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Third-Party Developers Are the Key to Nintendo Switch Success

We’re on a first-name basis with Nintendo games. Mario. Zelda. Donkey Kong. But in today’s multi-billion dollar video game industry strong first-party brands aren’t enough. Nintendo knows this all too well. It’s previous console, the Wii U, was dogged by criticism that it didn’t have much to offer other than Nintendo games. So getting third-party support for the Nintendo Switch was a huge deal for the company when it formally revealed the hybrid console back …

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Talking Point: Five Key Areas Nintendo Must Get Right at E3 2017

E3 is starting to pick up momentum with Microsoft, EA and Bethesda among the big names to have made their pitch so far. Like every other year the reactions have been mixed – there have been some positive reveals and there have also been cringe-worthy moments. So far we’ve only seen a couple of glimpses of Nintendo content, too, though that’s likely to change when Ubisoft has its show and, of course, Nintendo kicks off …

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Why iteration is the key to great WebVR games | VentureBeat | PC Gaming

I like to encourage an iterative approach to designing immersive games, which happens if developers and studios simply afford themselves the space and opportunity to experiment in order to discover how their concept can be designed with effective hooks that get players to play repeatedly. Earlier this month I published an article that positioned WebVR gaming as the sweet spot the VR industry should be prioritizing. I then followed up to criticize the knee-jerk approach …

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Win a key for Steam Hammer! Delve into an alternate Victorian reality and build your own airship. I say, old chap!

Following a successful Kickstarter, Steam Hammer- the hardcore Steampunk sandbox from Big Way Games – is now in open beta. Set in an alternate late-19th century you can choose between, or combine, skills such as engineer, scientist, farmer or gunsmith, and then set out into the world to build houses or factories and to forge weapons and armour. From there you can engage in battles on land or in the sky with airships and jetpacks …

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Win a key for the Mirage: Arcane Warfare beta! Melee or magic, how will you fight?

Mirage: Arcane Warfare is all about steel, spells and bloodsoaked team battles. Ornate Arabian palaces and exotic desert oasis are the backdrop for this gory, close-combat multiplayer. With a mystical, fantasy setting you can choose to specialise in ranged destructive magic or close-combat sword fights and a whole range of environments and game modes. Arcane Warfare includes six diverse character classes, such as the ghostly Vypress assassin or hulking Taurants, all with customizable magic ability …

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Win a key for FlatOut 4: Total Insanity! High-speed destruction, carnage, collisions… oh yeah, and racing

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube FlatOut is a series all about driving as fast as possible and destroying as many things as possible. It’s nitro-fueled demolition and derby racing, prioritising high-speed collisions, destruction to the environment, other racers… anything that gets in your way, really. Choose from a wide variety of drivers, vehicles and tracks, with a range of Steam exclusives such as the Factory Arena, Gadget Stewart and the Ice breaker vehicle. It also …

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“You’d be doing me a favour by pirating rather than using key resellers” – Vlambeer co-founder

Gearbox have just rather publicly split from G2A after a public outcry over their Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition retail partnership. This breakup has prompted the conversation surrounding game key marketplaces to spring up once again.  There are plenty of free PC games to get stuck into if money is tight.  Last year, one developer told us he’d rather people pirated his game than buy it from G2A. Almost a year later – despite G2A declaring …

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Win a Steam key for surreal puzzle game Back to Bed! Become the subconscious guardian of your dreams

Live your dreams and become a subconscious guardian named Subob. Well, live someone’s dreams. In your role as Subob you will battle to protect your unconscious counterpart, Bob, from any danger and guide him back to the safety of his bed. To do this, you’ll journey through a series of isometric puzzle levels in the form of surreal painting-like cityscapes where the boundary between dreams and reality have vanished. Enjoy this serene and artistic dream …

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Win a free Steam key for The Deed!

Think you could get away with murder? Wait, don’t answer that.  Instead, enter our giveaway and you could win a Steam key for The Deed, an adventure/RPG game about doing exactly that.  Arran Bruce, heir to Dunshiel House, returns to his family home after discovering that his father has decided to disinherit him from his will in favour of his young sister. Not taking this so well, Arran then decides to disinherit his sister from …

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