World of Warcraft patch will enable the resurrection of deleted characters

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Life is about to become a little easier for all the World of Warcraft-loving hotheads and ragequitters out there: An upcoming patch to the game will make it possible to bring back deleted characters back from the dead.

The Evil Within system requirements calls for some serious hardware

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Bethesda Softworks has finally revealed the system requirements for the rapidly-approaching The Evil Within, but in an unusual twist, it's not providing any minimum requirements to run the game. Instead, it offers a warning: If your rig doesn't meet the recommended spec, you're on your own.

Ryse: Son of Rome won't have microtransactions on PC

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The Xbox One version of Ryse: Son of Rome, you will recall, employed microtransactions to allow players with more money than time to fast-track their progress through the game's multiplayer mode. But that won't be an option in the upcoming PC edition.

A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Episode 12

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In episode 12 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress series, Wes learns the basics of metallurgy. First step: make lots of charcoal.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be longer than previous games, Sledgehammer boss says

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Call of Duty shooters aren't generally known for offering bulky single-player experiences, but Sledgehammer Games boss Glen Schofield says the upcoming Advanced Warfare will have a little more meat on the bone than you might expect.

QuakeCon's 20th anniversary coming in July

Andy Chalk at

QuakeCon is 20 years old. I've said this to myself several times now, but it's not really sinking in. Much has changed, and some is the same, but it's that simple measure of the years gone by that's stuck in my head. QuakeCon is 20 years old.

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 G1 Gaming review

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You’d maybe think playing second fiddle to the mighty Nvidia GTX 980 would be a pretty depressing existence for the young GTX 970. Your big brother’s the one every monitor wants to be with and every other graphics card wants to be. The GTX 970 might be the second-tier Maxwell card, but it’s one of the most impressive graphics cards I’ve tested in recent times—especially in the guise of Gigabyte’s overclocked version.

Tickets for the BlizzCon Hearthstone qualifier in NYC are free, plus you'll get card packs

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The Road to Blizzcon passes through New York City on October 5 and 6, when some of the best Hearthstone and World of Warcraft players in North America will gather to slug it out in the regional finals. Free tickets are now being offered at Eventbrite, and yes, you would be correct to point out that attendance is free for all anyway. But an RSVP will also net you some freebies, if you're near enough to the front of the line.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt trailer examines modes of transportation

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They're still there?! It was over a month ago that CD Projekt RED shipped off their developers to some moody ruins. It seems, they're still stranded—nothing to do but make development diaries. I imagine it's a hard life, and thus one we should sympathise with as we recline in comfort to enjoy their description of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt's methods of transportation.

Three Lane Highway: patch 6.82 and the Dota 2 of tomorrow

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Three Lane Highway is Chris' weekly column about Dota 2.

My PC's power supply exploded a few hours after the patch notes for version 6.82 were released, which should tell you a few things about how significant this update is—even if it ultimately teaches you nothing about the relationship between correlation and causation. Post-International patches are always a big deal, but this is the big one. Sweeping changes to the map, and in particular the structure of the early game, mean the death of the deathball and a refresh to which heroes can be laned where. Combined with a fresh set of nerfs and buffs and some silly new Aghanim's Scepter upgrades and, well, it's time to start learning again. We are entering the era of 6.82.

Total War: Attila announced; watch our interview with its lead designer

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Creative Assembly has just announced Total War: Attila, the next game in their long-running strategy series. It's a new game, based on the final years of the Roman Empire. Expect political baggage, invading barbarians and a desperate cling to land and power.

Also expect Attila the Hun. It's not yet known if Attila will be playable, but he will be an antagonistic presence. His rise is charted through the game—eventually leading to an apocalyptic invasion against the Western world. I went to Creative Assembly to see Attila in action, and talked to lead designer Janos Gaspar.

OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood announced, not yet confirmed for PC

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As if the OlliOlli/Tony Hawk Pro Skater connections weren't already strong enough, the newly announced OlliOlli 2: Welcome to Olliwood is—much like Tony Hawk's first sequel—adding manuals to the trick mix. Just announced at EGX in London, it's currently only confirmed for PS4 and PS Vita. But, given the trajectory of every other seemingly console-exclusive indie game, and the fact that OlliOlli 1 has recently arrived on Steam, I think an eventual PC release is all-but guaranteed.

Crusader Kings 2: A Game of Thrones mod update improves life on the Wall

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Have you tried the Game of Thrones mod for Crusader Kings 2? You should; it's very good—inspiring whole tales of intrigue, treachery and incompetence. The mod has this week updated to v0.8, further bolstering an already perfectly playable total conversion with a full Night's Watch overhaul and White Walker rework.

4th Annual Saxxy Award voting begins

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Hey, you! Do you like frittering your life away on the internet, in a near-fugue state of YouTube videos and silent judgement? If so, you're needed for the 4th annual Saxxy Awards. Voting for Valve's Source Filmmaker awards has begun, meaning there's a big ol' pile of action-packed, funny, dramatic or, er, "short" videos to be seen.

Trine and Trine 2 editors released into public beta

Phil Savage at

Colourful, charater-switching platformer Trine has some more magic up its sleeve. It, and its equally colourful, equally character-switching sequel, can now be manipulated and moulded thanks to developer Frozenbyte's official editor. The tools have been released into public beta, available for anyone to download and attempt to understand.

S.W.A.P is a first-person arena shooter without any guns

Shaun Prescott at

We’ve had a first-person shooter where your opponents are invisible, so why not a first-person shooter where you don’t have a gun? That’s what S.W.A.P is, and as the name suggests it’s all about swapping (though S.W.A.P actually stands for Subterfuge Weapons Assessment Program).

Watch Dogs' Bad Blood DLC is now available to season pass holders, here's the launch trailer

Shaun Prescott at

There's an especially great scene in Watch Dogs where [spoilers] you're shooting bad guys in a junkyard to the tune of Jesus Built My Hotrod by Ministry [/spoilers]. The character you're shooting alongside, Raymond 'T-Bone' Kenny, is the main character in this first DLC drop for Watch Dogs. Entitled Bad Blood, the new campaign follows T-Bone's exploits about halfway through the regular campaign, when he's called upon by former Blume employee Tobias Frewer to get him out of a tight fix.

Bernband is a first-person exploration game set in a pixellated alien city

Shaun Prescott at

Bernband offers a simple pleasure. Namely, the pleasure of wandering around a strange alien city with no purpose whatsoever. You don't get to shoot anything, there are no complicated puzzles to solve, nor can you enter into personal relationships with said aliens. You just walk. It's a remarkably uncomplicated game, which is fine because it only takes about 30 seconds to download, and it's free as well.

Steam Music exits beta, will officially roll out with new client update

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After months of testing, Steam Music will today exit its beta phase to become a fully-grown application. Wave your hankies, beta testers, because during the new Steam Client Update (which you should have access to by now), the functionality will be an official fixture, though Valve promises it will continue to receive and address feedback from users.

Trials Fusion 'Welcome to the Abyss' DLC pack to release next month

Shaun Prescott at

Ubisoft has announced the third Trials Fusion DLC pack. Entitled 'Welcome to the Abyss', it will feature ten tracks set deep at sea. There will be over 100 new track editor options, 24 extra challenges and three new squirrels.