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Valve sneaks in-game ads into DOTA2

A post on the DOTA2 subreddit has shown the world that Valve has just sneaked in some form of in-game ad for DOTA2, which popped up onto a Redditor's game asking them if they'd like to buy a Charm of the Defender's Vision.

 

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You can click 'No Thanks!' but this still doesn't take away from the fact that Valve just slipped in-game ads into their games. The title of the post in the DOTA2 subreddit is pretty harsh, and rightly so: "Valve has now introduced IN-GAME ADS, I hope nobody is ok with this."

 

What do you think about Valve introducing in-game ads to DOTA2?

Game of Thrones game from Telltale receives its debut trailer

Telltale Games has teased the debut trailer to their upcoming Game of Thrones game, revealing that many of the show's popular actors will reprise their roles in the game.

 

 

These include Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Snow. This news right here, has me instantly interested, especially as I haven't played any of Telltale Games' previous titles. Telltale's take on the game takes place between season three and season five of the show, with Telltale's six episode series following the lives of five playable characters from House Forrester.

 

The Forresters are sworn to the Starks, who believe that the wintry conditions from which they were raised has only made them stronger. Their family motto is "iron from ice". We will see the first episode of Game of Thrones on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Mac and iOS later this year.

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions out next week on PC, Xbox and PlayStation

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions comes out next week, with the developer teasing pre-order DLC and platform-exclusive levels for PC, Xbox and PlayStation.

 

 

On PC the game launches on November 25, while the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One find themselves beginning to get addicted to the new puzzle shooter on November 26. Pre-ordering on PC secures you two bonus levels; the triangle-shaped Secret Eye, and the doughnut-shaped Blood Count. The Xbox One version receiving Blood Count for free if you pre-order. The Xbox 360 on the other hand, has no pre-order option, so Blood Count is provided for free for those who purchase the game between November 26 and December 2.

 

Both Xbox versions of the game include the exclusive cube-shaped Titan Box, which is colored in the sexy Xbox green. Moving onto the PS3 and PS4 versions of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, where Sony users in the US being the only ones able to pre-order. US-based PlayStation owners will receive the Secret Eye level. Both Sony consoles also include the exclusive Symbolic level, where enemies spawn in clusters shaped like the PlayStation control buttons.

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Far Cry 4 doesn't include FOV adjustments, for pirated versions

Pirated versions of Far Cry 4 are making the rounds on various sites and services around the world, but it is missing a very important part of the game: field-of-view adjustments. FOV controls are completely missing from the pirated versions of Far Cry 4 on the PC.

 

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Why? Well, Creative Director on the game, the now infamous Alex "Low Res FTW" Hutchinson took to his Twitter account, saying: "PC players! If you're online complaining about the lack of FOV control ... You pirated the game". The proper copies of Far Cry 4 feature an FOV slider, but it's nice to see Ubisoft trolling pirates with taking a simple, but important version of the game out.

WoW tips over 10 million subscribers again as new expansion launches

The latest expansion to World of Warcraft has launched, with Warlords of Draenor increasing the subscriber base of Blizzard's MMORPG, even amongst the various server problems the game has experienced.

 

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Blizzard sent out a press release earlier today, announcing that the Warlords of Draenor expansion had sold over 3.3 million copies in its first 24 hours alone, pushing the total World of Warcraft subscriber base past 10 million. Before this, the expansion base of WoW had slipped to 6.8 million, but as the expansion release got closer, the subscriber base began to climb back up.

 

The previous expansion, Mists of Pandaria, had the subscriber base hit over 10 million, with both expansion boosts to its subscriber base down from the peak of 12 million back in 2010.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PC requirements have been announced

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes launches on the PC next month, with the publisher now providing the world the PC requirements of the upcoming stealth title.

 

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The publisher noted on Steam: "There's a good chance your rig can pull off a variety of in-game settings with a different piece of hardware than what's listed below. We hope this gives you a good idea of what you'll need to see the Fox Engine in action on your home computer". This is what you'll require to run Ground Zeroes:

 

Minimum Specifications:

 

  • OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later.
  • Processor: Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above.
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM or above.
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 650 or above.
  • DirectX: Version 11 or above.

 

Recommended Specifications:

 

  • OS: Windows Vista 64-Bit or later.
  • Processor: Core i5 SandyBridge 4Core (4 Thread) 2.7GHz or above.
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM or above.
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 760 or above.
  • DirectX: Version 11 or above.

Trying to convince hardcore gamers to adopt mobile gaming is difficult

Video game studios want to keep gamers engaged on PCs, consoles and mobile gaming, but trying to convince hardcore gamers to play on smartphones and tablets remains difficult. Hardcore gamers largely stick to their console or PC and shrug off mobile games, which are typically designed more towards casual gamers.

 

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"There are a number of developers targeting hardcore PC gamers and trying to get them to pick up their phones," said Brian Blau, Gartner analyst. "Some of them are labeling them mid-core, to describe something sort of halfway between hardcore and casual."

 

Some game studios that have large followings in the console and PC space could try to convince customers to give mobile gaming a serious look - but they don't want to do so at the expense of their own traditional software titles. However, the Nintendo 3DS, NVIDIA Shield, Sony PlayStation Vita and other mobile gaming hardware have been able to find success - but with heavy smartphone and tablet saturation, studios want to tap into the booming mobile market.

Ad2Games: Video game market estimated to reach $30.7B by 2017

The online PC gaming industry will grow from $24.4 billion this year up to an estimated $30.7 billion in 2017, the performance marketing agency Ad2Games and analyst firm Newzoo recently reported. The PC and MMO game market will account for 31 percent of international video game revenue, with Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America expected to see 95 percent of growth over the next three years.

 

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Trying to expand to attract - and retain - new gamers proves to be extremely expensive, with costs as low as 37 cents up to $5.63 per user, the report indicates.

 

The sector will see 7.9 percent year-over-year growth over the next three years, while free-to-play video games continue to woo new gamers. These types of games

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Promised patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been delayed

343 Industries had a promised patch for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, something that was meant to fix the massive multiplayer matchmaking problems that the first-person shooter is experiencing, but the patch has now been delayed.

 

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The developer was meant to release it sometime today, but has delayed it until "later this week". The patch was meant to provide a "a variety of fixes across the title, including Matchmaking performance issues, general UI and game stability improvements" that have plagued the game since it launched.

 

Microsoft has said: "This week's content update, which was originally scheduled for release this Wednesday, Nov. 19, will now be releasing later this week to allow for additional fixes, as well as the completion of the testing and certification process".

Thimbleweed Park, a 'true spiritual successor' to Maniac Mansion

Maniac Mansion is one of those games I will forever cherish, with the point-and-click adventure game being one of the big Lucasfilm Games of their time. Well, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are now making something they're calling "the true spiritual successor" to Maniac Mansion, called Thimbleweed Park.

 

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The developing duo are taking Thimbleweed Park to Kickstarter, hoping to hit $375,000 in required funds to get the point-and-click adventure off the ground. When explaining the game, they say it "cuts to the core of what made classic point-and-click adventure games so special ... It's deep, it's challenging, it's funny, it's everything you loved about adventure games". On Kickstarter, it says: "It's like opening a dusty old desk drawer and finding an undiscovered LucasArts adventure game you've never played before".

 

Thimbleweed Park will tell the tale of a pair of "washed-up detectives" who are in charge of an investigation into a death in Thimbleweed Park that "once boasted an opulent hotel, a vibrant business district and the state's largest pillow factory, but now teeters on the edge of oblivion and continues to exist for no real reason".

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