Steam Client Beta update brings better AMD support to in-home streaming

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Another week, another Steam Client Beta update. The biggest addition comes in the form of in-home streaming support for AMD. VCE hardware encoding of Direct 3D Games is now possible, so long as you have one of the following cards with the latest drivers: Radeon HD 79xx, Radeon HD 78xx, Radeon HD 77xx, R9 295x, R9 290x/290, R9 280x/280, R9 270x/270, R7 265, R7 260x/260, R7 250x.


Blizzard's Robin Williams tribute spotted in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor beta

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Blizzard began working on a World of Warcraft tribute to Robin Williams almost immediately after his tragic death in August, and little more than a week later, what was assumed to be evidence of its efforts was discovered within the code for the beta release of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. Today, it appears those assumptions were correct, as Robin the Genie has been spotted in the game.


This weird Sims 4 cheat lets you build toilets the size of houses

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I might have had more fun making gigantic gnomes in The Sims 4 than actually playing the game, at least so far, and right now you can do the same. In what acts like a cheat but seems like a bug (a forgotten debug command?), you can press Shift and ] to grow almost any item you are holding in build mode to a seemingly limitless size. So we decided to push it as far as it could go and capture the results in a video—gnomes, toilets, computers, we made it all huge.


Dark Souls 2: Crown of the Old Iron King DLC review

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The first add-on for Dark Souls 2 restored some of the original Dark Souls’ legendary difficulty, but The Crown of the Old Iron King, part two of From Software’s trilogy of DLC, doesn’t follow suit. Instead, it evokes the sad, forgotten, wistful feeling I got in the first game’s world. It’s built to be explored, with lots of optional areas that branch off the DLC’s main path, and that comes at the cost of difficulty.


Oculus Rift co-founder says consumer release is expected to stay under $400

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Oculus Rift development kits have been kicking around for awhile now, and by all reports they've awfully cool. But where are the consumer versions? Will they be meaningfully different from the DK units? And how much are they going to cost, anyway? Read on for answers—sort of.

The best gaming laptops for any budget

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Gaming laptops are the perfect solution for a very specific group of people—they’re ideal for serious gamers who need a rig that can play demanding games while remaining somewhat portable for frequent travel or LAN parties. They aren’t slim battery life champions, and building a desktop will always get you more raw gaming power for less money, so gaming laptops aren’t the most practical solution for all gamers. That said, a great gaming laptop can play the latest games on high to ultra settings with a good 1080p screen, keyboard, and cooling system.

At $1800 (~£1130), the Asus G750JS-DS71 is our pick for best gaming laptop. The JS-DS71 configuration has an Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M graphics card, a quad-core Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, and 16GB of RAM, along with a 256GB solid state drive and a 1TB hard drive to store games and other media.


The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 hits Steam Early Access with a new gameplay trailer

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Released to English audiences in 2011, The Book of Unwritten Tales was a wonderful point-and-click fantasy adventure about a gnome named Wilbur Weathervane, who unexpectedly finds himself at the center of a struggle for the fate of the entire world. It was lighthearted, silly, and laugh-out-loud funny in places, and a big hit with adventure fans, as evidenced by the success of the sequel on Kickstarter. The first chapter of that sequel went live today on Steam Early Access, along with a lengthy new gameplay trailer that very nicely explains what the game is all about.


Altitude, the 2D multiplayer aerial combat game, goes free on Steam

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If you find yourself with time on your hands and nothing to do on this dull Thursday afternoon, allow me to direct your attention to Altitude. It's a cute, cartoony little 2D multiplayer aerial combat game with multiple modes of gameplay and an unexpectedly sophisticated control scheme. More to the point, developer Nimbly Games is now offering it completely free.


A newbie plays Dwarf Fortress: Ep. 6

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In episode 6 of PC Gamer's Dwarf Fortress Let's Play, Wes and Will begin to suspect that their leader Sibrek is a bit of a bum. Also, they learn all about cooking and brewing!


Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas review

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Between all the bitching about which cards are OP and need nerfing, it’s easy to lose sight of what a remarkably fun, balanced (yes, really) and young game Hearthstone is. By the time it left open beta in March it already had 10 million registered players smashing each other’s faces in with ever more creative card combos. Since then, despite gripes about RNG, as if any card game doesn’t rely heavily on lucky draws, it’s on the verge of exploding as an e-sport, with regular tournaments offering big prizes and a thriving scene of pros and streamers.


Nvidia announces Game24, a 24-hour PC gaming convention you can livestream

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Brace yourselves—Game24 is coming. Set to take place later this month, Nvidia is promising an unprecedented 24-hour celebration of "this thing we all love called PC gaming," with special events in major cities and a "virtual stage" that will be livestreamed to gamers around the world.


Sims 4 "mosaic bug" turns out to be surprise anti-piracy measure

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After a lengthy and satisfying sit-down on the SimCan, your Sim stands, hikes up his drawers and turns to flush. But something odd happens: The "nudity blur" protecting your sensitive eyes from the on-screen SimJunk don't disappear, but instead expand to cover the entire screen—and it doesn't go away. What happened? According to the internet, you're playing a pirated version of The Sims 4.


Brutal Doom video makes a mess of the walls and ceilings

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Brutal Doom was a thing that happened, and now Brutal Doom v20 is a thing that's happening. It's been a long time in the making, but, as evidenced by a new video, it's sure to make a splash on release.


Three Lane Highway: your Dota hero is having a good time and so should you

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Three Lane Highway is Chris' column about Dota 2.

Dota 2 is funny, both by design and by accident. It's funny when people get angry. It's funny to screw up. It's funny to Force Staff your friends into the enemy fountain. It's funny to get a rampage as Axe. Laughing at the weird stuff that springs from Dota forms the basis of a healthy
numberofYouTube channels. It's as vital a part of the life of the game as the competitive scene or making items for the Steam Workshop.

Wasteland 2 trailer details character creation, battle options, robots

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It always feels weird sharing videos for games that are technically already sorta out, but for those of us who prefer to play games when they're stamped as 'finished', they can be an informative way to keep up with development. Case in point: this video for Wasteland 2, which details character creation and shows a couple of differing approaches to combat.


Total War: Rome II – Emperor Edition releases later this month, is free to all Rome 2 owners

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After a troubled start, Rome 2 is now in a much better place—its patches and tweaks fixing many, if not all, of the community's major issues. The new "Emperor Edition" is set to bring even more improvements, as well as an add-on that Creative Assembly claim is on the same scale as the base game's main campaign. It'll all be released, free to all existing Rome 2 owners, on 16 September.


Styx: Master of Shadows trailer reveals October release for the gobliny stealth game

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I've written about Styx: Master of Shadows before now, and I find myself more interested every time Cyanide and Focus Home release a new bit of footage. It's important to keep Cyanide's previous games in the equation, but I like what they're trying to achieve with Styx's seemingly rather open and tongue-in-cheek approach to stealth. A bit of humour and a few new tricks can go a long way.


Hatoful Boyfriend review

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(Warning: this review's screenshots contain light, if inexplicable, spoilers.)

Each time, I wake up as a young human girl named Hiyoko Tosaka. Each time, I enter, inexplicably, a school for gifted pigeons: St. Pigeonations Institute.


Starbound dev blog outlines what's left to include for version 1.0

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Chucklefish have been beavering away behind the scenes working on Starbound for a while now, but it seems they've finally spotted the fabled version 1.0 somewhere over the horizon. There's still a lot of work to be done before they'll apply that label to the game, however, and they've outlined what's left to achieve in a new dev blog. It's all a bit complicated if you're not familiar with the game, but essentially, expect new missions, biomes, pets and the like in 1.0.


Dead Rising 3 review

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The city of Los Perdidos, a fictional riff on Los Angeles, has a serious zombie problem. Everywhere you look they’re there, shuffling, shambling, and groaning. So it’s a good thing you have over 300 objects to hit them with. Dead Rising’s thing has always been its vast array of deadly, and silly, weapons, and the third game has taken this idea to new extremes.