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Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan shares an impassioned plea to the community: Be nice

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube It’s no secret that the relationship between the people making videogames and the people consuming them is often strained, but seldom is it as apparent as in this lengthy, heartfelt forum post from Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan. The central thrust of the 1300-word soliloquy is that a lot of developers – Overwatch team included – are afraid to speak about even the simplest facets of development for fear of abuse, …

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Space combat game Allegiance blasts onto Steam 17 years after initial release

The seventeen-year-old multiplayer space combat game Allegiance has finally landed on Steam. It was initially launched by Microsoft Game Studios in 2000 and the source code released in 2008, after which players could play the game free online. The hope is that the Steam version, called Microsoft Allegiance, will attract more players and help the game live on. The game is half RTS, half first-person space combat sim. You and your team have one objective: …

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Weekend PC Game Deals: Warner Bros. discounts, a Nemesis bundle, and more

Weekend PC Game Deals is where the hottest gaming deals are amassed into an easy to follow format, every week, from all over the internet. So kick back, relax, and hold on to your wallets. The current Humble Monthly bundle has been on offer for three weeks now, meaning you have less than a week before a brand new bundle and an early unlock game takes the place of the current ones. The current early-unlock …

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Video game releases for October 2017

Here are the top video game releases for the month of October 2017. Also, check out the list we put together of our most anticipated games of 2017 and subscribe to Polygon’s YouTube channel for more gaming videos. And here are the free games you get this month with an Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus subscription. What are you looking forward to playing? Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments. Note: …

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ Steam review score plummets over Chinese VPN issues

Despite seeing enormous success and unprecedented concurrent player-counts in recent months, it’s not all sunshine and lollipops for Battle Royale shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Over the past few days, Battlegrounds’ Steam review score has dropped significantly, seemingly due to the inclusion of in-game ads for a VPN service in the Chinese version of the game. Once the server woes have blown over, check out our guide to the game to give yourself an edge. Despite the …

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The 7 worst PC building crimes and how to avoid them

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Building your own PC is incredibly easy and a very satisfying way to spend a weekend/your future children’s inheritance. It also becomes a bonding experience between you and your gaming rig, and might make you more forgiving of its inevitable PC foibles. That said, there are still some surprisingly common errors which crop up time and again, so we’re here to make sure you never fall foul of them. Read …

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The Humble Gems Bundle 2 combines cat-cafe dating, blocky horror & space-mech salvaging

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube The latest from Humble – the Humble Gems Bundle 2 – is a strange grab-bag of easy indie recommendations, covering the gamut from 16-bit horror adventure, a cat-cafe dating sim and one of my favourite action-roguelikes in recent years. With eight games spanning a bafflingly broad range of genres, there’s something here for just about everyone.  The minimum of $1 will give you: The Count Lucanor Hustle Cat Tattletail Beating …

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Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Fallout with a free copy of the original game on Steam today

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube The Fallout series has become one of the cornerstones of modern gaming, and while hard to argue that it hasn’t changed a lot over the years, the setting remains tried and true and compelling to this day: A pulp sci-fi world of 1950s aesthetics wrapped around future technology, of mutants, monsters and madmen. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the franchise, they’re giving away the original Fallout for free on …

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Total War: Warhammer 2 strategy guide: diplomacy, the Vortex, and Deathmetal

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Total War: Warhammer II is out and it’s a blast. Like all Total War games, it is also a complex beast, and it can be hard to get your head around at first. We have specific guides for playing each of its four races, but we also accrued many more miscellaneous tips that will help you seize the Vortex no matter your allegiance. Read on. Ah, but why is it a blast? …

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Free Steam keys: Win one of 250 codes for sci-fi roguelike exploration game Galactic Crew!

Solo developer Benjamin Rommel is very generous. Not only is he giving you a spaceship that you can customise as you wish, he’s giving you a crew, planets to take them to, in fact, he’s giving you a whole galaxy to explore. As of today, his game Galactic Crew is available on Steam Early Access. It’s a sci-fi roguelike exploration game. When you start a new game a whole galaxy is procedurally generated, filled with …

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Commodore 64 Mini will come with 64 games and a ‘classic style’ joystick

The NES Classic and SNES Classic, miniaturized versions Nintendo’s classic consoles with emulators and games pre-installed, have been so popular that supply hasn’t come close to meeting the rabid demand. Thir runaway popularity has inspired the development of a new kind of mini-console that’s a bit closer to our PC-loving hearts: The C64 Mini.  The C64 Mini is a “perfectly formed” replica, half the size of the original, and sporting an HDMI and two USB …

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Steam’s Next Free Weekend Game Now Available

PC players looking for something new to try this weekend now have another option. Right now, Boss Key’s multiplayer shooter LawBreakers is free to play via Steam. For a limited time, Steam users can download and play LawBreakers at no cost. The free trial runs all weekend and concludes on October 2 at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET. Everyone who plays the game this weekend will also be entered into a giveaway. New users who …

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What kind of PC do you need for game development?

Original artist unknown. Anyone who ever wanted to get Crysis running above 8fps has researched enough about PC hardware to know the basics. Buy the best GPU you can afford, don’t upgrade your CPU every generation, and and anything more than 16GB of RAM is probably overkill—Charles Babbage could have given you this advice when he was first devising the concept of a programmable computer in in the early 1800s. But what if you want …

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QWOP creator’s new game is meant to hurt you

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Even though it’s a nearly a decade old at this point, just hearing the name QWOP is apt to make your fingers convulse in keyboard-tossing rage. Such an innocuous game of controlling a runner’s body as they engage in a sprint, yet with so much control over those legs it’s impossible to reign it in enough to make it more than a few inches at a time. Just… a little… …

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Forza 7 is getting blasted for its loot boxes and paid boosters

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Forza Motorsport 7 does not yet have microtransactions but they’re coming, according to Turn 10. But the game already has loot boxes, and they’re painting a very dark picture for when the game does add a paid currency. Forza’s quite good discounting its currency problems, but there’s another racer we’ve been rather more impressed with. In an opinion piece for Ars Technica, journalist Sam Machkovech calls the game’s loot system …

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