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1 day ago

Warzone players are exploiting a glitch that turns them into cheating snakes

War is all fun and games, until a bunch of people figure out how to turn into snakes. By exploiting a glitch in Call Of Duty: Warzone, it's currently possible to appear as if you're lying prone when you are in fact standing up, letting you hide behind a wall while invisibly shooting people. It is a bit funny, but also frustrating and game-breaking. The…

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2 days ago

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for honing your juggling skills. Here's the best writing about videogames from the past week.For Paste, Natalie Flores wrote about how If Found subverts the concept of erasure into an empowering, self-directed practice. This gave me chills, in a good way.

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4 days ago

A big Escape From Tarkov update just wiped your characters, soz

You'd have thought people would have escaped from Tarkov by now, but they're still at it. Escape From Tarkov is a brutal, sandbox-ey shooter about scavenging for loot in a warzone where everyone has better guns than you - except for right now! A big update to the current early access build has brought a load of changes, but one of the most significant parts…

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5 days ago

Darkest Dungeon launches PvP today, alongside a free weekend

Roll up, roll up, The Butcher's Circus is (about to be) in town. Merciless RPG Darkest Dungeon is set to launch its PVP mode later today, letting you pit your band of stressed out adventurers against those of a stressed out person in the real world. The new mode is completely separate to the singleplayer campaign, and comes with new trinkets and reworked Heroes. The…

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6 days ago

Play demos for Desperados 3 and System Shock right now via GOG

You, there, stop that. You've got new videogames to play. Good Old Games has just launched free demos for Desperados 3 and the System Shock remake, along with a handful of other upcoming games. I've already had a sneaky play of both tactical cowboys and cybernetic spaceship loners, so I can already tell you they're worth your time. Aren't I good.This is also another chance…

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Crucible Review

I like some parts of Crucible, but the guns don't feel good. That's a deathblow to any hero shooter, even one that's been mashed into a MOBA, and I can't move past it. Great character design, sumptuous alien environments, and a handful of interesting ideas have all been squandered by the way firing hot lead feels like tossing soft mints. That's galling. More galling still…

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7 days ago

Dota 2’s International Battle Pass adds player guilds and pause screen mini-games

The Dota 2 International 10 Battle Pass has landed, and the ground hath buckled beneath its weight. There is a silly number of new cosmetics and features for those who buy it, and a few new features for those who don't. Everyone now gets to play mini-games during those inevitable mid-game pauses when one player vanishes, and everyone can join newfangled player guilds where you…

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1 week ago

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for trying not to complain about how lockdown makes writing these intros much harder, because that would be ridiculously callous and self-centred. Here's the best writing about videogames from the past week.For his blog, designer Robert Yang distilled the good and the bad from Gears Tactics and Horizon's Gate into succinct design lessons. There's some sharp analysis here, even though it's only written…

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2 weeks ago

Monster Train might be the best deckbuilder since Slay The Spire

I'm clearly having a weird Friday morning, because I just clapped my hands together and squealed "ooh, this does interesting things" aloud to myself. I'm also clearly playing a very good videogame. This is Monster Train: a deckbuilding roguelike that wears its Slay The Spire influences on its sleeve, while spinning up a familiar formula in a completely different direction. You're on a train to…

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The way Warzone broadcasts your mic on death is thrilling, bleak, and very funny

If you get killed in Call Of Duty: Warzone and you're not using push-to-talk, everyone nearby gets to briefly listen in to your mic. This has apparently been a thing in Call Of Duty games for years, but I've never noticed. I've never noticed it in Warzone, either, because I don't have voice comms turned on. I have already been screamed at by far too…

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Doom Eternal to be purged of controversial anti-cheat software

As you may or may not have noticed, there is a bit of a hoo-ha going down about kernel-level anti-cheat software. This is software that peeps at what Windows is up to using administrator privileges, which some people are understandably unhappy about. Happily, then, Doom Eternal developers Id Software are going to rid their game of Denuvo Anti-Cheat. The purge will come in an update…

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This World Of Warcraft board game should be good

When videogames try to return to their ancestral routes, it doesn't always go well. There are exceptions (hello, XCOM), but you often wind up with overwrought slogfests (hello, Dark Souls). I'm confident that the upcoming Small World Of Warcraft will buck that trend, because it's basically Small World wearing a World Of Warcraft coat with new ideas stuffed in its pockets.Small World is pretty good!…

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The Witcher 3’s Blood And Wine DLC puts Geralt where he truly belongs

One of the first things you do in The Witcher 3's Blood And Wine DLC is fight a giant. He comes at you moments after you arrive in Toussaint (read: France), when a very silly looking knight rides past you while frantically tilting at a windmill. The giant erupts from that windmill, flailing his club around and sending errant sheep flying. They roll and baa,…

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Warzone brings back Most Wanted contracts, adds assault rifles to the Gulag

War never changes, but sometimes the optional mid-war missions do get swapped around. That's actually quite common. Developers Infinity Ward briefly added Most Wanted contracts to Warzone last month, wiping over a different type of mission that I really liked. Fortunately, they quickly swapped them back around - and more fortunately still, yesterday's update lets us have both. Great! Thanks for that.The update also smuggled…

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Watch a Runeterra concept artist draw a new character on Friday 29th

At 6pm on the 29th of May (10am Pacific), Runeterra principal concept artist Chris Campbell will draw up a new character for Riot's card 'em up. It's for an "interactive global livestream", where you'll get the first peek at the newness and get to chat to him about how art works. It sounds nice, which is good because it seems like Riot are looking to…

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The Sunday Papers

Sundays are for continuing to exist. Here's the best writing about videogames from the past week.For The Ringer, Ben Lindberg dove into the history of female videogame protagonists, touching on myriad forces that shaped (and still shape) developer decisions about representation. It's a valuable, well-researched, and impressively thorough piece.

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3 weeks ago

Dota 2 tournament organisers are clashing with streamers

On this fine Friday afternoon, join me as I descend into the morality swamp. Around five days ago, the organisers of Dota 2 tournament WePlay Pushka sent a copyright strike against "Coldfox", a YouTuber who broadcast the tournament on his personal channel. Coldfox recorded the tournament from in-game, separately to the organiser's stream, and says he obeyed all of Valve's rules. Valve have previously said…

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Omen is Valorant’s best trickster

Omen lurks. He wriggles into unexpected corners, preying on those that don't pay enough attention. He's my favourite gun wizard in Valorant, Riot's new FPS. The whole point of him is to disrupt, to confuse, to unsettle. He is a patient trickster.Or at least, I thought he was. Other people have been playing him far more aggressively, and I am both jealous and concerned.

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