Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Emily Gera)

Arrowhead Studios’ latest dev blog update for Gauntlet official site] pretty much doubles as a post-mortem. Written by game director Emil Englund (and presumably also Marvel hero, with that alliteration), it’s revealed the team haven’t been too happy with their reboot of ye olde dungeon runner.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Emily Gera)

ArenaNet are letting seep a slow drip of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns [official site], the sequel’s first expansion pack. There’s still no release date, but starting May 26th you have a chance to test out some of the new PvE content in the closed beta – if you completed the key tasks. If not, well, you can probably watch it streamed.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

Totally accurate picture of the Justice-o-Tron in action.

League of Legends [official site] developers Riot are testing out a new super-fast justice system where bad behaviour will be punished within 15 minutes of a match ending.

The system is part of Riot’s ongoing effort to promote good behaviour amongst its playerbase. Jeffrey Lin (Lead Game Designer of Social Systems at Riot – i.e. in charge of creating and tinkering with player behavior systems) explains that speed is important when responding to abusive outbursts or bad behaviour in-game: “we know that the faster a player receives feedback, the better their chances of reforming.”

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

When we posted about the Touhou Project games starting to receive official western releases, I was surprised by quite how many of you are fans of the Japanese bullet hell shoot ‘em up series. If you have Strong Opinions on this subject, then you can now offer them to Playism, Touhou’s western publisher.

Playism are polling fans to see which ‘Touhou Derivative’ games (fan games, basically) folks would like to see get western releases. They promise nothing, but are curious what you think.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Emily Gera)

Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones [official site] series is the methadone to which I supplement my HBO habit, so imagine me with a pleasing grin as I write that Episode 4: Sons of Winter will launch this week on May 26th.

And boy howdy does it look like things suck for the family Forrester. Stuff “hangs in the balance,” threatens a pre-launch trailer. Gared is leaving Castle Black and heading beyond the wall. Mira is scheming over at King’s Landing. Asher is hanging around the slave city of Meereen. Start humming the theme song to Dynasty at any point as you watch the trailer below.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Emily Gera)

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing III [official site], an action-RPG based off of Bram Stoker’s Dracula which is inspired by a Tinder date I once went on is now out on Steam.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jem Alexander)

Valve’s Dota 2 [official site] championship The International isn’t until August (though it already has a community-funded prize pool of almost $9 million), but is about to settle the four positions earned through regional qualifiers. Eight days of non-stop professional Dota 2 matches are kicking off on Monday, meaning very little sleep. A large number of prominent Dota 2 players, casters, fans and analysts are taking this opportunity to have join together in Bucharest to cast the whole event.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Philippa Warr)

The Pipwick Papers

This Sunday I am enjoying a post-Eurovision gaming session which mostly involves shouting obscenities at Snakebird. On my other monitor is a webcam trained on a bunch of delightfully wobbly walruses. This embed of the latter, plus a bunch of other bits and pieces is after the jump. Have a lovely Sunday.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Jem Alexander)

It s weird to think now that Rogue was one of those special treats I would get to play on my grandparents 386. Rogue, Prince of Persia and Alley Cat. All fantastic. Now, with Cogmind [official site], I m getting flashbacks to those days, but everything is green and there are guns. Cogmind looks similar to the original Rogue – a Roguelike, you might say – but it’s got a bunch of tricks up its sleeve, such as a Captain Forever-style system for re-building yourself with the parts dropped by destroyed enemies.

It s just launched a public alpha, which you can purchase if you like the look of the trailer below.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Graham Smith)

Sundays are for watching as many final games of the football season simultaneously as possible. But you don’t care about that. You care only for the fine writing about videogames.

  • Any Key To Start is a blog dedicated to reviewing game interfaces, such as Shadowrun, Shadow of Mordor, or Hearthstone.
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