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Diablo 3

Another week, another round of changes to Diablo 3 . It feels as though it's moving further and further away from furious treasure-fest of the old games. Its systems are being merged into a small selection of slick, accessible menu screens, but will it lose something in the transition? Organising and re-organising grids of loot was a big part of Diablo and Diablo 2. Gems were hoarded endlessly before being combined and compressed into sizzling hyper-crystals, runes were collected, abstract items were kept for hours before being combined into new forms using the horadric cube. Will Diablo 3 scratch that itch, or will we find that it's simply removed a bunch of systems that only got in the way of hitting things?

It'll be a few months before we find out. Until then we'll have to much about with Blizzard's Diablo 3 skillset editor . It's a tinkerer's paradise. If the idea of creating a Sorcerer that specialises in dropping meteors of ice doesn't thrill you, though, there's always this linky list of today's PC gaming news. Today, a game that teaches kids to code games, a tour of Valve's offices and today's Dead End Thrills pick from Alice: Madness Returns.

  • Today's Dead End Thrills shot is this smoky skyline from Alice: Madness Returns.

  • Penny Arcade take a tour of the Valve studios .

  • We mentioned the recent Black Ops 2 rumours earlier. The site that ran the Amazon listing story claim to have been blacklisted by Activision as a result. Activision tell Kotaku that "we believe this was a misunderstanding and are working towards a resolution."

  • Eve Online Crucible patch 1.2 is out, with a new trailer.

  • InCrysis have compiled a big selection of lovely videos and screens of art an environments created using CryEngine 3.

  • Gamasutra chat to the BBC about their upcoming Doctor Who game and why they're making games.

  • Job listings suggest that Crytek are working with EA on something new.

  • GIBiz think about the threat of future IP laws like the recently semi-defeated SOPA, PIPA and ACTA acts.

  • VG247 report that Alan Wake has made the money that Remedy put into developing and marketing it, which is nice.

  • Code Hero is a game that aims to teach kids to play games. A kickstarter page has been started to help fund development.

What are you looking forward to playing in the next few months?

Based in Bath with the UK team, Tom loves strategy games, action RPGs, hack ‘n slash games, digital card games… basically anything that he can fit on a hard drive. His final boss form is Deckard Cain.