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Sightless Sea Of Thieves streamer plays by following sounds from his crewmates

How can someone steer a ship in Sea Of Thieves when they're unable to see? Quite well, as it turns out. "Sightless Kombat" is an accessibility consultant and streamer who, as you might guess by the name, is without sight. Last night, he joined the Rare crew on their weekly stream to shoot some skeletons, chat about accessibility and show how he plays the game…

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Age Of Empires 3: Definitive Edition is out now

After 15 years, Age Of Empires 3 returns today with a shiny new expanded version. Like the AOE 2 Def Ed before it, Age Of Empires 3: Definitive Edition polishes up Ensemble's historical real-time strategy game to play nice with modern computers, rolls in all the old expansions, and adds a few new things too. Considering we've still not got Nate back from AOE2, I…

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Ships in the knight: an Age Of Empires 2 match report

I've not posted about Age Of Empires 2 in a while, because there's been a lot of other things on, but I'm still plugging away with it - I start each day with a quick random match against the AI to keep my hand in, and once a week or so, I dare to enter the adrenaline-soaked APM hell of ranked multiplayer. I lose more…

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No, Halo 5 wont be joining The Master Chief Collection on PC

Sorry, Mister Chief. With testing for Halo 4 about to begin for The Master Chief Collection on PC, 343 have once again confirmed that their first game will also be The MCC's last - with no plans to bring Halo 5 into Captain Motocross' big ol' bundle. It might have a reputation for being a bit rubs, but that's a weird, Cortana-shaped hold to leave…

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Here are Sea Of Thieves’ awkward school photos from before it became beautiful

Catch the moustaches on those lads! Believe it or not, this is what extremely gorgeous pirate adventure Sea Of Thieves looked like in its awkward adolescent phase. Rare have shared a screenshot from early in the game's development that shows just how far the game has come since first pulling up anchor on its main voyage.

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Sea Of Thieves devs made a pirate shanty tribute to Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, song writer and lead guitarist of iconic rock band Van Halen, passed away this week. Across the internet, tributes have poured out for the legendary rocker, including a rather surprising one from Sea Of Thieves developer, Rare. They've made a pirate shanty cover of the song Jump. It's a bit weird, but you know what? It's really sweet, too.

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Minecraft Dungeons getting cross-platform multiplayer and more DLC this year

Minecraft Dungeons didn't get left out of Mojang's Minecraft Live presentation this past weekend. The Diablo-style looting RPG has a few updates of its own landing before the end of this year. It'll be getting another DLC with new enemies and areas and, praise be, multiplayer between folks on different systems.

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Microsoft Flight Sim has impaled Japan with two massive spires

For every action, there must be an equal and opposite reaction. As such, it is only natural that Microsoft Flight Simulator's massive hole in the ground be countered by two spear-like pillars of earth on the other side of the globe. Despite last week's World Update re-jigging the nation's terrain, pilots this week discovered these colossal spikes bursting out of the Japanese countryside.

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Microsoft Flight Sim’s next World Update is taking on the USA

Following this week's brief trip to Japan, Microsoft Flight Simulator is already booking its next intercontinental clean-up flight. It seems the gigantic flight sim has decided to take on the United States of America for its next World Update, bringing a similar mix of photogrammetry-improved cities and higher-resolution terrain in another World Update before the end of the year.

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A perfectly normal abyss has appeared in Microsoft Flight Sim

Yup. That seems about right. After evicting the Queen and erecting a colossal monolith in Melbourne, the unknowable architect behind Microsoft Flight Simulator's world gen now appears to have pulled at the very fabric of the Earth, ripping a massive hole out of a field in South America. At least, I very much hope this is a simple computing error - has anyone actually been…

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Microsoft Flight Sim descends on an improved Japan today

Having already fit the world on my hard drive, Microsoft Flight Simulator now begins the long and painful process of making it all look a bit nicer. The flight sim's first World Update drops today, sprucing up Japan with photogrammetry-scanned cities, improved terrain mapping, custom-built airports and new landing challenges to break in the new runways. Tickets are free, so why not pop over to…

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Microsoft Flight Simulator improving Japan in first “world update” next week

Microsoft announced during their Tokyo Games Show stream today that Japan will be the next country to get touched up by hand in Microsoft Flight Simulator. The first "world update" is coming next week with six Japanese cities rebuilt using 3D photogrammetry, along with six airports, a new elevation map for the country, and loads of bridges, temples, castles, and other landmarks. The update's due…

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Halo 3: ODST has arrived on PC

Halo: The Master Chief Collection has gained another game, except this one isn't actually about that Master Chief guy. Halo 3: ODST arrived on PC today, giving players the chance to follow the story of some normal human dudes, and not a giant Spartan. It takes place before the events of Halo 3, and you play as some Orbital Drop Shock Troopers who're trying to…

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Microsoft have bought Bethesda

Update: Microsoft say they'll "keep the commitment" to bring Bethesda's Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo to PS5 as timed exclusives. More below.Microsoft just announced they've bought ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda. The developers of games such as Skyrim, Fallout, Dishonored, Prey, Doom, Quake and all those classics are now technically Xbox Game Studios. Xbox boss Phil Spencer made a post welcoming the developers, in…

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Sea Of Thieves is offering a free Ori-themed ship set this weekend

It's Talk Like A Pirate Day on Saturday, so naturally, Rare's excellent pirate adventure Sea Of Thieves has some goodies in store for its players. The first of which is a free ship set inspired by Ori And The Blind Forest (or Will Of The Wisps, I suppose). And the second is a whole weekend of double gold and reputation rewards between today and Sunday…

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Halo 3: ODST drops onto PC next week

Halo's long-overdue missing PC releases will continue with Halo 3: ODST next Tuesday, the 22nd of September, Microsoft announced today. ODST was one of Bungie's last Halo games and it turns away from jacked supersoldier Master Chef to focus on some regular squishy humans: Orbital Drop Shock Troopers. The game has a good squad of these, borrowing voices from noughties sci-fi stars including Nathan Fillion,…

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Twitch Plays Microsoft Flight Simulator went surprisingly well

Twitch Plays is a strange beast. You'd think that allowing loads of viewers in Twitch chat control all the actions in a video game might be a disaster, and yet the hivemind never seems to disappoint. Twitch chat has tackled Pokémon, (kinda) beat Dark Souls, and they even managed to beat a chess grandmaster at his own game. But now they've taken to the skies…

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Sea Of Thieves has dogs now and I love them with all my heart

Today, I dived into Sea Of Thieves with a single goal in mind: buy and hang out with a dog. Rare's pirate sandbox got its big September update yesterday, introducing some new canine pals to the game's premium store, and what can I say? I love pets, and I love pirates. This game just gets me. So, I'd like you all to meet Rox, and…

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Sea Of Thieves’ new update sends you to pillage treasure vaults today

Indiana Jones movies sure would be different if the owners of the treasure he uncovered had asked him to pop on down and fetch it for them. That's what the newest Sea Of Thieves monthly update will have you doing starting today. New Gold Hoarder voyages ask you and your crew to go fetch the gold and goodies stashed by the Hoarders in hidden vaults.…

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