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Steam hardware survey sees rise in lower-end PCs

Steam hardware survey sees rise in lower-end PCs

You would think that, as time goes on, more and more Steam users would be adopting better hardware for their PCs. The Steam hardware survey for June 2012 tells us that may not necessarily be the case, as the company actually saw an increase in lower-end PC use over past hardware surveys. Take, for instance, the number of computers that use Intel Integrated Graphics - while NVIDIA and ATI GPUs are still by far the most common, in June Steam saw the use of Intel Integrated Graphics rise to 11%.

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Advocacy group threatens legal action over Diablo III always-on DRM

Advocacy group threatens legal action over Diablo III always-on DRM

Diablo III has attracted a healthy amount of controversy since launch, with most of that controversy focused around the game's always-online requirement. Blizzard's announcement of the always-on DRM was met with considerable outcry from fans, and it caused plenty of problems on launch day, as Blizzard's Diablo III servers repeatedly crumbled under the stress of so many logins. It was enough to send any gamer into a rage, and now a German consumer advocacy group called the Federation of Consumer Organizations is looking to do something about it.

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Diablo III exploit makes Wizard characters invincible

Diablo III exploit makes Wizard characters invincible

A new exploit has been discovered in Diablo III that makes Wizard characters essentially invincible. The exploit reportedly works for both Softcore and Hardcore characters, which has some players up in arms and others scrambling to complete Hardcore more before Blizzard issues a fix. In the meantime, Blizzard has been removing forum posts that mention the exploit in a effort to keep the amount of people using it in-game to a minimum.

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Steam Summer Sale enters final day

Steam Summer Sale enters final day

This is it, folks. The Steam Summer Sale has entered its eleventh and final day, so in less than 24 hours, it'll be time to say goodbye. While that will likely be a relief for most Steam users, there are some tempting featured deals on offer for those who haven't purchased quite enough yet. As always, there are also flash deals and community choice deals up for grabs, so even though we've entered the final hours of the event, there are still plenty of sales to take advantage of before things wrap up entirely.

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Ubisoft: Desmond’s Assassin’s Creed days are numbered

Ubisoft: Desmond’s Assassin’s Creed days are numbered

We've seen quite a few Assassin's Creed releases since the first one hit shelves back in 2007, and even though we've met a lot of different characters along the way, one thing has remained the same: modern-day assassin Desmond Miles is constantly featured throughout the series. That may not be the case for much longer, however, as Assassin's Creed 3 creative lead Alex Hutchinson tells Polygon that the Desmond story line has to wrap up sooner or later, presumably with the series continuing after Desmond's tale has come to an end. According to Hutchinson, the Assassin's Creed series risks losing "resonance" with fans if Desmond's over-arcing story line continues on for too much longer.

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First Wasteland 2 screenshot revealed

First Wasteland 2 screenshot revealed

It's been a while since we've heard from Wasteland 2 and the folks at inXile. Ever since the game's Kickstarter campaign wrapped up on April 17, things have been mostly quiet, but Brian Fargo recently changed all of that by sharing the first screenshot for Wasteland 2. Sure, we've had a glimpse at concept art before, but this is an actual screenshot from within the game. Have a look at the screen below.

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Battlefield 3: Armored Kill gets new gameplay trailer

Battlefield 3: Armored Kill gets new gameplay trailer

Depending on who you ask, Battlefield 3 is the game to beat when it comes to military shooters. There's just one tiny problem: while Activision and Treyarch have really stepped it up with their Modern Warfare 3 DLC offerings, EA and DICE have been falling behind with Battlefield 3's. Sure, we've got Back to Karkand and Close Quarters, but those didn't really add anything that plays to the grand scale we know Battlefield is capable of. Enter Armored Kill, which takes the battle from cramped indoor locations and moves it to sprawling outdoor arenas that are perfect for some vehicular combat.

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Borderlands 2 officially finished, now on the way to certification

Borderlands 2 officially finished, now on the way to certification

Gearbox gave all of the Borderlands fans out there something to get excited about today: it announced that work on Borderlands 2 has officially wrapped up. The studio is getting ready to send the game out for certification, which means that all of the on-disc content has been finished and can no longer be changed. Now that the studio has essentially put the base game behind it, Gearbox says that it will begin work on post-launch content.

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Battlefield 4 beta not exclusive to MoH: Warfighter after all

Battlefield 4 beta not exclusive to MoH: Warfighter after all

Yesterday, Electronic Arts announced an "exclusive" Battlefield 4 beta for those who pre-order Medal of Honor: Warfighter Limited Edition. Shortly after the announcement, Battlefield 3 community manager Ian Tornay took to Reddit to answer any questions fans may have about the upcoming sequel, and as it turns out, a lot of fans had a problem with the use of the word "exclusive" in EA's announcement. Tornay has clarified the announcement a bit, saying that purchasing Medal of Honor: Warfighter will not be the only way to gain access to the Battlefield 4 beta.

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Diablo III player dies after 40 hour session

Diablo III player dies after 40 hour session

Sad news coming out of Taiwan today, as a teenager has died after playing Diablo III for 40 hours straight without any food. 18-year-old Chuang booked a private room at an internet cafe on Friday, July 13 and played Diablo III all the way through until Sunday, July 15, when he was discovered slumped over his desk by an internet cafe employee. Initially, Chuang appeared to be fine - only tired - but after getting up and walking a few steps, he collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where he later passed away.

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SWTOR executive producer resigns, layoffs at BioWare Austin reported

SWTOR executive producer resigns, layoffs at BioWare Austin reported

We've got some bad news coming out of BioWare Austin today, with Gamasutra confirming that Star Wars: The Old Republic executive producer Rich Vogel has resigned from the company. That's not all though, as additional reports are claiming that the studio suffered more layoffs earlier today. It's unclear at the moment how many people lost their jobs in this latest round of cutbacks for the Star Wars: The Old Republic team.

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Need For Speed: Most Wanted pre-order bonuses announced

Need For Speed: Most Wanted pre-order bonuses announced

Like pretty much every big game released these days, Need For Speed: Most Wanted is offering bonuses for early adopters, and it's offering a lot of them. First and foremost, just pre-ordering the game gets you upgraded to the limited edition, which grants players early access to the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale and the Porsche 911 Carrera S in the game's multiplayer mode. It also rewards players with double speed points during their first four hours of Most Wanted's multiplayer.

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