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What keeps modders modding?

In 2006, the Bethesda Games Studios team that brought fantasy RPG The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion to life comprised over 300 people. In 2013, in an interview prior to the launch of Watch_Dogs, Ubisoft managing director Pauline Jacquey said that a typical open world action game requires between 400 and …

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Pick up 10 Double Fine games for £15.19 this weekend on Steam

Psychonauts and Brutal Legend developer Double Fine has discounted its 10-game bundle by 80 per cent this weekend on Steam, bringing the total to £15.19 / $19.99. Usually the bundle goes for £75.99 / $99.99, which is already much cheaper than buying each product individually, which would run one up …

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Irrational Games hiring board hints at narrative-based open-world FPS

BioShock developer Irrational Games has suggested its next title will be a narrative-based, open-world first-person shooter. BioShock Infinite. The Boston-based studio is hiring a gameplay systems designer and tuner and looking for someone with “experience in a semi-open (e.g. Borderlands/Shadows of Mordor) or open world game” with a “passion for …

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GCHQ releases Picross-like puzzle to the public

The director of the UK government’s super-secretive snooping agency GCHQ has included a puzzle with his Christmas cards this year, and the public have been invited to have a stab at solving it as well. It takes the form of a Picross puzzle, a type of challenge you’re most likely …

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Is Boba Fett overpowered in Star Wars Battlefront?

UPDATE 9TH DECEMBER: EA DICE has released a Star Wars Battlefront launch infographic that shows, among other things, Boba Fett as the most-played Hero or Villain. Luke is second, Han third, Leia fourth, Vader fifth and Palpy sixth. Other statistics reveal that less than one per cent of AT-ATs taken …

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Face-Off: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

UPDATE 8/12/15 4:52pm: We’ve been looking at more PlayStation 2 titles running under emulation on PlayStation 4, and it now seems clear that all the UK code we’ve tested is running at 50Hz with a crude frame-blending ‘upscale’ to the 60Hz output. We made an error in the original analysis …

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Max Payne rating leaked for PS4

It’s looking like the original Max Payne will be getting the PS2 Classic treatment on PS4, according to an ESRB listing. While not officially announced, this seems very likely as Sony just released eight PS2 games on its latest console, including Rogue Galaxy, Mark of Kri, Dark Cloud, and some …

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How Dariusburst: Chronicle Saviours resurrects an arcade legend

Taito’s seminal Darius series – like its arcade competitors R-Type and Gradius – is one of the franchises which helped shape and define the 2D horizontal shooter genre during the coin-op dreamland that was the mid-to-late ’80s. However, unlike its aforementioned contemporaries – which have sadly fallen dormant due to …

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Face-Off: Just Cause 3

Following on from Mad Max, Avalanche Studios throws out gritty post-apocalyptic landscapes for Just Cause 3 in favour of a vibrant and bombastic open world action title, where the emphasis is firmly on crazy stunts and rampant destruction. Spectacle is what this series is all about, and in this regard …

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The Stanley Parable designer's new heist game is out now for free

Earlier this week The Stanley Parable designer William Pugh teased an upcoming game and now that game is out. It’s a free 20-minute first-person affair called Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger And The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist. William Pugh worked on The Stanley Parable’s remake, but wasn’t the original …

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