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The Awesome Games Done Quick 2018 schedule is up

Awesome Games Done Quick is coming back for 2018, bringing more than 130 hours of speedrunning to the Hilton Washington Dulles Airport Hotel to raise funds for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Registration to attend is closed but the whole thing will be livestreamed on Twitch, and if you’re looking for a particular game or runner to watch, the full schedule has now been posted.    The event will begin at 11:30 am ET on January …

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Monster Hunter: World won’t have loot boxes – devs don’t want players to “skip the experience”

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Monster Hunter: World is taking plenty of cues from Western games to end the curse of the series’ mostly Japan-only success. One design trait it’s not looking to emulate, however, is the concept of loot boxes. At a recent preview event, the developers had some particularly emphatic words about how these types of microtransactions wouldn’t fit the game. Find out how Monster Hunter World is shaping up to be the …

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Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode hits 800,000 concurrent players

The battle royale genre continues to prove itself as being immensely popular. Epic’s Fortnite: Battle Royale has broken 800,000 concurrent players, according to the game’ official Twitter account (below). In fact, the exact figure was 811,000. This has caused some issues for the multiplayer title, with the firm apologising for tech issues. The mode launched in September, while the base Fortnite game was released in July. The Battle Royale mode is free-to-play, which is likely …

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Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus PC performance review

It is the best shooter of the year, but what is Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus’ PC performance like? Built on the current iteration of the notoriously difficult id Tech engine, it is easy to assume that a game so graphically intense is resource hungry and prone to slow down, crashes, and other system problems. We would not want you to leave things like these to chance, which is why we’ve put together this Wolfenstein …

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“Denuvo-protected games will continue to get cracked faster and faster,” piracy group says

Denuvo markets themselves as the “#1 application protection and Anti-Piracy Technology” in the world. Their aim is to “provide the longest crack-free release window compared to competitors,” protecting new games from hacking and piracy during their opening weeks and months, when sales are arguably most important and piracy is likely to have the biggest impact. A recent EU report concluded that piracy actually increases videogame sales. A year or two ago, Denuvo delivered on that …

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Razer finally announces Hong Kong IPO

Gaming accessories and hardware firm Razer has officially revealed its intention to float on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Word comes by way of Business Wire, in which the company says a total of 1.063bn primary shares are being offered. 957,240,000 of these are going to be international offer shares, while the remaining 106,360,000 shares are Hong Kong Public Offering shares. Razer is currently expecting an offer price of between HK$2.93 and HK$4.00 per share …

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Why Robot Gentleman has headed to space for 60 Parsecs!

Back in 2015, Polish developer Robot Gentleman released its darkly humorous take on the apocalypse, 60 Seconds!, on PC. Since then, the game has been ported to Mac, iOS, and will soon be coming to Android and Switch. But the studio is now ready to move on from its first game and branch out into a whole new area – space. Announced at Poznan’s Games Industry Conference 2017, 60 Parsecs! takes the arcade/interactive fiction gameplay …

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5 silly golf games you can play on PC instead of Golf Story

It is easy to dismiss much of the Nintendo Switch’s library as secondhand indie games that we have been enjoying on Steam for a while. The charming, retro-tinged Golf Story changed this – not only is it a No. 1 smash on the eShop, it is also an envy-inducing Switch exclusive. If this underdog hit is giving you a case of FOMO, don’t panic just yet – there are fortunately other, even more irreverent, takes …

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Total War devs discuss direction of new historical games

(Image: © Peter Dennis) Creative Assembly’s Total War: Warhammer fantasy series is in rude health, however there’s much to come from its historically-inspired games in the not too distant future. Talking on the Total War official site, game directors and project leads Maya Georgieva, Jack Lusted, and Janos Gaspar chat about their respective projects—which include Total War Saga, a new historical era, and a forthcoming campaign expansion.  Speaking to the latter, Georgieva says her project …

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Osama Bin Laden was an anime fan and played pirated Naruto games

Osama Bin Laden was the leader of terrorist group Al-Qaeda from its creation in the late 80s until his death in 2011 as a result of a US military operation. During that time he was directly responsible for some heinous attacks throughout the Middle East, and the most significant terrorist action in US history. In addition to crimes against humanity too numerous to count, it turns out that Bin Laden was also a gamer, a …

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Destiny 2 doesn’t do enough to bring players together on PC

Three years ago, Bungie took the loot grinding and instanced challenges of MMORPGs and married them with Halo’s fantastic shooting to create a decidedly console experience in Destiny. Now that the sequel has hit PC, the loot-shooter has come to an audience well-acquainted with its style of gear hunting and dungeon raiding. While games like World of Warcraft and Eve Online try to cultivate long-lasting communities, however, Destiny 2 seems completely uninterested. The race to …

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Bundle Stars becomes Fanatical, launch sale now live

Bundle Stars, the digital storefront that specialises in group game discounts, has become Fanatical. To celebrate its rebranding, the distributor has kicked off a Launch Sale that offers up to 80 percent off a number of top PC games.  Billed as a “new chapter” for the platform, Fanatical will continue seamlessly from an operational standpoint, with existing Bundle Stars customers promised a “completely hassle-free transition to the new website”. Crucially, this means retaining their existing …

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EA’s CEO says Visceral Games’ closure “wasn’t about” a move to multiplayer

  EA say that the decision to close Visceral Games had nothing to do with the publisher’s move away from single player games. Visceral’s Star Wars game would have been a gritty heist story.   In a financial earnings call yesterday, Andrew Wilson was asked to comment on the closure of the studio, and said that a combination of player feedback and market trends contributed to the change of direction that EA eventually took. Wilson …

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Here’s how to beat the Royal Pools Challenge in Destiny 2’s Leviathan raid

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Destiny 2’s Leviathan raid will unlock for PC players later today. Over on console, the Royal Pools Challenge was added to the raid yesterday. We have to wait a week for Prestige difficulty, but we might get Challenges right away – we’ll find out tonight. Conquer the rest of the Leviathan with our Destiny 2 raid guide. Challenges are new wrinkles added to raid encounters after the original game’s Taken …

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds leaving Early Access in December

Everyone’s favourite battle royale game now has a release date. Announced via a post on Xbox Wire, the title is launching in ‘late December’ on PC, but no date has been confirmed. The Xbox One edition is coming out on December 12th, meaning that the console edition will be ‘out’ before.  The title has sold 15m copies on PC as well; as per the boxart for the Xbox One version.  For the time being, the …

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