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title="Permanent Link to Gauntlet reboot delayed, but only slightly">Guantlet







Remember Gauntlet? Not the arcade stand-up that made such a splash in the 1980s, but the reboot that was announced earlier this year. It was intended to be out on September 3, but that's not going to happen; fortunately, the delay is only a short one, and in the meantime there's a flashy new trailer to look at.



Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that Gauntlet won't actually launch until September 23. It was a bit vague on the reasons, saying only that "additional time was needed to fine-tune details in order to bring gamers an even more robust multiplayer experience." As a gesture of contrition, anyone who preorders the game will be given the Spawn of Kerthull, a Wizard's robe made from the skin of dead imps, as a bonus item.



Warner also released a new trailer that takes a closer look at Gauntlet's heroes, lore, loot and game modes. It's clearly not going to be the most sophisticated videogame ever but it actually looks like it could be a lot of silly fun, and that's more than I expected when I first heard about it. Gauntlet will also be on display at PAX Prime 2014, which begins on August 29.





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title="Permanent Link to 6 portable Windows tools for USB thumb drives">techradar-usbtools-teaser







A USB thumbdrive can be a lot of things a backup of important photos, a quick transfer device for big files, a cheap way to give out documents. It can also be a Swiss Army knife of portable software, filled with software that runs straight off the USB drive. These tools can be useful for working with computers you can t install your own software on, or laptops that have dropped the CD drive for a thinner chassis. Our colleagues at TechRadar have covered a variety of portable tools, and we ve put together six we recommend below. Make your own USB Swiss Army knife.







CCleaner Portable



We ve written about why we consider CCleaner an essential tool. You can and should install it on your PC to clean out junk files and fix registry errors. But what if you want to run CCleaner on a computer at school with limited account privileges, or help out a relative for a one-time clean-up? Install CCleaner portable to a thumb drive instead, run it on whatever machine you want, and walk away. Easy.



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VLC Media Player Portable



VLC is another one of our essential tools, and it s just as essential as a portable media player. With a big 64GB flash drive, you can load up on movies and TV shows and play them on any device with a USB port. With VLC portable on the drive, you won t have to worry about file compatibility issues or having an Internet connection to download a working player. You ll have all you need in your pocket.



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Google Chrome Portable



What kind of computer doesn t have a web browser installed already? Realistically, no computer but your parents may still use Internet Explorer, no matter how hard you try to convince them to change. With Chrome Portable, you can use your own browser on someone else s computer, access your bookmarks and other synced profile information. Seriously, though convince mom and dad to use a better browser.



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Ubuntu



The Ubuntu Live CD (especially in USB drive form) is an invaluable tool for Windows users. You can use it to install Ubuntu, of course, but if you re happily running Windows, it serves a different purpose. When Windows won t boot, or you have a nasty virus, and it seems like a total reinstall is the only solution, you re probably confronting a terrible realization: there are some very important files you haven t backed up. You re going to lose them. Enter the Live CD: you can run Ubuntu off a USB drive, access all your files, and back them up. You may even be able to clear out that virus or fix your Windows errors while you re at it. Here's how to create a bootable Ubuntu USB drive.



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ImgBurn



Okay, we're actually cheating a bit with these last two. While not a portable tool like the ones listed above, ImgBurn is a great tool for making other files portable. ImgBurn is a free, very easy tool for creating disc image ISOs from CDs or DVDs, or creating a disc image from a file folder. It s a great way to rip old game discs so you can mount them later in a virtual drive. Just don t forget to copy down those old serials. While you can grab a portable version here, this is one you'll probably want to install on your main PC, or wherever you'll be ripping those old discs you have lying around.



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Daemon Tools Lite



Daemon Tools isn t portable, either, but it s the other side of the ImgBurn equation. If you create a bunch of portable disc image files or backups with ImgBurn, you ll need something to mount them with, and Daemon Tools is the age-old standby. You can mount any image with a few clicks from the system tray, and Windows will treat it like a real physical disc drive.



You can t install Daemon Tools to a USB thumbdrive, but it s an important piece of software to have on an Ultrabook or other computer with no disc drive, and you can always keep an installer handy on your USB key. At some point, you ll likely have to install something that comes on a CD, and Daemon Tools will be there to help.



Download Daemon Tools Lite



Looking for more portable apps for your USB multitool? Check out PortableApps.com.
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title="Permanent Link to Steam client beta update enables simultaneous game installs">steam







A recent update to the Steam client beta has made it a whole lot easier to install multiple games at the same time.



This may not qualify as the most "must-have" feature ever, but it's handy if you've ever wanted to do a big, overnight download of multiple games on Steam. In the past you'd have to start each download manually, but now you can select as many games in your library as you like, then right-click and select "install." That will open an "install multiple games" window, from which you can make the final decision about what you will and will not dump onto your PC.



I'm not sure when exactly this feature was added, but it came to light a couple days ago by way of the Steam Database Twitter account. To take advantage of this and other handy beta updates, you will of course have to be participating in the Steam client beta program, accessible through your account settings.

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title="Permanent Link to Dragon Age: Inquisition trailer reveals fast-paced multiplayer action">11. Dragon Age: Origins







We learned about the cooperative multiplayer element of Dragon Age: Inquisition yesterday, a real-time brawl for up to four players acting "behind the scenes" as agents of the Inquisitor. Today, thanks to the release of a new multiplayer gameplay trailer, we can actually see it in action.



It's a brief look, to be sure, but it covers all the major points: The different kinds of characters, the importance of teamwork, customizable weapons and armor, and the variable level designs. There will also apparently be 12 multiplayer characters rather than the nine that was originally reported.



The similarities to Mass Effect 3 multiplayer are obvious, but Dragon Age: Inquisition's multi will exist completely separately from the single-player game rather than being tied into a "Galactic Readiness"-style mechanic. That's good, but I can't help wondering how that leaves it fundamentally different from over-the-shoulder Diablo.



We'll find out in about three months: Dragon Age: Inquisition comes out on November 18.

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title="Permanent Link to de_dust2 duel: Watch a competitive CS:GO match fought entirely with knives">csgo-knife-fight







CS:GO s competitive mode is where serious, hardcore Counter-Strike players congregate to test their aim and strategic smarts in a best-of-30, five-on-five format. There s a lot on the line: your pride, your matchmaking rank, your kill-death ratio. One does not simply agree to put down their guns and agree to 45 minutes of playful knife-fighting: it s hard enough to wrangle the tactics of your own team, let alone negotiate a no-guns treaty with five other online strangers who want to kill you.



Unless you re cyborgcommando0, who was a lucky participant in a CS:GO competitive knife match. For almost the entire bout (it was inevitably broken near the end as the losing team tried to regain the lead), 10 players slashed their way through de_dust2, commemorated above in cyborgcommando0 s entertaining highlight reel.

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title="Permanent Link to de_dust2 duel: Watch a competitive CS:GO match fought entirely with knives">csgo-knife-fight







CS:GO s competitive mode is where serious, hardcore Counter-Strike players congregate to test their aim and strategic smarts in a best-of-30, five-on-five format. There s a lot on the line: your pride, your matchmaking rank, your kill-death ratio. One does not simply agree to put down their guns and agree to 45 minutes of playful knife-fighting: it s hard enough to wrangle the tactics of your own team, let alone negotiate a no-guns treaty with five other online strangers who want to kill you.



Unless you re cyborgcommando0, who was a lucky participant in a CS:GO competitive knife match. For almost the entire bout (it was inevitably broken near the end as the losing team tried to regain the lead), 10 players slashed their way through de_dust2, commemorated above in cyborgcommando0 s entertaining highlight reel.

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title="Permanent Link to SOE’s John Smedley on the future of EverQuest Next and H1Z1">smed-top







Every year, Sony Online Entertainment brings its fans together in Las Vegas for SOE Live, a celebration of SOE games and the people who play them. For the 15th anniversary of the event, PC Gamer sat down with SOE President John Smedley to talk about the future of EverQuest Next, the 15th birthday of the original EverQuest, and H1Z1, its upcoming survival MMO. He also spoke about the fate of the MMO subscription model, what separates H1Z1 from DayZ, and the value of emergent gameplay and player-driven storytelling.



For more of our adventures at SOE Live in Vegas, check out Episode 4 of the PC Gamer Show.



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title="Permanent Link to GOG adds DRM-free movies to its lineup, hopes Hollywood will join in">gogflims







GOG's hook, as we all know, is that the games it offers are all DRM-free. No logging into a service to prove your copy is legit or having to be connected to the internet to play; you just download it and do what you will. By all appearances it's been a pretty big success, and so now the gang from Warsaw is trying the same thing with movies.



There is, naturally, a certain reluctance among the big Hollywood studios to hop aboard the GOG train. "Our initial idea was to start with the big guys, but the process is not easy," GOG's North American VP Guillaume Rambourg said. "Most studio officials agreed that DRM is pointless, but were quick to add that the lawyers would not allow them to get rid of it."



Faced with that, GOG is doing something very similar to what it did with videogames: Launching with documentaries in an effort to "prove their point in practice." The initial lineup of 20 films includes the world premieres of Gamer Age, The King of Arcades and Pixel Poetry, as well as two freebies, Art of Playing and TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard. More movies will be added on a weekly basis, and all of them will be available as either a download or streamed directly from GOG.



I think it's a pretty fantastic idea. Even if GOG can't attract new releases from major movie studios, there's enough indie fare out there to allow it to carve a unique niche as a film distribution platform. And sooner or later, someone is bound to notice; let's not forget that it took a couple of years before GOG was able to sign distribution deals with major game publishers.



GOG's DRM-free movie service is live now, although the site's being hammered pretty hard at the moment, so you may have trouble logging in until the crowds clear out.
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title="Permanent Link to Magicmaker trailer shows build-your-own spell system, customisable wizards">Magicmaker







An email comes in for 2D RPG-platformer Magicmaker. In it appear phrases like "total wizard customization," and "poisonous exploding suns". Also a number: 2,193,360. That, according to developer Tasty Stewdios, is how many spell combinations you can potentially craft in game. Naturally, I am powerless to resist.







As you play, you'll collect materials that, through the game's crafting menu, can be inserted into spells, wands or robes upgrading heavy attack, light attack and passive defence respectively. There are multiple slots for each item, letting you completely shape your magical attack. In addition to shooting poisonous exploding suns, Tasty Stewdios also talk of burning frost lasers, iron golem armies and, of course, vampiric lightning turrets.



Oh yeah, the levels are randomly generated, too. Indie game, innit?



I'm not entirely enamoured with the art style, but I am a fan of giant, overpowered death lasers especially when they arrive via my own experimentation with a expanding set of possibilities. Instantly I want to know what the most combo looks like, and that's a powerful draw in terms of longevity, even if the platforming side of the game seems more simple.



Magicmaker will be released on Steam on 22 September. It'll be priced at 7/$10.
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title="Permanent Link to SimCity mod extends maximum city size, but not without performance problems">SimCity







Previously, Maxis confirmed that they've no plan to extend SimCity's maximum city size. And so it falls to modders to help those feeling hemmed in by the game's virtual borders. Can it be done? Yes, sort of. Project Orion is such a boundary extending mod, and will let the game's mayors build free of the vanilla base limit. Don't plan a ribbon cutting ceremony for your city's east wing just yet, though, as its use will mean dealing with some pretty significant performance issues and glitches.



The mod's listing on Simtropolis runs through some of the errors, not least of which is that you can't build roads outside of the boundary without first installing a second mod. Even then, you won't be able to elevate them.



Other issues? Land value and pollution maps will be visually misaligned, meaning, among other things, that you'll need to guess the actual happiness levels for each zone based on the way the map is offset. And then there are the performance issues. As your city expands, you will likely encounter lag.



Still, the mod is in beta. It's possible that, in time, these issues will be worked out. If not, it's a case of whether the base game's restriction is worth trading for the mod's own annoyances and foibles.



Thanks to Reddit.
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