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by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 12, 2013 9:30AM PDT

"I'm so excited to watch the replays for The International 3's grand finals!" I thought this morning, with a little more grogy muttering and cussing, "But I'll just check there's nothing pressing in my work e-mail." And then I saw the press release from Valve at 5am boldly declaring the winner. Bum. So I'll avoid naming names in these opening lines, only saying that the winning five-man team takes home a whopping $1,437,204. Read more

The primary goal right now for The Elder Scrolls Online ready for release early in 2014, but developer Zenimax Online has been keeping an eye on other MMOs and watching what they have been doing--and experiencing--in the crowded massively multiplayer market. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 12, 2013 8:00AM PDT

The Creative Assembly has shown off a fair bit of Total War: Rome II's campaign already, but what will you play when that's all done and dusted? Its AI skirmish mode is the focus of a new-ish nine-minute gameplay walkthrough, showing Macedonian forces totally warring against an AI opponent set to Very Hard difficulty. Read more

You may have missed it during the hubbub of E3, but Namco Bandai announced a "Plus" version of its excellent arcade revamp, Pac-Man Championship Edition DX. It's coming to PC, and it'll include all this stuff for free. Read more

The sixth play set announced for Disney Infinity is "Toy Story in Space." Coming October, the play set pack will include Buzz and Jessie--with Woody sold separately, of course. Read more

Not everyone that played Battlefield 3's multiplayer mode bothered to be a cooperative type. Many players opted to go Lone Wolf, sticking to the default Assault class, and playing DICE's game like Any Ol' Shooter. To encourage a bit more variety, DICE is attempting to communicate the game's various features more clearly to players in Battlefield 4. Read more

If you're new to Splinter Cell, this "101" video released by Ubisoft will provide an effective primer for what to expect. Read more

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Aug 11, 2013 9:00AM PDT

"Oh, the summer video game drought!" fools lament. Tush and fie! Maybe the shelves are looking a little empty, but download stores are bulging with wonders next week. My pick of the week is first-person explorer Gone Home, and we'll also get Disney Infinity, punk beat 'em up Charlie Murder, co-op heister Payday 2, DuckTales Remastered, shiny tabletop adaptation Space Hulk, and Europa Universalis IV. Read more

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Aug 9, 2013 6:00PM PDT

The mobile games Squids are being compiled for the 3DS and Wii U eShops, coming this fall. Read more

by Ozzie Mejia, shacknews.com, Aug 9, 2013 4:00PM PDT

Codemasters is adding a little something extra to Grid 2's Community Patch for PC players: mod support. Read more