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Ramblings and musings of occasional significance to the Shacknews audience. This is the morning edition for September 10, 2012. Topics include: Guild Wars 2 is getting a large ammount of hacked accounts; I'm preparing for Mists of Pandaria; and what is it about Assassin's Creed 3 that appears so interesting? Wake up, scrubs, it's the Morning Caffeinated! Read more

It's Friday, Shackers, and a slow one at that. So it's time for another edition of the Friday Feeding**, where I open the floor for any topic you... Read more

by John Keefer, shacknews.com, Sep 6, 2012 9:15AM PDT

Apparently Diablo III director Jay Wilson didn't like the crowd control was working on his Barbarian at higher levels, so the upcoming 1.0.5 patch will change the way CC is handled in the game. Read more

Multiplayer-only games live or die on their ability to draw a lasting playerbase, but this can be tricky when you've only got the resources of a small indie studio at hand. Unknown Worlds is tackling this head-on before it can even become an issue for Natural Selection 2, handing out an extra 45,000 free copies of the FPS-RTS to early pre-orders to jump-start the multiplayer community. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Sep 5, 2012 2:45PM PDT

HareBrained Schemes has shown off the first pieces of character renders and environmental concept art for Shadowrun Returns. Read more

The game that really put Zynga on the map has returned. Three years after the original, FarmVille 2 has launched. Read more

We talk with Harrison G. Pink from Telltale's The Walking Dead about writing complex scenarios and balancing the myriad of possibilities. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Sep 5, 2012 8:15AM PDT

An explosion of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is already filling our eyes and ears, as Blizzard sent out the first round of beta invites yesterday. Don't rush to your inbox, as you're probably not special enough to be allowed in yet, but those lucky few have already started talking about and streaming their experiences, so you can live vicariously through them. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Sep 3, 2012 6:00AM PDT

You thought the day would never come, and it still hasn't just yet, but Black Mesa now has a release date. After eight years of development, the fan remake of Half-Life in the Source engine will be released on September 14. Except it won't be quite complete; the team is working on expanding HL's reviled Xen section and plans to release it later. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 30, 2012 4:15PM PDT

Goblins are a menace. We know this because Trine 2's DLC Goblin Menace says so in its name, and next week we'll get to find out exactly why they are a menace. But they definitely are. Developer Frozenbyte today announced that it'll launch on for PC and Mac on September 6 for $7, though if you own the Collector's Edition on Steam you get to to play a bit of it right now for free. Read more