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    A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favorite adaptable carnivore, the Dimetrodon We've also got something special, as of Patch v183, there will be a chance to obtain a weekend-limited "Independence Fireworks Skin" for your flare gun! You'll be able to find it dropping from a variety of high-level creatures, skin your flares with this and light up the night sky with ...
    July 3, 2015, 8:14 pm
    THE HIGHS Samuel Roberts: Feed me more Star Wars This week, brilliant voice actor Nolan North managed to hint at The Last of Us 2, revealed that Naughty Dog got rid of eight months of work to make PS4 exclusive Uncharted 4 and even discussed Visceral s as-yet unannounced Star Wars game (which speculation suggests will feature Han Solo). Naturally only the last part is relevant to us, but North singlehandedly made a slow news week for the games media into a busy one. If you're a big fan of Amy He...
    July 3, 2015, 1:11 pm
    I will bring down the servers at 1230 PM Eastern to apply the latest patch. Expect an approximate 30 minutes for the full roll out across the servers to be complete. Patch Notes - Release-2.2.3.7 We have a large patch for this release. It includes the full migration to the new UE4 version 4.8 engine, bug fixes and a lot of new content for everyone. All of the new content is first pass. This means additional work will occur but community feedback on current content is required before continuing. ...
    July 3, 2015, 12:47 pm
    Sorry for the delay. The latest patch is now live! We added land-mines, bone clubs, riot helmets, and better world generation. Read all about it at the official site.
    July 3, 2015, 3:56 am
    Update: The stream is over, but you can watch the whole thing right here on our Twitch pageOriginal: We're playing the Twitch darling Ark: Survival Evolved with co-founder of Studio Wildcard and co-creator of Ark Jesse Rapczak. Jesse and I will be hunting and taming dinosaurs together while I talk to him about the game, its future, and the impressive milestone of hitting one million sales in less than a month.  The stream will be live from 10:30-11:30am...
    July 2, 2015, 1:24 pm
    The online survival sim Rust broke one million copies sold in early 2014, just two months after it hit Steam Early Access. That's an impressive feat by any sure, but Ark: Survival Evolved, the vaguely Rust-like game with rideable dinosaurs that became something of a Twitch sensation, has managed to match that number in half the time. Jesse Rapczak, the co-founder of Studio Wildcard and co-creative director of Ark, credits a number of factors for the game's success, and it's no surprise...
    July 2, 2015, 1:20 pm
    Three Lane Highway Every week, Chris documents his complex ongoing relationship with Dota 2, Smite, and wizards in general. The art above comes from the Garb of the Cunning Augur set for Rubick by Es'Kophan. The most significant difference between the majority of Dota 2's traditional game modes lies in the way you pick your character. Drafting is an essential part of the game, and opting in to different methods of drafting is a way of determining what kind of experience you want to have. I'...
    July 2, 2015, 12:00 pm
    The prize pool for Dota 2’s annual mega tournament The International has sailed past $15 million meaning it’s now ticked the boxes of all of the stretch goals Valve thought up for its crowdfunding drive. The money comes via sales relating to a digital booklet called the Compendium which lets you take on little challenges and earn rewards. You can buy the Compendium itself but you can also spend money to make yours a higher level rather than slogging through games or pick up digital c...
    July 2, 2015, 4:00 am
    A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favorite giant prehistoric ant, the Titanomyrma!
    July 1, 2015, 11:44 pm
    A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favorite dangerous but friendly herbivore, the Pachycephalosaurus! ARK Digest We’ve also released this week’s edition of the ARK Digest! Sharing some important information with you, as well as answering your questions! Be sure to check it out. ARK Digest #8 Thanks guys! All the best, Your Community Manager Jat and The ARK Survival...
    July 1, 2015, 11:43 pm
    Part of a miscellany of serious thoughts, animal gifs, and anecdotage from the realm of MOBAs/hero brawlers/lane-pushers/ARTS/tactical wizard-em-ups. One day Pip might even tell you the story of how she bumped into Na Vi s Dendi at a dessert buffet cart. THIS WEEK, however, she will be complaining about her Dota 2 petting zoo! I am staring at a hang screen in Dota 2. I think I just tried to compile a map but I can’t be completely sure because programming words have always been a bit of a m...
    July 1, 2015, 5:00 pm
    Last year's International Dota 2 Championship tournament, better known simply as The International, had a prize pool well in excess of $10 million. That's a lot of money. It's also a lot less than what's already on the table for this year's event. Valve ponied up the initial $1.6 million for the International prize pool, which it then bolstered through sales of The Compendium, a kind of interactive, multi-level virtual book with unlockable in-game items. The base Compendium is $10 while the...
    July 1, 2015, 4:59 pm
    Welcome Home! Today we are pleased to announce that the open-world adventure game ARK Survival Evolved is now available for Mac and Linux on Steam Early Access, among the first large-scale Unreal Engine 4 game released for these two platforms! The Mac and Linux versions share all of the features and content of the PC game and includes seamless online cross-play, with players able to play to...
    July 1, 2015, 2:29 pm
    As The Witcher 3 nears the last of its sixteen planned free ‘DLC’ releases, developers CD Projekt RED are dragging things out, the awful teases. This Wednesday brings only one new pack, rather than the usual two, in the form of a new quest titled ‘Where the Cat and Wolf Play…’. Sounds like another Witcher might be involved in this one, aye? …
    July 1, 2015, 9:00 am
    There's just the one piece of free Witcher 3 DLC this week, but CD Projekt Red says it's a big one. "One of the biggest pieces of DLC yet," in fact. It's a new quest, called Where The Cat and Wolf Play. Here's the description: "You'll explore a forgotten village and discover its terrifying secret. Find out who or what slaughtered its inhabitants and use all your witcher skills to confront this mysterious force. "The Cat and the Wolf have clashed once before. Any guesses where this might be ...
    July 1, 2015, 8:05 am
    * Tiny Immortal “Crystal Dryad” - Aghanim’s Scepter attack will only play when Scepter is equipped. * Fixed the 2012 unusual courier particles appearing at the origin * Fixed Hwytty & Shyzzyrd particles appearing far from the courier * Added “The International 2014” tag to 2014 compendium immortals and couriers
    June 30, 2015, 7:43 pm
    Greetings Survivors, While development keeps moving along as usual, a lot of you have patiently been waiting for info on the new renderer, and for this week's Status Report Lead Producer Brian Hicks touches upon that very subject. Also, Senior Designer Jan Tomasik gives us some input on the ingame FOV; the theory and thought process behind the design solutions as well as decisions for the current iteration of FOV. For this week we also present you with a link to the DayZ Trello board where Lead ...
    June 30, 2015, 1:11 pm
    The second haul of high-end goods currently en route to Los Santos' luxury shops and dealerships. We're pleased to announce that the Ill-Gotten Gains Update: Part Two will arrive for all platforms next week, on Wednesday July 8th. This new collection of extravagant attire and potent transportation also includes the debut of the previously PC-exclusive The Lab radio station across all four console platforms....
    June 30, 2015, 11:19 am
    Plugins maketh the map, and how to run an in-game store.
    June 30, 2015, 10:15 am
    Compliments of our map maker, Russell Phillips. "Hey guys, Russ here... I’m very excited to introduce the new map I’ve been working on. Based on feedback from the community, this is a totally new layout based in an Indonesian mannequin factory featuring both breach points and tunnels to provide additional options or “shortcuts” for more efficient, undercover hostage extraction. Form Factory (working name) will have a dark, murky almost creepy vibe that introduces weather (wind, rain, etc) for th...
    June 29, 2015, 12:55 pm
    A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favorite resilient carnivore, the Trilobite!
    June 26, 2015, 7:59 pm
    Three Lane Highway Every week, Chris documents his complex ongoing relationship with Dota 2, Smite, and wizards in general. A few days ago, in an  article about ESL One Frankfurt, I made a point of praising Team Secret's decision making. This comes up a lot in my thinking about Dota. Something that applies to this game and many other things besides is the way that professionals 'make it look easy'. This is particularly apparent in esports, where the game the pros are playing is exactly the ...
    June 26, 2015, 3:19 am
    This week we added dynamic weather, a new semi automatic pistol, roadsign armour and fixed everything that has ever annoyed you. All the details are on the official site.
    June 25, 2015, 4:51 pm
    Hey guys! We know you've all been waiting so patiently for the release of the Mac and Linux client. We had to delay the initial release from the 25th of June, so we could spend some extra time working on the client, testing, and optimizing the release on these two platforms. However now we are excited to announce that that the Official Release for ARK Survival Evolved on Mac and Linux will be made available on Tuesday the 30th of J...
    June 25, 2015, 11:56 am
    A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favorite short-tempered beast, the Gigantopithecus! ARK Digest We’ve also released this week’s edition of the ARK Digest! Sharing some important information with you, as well as answering your questions! Be sure to check it out. ARK Digest #7 Thanks guys! All the best, Your Community Manager Jat and The ARK Survival Evolved Team
    June 24, 2015, 10:38 pm
    Rust s unique approach to character creation—that is, giving players absolutely no control over character creation—is one of the bolder experiments by a developer on its player population. In March, when Rust began randomly selecting players skin color for them, an attribute permanently bound to your character, it sparked a range of interesting reactions, from anger and delight to confusion. Tomorrow, as part of Rust s usual Thursday update, penis size will become a variable element ...
    June 24, 2015, 5:28 pm
    headlines we didn't end up running for this story * Mo' penis, mo' problems ;* Finally, your tiny dick is an advantage ;* Half-cocked: why a tiny peener might save your life ;* Why having a big penis in Rust is actually a curse ;* Units of measurement: big dongs mean little disadvantages in Rust ;* Keen peen genes means mean beings will bean your obscene peeing machine Rust s unique approach to character creation—that is, giving players absolutely no control over character creation—i...
    June 24, 2015, 5:28 pm
    Snitches get stitches, but it turns out they also get paid. The makers of Ark: Survival Evolved, the Early Access survival game with ridable dinosaurs, are offering bounties of $100 to anyone who can provide them with information on hacks that impact gameplay or server stability. The bounty has actually been on the table for awhile—there's a mention of it in a Steam forum post from last week—but the first reward was handed out yesterday, so I guess people are suddenly taking the...
    June 24, 2015, 5:07 pm
    Do you ever worry Geralt seems a bit too into the fashion of the places he visits? He cottons onto a local look and adopts it himself, which I’d say is worse than a tourist wearing an ‘I Skellige’ t-shirt. He wants everyone to know he totally gets the culture, yeah? The sort of arse who’d swan around Paris wearing black and smoking Marlboros, nodding at passers-by in the market like “Yeah, we Parisians get this.” This time, he’s dressing up as one of Ske...
    June 24, 2015, 9:00 am
    We've had alternative outfits, Gwent skins and a quest involving a village of pigs. This week, though, The Witcher 3 free DLC program heads to Skellige for a new mission and a new armour set. Here are the full details, courtesy of CD Projekt Red: * New Quest - 'Contract: Skellige's Most Wanted': A monster hunt like no other -- Can you survive it? ;* Skellige Armor Set: Enhanced for the frigid climate of the Skellige Archipelago, this set includes a jacket, gloves, pants, boots and horse tack. To...
    June 24, 2015, 5:54 am
    Greetings Survivors, As the team continues pushing development of DayZ, we have Brian, Chris, and Viktor providing us with a peek at what is on the plate for the team. For this week, Lead Producer Brian Hicks will discuss development going forwards in regards to the DayZ audio module, while Lead Artist Chris Torchia will discuss the decision making behind the firearms design, and Lead Animator Viktor Kostik will discuss the development of transitioning the player character across to the new anim...
    June 23, 2015, 12:56 pm
    Someone made the AK IRL.
    June 23, 2015, 11:28 am
    A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favorite lovable carnivorous marine reptile, the Ichthyosaurus! Patch 178 The latest patch welcomes 3 new structures! Say hello to the; Stone Wall Stone Wall Foundation Metal Water Tank This is just the beginning of our new potential building tier , throughout the week we'll be adding more items to go alongside it. This patch has a...
    June 22, 2015, 8:20 pm
    Posted on behalf of Tom, President, SOF Studios Hello H-Hour community! After an exciting last week, the SOFs staff is all back at the studio and working hard on the next phase of development. Kevin and I both have some thoughts to share about our week at E3 and the things we experienced while we were there. E3 this year for SOFs was incredible. It allowed us to meet people that have worked on or will begin work in support of H-Hour, face to face. Last year we showed up with a demo and this year...
    June 22, 2015, 3:59 pm
    Gilded guns, unabashedly gaudy fashions, gull-winged sports cars taking flight, and hedonistic Los Santos citizens celebrating their ILL-GOTTEN GAINS and greedily sopping up special opportunities to reap bonus GTA$, RP and more - it was all part of last week's GTA Online Event Weekend. To kick off the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Part 1 Event Weekend we were joined on the official Rockstar Broadcast Event livestream by Adam Kovic, Bruce Greene, James Willems, Lawrence Sonntag an...
    June 22, 2015, 3:10 pm
    In many ways, Rust has always been something of a digital social experiment: What happens when people are thrown together in a primitive, isolated environment, with no rules beyond "survive?" (Answer: It's Lord of the Flies, every single time.) Back in March, the experiment got a little deeper (and the uproar, a little louder) when the game was updated to arbitrarily assign unchangeable faces and skin tones to players, and now an even more sensitive bit of anatomy has been adjusted in a manner t...
    June 22, 2015, 2:12 pm
    Photo: ESL/Adela Sznajder. Fair warning: spoilers follow for ESL One Frankfurt 2015. In the aftermath of ESL One Frankfurt, the professional Dota 2 status quo seems to be very much set. Team Secret's 2-0 defeat of IG and 3-1 victory over EG establishes them, convincingly, as the world's best. Meanwhile, the metagame has stabilised to a substantial degree. Tusk, Shadow Fiend, Queen of Pain, Clockwerk and Leshrac are the heroes of this patch, with the first pick and ban phase of the draft now larg...
    June 22, 2015, 8:14 am
    Photo: ESL/Patrick Strack If you missed yesterday's incredible day of Dota, here are the two games you should watch before the next round begins: EG vs. Vici Gaming game one, and Secret vs. Fnatic game two. In both cases, though in different senses, these games were made special by a support player gone rogue. In the case of the latter you have a wildly entertaining Techies performance by KuroKy. In the former, you have Aui_2000's extraordinary run as a 'support' Naga Siren who finished the game...
    June 21, 2015, 2:14 am
    A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favorite giant beaver, the Castoroides!
    June 19, 2015, 6:20 pm
    Photo credit: ESL/Helena Kristiansson ESL Frankfurt 2015 begins tomorrow and runs until Sunday night. This is the biggest Dota 2 event of the year in Europe and the last major tournament before the International. If you're looking to get up to speed before the world's best teams compete for that staggering $14m+ prize pool, this is your best chance to do so. Besides, it'll be fun. You can either watch the games for free via Twitch or, if you're in the Frankfurt area, tickets are still ...
    June 19, 2015, 5:30 pm
    The first look at the female character model, we've planted the seeds of farming with growable corn and pumpkins, and we added the wolf headdress. All the details are on the official site.
    June 18, 2015, 5:33 pm
    Three Lane Highway Every week, Chris documents his complex ongoing relationship with Dota 2, Smite, and wizards in general. It's been ten months since Valve released the Source 2 toolkit for Dota 2 custom game mode developers. It's been seven months since they confirmed that something big would be arriving in 2015, a project that accounted for the lack of Diretide and Frostivus and the ever-slowing rate at which new heroes arrive. Despite the warnings, however, I'm taken aback by just how import...
    June 18, 2015, 3:07 pm
    Sometimes you need a hand to hold, so we ve compiled a list of the 25 best co-op games to play on PC with a headset-wearing friend or a muted stranger. Whether solving puzzles, sneaking, shooting zombies or stabbing mythical creatures in the face, the existence of another player adds an element of unpredictability. The reality of your co-op partner constantly alerting the guards is drowned out by the experience in your head – the synchronised stealth takedowns, the perfectly executed plan ...
    June 18, 2015, 3:00 pm
    I’m doing it again and you can’t stop me: I’m posting about a released game during E3 week. Come at me, you nerks; I’ll fight you all. This time it’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt , which deposited its customary weekly drop of new free pellets of content on our gamedoorstep yesterday. Sorry I’m late; I was busy doing video games. Breaking the pellets open, we discover Geralt has a new scavenger hunt quest leading to Wolf School Witcher gear, and Triss gets a glam a...
    June 18, 2015, 2:00 pm
    The Witcher 3 gets another new quest this week. I'm sorry to say that—unlike last week's free DLC drop—it doesn't feature a village of pigs. Instead, it's a scavenger hunt for new gear. Also this week, and alternate look for Triss. Here are the official descriptions from CD Project Red: * Triss alternative costume - Love to play dress up? Now you can with this exclusive new look for Triss Merigold. * New Quest - Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear - Adventure awaits! Embark on...
    June 18, 2015, 8:03 am
    Dota 2 has jumped to Valve’s shiny new Source 2 engine with the open beta release of the Reborn update. The main version of the game will still run on the old engine until after this year’s International tournament, but everyone can now poke at the new one. If you dig Dota 2, hey, go have a poke at what’s to come; your match history, matchmaking rating, cosmetic items, and so on are shared across both versions, unlike normal Dota 2 test clients. If you just want to know more ab...
    June 18, 2015, 6:00 am
    A new Dino Dossier has been revealed, this one is everyone’s favorite enormous flyer, the Quetzalcoatlus!
    June 17, 2015, 9:44 pm
    Valve only announced Dota 2 Reborn last week, but the Source 2 revamp is available in beta right now.  "Unlike our traditional Test client, your match history, MMR, cosmetic items, and friends are shared across the two versions," Valve's announcement reads.  "However, Ranked Matchmaking is not enabled yet. We anticipate that we'll be able to turn it on in a few days, but we need more testing of the basic functionality first. Also, it is possible new items may make their first...
    June 17, 2015, 8:59 pm
    The Reborn beta is now available for everyone to download and play. Check out the update page for installation instructions and to learn about a number of new technologies that we're using to improve Dota 2. Unlike our traditional Test client, your match history, MMR, cosmetic items, and friends are shared across the two versions. However, Ranked Matchmaking is not enabled yet. We anticipate that we'll be ab...
    June 17, 2015, 7:28 pm
    Valve have made a new Dota 2 mode for the full launch of Custom Games (mods, basically) in their free-to-play lords management game. Custom Games will let folks create their own levels and gameplay rules, and will have a nifty-looking in-game hub to find and play them. A video showing off Valve’s newest Hammer editor makes them look surprisingly easy to make too. They’re a big part of the Dota 2 Reborn update that’s due to enter open beta testing this week. Other big changes ar...
    June 17, 2015, 10:30 am
    Brian Hicks, project lead on DayZ, stopped by the PC Gaming Show at E3 to talk about the progress and future of the multiplayer survival game, which has been in Early Access for over a year and a half. In addition to plans in the near future to release three more vehicles and the resources needed to repair them, Hicks said that a single-player feature for DayZ was in the works. This will allow gamers to play DayZ offline, and also allow modders to test out thei...
    June 16, 2015, 11:11 pm
    At the PC Gaming Show at E3 today, DayZ creator Dean Hall responded to anger over his departure from the game's development. According to Hall, he never expected the game—which originated as an Arma 2 mod—to become as popular as it did, nor did he expect to be working on the game for as long as he did. It comes down to learning the lessons and I think that when I first came up with DayZ, it was an accident," Hall said. "It was a mod I thought 50 people would play, but a lot of p...
    June 16, 2015, 10:09 pm
    Last week Valve announced Dota 2 Reborn, an update to Dota 2 that will include a new engine and interface. It also mentioned custom games, and today Valve provided a look at exactly how custom games will work. From their post: "Custom Games are new experiences that are created by the community, and playable within Dota 2. These games can be anything from a grand brawl between ten Invokers, to a story-driven dungeon adventure, to something creative that no one has seen before. For us, Custom...
    June 16, 2015, 6:02 pm
    Custom Games are new experiences that are created by the community, and playable within Dota 2. These games can be anything from a grand brawl between ten Invokers, to a story-driven dungeon adventure, to something creative that no one has seen before. For us, Custom Games represent a continuation of the tradition that gave birth to Dota, Team Fortress and Counter-Strike. We'd like to build an ecosystem where you can experienc...
    June 16, 2015, 5:28 pm
    The first ever PC Gaming Show happened Tuesday night at E3! With host Sean 'Day9' Plott at the helm, we looked at a great variety of games, big and small. You can watch the archived steam on our Twitch channel, and the whole thing is broken up by segment on our YouTube channel—you can watch it all above. The highlights * Tripwire announces Rising Storm 2: Vietnam; * Creative Assembly teases Total War: Warhammer; * Phil Spencer says Microsoft "lost our way with PC g...
    June 16, 2015, 1:31 pm
    Remaking concept art in-game, streamers invading each other, a look at the Battle Royale gamemode, and visiting Rust’s finest learning establishment.
    June 16, 2015, 12:11 pm
    A new Dino Dossier is posted, this one is everybody’s favorite gigantic friendly mammal, the Paraceratherium!
    June 15, 2015, 9:35 pm
    Have you seen Rick and Morty? It's an Adult Swim cartoon. I like it a lot, especially for Justin Roiland's improvisational voicing of its titular characters (he also plays Earl of Lemongrab on Adventure Time, if you couldn't tell). If you want to hear the pair a lot more, Adult Swim has put a Rick and Morty announcer pack up for voting on the Dota 2 Workshop, along with a Mr. Meeseeks courier. I sort of doubt they'll help your game. Full disclosure, I played video g...
    June 15, 2015, 8:32 pm
    DayZ creator Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall has announced his next game, Ion , at E3. He calls it a “simulation MMO that explores mankind’s expansion into space” and Space Station 13 is cited as an inspiration, which sounds like a fine mix for wacky emergent antics. It’ll be simulation-heavy, and sounds great. Come have a look at the first trailer, and hear what he had to say about it. …
    June 15, 2015, 1:54 pm
    Rockstar would like to remind everyone that cheating in Grand Theft Auto Online is a Very Bad Thing, and could result in a trip to the cheater pool, or even a temporary or permanent ban from the game for those caught doing it. It also warned that your odds of being caught have recently gone up, thanks to some new tricks up its sleeve that will help it determine who's breaking the rules, and deal with them accordingly. "As part of our ongoing commitment to combat cheating and griefing, we have re...
    June 15, 2015, 12:22 pm
    Hello H-Hour community! This week marks an important milestone for the development of H-Hour: World's Elite. Kevin, our Project Manager, and Tom, our President, are flying out to Los Angeles to spend the week at E3. For those of you who are not familiar, E3 (or the Electronic Entertainment Expo) is a weeklong game conference that is held every year. Thousands of people from all over the world attend E3. It is an exclusive, industry-only event in which game developers both big and small can inter...
    June 15, 2015, 12:01 pm
    Hotfix 1.06 has just been released for PC. Please check the list of changes below. Fixes the endless loading screen when fighting the Ice Giant during the quest 'Lord of Undvik' Geralt's clothes will no longer be wet after leaving the menu The gate in the crypt now works correctly during the quest 'Scavenger Hunt: Viper School Gear' Fixes the lack of interaction with Roche on Oxenfurt Bridge in the quest 'Get Junior' Fixes an issue that prevented players from creating more than one item via Craf...
    June 15, 2015, 11:06 am
    Welcome to... Jurassic ARK! Hello Survivors! It’s time for our favorite part of the day again, woohoo: announcing the winners for the Jurassic ARK screenshot competition! Today’s competition is the last, and in our opinion the toughest of the bunch! We received a few entries but none had fully completed what we requested, to show us every current tamed creature side-by-side on the ARK on a live official PvP server! Though that’s actually grea...
    June 14, 2015, 7:51 pm
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