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The biggest PC gaming stories of the week

E3 is less than two weeks away (oh god). Usually this would mean a quiet time for news as publishers put the final touches on conference announces, but not this year, thanks to more platform news and some dubious TV show costuming decisions. Let's start with Microsoft.

  •  Microsoft is bringing more games to Steam (opens in new tab).

Buying a Microsoft game on PC is an enormous endeavour, so this seems like a sensible move. Master Chief Collection, Gears of War 5, and the Age of Empires 1-3 Definitive Editions are coming to Steam. Hopefully Forza will follow. The Xbox game pass is also coming to PC (opens in new tab).

  •  Microsoft is bringing more games to E3 than ever before (opens in new tab)

The next console generation is a-knocking, and Microsoft would like this launch to go better than the terrible Xbox One announce. This is good for us because these days Microsoft likes to bring its games to PC, too.

  •  Larian may be teasing Baldur's Gate 3, not Divinity: Original Sin 3 (opens in new tab)

Huge if true. Check out our retrospectives on the venerable RPG's Infinity Engine (opens in new tab), monsters (opens in new tab), and memorable characters (opens in new tab).

  •  Call of Duty: Modern Warfare arrives October 25, and here's the trailer (opens in new tab)

It's easy to feel fatigued about Call of Duty, but the Modern Warfare games were the peak of the series. I'm excited about revisiting that era with nice cloth physics and some ray tracing (opens in new tab). Check out Chris' hands-on impressions (opens in new tab) for more.

  •   Nvidia is adding real-time ray tracing to Quake 2 and you can play it soon (opens in new tab)

A novel way to show off new tech.

Get that man an iron.

  •  The Nilfgaardian armor in Netflix' The Witcher series is disturbingly wrinkly (opens in new tab)

It's so weird.

  •  Sekiro game files seem to reference the rumoured George R. R. Martin FromSoftware game (opens in new tab)

Martin and Miyazaki megazording together. Just think of the lore.

  •  We're already making E3 predictions (opens in new tab) and rounding up rumours (opens in new tab)

It's going to be a big show. Don't miss the PC Gaming Show (opens in new tab) either, there's going to be loads of awesome and secret things there.

 • Finally, you too can own a Tub Geralt statue (opens in new tab)

Geralt's little legs are gaping at me as I write this.

More things that happened this week

 •  'Gaming Disorder' is officially recognized as a disease by the World Health Organization (opens in new tab)
Anthem's endgame announcement underwhelmed (opens in new tab)
The next chapter of Destiny 2 will be revealed in a stream next week
A new Darksiders game is being announced at E3 (opens in new tab)
We rounded up every scrap of info on Marvel's Avengers game (opens in new tab)
Ghostbusters is being remastered why not (opens in new tab)
The Cultist Simulator devs announce spooky library game Book of Hours (opens in new tab)
Someone made Super Smash Bros in Overwatch (opens in new tab)
Iron Maiden launches lawsuit against Ion Maiden (opens in new tab)
The IntelliMouse returns with gaming-suitable specs (opens in new tab)
The Netflix Witcher series has finished filming, wrinkles and all (opens in new tab)
Total War: Three Kingdoms sells a million in a week (opens in new tab)
The Malkavians are coming to Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines 2 (opens in new tab)
Twitch's Artifact category has become a wasteland of porn, memes, and worse (opens in new tab)

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Personal computers really can do anything. We were also amused by No Politic (good) Have Politic (bad) (opens in new tab), and reaction to the latest Death Stranding footage (opens in new tab), which features a character called Die-Hardman (opens in new tab), and women called Fragile and Mama (opens in new tab). You can't see it but my eyes are rolling out of my head. We also like Call of Duty cereal jokes (opens in new tab).

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Elsewhere this week we endured some awful corporate promotional games (opens in new tab) so you never, ever have to. Also: is it better to have loved a gun and lost it than to never have gunned at all? Sometimes loot hurts (opens in new tab), but it's all part of the hobby.

That's all for this week. Have a brilliant weekend. May your save files never corrupt and your rocket launcher ammo be ever plentiful.

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