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New EVE Online trailer is a celebration of operatic space conflict

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To call EVE Online a video game seems almost laughably simplistic, considering the sheer scale of treachery, corporate espionage and pure, glorious space violence that occurs within its virtual borders.

Despite grovelling every now and then as a news story of another mass battle or long con game breaks, I've never been able to make the commitment and get into CCP's space MMO. This new trailer really makes me want to.

Game of Thrones now available to pre-order on Steam, PC specs revealed

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It's getting ever closer. If I was being a bit obvious and House Stark about it, I might even say "winter is coming." Telltale's Game of Thrones is creeping closer to release this winter, and the game's now available to pre-order on Steam.

There's even some recommended PC specifications, though obviously it's unlikely that this is going to strain your rig too much.

Goat Simulator MMO in tribute to Diablo's fabled 'cow level'

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Back in a time when games weren't entirely mastered by eagle-eyed Youtubers around thirty minutes after launch, Diablo's fabled cow level was one of the greatest gaming myths, the forerunner to GTA: San Andreas' missing Sasquatch.

Goat Simulator's recent, and breathtakingly silly, MMO update has paid tribute to this storied saga with an entire level of cows walking upright and shooting lasers out of their eyes.

Fast-paced MOBA battler TOME: Immortal Arena now available on Steam

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I know, I know. There's more than a few MOBAs out there vying for your attention already, and anyway, it can seem like playing anything but endless League of Legends DotA2 matches is a waste of time.

If you don't have the hours to put in to getting shouted at by irate junglers, however, newly released relative TOME: Immortal Arena may be more up your street.

Paypal email reveals the Steam Autumn Sale will begin November 26

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Prepare for your wallet to take another battering just a few weeks before Christmas, because Steam is kicking off its Autumn sale this November 26.

The news was revealed by an email sent to Paypal customers, which revealed that the sale would run until December 1. Valve hasn't officially confirmed anything yet, but it's pretty much a given that the dates are correct.

Zombies Monsters Robots adds giants mechs in Steel Corps update

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Free to play team shooter Zombies Monsters Robots has just received a big update called Steel Corps, allowing players to pilot mech battlesuits into combat.

The new Team Mech Match mode accompanies nine new maps for both PvP and PvE in the pretty hefty content drop.

Blood Sport on Kickstarter, get hit and lose real blood for "donation gaming events"

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Got some extra blood circulating you're willing to see shed in the name of gaming and blood donation? Kickstarter has gone live with a campaign for Blood Sport, which is going to literally drain you dry.

Well, not so much if you're actually good at not being shoot. The idea is "stupidly simple," says the team behind it. The rumble feedback is 'hacked' to let an Arduino know it's time to pay up.

Sony Online "nearly done" with Early Access list for H1Z1, "real happy with where we are at"

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John Smedley, big boss over at Sony Online Entertainment, has tweeted that his H1Z1 team has almost completed their "early access list of stuff" for the zombie open-world MMO. The more bells and whistles the better.

Sony has held off launching before now, but with little information as to why. Now we know it's because they wanted to cram it with more things first. It's got big competition to out-shuffle after all.

Ashen Rift is "a man and a dog" against Earth shattering forces, now on Kickstarter

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Think your four-legged best friend can take on apocalyptic journeys? Ashen Rift is single-player, first-person survival game. It's got Quake and HeXen inspirations for that "classic shooter" feel.

Pyroclastic Games has brought their project to Kickstarter where they ask for $85,000 CAD with over 40 days to go. A portal has opened on Earth and has "raged with impunity" - now it's up to us.

DLC maps for Evolve will be available to all players for free

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DLC maps for Evolve will be available to players free, ensuring that players won't get kicked off of a game server because they don't own the right content.

Creative director Phil Robb revealed the news to IGN, adding that players will also fight alongside new characters and against new monsters as long as they know someone who has bought the DLC.

Telltale: "Nobody" turned down Game of Thrones role, "richer experience" for fans

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The first of six instalments to Telltale Games' adventure series Game of Thrones will be upon us in December, with the first episode titled 'Iron From Ice'. The series focuses on the troubled House Forrester.

Telltale said none of the HBO show's actor turned down a chance for their character to be in the game, and that fans would "have a richer experience" given all that's happened throughout the series.

Double Fine reduce staff by 12 following 'unexpected cancellation'

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Broken Age developer Double Fine has had to let a dozen staff members go from the studio after a project with a publisher fell through, signing the death warrant to the unannounced project.

They did confirm however that Broken Age, Massive Chalice and the remastering of Grim Fandango "were unaffected." Massive Chalice has recently hit Early Access and is a strategy RPG.

Fan 're-imagining' of Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines stopped by CCP Games

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A valiant effort to rouse Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines from the coffin has been stopped as CCP Games hammers in the nails. Dedicated fans were trying to give the series an injection of new life.

CCP Games legal department however, likely in service to the Masquerade, has sent forth a "cease and desist" order preventing the use of any copyright and trademarked material. It's a stake to the heart.

Ori and the Blind Forest delayed until 2015

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Developer Moon Studios' promising platformer Ori and the Blind Forest has been delayed until 2015, the studio revealed yesterday.

It was due out this Winter, but in a blog post on the official website the developers explained that they "need just a little more time in order to add a final layer of polish to – what we hope – will be an unforgettable gaming experience."

First Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes screenshots, Nvidia list PC features

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The first two screenshots of Kojima Productions' Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes for PC have been released, but not by the developer itself. Instead the images have been published by Nvidia.

They compare two scenes from a PS4 and PC perspective. They also chest beat what special extras the PC version is getting, like SLI support, higher-resolution effects and 60 frames per second.

Block N Load announced by Jagex, "true departure" from MMOs and F2P

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More fully destructible environments are coming as Jagex announce team-based shooter Block N Load, which also boasts a healthy appetite for construction too. We'll shoot and build to victory!

Strategic constructions come in defensive and offensive flavours, before you charge off to tunnel and blast through the enemy base. An announcement trailer has been posted by Jagex.

Elite: Dangerous Beta 3.9 update released, Frontier post lengthy patch notes

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The space faring Elite: Dangerous is now at Beta 3.9 thanks to the latest patch release from developer Frontier, and there's a massive list of changes and new content to trawl through on the official forums.

There's new missions, mission branching, permits and more permits, custom Earth and Mars, and a gas giant's worth of stability fixes and other tweaks. No offline 'fix' though, sorry.

Dragon Age: Inquisition chronicles "Plants vs. Corpses" at the "battle of Pauper's Cap"

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Forget the large cheese wheels plaguing all of Thedas, as BioWare have included a cheeky Easter Egg in their Dragon Age: Inquisition codex for something known as "Plants vs. Corpses".

If that wasn't enough this battle between demon-raised corpses and apostate-summoned plant life takes place at "Pauper's Cap", giving a nice place in Thedas for PopCap Games' Plants vs. Zombies.

The Game Awards 2014 promo briefly teases Arkham Knight's Scarecrow

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Next month on December 5th The Game Awards 2014 will be kicking off and so a promo trailer has been released to tease what awaits us. Right at the end is the most promising morsel for the event.

We get Scarecrow from Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham Knight, and he says, "All that's left for you to do is watch." This hopefully means a meaty glimpse at the new Batman game.

Valve revise Early Access rules and guidelines, want to "set proper expectations "

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Right now the words 'Early' and 'Access' are starting to become a little unsavoury, and Valve wants to nip this in the bud. To that end they've updated their paperwork for Early Access, helping to define what it is.

Rules are the first thing developers must now adhere to, like not being able to skirt around the issue their game is in Early Access, and therefore incomplete. Valve also has guidelines to help devs and gamers.