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Wargaming Seattle, aka Gas Powered Games, to close

Wargaming, the folks behind free-to-play mega-hit World Of Tanks, have confirmed that they are closing the Seattle studio formerly known as Gas Powered Games. Y'know, Gas Powered, the Supreme Commander and Dungeon Siege lot. 150 people had been working at Wargaming Seattle on an unannounced MMO, the company said, but the studio is closing as Wargaming restructures.

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Feature: A beginner's guide...

Spawn Point: how to get into real-time strategy

Hello. This is Spawn Point, a new not-quite-regular feature in which we take a genre, series or other facet of gaming culture, and try to convince you to give it a shot. It might be those hero shooters you’ve always wanted to get into, or that terrifying space game played by thousands of jerks. We’ll briefly explain the thing, followed by some ways for you…

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Feature: A MOBA for people who don't play MOBAs

Have You Played… Demigod?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. When people remember Demigod, mostly they recall Rook, the character with castle towers for shoulders pictured above. That's fair, he's great, but Demigod was fun across the board.

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Feature: A fine companion to the original

Have You Played… Supreme Commander 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Supreme Commander 2 is derided by fans of the series for the ways in which it differed from the original Supreme Commander, but I would never have got into the original massive-scale real-time strategy game if it wasn't for this smaller, more accessible…

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Have You Played… Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance initially amazed with its scale. It's a real-time strategy game in which hundreds of robots collide upon enormous maps, in which the units you build at the start of a match are the size of a metallic toenail on…

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En-sob-le: Age Of Empires Online Goes Offline

Microsoft may be claiming that it's redoubled its efforts on PC, but it hasn't had much to show for it yet, Games For Windows Live is dying at an agonizing pace, and now Age of Empires Online is naught but ash and memories. Servers are now offline, never to be seen again. It's a shame because AOEO had potential despite a litany of flaws, and…

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Feature: Smaller Units, Bigger Wars

Total Converts: SupCom 2 Revamp Expansion Mod

This is not the mod I intended to write about when the day began. I had great plans to write about "kitchen sink" mods, which abandon narrative coherency in favour of cramming borrowed ideas into a joyous, lunatic mess. Then I couldn't get my key example to work, and spent four hours stumbling over error after error until I was forced to give up. I'm…

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Atari Auction Implies New Chris Taylor’s Total Annihilation

Everything is in place for Chris Taylor to make a sequel to Total Annihilation, thanks to Wargaming picking up the Total Annihilation IP in a recent auction of Atari properties. Taylor, of course, came under the armoured umbrella the World Of Tanks company when they purchased Gas Powered Games earlier this year. By connecting the inevitabilities, we can see what needs to happen here. Wargaming…

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World Of Thanks: Wargaming Buys Gas Powered Games

The strange, sad story of Chris Taylor's Gas Powered Games in 2013 has taken another unexpected twist - and now we know what the hinted-at future for the deeply troubled Supreme Commander developer is. Increasingly omnipresent Belarus developer/publisher Wargaming.net, best know for the remarkably successful World of Tanks, has stepped in to buy up what's left of the Dungeon Siege studio.

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Primordial Oops: GPG Declares Wildman Extinct

If you've been following the sordid tale of Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games' Wildman, you probably won't find this one all that surprising. After Death's cold, potentially velociraptor-like claw nearly cut down the Kickstarter mere days after it launched, Taylor and co opted to stick it out. Unfortunately, even the probable doom of GPG wasn't enough to pied piper $1.1 million out of unwilling…

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Feature: "There was no master plan"

Chris Taylor On The Brink

Chris Taylor just roared in my face. Neon dance lights are pulsing, loud, bass-heavy music is thumping, and Taylor's sudden vocal-chord-straining shout is reverberating off our empty corner of a DICE after-party. Intense. That's how I'd describe the scene. It's also how I'd describe Chris Taylor.

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Supreme Desktop Commander: Wildman’s Mad Mod Tools

Will Wildman cross the financial finish line before Kickstarter strikes 12 and Gas Powered Games turns back into a pumpkin? Who knows? Crazier things have happened. But, more often than not, they haven't. That's kinda why they're, you know, crazy - not normal. But Wildman isn't the only thing doing laps in GPG's primordial ooze. As Chris Taylor told us, they've also got something called…

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Feature: For My Next Trick, I'll Make Money Talk!

THQ, Wildman, & The Problem Of Voting With Our Wallets

Vote with your wallet. We constantly preach it as an approach that actually Makes Important Things Happen, but does it? Does it really? It's such an easy be-all, end-all argument to toss out, but things are rarely that simple. The recent death of THQ and potential failure of Gas Powered Games' Wildman represent very tangible examples of how "vote with your wallet" can screech and…

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It’s Settled: Wildman Will Go On

"Will it ever actually come out, though?" is a question that's often asked of many Kickstarter-funded games, but not like this. In the blink of an eye, Gas Powered Games' Wildman went from fossil-fueled hopeful to dinosaur with a very large meteor breathing down its neck. After 40-some-odd layoffs, Chris Taylor was left reconsidering if it was even worthwhile to gamble the rest of his…

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Gas Powered Facing Major Layoffs, May Halt Kickstarter

Right then, let me try laying this one out on paper, because I'm still having a hard time comprehending it. So, a few days ago, Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games announced a rather massive Kickstarter. Wildman, they said, would need $1.1 million in its tank before it could get off the ground, but they had it all planned out. So we got some gameplay…

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Quickstarter: Wildman Gets First Gameplay Footage

Chris Taylor can talk. I know, for I have witnessed it. Wild-eyed, he spoke of grandiose plans for both games and operating systems, then (perhaps somewhat paradoxically) explained why he no longer believes bigger means better. As ever with Kickstarters, though, the question of whether or not he can back up his Supreme-Commander-sized words remains. Fortunately, while Wildman's still quite early in development, Gas Powered…

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Chris Taylor’s 180: Bigger Equals Better “Flawed Thinking”

Yesterday, Chris Taylor announced his new evolution-thwacking prehistoric RTS-RPG Wildman, so naturally, we talked about that until we, ourselves, evolved extra mouths so we could more efficiently talk about evolution. But what about, well, everything else? In ye olde year of 2010, after all, Taylor and co debuted Kings and Castles, a "biggest ever" fantasy RTS with dragons, chickens, and hopefully - for the sake…

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Feature: Total Demigod Annihilation Siege Commander, Pt 1

Chris Taylor On GPG’s Prehistoric RTS-RPG, Wildman

Wildman! That's fun to say, isn't it? I like bellowing it at the top of my lungs while charging down sun-spattered hills, colossal bonking club aloft. Of course, I was doing that long before Chris Taylor and Gas Powered Games announced a fantastical prehistoric RTS/MOBA/RPG with the very same title, so now it's actually relevant. But how exactly do all those puzzle pieces fit together?…

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Wild, Man: Gas Powered Games Kickstarting Wildman

Gas Powered Games wants $1.1 million of your dollars. I also want $1.1 million of your dollars, but - instead of spending them on a mansion made of trampolines and a pony that's also a rocketship - the Dungeon Siege and Supreme Commander dev is hoping to bring an RTS-RPG called Wildman to life. It's about prehistoric evolution, but with an amusingly silly twist. "What…

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Racey: Age Of Empires Online “Skirmish”

You might remember that our Brendy thought free-to-play strategy Age Of Empires Online was a bit of alright, but he was a bit uncomfortable with the general "having other people in it" sort of feel. Of course that's not stopped the seventy bajillion people who did sign up, and some of those probably even spent money on it. They're going to have a new option…

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