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Linden Lab opens up VR world Project Sansar to outside creators

The company that opened up user generated 3D space with Second Life, and has a plan to do it once again — but this time, in virtual reality. …


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Dark Horse And Wargaming Team Up For World Of Tanks Comic

Dark Horse Comics and Wargaming team up to bring a new comic series to life based on the free-to-play MMO World of Tanks. It will be available this fall.

World of Tanks: Roll Out! is set during WWII, particularly focusing on tank battles that occurred in summer 1944 between British and German armored units. The comic will be written by Garth Ennies (War Stories, The Punisher) and Carlos Ezquerra (Judge Dredd, War Stories Vol. 2) will work on the illustrations, except for the covers, which will be done by Isaac Hannaford, a concept artist for games such as Halo: Reach.

You can preview the cover and one of the comic's pages down below. The series will include five issues, which will release monthly.

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The player dynamics of a World War in EVE Online

Why and how one user has used massive amounts of in-game gambling profits to launch a huge and costly war in EVE Online. …


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Test Chamber – Taking On The Cold World Of Banner Saga 2

Stoic's second chapter in the Banner Saga introduces players to plenty of new faces alongside grizzled veteran vikings and battle-weary wanderers in a beautiful world that's coming to an end.

Join Daniel Tack and Ben Reeves as they take on a few fights in the story-heavy, "decisions matter" tactical role-playing game and make a few choices that have immediate consequences. 


Check out our review of The Banner Saga 2 here.

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Porting a game to the real world with Real Escape/Zero Escape

What are some of the principles of Escape Room design, and how do they overlap with video game design? We checked in with the makers of the Zero Escape puzzle room in Los Angeles to find out. …


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Explore The Old World Of Total War: Warhammer In This Tour Video

Creative Assembly released its newest trailer for Total War: Warhammer today. The video features a tour of the many different regions of the Old World, where the game is set.

The trailer includes new footage of the campaign map and many new battlefield environments. The human Empire, Bretonnia, the mountain holds of the Dwarves, the marshes of Sylvania, and many others are all covered in the descriptive video. See it for yourself below.

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A series of "Battle Briefing" videos are scheduled to follow this trailer on the Total War YouTube channel in the coming weeks. Total War: Warhammer launches May 24 on PC and Mac, and you can read about its plans for free DLC here.

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Speedrunner Sets New World Record For Super Mario Bros.

Speedrunner Darbian can complete Nintendo’s classic platformer in the amount of time it normally takes to heat a TV dinner, and you can watch the impressive triumph right here.

I remember the day when I could finally complete Super Mario Bros. in one afternoon; I felt pretty accomplished. Darbian recently completed a Super Mario Bros. Any% run (meaning its not a 100% run, so he could use the warp zones and skip levels) that was less than five minutes long, which puts everyone else's completion time to shame. Darbian played on a real NES, so there are not computer tricks here, but there are a number of impressive close calls.

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Darbian isn't that much faster than the previous record of 4:57.627, but you can watch that run here to see what he did differently. For more on speedrunning, check out our guided tour of how to complete Super Metroid in no time flat.

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How video games helped the world cozy up to computers

In a new feature The Atlantic rounds up insights from experts (John Romero, Laine Nooney, Bill Budget, et al) about how computer games in the ’80s helped usher in today’s tech-heavy culture. …


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Diablo III Lead World Designer Leonard Boyarsky Joins Obsidian

Leonard Boyarsky, who was most recently the lead world designer on Diablo III, has joined RPG-centric studio Obsidian. Boyarsky’s credits also includes one of gaming’s best: Fallout.

Boyarsky served as a lead artist on Interplay’s first entry in the franchise. He worked closely with Tim Cain and Jason Anderson on Fallout 2’s gameplay and story, also.

He left Interplay in 1998 to form Troika Games. There Boyarsky, Cain, and Anderson released Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Troika closed in 2005.

Obsidian hasn’t announced exactly what Boyarsky is working on, but the studio did recently announce a new project. Obsidian and Paradox are teaming up for an RPG called Tyranny that puts you in the service of an overlord that has wreaked havoc on the land.

You can read more about Tyranny in our GDC preview.

[Source: Obsidian on Twitter via PC Gamer]

 

Our Take
I’ve poured countless hours into Diablo III and love the world that Boyarsky helped to create. This is a great get for Obsidian, especially if he’ll be working on Tyranny. My interest is certainly piqued.

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Henry Cavill Missed Superman Call Because He Was Playing World Of Warcraft

Actor Henry Cavill has left audiences breathless with his portrayal of Superman in the recently released Batman V Superman, but the actor almost missed his chance to get the role. As he tells Conan O'Brien, Cavill was busy playing World of Warcraft when director Zack Snyder called to say that he first got the role for Man of Steel.

Go here to watch the clip and hear Cavill tell the brief, but dramatic story. Thank goodness it all worked itself out!

Have you missed anything in your life because you couldn't hit the pause button? Let us know in the comments!

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