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Game of Thrones is the first 'free-to-play' TV show, and gaming is racing to catch up

It's also a giant "victim" of piracy. 1.5 million people reported downloading the episode "The Lion and the Rose" on its first day of availability online, with upwards of 200,000 people sharing the same copy of the episode. This is a record-breaking event in the world of media piracy, but HBO doesn't seem to care. Why does a cable channel get to sit out of the piracy discussion, and even crack jokes about the popularity of its content when the question is asked? The answer is simple: HBO has created what amounts to free-to-play television. Free-to-play television The first thing to note is that HBO hasn't exactly given up the fight against piracy. "There are numerous anti-theft tools we utilize and we have significantly shrunk the international distribution window for original...

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Wolfenstein: The New Order pre-orders open on Steam, includes TF2 armor and hat

Machinegames' alternate history first-person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order, is now available for pre-order via Steam for $59.95. Wolfenstein: The New Order will be released on May 20, but players who pre-purchase through Steam will get two exclusive Wolfenstein-themed Team Fortress 2 items. The items are the regime armor "Die Regime-Panzerung" and machinery soldier helm "Der Maschinensoldaten-Helm." Wolfenstein: The New Order is slated to release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on the same day. Pre-orders for all platforms include beta access to the new Doom. For more on the game, read our recent hands-on impressions with the title and publisher Bethesda's commissioning of an original German-language pop music soundtrack for the alternate...

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Dota, Halo, Team Fortress merch headed to Toy Fair this month

A Crowded Coop is bringing video game-themed merchandise to Toy Fair 2014 this month, according to a press release from the "boutique consumer products" company. Toy Fair attendees will get the first public look at a series of three-inch Team Fortress 2 vinyl figurines "meticulously designed and detailed side-by-side with Valve's artists/designers." The Blu and Red figures will retail for $9.99 each. Fans of the Halo series can check out an ammo crate tin lunch box, which is based on the UNSC ammo crate from Halo 4. It will feature a reusable sandwich bag and retail for $29.99. A Crowded Coop, whose "product junkies, geeks, and pet lovers" have been creating consumer products since 2010, will also show items based on Dota 2 and Portal as well as non-video game properties like A...

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BioShock-themed items coming to Team Fortress 2

BioShock Infinite Season Pass holders on Steam will soon receive BioShock-themed items in Team Fortress 2, developer Irrational Games announced today. The items include a Benjamin Franklin mask, a George Washington mask and the Team Fortress 2 version of the Little Sister's Big Daddy Pocket Doll. The items are exclusive to BioShock Infinite Season Pass holders and will come free in addition to all the other downloadable content that pass holders receive. The pass costs $19.99 and includes the Clash in the Clouds add-on (focuses on combat with new weapons and environments), Burial at Sea — Episode One (DLC that takes players back to Rapture), Burial at Sea — Episode Two (play as Elizabeth with a new storyline and new combat experience) and the Early Bird Special Pack (exclusive gear).

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Valve paid $10.2M to Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 item creators

New statistics from Valve reveal the company paid a total of $10,215,796 to 661 in-game item creators over the course of 2013. The company's sponsorship of user-generated content, including Team Fortress 2's Robotic Boogaloo, has led to contributors for titles Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2 receiving earnings of more than $15,000 each on average, or roughly $4,300 for each of the 2,349 items produced. Over 90 percent of items in Team Fortress 2 are now fan-made, according to Valve, with over 500 million items sold to players so far. Valve's reveal took place during this year's annual Steam Dev Days which ran from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16.

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Valve joins the Linux Foundation

Valve is now part of the Linux Foundation, according to a press release published today on the organization's website. The Linux Foundation was created to support companies and individuals who use and develop for the open source operating system. The Foundation, which employs Linux creator Linus Torvalds, connects Linux users and sponsors Linux-focused events and meetings worldwide. Over the last few years, Valve, the Bellevue, Washington-based developer of and operator of the Steam digital distribution platform has increased support for the open source operating system. In November 2012, it launched a closed beta for a Linux version of Steam, which included a Linux version of its free-to-play shooter Team Fortress 2. Steam for Linux left beta in February 2013 with 50 Linux-compatible...

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Team Fortress 2 gets major Medic upgrade with Two Cities update

The second half of Team Fortress 2's Two Cities update is giving the Medic class some new tricks in co-op, including the godlike ability to bring the dead back to life and, when ubercharged, erect a protective shield for his teammates. New for the Medic class is the Reanimator, a device that lets players piece their exploded comrades back together after they've been killed by Gray Mann's robots. The Medic will also have access to new upgrades called Mad Milk syringes that provide a heal-on-hit effect for teammates and a projectile shield that can comfortably protect his entire team. These upgrades appear to be limited to the Mann vs. Machine co-op mode, according to Team Fortress 2's latest change log. While the Medic is getting some across the board perks to make him more appealing...

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Team Fortress 2's Two Cities update adds weapon effects, new maps and more

A new update for Valve's frequently updated free-to-play shooter, Team Fortress 2, will add new features to the game, including cosmetic weapon and character effects, new maps and tweaks to Mann vs. Machine co-op gameplay. The first half of the "Two Cities Update" was introduced on the Team Fortress 2 blog today, showcasing a new Mann vs. Machine map, Mannhattan. The new map's robotic soldiers can "advance their own spawn points and introduce new bombs into the map for the first time," adding a twist to the co-op game mode. The update will add another map, Snakewater, a control point map created by community member Toivo Sawen. Also new in the update are weapon effects and Killstreak Kits, which players can apply to weapons and craft for increasingly rare Killstreak Kits. The effects...

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Team Fortress 2 annual Halloween update adds spells, Hell and hats

Scream Fortress, the annual Halloween-themed special event for Valve's free-to-play shooter Team Fortress 2, is playable now through Nov. 11 on Steam. The fifth Scream Fortress event adds a new gameplay feature: spell books. Players can cast magic spells against enemies from books dropped while pushing a cart in Payload games, by killing enemies and during a new Witching Hour event. A new Payload map, Helltower, is also available. No Team Fortress 2 update would be complete without wearable items — including hats — and "Scream Fortress V" sees the addition of more than 100 spooky wearables and weapons. Eight new achievements tied to the Helltower map are also available during the festive event. A full list of changes is available at Steam and additional amusing details can be seen at...

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Surgeon Simulator 2013 tablet version currently in prototype

Bossa Studios is currently prototyping a tablet version of its over-the-top and (intentionally) highly inaccurate surgical game Surgeon Simulator 2013, the developer told Joystiq. Surgeon Simulator 2013, developed during the 2013 Global Game Jam in January of this year, has received a number of updates since its launch on Windows PC, Mac and Linux — including an alien autopsy and character swap-outs for the Medic and Heavy from Team Fortress 2. The tablet port is not a definite at this point in time, but the developers demoed a prototype of the mobile version at the Eurogamer Expo over the weekend. According to Joystiq, the tablet version was built in two days and the version Bossa demoed at the Expo was in its sixth iteration of controls. These new controls include a Z-axis that will...

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    • Released 10/10/2007
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    • Released 04/08/2008
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
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