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Monolith Games has a tough crowd to please when it comes to storyline. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is bravely forging a new narrative path in Tolkien’s much-loved universe. That gives it the either the honour of adding to a rich legacy (albeit in a non-canonical way) or the potential to crash and burn among of long-time Tolkien fans. It’s a risky concept, but the potential is definitely there.

If you’ve been feeling a little sceptical about what’s in store for us as we carve our way through Shadow of Mordor, then perhaps this latest story trailer is what you need to alleviate some of your misgivings? In it we learn that the wraith aiding player character Talion is none other than Celebrimbor: the elf who appears in the book The Silmarillion and the one who forges the rings of power that were gifted to the races of Middle-earth.

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The header image for this article is enough to make any CPU enthusiast cry salty, salty tears. Over the years AMD and Intel have dipped in and out of the practice of using a lead-based solder to connect the CPU die to the integrated heatspreader on the top of the chip. Solder is a more effective transfer material for heat than regular thermal paste, as metal typically conducts heat much better. Although Intel is currently using regular thermal paste underneath its heatsinks, it will be moving back to using something more permanent for their high-end chips and it won’t be metallic either. 

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During a recent panel held over the weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con, developers BioWare unveiled a prototype of the Mako as it will appear in the new Mass Effect game. Yes, that lovable land vehicle with the ridiculous physics engine (that resulted in equal parts hysteria and rage during the original 2007 title) is making a return.

According to the game’s producer, Mike Gamble, exploration is forming one of the primary focuses in the next Mass Effect game. As such we’re going to need a vehicle to drive around on unexplored planets. It sounds like we’re going to be spending a lot of time in the Mako, and to make sure that time is more enjoyable, BioWare has stated that we’ll be able to customise the vehicle.

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“The time is near. They are watching. Your power is rising. Cologne, Germany. You’ve Been Chosen.”

As Chris Kemp says in his most recent This Week in Gaming post, BioWare and Electronic Arts have released a “Nightmare Teaser” trailer (and website) for the studio’s new IP ahead of Gamescom next month. Needless to say a proper announcement with actual details relating to the game will follow at the event, but for now gamers can watch the trailer after the jump and ask themselves, “What really happens when we sleep?” Hopefully we don’t all turn into the smoke monster from Lost like the poor man above.

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Hello once again NAGukks, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming (especially after that last one, amirite?). This week we have some sexy new Xbox Ones (that you can never have), a little Hearthstone discussion, The Witcher 3 guys talk sex in video games, Bioware teases a new game and a burglar gets done in by a console. There’s also an interesting new addition to Titanfall that isn’t what you think, and another big FPS release is pushed back to next year. All that and the usual stuff, after the jump.

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Director Ridley Scott is producing the live-action series Halo: Nightfall. It’s meant to bridge the gap between the events of Halo 4 and upcoming Halo 5, which releases in 2015. Because the San Diego Comic-Con is currently underway and is billowing voluminous amounts of unadulterated geekery into the atmosphere, we get this first trailer for Scott’s Halo series.

Halo: Nightfall takes place on a colony world where the discovery of a shard from the original Halo structure is causing all sorts of political tension. That shard of the Halo will eventually take on a “dark and malevolent” vibe as the series continues. Nightfall’s main character is Jameson Locke (played by Mike Colter), and the miniseries will double as his origin story. Locke, 343 Industries has confirmed, will be a playable character in Halo 5.

Halo: Nightfall will be made available to Xbox LIVE members on 11 November. It’ll also be bundled with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection when it ships for Xbox One on the same date. Hit the jump for the trailer.

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If you’re familiar with Youtube at all, you might have noticed that many of the famous Youtubers producing daily content do so with video games. There are heaps upon heaps of people doing Let’s Plays, game analysis and reviews and a lot of personalities use Youtube to air their views on the gaming industry and some people, like TotalBiscuit or FrankieonPC, simply play new games for the fun of it to give the developers of indie titles more media exposure. By contrast, Twitch was a competitor to Youtube insofar as it provided an arguably better place on the internet for Let’s Plays and video streaming of gameplay. It was independently owned and run, it did not bow down to pressure from publishers only looking out for their reputations and it is one of the better places that people turn to for live coverage of gaming events such as The International.

Well, Twitch fans and content producers had better read this piece today because it directly affects you. Google and by extension Youtube now owns their largest video streaming competitor. Twitch is no longer independent.

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Half-Life isn’t among the titles, but c’mon, how can the Combine fight against this?

Desktop Linux is generally regarded as anathema to gaming, but over the past few years it has gotten considerably more attention from companies and developers alike. Steam has been available for the platform for a while, and now the ever-lovable folks at GOG.com have thrown their hats into the ring with the big announcement that they now officially support Linux too, with no less than 50 titles up for grabs, predominantly for the Ubuntu and Linux Mint distributions.

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It’s the second-last episode of the Laptop Buyer’s guide for this month and we’re settling into the mid-range market here, hoping to hit some of the sweeter spots that would make picking up a laptop instead of a desktop a realistic choice. Although it’s true that a desktop rig for the same price usually nets you about twice the performance, mid-range laptops usually have fantastic build quality to them and aren’t very likely to give up the ghost a year into the warranty. Hit the jump to see what your month buys you this week.

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Well, everyone except for you, Glorious Master Race – you lot can go back to your gigaflops and specular-full-screened-anti-aliased-bump-mapping-terabits or whatever. I’m kidding, I love my PC I really do, it just doesn’t have Destiny. Yet.

Anyway, for the rest of you console peasants, Bungie’s Destiny beta has had its gates thrown wide open. From 1AM local South African time, the beta should have started showing up in your various consoles as a download option. You might want to get on that download as soon as possible because the beta is scheduled to be shut down at the end of this weekend.

If you’re unsure about trying the game out, then you can give my alpha impressions a read. The beta plays identically to the alpha, save for a few extra story missions that have been added.

Source: Bungie


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