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Declan Taggart

Sometimes I write about really old stuff. Sometimes I write about really new stuff. Sometimes I make tea and remember to drink it before it gets cold.

Apple pulls the confederate flag from their store

Apple pulls the confederate flag

In a move that has been greeted on forums and by twitter users across the breadth of the internet as “dumb” and “just stupid”, Apple has pulled all games from their store that display a Confederate flag. Whilst no doubt a gesture that is well meant, following the recent tragedy in Charleston, in effect this has resulted in the removal ...

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Dota 2 International prize pool smashes its own record

The International 5 Dota 2 tournament will once again take place in Seattle

$13 million? Pah. That’s barely even 86 million Danish Krone. Hardly even 438526954 Thai Baht. Just 8943682320 Rwandan Francs. Nothing! At least, those are the words ringing around the Valve’s vast cathedral-like HQ this morning at the news that this year’s Dota 2 International prize pool has again destroyed its own record by climbing past the $13 million mark. At ...

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More Interplay fallout: Van Buren still refuses to die

How Very Van Buren

This week, I came across two pieces of evidence showing that the argument over the best game in the Fallout series has somehow become relevant again. The first: I almost got in a fight with a spotty cashier at a budget Icelandic supermarket on Thursday. I say almost. The guy had a rabid look in his eye that told me ...

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E3 2015 Top 10: the most E3citing games

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As I type this, the press conferences of E3 2015 start in 5 days. That’s just  5 days before the world is smacked in its bushy face by another bunch of stilted game execs and designers, shoved onstage to speak in a language they don’t really know, and children faking excitement at awkward family game demos. But, as cool as ...

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Revealed: The Most Watched Games in Youtube History

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Who would have thought that watching people crafting mines was so telegenic? If only all those soot encrusted frontiersmen – exploited by the Man, coughing their lives away in a cloud of tuberculosis and coal-dust – had had access to a second-hand $50 DV camera off eBay. They could have been internet superstars. Google have released a list of the ...

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World of Warcraft Bans: 100,000 Accounts Shut Down

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Azeroth has became a desolate and forbidding place once again. Last night, a Blizzard community manager announced that 100,000 World of Warcraft accounts have been banned for using bots. The World of Warcraft bans will run for 6 months. Lore, the cannily named community manager in question, stated: “We’ve recently taken action against a large number of World of Warcraft ...

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Footage and Launch Date Revealed

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My favorite thing about Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag was the ships. They were great. My second favorite thing was the pirate stereotypes. From the looks of the gameplay demo for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, which can be found below, I’m only going to be half disappointed by the latest installment in the series. There’s disappointingly little evidence of ships but the ...

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AAA vs Indie: Another Meaningless Assassin’s Creed Subtitle

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News of the latest Assassin’s Creed makes me wonder. Do we need another one? Haven’t we had enough meaningless subtitles? Meaningless collectibles infesting the mini-map? Meaningless and tedious – so very, very tedious – framing stories? Of course, it doesn’t matter what I wonder. The yearly arrival of a new AssCreed is as inevitable as death and annual EA Sports ...

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