The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

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January is over, which means that Valentine's Day is just a couple weeks away, so if someone is expecting you to do something for Valentine's Day, you should probably be thinking about that—restaurant reservations go fast. But if no one is expecting anything from you for Valentine's Day, then hell yeah, do whatever you want, such as catch up on the week's PC gaming news:

All your Warcraft 3: Reforged custom games belong exclusively to Blizzard (opens in new tab)

Where other EULAs give publishers license to do just about whatever they want with player-created content, Blizzard takes things a step further by claiming ownership of your custom games. Predictably, no one is happy about that.

Oops! Destiny 2's newest update is deleting rare enhancement materials (opens in new tab)

Don't worry, this was fixed—by rolling back everyone's accounts to before the currencies and materials started disappearing. I still find it interesting as an example of how much can go wrong in a live game, and how prepared developers like Bungie are to rewind time before the riots start.

Now you can play Resident Evil 2 as Ciri (opens in new tab)

See Ciri wielding a gun in the video below, which feels weirder than I expected it to, and also check out Lauren's unrelated feature about Ciri's creation (opens in new tab) (in The Witcher 3, not Resident Evil 2).

NZXT put a LCD screen in its coolers, and you can customize the image (opens in new tab)

Now that RGB lighting is in pretty much anything, the time has come to put screens on everything a screen can be crammed onto. In this case, a CPU cooler.

Wizards of the Coast announces 'story driven' RPG studio led by ex Bioware vets (opens in new tab)

The studio is headed by James Ohlen, who led the design of Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate 2, Neverwinter Nights, Knights of the Old Republic, Dragon Age: Origins, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Not a bad resume.

Overwatch is getting hero bans, but Blizzard will pick them, not you

A pick/ban system for competitive Overwatch was expected, but this wasn't how we figured it would work.

The Witcher author had little involvement with the Netflix series: 'I do not like working too hard' (opens in new tab)

Hard to fault him for that.

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Around the office

Tyler let the horrible goose from Untitled Goose Game loose on his desktop (opens in new tab), and that was just one of our bad ideas this week. Steven put five scopes on a gun (opens in new tab) in Escape from Tarkov, Chris made a tiny house in The Sims 4 (opens in new tab) and had a party in his bathroom, and Chris also 'simulated' the Super Bowl in a 1987 DOS game (opens in new tab), which will only prove accurate if a player named Muffins is named MVP. 

Also a mistake this week: Putting Garfield in The Elder Scrolls: Arena (opens in new tab).

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In the more serious feature department, Steven took an in-depth look at the state of Warframe (opens in new tab) and spoke to Riot about its new card game (opens in new tab), while Luke Winkie put a critical eye on the recent phenomenon (opens in new tab) of big studios speaking openly about crunch—not to apologize it, but just to acknowledge that it's happening.

Rachel took the award for boldest take of the week, though, when she declared that Temtem is better than Pokémon on PC (opens in new tab). That's the kind of hard stance we like to see when it comes to catching and battling small creatures.

That's all for this week. It's time to enjoy the first weekend of February by doing the same thing I do every weekend: Playing Hearthstone or Rocket League until I get mad and then falling asleep while reading a book about people who live in space. I hope your routine is equally satisfying.

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Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley during the rise of personal computers, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early PCs his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. His hobbies include amateur boxing and adding to his 1,200-plus hours in Rocket League.