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This man clocked almost a full year of playtime in Ark: Survival Evolved – here’s why

 Since Ark: Survival Evolved first launched on Steam Early Access on June 2, 2015, a player named Vör has clocked over 8,600 hours of playtime. To put that in its proper context, there are 8,760 hours in a year. We reached out to Vör to ask how he could possibly have played this game for nearly half its existence.  Like many players, Vör is frustrated at recent changes to Ark. Can Studio Wildcard win their …

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Win a virtual ticket to watch all the excitement of BlizzCon 2017 live on November 2-3!

BlizzCon 2017 kicks off at the Anaheim Convention Center in California on Friday, November 3 and will go on throughout November 4. It will sport the usual fantastic roster of gaming events – covering everything Blizzard. There will also be developer panels, cosplay competitions, and esports events. Sounds great, right – wouldn’t you like to attend yourself? You’re in luck! We’re giving away five virtual tickets for BlizzCon 2017 right here. What is a virtual ticket? Well, …

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China’s blocking the world’s hottest video game because it lacks “core socialist values” — Quartz

China’s media regulators on Friday (Oct. 27) took aim at PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), a smash-hit survival game that has sold over 13 million copies since its release in March. The video-game office of the official China Audio-Video Copyright Association published a notice (link in Chinese) stating that the game contains too much blood and gore, and thus will be unlikely to get a license to officially launch in China. The office cited consultations with the …

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World’s Hottest PC Game Could Be Banned in China Due to Violence

By October 30, 2017, 1:15 AM EDT The world’s hottest video game is set to be locked out of the biggest market. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — where competitors fight to be the last one alive — is too bloody and violent, according to an announcement posted by the China Audio-Video and Digital Publishing Association. The gladiator-like mentality of the computer game deviates from the values of socialism and is deemed harmful to young consumers, it said. …

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Star Citizen’s new video roundup features promo ships, alien language & new engine tech

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Star Citizen continues to be one of the largest, strangest anomalies in the history of videogames. During a time where few publishers believed ‘space games’ were even viable, this game became a crowdfunded juggernaut, roping in a budget comparable to the biggest AAA games ever made. Few games have whole conventions dedicated to them. Fewer still have them before even reaching beta stages of development. Still, Citizencon is a thing, …

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You can revisit the Gothic games in Skyrim with this mod and play 32 voice-acted quests

Piranha Bytes has long moved on from the Gothic games it first created in 2001 (it’s making things like Elex now) but fans still pine for the series’ unforgiving open worlds—so much so that a group of modders have banded together and recreated the Gothic universe within Skyrim. In its latest update, which has been three months in the making, the mod introduces voice acting for its 32 hand-crafted quests. Gothic Orpheus is a total …

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Steam needs better tools to deal with toxic users

“Kill yourselves you degenerate freaks.” “kill yourself faggot.” “I hate n***ers” These are comments I’ve read on Steam Community forums, user reviews, and in Steam Groups. As Steam grows, many indie developers are facing the increasing mental anguish of having to deal with toxic, hateful behavior in their Steam communities. And without better moderation tools and a more proactive stance from Valve, Steam is becoming a pretty shitty place to be. Yesterday we published a …

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Escape From Tarkov gears up for open beta with new localizations, gear and a sack of guns

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube At this point, STALKER-like shooters are practically their own subgenre. Intense games of crawling around gritty and authentically bleak-feeling eastern european environments, desperately searching for ammo, medical equipment and armor all while trying to put some extra air-holes in your rivals. MMO shooter Escape From Tarkov from Russian studio Battlestate Games went into closed beta a few months ago, with preordering players let in the door early. Soon, the game will …

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Massive tabletop game studio Fantasy Flight announce a dedicated videogame division

Fantasy Flight are one of the best known board and card-game studios out there, in large part due to their clever bridging of the gap between tabletop and modern media. Flashy video tutorials and integrated tablet/phone apps define many of their titles, such as XCom: The Board Game. The company has clearly decided that it’s time to take another step closer to digital, and have announced a new company division; the purely digital-focused Fantasy Flight …

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If skateboarding game Decksplash doesn’t clock over 100k players during a free week, it dies

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Developing and launching a game is a risky enough proposition, but for an indie studio to release a multiplayer game is fraught with danger. We’ve seen so many smaller online games launch, find zero players and die out. Bossa Studios (I Am Bread, Surgeon Simulator) are hedging their bets. Unless their upcoming online skateboarding game Decksplash can draw 100,000 players during a free event next week, they’ll be cancelling development. …

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Which game character do you hate?

Welcome back to the PC Gamer Q&A! Every week we ask our panel of PC Gamer writers a question about games. This week: which game character do you hate? Okay, ‘hate’ is a strong word, but we all get annoyed by characters in games, for a variety of reasons—bad dialogue, voice acting, or whatever else. Here we’ve simply spotlighted the characters (and one car) that we can’t stand. We’d love to hear your suggestions in …

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Eve Online’s new Lifeblood expansion builds on resource conflict at every level

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Venerable space sandbox MMO Eve Online continues to grow. This week saw the launch of Lifeblood, its latest expansion, adding a slew of new features to both the PvP and PvE sides of the game. Lifeblood throws new fuel onto the fire by expanding on both the efficiency and scale of player-run mining operations, the backbone of the fleet-building economy in both player-run fringe regions and the NPC-heavy central zones. …

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Weekend PC Game Deals: Halloween Sales rise from every corner

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. Halloween is almost upon us, but its time to set aside the pumpkins and the Dracula teeth to have a look at all the PC games that have been discounted for the celebration. While the Steam Halloween Sale is likely …

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Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition’s system requirements have been announced

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube The glut of great multi-platform releases looks set to continue well into next year. The PC version of magical realist road-trip RPG Final Fantasy XV is gearing up properly for release now, and has seen its official system requirements announced via Microsoft’s Windows store. For those without heavyweight machines, have no fear. While the port looks designed to push even the most absurdly expensive machines to their limits if you want to …

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Hohe Bildraten, ideales Futter für Achtkern-CPUs [Update]

Inhaltsverzeichnis Update vom 27. Oktober: Wir haben diesen Artikel um Technik-Eindrücke sowie Grafikkarten-Messungen inklusive Frametimes ergänzt. Weitere GPUs folgen im Laufe des Tages, ebenso bei Wolfenstein 2. Vom ersten Moment an versprüht Assassin’s Creed Origins einen Hauch von “Next-Gen”: Die Texturen sind knackig-hochauflösend, die Beleuchtung glaubhaft und die Kantenglättung tadellos – und dennoch läuft das Geschehen am heimischen PC geschmeidig über den Bildschirm. Mit AC Origins, das ab dem 27. Oktober erhältlich ist, steht definitiv …

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