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Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters

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Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters

Bungie has banned a swathe of Destiny players for manipulating network traffic in order to cheat in PvP.

In the developer's weekly update, it said, "Yesterday and today, our Security Response Team has restricted access to the Crucible by the worst offenders among us all."

"We started with a look at the most notorious cheaters that had been reported by other players. After a cross-reference against our own player-data, we gave the Banhammer a mighty swing. Contained in its blast radius were hundreds of people who have manipulated network traffic."

The so-called "lag switch" cheat involves unscrupulous players disrupting their outgoing network traffic, enabling them to move around maps and perform actions and attacks while other players appear still.

Lag-switchers appear to other players to teleport around the map scoring easy kills with impunity.

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League of Legends character killed off, possibly for good

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League of Legends character killed off, possibly for good

A playable character in the ridiculously popular MOBA League of Legends has been killed off, ostensibly for good.

The current Bilgewater story event has seen Gangplank, the piratical Saltwater Scourge, killed by nemesis Miss Fortune and removed from the play roster.

Controversially, Gangplank is a paid character, meaning that if this twist is permanent, players will have lost their unlock money, plus whatever they spent on cosmetic items.

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New Battlefield title confirmed for 2016

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New Battlefield title confirmed for 2016

A new Battlefield game will be released in 2016, EA revealed at its first quarter earnings call today.

CFO Blake Jorgenson explained the company's plans: "What we have said is that our intention over the next couple of years is to have a first-person shooter as one of the core titles. This year, obviously, it's Star Wars Battlefront. Next year, it's another Battlefield title."

Jorgenson did not say whether the release would be a numbered instalment or a return to a subfranchise like Bad Company.

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Angry Birds 2 released; is full of microtransactions

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Angry Birds 2 released; is full of microtransactions

Angry Birds 2, nominally the first official sequel to the original mobile titan, has launched on mobile app stores.

Actually the thirteenth title in the series, Angry Birds 2 hews close to its predecessors' bird-launching, pig-annihilating gameplay, with a few tweaks.

Players can now choose which birds they fire at their enemies; levels have multiple stages, bosses, and improved animations; and various new spells and abilities are scattered throughout.

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Wasteland 2: Director's Cut to irradiate consoles this October

Wasteland 2: Director's Cut to irradiate consoles this October

A Director's Cut of Wasteland 2 will hit consoles and PC this October.

The updated version of the game features improved graphics, new perks, redesigned combat encounters, a new UI, and additional voice acting.

More importantly, it will run on PS4 and Xbox One with full controller support.

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Sony profits as PS4 sells faster than any other console

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Sony profits as PS4 sells faster than any other console

Sony's shipped three million PS4s in the first quarter of 2015, netting the PlayStation division an operating income of US$160m off $2.3b revenue.

That figure eclipses all other consoles combined this quarter, with Microsoft shipping 1.4 million Xbox consoles and Nintendo shipping 470,000 Wii Us.

Perhaps more impressively, 25.3 million PS4 consoles have now been sold in less than two years, outpacing even the mighty PS2, which took two years and eight months to sell 20 million units.

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Windows 10 Solitaire demands $10 a year to remove ads

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Windows 10 Solitaire demands $10 a year to remove ads

Solitaire in Windows 10 introduces a host of new features, including fullscreen video ads that cost US$10 a year to remove.

The long-standing stalwart of Windows gaming now has new visual themes, game types, achievements, and leaderboards, and plenty of opportunities to be advertised to.

Ads appear randomly between matches in the renamed Microsoft Solitaire Collection, and run for 15 to 30 seconds.

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Rocket League is getting new cars, spectator mode, more

Rocket League is getting new cars, spectator mode, more

A mix of paid and free DLC is coming to smash hit sports mash-up Rocket League.

A free game update coming early August will add the Utopia Coliseum map, 70 new country flags, and a spectator mode to the game.

Updated goal explosions and demolitions are planned for the free update as well, along with the brand new song: “Firework” from Hollywood Principle.

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Star Wars Battlefront's Blast mode creates 10v10 firefights

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Star Wars Battlefront's Blast mode creates 10v10 firefights

Star Wars Battlefront's team deathmatch mode is called Blast and pits Rebel scum against Imperial troopers in 10v10 battles.

The rules are fairly simple: the first team to 100 kills, or the team that's ahead at the end of 10 minutes, wins.

Unlike other Battlefront game modes, Blast does not feature vehicles or heroes, focusing entirely on close-quarters trooper combat and pickups like droid scanners and automated turrets.

Friday 31 July

NBA 2K16 – ProAM trailer
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NBA 2K16 – ProAM trailer
Custom courts, colours, kits, logos and more.
Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters
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Bungie bans Destiny PvP lag-switch cheaters
Bringing down the hammer.
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Final Fantasy Explorers announcement trailer
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Final Fantasy Explorers announcement trailer
A new FF with a co-op focus.
Aperion Cyberstorm – Versus Mode trailer
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Aperion Cyberstorm – Versus Mode trailer
Couch chaos.
The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition – PS4 story trailer
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The Talos Principle: Deluxe Edition – PS4 story trailer
Includes Road to Gehenna DLC.
New Battlefield title confirmed for 2016
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New Battlefield title confirmed for 2016
First-person shooters 'til the end of time.
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Tinertia Slums – PS4 trailer
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Tinertia Slums – PS4 trailer
A hardcore platformer.
Xeodrifter – Wii U launch trailer
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Xeodrifter – Wii U launch trailer
The latest from Renegade Kid.
Corpse of Discovery – What went wrong? teaser
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Corpse of Discovery – What went wrong? teaser
"An odyssey of ambition and regret."
Bomb: Who Let the Dogfight? – tl;dr trailer
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Bomb: Who Let the Dogfight? – tl;dr trailer
Steam version launches.
Arma 3 – Welcome to Tanoa dev diary
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Arma 3 – Welcome to Tanoa dev diary
Brand new terrain.
Endless Space 2 – A New Beginning trailer
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Endless Space 2 – A New Beginning trailer
Sequel announced.
Rocket League is getting new cars, spectator mode, more
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Rocket League is getting new cars, spectator mode, more
Base game still free on PS+.
Star Wars Battlefront's Blast mode creates 10v10 firefights
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Star Wars Battlefront's Blast mode creates 10v10 firefights
A fancy name for Team Deathmatch.
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Zombi announcement trailer
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Zombi announcement trailer
Coming to PC, XO and PS4.
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ZombiU is coming to new-gen and PC
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ZombiU is coming to new-gen and PC
Three years after its Wii U debut.
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Thursday 30 July