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Why Logitech redesigned a beloved gaming mouse

It's been five years since Logitech has completely redesigned its flagship gaming mouse, as much as 11 years depending on how you define the core design, so it was with immense care that they rolled out a replacement for their popular G500S. The G502 Proteus Core tunable mouse hits stores this month, replacing the G500s with what Logitech product manager Chris Pate said is the best technology put into a mouse. "It's replacing the beloved shape of the G500s," he said. "It's designed to feel good to people who have used the G500s, but to also improve the design. "This is our flagship gaming mouse." The biggest change that the Proteus brings to the market is a vastly improved 12,000 DPI sensor. The new component has zero sensor acceleration, smoothing, filtering or pixel rounding and...
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See Firaxis' vision for the future in Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

Civilization's future lies among the stars, and for that to happen, the developers at Firaxis had to invent the history of the future for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, rather than draw from a real past. Firaxis' Lena Brenk and Anton Strenger explain their studio's approach to Polygon's Dave Tach in this video, including the "tech web," which replaces the familiar, linear tech tree of the Civilization series. Players also must choose from three approaches to colonizing the new planet, and each of these "affinities" will have a different outcome for victory. For more on Civilization: Beyond Earth, see this interview with Strenger and Brenk. Additionally, Firaxis released these three screenshots below, showing what the playing area looks like.
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Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth will take humanity to space this fall

Sid Meier's Civilization series is leaving home. This fall on Linux, Mac and Windows PC for $49.99, Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth will take the strategy game beyond the confines of its home turf to an alien world that players will colonize and where they will forge a new future of humanity. Polygon spoke with four of the upcoming game's developers to learn about the game, the challenges a new venture like this poses for those creating it and how escaping Earth's gravitational pull will change the long running series. THE GREAT MISTAKE From its very first incarnations, the Civilization series has always been grounded in human history. Since 1991, it's tasked players with building empires that would survive and thrive the test of time. Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth...
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Gaming is helping to keep the PC market alive, PC gaming panel says

During today's computer gaming panel at PAX East 2014, "The (Incredible) Future of PC Gaming," the topic at hand was — as you may have guessed — a contrarian viewpoint to the conventional wisdom that holds that the PC is on the decline. At the same time, it's not as if the panelists, who came from a wide spectrum of the PC gaming industry, were blind to the realities of the market. They just focused on the gaming segment of the platform. Gaming, they said, will keep the PC relevant for the foreseeable future. According to the panelists, there are many positive aspects of the PC platform that are obvious, including how open it is and how customizable it allows games to be. The PC is also in a transition period as a whole, noted Tom Petersen, Nvidia's director of technical marketing...
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The Wolf Among Us Episode 3: A Crooked Mile review: procedural justice

With our review of The Wolf Among Us: Episode 3: A Crooked Mile, we're trying something new with episodic reviews on Polygon. What follows of something of a hybrid between recap and review and, as such, should not be read by anybody worried about spoilers. You've been warned. At the beginning of A Crooked Mile, we find Bigby in a pretty dark place. Literally. In a seedy, blood-spattered hotel room the Big Bad Wolf as just uncovered the big bad secret that may just turn Fabletown on its ear. With the discovery of some … unsavory photographs, Crane has just been revealed as Snow's number one fan and the lead suspect for the murderer stalking Fabletown. What follows is perhaps the most focused episode of Wolf Among Us yet: Bigby must find Crane. But that also makes it the most...
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Cosmic DJ is a quirky music sequencer more than it is a rhythm game

Developer GL33k's Cosmic DJ straddles the line between video game and interactive music tool, an application that sends players on an intergalactic mission to make music, repair "jamtennas" and save a space corgi. Cosmic DJ, according to its creators and publisher Devolver Digital, is a pick up and play musical experience that allows its users to make music even if they don't have much musical know-how. The game presents players with a series of challenges wrapped around a quirky story, asking players to tap along to click tracks in order to craft custom music. Players sequence keyboard, drum and bass tracks, while also adding other flourishes like dog barks, gremlin voices and other less describable bursts of electronic sound. While Cosmic DJ has the look and feel of a video game, it...
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Lego The Hobbit review: safe fairyland

Lego the Hobbit is the best way to engage with the fictional world of The Hobbit short of reading the original book. Traveller's Tales' Lego games have always added a humorous spin to whatever property they were paired with. The team has found a perfect match in The Hobbit — the lighter, friendlier prequel to JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. Lego the Hobbit takes inspiration from the slightly overblown recent films and runs with it, creating a plastic universe that's warm, funny and inviting. The storytelling is succinct, the gameplay is familiar and comfortable, and the world itself is a pleasure to explore, lending to a sense of adventure grander than the tiny plastic bricks would lead you to expect. Lego the Hobbit doesn't stray far from the formula set...
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The Elder Scrolls Online players can trade in this third-party auction forum

To make up for the lack of an in-game auction house, players have set up a makeshift marketplace on the TESO Elite forums for buying, selling and trading goods, services and other such commerce. Developer ZeniMax has recognized this trading space via the The Elder Scrolls Online official Twitter account, which pointed out the market forums in a tweet earlier this week as a way to set up these in-game transactions. On the forums, players are asked to post their item and clearly label whether they want to sell it, trade it or are looking to buy it, as well as provide what platform they are playing on and what their in-game username is. Looking to buy, sell, and trade in-game goods and services in #ESO? Then @TesoElite's new marketplace is for you: http://t.co/ufnKNCTBMV — Elder...
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Heartbleed and gaming have devolved our lives into a series of security questions

I’m not sure what behavior on my Battle.net account was suspicious, but it has been locked down, and I can’t access my games until the issue is resolved. This is why I found myself holding an ID up to my computer's webcam in an attempt to prove that yes, I am Ben Kuchera. The one with the crappy Hearthstone deck that he wants back.I could probably have fixed the issue if I still had access to my old e-mail account at Ars Technica, under which I set up my Battle.net account, but that ship has sailed. I’m at the mercy of customer service to give me back access to my collection of Blizzard games. Much of this is my fault; it’s incredibly shortsighted to attach any long-term account to an e-mail address that’s been provided by an employer. Your career can and will change, but I...
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Double Fine's Hack 'n' Slash entry into Steam Early Access imminent

Hack 'n' Slash, Double Fine Productions hacking-themed action puzzle game conceived during the company's annual Amnesia Fortnight game jam, is just weeks away from entering Steam Early Access for Windows PC, Mac and Linux. First revealed last December, the game is slated for a full launch this summer where it will be available to purchase for $14.99. Double Fine has released a parody video featuring creator Brandon Dillon, gameplay footage and "an important message about the dangers of hacking." Players are placed in the role of an elf named Alice who "uses her computer hacking skills to cheat her way through a classic action/adventure game." Alice can hack in-game objects — such as blocks, barrels, moving platforms and enemies — and manipulate the world to reverse engineer the...
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Double Fine backs noir adventure Last Life

Last Life is an episodic adventure game in which the central character investigates his own murder. Developer Rocket Science today launched a Kickstarter for the noir-style game, backed by Double Fine which will be "advising, distributing and helping get the word out" according to Double Fine founder Tim Schafer. Last Life is a three-episode adventure for Windows PC, Mac and Linux about the murder of a detective on a dysfunctional Martian colony. Via 3D printing tech, he is brought back to life, for a brief period, to solve his own murder. The game is presented in a distinctive polygonal style. "It's an adventure game with a great look, an intriguing story and a crazy style," said Schafer. "As soon as we saw it we loved it and we knew we wanted to get involved in any way that we...
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Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within coming April 29, Droid table detailed

The final pack of tables for Star Wars Pinball, Heroes Within, will be available April 29, community manager Bobby Loertscher announced via the PlayStation Blog. The last pack brings the game's total number of tables to 10. Heroes Within includes four tables themed around Star Wars: Episode 4: A New Hope, Droids, Masters of the Force and Han Solo. Zen Studios released a first look at its R2-D2 and C-3PO-themed table, Droids. "R2-D2 and C-3PO face a myriad of pitfalls including conveyor belts, welding torches, pressing machinery, robotic arms and lava pits," Loertscher wrote. "Your finest pinball skills are required to help our friends escape the Sandcrawler! Beware of Nebit, as he tries to thwart the escape and keep our Droids captive!" For a look at the table, watch the video below. ...
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SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition re-released digitally via Mac App Store

SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition has been updated for current Mac systems and is now available to download for OS X 10.8.5 or higher, Aspyr Media announced today. In SimCity 4, players take on the role of mayor as they attempt to build and develop cities. Players have the power to control natural disasters to wreck their cities, and then clean messes up with emergency responders. The digital version of the Deluxe Edition includes new transportation, such as a ferry and monorail system, and has been updated to include recent bug fixes and performance enhancements. The game packages the core SimCity 4 experience with the SimCity 4: Rush Hour expansion pack. Priced at $19.99, the digital Deluxe Edition for Mac is available only through Apple's Mac App Store at the moment, though it is...
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Watch Keiji Inafune design Mighty No. 9's robot enemies

The latest Kickstarter backer update for Comcept's Mighty No. 9 details the state of the game as well as what players can expect from the enemies and environments robot protagonist Beck will encounter on his journey. The grunt enemy robots, shown as sketches in previous updates, are undergoing additional polish and nearing their final forms, according to the update. The video above shows Inafune giving feedback on the humanoid-type enemy robot, which he noted should still be less human-like even though it is built like one. These upright standing robots, instead of holding shields and guns, have their shields integrated into their torso; when they need to use them, their torso rotates around to bring the shield from its back to the front of its body. The update also includes artwork...
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Secrets of Raetikon hits Windows PC, Mac and Linux on April 17

Secrets of Raetikon, the aerial exploration game from Chasing Aurora developers, Broken Rules Games, will launch on Windows PC, Mac and Linux on April 17. Currently in Steam Early Access, the full game will be available to purchase from online distributors such as Steam, the Mac App Store and Humble Store for $8.99, 10 percent off its normal price of $9.99. The Steam version includes achievements, statistics and a level editor, allowing players to create mods, new content and new games and distribute them via Steam Workshop. The upcoming release includes a single-player campaign within a fully interactive physical in-game world that is populated various types of animals and an ecosystem influenced by players actions. "We wanted to create a game with high replay value and thus the...
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Stick It to The Man launching for PlayStation 4, Wii U

Swedish developer Zoink will release its indie platformer, Stick It to The Man, for PlayStation 4, according to an announcement on Facebook. Stick It to The Man previously launched for PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Mac and Windows PC via Steam. The game, written by Adventure Time comic book writer Ryan North, follows Ray, a man who wakes up one day to find a magical arm attached to his forehead. Using his new appendage, Ray can read the minds of his fellows. It will be displayed in 1080p and use the DualShock 4 controller speakers to "tap into characters' thoughts in the game, further separating the mind-reading world from Ray's world." Previous PlayStation versions of the game were cross-buy, meaning those who purchased it on one system received it on the other. Stick It to...
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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor's new female Draenei is starting to take shape

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor will include a new design for the female Draenei, and senior art director Chris Robinson took to the game's official blog to detail the character model in progress. Female Draenei will retain their blue hue and glowing eyes, and World of Warcraft players will recognize their horns and cloven hooves. Static versions of the old and new models look "very similar to the new one," Robinson wrote. The differences will become more apparent when developer Blizzard Entertainment puts them in motion. "With her pose applied her shoulders stretch backward, her pelvis rotates forward, and her chin lowers — causing her head to angle downwards," he wrote. "The curvature in her lower back, and why the head shape looks slightly different, are also due to the...
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Sportfriends for PSN ready 'in just a few weeks,' PC versions in the works

Die Gute Fabrik multiplayer sports game compilation Sportsfriends has been submitted for certification to Sony and is expected to launch for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 "in just a few weeks," according to an update sent to the project's Kickstarter backers. The game was submitted to both North America and European branches of Sony last week and the timeline is set if "things go according to plan," reads the post. Developers will likely know in a week if they need to make further changes to the game. Additionally, Sportsfriends is up and running on Mac and Windows, with a Linux port and controller support for all versions still being tweaked. These PC versions are running on Gaijin Games' Atrophy Engine, and Die Gute Fabrik hopes to release a beta of these versions for backers only...
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Infinite Crisis creator to unlock all champions for play in celebration of PAX East

Infinite Crisis creator Turbine will temporarily unlock all 27 of the game's champions for play to celebrate PAX East, the developer announced today. Champions will be available tomorrow, April 9, until April 16. Additionally, the game's augments, mods and stolen powers will be half-price during that time. Infinite Crisis, a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena game that teams up heroes and villains from DC universes, went into open beta last month; players can sign up to join on the game's official website. Infinite Crisis features characters such as Aquaman, Batman, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman and Superman. Alternate versions of each character, such as Atomic Wonder Woman, Gaslight Batman and Mecha Superman are also available. For more on the game, check out our interview w...
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Star Wars: The Old Republic update introduces new warzone, 'major' characters

The latest update for Star Wars: The Old Republic, BioWare's massively multiplayer online role-playing game, adds a new warzone, map, major characters and more, senior producer Bruce Maclean announced via the game's official site. Update 2.7 kicks off a new story arc that includes the Assault on Tython and Korriban Incursion and two "major characters," Theron Shan and Lana Beniko. Also worth noting is the game's new warzone, Quesh Huttball Pit, the Dread Fortress: Nightmare Mode difficulty setting and more. Update 2.7 brings several bug fixes and smaller additions as well, such as new Cartel Market offerings, items, PvP gear and more. "We believe this game update captures some of the key elements that make Star Wars special: the struggle between galactic factions; engaging in...
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