• Five amazing gaming documentaries you need to watch (now)

    I’ve been on a bit of a documentary binge lately. As part of that binge, I’ve become obsessed with video game documentaries. There’s something endearing, exciting and completely fascinating…
  • Review: Infamous: Second Son

    Infamous: Second Son is the first big exclusive game PS4 owners can use as a weapon and shield against advocates of the other systems in the ongoing circus-act that…
  • Review: BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2

    Editor’s note: Seeing as this review concerns a piece of DLC, it may contain things that could be considered spoiler-ish. If you haven’t played Infinite or the first Burial…
  • Review: The Last of Us: Left Behind

    Editor’s note: There are aspects of this review that could be considered spoiler-ish. If you haven’t played The Last of Us, but plan to in the future, you may…
  • Review: Dark Souls II

    Last year I made the bold claim that Dark Souls II was the best reason to keep our last-gen consoles. Well, the game came out recently and after many…
  • Review: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    When I bought this game, I got a lot of uphill from my friends who work in the game store. “You don’t even like Metal Gear!”, they said in…

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If you NAGlings reading this are one of the millions of gamers currently using Steam, please pay attention. A security workaround has been discovered in Valve’s Steam Guard software that allows unauthorised access to your Steam account. Although the workaround is not a hack into Valve’s Steam client or its online services, it is a phishing attack that requires you to upload a file to the attacker pretending to be Valve. Hit the jump for more information.

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Hello once more NAGykees, and thanks for coming back for this Easter special This Week In Gaming. Why is it an Easter special? Because today’s Friday, not Saturday. Yeah, that’s it basically. Also there’s an Easter bunny up there, so I suppose there’s that. Anyway, this week we have some exciting news for people who like to take extended “bathroom” breaks at work, some internal gossip on Titanfall dev Respawn Entertainment, some facts on Steam that will make you feel less lonely, and Microsoft is making a new game. Maybe. There’s other stuff too, but it’s a long weekend and this summary is long enough to not look too suspicious to the editors – at a glance, anyway. So, stuff your face with chocolate and hit the jump.

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As the world gears up for a refresh on Intel’s Haswell processors (the majority of which don’t look that interesting) motherboard manufacturers are lining up their new products in preparation. While Haswell refresh brings nothing new to the table processor-wise, these new motherboards will pack in better hardware along with options to add in a M.2 solid state drive. Unlike m-SATA drives, M.2 uses the PCI-Express bus to speed up things considerably, going way beyond the current capabilities of SATA 3.

Plus, these new motherboards from MSI are dead sexy. I don’t know who’s designing them, but they are taking the “Gaming” range pretty seriously. Geek out on some extremely detailed hardware porn after the jump!

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Long-time partners Sony and Square Enix look set for a bit of a break-up as Sony will, in days to come, be selling all of its shares in a company that appeared at the beginning of the year to have turned its fortunes around, but is still trading lower than its all-time high in 2000.

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Steam has always been a little… opaque when it comes to its numbers, both for sales figures and user activity. The inner workings that drive its infernal money vortex have been well-hidden from prying eyes, barring the occasional escaped squeak of its gears and pistons greased by the tears and blood of developers.

Well, no more. While certainly not official by any means, Ars Technica has prepared a very thorough analysis of Steam activity based on readily available information from Steam user pages (currently at around 172 million user IDs), and random sampling of 100,000 pages a day to get an idea of everything from the most-owned versus most-played games, time spent in multiplayer versus single-player, and other interesting facts.

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If you’re one of the many thousands of South Africans using a DNS service like Unotelly to access online streaming services like Netflix, be warned that there is a e-mail scam doing the rounds that asks people to either call a toll-free US-based number for more help, or to log into a fake website to enter your username and password details to keep your account active. Just like those utterly retarded Blackberry chain messages that say you need to spam fifteen friends to keep your account open, don’t trust any e-mails ostensibly sent to you by Netflix that use Uppercase Letters For Every Word In A Sentence and have poor grammar.

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Intel is almost at the ready for a slew of new processors to be fed into the consumer market, but they aren’t the ones you were probably hoping for – instead these processors are still based on the Haswell architecture. They still use regular thermal paste under the heatspreader. Clock speeds are still mostly the same. There won’t even be any new features on the CPUs themselves, although the new 9-series motherboard chipsets will pack in some interesting storage options. Intel should be shipping the “refreshed” processors this week with availability in mid-May 2014.

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BioShock Infinite didn’t win very many awards for outstanding gameplay; it was a pretty generic first-person shooter that played it safe and didn’t stray too far from the BioShock formula. It did, however, perfect the AI companion. We all hate AI companions, but Irrational Games went out of their way to ensure that Elizabeth would be highlighted as the quintessential AI companion for years to come.

She did, however, go through a bunch of visual changes over the development period. Website IGN has just shared a video detailing the evolution of Elizabeth, who originally started out as a much older, mute woman who could control the weather. Nobody has seen that Elizabeth before; she was simply referred to as the “Gibson Girl” back then.

Additionally, a Reddit thread has shared a neat evolution picture, part of which you can see above in the header image. Full picture and evolution video after the jump.

Booker, catch!

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Although Heartbleed has been patched out of most websites in the last week following the revelations that OpenSSL had a bug that allowed anyone to steal information from websites, most companies have not yet reported if their information was compromised or not, as Heartbleed leaves no trace of its intrusion. However, two websites have since come forward after patching the bug and revealed that they have detected unauthorised access to their servers and services and that user information had been stolen. Neither of these sites are based in South Africa, but the way the attacks were carried out is very interesting.

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I’ve been on a bit of a documentary binge lately. As part of that binge, I’ve become obsessed with video game documentaries. There’s something endearing, exciting and completely fascinating about all the passionate subcultures within the industry.

There are a good many bad and downright boring films out there, but amongst them are some real gems; with more drama, emotion and engrossing characters than you’d ever expect. I’ve waded through a heap of them, good and bad, and managed to hammer out a top five you need to watch – right now.

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Fo’ shizzle in the whizzle my nizzle. Yeah, I don’t know, I heard that somewhere. First the Predator and now this: everyone’s favourite pot-smoking, fake-word-making, name changing rapper (or is he a hip hop artist? I can’t keep up) Snoop Dogg is coming to Call of Duty: Ghosts. He’s coming as a new announcer via a DLC pack for the multiplayer portion of the game.

Yes, Snoop Dogg as a Call of Duty: Ghosts announcer. So basically he’ll be saying stuff like: “Ballistic vest ready; those are some fine-ass threads,” and “you got dat spitfire drone ready.” I’m not sure whether this makes the game infinitely more appealing, or a little more depressing.

All the lines that Snoop Dogg has been recording with Infinity Ward were scripted by the developer. The DLC will be out on Xbox LIVE on 22 April. It’ll presumably hit other platforms shortly after that. You dig? (I’m pulling a “West Side” hand gesture right now – that’s still relevant, right?) Trailer after the jump.

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Now that Facebook owns Oculus VR, all sorts of people (and companies) have taken note of the gaming peripheral. Instead of the head-mounted virtual reality unit being branded a gaming device, it’s being branded as a new platform. Kind of like how smart phones were a new platform a while ago. That’s a big deal.

So this news is probably the first of many practical, real-world applications for this upcoming piece of tech. Atlantic Productions and Sky HD have revealed that their new nature documentary Conquest of the Skies (working title), which is presented by Sir David Attenborough, will be coming to the Oculus Rift.

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Today is the launch of the big Feature Pack for Guild Wars 2 which dramatically overhauls so many of the game’s systems it’s basically a 2.0 release.

Just some of the changes:

  • The Trait system has been simplified to make retraining on the fly easier (and free). There are new Traits added for every class to expand build options, which you need to go hunt down in the world.
  • All skins and dyes are now account-bound, and applied easily through the new Wardrobe system.
  • A few Player vs Player systems has been overhauled, with new Reward Tracks added to make PvP more lucrative. A new team deathmatch map has been added (Custom Server only).
  • Also being rolled out is the Megaserver system, which will be applied to the PvP lobby and low population maps at first. The Megaserver system’s goals is to keep all the maps populated by dynamically and seamlessly bringing players from across all servers together on to the same map, instead of people running around on their server’s instance of the map.

You can read the full rundown of all the changes over at the Features patch page, but be warned: it’s a lot of info. An easier option is this humorous comic detailing some of the changes made by a user on NeoGAF.

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We’re back with another System Builders guide and this time we’re ducking into the mid-range segment, covering builds between R11,500 and R16,500. Historically this segment of the guide is the least exciting because the hardware doesn’t vary too much. Occasionally there’s a processor change here, a SSD there and a chipset or board change to support new features but overall, the mid-range market is pretty boring. On the GPU side there’s also a performance gap that makes it difficult to spend more than R3000 on a GPU, especially if you’re playing at 1080p. If you want to see how I’ll address that, follow me after the jump!

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For fans of Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines (Activision’s cult hit RPG game from 2004) CCP’s upcoming MMORPG, World of Darkness, was something to be excited about. Too bad it’s now dead. Like Vampire dead, only with less cool powers… because it’s actually dead and not undead. Or something.

Based on the pen-and-paper role playing game Vampire: The Masquerade, CCP’s MMORPG was set to pit humans against vampires in an open-world, sandbox experience akin to DayZ. The project was announced back in 2006, and CCP put their Atlanta division in charge of development. Since that announcement, the game’s development went pretty quiet, so perhaps this cancellation shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

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Cave Story stands as a seminal milestone in the landscape of indie game history. Released in 2004, the game represents the starting line at which many future indie titles took their mark. Its creator, Daisuke “Pixel” Amaya, created it over a period of five years and — after releasing it for free — hasn’t released anything since. He’s had a couple of work-in-progress projects, such as Rockfishand a forgettable iPhone game where you save seal key-chains from falling by pinning them to the wall in Azarashibut has otherwise been noticeably quiet given his influence.

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