to college, it's gone to Steam.

Assassin's Creed Rogue may be coming to PC, producer says

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You haven't read much about Assassin's Creed Rogue around these parts because it's being developed exclusively for consoles, which puts it a bit outside the purview of a site called PC Gamer. But as Ubisoft revealed last month, that situation may change in the relatively near future.


Show Us Your Rig: Elder Scrolls Online designer Nick Konkle

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Nick Konkle, Lead Gameplay Designer of The Elder Scrolls Online, is similar to many of the other developers we’ve featured on Show Us Your Rig by having three different computers. However, Nick ups the ante by cramming them all onto a single desk. He was kind enough to take the time and show off his set-up, including that one monitor he just can’t bear to part with.


Legend of Grimrock 2 preorder trailer reveals October launch date

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You don't get much more "my kind of game" than Legend of Grimrock. I was a big fan of dungeon crawlers back in the day, and being able to return to the genre in a game that managed to be contemporary while remaining wonderfully true to its progenitors was incredibly satisfying. That it was a big success for Almost Human Games made it even better, because that made a sequel possible. And in about a month, it's going to be here.


Microsoft reveal 'wired' Xbox One Controller for PC

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There's a new addition to the "Hardware" section of Microsoft's website. It's the "Xbox One Controller + Cable for Windows", a 'wired' Xbox One controller designed specifically for the PC platform. What I mean is, it's exactly the same as any other Xbox One controller, only it comes packaged with a micro-USB cable.


Alien: Isolation's Survivor mode detailed, trailered

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Alien: Isolation is a tense, atmospheric game about being hunted by a deadly and intelligent predator. That makes Survivor mode a weird proposition. It's a series of standalone challenges, pitting you against not just Alien's Xenomorph, but also time, skill and leaderboards. In a new video, Creative Assembly explains their thinking.


Firefall patch 1.1 now live, brings new weapons, elemental damage

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Firefall? More like Biofall. Er, by which I mean the newly released Firefall patch adds elemental weapon modifiers, letting your guns rain down biological as well as thermal destruction. There's electricity, plasma and laser types, too, but Electrofall doesn't really work. It's a massive update, and a new video runs down just some of what it includes.


The Evil Within trailer features classical music, long walks

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"This is nice," I think, as a man limps and stumbles through a corridor. That's the power of Debussy for you. Clair de Lune can make anything seem serene. Don't worry, it doesn't last. By the time the barbed wire and tentacle faces show up, this The Evil Within trailer has all gone a bit industrial.


Quake Live joins Steam this week, watch the launch trailer here

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Quake Live is a seriously beautiful game. The fluidity, the colours, the mindboggling levels of skill it can accommodate... it's easy to forget its appeal until you see the game in action. There's also a certain '90s nostalgia attached to the series as a whole, which is compounded by the Moby-esque music playing over this launch trailer. Take a look below.


Minecraft mod CivCraft goes standalone as Praxis

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There comes a time when successful mods become too big for the games they’re modifications for. This appears to be the case with Minecraft mod CivCraft, with its creators announcing that Praxis, a standalone game based on CivCraft, is in development by a new studio devoted to the project. Florida-based studio [Redacted] Games claims CivCraft is “so far-reaching and ambitious that anything less than a bespoke platform” is insufficient.


Bejeweled 3 is Origin's latest On the House freebie

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Is it just coincidence that "three" rhymes with "free," and Bejeweled 3 is now free through Origin's On the House program? The answer, obviously, is yes, it's a complete coincidence. But so what? It's free!