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Not much happened this week. A Star Citizen event was announced, and I guess that's something. There was also that PS1-looking "Cybertruck" that might appear (opens in new tab) in Cyberpunk 2077. Pretty dumb. I'm struggling to think of anything else noteworthy that happened in PC gaming this week, but I'm sure I'll remember as I go.

Half-Life: Alyx is a full-length game set before Half-Life 2 (opens in new tab)

Valve announced a new Half-Life game, and it's a VR-only prequel starring Alyx, and there's a trailer for it you can watch above. For more, here are a bunch of things we learned about Half-Life: Alyx (opens in new tab) after talking to Valve. Hopefully we find some bigger news as we go here.

Half-Life: Alyx is just the beginning of Valve's return to the series (opens in new tab)

After Half-Life: Alyx releases, Valve would "love to continue pushing forward" in the Half-Life universe according to designer David Speyrer. So maybe Half-Life 3 isn't out of the question? Interesting, but let's see if we can find some bigger PC gaming news.

Witness the body horror that allows Rust players to look down and see their legs (opens in new tab)

Finally! Here's the proper PC gaming news you've been craving.

Nvidia releases a GPU hotfix to address stalling in Red Dead Redemption 2 (opens in new tab)

Red Dead Redemption 2 hasn't had the smoothest PC launch (did anyone think it would?) but Rockstar and Nvidia are steadily improving it. This particular hotfix didn't resolve all of our problems, but hopefully with a bit more ironing it'll be stabler.

Counter-Strike has characters now (opens in new tab)

They're just cosmetic additions, but it feels weird. Counter-Strike doesn't have characters, it has jerks who AWP me and then say mean things about my family.

Former Arkane bosses launch a new studio, first game will be revealed at The Game Awards (opens in new tab)

Raphael Colantonio and Julien Roby are making games together again with a new studio called WolfEye. It sounds like they'll continue making the Dishonored-like games they're known for, and we'll see their first game at The Game Awards on December 12.

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Around the office

James and Chris are fighting and there aren't any adults around to stop them. Specifically, they are fighting about arms, and whether or not Alyx should have them in Half-Life: Alyx. Right now, she just has disembodied hands. Chris is on team arms (opens in new tab), while James is firmly against (opens in new tab) the inclusion of arm-shaped things in VR. I don't expect this to be resolved soon.

When not fighting about arms, we've been preparing for deal season, which has kicked off already with some early Black Friday deals (opens in new tab). If you're looking to upgrade your PC or build a new one, this weekend marks the beginning of the best time to buy parts, and we'll be sharing the best deals we find.

Aside from getting into an arm-related beef, Chris analyzed the Half-Life: Alyx trailer to try to figure out a few plot details, and what kind of horrible creatures we may encounter—no, please, anything but the sacktick.

Joanna has been testing Google Stadia with predictable, so-so results (opens in new tab), and I've been musing about the nature of sequels now that games are meant to be played forever.

That's all for this week. I suggest everyone declare their Team Arms or Team No Arms allegiance before Monday, because Chris and James seem to be building armies now.

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Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers 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. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.